Tapo Canyon Park RV Campground
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Power: 50 Amps, 30 Amps, 20 Amps
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Camping With newest host Tammy & Fred
We live in Simi Valley and several times a year decide to come here for quick get away. To our surprise we again had new hosts Tammy and Fred. The site was clear, at night there were lights on at the play ground area for safety, we learned later these host work to get this done, thanks. For many years since it opened we have been coming here, this trip Feb 15 - 18, 2016 site 13, We were pleased to have pleasant host greet us at the camp site when we came in, introduced themselves and wanted to let us know if we needed any help just call. During the days Fred we since several time each day walking the camp area checking if any one needed anything, first time a host had been so pleasant and responsibly to the campers on daily basis, thanks. Tammy and Fred also came by on the hot day to see if we were having any "ant" problems, they also asked us if we would mind if they saw any could they spray, never had hosts at any camping site around California ask this before. When we back up to leave they were making one of their rounds, stopped by to thank us for coming and hope to see us again (which they will), but them they noticed big mud puddle from nights rain and apologized for this at our site. Hey, its camping and again never had host apologize for mother nature doing her thing. We will be back and hope to see Tammy and Fred here for a long time, they have made positive changes. Thanks again for great 3 nights.
We've stayed at this RV site once before. Park is clean and very inviting. The only thing I had an issue with is the shower had no water pressure.
Out of the way...
Out of the way but close to major attractions.
Clean, well kept.
The only negative... No cell phone reception.
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Tapo Canyon is a Ventura County Park, it is one of several that the county runs, from beach side to valley. We chose this park for its convenient location to see both Los Angeles and the ocean towns of Santa Barbara & Santa Monica.
The park is located in Simi Valley, with the drive into the city ranging from 30-40 miles depending on where you are going.
The drive takes 45 minutes to ?? depending on when you go. On Sunday morning there was little traffic and it went quickly. On a weekday morning, we left at 7, planning an early arrival to see things before it was too crowded, and it took 2 hours. The upside.. we still beat most of the crowds and could take photos of things that by late morning, early afternoon are mobbed.
Once in the city, Santa Monica is just 10-15 minutes away, or straight from Tapo, is right at 40 miles. Santa Barbara is just 65 miles and is a beautiful drive.. see this post to get a great route that includes Ojai.
We found it to be very convenient, and the closest to the city that we could find. If you want to drive in from the coast there are many spots, most are primitive camping however.
Simi Valley is beautiful and lush and full of valleys. We very much enjoyed the scenic aspect of this campground. The scenic part also caused us the main negative…no internet reception at all. Zip. This may be of no concern to you and if so then no doubt you’ll love it.
The two downsides to no internet for us were… Very hard to keep up with 5 blogs, and getting way behind is not first on my list. Second, being that we were visiting a city with lots to do and see, we would have liked to have done more internet research in the evenings… before venturing out and having to do it all in the car on the way in. So do your homework beforehand!
As the photos show, it is a well maintained park with good amenities, a playground, horses welcome, dogs (on a leash), horseshoes, and a separate but public welcome (on Saturdays) archery field.
We felt fortunate that we were there with only one or two other campers. This leads to the only other downfalls. The bathrooms have 2 stalls (which would probably be just fine even when busy), but only one shower per male/female. I could imagine when the park is full the showers having lines. Not ideal.. and the one thing I really, really didn’t like..the company I kept in the showers. Spiders.
Yup. I am n.o.t. a fan and there were many. This is not to say the bathrooms were not kept clean, they absolutely were cleaned, and cleaned well. The issue lies in the design. At the top of the showers, instead of screens it is open. So lots of moths and spiders and without screens, the minute you clean and leave… they’re baaaccckkkk…
Naked + spiders. Not fun.
The host was incredibly nice and always available. She was attentive and dedicated to ensuring we were happy. Nothing but 100% positive on her and the overall upkeep of the park.
We definitely recommend it, giving it a paws up… just be prepared for no internet, and bring some spidey sense with you.