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32 RV Parks near Rancho Santa Margarita, California
We did however find 32 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.
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
May 2016 - $20.00
Great place, great sites, no electric, but water hookups. Lots of trees and wildlife in a beautiful setting. - coyotetraveler
May 2013 - $15.00
Rate reflects senior (60+) discount. Nice assortment of sites, some very large pull through. Threaded water spigots on most but not all sites. Many sites have trees and shade. I picked one which is partially shaded and kept solar panels in the sun. Clean basic restrooms with showers. Good Verizon signal. Was not crowded mid week, but full on weekends. Some traffic noise from nearby road, but quiet at night. Natural setting, very pretty. Summer days can get into the 90s. - tpild
Sites: 42 | Recent Rate: $$$$ | 7 Reviews
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
Sep 2010 - $10.00
My husband and I were going to stay here based on this site said "pets OK", but if you go to the website for the campground it specifically says "pets prohibited" except horses! So beware if you travel with a pet, so we could not stay here and never did. I have passed by here several times and it looks beautiful. - joycejack
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
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
Jun 2018 - $18.00
The female receptionist gave excellent reservation service. Good check-in experience. Friendly Guard Shack guy, gave us good instructions on where to park at the inspection pad. Inspection consisted of another friendly man driving up in a golf cart, looked from his golf cart to see we were not leaking any fluids, and guided us to our site. He pointed out the available water, electric, sewer and TV cable connections. Place is very well kept up, clean swimming pools. I was here about 6 years ago, place was kinda messy from some (not all) of the permanent residents. But, now is very well kept up. Store has typical camping goods for visitors. We purchased cooking oil, spices, and ice cream. Only negatives I need to report, is the TV cable connection at my site were found in the dirt and I was not able to find any cable channels after doing my normal menu search. There are many over-the-air TV stations, as I pointed in the correct direction with my amplified TV antannae. The park has several WiFi locations transmitting from the bath-shower rooms located around the park, but the WiFi kept dropping in and out. It was frustrating establishing a good WiFi connection. Overall, I will come back again, to escape the nearby big metropolitan area of Los Angeles for a nice get-a-way - Joe O
Jun 2017 - $18.00
Based on previous reviews we almost didn't come here...but I am so glad we did! I really like this park, and the people that work here are great, especially the girl in the office. We had 30 amp service which was fine, great water pressure and good tasting water, a back in that wasn't very long (our rv is 40' long) but it was very wide and comfortable. There is one section of the park that has a lot of older rv's, and it's true that there is stuff outside them, but the people are very nice, the children were well behaved and we didn't care that they weren't all nice and new. It was fairly quiet and the 3 pools were all clean and nice. There is a lot for kids to do, basketball court, playground and the nice pools. The laundry facility had decent equipment and was $1.25 for a regular load and 75 cents for 45 minutes of dryer time. This park required an inspection of our rv and proof of insurance for not only the tow vehicle but the rv itself, which I thought was a little strange, but not a problem. There is security at night and probably during the day, as we saw security guards often. The surroundings are nice..directly behind the RV resort is Glen Ivy Hot Springs which was beautiful! The area around is also beautiful, and don't miss Toms Farms just a short distance down the road. We only planned on staying 2 nights and liked it so well that we stayed another day. Don't be afraid to come here based on other reviews. We're retired car and rv dealers and we really enjoyed ourselves. The new owners are doing a good job keeping this place up. The interior roads are paved with speed bumps and the sites are mostly dirt, but fine and nearly level. - Ginny H
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
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
Oct 2017 - $35.00
Stayed 5 nites. Spacious sites with small shrubs between. Well kept, clean and right on the beach. Lots of families with kids. They are very strict on out by Noon, NOT in before 2PM, and generator rules are strictly adhered to, allowed 10AM to 8PM. Bring your own firewood. The stuff the host was selling was pieces of soft pine, more like lumber cuts. Would stay again and great if you want to be right on the beach or within a few feet of walking to the sand. - Nevada Nick
