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Review Count: 40
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 7
Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $10.00
Beautiful location in the Los Padres National Forest. It was an original land grant and sold by the original grant holder to 1000 Trails. Nicely maintained and lots of things to do right in the park or close by. On weekends they serve various meals. We were only here on week days.
We were on the hillside and though we had room for our 33 ft. 5th wheel, the back, past the levelers, was hanging off the hill! We felt safe enough but couldn't walk around the back of the rig.
Only two negatives. The first is the scary last mile into the park. It is a private road and often times is only one lane. It is narrow and twisty!
State Highway 154 is doable by RVs. A few steep grades but just keep the speed down and you are fine. The 2nd negative for us (others may be happy to be unplugged) was the complete lack of a Verizon cell and data signal. We were able to get a Direct TV sat signal. We would definitely come back! We camped at Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 40
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4
Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $1.00
The park is very nice, there are good facilities, and good amount of things to do.
However, the road in is challenging. Even though we had called the ranger station before starting the 1.25 mile narrow entry road, and were assured that no one was on their way out, a pickup and horse trailer met us just as we came around the last curve on the way down into the campground. It became obvious that the person driving the pickup towing the horse trailer was not comfortable backing it up, and since we had our toad attached (and an additional pickup with 5th wheel and two other vehicles behind us), it took quite a while to get it resolved. Eventually (after there were an additional 4 vehicles stuck behind the horse trailer), two of the campground rangers came up, a driver of one of the vehicles behind the horse trailer managed to maneuver it backwards and towards the side of the road, and we all got through.
The other negative for us was that internet and cellphone service, even with Verizon and a cellular booster, is marginal at best. We were about midway up the hill; it may have been better if we had parked on the top row. In the Adult Lodge, it is better, but still not wonderful.
Be aware that the Garmin RV GPS may route you to avoid route 154 (it has a truck warning for trucks more than 30' from kingpin to rear axle). The alternatives that the Garmin suggests look to be much worse (the Garmin indicates "RV Accessibility Unknown" on the routes it recommends, instead of routing you on 154 which it thinks could be a problem). The campground information recommended that we use 154, and we are glad we did (there were no problems for our 43' bus on 154 - the problems occurred on the narrow entry road to the campground).
Rate reflects Thousand Trails membership. We camped at Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort in a Motorhome.
Both Santa Barbara and Solvang are 30-45 minutes away. Stock up on supplies before heading to the campground.
There is a free bucking bull and herding dog demonstration on Saturday morning at the arena which was very entertaining and educational. The campground has available for purchase: spaghetti dinner on Friday night, BBQ dinner on Saturday night, and breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings. The wine tasting on Saturday afternoon was enjoyable.
Review Count: 20
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3
Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $15.00
This is a great place to stay when visiting Santa Barbara or as a destination for some much needed R&R. I stayed in one of the full hook up sites on the hill. Plenty of room. The space is a rustic ranch style setting with lots to do and see. Amenities include 2 pools, in ground spa, adult lodge, family lodge, a small store and even optional horse back riding. Beware the road leading down to the park is a narrow winding one lane (at times) road (approx 1 mile) and it may be difficult to maneuver if you had to pass someone else while entering or leaving the park. We camped at Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: March, 2015
Have stayed here several times using our TT membership and always enjoy ourselves. Park was busy this time around with most every site be taken. We used this Park as a staging area for attending the "Vinter's Wine Festival" in Buellton and had a wonderful time. Very friendly staff and always quiet here. We will stay here again and again. We camped at Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 60
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 9
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 RV & Camping Resort in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 126
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 7
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 RV & Camping Resort in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0
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 RV & Camping Resort in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 34
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1
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 RV & Camping Resort in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 147
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 25
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 RV & Camping Resort in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: September, 2013
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 RV & Camping Resort in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 67
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 1
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 RV & Camping Resort in a Motorhome.
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 RV & Camping Resort in a Motorhome.
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 RV & Camping Resort in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0
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 RV & Camping Resort in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0
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 RV & Camping Resort in a Motorhome.
Both Santa Barbara and Solvang are 30-45 minutes away. Stock up on supplies before heading to the campground. There is a free bucking bull and herding dog demonstration on Saturday morning at the arena which was very entertaining and educational. The campground has available for purchase: spaghetti dinner on Friday night, BBQ dinner on Saturday night, and breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings. The wine tasting on Saturday afternoon was enjoyable.pattic777 • February 2016
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