This park is about half way between Watsonville and Gilroy on Hwy 152 (Heckler Pass Highway) It is about 15 minutes east of Watsonville in the mountains. This is also a county park and was a very beautiful place for RV, Tent and they have Yurts for rent too. Road is steep and would be difficult for a big rig, but a small RV 22' 30' would have no problem. Sites are back in, they have flush toilets and showers. Showers are brand new and spotlessly clean. You are in tall Redwood trees so minimal air card and TV available. Most all sites are in the trees. Each site has a table and fire pit. - Old Detective
Nice simple park used by residents as well as RVers. Full hook ups and really good WiFi. The hostess is very friendly and helpful. Very little landscaping. The lake is picturesque but polluted. We would return in a pinch. - Vic and Marsha
Pinto Lake is decent. The whole area is expensive and this one is about average. The campground is small, no road noise, no trains. The sites are the narrowest I've ever seen, our awning hangs 1/2 way into the next site and the camp host keeps telling us to put it away. The laundry room is one washer & dryer in the owner's private residence, $5 per load, and good luck getting someone to open the locked gate so you can go to/from the laundry room - we're holding off on laundry until our next campground. They lock the gate to the park at 7pm, which seems really early. We're almost always out until later than that, so we have a key, but it's a pain to deal with the gate. Overall, decent place to stay short-term. I'd probably look elsewhere if we ever came back to this area. - LifeRidingShotgun
Tiny park, it would take about 5 minutes to walk the grounds with our dogs for which they charge $2/dog/day the privilege to allow to stay in my RV. Price reflects 3 dogs. Kinda reminds me of a phrase that would be inappropriate to repeat here, but in this case it is 'pay for dogs welcome.' "Not really, but if you pay me ..." Make sure you get directions, there is another Pinto Lake Park next door. The site are very tight. We were not allowed to stay in an end spot. We ended up in one that the neighboring spot was so small that most would not fit and thus we could fit. Oh, and you can't touch the water due to pollution. Staff was friendly, but I would find other options if I return to the area if at all possible. - MichelleKry
Have stayed in this park at least once a year for the last 5. They have made a number of upgrades and additions since last visit. Lots of new bungalows and Airstream trailers to rent. My only issue relates to the premium pull through spaces for big rigs. The asphalt pads are old and non level. The landscaping in that area needed attention with weeds a couple of feet tall. The Wi-Fi was weak at best and not available for large periods of time even though we were parked next to the antenna. Our satellite antenna was blocked by tall trees, (not complaining just pointing out the limitation.) and cell phone service was limited as well. The staff has remained as friendly and helpful as ever. This place is a paradise for children with all of the available services geared toward them. - ChuckD
We have been camping here every year for the past five years. Management continues to make improvements to the RV sites by adding brick patios and landscaping between the sites. This is definitely a place for families to bring children to play. The playground, jumping pillow, climbing Palm tree, and bike rentals are very popular. There are lots of kids running around in the daytime but it quiets down considerably after dark. We will come again. - Lance Lewis
Stayed for one night over MLK Jr. weekend as part of a family trip to the Monterey area. Great location for visiting Monterey, Santa Cruz and state beaches in between. Park was exceptionally clean with the exception of the restrooms which needed attention in the mornings. Site had paver patio, table & chairs, fire pit benches & backed up to playground. Kids had a great time playing on playground, bouncy pillow and pool.
Kudos to the park for allowing us late checkout free of charge on a day where they didn't expect a lot of arrivals. It made our day in the area much more relaxed.
We'll definitely be back for more weekend adventures. - pokeyt
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
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
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