Small, very quiet campground located near some scenic parts of California.
Camp San Luis Obispo RV Park Featured
Type of site
$20 - $23
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July 15, 2016
Jan 4 - Oct 13, 2015
camp san luis Obispo sits half way between morro bay and san luis Obispo, on the ocean side of the coast hwy,7 1/2 miles (as the crow flies) east of the pacific ocean. it is a small national guard base with only 12 R.V. spots. there isn't much here except the quiet, the pure relaxation of it all is worth every dollar you spend here. what could be better ? well, heck ! who wouldn't want all this plus a place to store your rig? well, want no more, I got a call from major Johnson telling me that they had just set aside a storage yard for our rigs. even If you never stay at SLO, who wouldn't want to store their rig this close to the ocean. the rates are way more than fair, you get a 15 foot wide spot in a hardpack lot with a 6' chain link fence topped with barbed wire. while its not for me to say what they charge, I can tell you that it is $18.00 a month less than Lemoore was charging me. consider this when you decide it's better to store your rig than tow it every time LA gets the best of you. the folks here are really good to deal with. yes the camp is small and has very little in the way of amenities, but when all you need is a quiet place where the deer wander through your R.V. spot, well this would be it.
August 8, 2015
quick few days while out on my Sturgis run. things are good at CSLO, the place is packed. if there was one thing I had the power to change it would be the dog rules. there have been so many problems over the years at "all" rv parks over dogs. why can someone haul a dog all over the country and then leave it alone in their rv all day. I am camped across from a large motorhome, nice enough folks, but the leave during the day and leave their dog alone. it barks from the second they drive away till the second they return. then all the little ankle biters (rv owners all own a tiny little rv size dog) in the park join in the fun and games. dogs are very annoying when their owners leave them alone. I intend to campaign for a rule against dogs in the park all together. I think its silly that people have to take their dog everywhere they go. and the worse are the ones with multiple dogs. people ! not everyone likes your little sweetie dog !
April 4-11, 2015
Spent a week here over the Easter weekend. Park got full for a couple days, but was about 50% full the rest of the time. This is a nice, quiet park. We were encouraged to visit the dining facility and we're glad we did. Good food at a fair price. All of the staff were very nice and helpful. Lots of ground squirrels in the campground, which I was worried about. But we didn't have any problems with them and the RV (I have in other places). If you're here on a Thursday, be sure to visit the street market in San Luis Obispo. Pretty large and great prices on vegetables (lots of food as well). As mentioned previously, this park may soon start to be full more often. Reservations are highly suggested. We almost didn't get reservations, as we were told none were available. But luckily, they found us a spot. There are overflow sites available, with no hookups. We also enjoyed meeting and visiting our neighbors.
April 10, 2015
Well, another week at CSLO, what can I say but as always it was very nice. The problem with giving (well deserved) good ratings to a small park is that sooner or later its going to get hard to get a spot. That appears to be what is happening to CSLO. This place was packed this trip. While not a destination for people with a lot of kids, (not much for them to do on base) it's perfect for getting away from the crowd. Quiet, calm stay. The staff is excellent to deal with, the mess hall is good, other than that, not much on base to do, you can however find a lot to do in the area. With Morro Bay up the road and SLO down the road, entertainment is just what ever you can think up. We even had a world famous celebrity camped in front of us, real nice couple, we avoided asking for their autograph, but it was hard. Just like ordinary folks they came by and enjoyed the campfire, pretty darned good folks. Who was it? Can't tell, you're just gonna have to stop by sometime and see if they are there.
Nov. 7- Nov 11 2014
Awesome place, have come to CSLOP many times. The only problem I have experienced here the past 2 times are that when it is after hours and the Billeting office is closed. Have had other people in site that was already assigned to myself. I would recommend calling the office the day of arrival and make sure what site you are in. Also the office does leave you a envelope with your site and other stuff for your stay. Its located in a locked box located next to the front door of billeting. The combo is located on the front door of billeting. Would recommend that the billeting office before closing go down to the RV Park and place placards at each site indicating who the site is reserved for.
