Monterey, California

Monterey Fairgrounds

Monterey, California

Monterey, California
Phone: (831) 372-5863

Sites: 27
Recent Rate: $50 6/2014

Latitude: 36.590785729659
Longitude: -121.863775935196

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

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29 Reviews

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

A campground has to be exceptional for me to rate it a 10. On the other hand it has to be really poor for me to rate it a 1 or 2. I gave the campground a 2 just because of location (plus voltage was a steady 120 volts). That being said, this is not really big rig friendly. A big dip coming in, so your going to drag, I removed my tow bar and did not hook up until I departed. They advertise wide sites, but our was only 15-16' wide, did not open slide on drivers side, so we would not infringe on our neighbors. Sites not level, so bring plenty of cribbing. Wife did a load of laundry (1 washer 1 dryer) and was satisfied. So unless you want to be close to Monterey, or have an event at the fairgrounds, I would suggest another campground. We camped at Monterey Fairgrounds in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Absolute disgrace. The entry showed that obviously many vehicles had grounded upon entry or exiting, so very rough. The host has a table out front full of rubbish and a very untidy area. Very little room to maneuver into site which was very narrow. The (mens) toilet room was disgusting and over the 3 nights and 4 days we stayed it was never cleaned. Laundry has one washer, one dryer and no water or tubs. Worst bathroom facilities we have seen. Obviously this is just a money maker where the fairgrounds get the attention. Planes taking off and landing right overhead due to the airport next door and we had to sign a waiver in case of golf ball damage from the golf course over the fence. We would definitely not stay again or recommend this to anyone. In our opinion this is $30 per night overpriced and whoever is overseeing this facility needs to inspect other campground to see how it should be done. We camped at Monterey Fairgrounds in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 455
States Visited: 50
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Call first to make a reservation before arriving. Access through fairgrounds gate 6. Site paved back-in and very unlevel. The campground is no more than a paved parking lot with a few trees. Utilities are shared between two sites. With only one power pedestal one RV gets 50 amp and the other 30 amp. One of the water taps leaked. Sewer drains recessed which worked well. No cable TV, but plenty of channels from antenna. Wi-Fi weak and useless half of the time. Adjacent airport meant a certain amount of noise beginning at 5:30 AM. One redeeming feature was its proximity to Monterey downtown; just a quick bus ride. We camped at Monterey Fairgrounds in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Tight to get in and out of is correct. Eyes must be looking five directions. Be watchful of low branches, while maneuvering I kissed a tree branch with the top of my fifth wheel. Thankfully I was going slow and watching. Camp host was friendly and courteous. Agree with posts about some sites not being level. Restrooms were clean and functional. When camping here and you have a longer rig bring extra water/sewer hoses because half of the spaces connect on the door side of unit. Wi-Fi was worthless and not reliable during our visit. Stayed here for three nights. Pleasant stay for a reasonable price. We camped at Monterey Fairgrounds in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2011 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Not a bad place to RV for the price considering the alternatives in the area. We called and made reservations with the camp host, who was very helpful both on the phone and when we arrived. The sites “share” pedestals and can be quite narrow if the grounds are full, but the host tries to keep spaces open between people for this reason. Odd numbered sites have the pedestal on the correct side of the RV, but it’s first come first served for the 50A connection. Have power plug adapters ready, but there are double water lines and double sewer connections at each site. You have a choice of either asphalt or grass parking. The asphalt paved area is noticeably sloped downwards towards the street from where you enter. Take note if you end up against the golf course, you will NOT be able to use the sewer drain unless you have either a macerator pump or you can suspend the laws of gravity for a few minutes. No dump station on site. The grass parking area is pretty much level and didn’t seem to get muddy at all during the weekend rains. The host put us in an asphalt spot with the rear window facing the public golf course. I was concerned about errant golf balls hitting the camper and wouldn’t you know it, within 10 minutes of being unhooked: ”Wham!” No damage, but not anyone’s fault really. In retrospect, probably should’ve taken one of the spots down in the grass area as the other asphalt spots against the horse stables (preferable for avoiding golf balls AND for the slope of the parking area), were already filled up. Bring plenty of leveling blocks as you will certainly need them in the asphalt area. Airport flight path is overhead, but since the airport has limited traffic during the day and has a curfew at night, we didn’t find it to be an issue. There are some BRIGHT lights in this campground so be prepared with blackout window coverings if you need that kind of thing to sleep. We will definitely return. We camped at Monterey Fairgrounds in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice and close to Monterrey and Pacific Grove so was convenient for our 3 day stay and the price was good, but the wi-fi was not working and the uneven spot we selected required blocks under our jacks to level the motorhome. Be careful when entering through Gate 6. The dip may cause your hitch to drag as you will see as you approach the driveway from the drag marks in the pavement. We camped at Monterey Fairgrounds in a Motorhome.

