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
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
We just left Pinto Lake this morning. We only stayed one night as we were on to other places. We would definitely recommend it to others looking to stay in this area. We travel in a 45’ motorhome so Site 28 was perfect for us (as noted in a previous review - thank you!). We were visiting with friends in the area and they didn’t even know this park existed! The price is right too - another park in the area wanted to charge over $80. Staff’s directions were perfect and she welcomed us warmly when we arrived. A lovely, quiet spot. Thanks! - Larry Hamblin
We had the best spot in the camp, #28. The sites are grass, which is very nice. The sites are close, but we had the end spot, which was great! The park is very quiet at night. If you stay a week you get a night free. Only 1 washer and dryer, but the first wash was free. The lake was not a draw. But we would stay here again if I the area. - Sally Chew
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
Like all KOAs we've visited this park was fairly clean and nice. It does have kind of "outdoor" showers in that they are not part of the mens or womens restrooms and instead in kind of a long outdoor hallway with no heat and in Dec on the California coast it can get very raw. The water/power only sites need some attention to the drainage/gravel in them and our site was very muddy. Other than that, a nice spot to stay with lots for kids to do. - rocket11
KOA's have a habit of saying a popular city in their name (in this case "Santa Cruz Monterey Bay") but actually being in another city (in this case "Watsonville") which seems a bit deceptive if you are not aware they tend to do this. That being said this time I guess it was OK because Watsonville is midway between the 2 cities in its name. The road in has some trees that need to be trimmed back if you are in a large motorhome as we were (40') but the park seem very family friendly. My ATT cellphone did NOT work well here but their Wi-Fi was OK. We stayed here 4 nights and might stay again, but would probably look for a place nearer to Monterey Bay next time. - KHWooten
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
Secluded, quiet, beautiful campground. Can't see the ocean except for two sites, but just a 2 minute walk to an amazing view and sunsets. Ranger is very relaxed. No hookups, or dump. Both Sunset and Manresa Beach are nearby and beautiful. Aptos, Santa Cruz, Seascape and Monterey all within a 30-45 minute drive. - JLBL