Simi Valley, California

Tapo Canyon Park

Simi Valley, California



Simi Valley, California
Phone: (805) 654-3951

Sites: 17
Recent Rate: $39 5/2015

Latitude: 34.3228706
Longitude: -118.7089772

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • 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 no
  • $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 no
  • 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 ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • 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

Ratings overview

15 Reviews

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Pdxjoanne

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Fear not! The crazy lady host that was referred to in prior posts and who ran people off is no longer here! With trepidation, we took a chance on this park despite the negative reviews about the host-from-hell because it was the only place we could find that was convenient to Simi Valley. Happily we found there was a new host who was very nice. (He's leaving at the end of the month, though, so who knows!)

We stayed here over Memorial Day weekend while we attended the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues music festival (a great festival by the way!). It was very convenient to Simi and, even on a holiday weekend, it was not full and was very quiet. The sites are well spaced and laid out so each has plenty of room and the angles of the sites and the bushes in between provide a fair amount of privacy. There's not a lot to do as far as I could see, but it's great if you need to be in the Simi area.

As others have mentioned there is almost no cellphone coverage and no internet. Also, as others have mentioned, dogs are barred from the adjacent park where there are large areas of grass and can only be walked in the dirt and bark dust around the campground. Not ideal for those of us who travel with canine companions.

There are two showers, both handicap accessible, which is nice because they include a bench, handrails, and both a shower head and handheld. Pressure was good on the handheld, but in the one I used it wouldn't shut off completely so pressure in the overhead was lessened. Didn't bother me and there was plenty of hot water. It was clean and spacious, but there was no bench or chair outside of the shower area to put your dry clothes and only two little hooks on the wall. Very inconvenient.

That and the lack of a nice dog area are my only complaints. I expect we will stay here again next time we come to the festival. We camped at Tapo Canyon Park in a Truck Camper.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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bobcovey

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

This county campground is tucked away at the end of a canyon, a few miles north of Simi Valley. The sites all have full hook ups. The campground adjoins a day-use park. A camp host is resident.

The showers take quarters. A good shower costs $1.

This park is not pet friendly. Dogs are not allowed on the grass in the day-use section even if there is no one there. The ground cover is full of stickers that get in the dog's feet. We have stayed here three times. The first camp host was very taken with herself and authority, making it a very unpleasant experience. A much more reasonable host unfortunately just left, so we'll reserve judgement when we return in November.

Cell and hotspot coverage is very iffy. Verizon is better than AT&T, but neither is good.

I think this park is overpriced for what it delivers, but is the only full hookup park in the area. and the only one that is big-rig friendly. We come back twice a year to visit friends. We camped at Tapo Canyon Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Simi has about everything you'd need for stores and restaurants. Simi even has a Trader Joe's.

Szechuwan Garden Restaurant, Hai Sushi, Pho So 1 and Larsen's are all good. Don't miss Green Acres Market for lunch. The tri-tip sandwich is really good, as is anything from the barbecue grill. Their deli and meat market are outstanding.

The Union 76 station at Eddinger and Los Angeles usually has the cheapest fuel in town and is accessible.

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Bob & Jo

Review Count: 100
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Even though you are in the Los Angeles metroplex you do not feel like you are there. A small county park 3 miles north of Simi Valley. Nice paved roads and sites. Sites were level and hookups convenient. Good line of sight for satellite dish in a few sites. Only downside is the lack of cellular signals. We would stay here again. We camped at Tapo Canyon Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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h3d

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

The day use portion of the park is quite large and open with convenient pavilion availability and restrooms, plush lush green grass and afternoon shade. There is a clear separation between the day use and the campground portion of the park. The husband host of the park is friendly and respectable, but the wife host is just about vicious in her approach to visitors as she lays out and tries to enforce the untold rules while using no tact or customer service. Her attitude and approach alone ruined our stay and we decided to leave without spending the night to a more friendly and accommodating place. I am sure her tone could have a place and time, but shouldn't be used all the time. Plus side of campground is that it does have electric and water hook ups, but negatives are beyond that it's plain, boring, dusty, little shade, spider friendly shrubs are the only greenery, and the ever watching eye of the wife camp host. We won't visit again unless for a day use event. We camped at Tapo Canyon Park in a Motorhome.

