This is a pretty nice little campground for a Govt. owned place. We were very comfortable here and for the Morro Bay area, its cheap: cheaper than the army base across the street. There were actually several retired Navy personnel staying here instead of across the street. Pretty quiet except for the constant chirping of the seagulls, and the occasional skunk.
Yikes! Fifty bucks for a state campground with zero amenities? They even wanted 8 bucks for Wi-Fi. Not a bad place: nice setting, clean, sort of isolated, but close to town. Virtually every RV park around Morro Bay is cheaper with more to offer. If the state of California thinks this is the way to economic recovery, well, I'm glad i don't live here. We drove as fast as our Dodge would pull us to a cheaper and nicer park called Morro Dunes. (Right on the water and 20 bucks cheaper.)
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for this website. We were getting ready to do a week somewhere in the mountains with the family. Trees were important ! So we looked at the campgrounds website - nothing about cutting down all the trees. Thank you for providing a forum whereby we can check these things out. Poor old KOA is just about a thing of the past. If there is an overpriced campground it is sure to be a KOA. They have simply ceased to be a possibility for us anymore, too bad!
Now I am not in the habit of rating a park 10 unless the park goes far and away above the line of duty to earn it. This is one of those. Rancho Verde is a lot like the Desert Rose in Fernley Nevada. Rest rooms and showers that literally reek with clean. Grounds that are impeccably maintained, and owners that are people you are proud to know. Want to see the real meaning of Christian people? Stop by and visit them. The Wi-Fi was so good I was able to e-mail a file of 15 photos as fast on my laptop as I ever could at home on my desktop. Overall a really nice stay. Hmmm, think I'll stay another night just because I can. Try this place you will love it.
You know, it's a darned shame that the KOA's are in such a state of disrepair. I assume this is because most of them are many, many years old, and are bought and sold over and over, and used as a cash cow and never improved on. This one is no exception. While it was once a really nice place, everything in the park is just plain tired. The showers were about as clean as can be expected given their age, but the shower stalls are very dark (unlit) maybe a blessing ? And please ! KOA ! whats with the mats you all use in your showers ? i have about lost all the skin on my feet because of them, and you all use them, OUCH ! My biggest complaint was while the park was less than half full, and there were spots very close to the showers, the elderly lady that checked us in placed us in a corner of the park, far from the showers, and next to a bunch of fishermen who drank and partied all night, and i had told her i was a disabled vet. and needed to be close to the bathrooms. Seems like KOA owners think they are in charge of where you stay and how you spend your money. i really think this will be our last KOA.
What the heck is going on with KOA ? I have been actively r.v.'ing for 25 years now. KOA's have become either completely worn out, or like this one, so independent and lacking in customer service, that they run long timers off. I called to make a reservation for the last weekend in May, and was told I had to pay for three days or not at all. Apparently they now have a rule that during holiday weekends, you either stay three days or get your behind down the road. I guess that's fine, there are other fine RV parks in Ely. I really think its time those of us that are paying the bill have some say so in the campgrounds. With the economy what it is now days, parks that treat folks like this will slowly go out of business. Without us, they have no business. I will certainly be taking my dollars to some other Nevada town. Hear that Ely Chamber of Commerce ?
This park should not be listed here, it is a military property that no one is allowed to use who are not in the military. One cannot even access the base, even if they are former military that were stationed here, homeland security saw to that.
When I stayed here in may I really liked it. I called to make reservations to take my wife out to Morro Bay later in the year, and what a run around I got. The owner didn't want to give me the same spot, even though I was giving him lots of lead time. Then refused to take my reservation without a credit card. He would not accept the fact that some of us don't use credit cards any more. He let me know in no uncertain terms that he wouldn't trust anyone without a card. I tried to explain to him that I was a minister and my word was good. Guess what ? He tells me he has heard that song and dance before. Too bad he has taken on that "we don't trust anyone" attitude so common in CA. I guess we will be taking our tourist dollars somewhere else from now on.
