Thursday, December 31, 2009

Exploring local county parks


I've been aware for sometime that there are some local country RV parks in the Inland Empire where we live. In the 24 years we have lived in Ontario we have never visited any of these parks....shame on us! Elaine and I decided we would take a drive this morning, New Year's Eve, and see three of them. The first was Rancho Jurupa Regional Park in Riverside, run by the County of Riverside: http://www.riversidecountyparks.org/locations/regional-parks/rancho_jurupa/ .What a pleasant surprise this park was. It is located along the west bank of the Santa Ana River, within eyeshot of Mt. Rubidoux. There are two separate campgrounds within the park...Lakeside and Cottontail. Lakeside is near the fishing lake, and Cottontail is a new addition with very large, paved sites, and surrounded by grass. These are the nicest spots, and run $35/day for full hookups including 50amp service. The Lakeside spots go for $25/ day. There is a laundry, and very nice restrooms.



The second park we visited was Lake Elsinore Campground on the shores of Lake Elsinore. This park is actually owned by the city of Lake Elsinore: http://www.rockymountainrec.com/camp/elsinore-campground.htm . It is a little run down, but right on the shores of Lake Elsinore. Electric and water is $25 per day. There are no full hookup sites that I could see, but there may be. It is a very quiet park, and very close to services, and restaurants. There are a lot of trees, and palm trees specifically. Very quaint.

This was one of the more level sites. Turn 180 degrees and you see the lake.


The third park we visited was Prado Regional Park, run by the County of San Bernardino: http://www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us/parks/prado.htm . This park is less than 13 miles from our home, but it feels like you are a 1000 miles from anywhere. They have numerous 100+ foot pull through spots. The cost is $30 per night. If you are 62, or over, it is $25 per night. The pull through sites include a nice large concrete patio with fire pit, and a million dollar view.

The million dollar view...and great patio!


We will be returning, for sure, to Rancho Jurupa and Prado. Just goes to show you don't have to go far from home for a long weekend in the coach. There are a few other county parks we'll be visiting in the near future.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!

2 comments:

  1. We live in Pomona and stay at Prado whenever we get a long weekend. It is a nice park and they keep upgrading it. Relaxing for a day or two:).

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  2. Thank you for your comment Leslie! I've driven by Prado 100's of times over the 24 years I have lived in the area and never took the time to explore it. What a pleasant surprise to see the quality of the RV park and facilities. On Saturday, the 2nd, went drove out to Yucaipa Regional Park, which was another pleasant surprise. 42 RV sites, all full hookup I believe. Up on a hill with a view, 3 fishing lakes, and a water park. We will definitely visit both of these parks a few times this year.

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