Ventura Ranch KOA

     


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

Sites: 112
Recent Rate: $42 9/2014


Latitude: 34.4060952891278
Longitude: -119.079394340515

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • yes-stream Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 7
  • Good 15
  • Average 6
  • Poor 3
  • Terrible 3

34 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

BRNewsom

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

Date of Stay: - $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: 37
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: - $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: - $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: - $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: - $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: - $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: 0

Date of Stay: - $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: - $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: - $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: 42
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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: 55
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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: 32
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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: - $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: - $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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Pops

Review Count: 34
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the best all around KOA's we have stayed at. Pull through sites were large, some shaded with table and fire ring, level with plenty of new gravel. People very friendly and accommodating as they changed my site on check in when they realized I had a satellite and need to be free of trees. Would definitely stay there again; however, it is a little out of the way. We did visit the Regan Library (29 miles) while we were there. Peacocks are beautiful and entertaining but are noisy at times. We camped at Ventura Ranch KOA in a Motorhome.

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