1 Park near Paicines, California
Jan 2015 - $1.00
San Benito is by far the worst Thousand Trails campground we have been in. Very dirty, unkempt place. Roads in rough shape. Buildings not maintained. Long term or annual sites trashy looking. Restrooms not cleaned daily. Hot tub not working. We drove around and counted 189 'red dot' sites which mean broken electrical service. Another 120 have been converted into 50 Amp sites for an additional charge. Employees didn't care, which is evident from the manager on down. We were treated very rudely by two different employees when we had a problem and wanted help resolving it. The only exception to the poor attitude was the rangers who really made an effort to be helpful. Employees riding around on golf carts continually but not doing any work. The sites were very dirty and no effort had been made to remove all kinds of nasty rubbish, including used tampons and broken glass. The campground could be beautiful as it is large and in a quiet location. We will not stay here again. - lstaff
Jan 2015 - $5.00
San Benito is a large but pretty and quiet campground 20 minutes from Hollister, CA. Open with lots of mature trees, average-size dirt sites, and lots of facilities including a couple of lodges and a "country store" and cafe. Good reception for my Verizon mobile hotspot. I spent much of the time working and I got a lot done. You have to drive around and find your own site, which was a pain (even though it was the off-season) because a large number of them had no working power (red dots). I finally lost patience and grabbed a 50 amp site even though I'm 30 amp -- $5 extra per day. I had a nice, unobstructed view. It was peaceful, with lots of birdsong. I stayed here during the off-season, and although it was generally very quiet, I was surprised to see so many long-termers (one of the staff estimated 25-30). A few of those sites were a mess, loaded with furniture and storage bins, even one with a washer/dryer on a flatbed. A few others actually landscaped their sites. Most seem to be on the perimeter of the campground.
The campground is isolated in the hills, so stock up on essentials before you head up.
I would definitely stay here again, but not during high season. - rushin river
Sep 2014 - $5.00
The campground is in a quiet valley away from the sounds and lights of the city and around 25 miles south of the nearest town of any size. If you are looking for a quiet, away-from-it-all campground, this is it. This is a big campground with hundreds of sites and two pools. There’s a camp store and a restaurant. Just about all the sites are full hookups and there’s a fairly large 50 amp section. There are several pull-through sites, some back to back. We heard a lot about the local bobcats but didn’t see any. We did see prairie dogs, quail, deer, and lots of red-headed woodpeckers. Being away from the city we enjoyed sitting out at night counting the satellites as they glided overhead. We even spotted a few shooting stars. The electric boxes on many of the sites have big red dots on them. That means there’s no working electric at that site. Someone told me that the campground is working through those sites and fixing them. Also, there are plenty of annual residents in the campground. The campground is pretty much flat and open, but if you look around a bit you’ll note that the residents have gravitated to the sites that offer a bit of afternoon shade. Again, this is a big campground so most everyone should be able to find a suitable spot in spite of the “red dots” and the annuals. If you don’t need 50 amps and don’t mind being a bit of a distance away from the main activity center you might want to look at the area nearer the small adult pool and adult lodge. There’s a section there with some big, shady trees and you would pretty much have the adult pool to yourself. The staff is friendly and helpful. We were able to get Verizon 4G and satellite TV. It’s hard to believe that the coast with all it’s hustle and bustle (and Pacific beauty) is only 25 miles away over the mountain (and 60 miles away by highway). All in all, we like this place and hope to return. - nazpaz