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.