Santa Paula, California

Ventura Ranch KOA

Santa Paula, California



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

Sites: 112
Recent Rate: $60 6/2015

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) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $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 no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • 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) ?
  • 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 ?

Review Details

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35 Reviews

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lyzzards

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

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.

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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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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BRNewsom

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

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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Luvtheroad

Review Count: 110
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 7

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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Dennis_K

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 21
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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G2SMOVE

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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sanapier

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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mtshare

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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Rick Scholz

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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Lucky Lindy

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

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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gregork

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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Mike 9843

Review Count: 46
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice park. It was a little noisy during the day because they are making tons of improvements. They have teepees, luxury tents, a zip line, kids play areas and they will be adding a pool. When the construction is done this will be a great park. There was a downside to our stay. The lady in the front office was totally incompetent. We had asked for a patio site and she didn't assign us to one even though several were available. Once we fixed that problem she gave me multiple, confusing directions on how to get to the site. Then, due to the fact we extended our stay we had to change sites part way through. When I contacted her, she told me to pick which site I wanted. I chose the site and she said it was mine. The next day she changed her mind and assigned me to another site. The next day when we were supposed to move, she again assigned us to another site. Get a grip lady, how hard is it to figure out where to put us. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Motorhome.

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TeamElk-Rib

Review Count: 62
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

Recently taken over by KOA, and they are putting sewer in at some sites, building new bathrooms and cleaning the park up. Had a nice spot. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Motorhome.

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socalretiree

Review Count: 34
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

Friendly and helpful staff. Lots of work in progress which is inconvenient for guests. Toilets closed, showers closed. Nice facility in shaded, out of the way camp but close enough to highway. Hot part of the country during summer. They need to finish projects. Disappointed with this facility. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Tent Trailer.

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BBlast

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $59.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice place with older trees and lots of shade. KOA is doing a lot of construction here but so far the work is looking rather nice. Nicely manicured roads and large sites. Only one loop has full hook ups, but lots and lots of electric and water sites as well as tent sites. The sites are gravel based so you will have to level your rig. They have some very eclectic stuff around like the “Frog Meadow”. A section of grass that is devoted to little frog sculptures. Interesting play area for the kids and families as well. Not only did they have teepees (they call them tipi's) and in some NICE areas of the place, right near the river, but also a full play area for the kids in that section with a pillow bounce, a climbable spaceship as well as pirate ship to crawl around, a rock wall to climb and both checkers and chess in large size. (Some of the chess pieces are bigger than the kids.) There is a nice river running through the place, but a little hard to get to. Verizon cell and MiFi worked great and because we were in the full hook up right near the office, the camp wifi was outstanding. Was able to see a clubhouse area that had been redone. Looked at the showers and I've got to say, quite impressive with wood all around and what looks like newer fixtures. Of course, KOA clean as well. Peacocks are everywhere and very pretty. They make some noise but are quiet at night. From here, you have access to Ojai and Ventura so we made a stop at Andria's Seafood in the Ventura Harbor. GREAT food but get there early as a line forms quickly on a weekend lunch. We WILL be coming back to this place. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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westie

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful setting in local hills outside of Santa Paula. Surrounded by citrus groves and beautiful vistas. No cable TV, pool or spa. Wide, gravel, unlevel, pull-through spots w/shade and table, firering, light. Took quite an effort to get our 37ft rig level enough for safety and comfort. Not many pull-through spots. With KOA mbrship, we paid $42.30 plus $1.80 for an unlevel pull through spot, at the very entrance to the park, and we had reservations. Pricey for a place with no cable TV, pool, gravel spots, and charming, but very noisy peacocks crowing in the very early AM and all day. Weak Wi-Fi. Office closes too early: 5PM. Santa Paula is a nice little town, away from the hustle of Ventura. Nice in spring but gets hot in the summer. Lots of Kamping Cabins which look new. Pool is planned for future. Nice place to go hiking as there is a nearby stream and trails. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Motorhome.

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