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33 RV Parks near Rancho Santa Margarita, California
We did however find 33 campgrounds within 25 miles of Rancho Santa Margarita. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Rancho Santa Margarita in the left hand column.
Mar 2019 - $15.00
Reserved a week here because of the great reviews, wish I hadn’t. We’ve traveled from east coast to west and this is NOT one of the best campgrounds we’ve stayed in. Not the worst, but definitely ranks lower on our list. Website does not give accurate representation of campsites, it tells you how LONG they are, but not how WIDE. We arrived to find out 35’ motorhome fit in the space that is listed as 45’ long on the website, but our compact care barely fit behind it. Our picnic table and fire ring are in an open area along with the tables and rings of our neighbors, so we seem to be group camping with strangers. Trabuco Canyon Road is only a few feet away and there is plenty of road noise. There are used charcoal briquettes still in the grill which WE will have to clean out when we use it, and a few q-tips and a couple of broken plastic Easter eggs laying around that I had to pick up before the dog did. If the camp hosts are supposed to clean the sites when a party leaves, they aren’t doing a great job. Quiet hours are 10pm - 7am, but generator hours are 8pm - 8am ... kids were outside yelling at each other at 6:30 am but we can’t turn on our generator and warm up our 48 degree RV until 8:00? Also, every campground we have been to across the country treats a motorhome with a towed vehicle as one unit. Not here, we had to pay an additional $5 per night for the car. I wonder if they charge an additional $5 for the pickup truck that tows the camper? If so, y’all will be spending $25 on a campsite with no amenities and kids yelling at 6:30 in the morning. - BobnLou
Feb 2019 - $15.00
We chose this park because it was closest to relatives, and we really weren't disappointed. It's hard to beat the rate - $15 per night for seniors, $20 for others. Our site had a water spigot. No electricity anywhere in the park, including the bathrooms, which are open to the outside air and VERY cold in the winter - but the water is hot, push-button style showers. You can run the generator from 8 am to 8 pm. Several sites are designated for RVs only, which is nice when you're big like we are. There were only six spots we would fit in, and even though they're all pull-thrus, a few of them we would have had to back out of (or into) because the opposite road was too narrow to make the turn. The spot I chose online wound up being perfect for us. Roads getting in are tight, especially at the ranger station gates and that first turn, but we managed. One thing to note - the entire park is in the Holy fire debris flow area, and could be evacuated if heavy rains are predicted. We were grateful that they were on top of this, and were evacuated after our second night. Our money was refunded, and they rescheduled us for a few extra nights on the other end, which was nice. We found another place to stay for the nine nights the campground wound up being closed, but that extended our total stay in the area by five days, which we put to good use. If it were drier we could have taken advantage of the many hiking paths in the area, but it was so wet that most of them were closed while we were there. There is a dump station, and we were able to back into it from the main road to use it on the way out - the loop configuration was just too tight and small for us to get around it. We would definitely come back here again! - Denise and Glenn
Jul 2017 - $20.00
This is a nice campground. Staff at the main gate were friendly and helpful. Very few campers during the week, however this place is always full on the weekends. The vast majority of campers here are tents, popups, etc. The site we had barely fit our 30' trailer, and there was no shot whatsoever of keeping the truck in the spot as well. This place was very busy during the weekend, and really an RV felt out of place to me, in the sea of tents. Fresh water was available near the site, and the dump station was well placed. We had a major ant problem as our stay concluded, and fought ants in the trailer for many days afterwards. Take measures to (hopefully) prevent ants when staying here! I did like the setting of this park, and would return. It was great to "get out of the city" and find this park. Very peaceful place. - KeystoneTT
Sites: 42 | Recent Rate: $$$$ | 8 Reviews
Apr 2019 - $38.00
Ronald Caspers Wildlife Preserve Campground - San Juan Capistrano, California. This park features RV sites with some hook ups all the way to primitive with no hook ups. We had a site with water and electric (50 amp). The site was just big enough to fit our motor home and tow parked beside. They charge you an additional $5 a day for the tow. You get a lot of road noise from the highway that runs beside the park. For some unknown reason they have placed large pilings around all the sites. If these were not at the back of the site, you could allow the rear of your rig to hang off, giving you more room. The sites are gravel and fairly level. The dump station was plugged and overflowing when we left, so could not dump. I probably would not stay here again if in the area. - Newjade
May 2018 - $21.00
