Prior to our arrival I had noted that every recent reviewer had awarded a 10 to this park. Is the park a perfect '10'? We adjusted our plans to find out. It is truly beautiful. We stayed in the pull-thru's, which are some of their cheaper sites. They were excellent. Next time we will upgrade to either the fountain or riverfront sites. They are worth it. I was very surprised that the very nice landscaper edged the grass but left the clippings right at our doorstep. At one point we entered the office and found no one at the desk. The very strong smell of cigarette smoke confirmed the young man had vacated his responsibilities for a smoke. Both of the young ladies who were usually on duty were great, however. Totally perplexing to me was the tightly curved road to the propane. Blackened curbs offered evidence that others risked the sidewall damage that I would not. Prime rib dinner, at a close walking. distance, breakfast style restaurant was excellent. The 10% off pizza, a short hike away, was some of the best ever. And to burn that off, they had an upgraded exercise bike & a gorgeous pool. Nightly walks were enhanced by 2 outdoor gas fire pits that were on nightly with very comfortable seating. A perfect '10'? Not perfect, but still a 10.
Let me stress that we had a very good experience here. But there are things to be aware of. First, the back of our RV dragged a little coming in. Nothing serious, but I don't like to do it. Scars in the asphalt suggest this happens frequently. Second, the office has very limited hours, but there is a contact number on a white board by the office. We called ahead and I would encourage you to, also. We were warned to keep our bikes under lock & key, which we always do. Two of the top rated parks we use along the 99/5 corridor didn't warn us and we had neighbors lose theirs. There are a variety of types of sites for RV'ers in this older mobile home park. Our back-in cement pad was very level with nice grass on both sides. Hook-ups were fine for us, but we did need every inch of our extended length sewer hose. All the park residents we encountered were great, but if you frequent the very top rated resorts you might feel a little out of place. One very nice resident, after complimenting our coach, told me quite honestly that he wouldn't be living here if he could afford better. You probably should drive through before committing to stay here. We came because it looked like the best park in Visalia to use as a base to visit Sequoia and King's Canyon. It fit that bill perfectly. When we left, I used the park exit, just before the entrance identified by the park's sign. No dragging going that way.
How you like this one is going to depend on what you're after. No WiFi. No cable TV. We couldn't get over-the-air TV either, but very few obstacles for satellite. It's far more dirt than gravel, but this appropriate for the Eastern Sierra. (After visiting almost 40 RV parks in the last year, this is the first where we used one of those big patio rugs to minimize the dirt we tracked in!). The RV park part of the fairgrounds was hard for us to find. (Off of 395, entrance to the RV park is off of Sierra.) Plenty of sites are available that would handle even the largest rigs. Hook-ups are where they should be for motorhomes. The park has what we look. It was, with one exception, very quiet. It is level and satellite TV friendly. All for a great price. A word of caution however. The community appears to make, appropriately, good use of the fairgrounds. While we were there, a group rented one of the halls and played very loud music from 7:30pm until midnight. Also, two different high school groups were using the area, including the back of the campground, to work on homecoming floats. The kids were all very well behaved though. We will definitely stay here again. It is a very central location for exploring from Mammoth to Lone Pine, but we will check the fairgrounds' calendar of events first.
The visual appeal of this park is impressive. But, there are some caveats. First, when approaching from I-80 on McCarran, our GPS kept telling us to turn right, but there were signs prohibiting trucks from making right hand turns. Being in a good size rig, I follow those kind of signs. Others arrived at the park having ignored the signs. (Please note that the park's website does provide directions using a different off ramp.). Very nice escort to site, largely, I suspect to keep people from driving on the artificial grass and to be sure jacks are not deployed on the asphalt extensions to the pad. The actual concrete pad is narrow, just wide enough. With slides on both sides extended, they protrude beyond the borders of the pad. Placement of the tree per site potentially blocked our roof top satellite, so we successfully set up at the very back of the pad. (Provided cable TV is extensive.). The recommended parking for the toad, right next to the neighboring sewer orifice, was not only unpalatable, but was too close to the RV door. There was just room to carefully park a C-RV in front of the RV. The are many rigs much larger than ours here. Though it isn't the problem it has been in other parks, many have their second vehicle extending into the road. This is especially common at the back-in sites, many of which have beautiful additional landscape features. The office provided cautionary statements about the Wi-FI that proved accurate. What really makes this park stand out is the artificial grass, something other arid climate parks should invest in. Unfortunately, a fair number of people still felt the rules were for everyone else and let their mutts relieve themselves on the AstroTurf.
