19 Parks near Monterey, California
Monterey, California (map) | (831) 656-7563
Sites: 38 | Latest Rate: $35.00 | 10 Reviews
Jul 2016 - $35.00
Location of this RV park is just about the only good thing about it. It is located within a golf course but as you turn into the RV park, the landscaping and maintenance stops. The grass is either overgrown or dead, trees and bushes are not maintained. It's as if the general manager is purposely trying to neglect this area in hopes that it will disappear. The sites are crumbling and haven't been updated or maintained in years, perhaps decades. There is an electric post that we were told broke months ago, that has not yet been repaired, so the spot goes unused. The staff just doesn't care. The camp host is nosey and when I complained about the state of the park, just shrugged her shoulders and said it wasn't her problem.
The laundry facilities are old and one washer is broken. The women's bathroom had a major leak in one of the toilets while we stayed here, and it took several days before it was addressed. I have visited here a few times and it is just getting worse. I will return as it's still the least expensive in the area, but might look into one of the state parks in the area as an alternative. This is one sad park! - RVGma
Jun 2016 - $30.00
It is all about location. This has our 3rd stay at the campground and were disappointed on how it is being un-kept. Long grass and weeds and the table patio areas full of debris. Management should clean the place up. That being said, it is still a bargain for its outstanding location. I only picked up 6 golf balls in our stay. - Joe Brunold
May 2016 - $35.00
This place is all about location, location, LOCATION. It is super convenient to numerous and worthwhile sightseeing venues. This was our first visit to Monterey Pines. After reading previous reviews, we were a bit apprehensive. Luckily, our concerns were unfounded. Reservation and check-in were smooth. We were advised to stop - check for golfers on the 2nd tee before proceeding to the camp ground. Our back-in site was a bit tight, but worked okay for a 34' 5th wheel. WiFi was excellent. We did not use the restrooms, bathhouse or laundry, so I have not rated those facilities. Others have commented about golfers, and we have a story as well. As I was unhooking/preparing for departure, I heard a loud overhead THUNK from a nearby tree. Seconds later, a golf ball landed at my feet! Mind you, we are behind a VERY high net. I tossed the ball back on the fairway. The golfer later thanked me as we both went about our business. We would definitely stay here again. - CO2RV
May 2016 - $50.00
Nothing special apart from friendly welcome, and good price compared with other RV parks around Monteray (this was the most expensive site on a 19 day trip). Good WIFI. A little noisy as next to an airport. No fire pits or BBQs. - PCP
May 2016 - $45.00
Tight getting in and out. Sites are tight. Campground is 70 years old and has only added wifi (very poor) since opening. Nothing is level, every other site has connections on the wrong side. Not worth the price. - ta96silver
Apr 2016 - $45.00
Positives: The two hosts were friendly and helpful. The bathrooms and showers were very clean. Power was clean and water pressure was fine. Water was soft unlike my home in AZ where big rocks fall out of the faucet. Airport noise was negligible and the golfers must be improving because no balls came over the tall netting. The washer and dryer were practically brand new and cost was reasonable.
BIG Positive: It's close to everything Monterey. Bus stop is right outside and free trolley downtown runs regularly.
Negatives: Big dip at entrance is a tail dragger. We disconnected toad before arrival. On departure, didn't connect until outside park and even removed tow bar and drop, but still dragged skid angle irons. The shower hot water takes forever to get hot (5-8 minutes) which is odd since there are signs everywhere reminding people about CA drought. Each shower probably wastes 20-30 gallons.
