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Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $3.00
We are Thousand Trails Zone Pass members and have stayed in several Thousand Trails parks. We were not particularly impressed with this park. Most other reviewers mention the difficulty on the narrow winding road with blind curves going in and out of the park, so we disconnected our toad before going in, but DH says even with our 38' motor home we could have stayed connected and been okay. There are mirrors on all the blind curves and there is only one spot where two rigs could not pass. The long steep grades on the highway getting over the passes are bigger issues for the driver. The park was dusty, there is very little shade available at the sites, and most are a long steep walk to and from the amenities. The pools were open and one was heated a little bit, but full of leaves. We didn't use the amenities, and never even visited the lodges because of the dust and steep hill to walk there. Sites were spacious enough, and we loved the quiet (silence) and dark skies at night. The location and entry road make this a difficult location to use as base camp to visit Santa Barbara, Solvang, and other areas of interest. We would not stay here again. We camped at Rancho Oso in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $10.00
The $10 rate reflects the RPI rate. This park is outside of Santa Barbara about 15 miles on CA route 154 "up" the mountain, then there is another 5 miles before you reach the entrance to the park. Then you have a couple of miles of "very curvy" road to the check-in gate. The sites are gravel/dirt back-in with full hookups, a picnic table, and some have a shade tree. The middle of Sept was quite hot, into the upper 90s, so a shade tree was nice to have. The pool area is gorgeous with a lot of trees, two pools and a spa as well as a general store. There is also a historic stone lodge that is used for gatherings as well as TV watching. There are a lot of hiking/horseback riding trails. A drive down to the Santa Barbara pier is about 25 miles, back down the mountain. They do offer group meals and other amenities on the weekends. We camped at Rancho Oso in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $13.00
This is a great park, handy to Santa Barbara and the Ynez valley. Although there were no pull thrus, the back in sites were easy to manage with plenty of turning space. The restrooms were clean. There is WiFi (not the greatest) in the adult lodge and some of it spills into the nearest campsites. We took advantage of local hiking, bicycling, and organized activities like the stock demonstration and wine tasting right on site. The pool and hot tub are beautifully surrounded by trees. The only downside is the narrow road within the ranch that takes you to the campsites. It is very narrow and very winding with three corners that have big convex mirrors to help you see around. It is quite nerve-wracking with a big RV. On-coming traffic can best be avoided by checking in late in the afternoon and leaving early in the morning. We camped at Rancho Oso in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $1.00
We are TT members and the price reflects this. Yes, there is a 1 1/2 mile 2 lane road into the park but most people leave in the morning and arrive in the afternoon so we did not see a problem. I think there might be one in the summer when the place gets busier than in February. The campground is terraced and the sites are mostly level but on dirt and gravel. We had trouble finding a site with good electrical connections but finally did and settled in. There are nice trails around the park to take. The ranch house is historic and fun to visit. We enjoyed the sundaes (who wouldn't) and there were all sorts of other meals served. There was a small convenience store. We used this campground to explore the area of Solvang, Santa Barbara, Kanpp Castle, and the roads around the area. We would definitely stay there again. We camped at Rancho Oso in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $62.00
There are a lot of great things about this RV park. It is quiet, the man at the gate was very nice. Our grand daughter took the horse back ride and loved it. The girl leading the horses was really great. The RV spots are large, but dirt, there was no privacy plants between the spots. There were bottle caps and garbage that wasn't cleaned up when we arrived at our spot. I never saw anyone cleaning up the RV spots. The pool area was clean and the pools were very nice. The last 1.3 miles was a one way road. There were 3 switch backs that you couldn't see around and they had mirrors that the driver coming down could see if there was someone coming, however the person coming up had no clue if there was someone in their path. We were towing a toad and it would have been hard for us to back up. Rancho Oso wants people leaving to use the road in the morning and the ones coming in to use it in the afternoon. That sorta of works but every time I used the road and met someone however not at the switch backs. I don't think my husband wants to drive that 1.3 miles again. As far as cell phone use you can go into the lodge, which is very nice and they have a booster and I was able to get an AT&T signal. We camped at Rancho Oso in a Motorhome.Undo
First time out to this campground, but for sure not the last time. The restrooms are the cleanest ones we have ever seen. Free pool table in very good condition. The pools are heated and warm enough (sure warmer would be better), but they are nice and deep (up to 8 1/2'). The sites are level and it is very peaceful. Internet seems to be limited on a daily usage, so in the morning it works good and in the afternoon it slows done to unusable. Great Park. We camped at Rancho Oso in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $1.00