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New RVer

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

As most others mentioned, this is a pretty nice county park. There is no cell coverage, TV, or network connection of any kind. We were visiting family in the area so it worked for us. The biggest problem is the inability to walk your pet in the day use area. The only grass around. We camped at Tapo Canyon Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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joans8849

Review Count: 49
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $37.00
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Liked this park for its quiet atmosphere. Very few campers even in June over a weekend. No Wi-Fi and basically no cell phone reception: actually a nice change! We had two dogs with us and were told to not walk them in the day use area: not even on the road. Not so great but there is a dog park fairly close by. Since we were visiting relatives we would stay here again. We camped at Tapo Canyon Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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krystal2u

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

As a resident of Simi Valley, we decided to try the local RV park. Thinking it would be nice to get away and yet be so close to home, we started off thinking this place wasn't bad. In the beginning though, we felt the camp host was trying to throw her weight around. The way she conveyed that quiet time was 9pm and LIGHTS OUT WAS 10PM. We've been camping for several years and quiet time always meant, generators off. Well, during our whole stay, we hadn't used our generators once. (We were camping with 2 other families who happen to be off duty law enforcement.) Ironically, she came over and caused a commotion that we were too loud while we were just watching satellite. She decided to call the police. Calling the police on the police. How funny is that. I find that this was completely ridiculous and over exaggerated. To make matters worse, the park ranger made his appearance in the morning threatening to ban all of us from future camping privileges for the county. It's no wonder this park is suffering financially and has low occupancy. They should remove the park host. We camped at Tapo Canyon Park in a Motorhome.

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Roger & Mag

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

This campground is run like a state park and is very pricey for what you get. You have to pay $2 for each vehicle (Monday-Thursday) and $4 on weekends in addition to the $37 per night site fee. There is no cable TV; Verizon cell phone reception had one bar, and Verizon wireless internet connection was slow. The pluses are that it’s close to Reagan’s Presidential Library and Museum and each site has a concrete pad and fire ring. We also visited Santa Monica National Recreation Area during our three day stay. We camped at Tapo Canyon Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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www.wanderingairstream.com

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

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $37.00
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We would have given this park a 10 except no internet reception at all was a big negative. We have a WiFi card and this is the only place we have gotten zero reception. If you don't need internet you will love it. We camped at Tapo Canyon Park in a Travel Trailer.

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havervwilltravl

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2010 - $32.00
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Oak Park and Tapo Canyon are both operated by the County of Ventura. Some people have reported that one or the other are/were closed so here's the scoop! You should note that BOTH parks have a closing time, which at this time of year I believe is about 5PM. The camp host does "lock" the front gate at this time, which has given people the impression that the park has been permanently closed. However, the gate is merely chained up (not locked), so if you arrive after hours you can open it yourself, drive through, and close it back up after you're in. This will happen every night of your stay too so don't panic if they have "locked" your tow vehicle out while you were in town doing errands! As someone else mentioned, local laws really do prevent you from camping at the local Walmart, so don't plan on getting here late, staying there overnight and checking in here in the morning either. For temporary closures, call the county and make sure they aren't repaving or doing other maintenance during the period you want to stay. You can make reservations as the number of sites are limited, but we didn't need to at this time of year. Their cancellation policies are a little strict, with all reservations being charged a $10 fee plus you have to be 30 days out or more, so buyer beware of that. OAK PARK. Located right next to train tracks. And yes, they do use them! Your pets may not like this but we have been sleeping through the night, most of the time. This was by far the biggest drawback. Yes, you can hear freeway noise from the 118 but it is not so loud that it has bothered us. No sewer hookups, but they do have a dump station on property. ($25 if you are not staying here though!) Location is very convenient to west Simi and Moorpark! Sites are paved, large enough and clean. (Someone previously commented that this place needed to be cleaned up, but that seems to have been done as I was also told that there were a lot of illegal permanent residents here in prior years and there is none of that now.) Beautiful old oak trees give lots of shade to some spots! Big rigs are not a problem in the LOWER campground. We looked at the upper side too but there were too many trees/branches there for our tastes. 40 feet was easy on the lower side. Rate is very good during the winter! It would be higher during the busy season but there aren't a whole lot of other options here. Has good Verizon coverage for cell phones and Mi-Fi's. TAPO CANYON PARK. Park is VERY quiet! Overall a much nicer location than Oak Park. Sewer hookups have been installed for all sites. Big rigs are no problem at any of the sites. Sites are really nice: paved, large enough and clean. Minimal landscaping. No shade; might be a problem in summer months but not during the winter. A little far from town. NO Verizon coverage which meant no phone or internet for us! By far our biggest drawback. We camped at Tapo Canyon Park in a Motorhome.

