Kofa National Wildlife Refuge sits off Highways 10 and 95 near Quartzsite. Excellent dry camping - not another soul there when we were there - we drove in off Highway 10. I understand the entrance off Highway 95 is the more popular and probably more crowded. Lots of cacti in a high desert landscape. Be careful of where you walk your dogs because of the cacti. Vehicles with low clearance could have problems on the gravel/dirt roads but we were fine in our 24' class C. You can camp anywhere within 100' of any road. Wilderness at its best.
This is actually a beautiful park with a lovely campground - full of cacti and the spaces are level - and the restroom facilities are outstanding. There are also several great hikes you might want to do here. BUT -- if you are an RV owner and have a dog, beware - the Park Police at Anza Borrego will cite you for leaving your dog unattended in your vehicle, regardless of outside temperature or how short a time you are gone. We are rating it a 4 because of the behavior of the State Park Police. Since this park makes it so difficult to enjoy the outdoors if you are a dog owner, we suggest you drive through, enjoy the sites from your vehicle, and keep on going.
What a pretty campground this is. However, despite how the map looks, it is not on the lake and the walk to the lake is about 1/2 mile away through other people's property. Beautiful big trees, friendly staff, many many birds, and quiet (at least when we were there in April). Our only quibble was that the ranger lined all of us RVs smack up next to each other when there was plenty of space in the campground, so you might want to ask if you can cruise through and look for your own spot. We would definitely camp here again.
A very interesting place to dry camp. High desert landscape with mountains in the distance. A very large area so if you want to get off by yourself you can. Quite a few permanent winter residents but since the area is so huge that's no problem. Gravel/dirt roads. The reservoir can be accessed and we saw people on the beach and in the water when we arrived in the late afternoon. Next morning we woke up to wild burros looking in the cab window.
This is a steep price for an overnight, but since it's one of only 2 places around, we bit the bullet and stayed there. So happy we did. It's a lovely little park right in town, but you would never know it as once you get back into the park it is very quiet with lots of big lovely trees and backs onto vacant land. Very well taken care of, lots of grass for the doggies :) and restrooms and showers were very good. We think the town of Bend is a real suburban eyesore, but this little park made it all okay for one night.
We paid two nights in advance for this place which is supposedly right on June Lake. What a nightmare. We could barely get our 25' motorhome in there, and the spaces were packed so tight you could hear the people 5 spaces away yelling at their kids. It also backs up to a motel parking lot which of course USFS neglects to mention on their reservation site. We left, abandoning our already-paid for spot. Do not stay here unless you really want to get to know everyone around you, you don't need hookups, and you have a REALLY small rig.
The things going for this place are that it sits right on Pyramid Lake, the woman who runs the check-in is very nice, and the scenery is great if you like that high desert look - the landscape all around is basically scrub. That said, it's basically a parking lot with electrical installations. The view of the lake is lovely, but the beaches are not well kept by the Paiute tribe that manage it - lots of litter and stuff lying around, and the beach shade huts need work. You can swim in the lake (we did), and since there's not anyplace else around to stay unless you want to go into the hellhole that is Reno, this may be your best bet.
What a great place. Well worth the detour off highway 5 out into the country to get there. Sits right on the river, with great bird watching, mountain views, and QUIET. Pristine restrooms and showers. Charming camp host. Super level concrete sites with grass surround and picnic tables. They also have their own restaurant which we did not try, but would be a nice break from your own cooking. Highly recommended!
Wow, what a terrific place. Definitely worth the side trip 12 miles west of the town of Lakeview. It sits in a high mountain meadow with views of mountains on one side and reservoir on the other, but you must be willing to drive up their one mile gravel road to get there. Tons of wildlife (antelope!) and great bird watching. Truly the best restrooms we have ever seen - pristine, and complete with your very own bathmat and shower caddy to boot! Extremely nice camp host and good level sites, each with a shade tree. Huge central lawn area and great dog walking possibilities. We couldn't recommend this place ANY more highly!
BEWARE! Truly the worst mosquito infestation we have ever seen. Impossible to even leave your motorhome without being completely covered in mosquitoes, regardless of the type of repellant you use. Also, the managers blithely put overnighters in the worst possible spots in the campground. After being there an hour, we left, (and of course they didn't refund us) because the mosquitoes were so bad and the camp spot sat right on the road, unlevel, and impossible to be outside in. We do NOT recommend this place.
The good thing about this campground is the folks who run it: in particular the camp host. He's great. The bad thing is you are packed in so tight, like sardines, that if you had a big rig and wanted to extend your awning it would be rubbing on your neighbor's rig. Truly the smallest spaces we've ever seen. They do have a nice little beach cove right across the road which is the reason we came here. However, that weekend it was full of flies so not very pleasant to sit on the beach and watch the water. Also, the right side of the campground as you drive in sits in the shadow of the nearby cliff so is very damp. The inside of our motorhome never dried out while we were here. The windows always had condensation on them. However, for as crowded as the place was, everyone was well behaved and there was very little noise.
Wow, what can I say. This place was SO difficult to deal with that we walked away from a prepaid reservation. First, if you try to reserve via email (on their website, they say "Contact Us" via email) no one will EVER answer your message. Second, if you try to reserve via phone, no one will EVER answer, nor will they call you back. It took us three tries and three weeks to get through. You would think we would have learned our lesson by then, but no, silly us, we went ahead and reserved. Then we had a scheduling problem come up, so we tried to cancel. This was SIX WEEKS before we were due to stay there. Would they refund? NO. Were they rude? YES. They did agree to move our reservation to another weekend. We arrived that weekend, looked down at the camp spot on the beach and it looked lovely. We checked in at the office. It was 11:35am. They proceeded to tell us check-in was at noon. There was hardly anyone in the campground and our spot was empty. Would they let us check in? NO. Would they let us wait until noon down on the beach? NO. So we drove a bit down their road to have room to turn around and find something to do for that essential 35 minutes, when out of the front door of the owner's house comes this woman, yelling at us, demanding to know if we checked in. That did it. We left, and left our money on the table, although I plan to tell [my credit card issuer] NOT to pay this bill. It will be worth it just to make them jump through some hoops for it. Do not stay here. Do not call them. Do not email them. They are truly the worst.