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
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
Jan 2018 - $35.00
Our nightly rate reflects the weekly rate $245 plus an extra night of $40. It's Older park with mostly full time residents. Very convenient for most things to do in Lake Elsinore, shopping etc . Easy to get in & out of the park on a busy road, very quiet park ( spoke to 1 neighbor twice, the other we never did meet). The girl that checked us in was an absolute sweetheart, friendly and helpful. Unfortunately I can't say the same for the girl that checked us out. Very curt, not friendly at all.. Not what I would expect from a RV park. Granted we stayed here in the "off " season but that is NO reason why you can't be friendly, thank you for your business, have a safe journey that sort of thing in parting. Washrooms are very old and VERY much overdue for a freshening up ( paint, fresh shower curtains ) but the hot water was plentiful and decent pressure until somebody flushed or used the men's washrooms next door then pressure dropped off to a trickle. What did give me concern was the one morning I turn on my tap in the motor home and brown water starts flowing ( we were directly hooked up to the local water system ), let the water run for a couple of minutes and it cleared up. Internet was free and semi decent speed most of the time. I would stay here again. - Suiteasitgets
May 2018 - $75.00
Fees: $75 a night plus a 7.99 reservation fee. Water and electricity. This campground overlooks the Pacific Ocean. All of the camp sites have a view of the water since the park sits on a bluff and the campground is terraced. It's quite a location. The rest of the park is also fascinating. There is access to the beach and wonderful tide pools full of sea life. Even though the park is above the Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1) there is only a bit of traffic noise The public facilities are relatively new and well-maintained by the staff. The showers require tokens which cost 50 cents each and give 2 minutes of water. This is surprising given the high cost of a campsite. There is a historic section in the park of cabins right on the beach that are being rehabilitated and are for rent. The rents are surprisingly affordable. The historic section has been saved from the bulldozer by a non-profit that wanted to protect an area that has been an ocean playground since the early part of the twentieth century. - Walter48
Dec 2017 - $75.00
This is an expensive State Park ($75/night). The location is very convenient to Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. The grounds are very clean and the RV sites are 30/50 amp W/E. I'm surprised and disappointed to not have sewer given this is such a new park. If it had sewer, it would be 5 stars. The walking trails are great for the dogs. The area itself is also very new and clean with tons of shopping, restaurants and great beach activities. Heisler Park was a stand out. The park wifi was plenty good for basic surfing. I didn't try to stream as I feel that's not cool to do on shared internet. Verizon, ATT and T mobile hotspots were all strong w/out a booster. ATT - 20 d/l, Verizon 100+ d/l!!! and T mobile was over 20 d/l. OTA was in and out. Major channels would come in for a while and then go out again. The facilities were in great shape and clean. They have individual shower rooms and individual bathrooms. Showers take tokens I believe that you have to purchase. The sites are tiered so they all get ocean views and they are very large sites. No fires are allowed. The 3 pm check in time is strictly enforced. The rangers were friendly and available if needed. - Jessie1975
Nov 2017 - $75.00
This Beautiful campground has panoramic views of both ocean and hills from every site. It is located across Coast Highway - not on the beach side, but the sites are large and semi private; they are tiered and offset making each one feel private, the natural vegetation provides barriers and each space has plenty of room to set up chairs, fire ring etc.. great for outside living. The roads are clear and unobstructed and are all one way loops. 35' 38'are fine, but require some patience on the turns. Our site was very level. Plenty of parking for your tow vehicle. There are dozens, of walking, hiking and biking trails down to the beach or up into the hills. From our site we could clearly see Catalina Island and north to Long Beach. The sunsets are amazing and the night sky was beautiful. Full Hook ups but no sewer (there are three dumps stations at the exit). There is a a lower parking area for trails and beach paved and steep. This is a pricey state park, the beauty and tranquility certainly do help to offset that fee, but it is considerably higher priced than most. - Nan Griff