This is a very reasonable and clean park especially for this part of California. Provides for easy access to San Clemente, Laguna, and connected areas. The park staff was friendly and helpful. The sites were large and included power and water, no septic. We were in a 37 foot Class A with tow and tow dolly and had plenty of room, back in site. Over the air television is adequate but there is NO WIFI at all. Cellphone coverage was good 80 dBm or better, AT&T. We were visiting family so did not use many of the park's amenities but there is trails and sponsored activities available. This is a local county park so is frequented by locals for weekends. We were in Ortega Flats which is kind of close to the main road, Ortega highway. This road is pretty well used, especially by the local motorcyclist as it is very curvy and hilly and they love to race up and down the road. All in all would stay there again but there is one really big caution. This park is unusual as it has a pretty strict pet policy. The policy is NO PETS. Pretty unusual in my experience. They justify this by saying there is a danger of pets attracting cougars that are in the area. I guess I can understand this with dogs or animals that are allowed out of owners RV's but animals that are never allowed out it seems a bit restrictive. If you miss this in their information you could be sadly surprised. Since we had traveled all the way from Florida and prepaid we were given an exemption. We have camped all over the country including cougar country before. Never seen this strict of a rule before. - gargoyle
Jun 2011 - $26.00
Be sure you're aware that no dogs are allowed here! Several campers were turned away at the gate. Only a small number of sites have electric, and that loop does not have restrooms, only a porta-potty. The restrooms are about 10-15 blocks away, in the larger, non-electric loop. Also a bit uncommon is that the electric sites do not have water hookups. Other than that, it was a pleasant park to spend a few days in. - Searching4America
Jan 2016 - $25.00
Toilets and showers reserved for events. RV's are expected to use their own toilets and showers.
Entry road is dirt with lots of potholes but no problem if one goes slow.
As mentioned reservations must be made at least a week in advance and only online. This was not a problem for us. - itsmee222
Jul 2014 - $25.00
This was our worst camping experience in two years. Frankly, I am surprised that there are so many positive reviews. My wife and I found this campground to be very dismal. The RV parking on the upper level is dirty and has almost no aesthetic appeal. It's like a big dirt parking lot dug out of the side of the hill. There are no views to speak of, just a big wall of dirt out back and construction out front. The picnic tables for each site appear to have never been cleaned and are covered with stains and debris. There was no Wi-Fi or phone service in the RV area so you had to walk down the hill to the community center for any services of that sort and even there it was spotty. We were scheduled to stay one week but left after 3 nights - as soon as we could locate an alternative park. I certainly would not recommend this location to any RVers. It is a difficult drive in though a poorly maintained road and the park itself is dreary at best. - Sheridan
Mar 2014 - $25.00
Now this is not your usual RV park. But by far the cheapest place offering full hookup sites in Orange County. A Christian event center runs this park which is located on their premise quite a bit outside of any town in the area. It is meant for longer stays, but travelers (and you don't need to be a religious person) are welcome. You have to go through the somewhat unusual reservation process though. Online only through their website and at least one week in advance. It took me a couple of follow up calls to confirm our reservation. Driving there you can use your GPS with the adress stated on the website. The last mile to the gate of the event center is a very bumpy country road. We wondered why the six speed bumps on the way were needed. The gate code was provided with the reservation confirmation. Checking in at the office was a bit different then with other parks. Little room to park the rig. Photo ID and insurance papers needed to be shown and photocopied. Once that was set and the credit card slided we could drive the last half mile up to the RV sites. Very bumpy indeed. Mostly gravel, some enormous potholes and a few low branches skirting the roof. You have to drive to the upper level of the park and I would recommend to take the left way when the road forks at the lower level. There are more sites on the lower level but these are not for public use. The sites are all back in and in #35 we had just about enough room to maneuver with our 34' RV (51' combined length). The sites with lower numbers provide more room and longer rigs would not have problems there. The sites are gravel, provide full hookups in OK shape, even cable. We needed no leveling equipment. The WiFi was OK, not the fastest, but good enough for emails and web browsing. Our Verizon worked on the lower level but not up on our site. Very friendly and considerate neighbors. The place is very safe and very quiet, especially at night. Be prepared for some christian events on and around the lower level from Friday night to Sunday afternoon including early morning music and singing, prayers and more music and singing throughout the day. No noise after 10 pm. Overall, this is an off the beaten path option to park your RV. I would not recommend going there if it is for less than at least three days. The reservation and check in hassle along with the long and bumpy drive in and out is not worth it if it is only for a night. We stayed for six nights, enjoying the remoteness, safety and quietness. We also enjoyed the low rate and did not mind the somewhat long drives to the L.A. and Orange County attractions. We will come back. - TheSchweitzers
