35 Parks near Watsonville, California
Aug 2016 - $40.00
This is a county park so I was surprised as to the cleanliness of the place and the condition of the sites. Think of this as a camp ground with RV spaces. By that I mean RV parks normally have some lawn and paved roadways (at least the ones we go to). The roadways are paved but everything else is dirt, so if you have kids they will get dirty.
Stayed in Valley View 1. Valley View #2 has little shade. All except for 3 or 4 sites are very shady. The ones in the center area are totally shaded. There is a dump station at this park.
Lots of hiking trails and mountain bike trails to hike or ride. - Tom Sch
Aug 2016 - $40.00
Nice park in the trees - halfway between Watsonville (very cool coastal area) and Gilroy (very warm inland area). Excellent tree cover and while this makes for comfortable days and nights, you may get some marine layer (so heavy this morning it was like rain) and you'll get little to no cell reception. Other than that, it's convenient (except for the road work on 152 that can get very congested) to so much and a pretty good deal for what you get. Tip: If you want to burn some firewood at your fire ring - bring your own since they sell it there but for $13 for a small box. - Darwindog
Sep 2015 - $35.00
We really enjoyed this little park. The sites are all covered in trees so you have lots of privacy. No fire pit in our site but we did have a big brick grill. Definitely a steep road to get to the park but we saw some big rigs while we were there so it's doable. Good location if you like hiking or wine tasting. - MadAdventures
May 2016 - $30.00
Pinto Lake RV Park is my go to place when in the Santa Cruz area. It's kinda like a gated community with a gate that locks at sundown for your peace, quiet, and security (you get a key). There are 28 fairly new full service hookups in a beautiful grassy area that is well maintained almost on a daily basis. Very nice Little League baseball field where you can watch organized games most days in the summer. Lake is open for "catch and release" fishing but not swimming. I don't fish but I have seen some large bass pulled from the lake. Camp hosts are friendly and efficient and as nice as you will find anywhere. This is Pinto Lake City Park, not to be confused with County Park which has no camping facilities at the other end of the lake. - Motoman
Jul 2015 - $31.00
We have been staying there for about 7 years, and have always been very pleased with everything. They have clean dog rules and they are forced, which we appreciate very much. We take our dog, and follow the rules, and we expect others to do the same, for our enjoyment. - Joe and Sharon
Jun 2015 - $35.00
The only thing to recommend this place is the price. $35 is about as cheap as you are going to get anywhere in this area for full hookups. The sites are very close together in a line. No picnic tables at sites. There is a picnic area but it and the entire area around the lake is covered with goose droppings from the large number of Canadian Geese. It's a pretty lake to look at but there's no swimming allowed because of toxic blue algae. A sign says that the highest level ever recorded in California was here and it was 10,000 times the healthy amount! There is a large grassy area up front by the road with a ball field and a picnic shelter where you can walk your dog that is not covered with goose droppings and it was quiet at night which are pretty much the only positive things I can say about the place other than the price. The restrooms were dirty and there are no showers. Had to pay cash because the young man in the office didn't know how to change the paper in the credit card machine. They have wifi but it didn't work for me. Would probably stay again only because of the price if I had to be in this area. - Pdxjoanne
Mar 2015 - $35.00
This is a very pastoral park, with a beautiful beach. The sunsets are spectacular. The sites have some space and foliage. You can have a campfire here. There are strawberry fields just adjacent to the campground. We rarely saw a park ranger, and the sites were not raked or cleaned between uses. We would return to this park. - Vic and Marsha
Mar 2013 - $35.00
We stayed in site #25, which the camp host called "The Crown Jewel" of the park It was big, clean, and a short trail to an ocean overlook, with a drop dead view. The beach was quite a hike downhill. There are no amenities, other than the concrete pad and a fire pit. We were surprised at this, and landed there without water, because the CA Parks website said "developed". Now we know this does not mean hookups. Sunsets are amazing here, as the name would imply. The drive in is awesome, through farmlands and beautiful valleys. It is off the beaten path. Generators are against the rules after 8pm, as a ranger was quick to enforce. Nice place! - Dan Hannah
Aug 2012 - $39.00
This is a great state park quite and clean great views and just overall relaxing. Stayed in site 18 big and wide and long enough for our RV. Strawberry fields forever right beside our site. Cool and foggy in the morning. Clear and cool during the day. Would stay here again. - thomas10
Aug 2016 - $96.00
This is our second stay. The first one we were awaiting a grandchild's birth and the no ATT signal was just too problematic. We decided to give it a second go because grandkids love the bouncy in ground trampoline. We were given site 39 which was billed as a premium back in 30 amp site. The site had no privacy planting at all and two sites down began the tent camping so no privacy at all. The site was also full of moles with active holes being dug as we were there. A walk around the park told me there were much better sites without moles and with privacy barriers. So I have no idea why I paid for a premium site which was so compromised. Perhaps controlling rodents is difficult, but since I only saw 2 sites with a huge issue, perhaps taking these out of the rotation and not churning premium prices for them would have been a better plan. I doubt we will give it third go. The children on bikes are a hindrance to traversing the park safely. - Madecost
