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Monterey Pines RV Campground

Location

Installation
Monterey Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
GPS Coordinates
36.59030, -121.86127
Location Information
Monterey, CA
RV Gate Coordinates
36.59300, -121.86609

Directions

Directions
Monterey Pines RV Campground is located at the corner of Fairgrounds Road and Garden Road in Monterey. HEADING SOUTH on HWY 1, exit at Casa Verde Way and turn left. Continue through the light to Fairgrounds Road and turn right (West) and proceed to Garden Rd (signal). Turn left (South toward airport) and immediately look for the RV park/golf course entrance on the left (1st driveway entrance on left). ---- HEADING WEST from Salinas to Monterey on HWY 68, take Olmstead Road (right) and turn left on Garden Road. The entrance will be on the right (about a 180 degree turn) at the corner just before the light at Fairgrounds Road. ---- Check-in at the Golf Clubhouse.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(831) 656-7563
Mailing Address
Monterey Pines RV Campground/Golf Course, MWR Department, Bldg 191-B, NPS, Monterey, CA 93943-5000

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV, DoD/NAF Civilians, Guests.
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Accepted. Highly Recommended. Active can reserve up to 4 months in advance, Retirees,DOD/others can reserve 2 months in advance.
Internet Access
Free WiFi at the clubhouse and throughout most of the RV Park. Modem hookup behind the phone at the restrooms/laundry room.
Mail Forwarding
(UPS/FedEx/DHL): Sent to the park office - (Your Name), (Your Site #), 1250 Garden Rd, Monterey, CA 93940. -- (USPS): (Your name), c/o General Delivery, Seaside, CA 93955
Pet Information
2 pet limit with usual leash and clean-up rules.
Campground Information
The length of stay policy is one month and then two weeks out before staying another month. During off peak times the month may be extended if there is availability and the General Manager gives approval. Only 2 sites have 50amp, the rest are 30amp electric. Overflow available only if FHU sites are full. RV office is in the back of the pro shop at the Golf Course.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Discounts
None
Facilities
RV Storage available. For reservations, please call Carlina Inouye at (831) 656-7563
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Golf
  • Gas
  • Exchange
  • Snack Bar

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Camper
30
W/30,50A/S
$30 (Mil) - $33 (DoD) - $38 (Guests)
N/A
N/A
Camper
8
W/30,50A
$26 (Mil) - $30 (DoD) - $35 (Guests)
N/A
N/A

Other Information

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Weather Information

A popular place to stay while touring the local area and San Francisco, CA.

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November 2016

Stayed here for two weeks.nice location to see sites in area and to lots of beaches. Restrooms needed cleaning. Grass needed to be cut in campground area. Noisy golfers and airplanes. People don't clean after pets.

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June 30,2016

Nice grounds on a golf course. The spots can be tight but just take it slow. Our spot was tucked in a corner which was tough but we did it. The area is beautiful for shopping and the wharf. This is a place you could stay a while and not the town. 

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6 August 2016

We stopped here on short notice on a Saturday evening and went into the golf course club house. The gentleman was cleaning up and was very helpful. He called the camp host and she said she had a couple of open spaces. Lucky. This is nice little park and would be ideal for golfers. You walk to the Navy course and you are on the doorstep for all the Monterey Peninsula golf courses. This park is convenient to all things Monterey has to offer. Quiet for the most part. A few families but this is not a retirement village. We will be back!! 

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May 19-22,2016

From the previous reviews we were hesitant but after staying there it was an awesome experience. Location was close to Fishemans wharf, Oulet Shopping, only an hour from San Jose. Close to Navy Exchange and Bx at the ole Fort Ord. Plan to return in August 2016. Idea for visiting many California spots within an hours drive.

