We stayed in the VIP section of the park, this was a gravel area as close to the park as we could get with reservations made in January. We loved the location, but our neighbors generator was very loud and their barking dogs were annoying at times as well. That being said I have one huge warning for those of you with pets. There are the worst and most thorns laying everywhere on the ground and they are terrible on the poor dogs pads of their feet. We went out and bought socks to wrap on their feet, but that didn't work very well for us, so we went back and bought dog boots at a local pet store. It was so bad that my dogs were reluctant to go outside and they would pee within a few feet of the RV and then want to come back in. Just an example of the severity of the thorns when we stopped driving the RV, the tires were just riddled with them. If they can stick into the thick rubber imagine what it was doing to the poor dogs feet. The only other thing that I need to complain about is there was a generator behind us that ran 24-hours a day. We later found out it was to run the WIFI that was available for purchase. I have to say the signal was incredibly strong and for the most part the internet was fast. There is a water service that comes around to fill the tank on the RV for a $25 fee, and there is another company that comes around to empty the grey and black water tanks for another $25 fee. You pay at the RV host tent, then you get a tag that you tape to your windshield. The system works pretty well, but don't forget to unlock your compartments for them to access. I found putting a post-it note on the RV access panel probably helped too... When they filled our fresh water I was there and they only gave us 1/3 of a tank. He said it was full and it must be my gauges that were wrong. He even said that normally it takes more water that that to fill a tank our size. Yes, just as I thought we ran out of water.. fortunately it was the last day. I just needed to make sure the hot water tank was off to prevent problems with cooking an empty tank. The Balloon Fiesta was excellent! The fireworks could be seen right from our coach. Balloons were launched from the field and flew directly over the coach. I was taking pictures of people flying overhead and I could easily see them taking photos of us! It was that close, and it was amazing. If you've never gone, I'd highly recommend adding it to your bucket list! I would camp here again - hopefully they figure out how to get rid of those nasty burrs.
We had reservations to stay here in a full hook-up site. The campground was easy to find, had awesome customer service when we checked in and was extremely clean and in pristine condition. The pull-through site was big enough that we didn't have to disconnect the tow car from the coach; that was so nice for the morning time when we left. The bathrooms were like a private bathroom at home - it wasn't a shared sink, and a shower stall down a corridor, the hot water was great after a long trip. Also, we liked this place so much that we stayed here on our way back to California from New Mexico. When we pulled in without reservations, we couldn't get the full hook-ups as they were already booked full and it was dark out. The gentleman (unfortunately I forgot his name) drove us to the dump station and shined a light in the area for me to see what I was doing then proceeded to direct us to our site. Before he left, he pointed out where the connections were so we didn't have to search in the dark. That is what I call service!! For those of you who insist that your site be a concrete slab, this would not be the place for you. The sites are fine crushed gravel, and very level. I had no problems with the gravel tracking into the coach.
The campground is nice, and if you are coming from LA, it's not too bad of a drive to get in here. The 140 is not all steep and loaded with switchbacks. Yosemite Valley is about 38 miles from this campground, and the drive on the 140 was really beautiful and not terrible for my fear of height passengers. There are a few things I must mention about this otherwise nice park. Number one there is no cell reception of any kind. I have AT&T, another member of my party has Sprint, another TMobile, and finally another member of my party has Verizon. None of us could get service. In the office they said the only people who could get service were Nextel users. The Park does offer free Wi-Fi, which is nice, but the reception is spotty at best especially after 3 PM once everyone comes back from the park and wants to check their e-mail. Don't even attempt Skype as the service is slow at best when connected. I did find that by going to the main building and sitting on the patio, the Wi-Fi worked pretty well. There seemed to be a lot of European travelers here who were renting RVs. I'd say that 60% of the park was filled with Class C rental units. Everyone was nice and there was just enough space between our unit and our neighbor to open our awning. My biggest complaint would have to be the roads in the park. They are very narrow, single lane, and steep with some pot holes. The single lane wouldn't bother me except for the fact that so many people have their tow car hanging in the road and in places I was getting by with 2 inches to spare. I had a spotter get out to help me in those cases. When you get into the park, you must pull all the way up the hill and go around a tree, which is a bit of a challenge for a bigger rig. Power, sewer and water were all in excellent shape and CATV offered about 20 channels but many of the channels had interference. Spaces are gravel and fairly level, but I did notice some using blocks to bring their rig to a level position. I would consider camping here again, it was nice but I may be interested in seeing what else is available in the area too.
