6.6 Good
     
Santa Paula, California

Ventura Ranch KOA

Santa Paula, California



Santa Paula, California
Phone: (805) 933-3200

Sites: 112
Recent Rate: $58 4/2016

Latitude: 34.4060952891278
Longitude: -119.079394340515

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-stream Waterfront Waterfront yes-stream
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

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40 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $59.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park and setting. Employees unsociable, some rude. Rude campers. Noisy peacocks, pretty? Maybe. To me, fancy noisy chickens. Nice town, good location. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Pine site 7
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $58.00
Overall Rating:      

Initially, we were concerned about our size. We have a 40 ft 5th wheel pulled by a full crew size pickup. This campground is laid out with just the right amount of space for big rigs to get in & out. Just take it slow and you can stay here. The entire place is built on a hillside but divided into areas. Each area is as level as most campgrounds. We were in site #33 which is labeled a pull-through, however we backed in. One of the entrances was off the main road which is very steep in that section making it impossible for us to use the site as a pull-through. We had a very nice paved patio with table and chairs and a great view. They have tons of kid friendly activities. The pool area is extremely nice, but at the bottom of a very steep hill. This campground is located out in the country but it is an easy drive into Ventura for day trips. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a group of 10 FMCA campers. The rate reflects the group discount. We were placed in a beautiful wooded section in a circle around a fire pit. The sites are spacious and shaded. Utilities worked well. There is no sewer. Wifi was good. We used the club-house facility which is spacious and freshly painted as well as fully equipped. There is a huge barbecue and patio area available (we didn't use it). The club-house cost is pricey $35 for a four-hour slot.

The staff did a good job for us, despite that it was difficult to communicate in advance of the event - phone calls weren't returned, emailed documents didn't reach the recipient, etc. We live close enough to make a couple of personal visits so we didn't have any real problems.

We will stay here again and have already recommended it to our daughter's family as there are lots of kids activities. There is a sparkling pool, a climbing wall, a zip line and organized activities. Our group didn't take advantage of any of this as we were there in the off-season and no children were present. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Alder
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

The nearby cities of Ventura, Ojai, and Santa Paula offer sight-seeing, restaurants, and the Pacific Ocean (Ventura). Recommend Azu in Ojai (high-end Mediterranean), and La Cabana in Santa Paula (family style reasonably priced Mexican).

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

Not Handicap friendly, I felt really bad for a camper in a wheel chair. Safety issues with the steep stairs, be very careful. Very small bouncing pillow that did not have enough air. The kids enjoyed the Zip Line. The 1 hour per day for the rock wall was not enough time for the amount of kids. They did not drive through the park to keep down the noise from barking dogs. However they did respond when we called to complain. The problem was they allowed 3 dogs to come in with one family.

Friendly staff, I found them very enjoyable and they were there for the campers.

After visiting other KOA's before coming here, I was very disappointed with this park. Northern CA and San Diego have really nice parks and we do not mind paying the price for them.

This park has mostly tent, cabin and TeePee spots. There are a couple good RV spots 13 & 14 but most RV spots are very close to each other. I don't enjoy listening to your neighbors conversations.

So over all for the price, it's not worth it.

If you are a camper that enjoys sleeping in, well forget it here. The Peacocks are beautiful to look at but very loud in the mornings. Kind of like waking up next to a bunch of roosters. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
Alder
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $67.00
Overall Rating:      

Having stayed here several times and was greatly disappointed when we arrived. We had requested a premium site for our 40 ft. pusher with a clear view of the southern sky for our satellite; when we arrived and checked in we did not have a site with any a clear view. Staff said they could not change the site even though we had booked the site a year in advance. They said their system would not allow them to change it. Great park, clean and lots of wild Peacocks.

They need to do a much better job of site selection instead of putting a 28 ft rental with no satellite dish in a 60 ft site when the amount of large sites with full hook ups are limited. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
PINE
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

This park has something for everyone. It is built on the side of a canyon and there are multiple camping areas as you go down to the valley floor. At the top is the office and located nearby are cabins and a limited number of pull thrus and a few backins. The rate with KOA discount for a pull thru is $62. We stayed in one of these for two nights. There are peacocks and peahens wandering thru the campsites. Then there are three camping loops as you proceed down the hill. These are all back-ins and do not have sewer hookups. The rate for a backin is $50. We stayed in one on a Friday nite. This area filled up completely on the Friday night with weekend party groups. The groups near us had fun but were very considerate and moved their trucks so we could make turns on the way out. The valley floor is for tents - there are a number of large tee-pees for rent and a large number of tent sites. The large beautiful pool and bounce platform are located here. There is also a two stage zip line down the side of canyon. The sites at the top near the office would be good for more mature campers but the real fun is in the lower campsites.

Contrary to what other reviewers have said - the WiFi was EXCELLENT. They were installing new antennas while we were there. Cable TV was fine.

The price seemed high to us but we are from Arizona and not used to the Southern California prices. A county run park with campsites within 10 feet of an active railroad was asking $35 a nite with no sewer and no cable.