BIG Negative: Sewer connections require 30' - 35' hose AND run uphill on one side of the park. Whoever designed this should be required to dump all guests' tanks for a year to learn why it's a "crappy" layout. Every space angles down about 6" for every 10' so our 16' wheelbase needed about 10", lifting the front wheels off the ground by 4 inches, not an optimal position. - LM&TinView
Jul 2015 - $60.00
I agree with the previous review. The other parks in the area were full, but this is close to the Aquarium and the 17-mile drive. Just a parking lot but it served our purpose for one night just fine. - Bob2013
Jul 2011 - $50.00
This "campground" is just a parking lot on the property of a motel. The sites are very narrow and many RV's with slides on both sides will not be able open all (or any) of them. There is 30 amp electric and water hookups and a dump station on the property. However, it's right in Monterey and we had no trouble getting a site on short notice (the other two local parks were both full). It's perfectly fine for it's intended use. A place to park for a night or two while you explore Monterey. I had a hard time deciding how to rate this place and settled on a 5/10. It's a parking lot (and a small one at that) but if you're prepared for that and it's what you're looking for, there's nothing wrong with it at all. - OpenTrackRacer
Mar 2015 - $25.00
This is a first come first serve campground, just outside of Monterey. It has a very forest like feel, with trees and bushes. Our site was fairly level and spacious. There were lockers outside of the shower/bath house, and it seemed to us that others who were not campground guests used these facilities. They were loud, impolite and sloppy. - Vic and Marsha
Jun 2014 - $27.00
Real nice small, no hookup campground. Some sites not level. Narrow roads going in. Great location but not really walkable to tourist attractions. One of those little gems of a county or city camp ground that you sometimes run into. Good showers and a dump station. - haole hiker
Jun 2011 - $27.00
Excellent CG. However, check the parks website before taking a big rig up there as the parking would be tight (21' max?). Also, the road to CG is narrow and windy. I would stay here again. - SteveE
Jul 2015 - $1.00
We were not happy with this place. The owners were rude, the spaces are very tight, there was dog poop everywhere on the green patch of lawn behind us and there is a very narrow bridge and road to get there. We will not be back, mostly because of the rude owners. - redtulip
Jul 2015 - $40.00
Extremely tight road to get to this place, we have 40 foot Class A Motorhome, meeting oncoming traffic is not a good thing. Was maneuverable in the big rig, spots are tight slide outs touch the foliage dividers separating spots. We didn't use anything other than water, power and septic. Friendly staff. Had we been told about the road to get there, we would have found another place elsewhere. Seems that there are many full time residents, as traffic in and out before and after work hours was the most of the traffic. One other rig showed up in our 3 day stay. Dog friendly too! Nothing much to be entertained by at this place. We more than likely would stay again if in the area. Just be sure to reserve a spot ahead of time. Limited restrooms and two showers per sex. - C.J. Arizona
Jul 2015 - $80.00
We stayed here for 5 nights; overall I'd say it's a good, but not outstanding campground.
Here are the pros:
-about a mile off Carmel Valley Road and close to the towns of Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove; takes about 15 minutes to drive into Carmel.
-about 2-3 miles going east on Carmel Valley Road is the Garland Ranch Regional Park with miles of hiking trails and some bike trails; also Carmel Valley Village with a number of wineries, small shops, etc.
-the rv park itself has level, gravel sites with full hook ups
-the wifi service is very good.
-the site was quiet while we were there. (But see below)
-the staff was friendly
-lots of golf courses, including the world famous Pebble Beach ( and the 17 mile drive, which costs $10.00)
-they have a little store as well as a rec room with pool tables, ping pong, fusball, etc.
-as others have noted, the sites are on the tight side; some near the Carmel River are a bit wider. Backing in can be a real challenge; the owner helped guide us in and if he's here, he is very helpful. If not, be prepared for some maneuvering.
-the road in is about a mile long and the last 1/2 mile it becomes single lane. They seem to have the situation in control by having the checkout time 12:00 noon and check in after 1:00 PM. If you try to arrive early in the day, conceivably there could be a problem on the one lane road. I'd recommend arriving well after 1:00 PM to avoid this from occurring.
-there is another RV site entrance just as you come in and it can be confusing; this one is to the right and down the hill. If you go left and up the hill, you're on the wrong road.
-this is Carmel, and this is an expensive area. At $80/night ($85 if you use a credit card) this probably the most expensive place we've ever stayed at.
