Overall, this park gets a good score (8/10) because we loved the space at our campsite, the 86 miles of hiking trails on adjacent BLM land, and the fact that there was a professional racetrack on site. It was totally cool to watch speeding cars and motorcycles from our picnic table.
The roads and sites are paved; although, some of the concrete at campsites is kind of chunked up and not very smooth. Patios are gravel/sand. Our site was level but a few some sites looked as though you would need leveling blocks. Every site has a fire pit and picnic table. About half the campground is dry camping ($30/night) and the other half is water and electric (50/30/20 amp) ($35/night). A dump station is on-site. There are showers and bathrooms that were clean but were not heated.
What we liked was the site that we had (#80) and our large patio with no neighbors on our patio side. The campground sits in rolling hills so some sites have great views of the surrounding valleys. When we were there the park was only 10% full so it was nice and quiet. The fact that the Laguna Seca Racetrack is on the grounds and viewable from many of the campsites is a real plus.
Fort Ord National Monument abuts the campground so you walk right out into gorgeous hiking trails on rolling hills. There is also a county park about two miles away that has more hiking trails.
The park is located about 10 minutes from attractions in downtown Monterey.
The not so good things about this park were just a few … like no sewer and amenities. The lack of amenities did not bother us but for some this would be an issue. There is a large grocery store/gas station/restaurants about 5 miles away. Because of the racetrack events, this campground really fills up and may be too close for our comfort. Too bad it is not a little closer to downtown Monterey but the peaceful setting and close hiking trails made up for it.
Spirit’s two cents …. “I really liked it here. Every day I got to hike 5-6 miles off-leash which means I could chase California quail and rabbits without draggin’ mommy behind me on the leash. They complained that the park made them pay $2/day for me but I think I am worth it. The camp hosts didn’t seem to be around much and when the park rangers left for the day, we played ‘chuck-it’ in the open field across from our site. Mom seems to really like breaking the 'dogs must be on a 6-foot leash' rule but I don't care.”
|The racetrack is on the far left side of the picture.|
|typical back-in site|
|bathroom (cause I know you wanted to see that)|
|Fort Ord National Monument (BLM) trails|
|pull-thru site overlooking the racetrack|
|back-in site overlooking Monterey Valley|