The only possible negative was the people working the front desk. They seemed young and clueless but the manager was excellent We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Tips for other Campers:

This park is not really conveniently located to the Reagan Library but the trip to the library is worth it.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice isolated location. Lots of shade. WiFi was not usable. Cable TV was not working. Poor laundry facility. two washers, one was not working. Two dryers. Went into Santa Paula to do laundry. Heavy trucks carrying avocados roll through the park at early hours, but mostly quiet. Nice pool and zip line. The park has improved some since our last stay in 2010, but could use a bit more work, such as site leveling, tree trimming, and moving some of the piles of rocks to allow easier maneuvering of RVs. Would stay here again. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Unlike some other reviewers here I found this KOA lacking in every aspect as an RV park. It's more a tent type of place. The trees are in need of trimming, I couldn't get into my pull through site because of low hanging branches. I called the office to use a different site and all I got from the kid was the run around. Then I found that the 50 amp electrical was not wired correctly but I was ignored. There is a critical water shortage in CA but this place watered so much there was water running down the street. The price I paid was way too much for what I got. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 112
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

This park could be a gem if they could get things working right. There was an extremely helpful and friendly young lady in the office who worked very hard to find us a spot we could get into. The park is very nicely laid out with quiet areas for old fogies like us and more lively areas for those who want to party hearty. I like this arrangement in a park. The bathhouses are clean, with private shower rooms. Very few sites have sewer but there is a pump-out truck that comes Mondays and Fridays. The problem is that you don't know when it's coming. We would have to leave our basement doors open for him to get to the controls, which we didn't want to do, so we had to wait. Sites need more gravel; they are mostly dirt. Wi-Fi was useless in our part of the park; I had to take a hefty walk up to the office area to use it on a daily basis. Cable was terrible. We couldn't get some channels that were listed, several other channels came in very fuzzy. Periodically, the cable would go out altogether. Antenna brought in mostly Spanish- and Japanese-language stations. The office didn't seem to be overly concerned about the cable problems....the answer usually was "we'll have someone look at it", which nobody did. Our site was very unlevel; we had to use all our blocks to level the rig. High fee for guests: $10 for car and driver, $4 for each additional guests, even if they don't plan to use the pool. What pool, you might ask? Apparently, the pool had been closed for weeks for repair, a fact that they don't bother to mention when you make reservations or even when you check in. Of course, they didn't lower the camping price because of no pool. The river had dried up to a stagnant pond, so you couldn't even wade in the river. The pool finally opened on the day we left, and a very nice pool it is. It appears to me that they are going to let locals use the pool for a fee, so it was very crowded with people wearing wristbands. There are two zip lines ($$) that looked fun and some kids' activities on the weekends. On the whole, this could be a GREAT park if they would pay attention to the infrastructure and get things working. As it is right now, it's way too expensive for what they offer. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

We spent 5 days at Ventura Ranch KOA and plan on going back every year going forward. Wonderful patio's and huge sites. We are taking our whole family next year with our kids and grandkids because we did not relaize how much there is to do for children. And a pool and water slides are coming for the summer of 2014. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Great place for kids to run wild. Has gravel sites, and a nice amount of space between sites. Also has friendly, helpful staff. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

This park will probably rank as a 9 or 10 in a year or two. There is quite a bit of construction going on in the common areas. The bathrooms and showers that have been rebuilt are great. The ones that haven't are absolutely disgusting. The pool looks like it will be nice when they get it done. There will be a small village and several more cabins added in the future. The kids enjoyed the jumping pillow and swings. We went mid-week, so the zip lines, bike rentals and nature walks were all closed. Again, looks like a typical activity packed KOA. The sites were fairly spacious with several of them having a brick patio and furniture. One thing we could have done without was the occasionally overwhelming smell of propane and sewer gas. Don't know what that was about. Peacocks and quail roam the campground and are interesting to watch. I think I'd like to return here in a year or two to see the finished product. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a fairly new looking campground, and they seem to be working hard to make it a great one. There are some uncommon (to campgrounds) facilities such as a zip line and other activities that you can partake in. A pool will be available soon (it is under construction). My biggest complaint is that the closest bathrooms and showers to my site were quite a walk (up a couple flights of stairs) from my campsite, up by the clubhouse. If you can't walk that far, however, there is parking and you can drive there. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $66.00
Overall Rating:      

We were traveling with another couple and the four of us were knocked out at the clean bathrooms and showers. The setting is shady, up in the foothills. They have peacocks that wander around the grounds. The sites were nice and big and we had comfortable patio furniture. It's a bit of a drive to the Reagan Library but the beauty of this campground is worth it. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is pretty, nice landscaping against a backdrop of mountains. However, it is a bit off the beaten track. There are peacocks running free on the site, but we did not get to see them. The site was unlevel from back to front, as well as side to side. You had to climb a fair number of stairs to washrooms, and there was no light in the shower, only skylight, making evening showers a bit difficult. The KOA guide says Internet is free, but that is only 1 hour in a 24-hour period. You need to pay $4 extra to have unlimited access for a day. Felt like false advertising. Dump station is inconveniently located, with nowhere to line up without blocking the access road. No pool either. Overall, expensive for what you get. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Truck Camper.

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