Jan 2019 - $18.00
We didn't have to go through an inspection like some have mentioned, but had to provide copies of our motor home and tow vehicle insurance, Passport America card and driver's license. First time to EVER be required to have copies of insurance and driver's license at any parks. Then after we were given the number of our space, we drove to it and discovered the camper next to our assigned space was parked in our site (taking up 2 spaces which were very close together). We went ahead and parked in another space we liked better. Went to the office to report the problem and one of the workers came over and checked on situation, finding no one home at the camper occupying our assigned space, he agreed we could stay in the site we had pulled into. We were ok with our arrangement and finished setting up. Being a Sunday, the office wasn't open to complete our check-in. Next morning we went in to settle up. Long story, so I won't go into other details, only to say we checked out early because of bad storm that was moving in and residents were advised to evacuate because of possible flooding. We won't stay here again because of the check-in requirements. - We3Travel
Jan 2019 - $35.00
This is my very first review and this park was so terrible, I felt obligated to create an account to leave a review. When we pulled in, they make you pull over in order to get an inspection (of your power cord and sewer hose). While we were waiting, a big dog fight broke out between the dogs of 2 permanent residents. There was a lot of screaming and threatening from the 2 men, which started us off uneasy. As we were being escorted to our space, we started to notice the "tent city" that we were pulling into. The rigs are all completely run down, covered in tarps, not well taken care of. Usually, that's not an issue for us, as we've stayed in some sketchy places before, but something about this park was "off." The people who live there full-time seemed a little sketchy. Anyway, we got pulled into our spot after being directed by the host (he insisted he HAD to help us, even though we do this every week and know our rig better than he does.) Once he walked away, we kind of looked at each other and immediately started planning our escape route. Called the park we were staying at next and they were able to accommodate us early. We didn't even care that we lost our $35 non refundable deposit. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT stay here! RUN. - HaydenHall
Jan 2019 - $18.00
Checked in on New Years Day. Check in process was OK but didn't understand the "inspection" process when there are many, many dilapidated campers on site. We were escorted to a site to find grossly un-level. We were so close to the neighbor, we could pass a cup of sugar without leaving our camper. After I got settled, I saw many, many open more acceptable sites. Why was I placed in such a ratty site when other better sites were available? Was not provided with a campground map, so I was flying in the dark. Took a shower to find only two stalls and one broken. No heater and the outside temps were in the 50's and couldn't get the shower water to mix correctly, either hot or scalding hot. I guess for $17.50 (PA rate) it would do, but will not stay here again. Utilities were good, didn't use WiFi of cable. My site did provide an excellent view of the southern sky for satellite aiming. The site was sand and the internal roads were pothole filled asphalt. he atmosphere was very quiet with owls singing at night. No traffic noise and for older couples, no children in our area. The on-site store was very well stocked. - SD75mac
Apr 2017 - $48.00
Sites are extremely small and tight together. Some are very hard for larger rv rigs. Leash requirements are not enforced which is difficult for us who have pets on leash. People run or walk through others camps. Most likely will not come back here. - SullivanD
Nov 2016 - $38.00
The service was excellent. The site we were originally assigned was very tight so we asked for a different site, they were very accommodating and gave us a very nice larger site.
This is a nice place to stay overnight but there is nothing to do unless you have a boat or water toys. Traffic from the highway was a bit loud. We rode our bicycles around but nothing really appealing to see. would not recommend this park for off season family fun camping unless you want to go shopping at Costco or the outlet mall. - chaparral
Sep 2016 - $37.00
This is a rather strange place. I am not familiar with the area but ended up here when the places closest to San Diego that I was interested in were all booked. It is a very reasonably priced. It is virtually empty, except the for the full timers. On the holiday weekend the place filled completely.
The sites are not level. It seems that cable is available for an extra cost. The internet is just horrible. For many days it was not even available. They had to wait for the provider to show up after the weekend. The download rate is 1.61 mps. Upload is .46. Just awful. And I was just feet from the office.