Expectations for this park were elevated, when, as we approached it, we could see that In 'N Out, Boston Market, Panda Express and IHOP were all within easy walking distance. The entrance to the park off of the multi lane, very busy Madison Ave., would have been easy to miss without GPS guidance. I had to pull to the very front of the site to get our rooftop satellite a clear signal due to some big, beautiful trees. That resulted in almost 30' of sewer hose needed. Since this is an older mobile home park (about 20%, all well kept) being converted to an RV park, the sewer hose connection was very rusty. I couldn't get the sewer hose secured to my satisfaction without having to buy an adapter. Wi-Fi did not work for us. While we could have walked to the aforementioned food establishments, the traffic on Madison and some of the locals walking the area discouraged me from doing so with my wife. None of the locals ever came into the park. Kudos to the park management! The park lived up to our high expectations so much so that our one week visit became two. This will be our park of choice in Sacramento from now on.
t's been about 4 years since our last visit to this park, a park which we've always ranked among our favorites. At that time, the facility was adding new sites. Some of the new sites are asphalt parking devoid of landscaping. Others have a tree. We were fortunate to be assigned one of the older pull-thru's with hedge landscaping tall enough to provide good privacy. The site has nice trees. We had no rooftop satellite TV interference. The disclaimer regarding the provided Wi-Fi proved accurate, so we successfully used our 4G. Level required driving onto blocks before deploying the jacks. Many others had their front wheels completely off the ground, especially in the newer section. There is a cool breeze that usually kept things very comfortable. I also liked that it is permissible to wash the RV as long as reasonable guidelines are adhered to. The park is in the middle of nowhere, but reasonably close to a wide variety of great places, ranging from Monterey to Santa Cruz to Cupertino to Hollister.
This RV resort is a great example of how a rating can be influenced by the inappropriate actions of one's fellow RV'ers. I'll give it a 10 on the weekdays and substantially less on the weekends. If you're going to have rules, enforce them. Also, as the park is maturing, trees are becoming a bit of an issue. I casually mentioned to both an office worker and a landscape person about the dilemma they must face in providing shade without blocking satellite TV reception. Both seemed unaware that trees could be an issue in this regard. Most of the sites here are excellent. Do double check level before hitting the auto on your levelers. I had to manually level ours to keep all wheels down. A number of rigs in the park had wheels off the ground. Some of those maturing trees are now encroaching upon the pads. Regarding one site, the office worker offered to have someone trim it back for us. A number of the sites, including the more expensive sites, needed a lot of attention in this area. If you have a big rig with multiple slides consider requesting that the site you reserve be inspected for overhanging branches prior to your arrival. Still, this is a great place. Wi-Fi was consistently good. The on demand shuttle to the casino/restaurants is a hit. The pool is probably a little small for a park this size, but there are 2 jacuzzis - and adult hours. There are also 2 dedicated doggie areas. Do be careful where you walk though. Most owners seem to prefer that their dogs use the manicured grass strips that separate each site. Not their own of course, so do watch your step! Rate reflects using Passport America on weekdays.
The office ladies have been absolutely wonderful in working with us to find the site that our rig will fit into. With family in the area, we use the park a couple of days at a time every couple of months. The more I use it, the better I like it. Being a high desert park, it has gravel sites with asphalt interior roads. Lots of good sized trees - fruitless mulberry's, mostly it looks like. There are nice concrete patios for the lawn chairs. The new Target shopping center diagonally across the street just gets better and better. Now there's a Five Guys! And on just the other side of I-15, Walmart and In'N Out. This park lies conveniently between 395 and I- 15, yet I've noticed no road noise. And no trains. It is a great place to both wait out the afternoon desert winds or the commuter traffic of Cajon Pass.
