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Desert Empire Fair

Ridgecrest, California


520 S Richmond Rd
Ridgecrest, California 93555
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 50
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.61228
Longitude: -117.64800

Elevation: 2275' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping ?
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails no
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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9 Reviews

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Yes this is a sandy lot, but it is in the desert after all. We drove in and the manager came and met us and was helpful in pointing out some sites we could choose from. Our site had full hook up with 50A, good water pressure and no problems. It was 95F and it might get a little dusty if it is windy but if you don't like heat and sand, head for the coast. We camped at Desert Empire Fair in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is just a sandy parking lot! Electric is schetchy, our 30 amp outlet didn't work properly and our electric kept cutting off and it reached over 95 degrees in our RV. We didn't even stay the night had to leave because of electric issues. We had a bad feeling about the place the minute we drove in. And they have County inmates as maintenance workers. We camped at Desert Empire Fair in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Campground was run down with a lot of permanent and sites were too close together. It was windy, so a lot of blowing dust. No WI fi but OTA television and Verizon Internet worked good. Ridgecrest was a nice clean town with a nice Walmart nearby. I picked up nails and screws in the site. We camped at Desert Empire Fair in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
13
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed 2 nights here. It's basically a dirt parking lot with hookups. The sewer connection was iffy and we had to improvise to get the hose to lay properly when dumping.

It was hot (not a tree in sight), windy, dusty and kind of sad. But we wanted to visit some outdoor areas nearby and this place had the best ratings.

Staff was friendly enough. Many campers seem to be long term, with lots of "stuff" outside and around their sites. The folks we were next to sat outside each night (group of 5 or 6) and chatted, laughed and smoked.

Probably would stay again since it's the only game in town. We camped at Desert Empire Fair in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
do not recall
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Trona Pinnacles

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Dirt Sites - full hookups, good enough for a night or two. Quiet. Very friendly staff good laundry room, clean restrooms, Would stay here again if it was the area we had to be in for traveling through California. We camped at Desert Empire Fair in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Near Restrooms
Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Enter at the 2nd gate you see - that is where the pay station is. Manager is near the restrooms.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Dusty parking lot with lots of long term residents with dilapidated 30 year old rigs. Why would the city allow that?? No cable, no internet, but the other utilities okay. Sewer does not allow air tight connections because of no threads. No amenities. The fairgrounds may be going out of business? Sites are not well defined, so If you want to use a lot of space, you can. Did not like - will not go back. We camped at Desert Empire Fair in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 52
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Friendly park and staff. Quiet. Dirt/gravel roads and sites that are mostly back to back hookups. In town for a couple of days and park filled our needs for a place in town to stay. A lot of long term residents. We would stay here again. Hints use the second gate from the south and the manager is in the South/East corner of park. We camped at Desert Empire Fair in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Friendly staff - thanked us for stopping by. Many permanent residents. Very quiet, not sure if that would be the case when there are activities there as it is part of the fairground complex. A bit out of the way for overnighets passing through. Clean but like all desert parks, mostly gravel and dusty. We camped at Desert Empire Fair in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

I don't normally like to say bad things about a park, but, THIS PLACE IS A DUMP! The park "manager" could barely stick her head out the door to tell me to "park it wherever". We could not locate a sewer hook-up site (which we paid for) so, without the assistance of any staff, we found an electric/water site. The place is over-run with long term, run down trailers. This is not an RV Park as advertised on their website. Walking the fairgrounds this morning and looking at the "trailer park" again, trying to form a better opinion of this place only confirmed that this is the most poorly run and managed public facility I have ever seen. There is not much to choose from in this area as far as RV Parks go so be careful if you choose to stay in Ridgecrest! We camped at Desert Empire Fair in a Fifth Wheel.

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