Berton M.

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Fullerton , CA

Joined August 2019

Surfer Engineer Vanlifer

Close to Downtown

White Spar is the closest campground to downtown Prescott. It’s located right off White Spar highway so there’s a little highway noise but not much. The campground has a combination of pull-in sites and parallel sites. The parallel sites might be tricky if staying in an RV or Van. There is water. Book early because campground is full most weekends.

There are a number of hiking and mountain biking trails that leave from the campground. I took the 9 mile loop from the campground around Goldwater Lake. It was nice and took about 3 hours.

Cell Service: ok

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Quartzsite Camping

Scaddam Wash is a nice spot to camp while transiting to California or Arizona. It's located along the freeway so you will hear traffic noise but have good cell phone reception. Beware that the road leading into the wash is rough and not maintained. Most people now just drive on the side of the road which provides a smoother ride. 

There's a sign at the entrance that list a few of the rules of the area. There's a time limit on how many days you can stay; I think its 14 but not sure. 

In Jan-March there are plenty of RV and Van gatherings in Quartzside. The closer to the freeway you are the more people you will encounter camping. The further you are the less people. Choose what's best for you.

Cell Service: Great

Camping in the Redwoods

Village Camper is a good RV campground located about 2-miles from downtown. There are a number of gigantic Redwoods throughout the park. The biggest negative is the proximity to the highway and the car noise.  I recommend this park if you want to be close to town and us it as a base to see the national park. 

Cell Service: Great

Dash Point

Good campground in a state park with a few fun hiking trails. Clean restrooms.

Cell Coverage: ok

Beach, Trees and Jet Noise

As a veteran, I appreciate the sound of freedom but just not when camping.  Deception pass campground is a very pretty place located between a beautiful little lake and ocean. The campsites are close together but with the thick foliage it was hard to see our neighbors. The biggest downside was the jet noise from the nearby Navy base that went on well past 10pm.

There are a few great hiking trails and the beach is amazing. Well worth a stay if i the area. 

Cell Service: Great

The Camp

The Camp is a small and cozy parking lot campground in the middle of Bend Oregon. It has a mix of RV camping and vintage RV bungalows. This is a perfect place to spend the night making your way thru Bend. 

The bathrooms and showers a super clean and it has an onsite laundry facility.  There are plenty of restaurant and grocery store options nearby. 

Cell Service: Great

Klamath Overnight

Klamath Falls KOA is a good stop over place on your way to Crater Lake. This KOA has all the amenities that you expect from a KOA. I especially like the pool on a hot day. It has a few unique cabins that seem like a fun place to stay along with a few tent camping spots. 

There's a shopping center within a 10 min walk from the campground that has a grocery and sporting goods store along a pizza, BBQ and Thai restaurant. 

Cell Service: Good

Little Yosemite

Grover Hot Springs campground reminds me of Yosemite National Park. Not the grandeur of Half Dome but the amazing fields of grass. The park has a beautiful walk way that allows you to walk thru the field without trampling it. There are a number of hiking trails that leave from the park and one goes to a small waterfall. There's also a nice stream that goes thru the park.  

Although I didn't visit the hot springs, I was told they were amazing. Just make sure you reserve a spot to actually visit the hot springs. I was unaware of this.  

The campground consists of the standard bear box, table and flush toilets. This campground also has showers. 

Bears are really active in the area so the rangers are super vigilant about leaving food at your campsite.  Make sure you leave all food in the bear box. 

The small town of Markleeville is located 4 miles from the campground. It's a great little town that offer a few restaurant and one deli.  It's worth exploring. 

Cell Service: None

Tahoe River Gem

Kit Carson is located about 20-miles from South Lake Tahoe. There 20 or so camping spots that are spread out among the trees. The campground is located along a river that's a nice place to fish or swim. The water temperature during the summer wasn't that bad.  The campground offers the standard fire pit, table and bear locker. It also has pit toilets and no showers.  

Across the street is a small cafe that has internet service. They offer breakfast, coffee/tea and some sandwiches. 

In the town of Markleeville, 10 miles away, there's Grover Hot Springs which is a fun place to visit.  

The only downside is that Highway 89 runs along the campground so traffic can be heard. Don't let this deter you from staying here.  

The camp hosts, Gunny, was very friendly and welcoming. 

Cell Service: Poor - Verizon

Lake Side

Fallen Leaf Campground is located on south lake Tahoe about a mile from the beach. It's a great staging campground to all that south lake Tahoe has to offer to include, hiking, paddle boarding, swimming, fishing, gambling and much more. 