After the holiday weekend it took several days for the garbage to be all collected as it was too much for the dumpsters. Instead of having extra pickups, they just keep filling the dumpster on regular pickups.
Overall I can't really recommend this place. But if you need a place to stay I would not dissuade you from coming. I felt safe and it is convenient to Costco, Walmart and other stores. - SonoraBob
Apr 2019 - $40.00
Campsites are very close to the Metrolink railroad, so expect loud train noises regularly throughout day and night. The campsites are tiny, barely enough room for 2 average size tents. Also, there is only 1 water faucet shared by about 1/2 dozen sites. Restroom cleanliness is acceptable. Not awesome. The only upside to this campground is its location right on the beach. Some sites are literally sharing real estate with the sandy beach. I can see that for some campers this unique feature more than offsets the weaknesses of this campground. - splitpeas
Aug 2018 - $60.00
We stayed in what we thought was an oceanfront space, but actually had NO view of the beach or water because of the huge sand berm. Every day a tractor pushed sand higher and higher to protect the park from ocean water surging up and (eventually?) going into the park should there be a storm. The beach was right on the other side of the berm, we just had to climb up and over to get there. The pictures on the park website show a view of the water (from the "ocean front" sites), but it's not so. The train goes by several times a day and also at night, but it doesn't blow the horn or sound too loud. It's dry camping at a clean and relatively quiet park right next to the beach. We enjoyed our stay, but were just a little disappointed we couldn't see the water. - CoachCathy
Mar 2018 - $65.00
Another CA state beach campground, pretty much just like all the rest. Only providing the basics, and at a high price. Again, no dogs allowed on the beach, as instructed by a rude park ranger guy, but lots and lots of dogs were on the beach that evening, and with no enforcement at all. No sewer at site. No power at sight, so lots of generator noise. Not a whole lot to do if you don't have a tow vehicle with you, as walking distances are considerable. All-in-all, this is the only SoCal state beach campground that earns a rating over a two from us. Mostly due to the fact that they have an actual beach that you can access rather than just cliffs. Not a lot of choices for RVers in the area, so if you must... - xyz-123
Apr 2018 - $35.00
This is a trailer park, not an RV park. Almost all permanent residents. Old, not real nice looking, no wifi but descent cellular connection. Good location but I wouldn't use the place again. - Ken Sawczyn
Apr 2016 - $25.00
I found this RV Park pleasant to visit for several weeks. It's somewhat dated, but in decent repair. It could use some tender loving care though. If it were updated I would have given it an 8 or 9. It appears the park is 90% filled with full time residents who are pleasant, quiet during the day and evenings. Sites are mostly average for RV parks, but my Ram 2500 parked on the site with my 32 foot fifth wheel would have been a little tight. There was additional parking very close by though and I chose to use it. RV Park borders the lake. The staff was very pleasant. - RetiredVagabond
Apr 2016 - $35.00
I stayed here for 3 nights in early April. Staff was very courteous and helpful. Mostly month to month renters, but the park was clean and orderly. Pretty quiet too. Ample grass and shade. I might consider staying a month or two next winter. - Jeff J
Jan 2019 - $28.00
Park is really set up for long term,but there is a short time area. Good price for So Cal, with a good location from the beaches, LA and San Diego. Paid $700 with elec for first month, then $550 plus $150 elec deposit for second month. Elec was 259.00 the second month. They keep your deposit saying they will mail it to you. The town around you is full of homeless, but they caused no problems in the park. Pool was heated. Laundry was small, so get there early. Cable and WiFi were great. I would not call Lake Elsinore a lake, just a very nasty body of water. - Donny and Donna
Jul 2018 - $36.00
Nice enough place to stay, but not during the summer unless you are planning lake activities (HOT!) with no trees. Very friendly people. Nice pool and okay wifi. Good Cell service. Level backin full hook up 30/50 amp gravel sites. Can wak down to lake. Mostly permanents but nicely kept. One area for overnighters in corner with no fires or tables. Grass areas for pets. - teepee51
Jun 2018 - $40.00
Gravel and dirt lot. Summer time = Heat!!! Power fluctuates dangerous for AC compressors. 90% permanent dwellers, Nice Pool. - 1Sight-seer