Jul 2016 - $116.00
Definitely a KIDS park: they are running around everywhere. We did have a very large pull thru which also included a propane BBQ, 4 metal chairs & table; and a wood picnic table. Of course the cost, with our KOA 10% discount was still $116.21 a night (tax included). But our 9 year old Grand-daughter enjoyed all the Kid extras. Other sites were in the $75 range. Grass was brown, I guess due to CA drought restrictions. But, without kids, we would not return. Would stay at more adult parks nearer to Santa Cruz. - mandrgames
May 2016 - $107.00
Very friendly staff. Extremely clean park. Little things here are a big plus. For example you put your trash at the curb and they pick it up. Nice clean, flat, back in site wth full hook ups. Sites are close together. Lots of activities for kids. Large playgrounds. Mini Golf, banana bike rentals, a train that runs around the park for kids to ride. We camped on the Care Camp weekend. First night was full price, second night was $10. They had a variety of fund raising activities to support Care Camp. - curlyp
Mar 2013 - $32.00
This was a great find! The park does have many full-timers on site, but it has a few spaces reserved for people coming for days, weeks, or months as well. It is only 2 blocks from the beach! It was perfect for a week at the beach. There are shops close by for food within walking distance as well. The spots are very close to one another. It is a large parking lot, but there are spots of grass for dogs, if you have them, just a short walk to the front of the park and of course, the beach. The owner, Chuck, is very accommodating and friendly. He was great all week while we were there. Everyone at the park is very friendly and helpful with directing you where to go in the area. We had a great experience, and we definitely recommend this park if you are anywhere near the area. It is affordable and just blocks away from the beach with full hook-ups! To note, the wifi is great! We work full time from our RV and we rarely use the park's wifi because it is too slow for the work we do on our computers, but this wifi was very impressive! If your travel trailer is over 31 feet long, I would request spot number 5 because it is one of the only spaces you could back directly into. If you are not an advanced level "reverser", unfortunately, I would think you would need to consider elsewhere. The spaces just cannot accommodate larger trailers. We have two slides that are across from one another and we were only able to pick one side to put out because the spaces just don't allow for the room. We were fine with this, and most do not have slides directly across from one another, so it shouldn't be an issue, but just something to be aware of. Also, the sewer hookups are the old school iron pipe, not threaded PVC, so be sure to put a rock on top of your sewer hose or use a donut to be sure it doesn't come out while you are dumping. Overall, a good park and one you should consider if you are wanting a spot close to beach near Santa Cruz. - gonecoastal724
Jan 2013 - $32.00
Rate shown for 1 week stay divided by 7. Access road poor to fair pavement. Narrow park roads. I had to back up the exit route in order to get to my assigned site. Park sites are short and most will not accommodate RV lengths longer than 26-34 feet. The manager advised that only 7 of the sites are for transients. Our site was an unlevel paved back-in. More of a parking lot with lines there is no privacy between sites. All utilities worked. The cable TV selection was extensive and worked well. The Wi-Fi was intermittent and would cut out at times. Our site was close to the road and it got quite noisy at times. The laundry had 2 washers and 2 dryers. The wife said she was happy with their efficiency. Friendly accommodating manager. Still, we probably won't return due to the noise levels. - Onemoretrail
Apr 2012 - $40.00
Small park with mostly long-time residents. They are parking spaces, really. But it's got clean restrooms, showers, laundry, reliable Wi-Fi and cable, and great location near, but not on, the beach. Very nice manager, and quiet, friendly park. Nearby restaurants and stores. - Wendywoods
Apr 2016 - $71.00
If you want a park with lots of room between spaces, secluded and private, this is not for you. The sites are close together with basically a sand pit between sites that are within 10 feet of each other and with people walking by your site all day, you probably should look elsewhere. However, if you want a great view of the ocean (OK nearly on the ocean), conversation with all that pass, and being close to everything, then you might want to come here. We like that and found it great and will come back. - DrivingMissDaisey
Dec 2015 - $58.00
This is a relatively expensive park to stay at, but what a location! I have only managed to secure the overflow section, but the side by side slots are wide enough for slideouts, and your table, chairs and fire ring. Meanwhile, you are sitting right at the ocean, kids are on the beach playing, and there is great people watching as lots of walkers and joggers use the board walk in front of your RV. Nice little museum on site, restrooms are heavily used, but at least available, and as clean as you might find at a sandy beach....and the sunsets are beautiful! If you are looking for a secluded beach spot, this is not the place. But I love visiting here, I just adjust my expectations accordingly! - ktboz
Feb 2014 - $65.00
Sites are very close together. I will only do full hookups to avoid generators noise. The park is as good as your neighbors. Sites are very close. If neighbor has a fire - you get to breath the smoke. If neighbor talks loud, you get to hear every word of it. - sara12
Jun 2015 - $35.00
Beautiful place to stay. Spent a great weekend there in June. The site we stayed at was a "dry" campsite, there are a handful of full hookup sites that look quite nice. You can also get a site by the cliffs for an additional fee. ($50 a nite). When walking around we noticed that there really isn't a bad site in the place. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance, which is recommended. The place was full. Highly recommended. - Tom_OC
