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Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve

Paicines, California


16225 Cienega Rd
Paicines, California 95043
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 510
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 36.69024
Longitude: -121.29468

Elevation: 698' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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33 Reviews

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $5.00
Overall Rating:

Typical TT park. The rangers were very friendly and helpful. They did ask us to show our insurance and registration on our truck and trailer before they would let us enter. I've never had that before. We paid $5 extra per night for 50 amp. The sites are close together but the park wasn't full so we did not have anyone on one side of us while we were there. The sites are grass and fairly level. It is fairly easy to maneuver through the park. There are a lot of trees which is nice for the shade but they need to be trimmed because most on the sites would scratch your roof. Verizon had limited cell service in the park. AT&T had no cell service. You have the option of buying wi-fi at your campsite for $10 for 5 days and it works extremely well. But, it is suppose to be for 1 user at a time. However, my husband and I were able to use it on our phones at the same time. Go figure. It is a great park if you just want to kick back and camp because it isn't close to anything. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The road you come in to the park on is part of their wine trail. It has 3 wineries that are worth the tasting cost.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $77.00
Overall Rating:

This park was in a scenic area. The 2 mile private road into it was pitted with many somewhat significant potholes so drive slowly. Staff was courteous and friendly. Laundromat was decent. Only gave a 6 rating because the pool was not heated and water was so cold no one was going in, plus wifi was nonexistent. However staff did claim that high speed internet was coming soon. Lots were dirt/gravel and weeds with many biting red ants. Everyone in our four rig group received several painful bites, even using deep woods Off. Park needs to spray or something to alleviate this issue. Overall this park seemed somewhat overpriced--But it is probably the best one in the area as options for other parks was limited. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

The bathrooms are in disrepair, clogged sinks, and toilets. Showers not working well, bathrooms are outdated for us either hot water no cold, or hardly and water pressure. It seems the owners are not putting any funds in the camps. Over run by gophers, grounds not well kept, trash areas very smelly. Personnel are nice is the only good thing I can say. This use to be a fantastic place. We are member of 1000 trails so we did not have a cost We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
381
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is swimming there is a family lodge but over time I noticed it has changed and not much for children. The air conditioning was out and it was over 100 degrees. They all say tomorrow it was be fixed but we were there a week and It was not.

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Review Count: 86
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

It seems to be hit or miss with Thousand Trails properties; you never know what it will be like. A lot of the experience depends on the site you get. Towing our 41 ft. house around a property we are not familiar with while trying to find a suitable site can be stressful. We were thankful for the employee that gave us some suggestions and ended up recommending just the right site for us. This is a large resort and there are many sites to choose from, but most are out in the open with no shade and very close to neighbors. We prefer a site with some shade and a decent amount of separation from our neighbor so we don't feel crowded. That can be hard to find, but thankfully we found a site like that here. The site we had was a 30 amp full hookup. With the shade we got along just fine with only 30 amp. They charge $5 extra per night for 50 amp. Verizon 4G worked well, but AT&T does not work at all. There was a section way in the back of the park that Verizon didn't work at all. This park is out in the middle of nowhere; there is not much to do in the area, but it's a nice place to relax if that's what you're looking for. The park will allow you to receive UPS and FedEx packages there; USPS does not deliver to the park. The employees were nice and friendly; we enjoyed our stay and would come back to this TT park if we're in the area again. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The town of Hollister is only about 20-30 minutes away. Since I travel fulltime it can be hard to find a place to get my hair cut and colored on the road. I went to Attitudes and Images Salon in Hollister and saw Sandra who did a great job on my hair. We also visited Pinnacles National Park which was only about 30 minutes away.

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

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

We were here during a major fire in Big Sur so some days were quite smokey but that's just an aside. Well kept park, friendly staff, good food in cafe on weekends. They are having a problem with power so many spots are tent only. But, that being said there were plenty of full hookup sites available. Wildlife around but only saw deer. The long term sites are VERY well kept and attractive. We extended our stay here as we kind of like the quiet and seclusion. Will definitely stay here again. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Site Details

Site Number
91
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Stock up before coming as it is about 30 miles to shopping. There is a small store on site. Don't miss San Juan Bautista while in the area.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

Campground not well maintained. Adult Lodge filthy as well as the restroom there. Family lodge not well maintained. Both pools closed for repairs as well as the hot tub. Appears they could have closed them in the winter for repairs, instead of the summer time during high usage. Picnic tables in a state of disrepair. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
140
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Lots of deer and wildlife.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

