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RVing family holiday has compiled a listing of parks that still have a few spaces left.

“If you hurry and make your reservations now, you might get lucky,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which operates, a statewide travel planning website.

As of Friday, there were at least 23 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts that still had sites and cabins available for the holiday weekend. Parks with vacancy as of Friday included:

  • Central Valley
    • Bakersfield Palms RV Park, Bakersfield
    • Club Royal Oak, Kingsburg
    • Kit Fox RV Park, Patterson
  • Deserts
    • Black Meadow Landing, Parker Dam
    • Emerald Desert RV Resort, Palm Desert
    • Shady Oasis Kampground, Victorville
    • The Springs at Borrego, Borrego Springs
  • Gold Country
    • Childs Meadow Resort, Mill Creek
    • Golden Coach RV Park, Cromberg (near Graeagle)
    • Movin’ West RV, Graeagle
  • High Sierra
    • Meadowcliff Lodge & RV Resort, Coleville
    • Pioneer RV Park, Quincy
  • Inland Empire
    • Casa del Sol RV Resort, Hemet
  • Los Angeles Area
    • Castaic Lake RV Park, Castaic
  • North Coast and Points Inland
    • Benbow RV Park and Campground, Garberville
    • Edgewater Resort & RV Park, Kelseyville
    • Klamath River RV Park, Klamath
    • Mirabel Park, Forestville
  • Orange County
    • Orangeland RV Park, Orange
  • San Diego Area
    • Butterfield Ranch Resort, Julian
    • Oak Creek RV Resort, El Cajon
    • Sunland Circle RV Resort, San Diego
    • Vacationer RV Park, El Cajon

These and other parks with Memorial Day availability can be found at

When a group of investors acquired Flying Flags RV Resort seven years ago, they initially planned to demolish the property and replace it with single family homes.

Market conditions quickly changed, however, and the investors realized they might be better off simply improving the resort, which is less than five minutes away from the Danish-themed village of Solvang.

“Their strategy paid off,” said Daniel Bauman, general manager of Flying Flags, which has increased its gross revenues by nearly 7 percent each year since 2005 when the investor group acquired the resort.

The investors have spent about $1.5 million in improvements under the management of Horizon RV Resorts, a Westlake Village-based company with expertise in improving the profitability of RV parks and resorts.

The improvements include new landscaping with attractive trees, shrubs and flowers and new big-rig friendly pull through sides throughout the park, all of which are equipped with 50 amp electrical service. The investors also purchased five 400-square foot park model cottages, which have become so popular they book up months in advance. “We use them to accommodate travelers who don’t have tents or RVs as well as Santa Ynez Valley residents who need overflow space for visiting family and friends,” Bauman said.

Flying Flags RV Resort

Flying Flags RV Resort, once primarily frequented by retirees, families now account for about 80 percent of its guests.

Flying Flags has also developed an activities program that includes Friday night Tri-Tip barbecues, Saturday night ice cream socials, dive-in movies under the stars, which guests can watch while enjoying the park’s swimming pool and Jacuzzi, as well as Sunday breakfast in bed delivery service. Golf and wine tasting packages are also available. The park also offers wine tasting events, featuring local wineries that come to the RV resort on weekends.

“The wine tasting events are particularly popular with families because it enables the parents to sample local wines while their children enjoy our swimming pool or other park activities,” Bauman said.

Randall Hendrickson, president and CEO of Horizon RV Resorts, said the investments in Flying Flags’ improvements, cottages and activities have also changed the demographics of the resort. “Before we took over management of this park,” Hendrickson said, “it was primarily frequented by retirees. Today, however, families account for about 80 percent of our guests.”

Nearly 50 private campgrounds and RV parks from San Diego to Crescent City plan to offer two nights of camping for $50 on the first weekend of October.

“Our members offer this promotion to boost shoulder season camping and to entice consumers who have never camped before,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which organized the promotion.

Parks that are participating in the Oct. 1st to 3rd promotion can be located through a special section on the association’s website at Simply click on the $50 weekend link on the lower left hand section of the home page to find listings of parks offering the $50 promotion. Here’s a sampling of participating parks by region:

Here’s a sampling of participating parks by region:

San Francisco and the North Coast

  • Crescent City Redwoods KOA, Crescent City
  • Kamp Klamath RV Park & Campground, Klamath
  • Mirabel Trailer Park & Campground, Santa Rosa
  • Novato RV Park, Novato
  • Sportsman’s RV Park, Fort Bragg

Shasta – Cascade Region

  • Fawndale Oaks RV Park, Redding
  • Mountain Gate RV Park, Redding
  • Old Lewiston Bridge RV Resort, Lewiston

Central Valley

  • Bakersfield Palms RV Park, Bakersfield
  • Flag City RV Resort, Lodi
  • Merced River RV Park, Delhi
  • New Horizons Mobile RV Park, Fresno
  • Two Rivers RV Park, Manteca
  • Vineyard RV Park, Vacaville

Gold Country and High Sierra

  • Bridgeport Reservoir RV Park & Marina
  • Clio’s Rivers Edge RV Park
  • Coachland RV Park
  • Frandy Park
  • Meadowcliff RV Resort
  • Movin’ West RV Park
  • Paradise Shores RV Park
  • Tahoe Valley Campground
  • Wishon Village

Los Angeles

  • Acton Los Angeles North KOA
  • Valencia Travel Village

Inland Empire

  • Anza RV Resort, Inc., Anza
  • Golden Village Palms RV Resort, Hemet
  • Pine Tree RV Park, Big Bear Lake


  • Big River RV Park, Big River (near Parker, Ariz.)
  • Black Meadow Landing, Parker Dam
  • Emerald Desert Golf & RV Resort, Palm Desert
  • Fountain of Youth Spa, Niland
  • Shadow Hills RV Resort, Indio
  • The Springs at Borrego, Borrego Springs

San Diego Area

  • Bernardo Shores, Coronado
  • Champagne Lakes RV Resort, Escondido
  • Circle RV Resort, El Cajon
  • Escondido RV Resort, Escondino
  • Oak Creek RV Resort, El Cajon
  • Rancho Los Coches RV Park, Lakeside
  • Sacred Rocks Reserve, Boulevard
  • San Diego RV Resort, La Mesa
  • Vacationer RV Resort, El Cajon
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