This is a very nice resort. We had previously stayed at a premium site during the winter months when few, if any, families were here, and loved it. I was concerned about what the summer crowd might be. A very nice facility can be compromised by inconsiderate campers and parks that don't enforce rules. Fortunately, this wasn't an issue during our stay in our area. You still have parents that allow their kids to ride bikes/skateboards, etc., in places where it is posted not to, but these are 'teachable moments' for me with my grandkids. We were only able to secure a site in the more concentrated back-in area, but the physical layout and landscaping minimizes the awareness of neighbors. Once again, we were fortunate enough to have considerate neighbors. Our nightly walks suggested others might not have been. The pool has adult hours for those inclined. Activities are available for the kids. For all generations, horseshoes and a putting green are available. You'll need your own putter & ball. Beautiful walking paths are along the adjacent marina and bay. During the summer, sites closest to the these areas might be a little noisier. The Bayshore Bikeway is very close, also. My 13 year old granddaughter felt the bathrooms were clean, but outdated. My 10 year old grandson felt the gliders were awesome. No playground in the park, but a very nice one is just outside along the walkway. The grandkids found the pool area to be awesome. Within easy walking distance, "The Galley at the Marina", offers discounted breakfasts to guests. Big portions of good food. Nightly specials vary, but the taco plate offered on Tuesday's was delicious. This park would be a '10' with enforcement of the posted rules.
Came here to spend a week with my daughter's family knowing the demographics would be outside of this full-timers comfort zone. Lots of unsupervised young children everywhere, especially in the roads that become very narrow because of all the big trucks protruding into the street. This does not stop their parents from driving too fast. Our back-in site was not sufficiently level for the auto-levelers to keep all wheels touching. That's disappointing considering the park is basically all asphalt with grass strips behind the rigs and a single tree between sites where a square has been cut out of the asphalt. The location of the restrooms results in a constant traffic flow through the adjacent sites, including sub-teens on bikes. My neighbor's water & power cords were just ridden over as I write this. Security seems to be doing a good job of suppressing unwanted noise. Following the viewing of Sea World's nightly fireworks, things quiet down until around 8am. All sites are back-ins at a right angle to the interior roads. Couple this with the trucks parked half way into the road and the constant flow of people of all sizes makes very tight and dangerous maneuvering. The physical attractiveness of the park rates at best a 6. Security gets a 10. The majority of my fellow campers fail miserably. But, then again, it is summer vacation at the beach, and the park is what I had been told it would be. For older teens, college kids, and crazies, 'woodstock' is across the bay. For those with younger kids looking for a place to turn 'em loose and then doing a little letting loose themselves, it gets an '8'.
I'm very tempted not to write a review of this park. But because others chose to let the secret out via this website, which is how we found out about it, I will also. This is pretty close to the perfect park for us. First off, it is an adult park. To me that means parents can't pull in and defend they and their kids's right to infringe upon mine. My grandkids can and will visit, and I will use the opportunity to demonstrate and remind them of good citizenship. Our site is a premium site, but all appear to easily be wide enough for yet another RV in the site. Fortunately, management went for quality as opposed to maximizing profit. RV's park on gravel adjacent to a concrete slab for parking the tow vehicle/toad. A very nice paver patio is also provided. RV's are parked at a right angle to the interior roads. For me, that necessitated driving over a portion of the concrete pad. I've stayed at other parks where this could have resulted in rubbing the sidewalls. Not here. The gravel is essentially level with the pad. This and the placement of the hook-ups reflect a concern for quality. The park is gated, which I like. A recent stay at a different very nice resort saw our neighbor's bikes, chained to a table, stolen during the night. Exercise caution entering the park the first time. Initially it looked to me like there was only room for one rig to park for registration. That isn't the case, but do be careful. The day after our arrival, we attended the weekly Saturday morning donut and coffee get together. I'm not a social guy, but was immediately impressed by the welcoming sense of community. The portion of the bay that the park is next to, a wildlife refuge, might have water at a very high tide, but it is really a wetlands area. The lack of a pool, showers and restroom help keep overhead down. As does the lack of cable TV. I seriously doubt if the clientele here misses any of those amenities. The hedges that separate the sites, are definitely not going to impede satellite reception. A few local English channels are available over the air. Lots are available from south of the border. For an empty-nester, it doesn't get any better than this.