San Francisco needs more RV parks, I understand that the real estate is costly, but this property is nice in a lot of ways, and terrible in others. The bad. First location: it is situated in a not-so-nice neighborhood and there was construction going on directly on the other side of the fence from where we were located. The fence was covered with Razor wire to keep people out I was told. Maybe that's a good thing, maybe it's bad. Second issue I had with the place: I reserved a spot many months in advance and asked that I get a corner spot, I was assigned spot 89. However, when I got to the park my spot was given away and I was told that there are no reserveable spots. When I gave them my confirmation number, he said that I was in a middle spot, and that is where I was stuck as it was the 4th of July weekend. Third: you are in a parking lot with hook-ups. Near some of the sites is a vent pipe from the sewer, the smell was less than I had expected for the price I had to pay per night. Now for the good. The showers were clean and they were secure with a key that you had to pay a deposit to use. I did get my deposit back at the end, but be certain to return your key before you leave. The park main building was newer, and it is directly across the street from the Candlestick park. I don't think I would camp here again because of the switching out my space and thinking that it's alright. Also, for this price, get some internet in the park. Afterall it's San Francisco, not the deep woods of the Sierras.
The park surprised me. When I arrived they were expecting me and they had me pull into my site and get settled in before we took care of the paperwork. The restrooms were very clean. I'd even go as far as saying immaculate! The showers were clean too, and very private. The spaces are concrete pads with plenty of room for a large RV. In between each spot was a beautiful grassy spot with a picnic table. Trash cans located throughout the park are emptied as needed, and the park host was gracious and very helpful with area attractions. We booked our spot months in advanced, and I'm very glad we did as there were only a 18 sites total, and they were all full.
As many have stated, we stayed here to activate our 1-year free camping. The resort was average compared to a lot of places we've camped. That being said, the Saturday steak dinner for $5/person was really nice, the club house was nice and the pool area (enclosed and heated for the winter) was also nice. There are a lot of things for kids to do here all weekend long, and that can be a huge plus for families. Now for the bad news about this park. There is no Wi-Fi or Internet available throughout this park. The only place you can get Wi-Fi is the clubhouse and in my situation I had some last minute work that had to be done, but there was just way too much activity happening in the club house for me to get it done. Next, the sites are loose gravel, and I had to back my 38' motorhome up a steep hill into my site. Next, there was no campfires allowed in any site, they had grills for our use, but the campground across the road had all sorts of campfires going. My biggest complaints and lower ratings are due to the extremely high-pitched sales that we endured. We were told that we would need to go through a 90-minute presentation. Our presentation ended up being two hours and 30 minutes! When we kept telling our sales person that we were not ready for this commitment ($6,000 to $12,000 plus annual maintenance fees). He went to get his supervisor, who then offered us limited packages that would only last 5-years. When we said no to that, we were told we would be banned from buying any membership for 3-years! We said we would want to go home to discuss the purchase to which he replied he's heard that before. Now Julian is a wonderful little town that gets to be very busy with long lines to get a piece of apple pie. We did have fun in town, fun at the campground (except the sales pitch) and even a fun time on the drive there. But I rated it a 3 because of the horrible high pressure sales. I honestly would have given the place a 6 rating overall if you exclude the sales, but unfortunately that is what I remember the most about my trip to KQ Ranch. That sales force just left an utterly terrible memory to an otherwise fun filled weekend.
This is the nicest Motorhome resort we've ever stayed at. The operative word here is motorhome, no other type of RV is allowed in this park: Class A only. Each site is individually owned, and rented out when the owners are not here. Some sites are completely decked out and extremely private, others are just a concrete pad with a grass strip in between them. Either way, there is plenty of space between the sites even with all the pop-outs extended. There was ample parking for our toad vehicle at the site. There is trash pick-up at 8 AM and again at 3 PM every day. We put our trash out at 10 AM, and within a half hour it was already collected. The security and staff were very friendly, and made sure we were completely settled into our site. I will stay here again when in Vegas. I did use Good Sam discount here. I did tour the Oasis RV resort across the freeway. Oasis is nice but this is really the best place in Vegas to park a nice motorhome. I suspect that they do turn away older motorhomes, not that I saw any signs stating such. Our Fleetwood motorhome is a 2007, and in very nice shape, but where ours normally stands out, here it was one of the cheapest looking (not a million dollars like a lot of them here). One other thing the free Wi-Fi was fantastic, and fast.
