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Perfect weekend getaway !

Lake Perris was a fun and clean place to camp at! We did some fishing, bike riding, the water was clear, and my kids loved it. There is a cool museum were the amazing staff provided us with interesting history about the lake and Indian tribes. Such a fun and peaceful place to hangout at!

Beautiful campground with some caveats...

Beautiful, peaceful, quiet in nature- right in the middle of Joshua Tree National Forest. Good privacy between sites. It’s important to find sites with large rocks for shade, like sites 2-5, 90, 91 and others. The sites on the loops that are farthest from the entrance give the feeling of being out in nature, but seem to have less jumbo rocks for shade. We stayed on site 2 in mid September 2020 and the shade was pretty good. Lots of empty sites and people coming without reservations were able to get sites. The cons were: no campground host or rangers(and some people who weren’t staying at the campground came and acted really weird outside our van in middle of night), no phone service(so if there was an emergency beyond strangers acting weird we would have no way to get help), and lots of“thirsty bees” all over the campground, which is great for nature but a bit disconcerting for visitors. The signs say that they are looking for water and to avoid swatting at them. The best times to enjoy JT are morning, late afternoon, evening and night bc it’s super hot across the day(generally I’m Joshua Tree NP). The scenery is incredibly beautiful, the sunsets amazing and the stars are out of this world. One night is probably enough to experience it without having to handle the hot mid-day or battle the bees.

Beautiful Stars

This camping site came in really handy for us as the official campgrounds in Joshua Tree park are closed due to Covid-19 regulations. We arrived right before sunset and were able to get a nice spot pretty distanced from other sites. The road in is VERY uneven so caution is advised. We drove in a Ford Explorer with a cricket trailer and managed fine but keep your eyes peeled and take it slow. There is little to no shade in the lakebed and there are lots of burrs and prickly things which should be kept in mind if you plan to bring your furry friends. There are some campfire rings in some of the sites which is nice and it seems that people have been very good at packing in and packing out. The sites were clean, although we did find some shotgun shells lying around. Cell reception was good for T-Mobile and Sprint. Would definitely come back, although probably at a warmer time of the year.

Arroyo Seco loop...Clean and quiet

Car camped here 1/15/21 for 2 nights. It’s a few miles outside of Temecula, CA. Easy access via paved road (hwy 79). The resort contains a number of special purpose campground loops. I was in Arroyo Seco. Site #305 doesn’t have much shade but not much of a problem in January. Most sites in this loop are open. Sites to the right as you drive in have more tree cover. There are no power hookups in this section. If you’re tent camping or car camping it doesn’t matter. By Friday night it was filled with huge fifth wheel RVs effectively boondocking with generators. Plenty of families with kids. By 10 pm generators are off and kids are asleep and it was very quiet. Bathroom for the loop was clean. I saw staff cleaning several times a day. Wasn’t much used as all the RVs have their own bathroom in the rig. This is a nice campground for all tent and RV campers. If you’re looking for privacy this isn’t the place, but with a pool (closed for now), miniature golf, bar and restaurant ( take out only) there’s plenty to do for families who want that. Easy hike to Vail Lake reservoir.

Desert Luxury Camping

Stayed here for first time for a weekend. We prefer more rustic camping generally but came with friends and were pleasantly surprised. The camp sites are more spacious than I expected and have mature landscaping between sites. The grounds are immaculate!!!

The staff is very nice and three of our party enjoyed the 9-hole golf course which is in excellent condition.

Active 55+ park

This park looks nice, we were unable to say due to age restrictions. Park is a 55+ park. Park looks nice and has golf. They have a sister park down the road called Sky Valley and I would recommend that park if under age 55. Staff are very friendly. They also have a farmers market weekly. Lots of exploring within an hours drive if you are into sight seeing like Palm Springs, architecture, arts, nature, history and man made disasters like the Salton sea. If you are looking for a place in the area and over 55 check it out.

Lots to explore near by & some of the best weather in the States during winter.

This is a great location if you are a Thousand trails member well worth it. If laying nightly defiantly better options for nightly rates. This is a very popular park and they do have stricter rules than other TT parks. The staff have always been friendly and easy going. The area park is next to I10 and does have lots of road noise, also a good amount of riff raff and homeless near by. The park does keep security tight as a precaution. Park is covered with palm trees and a few citrus trees you can pick from. Lots of stuff to do/see in surrounding areas. Would recommend if you are a TT member. Park is seasonal and not open year round.

Great location for a Thousand Trails

This is a great location if you are a Thousand trails member well worth it. If laying nightly defiantly better options for nightly rates. This is a very popular park and they do have stricter rules than other TT parks. The staff have always been friendly and easy going. The area park is next to I10 and does have lots of road noise, also a good amount of riff raff and homeless near by. The park does keep security tight as a precaution. Park is covered with palm trees and a few citrus trees you can pick from. Lots of stuff to do/see in surrounding areas. Would recommend if you are a TT member. Park is seasonal and not open year round.

Joshua Tree/Coyote Lake bed dispersed desert camping

Words Can’t Describe…How amazing the evening colors are over Joshua Tree as the sunsets. The entire lake bed area and well beyond into the desert N.E. is dispersed desert camping. This spot specifically is close to the motorcycle track and 4x4 area. If your into off roading this is a fun place to check out while exploring Joshua Tree National Park. Be prepared but Walmart is like 15min away and Joashua Tree RV/camp is 3.5 miles further up the road passed Broadway and they only charged me $3 for 45 gallons of potable water that I took back to the desert. Score in a pinch.

Welcome to Sky Valley

Great resort style camping. This park is 25min from anything but that’s one reason I like it. Lots of exploring within a hours drive to great sights like Joshua Tree NP, Palm Springs, Salton sea, Idlewild, Borrego Springs, etc. The pools are very nice but can get overran by kids or people who don’t clean up after themselves, but that can be the case anywhere. Every Wednesday is a farmers market set up by entrance of resort. I was driving Dillon Road and would pass the Welcome to Sky Valley sign and took me a min. then realized that it is the album cover to Kyuss 1994 album “Welcome to Sky Valley” I thought that was very cool to stumble upon. Dillon road is a rollercoaster of a road up against the foot hills of Joshua Tree overlooking the valley and is a scenic byway. Along the San Andreas fault line check out Coachella Valley Preserve on 1000 Palms road, a natural Palm Springs oasis in the desert.