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02/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a nice RV park for a city type setting. The sites were larger than average with some smaller shrubs and trees between sites in most areas. It is a decent base camp for visiting areas in Tucson or for an overnight as the campground is easy to navigate and has a mix of pull throughs and back-ins. The campgrounds are well-maintained and public areas are kept clean. They are within walking distance of a Camping World store, which is convenient. The staff were not very friendly in our experience. We had an issue where we checked in during a driving rain and they kept closing the gate before I could get back in my motorhome and make it through such that I had to get out and talk to them via the intercom three times before I made it in. Needless to say I was soaking wet by this time.
02/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is a fairly small campground with two main loops. Sites are somewhat larger than average with some privacy between sites from small trees and shrubs. The lake is nice but none of the hookup sites are waterfront - some have distant water views. There are no walking trails and no dog walking areas. There is no footpath to the lake - one must walk down the street to the boat launch area. There is also no fishing pier and few places to fish from the shoreline. Basically, this is a campground catering to people with motorized boats who come to fish.
05/2008
rating [ 5/10 ]
Malibu RV park is right off Highway 1 on the opposite side of the road from the beach. It has great ocean views, but it is difficult to access the beach from the campground on foot as there are no crosswalks and most of the time traffic is quite brisk. This sites were cramped and not very private. I am not aware of any amenities they offer beyond cable TV to really justify their high cost. There are some decent dog walk areas and ability to access trails from the campground, which is a plus, but otherwise there is nothing here that would entice us to ever return.
01/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a nice campground close to the town of Cottonwood. The sites were a little better than average in size in Quail loop and average in the other electric loops. They have two stocked lagoons, which were nice. The very best feature of the campground is the series of hiking/bicycle and horse trails that are accessible directly from the campsites. There are trails running along the Verde river, which are very scenic. There are no sewer hookups, but there is a dump station. There is no cable or Wi-Fi, which for a site so close to town seems like an upgrade that would be reasonable for them to pursue. The camp hosts were reasonably active and friendly. The main complaint we had was that they allow tents and car camping to occur within the electric/water campsites - so trailers and motorhomes are in sites alongside tents, which is awkward and creates a noisier and more rowdy atmosphere. It doesn't make sense that they allow this because they charge $12 per night if you don't need electric, but allow you to occupy an electric site that another camper with a trailer or motorhome might need. They have a camping loop for tents only and another loop with no electric, which is where they should confine the tent/car campers. Another small issue is that they make you go pick out your sight and drive back to the office to pay and record your site number, rather than pay at the office and have the camp hosts record the numbers or collect payment and assign the sites from the office.
01/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
Really fantastic RV park with spacious sites and beautiful desert views. Unlike some RV parks, while the sites varied somewhat, every one of the sites was really good with a large amount of space around it and offered a picnic table, fire ring and separate grill. The sites all access a series of hiking/bicycle/horse trails that are well maintained with great desert scenery. Only drawbacks are no sewer hookups (but they do have a dump station), very few dumpsters available, which meant a bike or car ride to take out the trash and they don't take reservations. Also, given their setting close to town, it would be nice for them to add WiFi and/or cable.
01/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
Canyon Lake is beautiful and this campground has 22 sites with water and electric that are all less than 50 yards from the lake. There is also a pretty full service marina and a good restaurant on site. There is a row of 30 amp sites that are intended as back-ins and another row of 50 amp sites, which are pull-throughs. The campground has several problems, all of which are correctable if they make the effort. They should put in at least a dump station if no sewer hook-ups for the sites. They should also do a better job of defining the day use area and separating it from the campground as we experienced a large volume of day use people hanging out right in front of our rig. There is also a problem with the numbering of the sites in the 50 amp section, which led to much disagreement among the campers in this area during our stay. Another criticism of the 50 amp area is that they set it up for hookups on the right ignoring the motorhomes who need it on the left. When a group of us were discussing this with the campground staff (while arguing about the site numbering), the staff replied that the motorhomes can back or come in around the other direction thus facing the road as opposed to the lake - this did not go over well with the people with motorhomes. Lastly, the staff were friendly, but not inclined to enforce the rules. They allowed a couple who brought 8 children with them to pitch a tent on the shared grassy area (two violations - supposed to be a max of 6 people per campsite and no tents are allowed on the shared grounds). When our neighbor asked the staff about it, they replied that they decided to ignore it. The large tent blocked our view of the lake for the two nights this family was there. The staff also ignored the frequent violations of the rule asking people to pick up after their dogs. We have two dogs and were the only people in the campground who picked up after our dogs during our stay. All in all, they have a great location and a mediocre campground, which could also be very good with a little more effort from the management.
11/2008
rating [ 6/10 ]
We camped in Roadrunner, which has no sites that are on the water. About half of the sites in Roadrunner have lake views, the other half have mountain views. We found that Desert Tortoise, the other campground with a portion of sites with hookups, to be very tight to park a 34' coach. The camp sites were decent. This campground has several levels, which helps promote better views and more privacy. The ranger station personnel both by phone and in person were unfriendly and completely not helpful and would not even answer and perhaps really didn't know how many hookup sites were available at the time of the call. There were three camp hosts per campground loop, which seemed excessive. They seemed to do very little and had their "campground host off duty" signs on display while we were here. There is one walking trail accessible by foot from Roadrunner, which was a disappointment given that the entire park is reported to have hundreds of miles of trails. Also, at this time of year (water level was down 54%) you could not walk to the lake edge to launch a kayak, but would need to drive to the boat launch.