First negative - we understood that we had one of the five super sites when we made reservations a day or two before our arrival. Told none were available when we arrived. (One was empty the entire time we were there.) Who misunderstood who? Definitely wasn't a deal killer, but a disappointing start. Second negative - Nice escort to the site, but I didn't realize he was the source of the cigarette smoke when I started to refuse the site thinking the stench was coming from a neighboring rig. On the positive side, it was Redding hot (112F) a couple of the days. No power issues with lots of big rigs running the a/c to keep up. Our site, a pull-thru in the new area, was large and level. It was oriented so that the setting afternoon sun allowed for shade on the curb side. Under these hot circumstances, that made this a better site than what we thought we were originally promised. True, there is no longer a free newspaper. While that was a nice perk, it is certainly nothing I would criticize a park for. When previously here, I was concerned that during the hot summer months, this park could be noisy due to the adjacent water park. We could faintly hear their music only once during our nightly sunset walks. Saw no evidence of noisy people camping here to use the water park as I'd feared might be the case. The crowned nature of the pull-thrus resulted in most people having to move their coach on to an interior road to hook up. Overnighters who didn't unhook, didn't have this problem.
We used to use this park when it first opened. Then we got into the habit of using another very nice park due to its convenient location in town. Recently, our assigned pull-thru sites have been too short to leave the toad hooked up and still reach all the hook-ups. Last time this was specifically addressed with office staff to no avail. This trip I needed to have the toad left on the motorhome. Reviews reminded me that Orange Grove's sites are wide and long, so here we are. We'd forgotten how nice this park is. The hook-ups are well located, making it easy to leave the dinghy attached. The dirt/gravel site looked like it might not have been groomed recently, but the auto levelers kept all wheels in contact with the ground. Since the park is located in the foothills leading to the Mojave desert, you won't find grass at your site, but the orange trees you park amongst are well manicured. They add beauty and character without getting in the way of slides, satellites or entrance/exit to the site. The park is located far enough off the freeway for minimal noise, but close enough for easy access. Orange Grove was, and continues to be, a top-notch rural park.
The last time we stayed here was almost 6 years ago. I had justifiably good memories of it. The website suggests most use it simply for an overnight stop as we did both times, and it is way better than that. It is most definitely a desert park, but, especially the office area, is very well landscaped. The sites are pea gravel. I was able to get perfectly level manually with all wheels still grounded. That's better than some with concrete pads recently. Only a single WIFI access code is given, but my wife understood that if it was a problem we could have another. We usually use our own 4G anyway, but it didn't work well here. (When I did use the park's it was just fine.) Another plus for me is the nearby gas station. And apparently for others as well. There were 3 of us from the park there shortly after 7am. Gas was much cheaper at the truck stop next exit west. While it is 16 miles to Kingman, that's why I have a toad.
We were guided to a pull-in site that sits literally on the edge of a canyon, providing a great view of the surrounding mesas. Small grassy areas on both sides of the site. Beautiful green native shrubs on the edge of the precipice. I was concerned that the automatically levelers might leave me with a wheel or two off the ground, so I manually leveled it satisfactorily. A number of other coaches had at least one wheel airborne. Virtually no road noise at this site, but the A/C is running most of the day. Only one WiFi device access code was provided. Water pressure was marginally low, but I didn't catch that until completely set up. Later, I mentioned it in passing to a gentleman that works here. He immediately addressed it. We don't use the pool, clubhouse, etc., in parks, but we did walk through. I noticed 2 residentially style BBQ's, complete with propane, that appear to be available to guests. Don't know if that's typical, but it is just one of the things that separates a park from a resort. This is a resort: but rather contradictory at times. There are a number of sites where a concrete patio is provided, but the RV is parked on dirt. Most other sites are concrete slabs with patios. There were also side by side hook-ups in some areas of the park. We really liked our site and feel very fortunate to have gotten it. We will make sure on future visits to avoid the sites with the less desirable features.