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26 May - 5 June 2016

It's been a few years since we've been here and we have always enjoyed this park.  Our visit this time has been wonderful.  Carlina has retired and Rosalie is the new Park Manager.  What a great asset.  Carlina was nice but Rosalie is super nice.  Meeting her was like meeting up with an old friend.  The Park Host Gail is also friendly and very easygoing.  She keeps an eagle eye on the park and enforces the rules but is not intrusive.  The grass could be maintained better but the overall experience here is great.  I will send an ICE message to inform people about what treasures they have in Gail and Rosalie.

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04 May 2016

One of the most unusual Famcamps We have stayed at. It is owned by the Navy but is on a golf course with public access, you check-in in a small unmarked office in the back of the Pro shop, the office is open 364 days a year. We had a nice site ($33/day) with a picnic table and grill on site, laundry $1.50 wash $1.00 dry. We didn't use the showers but they looked clean. There is a small grill open daily 7:30 to 4:00. The location is close to the wharf and the Aquarium, pricy but there is a veterans discount. The drive down the coast to the Hearst castle is well worth setting a day aside for, the castle is the closest thing to a real castle I have seen in the USA. Also, there is a large elephant seal colony (hundreds of seals) to stop and observe along the way. 

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1-5 April 2016

This place is all about location, location, LOCATION.  It is super convenient to numerous and worthwhile sightseeing venues. This was our first visit to Monterey Pines.  After reading previous reviews, we were a bit apprehensive.  Luckily, our concerns were unfounded.  Reservation and check-in were smooth. We were advised to stop - check for golfers on the 2nd tee before proceeding to the camp ground.  Our back-in site was a bit tight, but worked okay for a 34' 5th wheel.  WiFi was excellent.  We did not use the restrooms, bathhouse or laundry, so I will not rate those facilities. Others have commented about golfers, and we have a story as well.  As I was unhooking/preparing for departure, I heard a loud overhead THUNK from a nearby tree.  Seconds later, a golf ball landed at my feet!  Mind you, we are behind a VERY high net.  I tossed the ball back on the fairway. The golfer later thanked me as we both went about our business. We would definitely stay here again.

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Dec 31 - Jan 4 2015

Been going here for a few years. This was once a top place to go. The grounds are being over run by weeds and grass not being cut. Half the sites are not even close to be level. During our stay, 4 families that are long term occupants. With 1 family having a freezer outside his trailer. Restrooms and showers, and washer and dryers were clean during the stay. MWR needs to start putting some money into this place. Golf course as always gets the most dollars, it looks like they are building them a new club house. Looking at the previous reviews have to totally agree about the sites being hard to back into. Also the sites are sandy dirt all over. Only saw the camp host once, didn't get to talk to her.

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October 17-21, 2014

Yes, location is great. Lots to do and enjoy in the area and that is why we were visiting. After reading previous reviews, I was apprehensive about what we'd find at the park and, well, it really is that disappointing. We camped in a 40' fifth-wheel. Check-in was smooth and then it all seem to go downhill. Very tight getting through the one-way road because of cars parked along the way. We had a horrible time backing into our site; narrow road and very narrow site. Once in, it was all sandy dirt. No exaggeration, I was filthy after having to crawl around the embankments that surrounded our slides to hookup. (I should've taken pics.) And then we discovered it was only 30amp. Thank goodness it wasn't summer so we didn't need AC. (We made reservations through DoDLodging, so you never know...) Had to park our truck in the parking lot at the clubhouse because it wouldn't fit at our site and no where to park nearby. Not a big park and quite a few permanent campers, but sites were pretty much free of clutter. The thing that shocked me the most was that the first two groups of people we met were just plain rude/unfriendly. Couldn't believe we were at a military campground. Wifi didn't work. Thank goodness most of the time we were gone enjoying Monterey and Big Sur. When we did watch TV we had to pause the show when planes took off, but it wasn't too often and considering how many air stations we've been to, it just doesn't bother me. Laundry machines were good and decent cost. Oh, one last thing. The camp host was out quite a bit and busy. She really kept up with things.