Thousand Trails members rate. Park is in a beautiful setting, but the drive in is a bit difficult as it is over very steep large hills from 101 northbound and then ends via a very narrow access road with corners so tight they have mirrors mounted to see around the corner! Luckily no traffic coming out as we went in. Most of the park is tiered with lots of tall grass, hills and trees surrounding dirt and gravel sites. VERY quiet and peaceful. 30 amp electric is steady, good water and we got strong Direct TV with no issue. Verizon was very marginal but with my signal booster got out fine. We would come here again. This is about 24 miles out of Santa Barbara; a slow, curvy drive to be sure. No quarrel with park itself. We camped at Rancho Oso in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $1.00
Second time at this campground and our rate is Thousand Trails member. We enjoy this location. For us it's close to home in miles but seems like you're out in the wilds. Campground has 30 amp power, good water, and sewer connections. Lots of areas to explore and walking trails to enjoy. Plenty of mule deer in the campground at dusk and into the night. Adult lodge allows internet access and Verizon cell worked but only single bar. We stayed here in site #1 and we will return. We camped at Rancho Oso in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $1.00
Spent 5 nights here during mid-week through weekend. Our rate is with Thousand Trails Zone Pass. AS with others, the last part of the drive into CG is narrow, but we had no problem. CG was fairly full although all the facilities we mostly had to ourselves. The adult clubhouse was well equipped with nice lounge and pool table. We checked out the swimming pool(heated pool was closed for repairs), but both pools looked in good shape as well as the heated spa. All utilities worked well(30 amp power, water and sewer), Cell phone coverage was limited. We didn't have our computers with us so we don't know about Wi-Fi although we saw several with their computers in the lounge area's. Lots of wildlife about at dusk and dawn(mule deer, wild turkeys, fox). All in all a very nice time and we will return. We camped at Rancho Oso in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $15.00
WARNING. Getting to the park and getting anywhere from the park is extremely difficult. It is 15 miles past Santa Barbara over and around mountains. Then you exit onto the approach road which is smaller and more difficult to maneuver. And then like Disney World, you reach the entrance only to find another mile of harrowing driving. I have a 26 ft class A diesel with a tow and was very concerned most of the way. Once arriving for our 3 night visit we decided that going back and forth to SB would be too difficult even with just a car, so we forfeited our prepayment through RPI and left. The park seemed nice, but the ride was not. We camped at Rancho Oso in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $58.00
Were told about this hidden gem of a campground by a friend. We liked is so much that we actually joined Thousand Trails because of the campground. Lots of activities to keep busy with if you want to stay in the campground all day. Decent movie selection at the store with recent movie rentals. Lodge's are very nice and well maintained. Site was level and all utilities were close and worked well. We will definitely be back as we belong to a few wineries in the area and this will be our stop to pick up our wine a few times a year. We camped at Rancho Oso in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $1.00
Nice, well maintained Thousand Trails park with lots of activities. There was no 50 amp service and it was over 100 a couple of days so we really missed having the extra power. Sites are dirt, but lots of trees. Got good satellite and fair cell service (At&T) and internet (Verizon MiFi) with booster. Only real problem we saw, was the road to the park. It is only wide enough for one rig going one direction. If you meet another rig coming the other way, one of you will have to back up quite a distance. It would be nice if they could enforce having rigs go out before noon and rigs come in after noon. I'm surprised there hasn't been any fatalities with the current setup. We would definitely camp here again. We camped at Rancho Oso in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $1.00
Nightly rate reflects membership in TT Zone Pass. My wife and I spent 10 days at this resort over the 4th of July. It was our first trip to this resort. The view from your campsite is like looking at a postcard. The mountain views are spectacular. You are a thirty minute ride down the mountain to the beaches at Santa Barbara or the little Danish town of Solvang. Don't miss either of these destinations. The staff were always friendly and the grounds and restrooms were clean. Food is available on weekends at breakfast, lunch and dinner and the food was good. The only negative item and the reason I can't give Rancho Oso a "10" is the entry road to the campground. It is approx 1.2 miles from the entry gate to the guard shack and the road has many sharp curves and is very narrow most of the way. There are very few areas for two RV's to pass each other on this entry road. Enter in the afternoon after people have left the resort in the AM. We camped at Rancho Oso in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2010 - $1.00
Rancho Oso TTN is a horse ranch, with boarding facilities and trail rides. Weekly the Preserve manager hosts a bull-bucking show and a cow dog demonstration in the arena that is well worth the time spent. The staff is very helpful and the facilities are clean. They hold a wine tasting here, local vintners, and raffle some of the wines to the participants. Solvang is a great little town to visit from here. We camped at Rancho Oso in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $1.00
The price reflects membership. Good secure site. We unhooked car as the road to this RV park is very narrow. Was plenty of room between sites. Has a very nice swimming pool. Adults only 10.00-11.00am and 3.00-4.00pm. Spa is 18 and over at all times. Would return. We camped at Rancho Oso in a Motorhome.Undo
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