-while we were here most of the people stayed only one night, so there is a steady flow of people coming and going. Some would get going early in the morning , so mornings can be noisy. - neuronz
Jul 2013 - $72.00
The road to this park is off the main road by over a mile on a winding, narrow, and bumpy road. The entrance is tight and very hard to maneuver any unit around. We nearly hit a low limb as well as a wall at the main entrance. The sites themselves are very narrow and don't accommodate slides on both sides. I would definitely not advise a 5th wheel or big rig up here!! - travelfool
Nov 2009 - $65.00
We stayed here for Thanksgiving weekend and had a very nice visit. Staff is friendly and helpful. Sites are small with nice hedges between them for privacy. No fire pits, but each site had a picnic table. Sites are not deep, but we fit our 37' motor home in without any problem. The location of this park is beautiful at the foot of the Carmel mountains. The negatives previous reviews have mentioned (narrow bridge, dog waste) are all accurate. After parking our motorhome, we stepped outside and right into dog waste. They seemed to be everywhere and no collection bags were available. Owner's dogs wander freely and are very nice, so we felt bad complaining. Roads between sites are very narrow and our neighbor's tow cars had to be moved so we could back into our site. Overall a nice park for an overnight stay. - TWH
Jul 2009 - $65.00
Saddle Mountain RV Park is located on the side of a mountain with lots of trees and narrow roads. Once you leave the main road there isn’t really any turning around so be sure this is a road you want to travel. We were pretty amazed that the city would permit this RV Park to operate considering the maze of hazards looming at every turn. The sites were also narrower and shorter than we were used to. My husband has driven an RV for years and never faced so many obstacles. Several campers said they nearly hit trees trying to park. The most important item, if you do end up camping there is to be sure you pay attention to the road you take out of the park because it dips toward the rock wall (drain) and can easily throw your RV into wall and do a lot of damage. - sdb
Jul 2015 - $72.00
This is a nice small campground close to Carmel and Monterey with full hook-ups. To address some of the other reviews issues: The campground is tight and steep to access and stay in, but this should not be a surprise if you have researched Saddle Mountain prior to your arrival. We camped in a 30ft TT and had to move our tow vehicle to parking after we were in (not a major issue since parking was only 50ft away). The management did move campers around when they could not fit in a site. The bridge has been rebuilt to two lanes and is no longer an issue (the road is still tight as you get close to the campground). The management has also changed in the last few years and comments from 2010 or older are not relevant. The campground was very clean and the gardener / handyman kept a very neat and clean campground. The sites are very close, but everyone seemed to respect other campers and kept the noise to a minimum. The pool area was clean and provided excellent views. The bathrooms are small and you may need to adjust your schedule to use the facilities. Overall we were pleasantly surprised with how much we enjoyed this campground after reading some of the reviews (we generally dry camp and Nation and State parks). If your unit can fit and you don't mind taking your time and getting into a small spot, this may be a good location for you. It provided a great camping spot close to Big Sur, Carmel, and Monterey. - rockwood tt family
Oct 2014 - $70.00
We got in on a Friday evening after dark. The road in is narrow and is just above the Carmel River RV park. If you have a large rig and are towing this could be a tight squeeze. We got to our site and found out we had to go nose in. Sites vary from spot to spot. Some you can back in others you can't. Also, hookups are at the end of the site so will need to think about longer water and sewer connections. The area isn't very big and sites generally will involve some maneuvering to get into. They also have tent sites. Probably not a big rig site; we are 30' and seemed to fit fine. Also some sites have more room than others. Ours was tight and no room for our awning. That said, it is a beautiful location. We did a 4 mile hike up the mountain and enjoyed the views. If you go I would be very specific when reserving your spot on what you want. We will go back now that we have seen the layout and know where we would like to stay. Very quiet campground; almost zero road noise during the day and at night also very peaceful. Nice place just recommend being specific and ask for what you want. Pool was cold and only being maintained at this time of the year. - Karfae
Jun 2014 - $70.00
Has good pool. WIFI--might not get it at your site. Different prices for different spaces. Very narrow road in. Dry sort of Western theme. Good base for Carmel and Monterey exploration. - haole hiker
Dec 2015 - $35.00
We came off season and the second road was closed forcing us to climb a sixteen % grade to get to the campsite. The campsites were on a hill, very small, and very difficult to get into. Although we were told the race track would be quiet, we were on curve 5 and almost everyday there was a driving school happening with lots of screeching tires. If you are a race fan, you might love it. We did not. There is also a gun range next door and the sound of guns happened most weekend mornings. Hookups are electric and water only and the dump station is very difficult to get into. The sites themselves were not clean with numerous beer caps littered throughout. The bathrooms were clean and the staff was very helpful, but we would never stay here again. We would like to thank the work kamper who let us exit via the closed road to avoid a sixteen percent grade on the way down. - Lee and Trace
Oct 2015 - $37.00
Beautiful mountain top views. 105 wide sites with water/electric hookups. One easy access dump for all. On the Laguna Seca Raceway but is surprisingly quiet during the day and absolutely peaceful at night.
