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Date of Stay: January, 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. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 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. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: September, 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. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $1.00
Very remote and quiet. Wide paved main roads in the park and secondary roads are gravel. Most sites are level gravel, full hookup, 30 or 50 amp. The first 50 amp site we picked the circuit breaker prematurely tripped so we moved to Site 322 which is one of the newly wired 50 amp sites. That site had a constant 120 volts even with both A/C running; however, we have an auto transformer in use. Our Verizon was three bars & 4G. Satellite signal was easy-to-get. It's a long drive for anything, but we look forward to returning. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $1.00
When we arrived we tried to find an electrical receptacle that we could use and it was a bit of a trial. Too many are out of commission and we finally ended up in their 50-amp section just because we didn't want to futz around. This is a good base to explore the area. We went to Monterey, Santa Cruz, and over to Pinnacles NP (what a special place.) This campground needs a lot of work to make it look nice. We did see a crew cleaning up the leaves and fallen branches one of the days we were there. Keep up the good work. On the other hand, the trees were huge, the spaces are large, and there was a neat trail to walk outside the camping area itself. We would definitely camp there again. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $35.00
This is an RV Resort past its prime. Many advertised sites are closed or no longer have the advertised utilities. The facilities are old and worn. Campsites are very littered with everything from clothing to discarded utensils to used condoms. Full time or part time residents have erected various structures on sites creating the look of a hobo jungle in areas. I wouldn't bring young children here. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $1.00
This is in a quiet out of the way location in the heart of wine country. We drove past huge vineyards and vegetable fields on the way to get here. The park is older and needs TLC; although, it has a nice club house and some weekend dinners. The folks here are very nice and there is a great feeling about this place. There are deer, bobcats, (so keep a close watch on your little dog) wild turkeys, coyotes, eagles, black birds...and lovely huge oaks and it is Very Quiet. The trees can be a problem if you have a high rig so be attentive! We damaged our trailer on a low branch which will cost us thousands, sadly....but live and learn. The electrical service is in dire need of attention. Some of the sites are getting electrical upgrades, but our site near the dry creek bed had repeated low voltage (below 105 volts) every morning. Fortunately, we have a wired-in electrical protector that shut off power when this occurred and showed us the lowered voltage so our equipment was not damaged. But I feel sorry for folks that are not similarly protected so we cannot recommend this park unless you have a shut off for low voltage or will not be using the power for devices that can be hurt by low voltage. When we stayed here in October, the grass on the sites was short, dry and covered with leaves...not really unpleasant but a rake would be handy. This location is a convenient distance to Pinnacles National Park which we enjoyed visiting the day after federal funding was restored. The price reflects that we are Thousand Trails members and stayed at a 30 amp site. 50 amp service is $5 extra per day. Verizon service was OK, helped by our cell phone booster. All in all, we loved this park because of the great wildlife, energy, and peace. We will come here again. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $1.00
This is a very rustic style campground (which I like), sites are dirt and pretty level. Finding shade may be difficult, but not impossible if you look. Satellite TV comes in good. This is a membership style park, although it has recently opened to the public and I hope to see some of the new funds going toward improvements.This park could be really great. There is a pool for adults only and a larger family pool. Ice cream social on the weekend and the serve dinner Friday night and breakfast on the weekends for a small charge. If you like pavement and green manicured lawn, this may not be for you. This place is quiet and away from town and freeways. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $3.00
Oh what it could be. They have done some mowing since the last review but not a lot. 200 acres and very large sites with lots of open space. Beautiful old trees. Bobcats and deer are common visitors. Two nice pools, the adult pool and lodge are quite a ways from the sites. Free WiFi in the lodge but very expensive otherwise. I am told 20 years ago you couldn't hardly get a site, now in Aug it is nearly empty. Sites need more than just weeding, but if current grounds keeper is able to get the support it could be a completely different place next year. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2012
The park is really unkempt. Grass in all the sites is knee high, brush hasn't been removed, mostly just ugly. The current manager just left after only 3 months so there have been 2 managers this spring and funds are not being used to do much of anything. Horseshoe pits were overgrown and a team of members spent the week trying to clean them for a preserve sponsored tournament this weekend. Staff ignored requests to clear occupied sites of weeds and brush until three of us got our own weed-eater and cleared our sites. We were told the preserve maintenance equipment was broken and they had to go out and rent mowers and tractors after the manager left mid-week. The last time we were here the preserve was clean, trimmed and nice...not this time. Staff was friendly enough and they got down to business after the outgoing manager was off site. The bark park was okay, the exercise trail was not accessible, overgrown, the other facilities were clean and useable. 30 amp power was steady and no issues. Coyotes, deer, bobcat, cougar and squirrels, birds and owls call the preserve home. With proper care and maintenance the campground will be OK and we would return. NOTE: Do not approach this CG from I-5 Exit 334 (Coalinga), CA-198 and CA-25. The book gives these directions and the result is not pleasant. You find yourself driving over 100 miles of very narrow, winding and hilly two lane highway not designed for big rigs of any kind. There is a better way. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $1.00
Boy what a disappointment. TT must really be hurting for money when they can't even cut the grass so you can get into sites. Actually it is the 50 amp sites that they don't mow so they can cut down on their electrical charges. The place was worth what we paid - $0. Unfortunately, this seems to be the norm for Thousand Trails. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $15.00
Nice park if you like being out in the country. Very quiet, nice staff, big clean pool. Closest town with amenities is Hollister, a bit of a drive. But, if you want a peaceful, outdoor stay with plenty of wildlife to watch, stay here. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $1.00
If you like nature and lots of critters, this is the place, quiet and two pools, a spa and a very helpful and friendly staff. The Manager is into improving maintenance and the park is located in a very historical, quiet area with Bobcats, Deer, Coyotes, tons of Quail and lots of other birds. It is the nicest 1000 Trails central CA location! Not only do they have a fully functional store but the food at the main lodge is excellent and fun! We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $1.00
TTN Preserve, clean and well maintained, lots of traffic, close enough to things to do to keep you busy. Pinnacles National Monument is a must do from this Preserve. TTN Preserves can be found in some of the most out of the way places, but close enough: not inconvenient. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $1.00
This is a very nice preserve in the San Benito Valley. The Pinnacles National Monument and numerous wineries are in the area so there were many things to occupy our time. With over 500 sites, it is one of the larger preserves, most of the sites have full hookups and are reasonably level. There are two pools, a country store and two lodge facilities, all of which are in very good condition. The Verizon cell phone and air card signals are quite good and many of the sites are satellite friendly. The paved roads are good and the gravel roads among the sites are not bad. On the downside, the area is very dry, so many of the huge older trees look to be in distress and the grass/weeds are difficult to control. The staff is working to control them but they do not have the large equipment to do the job properly. We enjoyed our stay here and will certainly return in the future. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Motorhome.Undo
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