This is the straw the broke the camel's back. We pulled out of our Thousand Trails membership because of this park . Closed or flooded filthy bathrooms. More than half the sites had faulty electrical and the "ranger" was the least helpful staff member I've ever dealt with. Tons of full timers, which is fine if it didn't look like they were making drugs in their rigs. Do yourself a favor, stay clear. We left and will never look back. Sad thing is we've waited to join since we were first married 20 years ago. My husband's dad had been a member since the 80s and it's always been a goal. Hopefully they can get it together . We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

We spent one night here with a new Roadtrek motorhome just to get the first time out under our belt. The weather was good spring weather, and while it was busy we were able to get a site with hookups that worked. I agree with the other reviews posted about this time, except on customer service and bathrooms. We had no complaints on either. We parked next to a couple of nice full timers that were very helpful, but they did mention not to leave things unattended. (Some people that "lived" here full time apparently can't be trusted.) That's my biggest complaint with this and the Morgan Hill Thousand Trails is that there Seems to be an over abundance of transient type residents. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
89
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

There is a café that serves breakfast but if you go, get there early without high expectations. But its cheap and decent.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

We were not impressed with this park. We stayed for free because our new trailer came with a complimentary Thousand Trails membership. The spaces were well-spread out but dirt and not very level. Dozens of spaces had inoperative electrical hookups, most of which were marked with little flags, but we managed to find a non-working one without a flag and had to move. The men's bathroom exhaust fan was inoperative and as a result the men's room was like a sauna. The park grounds were covered with large tree leaves, which hid hundreds of dangerous ground squirrel burrows. The hidden burrows were like booby traps for dogs and small children. It's a lawsuit waiting to happen. They had a pool and hot tub but, of course, the hot tub was closed for maintenance and it was January, way too cold for the pool. Overall, our impression was of a park that was nice twenty years ago and is on it's last legs today. It's very far out of the way and we will not go back. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Our GPS navigator took us back to Interstate 5 via THIRTY MILES of terrible dirt road! Do not make that mistake.

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

This park is very remote. The nearest shopping is in Hollister, 12 miles and a half hour drive away. There is a small store on the property but the stock is very limited and it was closed most of the time. Make sure your fuel and refrigerator are full before you come.

It's a large park with most spaces well separated. There are a lot of trees so it's pretty. But it's badly in need of maintenance as other reviewers have said. Probably half of the electrical boxes are not working. The man who checked us in said this year's budget allows for one restroom to be remodeled but all six need to be. An electrician is supposedly coming. Stay tuned...

There are a lot of full-timers with Thousand Trails memberships who go back and forth between this campground and the one in Morgan Hill every 21 days. Not much to be done about that.

We heard that a new park manager started just before we arrived and that much of the staff here quit. Maybe that's why on Tuesday they delivered the previous Thursday's newspaper to our door. Funny or sad? You decide.

Wifi at our site was for a fee from Tengo. Verizon LTE worked well and there was adequate cell phone service as well. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
234
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Pinnacles National Park is about a half hour drive away.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $39.00
Overall Rating:

Used as a short term stay while working in area. Disappointed by the poorly maintained sites, lots of non working electrical, pot holes, muddy. Pool was heated 69-70 degrees - yikes. Spa was out of order the whole stay. Could be a beautiful destination. If this is what the average Thousand Trails is like I'm glad I did not sign up. Spaces were decent and wildlife was awesome. Lots of old full-time rigs in need of repair; so sad as they have probably have no where else to go. Hope they can bring this park back to life. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
424
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Nothing close. Hollister and Gilroy are 20-40 minutes away.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

Both the Family Lodge and the Adult Lodge were filthy. They serve meals but who would want to eat in a dirty area and fight the flies. The grounds were not maintained. Rec equipment was either missing or broken. Poor electrical service. Appears to be little or none enforcement of the park rules. It also appears they are leasing out sites to folks who have nowhere else to live, but the members have to camp next to them. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed for one night on our way home after a 3 week trip thru the western states. When we arrived we were told that due to the drought conditions that the water was not safe to drink unless boiled. We were also told to look for a site with an electrical hook up that did not have a red dot or an X on it as these were without power. When we look for a site to hook up to we discovered that roughly half the sites had red dots or X's. The clubhouse was the only location in the campground that had WiFi. 50 AMP sites were $5 extra even for TT members.

We are TT members but we have yet to be at a TT campground that we would actually pay money to stay at. We got the membership when we purchased our RV. We camped at Thousand Trails - San Benito Preserve in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
3rd Sec from CH
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Close to Pinnacles NP and San Juan Bautista mission.

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Review Count: 73
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Grass

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $5.00
Overall Rating:

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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