Santa Monica, CA

Joined October 2020

The Gold Standard of RV Parks

This is a park to which all others should aspire and is finally one that embraces what has drawn many of us into RVs in the first place: natural beauty, solitude, and comfort.

From the spacious spots to the understated design to the scenic setting to the hotel-level bathrooms, cannot recommend this one highly enough for a layover night or an extended stay.

Hosts and owners were similarly awesome, thoughtful, and accommodating.

Location is Everything - and what a location this is!

Simple but lovely campground with an incredible location, setting, and view.

We were fortunate to visit in February and had the park nearly to ourselves. I’m busy times the sites might be close together but given the gorgeous setting of tall red rock cliffs in nearly every direction, it would likely still be great.

In non-covid times the proximity to monument valley would be ideal for touring it. We used it as a base for adventures in Cedar Mesa/Bears Ears and loved it for that.

Campground itself was super clear, facilities were great, and staff was friendly and helpful. Yes, it’s still an RV campground and therefore not the solitary experience you’d find boondocking but this is in the upper echelon of RV full hook up spots we’ve seen.

Friendly and accommodating staff but very simple and un-aesthetic campground given the surround scenery

For a lay over night this place worked great and the staff was very friendly and accommodating.

That said, given the surrounding majesty of the landscapes and the plentiful open spaces in the region, we were disappointed how squeezed in an “in town” this campground ended up being. The sites were clean and all went smoothly but would have preferred to have stayed somewhere that we could have better relished in what makes the area special.

Fantastic, Clean, and Amenity Filled Vegas Layover Spot

Clean, well laid out, amenity filled, and easy. Just off the interstate yet still quiet. Easy to forget you’re in the middle of a big city. Was a fantastic place to stop over for the night!

Also very much appreciated the accommodating and friendly staff!

Great for stopover

Convenient to the interstate, clean, straight forward, and easy spot to stop while traveling!

There was substantial road noise from our spot but not overwhelming and feels the price to pay for a campground so convenient to the highway.

Prices do seem a bit steep for what’s on offer.

Great stopover spot

Clean, level, and straight forward park that was a convenient and comfortable spot to stop for the night on a road trip.

Price was a fantastic deal!

Nice Rest Stop in North Phoenix

Simple is slightly packed in park but perfect for a rest/sleep spot if you’re traveling through Phoenix!

Beautiful Spot in the Woods But Choose Site Carefully

Great October stay here. Scenic spot nestled in the woods and yet conveniently close to town. It’s a big campground though and many of the sites seem to be tightly spaced. Seems the outer rim sites are more spacious than inner. Suspect our experience would have felt differently on that inner rim.

Access to the lake is convenient and super scenic to mention nothing of canoeing and kayaking and swimming opportunities.

Convenient and well spaced out

Visited in January so it was pretty empty which made for a quiet and spacious experience. Stayed off the river but access to it is simple and quick from anywhere on the grounds. Fire wood delivery makes things easy as does ability to launch or take out boats from the whitewater. Great launching spot for Kernville adventures!

Pretty, Simple, and Comfortable

Visited right before Christmas and so we were treated to chilly temperatures and a relatively empty park. As a result, the experience was quiet and relaxing with a soundtrack dominated by the creek right outside our site. Location is perfect as a launch point for trips into Sequoia NP!

Great Park, Better View

Fantastic view mixes with a clean and simple park that has all the necessary amenities. Sites are tightly packed but the spectacular views and open sky of the ocean more than make up for it.

Great Location and Scenic Views

Sites are packed in but understandably given the location. Big trees and the river make it feel less crowded than it is.

Scenic, Quiet, Tranquil and Convenient to the River

Spent almost a week here in the fall. The campground was quiet and relatively empty making it tranquil and scenic and perfect with its proximity to the boat ramp onto the Rogue. Great base for a Rogue Wild and Scenic trip or even just as a trip into itself.

Road noise is present so it’s not a wilderness experience but that didn’t affect our visit at all.

Great Vibes for an In Transit Night

Great location on the way to many points north along with an excellent morning or evening adventure to the falls. Camp Host (owner/operator?) is awesome and worth the stay alone.

Sites are a bit tight so might not be the solitude you’d want to a multi day stay but was perfect and energizing for a night in transit!

Packed in Spots + Surly Service

The location is amazing for morning walks along the river and even as a base for taking off or putting on private whitewater trips on the SF of the American River.

That said, unfortunately the spots are packed in like sardines making privacy and personal space hard to come by - especially with a lack of landscaping. This combined during our visit with repeated interactions with a couple of employees who seemed to forget who the guests are. We encountered a lovely gate attendant on our first night but the subsequent interactions with staff were less than pleasant at best and oddly hostile at times.

Next time at the American River I’ll be looking for another park or to dispersed sites.