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Sunday, November 30, 2008


Our Opinion: Rave. This park, with its huge sites and wonderful amenities, is open to Escapee members only. Click here for more information on the park and the Escapees RV Club.

Date of Stay: November 28 though 30, with several earlier/longer visits in prior years.

Weather During Stay: PERFECT! Lows in the mid-40’s, highs in the low to mid 70’s and nothing but sunshine.

Site Description: Like all the sites here, the lot is huge and level. On this trip, we are in site 527, one of the less developed sites: FHU (and basic cable), a concrete patio, a couple small trees, dirt surface, and a storage unit (belonging to the lot owner) Nice view of the surrounding hills across the street.

Great amenities here: beautiful outdoor swimming pool and two spas, small fitness room, large library, kitchen, a pool room, and hobby rooms. Workshop available. Several laundry facilities scattered around the pack. Recycling. The “Ranch House” is available by reservation for private parties.

Rate: FHU (50 amp) sites are $20.00 daily. Boondocking (limited to 7 days) is $5.00 per day. Limit 28 days, per calendar year, including boondocking. Escapee members or guests only.

Phone/radio/TV: Verizon cell service used to be very spotty here, but with a new Verizon “tree” cell tower, the problems are solved. 5 bars on our phones and the aircard, even in the boondocking area. Our TV satellite works fine here; very few sites would have obstructions. Very basic cable included in site rental fee. If you are lucky, you will pick up an NPR signal (try 89.9); I mostly used our satellite radio instead.

Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: The park is on gently rolling terrain at 2,100’, in steep, arid hills. Lots of mature landscaping in the park, along with some ponds and fountains - very pleasant. Fantastic view from the swimming pool!

Lighting/Noise: Subdued night lighting in most of the park (I’m not sure about the sites near the clubhouse). Very quiet.

Favorite Sites: This is a large park with huge sites. “Favorites” aren’t really an issue, as “visitors” can only stay on sites that members have put into the rental pool. First come, first served.

Hiking/Walking: Walk the perimeter of the park for 5,000 steps, a little over two miles - or hike in the arid hills surrounding the park.

Comments: This is a co-op park, owned by Escapee members who buy into the co-op for a long-term site. We like this park so well that we are on the waiting list. Nice place to winter. Temecula (17 miles away) has restaurants and shopping. Lots of wineries in the area. Palm Desert (Palm Springs area) is about an hour to the east. Golf nearby.