Nov. 03-12, 2014
Camp San Luis Obispo is clean, quiet and in a great location. I am not going to restate what has been covered in previous reviews other than say they are spot on. After reading one earlier review about the difficulty of access through the gate due to security barriers I considered changing my plans to stay at CSLO. I am glad that I didn't change my plans because I did not think the entry was anymore difficult than other bases. I am mot referring to the initial entry into the base with the fifth wheel because at that time you will be directed to use a barrier free opening. It is only when you leave the base and return that you have to drive through the barriers.
Oct 15-23, 2014
CSLO is just getting better all the time. The major in charge of the r.v. park is a really nice man to deal with, unfortunately for us, fortunately for him, he will be retiring in 18 months. Here's hoping his replacement is as easy to deal with as he is. While here we discussed the possibility of CSLO renting storage space for R.V.'s hopefully the decision to do that will be forthcoming. If that interests you let the Majors office know. As always this was a really good stay, the park is clean and well kept, the staff is very good to deal with. Camp San Luis Obispo is located on Hwy 1, half way between Morro bay and San Luis Obispo. it is only 35 miles south of the Hearst castle. Morro bay offers fishing trips galore, whale watching, tours, etc. I went out with Virg's fishing, we went out a couple miles and I caught 10 cod and one 20 pound link cod. Really had a good time, and Virg's gives a 50% discount to military and veterans. I had lunch with the major at the base mess hall while I was there, very good food, very reasonable. Also for you that have no R.V, or just want a trip without it, the base has rooms to rent that are unbelievably nice. I mean "really" nice and about 1/2 the price of a room in either town, Debbie, Sarah, or Linda in billeting can arrange it for you. try it, you will really like it. As always, remember that you need DOD identification to access the base. Also, the r.v. park doesn't have wi fi, but that is the price we pay for such a nice place at what is a very reasonable price.
We spent a week at San Luis Obispo and the location can't be beat. San Luis Obispo is in a beautiful area and very convenient to touring the area. The sites are large and it is very quiet. We did not eat in the dining facilities, so I can't comment on it. Amenities/Facilities I gave a 3 because of the barriers at the gate. We have a Dodge 3500 Dually truck and it was extremely difficult to go thru. I do understand that we need to have security on our bases, but we have stayed at Military Campgrounds across the United States and I feel that this was the most difficult to maneuver. If the barriers were set up a bit differently San Luis Obispo would be a 5.
Sept 5, 2014 through Sept 25, 2014
Located three miles from all that San Luis Obispo has to offer (great restaurants, festivals, wine, hiking, biking, shopping, farmers markets, etc.) Then just 10 miles from Morro Bay. Surf, bike, restaurants on the water, seals, sea lions, sea otters, scenery to die for and the weather..all superb! This place only gets a 4? I checked on a place to stay in San Luis Obispo and a place in Morro Bay..$50 and up a night folks..this is a real bargain. This place is quiet. I mean quiet like a church. There are only 12 sites and a couple of over flow sites. Each has a fire ring and picnic table and green grass between each site..plenty of room for slides and such. The exchange is a convenience store..and not open every day. There is no commissary..but the dining hall welcomes everyone and the food is very good. SLO has all of the stores and such that you could ask for. The staff is first rate..all of them. Friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable about the local area and attractions. I had the opportunity to visit with the billeting officer and he is interested in this park and the guests. If you have an issue...call him and get it resolved. He is very interested in making this park the top of the list! We are leaving tomorrow and I am sorry to be going. This has been one of our best experiences in a military camp. We will be back!!