We had a pull-through in the newest section of the park. No trees to interfere with satellite. Sewer at both the back of the site for fifth wheels and center for motorhomes, so these are actually user friendly for all. At first I thought it was our automatic leveling system acting up, but I noted a few others with at least one wheel off the ground to achieve level. Having to use blocks to get level with all wheels grounded really surprised me at a park of this caliber. These new sites are long concrete pads serviced by asphalt interior roads. Most of the sites in the older section appear to have much shorter concrete pads, still with asphalt interior roads. Also lots of nice trees. Some of the back older sites are gravel pads. This very nice park's proximity to I-40 does mean you'll have some noise. Wi-Fi was not dependable at our site. Our price reflected a ''pay for 2 stay for 3" rate. At the end of the fourth day, I was uncomfortable traveling with the next day's wind prediction so we asked to have our site another day. Not only could we, but were told the discount rate would continue for the next 3 days if we cared to stay. I thought that was very generous.
Used this only as an overnight stop. Next time we are in the area we will plan to spend a lot more time in the park to explore. Though it is a little ways off the interstate, the road next to it provided a level of noise that other parks have been criticized for by other reviewers. We use a white noise device, and it was not a problem for us. Don't let the rather plain looking motel where you register for the park deter you. Pull-through was designed well enough to allow for the use of water, power and sewer and still leave the toad hitched. Very nicely landscaped with very friendly people who explained to me about the area love bugs as I was scrubbing them off the front of the motorhome.
This is an older mobile home park being converted to an RV park. The new pads and power are very nice. The interior original roads are past their prime. Coming in from the east on 190, I was concerned about the surrounding neighborhood. Access to the park off of 190 is down a steep road that brings you to a closed gate. Be careful. The park is not listed in the current Good Sam RV Travel Guide, so we called ahead to both reserve a site and verify our GPS directions. The owner gave us a better route than most GPS's usually do. Though we had a pull-thru for just one night, our guide to the site suggested we might not be able to make the turns to the site with the dinghy attached. (I usually disconnect before going to the actual site, but wasn't going to due to the slope of the registration area. I did disconnect, but probably did not need to.) The owner has done a nice job of leaving some beautiful trees that were part of the old park in place, resulting in sites that vary in spacing and often provide a large yard like feel. I would have liked to stay longer to enjoy the very nice site we were provided. Did feel the park rate was a little too high. No credit cards, cash needed.
This is an older park, in an arid, windy environment. Given that, it was much nicer than I expected. Nice level pad. Pull-thru that allowed the dinghy to be attached with all hook-ups within reach. We were only there for one night, but I'd stay longer.
Entrance to the resort is tricky from both directions. Users of this website have been forewarned of difficulty coming from the west. Coming from the east requires a left turn across 2 lanes of (posted) 45mph traffic; doable, with caution, even if a rig is in the check-in area so long as they are pulled forward and to their side. Our premium back-in water front site was awesome. Road noise from 98 is what you would expect given the park's convenient location to it. A restaurant just down the road advertises live music weekends. It was slightly audible only Friday night, but that might been the big community celebration on the other side of the sound. No issues with WiFi, great cable, no obstructions for satellite in our area. Might be in the sites close to the office where there are big, beautiful trees. Hook-ups are usually at the back of the site, which is not ideal for motor homes. Overall, a great facility in a great location.
