I've known about this campground for better than years, it is somewhat local to me but have stayed for the first time now. I should have come sooner! The park is somewhat off of the beaten path. It is literally only miles from the U.S. Mexican border in the little town of Potrero, about 5 or so miles from the turnoff to the Tecate entrance into Mexico. It is operated by the County of San Diego. What a wonderful park! Excellently maintained, very clean, and quiet, no trains, planes or automobiles to hear! I guess because of the time of the year and perhaps the weather, we had the whole park to ourselves. Only one other camper was coming in when we arrived, and there was only one camper already here, when we arrived. Both had continued on their way the next day. I prefer to use my own RV to take care of our needs, but I checked out the restrooms/showers. While things are somewhat old, they were very well maintained and very clean. We stayed unfortunately on a rainy weekend. It pretty much rained every night we were here, though the sun did come out briefly on Saturday. We kind of used it as a base camp, and did a little exploring to the North and West of the campground in the Laguna Mountains, where there was snow for the big (me) and little kids to play in briefly. We also went to a little town called Boulevard where there is the Wisteria Candy Cottage. Excellent place to check out if you like candy of all sorts. I and the wife got pecan turtles, daughter got a caramel apple and son got gummy worms. A bit pricy but worth the stop in, very friendly. Now that we've visited it and it is not too far from home, about 40 miles outside of the City of San Diego, we will definitely add this to our list of favorite local visits.
Serrano Campground is a wonderful place to stay. I usually try to get a satellite view of parks I'm not familiar with just to get an idea of what I may be getting into. The satellite view does this park no justice and could even be discouraging. It is in a National Forest and is near the Big Bear Ski resort and a stones throw away from Big Bear lake. You are in the country but very close to civilization so amenities are not far away including a country store that is in walking distance that kind of serves the campground and other camping near by. The park gets plenty of snow so you might think that it is a seasonal park but it is open year around. Look forward to visiting it in the winter someday. We will definitely stay here again God willing.
Burnt Rancheria campground is a seasonal campground open from mid May to mid October. This is a gem of a campground, very clean and well maintained. It is in a National Forest so as mentioned in an earlier post, roads are narrow, thankfully one way and negotiating your spot with a "big rig" can be tricky. Turns are tight in places and expect to "rub" some branches at the very least either on your roof or on the sides or both. They list some pull through sights though I didn't see any, perhaps for the camp hosts. There aren't any hook up sights what so ever as listed (again except for campground hosts) but water abounds with water spigots just about every where you look so there is no shortage of access to water. We stayed in space #46 which is right across from a camp host and right next to one of the many restrooms. I would stay in this space again as water is right next to it if you should run out as we did. The only draw back of staying next to one of the restrooms is they are lighted throughout the night, could be good for those that may need it but I'd rather a spot with less or no light at night. Camp hosts spaces are lighted throughout the night as well. All in all a wonderful place to stay with many attractions nearby. Just to mention a number I think are worth seeing. Julian CA is about 20 miles away and the San Diego Historical Rail Road Museum in Campo CA, that actually hosts two train rides/runs on both Saturday and Sunday is about 25 miles away. Either is plenty worth the drive to go to.
We had two family's on one site. Friends camped with us in our travel trailer which sleeps 9, we had 10 all together. Thankfully we were able to sleep some little people doubled up on one of the lower bunks. The park states limits at 8 campers per site but the ranger said the limit is 10 max so we made out. Very friendly staff but limited due to budget cuts. You cannot make reservations via computer, they must be made by phone and you will probably play telephone tag just a bit as you must leave a message and they will return your call. Best to call on Saturday, when we arrived in town and called they answered right away. The park is beautiful! If you are expecting a polished and manicured campground, then you may be disappointed. It is clean and well maintained, we didn't use the park facilities as we would prefer to use our own. There are only two sites available to the public that have full hookups with water, sewer and electric, #34 and #56. There are other spaces that have water and electric only, and of course spaces that have nothing. I look forward to coming to this park again, we had a great time with our friends and the kids had a blast! Wild turkey, and peacock have free roam of the place. Big rig access in the lower area can be tight. We had to go against the marked traffic direction to get our 34' (tongue to bumper) TT out, pulled with a relatively short wheelbase sport utility vehicle. It is doable, with some care.
Great park to visit. My family along with a family we brought along with us stayed here and had a great time. We came in two vehicles in addition to my travel trailer. They limit each sight to 10 people and we were right at the limit with the two families. They charge $10.00/night per additional vehicle and the first pet is included in the original per night charge. $1.00/night per additional pet. They have two sites for the public that have water sewer and electric. Reservations can only be made by phone, it is best to call on a Saturday as if you call during the week you will probably get voice mail and they will return your call when they can. I played telephone tag with them just a bit. There is no online reservation at all. It is called Lake Solano but there really isn't a lake at the campground, it is right next tothe Putah creek. Beautiful place with wild Turkey's & Peacock having free roam of the park. They advertise big rig access but it may be a bit tight in some spaces. I have a 31' model pulling with a SUV and anything more and I don't think I would have been able to park in my sight, in fact I had to go against the signs of traffic direction to get out of my space. I don't know if they would have had heartache if they would have seen but that's what I had to do. I would highly recommend this campground and I will visit it again.
We stayed on the long Veterans Day weekend. The park is very well maintained and clean, with a very friendly and helpful staff. A coded security gate that closes at 10:00 p.m. will greet you if you are a late arrival. You will get the code when you make a reservation or at the ranger post which is inside the gate. The sites vary in length, and they have each sight rated to vehicle length. Pay close attention to this as our's just fit in the site length specified and that is tongue to bumper for travel trailers. Don't go by "box" length or model length, or you may find yourself disappointed if you don't fit. Fishing is open to campers daily, but on weekends only for non-campers. There is a shaded playground for the little ones which is very nice. They have "doggy bags" throughout the park for when your pooch needs to take care of his business, and people apparently are attentive to this. This park is at the top of my list ,and I would visit it time and again. You won't be disappointed!
We stayed for the long MLK weekend, late Friday night through Monday morning checkout. The park is very clean and well maintained. Friendly staff and very helpful. One caution, the main road coming in is also the main road to the trail head to the desert Oasis and people coming in do not pay attention to the 15 mph speed limit so if you have kids keep them off of the main road. I mentioned it to the rangers and they posted signs attempting to enforce the speed limit. Didn't notice any traffic after they posted so I don't know if it worked but they made an attempt. Some things I pointed out to my wife is there were no flies that we noticed and ants were only deeper into the campground, we didn't see any at our sight. Some spaces like ours need no leveling side to side others may need a little more work. Each space in the full hookup section is asphalt paved and very roomy. Big rig access is no problem as we saw a 40+ foot motorcoach in there with apparently no problems. I look forward to our next visit!