We arrived early on Saturday morning for the Labor Day weekend. The park was offering a Labor day discount rate of $25/night, as this is off season for them. Much of the campground was empty, and we could really see how well maintained the facilities were. Each space was a level concrete pad, with colored gravel around that. Our site had a small orange tree, but the oranges were still green, and needed a few more months to be ripe for the picking. A free continental breakfast was offered, but left a lot to be desired. The breakfast consisted of powdered orange juice, coffee, and very small and very dry muffins. (I feel bad saying that as I believe they were homemade). The rest of the park was really nice, we have 2 dogs, and there is a really nice dog park to let them run off leash. There were thunderstorms that night, and the next day the dog park was under at least a foot of water. The restrooms were clean, and the people at the front desk were friendly and helpful. We had WiFi service at our site. The first hour per day is free, after that you must pay a daily fee. Because it is not free WiFi, I had to deduct some on the rating.
I've been to Rivernook campground 3 times now. We found it by driving to Kernville, and looking at Camp James which is right next door. Coming from Los Angeles, we cannot leave until after work on Fridays. Camp James said they could not allow late arrivals, but we could come on Saturday. Rivernook said if we make it up there by 10:00 PM, they could accommodate, so we did, and have been camping there ever since. Rivernook is a campground with pea gravel roads, very clean restrooms and some of beautiful scenery. We prefer camping on the river's edge. However one of my guests said they had a hard time sleeping because of the noise from the river - I fell asleep like a baby. The noise from the river did drown out a party that was taking place in the spot right next to us. Later that evening the management asked the people to turn off their music and quiet down. One other note, the sites on the river do not have sewer hook-ups. If you need sewer hook-ups there are plenty of spots throughout the campground that have sewer and are right by the trout creeks that flow through the campground. There are also spots with no water near them if you have concerns about your toddlers. If you need cable TV note there is a $200 deposit on a converter box. You will get that deposit back once the box has been returned. The management has told us how frustrated they are about having to do that, but the box is mandated by the local cable company. My suggestion is to get out of the RV, and watch all of the people rafting on the river - there are no commercials this way.
Going to Las Vegas in the RV was something that I've always wanted to do. The KOA at Circus Circus is not in a deeply wooded lot, it is large asphalt lot with full hook-ups. Now that being said, I knew it going in, I just wanted to be near the strip, and this was the closest place. I was not let down. Upon arriving I saw security at the gates, and there were staff all over the place. They were so friendly here, that one of the staff actually led us to our site, then helped me line up my RV for hook-ups (not that I couldn't have done it myself). Another thing to remember is that it is asphalt, and because of this, on the very hot days, you need to be concerned about your pets paws to avoid burning them. Check-out is 11 AM, so I called over to Bally's spoke with Security and told them I wanted to gamble there. They directed me to a large lot that would accommodate me for free (no overnight camping though). Overall, it was an enjoyable experience at this KOA.
Very nice kept little park. We drove from Los Angeles to this campground on our way to Yellowstone. It was a very pleasant stay overnight, and I'd highly recommend it it is very clean, new gravel sites, hook-ups are newer, and the pull through site allowed me to keep my towed vehicle attached to the motorhome.
Great News! They are gradually fixing up this campground. The owners are the Helicopter Tour company, and they seem to own a lot in the area. I was told they just took it over a month ago, and hired new people to run this camp. Now don't get me wrong this is by far not a perfect campground, the showers are $1.75 for 8 minutes, and in the men's showers, the wires were covered in electrical tape. They were working on the first of three bathrooms when I was there, and I saw areas where they had done repairs to the sewer system. The power boxes still need repair, the water system worked fine. The odd thing is there seems to be 4 sewer connections per site. I walked around the camp and there was no horse droppings anywhere. The dumpster was overflowing, but just as I noticed that, the truck came to empty it. One other thing that I noticed was a worker cleaning up sites. The sites are not level as of yet, but as the host at the counter stated, the owner realizes that this is a great opportunity, and is gradually working to get everything working. I will tell you after reading the reviews I was very concerned that this was going to be terrible. It was nice to have full connections, and frankly we spent the majority of our time at the Grand Canyon. I probably wouldn't go camping here just to get away, but I would recommend camping here if you want to be close to the Grand Canyon, and couldn't get into Trailer Village.
