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Ventura Ranch KOA

7400 Pine Grove Rd, Santa Paula, CA 93060-9628
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We were looking for a place not too far from home to take the kids and enjoy a nice family weekend together before school started again. We found what seemed to be a good value and hoped for a great experience. The staff was great and the area was beautiful, peaceful and tastefully decorated inside the cabin. We had an awesome weekend and will be back again soon!
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Requested months in advance a site with cement pad, etc and when arrived they gave us a terrible dirt spot right in the front. They said they did not have the spot available. I showed her our reservations but was told all they could do is put us in a spot w/ no sewer if we wanted to move. We choose not too. The area around us smelled like sewer which we found was because there was an area with their old septic system w tarp on it that smelled terrible.. Next our view was of a construction site where they have a ton of stuff and garbage there. Had a fire a few years ago and saying they are still rebuilding. The bathroom and showers are up a gravel steep hill. They have Peacocks everywhere which at first I thought was beautiful until they screamed about 20 hours a day. This KOA has NO TV even though they are right by major area with huge dishes on the hills. Parts of this KOA further back in the park appeared much nicer but would not know as we were in the front of the park with all the one nighters etc. We and many others are thinking of canceling our KOA membership as it seems KOA has lowered their standards and don;t bother contacting Corporate because you get a can message telling you to talk to local management. As of our recent cross country trip we have had much better experiences with Good Sams.
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Our search for "perfect" car campground within short drive from LA area continues. This campground isn't bad at all but not "perfect" in our opinion. There is a small kids playground, a big jump/bouncing area that appears to be on a timer - inflating early morning and deflating late in the evening/night. There also is a climbing wall, zip line, and gem mining area which weren't operating when we stayed. I am assuming that they open these during the summer season. As you can tell from other people's photos, there is a small creek running next to the campground. I don't think it will ever be deep enough for swimming but good enough for just some water splashing for little kids. Water came up to maybe my ankle or a bit higher. Given that this year is one of the wetter season in SoCal, not sure what one should expect in other dry years. As for our personal experience, we paid $119 for 6-person Teepee on a weekend night in May. Some teepees are on a wooden deck while others are on a concrete foundation. Keep in mind that depending on the exact location of the your teepee, you will need to make 40-yard+ walk back and forth to move camping gears from the car. Not a deal-breaker but it wasn't clear in their website. Ours had a queen(?) bed and a bunk beds with the bottom bed being the full size. No bed liners (didn't expect any so that was fine) but there was mattress. Mattress was dirty and had spots all over. Not sure if it's reasonable to expect clean mattress in this type of facilities but just FYI. It served well for using it as a sleeping pad. Inside was dark and no electricity is available (as noted in their website.) It will be dark (not pitch dark) inside the teepee especially at night so bring a lantern/headlamps. There is a firepit and two picnic tables outside the teepee. The campground appeared to place RVs, tents, cabins, and teepees in its own grouping. The children's playground, jump pad, zipline, etc. appeared to be closest from teepee areas although other areas wasn't that far off either. Our main issue for us was the noise at night. Not sure if it was frog/toad/peacock or some combination of the animal sounds but they kept going all night long. I slept as much as I can but I was aware of the sounds throughout the night; my wife and kids didn't get a goodnight's sleep at all. Maybe it bothered us more than others but just be aware that you may get those sounds. We are regular campers so we are used to nightly campground noises; but this facility had more than what we're used to. Will we return? Maybe if we stayed in their cabin and able to close the windows and keep the noise to minimum. Aside from the night noise, I think the campground may be fun place for the kids if all the facilities are operating.
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The setting of this KOA was absolutely gorgeous with all the Spring flowers in full bloom. The stream that runs along the side of the property was full and would have been spectacular if there wasn’t so much oil in it. That’s not something I can fault the campground for though. We stayed in a tee pee, which my children loved! It was very spacious and very clean. The site was well appointed with a fire pit and a bbq. The bathrooms were not a far walk, but they were absolutely filthy, and were not maintenance at all over the two days that we were there. Toilet paper was out, toilets were clogged, and sinks had dirt and twigs in them. There was also what looked like a large tick in the shower the whole time we were there. I saw many staff members going around the campsite on golf carts, I do not understand why none of them bothered to tend to the facilities. The only other disappointment for us was the lack of activities available in the “off season”. We were here for our Spring Break, the weather was great, and there were a lot of children. It would have been great if the pool was at least open for the 80 degree days. We will just have to return to experience this property in it’s full glory!
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We packed six of us into a cozy cabin and had a great time. Our teens enjoyed sleeping in the loft and although we all had to share one bathroom, there was plenty of hot water. The cabins are equipped with a gas grill, utensils and dishes, so we ran into Santa Paula, the closest town, for the groceries needed to prepare a meal for dinner. There aren’t many shopping options in Santa Paula, so be sure to stock up in advance. The peacocks were fun to see and hear (one was on the roof of our cabin when we arrived). Lots to do, even with the pool closed!
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FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Farwest Resorts RV Park & Campground
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United StatesCaliforniaSanta Paula
NUMBER OF ROOMS
87
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