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(Updated: August 09, 2014)
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July 11, 2014

Make this review simple, next time in this area I will stay at any campground before staying here even if I have to pay $100 a day. Worst entry to park, no info given when registering. Sites a mess and on top of each other. Wasted enough time on this review, stay away.

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Jan - May 2014

As a student at NPS, we (family) are lucky to have the opportunity to stay here. It is great for me to get to school and a secure location for the family. Overall, for travelers, this is an awesome location. Those that have been to Monterey know that it is easily accessible to just about everything one would want to do in the immediate area. The campground itself is nearly forgotten. It is not up kept like others we have visited (nor even like the golf course it resides on). If you have a long rig and get a spot on the left side of the road, get ready to do some leveling. There are a lot of blocks around the trash areas, I imagine for that reason. The bath house is cleaned multiple times a day and the washer and driers are good to go (4 each). No playground for the kids, but there are usually enough kids around that there is enough for them to do. Internet....a bone of contention with visitors. It has been inop for about two months now, but they are working to get it fixed. The internet is beamed up to the park from the club house (via Ubiquity gear). Something crapped out and they had to hunt for someone that knows the system. Overall, a decent place. The price is high compared to other military campgrounds (think Nellis), but cheap compared to surrounding areas...

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May 2014

This campground is popular because of its prime location but that is about the only thing to justify the $30 a day rental fee which is top dollar among military campgrounds. Many of the sites do not have 50 amp electric and many are too small for today’s large RVs. The sites at one time were asphalt but that has long since worn away. Now it is dirt and gravel. A new layer of gravel is needed. The campground road is one-way and narrow and the narrow width makes it difficult to back into many spaces. Since the golf course was rebuilt in 2009, the overflow area was converted to part of the new course – there is no overflow now. Several reviewers seemed to like the campground because of the beauty of the surrounding golf course. Most of the immediate area around the campground is an industrial area. One side of the campground has an ugly green fence about 8’ tall which hides the adjacent golf course (or maybe it hides the campground from the golfers.) The grass receives little attention and is brown with a lot of bare spots. Contrast that with the nearby golf course. I tried many times to connect to the free Wi-Fi during my 5-day stay and was never successful. I am using my air card. Right now, 32 of the 38 available sites are occupied. This weekend, the campground is full. The first time I was here, in 2004, it was also full but I was able to stay in overflow. With the high occupancy rate and fees, I would estimate that the annual revenues are more than $250,000. Where is that money going? O.K., end of rant. The bath house and laundry were refurbished about 5 years ago and are in good shape. This is the only improvement I can identify in the last 10 years. The Commissary and Exchange are at Fort Ord, an easy 6 mile drive north along Highway 1. Lots of things to see and do around Monterey which is a pretty town on beautiful Monterey Bay. We will visit the aquarium, one of the best I have seen. I enjoy walking along the waterfront near Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row and watching the seals on the rocks. We will also spend a day touring the Pacific Coast Highway and Big Sur. The airport noise here is surprisingly low considering that we are right at the end of the main runway of Monterey Regional Airport. The concerts at the fairgrounds this Memorial Day weekend are much louder than the airplanes. At check-in, I was given a Customer Satisfaction Survey and asked to fill it out during my stay. I asked her if she knew of the Military Campgrounds website and she answered, “No.” I feel that everyone managing or working in a military campground should be familiar with their particular section of this website, especially the reviews.

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May 2014

Positive; Price, clean laundry room, folks camping respectful and quite. Negative; Tight spaces and short, right at the end of Monterey Airport runway so 0530 wake up w/jets taking off and landing, signage off road says "Monterey Pines Golf Course" makes no mention of RV park, once you figure out that the RV park is actually behind the golf course you have to go into the pro-shop to check in, again no directions or signage/think of it as a scavenger hunt.