Isn't it amazing how a rating can change overnight ? I have been stopping at the Border Inn for years now, and it has always been a pleasant experience. I stopped there in June on my yearly bike trip again. I first had a clue when I attempted to fill my bike with gas, something I do before turning in for the night. The pump would not accept my charge card; it kept telling me to see the cashier. I went inside where I was dealt with by a bunch of teenage girls who were apparently left in charge, (this had never been the case in the past). There were a bunch of teenage boys sitting, drinking, at the bar. None looked old enough to be drinking, but they were very obviously the teenage girls' boyfriends. The girl told me they had to "hold" my credit card while I filled up with gas. I asked why ? She told me it was because too many people drive off without paying. I asked how that was possible after scanning the credit card at the pump? She was without an answer to that. Seeing this for what it was, I took my card from her and payed cash for my gas. Before renting an RV spot for the night, I decided to at least check the place out a bit. I walked back to the bathrooms for the RV park and found they were using them for the bar and casino also. The shower rooms were filled with Indian kids playing in the showers with a bicycle, and they had urinated all over the toilet seats, etc. Needless to say I moved on to Ely for the night. It's a darned shame that when the older generation gives it up to the younger one, things begin to change, and not always for the better. I give it a one, just because there isn't a zero. Hang on to your personal information when buying something there. I suggest cash only ! Too bad, it was always a nice place.
O.k. Now don't get me wrong here. I still think this is one of the top 3 r.v. parks i have ever seen. This time (I have finally joined the 21st century) when I went to use the wi fi, it was non-existent. I tried the motom hookup, nothing. I ask the park management about it and the reply I got was "yes everyone says it doesn't work" hmm, i think the park may be suffering from too many work campers. Someone needs to fix it, not just agree it don't work. Otherwise, same as every year, the cleanest, nicest park in the land. and "VERY" motorcycle friendly.
Here is one that is missed by everyone, including me, when I come to Morro Bay. This is a really nice, very quiet, clean, clean, clean park. It's pretty small and the Prevost crowd won't like it, but I have found a new home. The owner is a gem of a guy and is spending his life trying to pave the entire place with bricks. Yes, bricks. You must stop and see this, its really cool looking. I'll definitely stay here again.
I was not impressed with this park. The sites are not level, and are made of sharp gravel. The general condition is not good. the pool was nice looking but very cold (way too cold to use) the bathrooms and showers were not clean. As I showered the shower door fell off on me. It didn't break, but could have and would not have been pretty. i will just pass on this place from now on.
I disagree. I thought this was a very nice KOA. I came on a motorcycle after being scared of the Border Inn. Park is very clean. Restrooms and showers were spotless. Yes, there is a little dust, but hey, you're in the desert. The people that run it were very nice to deal with and gave me a disabled veteran discount. Don't see that very often. If I was to find one thing wrong here it would be the awful prices of the food and snacks in the campground store. I would say 200% over store prices. But then the town's fast food places are just a mile down the road. I "will" stay here again.
What a really nice place. Just a simple city park in Maybell, CO, (the whole town is only a few blocks long) with everything you need for a quiet evening. Nothing whatsoever to do in Maybell, that seems to be the charm here, just really quiet. Excellent cafe across the street and small store next to it, with gas pumps. I believe this is also in the same county as Craig is, and it looks like this is also county owned facility. I will bypass Craig for this one. It was great!
The county in Craig, CO has put in RV sites at the fairgrounds. All trailers park on level asphalt along the fence with hookups. The county built a beautiful shower house that is kept spotless. What a relief from the high priced KOA in the area. I wish more cities and counties would do this.
Motorcyclists beware ! This park is NOT! motorcycle friendly. Having stayed here before in our travel trailer, i decided to try the park while on a Christian motorcycle ministry trip. I tow a kwik kamp trailer that is similar to a pop up tent trailer and have never had a problem with any RV park taking it. I was told they didn't allow anything that could be towed with a motorcycle. I advised them that we were ministers and riding Gold Wings that were very quiet. They didn't care, they weren't about to rent space to anyone on a bike. So, if you are riding a bike, "Keep moving"
We stayed here while applying for a job in Camp Verde. The owners are very nice Christian people who bend over backwards to help you. We stayed in the downhill part of the park which made for a hard uphill walk for someone with my disabilities, but heck, I needed to cowboy up and walk more. The restrooms and showers were very clean, the Wi-Fi only worked for me while I was in the car in front of the office. I would recommend this place to anyone.
