19 RV Parks near Salinas, California
Jul 2017 - $40.00
I called on Monday June 26th to see if I could make a reservation for my 26' travel trailer for Saturday July 1st through July 4th. I was told that reservations must be made at least 1 week in advance, even though they had over 50 sites available. I asked, "If you have that many sites open, why can't you take my reservation so I can be assured a site for my trailer?" Her reply, "I'm sorry we just don't take reservations that soon. We are taking reservations for next week only, not this week." This is a stupid policy to not be able to reserve an open site! Anyways, she proceeded to tell me that the only weekend that has ever sold out was the past Memorial Holiday weekend and that I should be fine in having a spot. I called on Friday June 30th at 4:45 and was told that there were still over 50 spots available for my size travel trailer. And yes, again they would not take a reservation unless it was 7 days out. So....Saturday we head out to Laguna Seca. Upon arrival we had to endure a very steep 16 degree climb, just to find out that there are NO available spaces that would fit my travel trailer. Also, the driveway throughout both campsites are very tight. It was frustrating experiencing the first come, first to get a site chaos as I am looking at small trailers taking up several of the larger RV sites. There were a few open sites but they were only big enough to fit a van conversion type RV, not a 26ft travel trailer. I will not ever consider staying here - reservation or not. We ended up driving about 45 minutes away to Yanks RV Resort off of Hwy. 101. - RV Joe
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
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
Jun 2017 - $80.00
We arrived 30 minutes before check in. As we walked up to the counter, the first words we heard were, "Well, you know you are 30 minutes early.". No "welcome to our campground - let's see if your site is ready" nothing polite. Then we find that we were assigned a camp site right next to the highway. Note that most of the camp sites are right next to the highway and are very loud. We specifically asked for a non highway site when we reserved the spot 6 weeks prior and were ignored. Note that the bathrooms were closed for remodeling and that temporary bathrooms were being used. We will not be back. We do not like to be ignored or treated rudely. - Maxine and Cinder
Jun 2017 - $80.00
Check in was friendly. Sites are extremely tight, and all are at 90°. I had to move my TV to allow the Class A arriving across from us room to maneuver. Be prepared. Park is fully paved, with gravel sites. Facility is undergoing reno for the bathrooms; porta-potties and showers were available for the tent campers. Unfortunately, the daily Toilet Service Truck was accompanied by the lingering odor of waste smell as it did its thing. Traffic noise from the freeway behind the park was constant. Our site was on the far side, else it would have been pretty loud. As others have said, the construction on the road outside starts early in the day, is noisy, and reduces entering/exiting traffic to one lane. Hopefully they will be done soon. The recycling bins filled to overflowing and were not emptied during our stay. One piece of advice for larger rigs: Be careful on entry: the curbs are tight, and the approach to check-in is both uphill and curved. The pet facilities are out the exit and feature a long walking area on the empty dunes, as well as a dog beach area (the 1/2 mile walk over the dunes to the water is longer than it looks, both uphill and downhill, and has soft sand all along the path.). WiFi was fast and strong with no issues. Park had acceptable SD free cable TV which also worked well. - Llando88
Jun 2017 - $86.00
Looking for a park meant for longer stays or just over night, with a great location near Monterey and Carmel by the Sea and just a few hundred yards from the beach, this place should meet your needs. There are no pull thru sites, all back in, but most have plenty of room. The sites are private with easy hook ups. It is about 1/3rd of a mile to the ocean with a great walk along the dunes which is very dog friendly so they can run off leash. The office staff is helpful and friendly which makes for an easy check in. The showers are under construction and running past the expected completion date but should be open in a few days. They have temporary showers and portable toilets on site mean time. The TV/game room is a very nice place to relax. Laundry facility is priced very reasonable. The road noise is there around the clock but should be expected if you select a campground next to the freeway. Great service is getting harder and harder to find in RV parks and is very much appreciated when you find it. We have plans to return and look forward to it. - The Desert Rats
May 2017 - $63.00
We stayed here because it was convenient to Monterey and Pinnacles National Park. We were in a section with units positioned to pull in from opposite ends so we shared connection locations. The space was rather tight and almost all asphalt. Unlike other spots, since we faced our neighbors, it wasn't very private. The bathrooms need upgrading and management says they are planning that. The laundry was great. Wi-Fi was not usable but Verizon 4G was fine. It served our purpose for the location but not really that pleasant. They said they are upgrading the power which is needed as we lost power the last night. The entry driveway is a tight turn and steep so follow their directions if you have a big rig. We were close to the 101 highway so noisy. Like many RV parks today, there were a number of permanent or semi-permanent residents. - bdornbush
Mar 2017 - $74.00
What a great little park! Despite heavy storm damage, the maintenance staff has been working hard to clean up downed trees and make each RV site nice. Our site, the best one in the place, has a side deck and back deck, all for the price. Management and workers are friendly and helpful. Would stay here again in a heartbeat. - laurly
Nov 2016 - $1.00
This is a campground that needs some improvements. Our space was tight for our 40' Class A, but we managed to back it in. The problem was electrical supplies. Luckily we have a Hughes Autoformer and a Progressive Industries 50 amps EMS. Despite having the Autoformer to boost voltage, we saw power drop down to 105 volts. I went to the office after shutting down all power to the rig and they quickly sent an electrician to diagnostic the problem. He was unable to fix the issue and we spent the night without power. It was cold in late November.