Oct 2014 - $35.00
Price reflects dry camping and paying on site. $50 for full hookups (not sure about sewer at those sites, there is a dump station). You can reserve 48-hr in advance on-line for an extra $8 fee that does not go to the park. I looked on-line and saw that a spot is available for the next 3 days, I thought I could show up and pay for the next 3 days and save myself the $8 fee. Nope! You pay each day, if it is available. On site they get a piece of paper with what is reserved/available. They have no internet access at the booth; you with a smartphone have more information about what is available on future dates than those on site. On the fourth day, our spot was reserved; we asked if we could move to one of the other available spots. Not so fast! They will put our name on a list, and then at 2pm the park ranger assigns those on the list to spots available. You can park in the day use area for the 2 hrs between check-out and check-in time. If you are the day-of type, then you can plan on two days and then be ready to move or make the reservation for the third night when you arrive. OK now, besides the whole reservation thing, the beach was very unpleasant to walk on with all the sand flies. There isn't much for taking a long hike, the park is in the city. Supposedly you can walk the train tracks to the next town. Showers are $0.25 per 2 minutes. Having come from OR state beaches, $31 for full hookups and a nicer beach; I can't recommend. - MichelleKry
Jan 2014 - $35.00
We have not returned to this campground since 2011 and at that time they were proposing to take out the trees. Well they did, and believe it or not the campground looks pretty good. Now when I say trees, not all of the trees just a certain type of pine that had issues with falling. The restrooms are another story. They get cleaned once a week and by the fifth day they are getting pretty bad. Overall the campground looks good and the dump station is very nice and will take four 35 foot motorhomes at one time, this is a big improvement from two years ago. The price we paid reflects dry camping. - monaco cruiser
Jul 2016 - $83.00
There are only a few places to stay when visiting in a RV in the Monterey/Santa Cruz area. We found Moss Landing a great halfway point and love this KOA. You are protected by fencing which is nice. Not many young children running around and more of a mature group which is nice for a more quiet trip. This park does not have much for amenities but does have laundry room, community fire pit and nice green lawn!! You can hear the sea lions and seagulls, which I love. The staff is amazing! Extremely accommodating and friendly. Sites are skinny but if you don't spend a major amount of time outside you are good. Pads are concrete and level. Small patio for picnic table and that is about it. Full hook up offering both 30/50. Cable TV and the satellite availability is great. Wireless is spotty. We frequent this place twice a year. Highly recommend. - RGETAWAY
Apr 2016 - $78.00
This KOA doesn't offer any great views but it is in a great location. Big rigs can take Hwy 156 off Hwy 101 to Hwy 1. Basics: nice laundry room, well kept grounds & sites with minimum leveling needed, clean, large showers, easy access off hwy 1, 3 well rated restaurants in walking distance, fresh fruit & vegies, and easy access to the marina whale watching cruises. From this location we were able to visit Monterey, Carmel, and a drive down hwy 1 to the Big Sur area. - 2togoNebraska
Mar 2016 - $65.00
The biggest plus about this park is its location: close to Monterey Aquarium, lots of beaches, and great birding. On the advice of a local we took a day trip north to Capitola, which was a neat thing to do. The park itself is very small with only one road in and out so when a caravan of 17 or so rigs came through, it tied up access. Very inconvenient. They kind of overdo the regulations as well -- with signs in the restroom telling you where to hang up your towel and things like that. But the restrooms were very clean. - mlbw
May 2016 - $49.00
Very quiet and well kept with mature planting between large sites. Very helpful staff. Only slight negatives are WIFI is a bit hit and miss, and there are no fire pits, and only a couple of sites with BBQs. Overall very good. Best to book in advance as mainly a residential site with limited overnight sites available. - PCP
May 2016 - $41.00
This is primarily a residential RV park, with just a few spaces for transients. The space we were in didn't have sewer. They provided a free honey wagon service, but that still meant the day we left we either had to stop by the dump station or carry one day's worth of grey water with us (what we chose to do to conserve time instead). Same price, I think, as a space with sewer...?? It's a pretty park, more out in the country, and with a nice creek walk adjoining the campground (beware of little patches of poison oak in some spots on the sides of the path, often blending in with the wild berry bushes...!). However, we probably wouldn't stay there again. Mostly because, as it is right now, this is NOT a pet-friendly place. No pets are allowed on any of the various grass patches or fields. They are allowed on the creek path, but it is far enough away to be inconvenient for quick potty outings (like at bedtime). From talking to a resident, I understand the reason for this is past bad pet owners, leaving dog piles that kids ended up playing in! That is awful and incomprehensible to us responsible, common sense/decency pet owners! And of course we end up paying the price for their bad behaviors!! The wifi was not so great, kept getting dropped. So it's a pretty nice place with nice people so I don't want to rate it badly, but we won't be back as our animals are a fundamental part of our family life, and this place does not currently accommodate them. - CarrieBearie
Apr 2016 - $41.00
This is a private campground, thus the price. I'd love to give this campground a higher rating solely based on its location...nestled at the base of Uvas mountain, right in the middle of wine country. But...