I have to apologize, I don't usually forget to do a rating, so here goes. The border inn is sort of a jewel in the rough. One of those places you just sort of stumble onto. I came through years ago on a motorcycle and stopped for gas. I had the best dinner i have ever had at any cafe, anywhere. I decided to stay the night in the sparcs, but sort of cool little motel, (30 bucks). No t.v. but the sky out in the desert is awesome. Then as time went on, i spent many nights here. One year i stopped to get gas, and lo and behold they had added an r.v. park. Yep, like everything else its pretty plain jane, but where in the heck else can you stay for $18.00, get gas that hasn't been marked up, a really good meal, and an awsome sky to look at at night? I very highly reccomend a night here before the world discovers it and it's too crowded.
Don't you love it when someone with only two prior ratings gets on the service and trys to tell everyone the people rating these places are wrong. Two priors and both of other parks in Morro Bay, niether good, and none since. Hmmm ! that sound like the owners of the park, or what ? Look this place over real good before you pay to stay here. You be the judge. And by the way, after 15 years in law enforcement, I know a gang member when i see one.
Well, once again I must say that the KOA chain needs to do something with their parks other than sell them over and over again. This one, like so many is just plain worn out. A family from Canada owns it now and just ain't taking care of it. It is all dirt and rained last night and about washed us out. When it was over it was a mass of mud. The shower room had a handicapped room to shower in the wheelchair, someone used it and the place was flooded, add that to a really dirty place and it was pretty nasty. Then someone flushed a pair of dirty underwear down the toilet, what a mess. Bradshaw is run by the seniors, but way better than this. Pass it by!
This Park really needs to get a reality check. We have stayed here before and been fairly happy with it, but it has gone completely to the over 75 crowd, so much that it is now run by them. De came in after talking to the owner a week prior. He had told us there was no problem with getting a spot close to the rest rooms, as I am somewhat handicapped. When we arrived the old people who were running it told us the empty spot close to the rest rooms was being held "in case" a big rig came in during the night. We wound up over at the KOA who took very good care of us. Bradshaw is certainly good advertisement for KOA. If you are looking to hobnob with a bunch of really old campers (year round type) and have a big enough rig, this place is for you. we will stick with the KOA across the highway.
Yeah ! This is a really nice park. Small, in a town that I don't think even had a place to eat, so take food! I stopped here years ago when they first opened, and really liked the people who owned it. Then again a couple years later, and to my surprise, the owners called me by name. Then last summer, and believe it or not, they remembered me by name again.
My, my, my! This place gets a little worse every time. The town has built a Wal- Mart on the north side of the highway, Use it ! You do have to check in at the casino, very long lines, and the price just keeps on going up. Many travelers towing toads that were extended out into the driveway, power did not work most of the time, no one cares ! We will pass through here from now on. St. George is just a short drive up the Hwy.
We have stayed here many times in the past and over the years come to be a bit dissapointed with the age and condition of the park. But that was before this year when we discovered, after all this time, there was a whole nuther part of the park. We were never aware of the north end of the park. It is larger and much nicer than the south end. I wonder why this was kept a secret ? Must be that everyone wants to stay on the south end because of the ocean that almost flows into your campsite. The north end is hidden behind a fence and is twice as nice as the south end, and way quieter. Wowee ! we have re-discovered a gem on the sea.
Oh my goodness ! Well, i guess i'll learn to pay attention to this service. What a dump ! Everything you say about this place is true in spades. You would be better served to just pull into the many truck spots and take your chances with the truckers. I can see why KOA pulled its name off this one.
I really hate this, but unless one is honest, no one knows what to expect. This started out to be a pretty nice place till they built the "new side" across the street. We explained we were older folks and needed a quiet spot. They placed us in the "new side", and I really don't think i have ever seen a park quite this small and hard to get backed into. The sites are very, very small. My 27 foot trailer would barely fit, then you are expected to park next to it, out of the driveway. IMPOSSIBLE]!! They need to sober up whoever planned out the construction of this new side and fire him. They don't even have the luxury of saying the park is old! The WiFi was so poor on this side of the street that I had to log onto someone else's WiFi just to stay connected. The kids screamed and hollered and rode their bikes up and down the drive all evening and the park management did nothing to quiet them down. Then they rented a spot to what appeared to be gang members, that about took the cake. We are done with Morro Bay in general. with the prices gone round the bend, and no decent RV parks left, I think we will find some other place to spend our dollars.