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Newport Jim

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Agree with previous evaluation. Some of the parking lot is level, while blocks are needed on others. Quiet except for late afternoon plane arrivals that go over the golf course next door. Campers have to ask for the 10% senior discount. Some sites have 50 amp. Wi-Fi about average during quiet hours. We camped at Monterey Fairgrounds in a Motorhome.

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Leo Millward

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Tight to get in and out of many spaces especially when busy but the camp host was a really friendly and efficient guy who seemed more than happy to help anyone out. Basic campground but really close to Monterey and lots of great things to do - and MASSIVELY less expensive than all the other RV sites on this coastline. Just drive REALLY slowly in and out as it's very easy to drag rear jacks/RV undercarriage on the asphalt due to water drainage channel creating a dip. We camped at Monterey Fairgrounds in a Fifth Wheel.

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Van B

Review Count: 25
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Basically a parking lot on the fairgrounds, but with clean facilities, good Wi-Fi (if you ask for a spot with reception), and very nice host. Great location near Monterey. We stayed here one night and would stay again. We camped at Monterey Fairgrounds in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We spent on night here when traveling through - we thought we wanted to be as near Monterey as possible - recommended for totally self contained units only - the shower house has one toilet and one shower each with no benches, clothing hooks, or privacy - in fact the doors don't even lock and there is no security to the outside neighborhood - paved parking area that is on a slant! bring all of the leveling blocks you can find! PLUS, all hookups will be at the rear of your unit (and maybe even on an adjoining site) so bring extensions! - the campground host was awesome and most accommodating helping everyone as best he could to have an enjoyable stay (and recommended an awesome restaurant close by) We camped at Monterey Fairgrounds in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Camp host was accommodating and friendly. Sites on asphalt are sloped making leveling difficult. Could not get satellite reception from our site under the trees. WiFi did not work from our site but Verizon air card worked great. However, you can't beat the location and the price. Bob Dylan was in concert and we could see the stage from the RV lot. We camped at Monterey Fairgrounds in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Reason for the 5 rating. RV park is very tight, sites are very narrow (18ft) with no room to park a toad if you have a 40' motorhome. Lot is all asphalt with shared hookups for every two sites: one pedistal with one 50A, one 30A, one 20A. If both sites need 50A, first come first served. Water pressure was the highest I've ever come across, definite need for a pressure reducer. Sites are not level, my air leveling couldn't compensate enough, ended up with slight downhill for my stay. The good points: it's clean and convenient. Close to Canery Row and the Aquarium. IMHO the best site in the park is Site #25: get it if it's available. We camped at Monterey Fairgrounds in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2009 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

I read the reviews that were posted with a rating of 8 and 9, and based on what they had to say, I don't understand how they gave it such a high rating. Yes, it has Wi-Fi, but the camp host told us that it is not available in some sites. We were able to use it, but it was slow and usually our own air card was better. There are only 2 things that make this "campground" better than the others in Monterey; the first and most obvious is the price. Our price of $36. included a 10% senior discount (the regular rate being $40., while the other parks are charging $65-$70 per night). The second thing is the close proximity to the things we wanted to see in Monterey. Basically it is just an asphalt parking lot with hookups, albeit they are on the wrong side of the rig for half of the sites because they are shared. The sites are narrow as well. Yes, we can hear the planes, and yes, they are loud. However, they are not as frequent as some parks we have been in. Getting into the RV section of the fairgrounds is awkward because the camp host is not clearly mark, and if fact the sign that designates the camp host was laying down when we got here. Look for the camp host at the beginning of the RV parking, not in a building office. Also, the camp host has a large dog that is not always on a leash. He is a friendly puppy, but that doesn't make me feel any more comfortable when he comes running up to me, as I have physical limitations. We camped at Monterey Fairgrounds in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 241
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

We found this park a little challenging. The street in front of the gate is grooved where rigs have scraped entering and leaving. Our site had the hook-ups on the back right (about which we were warned), but even had they been on the correct side, it would have been difficult to drain the tanks up the incline to the sewer. The spot was tight, requiring us to park the car across and down the lot from our coach, and our slides nearly touched the neighbor's slides. There is nice shade and the host was helpful. There is airport noise and potential for damage from golf balls. Our rate reflects a 10% senior discount. We would stay again if unavoidable. We camped at Monterey Fairgrounds in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2009 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Based on prior reviews of this campsite, we stayed 2 nights for an annual Irish Wolfhound get-together in Monterey. Use Gate 6 when you enter the Fairgrounds. The entire area is paved and the host was very friendly. We were originally given site 18, but with our 28', it was a bit tricky to park (there's a tree directly in front of the site). We took site 17 instead, but be aware that hookups are shared and I believe the odd numbers need extensions on sewer, water and electric. There's horse stables and a golf course on either side; very clean and peaceful. There is an airport nearby, but the planes didn't bother us. I thank everyone for being good canine citizens; there was no dog waste to be seen. I will definitely stay here again! We camped at Monterey Fairgrounds in a Travel Trailer.

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