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dcollins

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $37.00
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This campground is an hour away from our house and we've camped here twice for a quick weekend away. Very close to the Reagan Library and town. Can get really windy at times, and there is not a lot of shade, but it's very quiet and the camp hosts are friendly. A little hint: On line reservations must be made 30 days in advance. But if the campground is not full, you can drive in and still get a spot. This also saves the $10 on line booking fee. Ventura has some very beautiful full hookup campgrounds. This is one of them! We camped at Tapo Canyon Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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faa_engineer

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $37.00
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We enjoyed this campground. Was nice and quiet. Camp host was very friendly and helpful. Archery club meets on Saturday morning at the park next door and you can shoot all day for $5. That was fun for one of my boys. All sites are concrete and interior roads are paved. Hook ups are perfectly located. Great place to stay to visit the Reagan Library. We will use this campground again. We camped at Tapo Canyon Park in a Motorhome.

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Ronl172

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2009 - $30.00
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Nice quiet RV campground with full hookups, concrete pads and plenty of space between sites. This was within a couple of miles of Simi Valley and shopping. Also about five miles from The Reagan Library. We camped at Tapo Canyon Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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User433

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed one night this time. The park was more than half full, but still had one site available at dusk on a Saturday night. The park host is friendly and helpful. The gate appeared to be chained when we arrived at dusk. It seems that the park "closes" at 7:30pm. That appears to mean that it is closed to day use at that time. The chains are simply wrapped around the gate. Get out of your vehicle, unwrap the chains and in you go! Note that as you proceed north on Tapo Canyon road toward the park you will come to a "Dead End" street sign. Keep going! The park is a short ways further and there's lots of room to manuver your rig. We had no trouble manuvering or parking our 39' motorhome. This is a very nice, quiet park with the conveniences of Simi Valley nearby. Grocery stores, Cinema, whatever you need is a mile or two away. We camped at Tapo Canyon Park in a Motorhome.

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User433

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2009 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

They re-opened this park in the spring of 2008, after fires and floods had destroyed it back in 2003/2004. We missed the notices about it opening. I counted 17 RV sites, with concrete pads and full hookups. Behind the concrete pads is gravel that looks just fine for wheels if you need to do that. So there's no problem with big rigs. There are toilets and showers that are nice, they are new and clean (should be about all the camp host has to do) It's first-come-first-served and self service. You put your check in the envelope and put the envelope in the box, the normal procedure. There's a 14 day limit, with 7 days off required before one can re-enter. The park is back in a canyon and is very pleasant and quiet. It's about 3 miles off the 118 freeway, north on Tapo Canyon Road. You just keep going north until you see it on the left. The park is 11 miles from the Regan Library in Simi Valley. Note that the Ventura County Parks website I've listed is out of date. It does not mention the RV sites. We were there today, Tapo Canyon Park does indeed have RV camping and it's very nice! We camped at Tapo Canyon Park in a Motorhome.

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