July 1-21, 2014
There are some important things to know about this otherwise beautiful place on the CA coast: While there are no "homesteaders" at CSLO, there are people here who, for years, have hosted entire caravans of their non-military friends and family, so the odds are that you, the military member or retiree, are competing for space against groups who have a long-standing relationship with the post. In the span of one week, I witnessed this twice, with both military sponsors using 3 or more spaces for their group. As the reviewer below states, these civilian guests often do not know about the expectations on a military installation. This lack of understanding appeared in the (obvious) civilian guest who ran his extremely loud generator non-stop throughout July 4th weekend. The relief in the park when he left was palpable. And if you read below (August 2013) he was here last year too!! But who was going to tell him? His host didn't bother. Likewise with the folks who left their 3 dogs to bark all day long while they went gallivanting. There is no camp host here. There needs to be. The other thing that is going on in this otherwise beautiful place is that there is apparently no rule that says RV sites must be full before overflow is used. Overflow, which is situated to the left and right of the RV rows, was used, in one case, by a guy who appears to live in his truck, showers in the facilities here and who hangs his laundry on the trees. A CSLO staff member went through, stopped to chat, and apparently approves, but this feels very UN-family friendly to most. Again, without a camp host or camp rules that are consistent with other military Famcamps, not good. The Billeting Manager appears to turn a blind eye in certain cases. The Post Commander has very likely been told by other visitors that the serpentine entry to the Post main gate, which is admittedly important to have in place, is poorly designed. The barriers are placed dangerously close together and at weird angles such that large pickups or longer vehicles are in danger of damage. It's nothing short of harrowing. RVs, however, do not use that entry and are ushered through a nice wide gate to the right of the serpentine entry. Here's my last complaint, and then I'll tell you about what's great about CSLO. The laundry room has 7 washing machines. Four (more than half) of them did not work when I arrived. I also spent 10 minutes picking up the trash blowing around both outside that bldg. and within. The floors were filthy. I had to conclude that there had been a party there the night before, perhaps enjoyed by the young CA Cadet Corps trainees. There's no way to know. But the good news is that Sarah, who works in the Billeting office, met me at the laundry room, returned my quarters, apologized profusely and said that she'd call the company responsible for cleaning the facilities. She was also very nice and well-informed about the post itself. We ended up laughing and talking, and I enjoyed meeting someone who clearly cares about the experience of CSLO campers. Here's what's great about CSLO: The shower and laundry facilities are new bldgs. The RV sites are level and include a nice concrete pad, FHU and a large fire pit. There are animals everywhere: deer, wild turkey, rabbits as big as a dog, squirrels, coyotes, and (what I did not see) a mountain lion are all present. Without a stray insensitive camper, it's blissfully quiet. It's just a few miles north of SLO on Hwy 1, where there's a Costco, Target, and every other store you could name (except Walmart). Camp SLO also hosts young CA Cadet Corps leadership academy trainees, who march to cadence throughout the base in fatigues that are too big for them and colorful baseball caps. They're just plain cute. And I love the sound of cadence. The staff in the Billeting Office were also very kind and friendly, and I'm sure they will do all they can to improve things identified here and below as much as they are able to do so.
April 13, 2014
camp SLO is one my favorite parks in the military circle. this week was flawed by two campers who used spaces 2 and 3 over the weekend. one was military his buddy in space 2 was a civilian who was sponsored on the base by his buddy in space 3. he obviously has never spent any time in a military campground and either didn't understand or didn't care much about how to conduct themselves in this kind of campground. they would go away all day and leave their blue heeler in the trailer and barked from the time they left till they came back, hours on end. they partied, drank beer and smoked till our trailer was permiated with cigarette smoke, till after midnight. when they finally left we had to go clean up all the piles of dog waste off the campsite that they didn't care enough to clean up. hopefully they won't be allowed to be sponsored on again, we have every intention of warning the billeting office about them. other than that, SLO is a really nice place to be if you are looking for peace and quiet. the staff is very good to deal with and the guards and MP's are a real good bunch. we do wish they would look into storing trailers, they have more than enough room.
Feb 8-15, 2014
We have been winter RV'ing for 6 years, putting over 70,000 miles on our little trailer while staying in many military campgrounds around the US and this is my first review.....and I almost didn't write it! Why, well like your favorite fishing hole you do not want this gem of a facility to leak out and become overrun by others, after all there are only 12 sites available. However our stay was so fantastic I decided to spill the (Navy) beans anyway. The park is nestled in the San Luis Mountains and centrally located between Morro Bay and San Louis Obispo. It is incredibly clean, well maintained and relatively inexpensive by California standards. True, there are no hosts, but a Major who represented the base commander stopped by to make sure we were satisfied.....first time that's happened, ever, anywhere! Another interesting note, unlike many military camping facilities, 100% of the site fees are allocated to taking care of and upgrading the campground. The location is prime for exploring the Central California coastline or for just relaxing in quiet solitude. Check it out, but please save a spot for me when I roll through next year.
