Can’t beat the view, proximity to Carmel, amenities and cleanliness of this facility. The cabins and camping sites have been nestled into terraced platforms on the side of this beautiful ridgeline located about 15 minute drive from Carmel.
But the sites are much smaller than what we’re accustomed to (we typically don’t camp within 10 feet of another family). But it is a very family friendly campground with a lot of oversight and CLEAN bathrooms!
For those coming with RVs and travel trailers: be advised that there are sections of one-lane road in the last mile leading to the resort. And the driveway to the campground is STEEP!
All in all, it’s worth returning,
It's been a while since we've camped here but we still have great memories of this wonderful treasure. It's one of the few campgrounds where - despite how numerous the campsites are - they did not feel crowded together. Our only suggestion is to avoid camping in the summer time - as there were numerous mosquitos and the lack of air movement allows them to pester us endlessly. This is a place I would come back to over and over - either in the spring or fall.
Love this campground … a great basecamp for easy access to everything that West Marin has to offer. It has wonderful campsites nestled among mature trees with a stream that runs through it. It's a bit too tight for large trailer or RV camping (unless you are an expert at maneuvering through tight spaces). Also, if you're tent camping, the vehicle noise from the nearby Sir Francis Drake Blvd can be distracting if you are a light sleeper (and you are tent camping). But all in all a great locale!
This is one of those spectacular must-do national parks that is frankly under-discovered. You can approach Pinnacles from the west or the east (we chose the west). Truly unique landscape complete with hikes through caves and streams, rewarded with breathtaking views. But it is HOT in the summer - so highly recommend going in the spring (when the water is still running through the caves) or the fall (no water but still gorgeous). During the busy spring and summer months, be sure to start the hike EARLY as the parking at the trail head gets full quickly (and rangers will turn your vehicle around).
Big trees, scenic hikes, waterfalls (in the spring) and spacious sites … what's not to like??? Okay, for those who welt up with mosquito bites, the ONE nit I have is that the lack of air movement during the summer = LOTS of bites. I highly recommend camping in the spring or fall if you are prone to welt-y bug bites.
The Upper Campground is a gem of a place to camp, nestled among the redwoods on the eastern facing side of a ridge (complete with hiking trails) and a creek. The Madrone group campground is across Sir Francis Drake Blvd (I personally think it's less scenic but more open). The only reason I took off a star is the campground's proximity to the road, which is not extremely busy but can be noisy if you are camping in a tent. Were it not for the noise, we'd go back again and again and again.
Stopped here on the way through Oregon. Campground is fairly extensive and has nice wooded sites. Onsite staff very friendly and helpful.
My only complaint is that it’s very difficult to reach someone via phone to make reservation changes (one time, I had to hold for 59 min). Highly recommend signing up for an account, which allows you to make changes without having to reach their call center
It would be a 5-star rating if it were situated in a pristine natural forest. Alas, it’s surrounded by suburbia, which is not awful but certainly not awe-inspiring either. But it served our needs as we needed to stop in Bend for two nights on our way up to Washington. This is an immaculately maintained RV campground with extraordinarily LARGE FLAT sites built with pavers (!), as long as you book a site at the ‘Gold’ level and above (which is simply level 2 of 4 levels). We had Site 408. There are also a lot of other amenities including a jacuzzi, breakfast area, laundry facilities, and manicured grass between the sites (dog lover’s heaven). Some of these amenities were not open due to Covid.