10/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
Overall, a decent campground with excellent lake views and lake access within close walking distance of all the camp sites. The interior roads and spots were mostly dirt that had once been gravel. The sites were a little too close to each other, but not horrible. No cable or wi-fi. You had to buy a separate fishing license from the Indian tribe to fish there. On the plus side, I could easily carry my kayak to the lake edge from my campsite. The place is really quiet with great views. Also, there is a restaurant and casino about a half mile away with a ferry that takes you across the lake to the London Bridge.
06/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is one of our favorite campgrounds. The location is beautiful and the staff are very friendly and accommodating. There are four RV camping loops and several areas for tents. All sites are close walking distance to the lake and a number of them have great lake views. There are a couple of negatives. They do not have 50 amp service except for in a couple of spots, which don't have sewer access. We have difficulty with 30 amp service in the summertime in a motorhome as it is insufficient to effectively run the A/C. Also, they have a number of spots set up as doubles that are right up next to each other, which is great for extended families, etc., but not great if you are here solo and end up in one of these double spots with a stranger. The other negative is that they don't take reservations. This can be an issue in that you set out in the morning not sure if you will get in.
06/2008
rating [ 5/10 ]
Overall, the RV park is nice - sections A, B and C all offer pretty decent space and some privacy for each spot (section D is far more congested with RV's right up next to each other). It is a nice desert setting with distant views of the lake. However, there were several negatives. First, as other reviews have also noted, the customer service of the staff was completely lacking. They told us that they do not reserve exact spots, but are usually able to accommodate requests. They indicated the reason that they were unable to is that a couple of people decided to add on to their original reservation and stay longer. I have been in other camps that if you decide to stay longer and it impacts someone else's reservation then you will have to move. The staff were overall very disorganized. They also didn't inform us that you have to pay an additional $15 at the gate to get in to access the RV park. In addition, the park is overall pet unfriendly. There were no dog areas and no grass at all. We also experienced some spottiness with Wi-Fi though we appreciated it being available. Lastly and most importantly, the RV park is set very far back from the lake. From where we camped, it was about 1.5 miles to the lake edge with a swim beach - about half this if you cut across to the boat launch but there is no swimming or fishing area. If you are in a motorhome with no tow vehicle and don't tow a golf cart or something similar, you should definitely avoid this park. We had set up a reservation for 8 nights and left after 2. Fortunately, they do have a 24 hour cancellation policy, so we only paid for 3 nights total.
05/2008
rating [ 5/10 ]
This is a unique campground, but very hard to access. It is quite a few miles off any highway and is accessed by a very windy mountainous road that turns into a single lane only for the last several miles. The single lane winds through residential areas, which can be scary because you can't see if someone is coming. Additionally, you have to traverse a single lane, very narrow bridge to access the site, which for first timers to the campground is bound to be unsettling. The site itself is very pretty set within greenery, trees and mountainside. The "river" is misleading in that the portion of the river that runs through the campground was only a trickle, more like a one or two inch deep creek. I agree with other reviews in that they have strict rules for campers' dogs, but allow their own dogs to run free such that there is dog excrement everywhere that they don't seem to bother to clean up. The site was eerily beautiful at night when the mist enveloped the tree tops and the frogs began a rhythmic croaking. The site might be a good one for people wishing to access nearby Carmel activities for several days or more. Otherwise, given the difficulty to access and the lack of activities and actually no usable waterfront, it is not a good park for a short stay or for those who don't tow a vehicle.
05/2008
rating [ 2/10 ]
The best part of this park is their website, which is very easy to use for reservations. We were scheduled to stay at this park for two nights on Memorial Day weekend. We would have left immediately but were too tired from the day's drive, and left first thing the next morning. This campground has three sites - A, B and C. We were placed in A, which is by far the worst in terms of size and privacy. We have a 34' foot motorhome and were literally inches from our neighbors. B is somewhat better in that some of the spots on the ends are a little better. A is the best area in terms of larger spots - still not great, but better. The big problem of this park is that all campsites are very far away from the lake. I expected to be able to carry my kayak or pull it in a kayak cart to the water's edge, which was impossible due to the distance. Also, the park doesn't allow you to put in a kayak anywhere - you have to drive to their boat launch area. If I wanted to drive to be able to kayak, I wouldn't have made the effort of booking a campground on the lake. The whole park is huge with tons of space all around the lake. They chose to create the campsites within a small fraction of the overall space such that your on top of your neighbors. To us, this setup is unacceptable. Additionally, the park was busy for the holiday weekend, which was to be expected. To add insult to injury, a park ranger knocked on my door when we were just sitting down to dinner to inquire whether my kayaks had been inspected, which was required before taking them in the lake. I assured him that I was not going to be able to put them in the water because I didn't have a tow vehicle to be able to drive to the boat launch area. This park should be avoided at all costs. We will never return.
05/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is one of most beautiful campsites we have ever experienced. The grounds are very well maintained. Special care has been taken particularly in the tent sites to create very private natural settings. There is a creek that runs through the campgrounds, which many of the tent sites back to. We stayed in two different sites - both with excellent views of the ocean, steps away from the sand. Overall, a very quite, private campground with fantastic ocean/ creek/ woods scenery. Also, the park is dog friendly - dogs are allowed on the beach, which is not easy to find in CA. On the negatives, my wife did find the bathrooms to be not well maintained. Also, as other reviews have noted, they do not answer the phone. On average, it took me three calls to get a response. However, they were not rude in any way and the overall phone nuisance issue was nothing compared to this fantastic campsite. Other reviewers who have focused on these issues, have missed the point of this very beautiful oceanfront campground.
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