We enjoyed this area of the state so much we decided to stay longer. Fortunately, we timed our visit to this park after the departure of most snowbirds or nothing would probably have been available. Many things (rates, time allowed at specific campsites, availability of campsites, etc.) change after the winter months. We were allowed to drive through and look for a nominal fee. We were told to identify a couple of candidate sites, perhaps one would be available on our arrival in a few days. (Reservations could not be made at the campground check-in area, but apparently could be at another part of the park and those would not be site specific.) On the day of our arrival, my wife went ahead in our dinghy to get our site of choice. This was not allowed until I arrived with the RV. Not a problem for me, but suggestive of issues with previous visitors. Lots of variations in the type of sites available. Ours was a back-in premium lake front. This area was at or close to capacity our entire 2 week visit. Many of the outlying parts of the campground were all but vacant. And this is a campground, not an RV resort. The level of activity of the campers is way above what one generally sees in an RV park. Lots of people haphazardly riding bikes, lots of vehicles exceeding the 5 mph speed limit, people everywhere doing all kinds of things outside. Fortunately, we had no issues with violations of quiet hours or excessive noise in our area. I especially loved the Backcountry Trail for biking. But I now know it is associated with surrounding cities and not just specific to the park. For a family vacation, this campground would be great. For full-timers looking for a safe, quiet, relaxing facility . . . at this time of year, it was just too busy for me. We would return, but choose one of the less populated areas of the campground.
The price and reviews of 'this' park looked good so we drove the dinghy out for a look. That's the first thing to be careful of. Our GPS had us going down a dirt road when there is paved access to the park. Which brings up the second issue. We were actually going to look at the park next door but the dirt road lead us to this park first. So we went to it first. Immediately upon arrival we were met by the host, a great guy. We reserved a site for 2 weeks on the spot. Which brings up the next issue. Between that visit and our arrival with the RV, SPEED MOUNTAINS were put in. I understand the unfortunate need for speed bumps, and have no problem with them, but these were excessive. On the two lane interior roads, they cut diagonally across. This essentially rocks your coach not just up and down, but side to side. On one of the single lane roads, they may well be hazardous. One of the other guests expressed concern about whether or not his raised jacks had adequate clearance to get over them. Internet access was good. No cable TV, but no obstructions for satellite. It is a great central location for all that the surrounding areas have to offer. But, seriously, the speed bumps have to go. They are bad enough, that when I had to leave the park to have some warranty work done, we went to a different, more expensive park rather than endure those monstrosities. The host gets a 10. The park an 8. The bumps a 0. That averages out to a 6. And that is an absolute shame.
What others identified as a negative is why we came. Having never been in the SE over Spring Break time. We wanted to avoid the parties and noise at all costs. This park was perfect. Instead of feeling that it was in the middle of nowhere, as others seemed to, we felt it was centrally located to Pensacola, Gulf Shores, Bass Pro Shops, and all the big name stores. As nice as it is, and others have done an admirable job of identifying its virtues, we did feel it was just a bit overpriced; hence, the slightly lowered score.
It does have Majestic Oaks, at least at the front of the park, and pretty awesome palm trees in the rest. Breezy during our stay, so those beautiful swaying palms created minor problems with satellite reception. Better placement on the concrete pad would have addressed that. The back-in might have been long enough for our CR-V to be parked in front of our 37' coach had I pulled as far back as possible. There was just enough room to carefully park the car next to the coach, but we are wide, with slides on both sides of the coach. We filled up the pad, but there was still nice beach type shrubbery providing an adequate buffer around neighbors. The pull-through's didn't appear to be long enough to leave the dinghy attached - most of the coaches present were big diesel pushers - but those sites had a designated pad for the dinghy/tow vehicle. There was very little turnover in the 2 weeks we stayed, so staying hooked for a quick getaway isn't really what this resort is about anyway. The location is absolutely perfect for visiting those serving our country and stationed at nearby Keesler AFB, as we are. Plus, all that tourist stuff is just a very, very short drive away.
This park lives up to its high rating. Now if only all the people who walk their dogs, rev their Harley's and smoke outside did as the resort rules request. Very nice facility. Definitely plan to return.