This campground came highly recommended by many friends. Reading reviews I see comments about the sites not being level - ours was not level either, but it wasn't bad. We camped deep in the campground, in the woods. I'm glad we did, as we had hail both nights we were there. They had a great deal on an all-you-can eat pancake breakfast, and frankly it was a darn good deal, and very tasty too. I could never get my computer to recognize the WIFI, however I did pick it up on my iPhone, so maybe it was an issue with my computer. The staff was very friendly, and the proximity to Crazy Horse and Mt Rushmore were ideal. I would camp here again. I saw many other less expensive campgrounds near by, however they were all on busy roads. I never heard any traffic from the busy road it was just too far from our site. This is a huge campground, so I'd recommend looking up the campground map online to see what facilities you would prefer to be near.
We arrived after hours, our site information was taped to the door, as they told us it would. When we pulled in, someone from the park saw us and lead us directly to our site the told us we could pay in the morning when they reopened. The sites are very well maintained with new gravel - standard color gravel for the RV and tow vehicle, and a red gravel for the picnic table and patio area. All the electrical, sewer, and water connections were new as well. The pool was closed for the season, which surprised me however the "adult" jacuzzi and the hot tub were open for use. If camping here I'd suggest getting a site at the back of the campground to avoid traffic noise from the highway - although even that was not bad.
The park is in a great location for many activities throughout the valley. The staff was exceptionally friendly and accommodating. The security guard guided us into a temporary spot because we arrived after 10:00 PM. The reason I did not give the park a higher rating is because the park is old and could use some TLC. The Club Room is a double wide mobile home with some very vintage furniture. The ceiling in the Club Room had some water damage. The RV spots were huge. We pulled right through without unhooking our towed vehicle. One other thing to be very aware of is the extremely high water pressure. There is a sign in the office that states they are not responsible for damage due to high water pressure. One of my neighbors who had been staying there a while came up to me to warn me about the high water pressure as well.
The sites are excellent, panning for gold was fun and included in the price - yes, I found a few flakes of gold. The petting zoo hours are very limited from 8 to 10 AM. The pool was very nice, in fact all of the facilities were clean and in excellent condition. Each hook up area had its own small light on it to help you hook up in a late arrival. The crickets were wonderful to listen to at night! There is an actual gold mine on site - just be certain to take a flashlight as it is pitch black in there - also you need to crouch over. One other thing that I really appreciated was they had a free marshmallow roast at the main pavilion, They even drove a tractor around with a trailer (hay wagon ride) and took people to the roast!. Do they go out of their way- yes they do! I hope to return here very soon. Oh yes, the note about the road being tough for big rigs - it's true. I pulled a car behind my motorhome, and there were times I was nervous, but DO follow the campground directions from Los Angeles, they were spot on, I took both ways here (drove it on the second day).
We went to Emma Wood State Beach this past weekend - without reservations. Although the sites were full, they offered us a spot in their "Group Camp" area. The area was nice and clean, although we did have to cross railroad tracks to reach the beach. Once at the beach we realized that there was not much of a sand area and a straight drop off of 6 feet at the end of the trail, a little further to the south we found an acceptable place to climb down some rocks to the beach. My rating reflects the Group Camp area, the Ocean front sites are beautiful, and a pleasure to camp at. The Group camp area is ok for a night.
As others have said, Dry camping at it's best. The Ocean mist was cool and during high tide the ocean was slightly splashing over the wall. I was in spot 14, but would recommend spots 20 through 127 for the best views of the ocean. Some people were shooting off fire works over the water. The best part of the experience here is the entire passenger side of the RV faces the ocean so literally it is right out your front door. The train did wake us up once, but it is the freight train that makes more noise than the passenger trains. Bike ride to town is about 5 miles.