As much as I hate to give any park a bad rating, I just cannot help it this time. This is a nice, clean park, but that is the end of it. The cable t.v. has a few local channels, most are California channels that do nothing but play infomercials. No internet, no WiFi. The spots are very narrow and you have to back in, (no small job) onto a narrow piece of concrete. Then you must park next to your rig. That leaves just about enough room to open the truck door and leave dents in your trailer. This is one of the parks that are so common now days. It was built way back in the days before slide outs. Back when we towed narrow trailers with half ton trucks.
I don't know where to start, other than to say that the KOA parks seem to be going the way of the motel 6 chain. Too old, worn out, not enough maintenance in general. We came in from Colorado with reservations that no one could find. We had asked for a pull through, close to the pool, etc. as I am handicapped. They said it wasn't a problem but still put us in a back in spot, at the far side of the park, next to a group of 4-wheelers and bikers there for the motorcycle rally (no sleep) while nine pull throughs up front went un-used all week. Apparently they were keeping them free in case someone in a Prevost came in. We are throwing our KOA card out and going to the independents. KOA is getting far too expensive, rude to their customers, and are just plain falling apart.
What the heck is KOA thinking. $26.00 for a piece of grass with no utilities to pitch a tent. We will just keep moving to a non KOA. This high pricing seems to be a habit with KOA recently. Oh well, there's always good sam, and the independents.
You know those signs you see that say,"clean up after yourself, your mother don't work here" ? Well I am convinced she must. This is without any doubt the very cleanest R.V. park in the land. The showers just have to be seen to be appreciated, they even smell fresh all the time. We travel a great deal and have stayed in some pretty nice places, but this place wins all the cookies. Is there an 11 I can give them?
What a sad story this is going to be. Some years back we stumbled onto this park. It was pretty new and the owners were so proud of it. Over the years we stayed here whenever we went out west, it was always well kept and clean. This time, however, what we found was appalling. They are allowing construction crews into the park, with, and i'm not exaggerating, old beat up mobile homes. We talked to several "old timers" who had been making this their summer home for several years, who were so angry at the drunken partys, hot roding construction workers, and the awful rotting, unsightly mobile homes that were being brought in, that they were pulling up stakes and leaving. how sad.
This is, or was, a very nice park. I realize that when a park is located right on the beach it is hard to keep things from rusting, and sand is a never ending problem. Morro Dunes is owned and operated by some very nice Christian people. The wifi is very good, access to the beach is great, but thats kind of the end of it. The place is all dirt or a mixture of dirt and sand that gets everywhere. This place would really benefit from a load of gravel. I tend to leave little tests around when i spend multiple days at a park. A sliver of soap in a soap dish, a crumpled up paper towel in the corner on the floor. We were there 4 days and these things were still there in the shower and rest rooms. And whats with having to push the button every 60 seconds to get the shower water to flow? I think that the biggest problem here is the age of the park. Like so many in the country they are suffering from old age and lack of investment. This is a large park, right on the water in central calif. I can only imagine what this ground is worth. It probably wouldn't pay the owners to put any money in the place when its worth millions to the developers. Would i stay here again ? probably, but only in my 5th wheel where i didn't have to use the toilet and shower facilities.
Gosh! What can you say about a parking lot inside a parking lot? It was pretty dirty, the people party all night and kept us awake off and on all night. Someone kept using the toilet and refusing to flush it, causing a terrible smell in the shower room. The showers were filthy. would i stay here again? NEVER!
This campground had the nicest people running it I have come across in a while. However, as are most KOA"s, this one is simply worn out. The showers were clean, but it took 20 minutes to get any hot water, and when it came it was a mist instead of a spray, due to the worn out shower heads. The whole place was clean, but no pool, no pavement, worn out electrical boxes. The poor old campground is just plain worn out.