I was very hesitant to stay due to reports of loud music from the adjacent truck stop. My wife liked the website, plus the Passport America discount (which had qualifiers attached) persuaded us to give it a try. Fortunately, the music from the adjacent truck stop, while still present at the station, wasn't audible at our site. The sites, while green, were less grass and more like mowed weeds. Our site's pad seemed lower than the site itself. That might be a problem during heavy rains. Single lane roads leading to gravel pads. For the rate we paid, we received what I look for. A quiet, safe, level place to spend a day or two. The non-Passport America rate is too high for what reminded me of a nice park likely to be found in the deserts of the southwest. I would definitely return, but only at the reduced rate.
We called ahead to another park in the area to check on mid-week availability and were told it wouldn't be a problem. Turns out it was. Lucky for us, because this park is just great. The office was closed so we chose a back in-site with a nice stream visible in the distance. Ironically, the reason this park wasn't my first choice was because I couldn't find it on any of my GPS type devices, including my iPad. Though the office was closed, my wife made numerous calls to get directions. The wonderful young woman whom I believe to be the owner came out to greet us shortly after we arrived. To greet us, not to collect money. (She told us to wait until the next day at our convenience to pay for our 3 night stay. At that time she kindly applied a special pricing we didn't know about.) Good cable TV. Good size trees that are leafless this time of year, but shouldn't be a problem for satellite TV. Free Internet that the owner very much wants to trouble-free and was for us! Very spacious, beautiful sites. Directly across 290, is Grape Creek Vineyards. That does show up on my GPS devices. For us, the location between Fredericksburg and LBJ's historic area is perfect.
When traveling through this area, what I suspect most of us are looking for is a level site that is easy to get into and out of. A quiet respite after a day of fighting West Texas winds. This park provides that. Nothing to block satellite TV, so the lack of cable or air TV isn't an issue. Reports of poor Internet just meant we used our own. As on our previous visit, we found the small, on-site restaurant and its staff to be just great.
Many campground reviewers have lately commented about dusty conditions attributed to interior roads in desert parks. Posted throughout this park is a 5mph speed limit that tells you it is to lessen dusty conditions. I appreciate someone acknowledging a problem and attempting to solve it. Same with the free Internet. Provided paperwork acknowledges and addresses the problem. It worked well for me. No interference with satellite TV. Lots of cable channels. Excellent signage on the roads leading to the park.
Very nice park. Large gravel pull-through sites with an asphalt pad for parking the dinghy in front of a concrete patio with a provided table and four chairs. Satellite and air TV reception are excellent. The cable TV hook-up at our site was missing an adapter. When I inquired about it at the office, I was told that the service only had 21 channels, so it would be better if I just used satellite. That response was not in line with the rest of the park. The free Internet wasn't reliable. I prefer my own 4G anyway. Very good restaurant on site.
Based on past reviewers' accolades, we decided to have a look. Office is closed on Sunday, but self-registration provided a number of available sites. We chose a wide, long pull-through equidistant from our neighbors. Hook-ups are at the back of the site, so the dinghy had to be parked in the front. Lots of beautiful, tall palm trees lining the interior roads. No issue with satellite TV. Good air reception of local channels, also. Very nice shopping area a few freeway miles away in Buckeye. I especially enjoyed the signs proclaiming, "Only you can prevent speed bumps."
I'm not one who really wants the help of an escort, but I was impressed with his enthusiastic, "Welcome to Indian Waters" greeting. Nothing wrong with that which I've received at other parks, but this gentleman was great. We stayed in the gravel portion of the park. While not as pretty as the lush landscape one is greeted with upon entering the resort, it had a very nice desert feel. Pull through was much longer than our 37' coach and CR-V. The hook-ups are at the very back of the concrete pad, so the car had to be parked in front of the coach. We have our own 4G. Park requests that it not be used so as not to interfere with that which is provided. Theirs worked fine with my iPad, but not with my wife's MacBook Pro. The single trash disposal area wasn't ideal. We found Indian Waters to be a welcome oasis in the desert.