In the morning we moved to another location that became available and the management agreed to refund our stay. Nice and friendly management, but watch out for electrical supply in some spots. - Two Dogs and an RV
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
Apr 2017 - $50.00
DON'T STAY HERE. A construction company is using the fairgrounds as a staging area for a major street project. Trucks and equipment are coming and going all night long. You WILL NOT SLEEP. Not a level spot here. If you have a motorhome your front wheels will be in the air if you don't have blocks. The lower section is dirt and wood chips. A muddy mess when it rains. Dusty and dirty when it is dry. The upper section borders the golf course. Rigs are constantly getting hit by golf balls. Sites are very tight. There is a huge dip at the entrance. If your rig is low it will bottom out. This park has been neglected for many years. The fairground management does not care and will do nothing to improve it because it is the only game in town. Do yourself a favor and go 10 minutes north on Highway 1. - firsttimefulltimer
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
Sep 2016 - $33.00
Love this RV park. Have been several times. Always find the bathrooms to be clean and staff to be very friendly. This time, however, 2 of the shower stalls were inoperable, so just had to share the one good stall with others. No problem. I'm sure it will be fixed by the time we return. - Jolacabana
Sep 2016 - $33.00
We enjoyed this park. It has a woodsie feel in the middle of a well groomed golf course. Being close to the pacific, the temperature is comfortable year round. It is adjacent to the fairgrounds which is also where the Jazz festival is held. Very convenient. The staff was very helpful. We stayed on Labor Day weekend which is also the county fair. Other than a little traffic in front of the fairgrounds it had no impact on our stay. This park is due for renovation and the plans have been approved. They are waiting on the money. - LostSoulCa
Aug 2016 - $29.00
Check in was friendly. Park is on edge of golf course. They have a grill at the pro shop area where you can eat. Restrooms and showers were clean. Lots are near each other. Site surface is asphalt and gravel. - Colorado Trio
Oct 2016 - $70.00
Beautiful mountain views. Closest RV/Camping/Cabin stay to Carmel and Monterey and all the attractions they hold. Clean, lots of trees and flowering plants. Communal firepit in gazebo, large pool, very nice playground, hiking trails. Friendly staff. Very quiet. Clean and nice bathrooms/showers. No rigs over 35 feet. One mile off Carmel Valley Road. The entrance narrows and is steep for the last 100 feet but you won't have a problem.
No wood burning fires, but charcoal and Duraflame logs are permitted.
You can rent a portable fire pit if you forgot yours, or if your site does not automatically come with one.
Great place for families....
LOVE the beautiful cabins. Will return to stay in those at another time. - pamelaham
Sep 2016 - $70.00
Nice campground in the middle of trees and above Carmel. Has swimming pool, rest areas, badminton, bbq at each site. Looks nice! Showers are restroom are limited (one of each) and quite dirty and old. Costs quite much. - WorldTravelers
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
Aug 2016 - $85.00
It was so great to return to our favorite RV park, in our 45' coach. Camped here many times. It is just far enough away from Carmel to be in the sun so weather is perfect. It is quiet, peaceful, and nicely landscaped. Sites are wide with 8' tall hedges between, creating privacy.
Owners are very friendly and go out of their way to make sure your stay meets your expectations. Owner is constantly improving the park. We especially like the stamped concrete patios on the premium sites.
Expensive, but any place around Carmel is expensive. It is well worth it in our opinion. Park is very dog friendly with a wonderful maintained grass field for dogs to play in. Park is so relaxing it is hard to motivate ones self to leave. - carguy
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
Apr 2017 - $79.00
We visit this KOA often because of the friendly staff, 1 block to beach and several eating establishments. There is a marina right next to the park and you can catch your boat to the whale watching, etc. right there! If you didn't want to drive anywhere this is the place to stay. There are only 46 spots all full hookup, clean well kept so you need to book early for a guaranteed stay. - Lillian Rivera
Feb 2017 - $67.00
Rate reflects Good Sam discount - beware this cg raises its rate from Thurs to Sun. I think if you come in before Thurs they should charge you just one rate. Small, bare bones, tight park. Very concerned with total lack of security. Right across from our site (16) was the laundry building & a latch gate shared with the marina next door. Easy access to cg for transients roaming around. All sites are backins - super close to neighbors. Had to park tow car at a diagonal in front of coach to fit in site. Interior roads are asphalt & pads concrete with picnic table. Wifi pretty much nonexistent. Only two restroom/shower combo rooms. While they were clean, they are in need of updating (linoleum floors, fiberglass shower inserts, plaster walls). There were 2 big rubber mats on floor & rooms were spacious. Staff was friendly & professional- needed to adjust my dates & they were accommodating. There are not many parks in the Monterey area & this one is about 30 -33 min from Monterey which has much to offer. If we did return, we would make sure we were in the last row of the park. - Beachside Baby
Dec 2016 - $70.00
A rather nice, very small & cramped KOA. Well maintained, but one of the most important amenities is sorely lacking: the Wi-Fi ranges from abysmally slow to non-existent.
At its fastest, speedtest.com tells us that the download speed is 0.6 mb/second, and the upload speed is 0.1 mb/second. If you need Wi-Fi, this is NOT the place for you. It took about 24hours, but by the second day we were here, we were over-run with ants. Take appropriate measures to prevent this! - jobriant