-Our site was long and narrow. The only place it was kind of level was in front of the public dump station. Since it is all gravel, it should be fairly easy to level.
-It is a shame that this campground is 90-95% permanent or seasonal sites, so if you want in, make sure to call well in advance for reservations.
-Wi-Fi is free and signal is strong, but there is virtually no speed except maybe at 3 a.m.
-Main road in has a lot of potholes, and the outside of the buildings need to be spruced up with a bit of dusting and paint.
-Laundry room was so narrow, you can't walk past a machine with the doors open. It was mostly clean, just don't drop any clothing on the floor.
-Trash bins were overflowing and not emptied the entire time we were there (total of 12 days).
Despite all the cons, we would stay here again just because of it's location. - JS Dobson
Jul 2016 - $1.00
This campground is over run with full time residents. Lots of people live here full time and even though the rules state that only camping items may be out, we saw couches, recliners, trash galore. Lots of run down rvs. Space is also limited and you are pretty much right on top of everyone. Restrooms were disgusting. If a shower is running, the toilets won't flush. Within 10 minutes of setting up, three sheriff cars came through. They said it was normal patrol. Not sure if that is more concerning or comforting. At least they were patrolling. We won't stay here again. Our rate was $0 since we are members of Thousand Trails. - Wendle123
Jul 2016 - $54.00
I would change the name to Thousand Trails of DIRT & DUST. When called the resv. no. was told all sites had full hookups. I almost bought a membership but they could not find available membership site for the dates I wanted, but didn't. We did a non-membership. When we arrived, I confirmed we would have full hookups & was told all sites were W&E only. She said "This is a problem they have with the reservations people saying there are full hookups when we don't have them." There are 2 sewer dumps, but at the time 1 was closed to be pumped out but not sure when it would be. She said all sites are 1st come 1st serve & we could drive around & find the one we wanted. So, we unhooked, drove around. Main road is asphalt for a little ways & all roads are DIRT & I mean DIRT. All RV pads are DIRT. It is a dusty park. It looks old, run down, not kept up. From what we observed the 8 days we were there it is more of a place for locals to spend their vacations. 90%+ sites are treed, those in the very back that were $5 more per day because they have more grass, pull-thru & are open enough to use satellite. They are the same size as the cheaper sites. In California, grass is green maybe 1-2 mos. in the early spring then brown the rest of the year due to the lack of rain. Unless you are desperate & need a RV park to stay in the bay area & are not able to find space any place else, then stay here. Site G272 in back at end doesn't share parking space with another rv & less traffic. For this park being in a nationwide chain we were so disappointed in the quality of the park. As many parks as we have stayed in all over the US & Canada, including Alaska, this is the worst of all of them.
Thousand Trails is now on the bottom of our list of parks. No wi-fi, cable & cell coverage 1-2 bars & slow. Price per day - wkly rate $50 + $4 / day resort fee, 8th day $59 per day, + $4 / day resort fee Total for 8 days with tax $476.28 (doesn't include $5 per day extra for back site). - Sherib
Jul 2016 - $1.00
Dusty, dusty, dusty even with the the 5 mph limit. Water and electric only with a dump station or a $25 on site suck-out service. Rangers at check in were very nice, and circled on a map where all the 30 amp services were located. Restrooms were cleaned every day but should be updated. Found a site with east shade and west shade in the late afternoon. Sat TV was not a problem. Stayed here for a week and did not elect to use the suck-out service but did unhook and dump. Will stay here again when in the area. - mdmnkcm