January 16, 2014
We arrived just three days ago and so far have been more than satisfied. The staff was very friendly and helpful when making our reservations. We spent the first two days driving the coast and seeing the sea elephants, seals, otters and multiple birds. Even in our campsite we have been visited by squirrels, deer and hawks. The sites are large (wide) we have a 35 ft. A class with three sides and there is more than enough room to park our tow car next to it. There is a nice patio with a table that we use for grilling and a great fire ring. Other than the chirping of the birds it is very quiet and the town of San Luis Obispo is a very friendly, eclectic kind of place with shops, restaurants, bars and within 6 minutes of the base. This is also a great location to visit coastal towns up and down the California coast. We are going to be here for two weeks and so far this has been a great experience. The base is a reserve base and no there is not a commissary and the PX is basically something for the barracks personnel to use but the campsite for this location is well worth the money. As I am writing this I have two deer staring at me about 70 feet in front of my RV. We live in Florida and if we decide to visit this part of the country again we would definitely stay here again.
Sept. 3, 2013
well, once again we need to correct something said by a past reviewer. CSLO is one of the nicest facilities in california, no it doesn't have a great big commisary or exchange, no it don't have swimming pools and car washes, gymnasiums, movie theaters, partriges or pear trees, it don't even have concrete to park on, BUT ! if you are looking for quiet, peaceful camping, and aren't afraid of wildlife, this is your place. CAMPFIRES AND PROPANE GRILLS !! o.k. guys heres the deal, all the r.v. full hookup sites have fire rings and you are welcome to burn 20 cords of wood up during your stay (don't forget to clean up your mess though) all the full hookup sites have picnic benches and you are welcome to put your litle gas grill up there and cook as many steaks as you want. what the last reviewer neglected to mention is that he was camping in the overflow area. that area is dry grass and would catch fire very easy (california has enough of that without our help)and no, you cannot burn anything including gas grills in the overflow area. i am forever amazed at the way folks review campgrounds, one little thing they don't like and they write a review that makes the park look as bad as possible. i am not an employee of SLO, i live in colo. am retired navy, i do stay at SLO every year (several times) so if not being able to start a grass fire, or not being able to use your V.A. i.d. card to gain entrance bothers you, there are a lot of real nice r.v. parks in the area that would love to have you.
Aug. 3rd, 4th 2013
Very nice facility! Had a nice stay with the exception of an RV owner camping in overflow next to us ran his generator all night. I guess the patrol overlooks such activity. The Showers are very nice with as hot a running water as you would like and kept extremely clean! Our stay was a trial stay for an up-coming weekend of Aug. 16th, 17 and 18th. Had three other couples going to make reservations also. Will have to cancel due being told that a portable propane camp grill was against the rules. No fire allowed. Quite confusing really because the RV hook-up sites even have fire rings!! Didn't see it in the rules and wasn't told about this rule for our first stay and wasn't told anything about using ours during our stay. Can hardly imagine "camping" at all without grilling hot dogs and hamburgers!! Really too bad because the wife and I are frequent stays in the San Luis and Morro Bay area. Oh well, will find another place.
June and July 2013
L.R. left this review using the Directory software: - Great campground with spacious gravel sites and new restrooms/showers. Picnic tables at each site but some are in need of repair. Deer, turkeys and hawks abound in the campground. Laundry is about 2 short blocks away and is well equipped including a commercial washer and dryer for those wanting to launder sleeping bags or blankets. Very friendly staff.
May 13, 2013
Just to put this situation to bed for good, today I found myself in California and decided to drive over to SLO and talk to the billeting folks in person. Apparently there are folks who believe their red white and blue V.A. i.d. cards will get them onto bases and give them access to base facilities. This is not the case, not on any military base. You must have a DOD i.d. card, you know which one that is, its the one you carried all the time you were on active duty. Anyone with proper DOD identification has access to the bases and can use the r.v. park.