The campground is large but most of the campsite are spread out. However there are a few that are right on top of each other so be wise in choosing. There's a path to the actual Fallen Lake which is beautiful. 

Cell Service: Bad

Spectacular Scenery

Convict Lake is probably one of my most favorite cam[grounds. It's situated at the base of an impressive mountain and at the shore of an awesome lake. You can't ask more. There's also wildlife strolling thru the campgrounds all the time.

The campsites are well spaced out with some actually located on a beautiful stream. The restrooms are clean.

The lake has a very small marina where you can rent boats. The lake offers fishing, swimming and much more.

 Cell Service: None

Perfect Hideaway

Sherwin Creek is a perfect little Campground Hideaway to get away from the hustle and bustle of mammoth. It's located around 2 miles from Mammoth down a scenic road. There are a variety of trails by the campground that can be used.

Each campsite has a table, bear locker and BBQ. Theres also water available. Firewood is $7

Cell Service: 2 Bars

Downtown Mammoth Lakes

New Shady is a good campground located within the city limits of Mammoth Lakes. It's right off the main road into Mammoth and a few blocks from restaurants and grocery stores. It's perfect if you want a place to crash at while enjoying the city. If you are looking for a remote and more camping experince, this might not be the place for you.

The spaces are right on top of each other. There are no shower facilities at the campground but plenty of restrooms. The closest showers are located at Twin Lakes Campground but there's an $8 and wait to use them; go early. 

Caution: Some of the sites are not level (on an incline) so check before you book. 

Book early because this place gets full. 

The host are super friendly; say hi 

Cell Service: Verizon = Good

Sprint = Ok

Hidden 100yrds from US Route 395

Tuffs is a great little campground located about 200 yards from Route 395. It's located in a small ravine so you don't hear any traffic noise. There are a variety of spot that include non-shade and shaded. The best feature of the park is the little stream that runs thru it. I saw a few people fishing but don't know if there's any fish in it. Tuffs makes a great stop over on your way to Lake Tahoe or Mammoth. Lake Crowley is also a few miles up the road. 

Water is available along with pit toilets. There are no showers. Firewood is available for $7.

Cell: Good AT&T

Sprint: Roaming

Camping with Slots

The Pala RV Park is located on the premises of the Pala Casino. The RV park is well maintained and has all the enmities of any RV park; including a pool. Park guests have full access to everything the casino has to offer, including its pool too. 

The rates differ depending on the day of the week but range from $55 to $90 a day. It has pull thru sites or back in. 30 Amp - 50 Amp. There's a gas station and mini mart nearby and propane fill up station. 

The park is located about a half mile from the actual casino so there's none of the normal casino traffic around. I promise, you will hear no slot machines. There's a shuttle to to RV guest to the casino but it's suspended due to COVID. 

Within 30 min of the park, there are plenty of hiking trails and wilderness to explore. If you are looking for a place off the beaten track around San Diego this is a great option.

Secluded Hideaway

Dos Picos is a nice campground that's hidden in the hills of Ramona. It's a great place to base camp if you want to hike Mt. Woodson and Iron Mountain. Each is within a 5 - 10 min drive from the campground. There's also a nice public gold course nearby too. 

The campsite are varied. Some have nice shade and some don't. There's a little lake that allows fishing. 

Cell Coverage: Good

Surfers Dream

San Elijo is located on a bluff overlooking the beach. There are over 100 sites available that range from hookups to dry. The price is from $55 - $75 a night. The bathrooms and showers are clean. The only downside is the proximity to pacific coast highway and the train tracks. Although I didn't hear the train at all at night.

Cell Coverage: Excellent

Hiking and Surfing

Crystal Cove State Beach campground is located within a 10min walk to the beach.  Unfortunately you have to go under the busy/noisy Pacific Coast Highway to get there. There's a great historic area that's worth checking out. There are a variety of campsite throughout the park from RV to tent; all of them have great views. There's also an abundance of hiking trails.  

I only gave it 4 stars due to cost and the noise from PCH

Cell Coverage: Excellent

Cost: $55 - $75

Meet General Patton

This campsite is located behind the Gen. Patton Museum. There will be a sign telling you to turn down a dirt road towards the campsite. It’s about a 1/10 mile. There are approximately 20 campsites. If you are staying longer than one night you are required to check in with camp host.

Cell Coverage: Excellent

Wonderful Caves

Kartchner Cavers is a wonderful campground that has great caverns and trails to explore. The RV campground has full hookups and cabins. The restrooms were clean and the staff super friendly.

Cell: Sprint Roaming; Verizon 1 bar