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May 2014

First of all lets realize that you won't stay anywhere else in the Monterey area for $26. Now having said that, this place is as bad as other reviewers have said. I am really at a loss for words. If you're going to stay awhile you may want to bring your own weedeater. The guy next to me had to borrow a saw and trim some tree branches. The ground squirrels and gophers have so many holes dug in the area you need to be careful not to sprain an ankle. They do keep the golf course in good shape. I get the feeling that the rv park is an after thought. But there is a lot to see and do in the area so do your best to have fun.

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June 24 - June 25, 2013

We checked in late afternoon and had a little wait at the golf club house. The campground is fairly small and cramped. It is like they had some space left over and wondered what they could do with it. All sites are back-ins and some locations are harder to get into. We did get a full hookup site with 50 amps. We were assigned a spot that definitely was not level. I had to raise the front end a little over six inches. It was a convenient location to tour around Monterey. I felt it was a little overpriced all things considered.

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May 24-27, 2013

This was a great little camp ground. Located right on a golf course so you can play or walk down to eat in the restaurant or bar. This is perfect for touring the monterey area. Bathrooms were very clean and laundry room was great. My wife and I really enjoyed our time there.

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May 10 - 12, 2013

The person who assigned a 40 foot motorhome in a 35 foot space must have done so out of maliciousness or humor. There are several spots that could have been more appropriate and that remain available as night falls. The CG is a perfect spot for exploring the Montery Peninsula though it is lacking in appropriateness of it's facilities. Some spaces are way to narrow to maneuver and are too narrow for a full size motorhome or 5th Wheel though perfect for a small trailer or Class B or C. There are no convenient parking areas for your Toad and no space to park in front of or beside you RV. At $30 a night it is no bargain given facility shortcomings. Although they say WiFi is available throughout the CG you may have to wander around a bit for a Hot Spot. I think I'd rather go elsewhere to a CG that really gives a damn about their campers. I hope somebody in authority reads this evaluation.

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Dec 10th to 17th, 2012

J.M. left this review using the Directory software: - So during our stay this December, the weeds were all mowed back, the sites were clean and neat; I saw the camp host out raking leaves and helping a couple of RV-ers with water leaks from their rigs; several times a day staff member went through the site picking up the trash; the manager visits the campground every morning personally to check on everything, and she was overseeing a broken dryer in the laundry that was immediately being repaired. Life was good there - very good actually. Have to admit that the sites are not level, I used 4 inches of boards to get my rig level and I saw a 5th wheel struggling for 10 minutes to get into a site without hitting any posts, shrubs or the neighbors. But we got outstanding local information from the manager on attractions, local seafood outlets, restaurants, prime rib dinners on base, driving directions on getting into the Navy Postgraduate school nearby. etc. At $30/night it seems high for Famcamps but not in comparison to the other campgrounds in the area. Very nice place. We will be back.

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(Updated: November 22, 2012)
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30 Oct 2012

A very nice campground in a nice setting. While a little pricy it is worth the money. The only issues I had were the lack of 50amp and the tightness of the spaces. I will definitely stay here again sometime in the future. The staff was very friendly and the free pass to the aquarium was a nice bonus.

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(Updated: September 26, 2012)
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22 September 2012

I have mixed reviews of this park. It is in need of TLC at the sites. Landscaping is poor. Our first site had dog pooh all around the picnic table. It should have been cleaned prior to renting. Our site did have great views of the Monterey Pines Golf Course's #1 green and #2 tee. That was very enjoyable. The amenities listed above on this website are incorrect. There is no Exchange and no gas on site. There is wifi, but it is weak. We played golf several times, drove the Pacific Coast Highway and visited the Language School where I learned Chinese in 1972, prior deployment to Vietnam. The directions listed on this site "from Salinas" need editing. The entrance to the park is a 180 degree turn from Garden Rd into the Golf Course. Carlina and the golf staff were very friendly. (Editors note: The Exchange and Gas are located elsewhere on the installation).

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