RV and tent camping allowed. Dogs allowed. Fort Ord National Monument trail head. Ten minutes from Monterey and all its activities, restaurants and shopping. Monthly bike riding on the track. - pamelaham
Jul 2015 - $41.00
Close to Monterey. Sites are gravel and fairly level with a picnic table and fire ring. The restrooms / showers were clean, but there's no privacy in the showers. The water only stayed on for about 25 seconds. After holding the button in to try and keep it on, the water would then not stop for the longest time. There was no light switch in the restrooms; I think the lights were on a timer. The drive up to the campground from the entrance is steep, but the views and breeze are great. The base rate is $37 per night, but they charged us an extra $2 per dog per night. That made the overall nightly rate a bit pricey, but we'd definitely stay here again. - Ursula A
Jul 2016 - $78.00
No working WiFi or cable. All sites were short back-in, making it necessary to unhitch. I did manage to poke out and back in with the 16' trailer at a right angle which took a lot of time but everyone else unhitched. Too close to the main highway and very windy. Long walk to restrooms. Rather expensive for my needs.Have a better rate for lightweight short trailers that only use 15 Amp hookup. Fix the WiFi. - Loaded4th
Jun 2016 - $71.00
We stayed 5 nights and found the park to be an excellent facility, very well situated. Road noise from Hwy 101 was a minor issue, but superb staff and amenities more than made up. The sites were quite private and spacious with easy hookups. - XYZ123
May 2016 - $71.00
We have stayed here before. Hook ups are old, but we were told that they are getting all new hook ups installed for the electrical, water and TV. New lighted single units. All the trees are getting trimmed too. It is about a 20 minute walk to the beach on a sandy trail. Not a wading beach, looks like some currents there. Dog was off leash with no issues. If you have a car a short drive to stores or a bit of a walk. - Karfae
Oct 2014 - $25.00
The sites are roomy, basically this is a big, dirt parking lot with pedestals for electric (30 & 50 amp) and water. No pump out at sites but there is a dump station for $5.00. No bathrooms or showers here. Good location for visiting Monterey and Carmel. Easy to maneuver in our 45' RV. Would stay here again for sure. I would give a higher rating if there was grass or gravel at the sites but with this dry climate dirt flies everywhere!! - SNL
Jul 2014 - $20.00
We pulled into the parking area and thought we were at an RV Storage facility. The camping fee is scheduled to go up to $25 on August 1 and it does not include the dump fee. Parking area is in need of care and tables at campsites are in dismal shape. The camp host is friendly and the location is convenient to the freeway and town, but this is not a place we'd want to stay here for more an overnight stop. - hbcamper
Jul 2013 - $20.00
Elks Members ONLY. Easy on and off Hwy 101. Borders lush Fairways Golf Course. E/W, with gravel level sites. Could use some weeding and grass cutting. Dog Friendly, Verizon OK. Friendly lodge located 30 minutes from Monterrey. Will stay again. - silverado