This park has an interesting variety of sites. There are very nice concrete patios on the passenger side. But obstacles on the driver side make it a very narrow fit for the coach on the pad. Our first visit years ago (with a 32' double slide) was an over nighter in a pull through. The fit was tight enough that I wasn't comfortable with extending the driver's side slide. Our current coach is a 37 footer with three slides. The driver's side slide runs the length of the coach. Our back in site required very careful placement to avoid rubbing the sidewalls against the patio slab yet still open the driver's side slide without hitting the power pedestal. Our previous two pull through sites were long and narrow. Many of the sites in that area are side by side hook-ups. Some of the sites are nicely staggered to avoid opening into your neighbor's door. Others are not. Our current site, in an area usually reserved for more long term stays, is huge. Getting the RV correctly into the site (and it did require leveling pads under the front tires to keep the jacks from raising them off the ground) was challenging, but worth it for a 3 day stay in this most definitely a desert setting.
Our experience was first rate. This was a well designed park before the advent of slides. The long, level gravel pads are sandwiched between concrete borders with grass between the sites. We had an end site with no neighbor. Very nice. If another coach with slides had been next to us, it would have been very cramped.
This is our park of choice in Bakersfield. There are other nice facilities in the general area, but the proximity of businesses - Camping World across the street, Costco for gas nearby, etc., make this locale optimal. The very road that makes access easy to these businesses is pretty busy virtually all night long, but does allow for easy freeway access to the park. Entering the park from the north will allow for an easy right turn. Approaching from the south requires a left turn across this multi lane thoroughfare. As others have noted, there is an excellent restaurant on site.
Rate reflects Passport America, which we purchased on site. We frequently overnight here when traveling from So Cal. Hook-ups are not designed for motor homes towing a dinghy. I'd suggest one unhook the toad, identify which component is the shortest (power cable, water hose, or sewer hose) and use it to define placement on the pad. Good Wi-Fi and cable TV. Level concrete pads.
Stayed in one of the five 'parallel type parking' premium sites for about a week. One of the very nicest sites we've ever stayed at. Disappointing cable TV, good antenna. Should be great for satellite. Great Wi-Fi. Very quiet neighbors. The water park next door might change that during the summer. Most sites in the new area are crowned. I would not have been able to unhook the toad in the site.
This RV resort was recently voted the very best by the readers of a recreation publication, and understandably so. We especially enjoyed the on demand shuttle system that provides door to door transportation to the adjacent casino's restaurants. Our dinner at Kelsey's was marred by the overwhelming cigarette smoke we walked through to get to it. But, the user friendly shuttle easily facilitated my finishing my meal back at the RV.
This is a Thousand Trails membership park. While this is the only park in the system I've stayed at, I've visited a couple of others in the So Cal area. This is the only one I'd use. It lacks 50 amp power. Has no cable TV. Digital antenna reception is disappointing. And at the site we're currently in, the sewer dump was missing a critical piece. (Not something that can't be addressed, but when you find this out after foolishly not watching your grey tank when doing, laundry . . .). Adhering to the Thousand Trails occupancy policy, we've been in and out of this park frequently while visiting family for the holidays. The 3 different sites we've had we're all spacious (you get to pick your own), easy to level, and quiet. The site I write this from backs up to what is best described as a canal stocked with catfish. Very nice. The adjacent dairy would likely be an issue during warmer months, but this time of year suggests a relaxing country presence on the fringe of urban congestion.
Rate reflects Passport America. On this, our second visit in as many weeks, we find the campground delightfully vacant. Besides the 4 campground hosts in our loop, there's never been more than 2 other rigs. And, they appear, as do we, to be looking for a safe, quiet facility to relax in. Which is what this campground is usually not during the weekends. Those working in the park freely acknowledge this. Even complain about it. Seems reflective of today's society. The campground rules clearly identify quiet hours. As a financially blessed California taxpayer, I'm offended that the public use facilities seem to be too often catering to the lowest common denominator. Ironically, I head to the local casino's campground for a quiet weekend retreat. Definitely use this campground on the weekdays (please be respectful of those around you as you want them to be of you), but unless your tolerance for inappropriate behavior exceeds mine, avoid it during the high use periods.