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Temecula KOA at Vail Lake Review

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Temecula, California, lies a hidden gem for nature lovers and adventure seekers—the Temecula KOA at Vail Lake. Our recent stay at this enchanting RV resort not only immersed us in tranquility but also offered a plethora of activities to indulge in. From miles of mountain biking trails to a refreshing swimming pool, access to Vail Lake, mini golf, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, and pickleball courts, this destination is a haven for those seeking both relaxation and excitement. Join us as we explore the beauty and abundance of activities that make Temecula KOA at Vail Lake a memorable retreat for travelers of all ages.

Campground Overview

Address: 38000 Hwy 79 South, Temecula, CA 92592

Phone: 951-303-0173

Website: https://koa.com/campgrounds/temecula/

Campsite Review

Vail Lake Campsite

We stayed in site 313 in the Arroy Seco loop. This was a huge site and perfect for our RV. We were actually spending the weekend with family and were able to get sites 311 – 313. Our site was so large that we really didn’t even use site 311, and put a few tents on our site.

This site offered just water and sewer hook-ups and no electric, although there was a stand with a bunch of 20-amp circuits right next to it and we were able to run an extension cord over to get some service. We found out that they are shutting down these sites in August of 2024 for upgrades including new electric.

Amenities and Facilities

  1. Spacious RV Sites: The campground features a variety of RV sites, including full-hookup sites, pull-through sites. Whether you’re in a motorhome, trailer, or tent, there’s a comfortable spot for you.
  2. Cabin Rentals: For those seeking a cozy retreat without an RV, the campground offers cabin rentals with modern amenities. Enjoy the comfort of a private cabin while still being close to nature.
  3. Outdoor Recreation: Temecula KOA at Vail Lake is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore miles of mountain biking trails, take a leisurely hike through the surrounding hills, or enjoy a relaxing day of fishing at Vail Lake.
  4. Swimming Pool: Cool off on warm days in the campground’s large swimming pool. Whether you’re doing laps or just lounging poolside, it’s a refreshing way to unwind.
  5. Mini Golf: Putt your way through a round of mini golf with family and friends. The mini golf course offers a fun and entertaining activity for all ages. Our adult kids had fun playing and just needed to provide ID to get a putter and ball.
  6. Sports Courts: Stay active with basketball, volleyball, and horseshoe courts available onsite. Challenge your fellow campers to a friendly game or practice your skills in a picturesque setting.
  7. Pickleball: Try your hand at pickleball, a popular sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. The campground’s pickleball courts provide a great opportunity for friendly competition. This court received a lot of activity the weekend we camped here. Be prepared to wait or check for when the court is free.
  8. Camp Store: Forgot something at home? The camp store has you covered with essentials, snacks, souvenirs, and camping supplies.
  9. Dog Park: Don’t leave your furry friends behind! The campground features a dog park where your pets can run and play off-leash in a safe environment. Note that this dog park seemed a bit small for the size of the RV park and amount of land around.
  10. Community Events: Throughout the year, Temecula KOA at Vail Lake hosts community events such as movie nights, live music, and themed celebrations, providing entertainment for guests of all ages.
  11. Campfire Rings: Gather around a campfire ring and share stories, roast marshmallows, and enjoy the warmth of a crackling fire under the starry night sky. We had a nice fire and of course needed to enjoy S’mores!

Vailocity Bike Park

The mountain bike park at the campground is called Vailocity Bike Park and deserves it’s own section as it is one of the premiere attractions to this campground.

It offers a wide variety of types of trails for all ages and skill levels. My nephew and his friend couldn’t get enough of the bike park. They offer bike rentals including mountain e-bike rentals.

If you love to mountain bike and camp, be sure to arrange to visit Temecula KOA at Vail Lake!!!!!!

Natural Surroundings

View of Vail Lake
View of Vail Lake

Temecula KOA at Vail Lake offers a serene retreat surrounded by captivating natural beauty. The campground’s well-maintained paved road to Vail Lake is perfect for bike rides, providing smooth conditions and scenic views. Nestled within tranquil woodlands, guests can enjoy leisurely strolls, wildlife sightings, and the calming ambiance of nature. As day turns to night, the starry skies above the campground create a magical backdrop for campfire tales and stargazing. In every season, Temecula KOA at Vail Lake invites guests to reconnect with the peaceful allure of the outdoors.

During our stay we took our e-bikes on the road to Vail Lake. The road was closed to cars but you could manage to walk or take your bike to the lake. Due to water levels the lake was closed to boats and kayaks, but it was still worth the trip to see.

Campground Staff

During our stay we really didn’t interact directly with camp staff. Before arrival we received a text to authorize payment ahead of time so that when we showed up at the guard shack we did not need to stop at the office.

There were workers that went buy our site during our stay and they always seemed friendly and would wave to say hello.

Nearby Attractions

While the Temecula KOA at Vail Lake offers a wealth of activities to enjoy within its serene confines, the surrounding area is also brimming with attractions waiting to be explored. Here are some nearby highlights that add to the allure of your stay:

  1. Temecula Valley Wine Country: Just a short drive away, Temecula Valley is renowned for its vineyards and wineries. Embark on a wine-tasting adventure, savoring the region’s award-winning varietals amidst scenic vineyard landscapes.
  2. Old Town Temecula: Immerse yourself in the historic charm of Old Town Temecula, where you can stroll along quaint streets lined with boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. Don’t miss the weekly farmers’ market for a taste of local flavors.
  3. Pechanga Resort Casino: For those feeling lucky or seeking live entertainment, Pechanga Resort Casino offers gaming excitement, concerts, shows, and dining experiences that add a touch of glamour to your getaway.
  4. Local Breweries: Temecula is home to several craft breweries, each offering a unique selection of beers to tantalize your taste buds. Take a brewery tour, sample a flight of artisanal brews, and discover the creative flavors brewed right in this vibrant community.
  5. Hot Air Balloon Rides: Experience Temecula’s breathtaking beauty from a bird’s-eye view with a hot air balloon ride. Drift over vineyards, valleys, and lakes as the sunrise paints the sky in vibrant hues.
  6. Golf Courses: Tee off at world-class golf courses in the area, offering challenging layouts and scenic vistas that make each round a memorable experience.
  7. Lake Skinner Recreation Area: If you’re a fan of outdoor activities, consider visiting Lake Skinner for boating, fishing, picnicking, and enjoying the natural splendor of this expansive reservoir.
  8. Historic Sites: Delve into Temecula’s rich history by visiting sites like the Temecula Valley Museum or taking a guided tour to learn about the region’s indigenous heritage and early settlers.

Rating

Temecula KOA at Vail Lake earns its 4.5-star rating for its superb location in the picturesque Temecula Valley, offering easy access to Vail Lake and a tranquil natural setting. The campground provides a range of amenities including spacious RV sites, recreational activities, and well-maintained facilities. Guests appreciate the friendly customer service and overall cleanliness of the grounds. While the rates may be slightly higher compared to some, the value provided in terms of location, amenities, and ambiance makes it a standout choice for a relaxing outdoor getaway.

Conclusion

Our stay at Temecula KOA at Vail Lake was nothing short of enchanting, leaving us with lasting memories of natural beauty and relaxation. From the serene woodlands to the refreshing waters of Vail Lake, every moment was a testament to the campground’s charm and tranquility. The array of amenities, including spacious RV sites, recreational activities, and friendly customer service, contributed to a delightful experience. Whether biking along the scenic paved road, unwinding by the lake, or enjoying starlit nights by the campfire, this retreat in nature’s embrace proved to be a rejuvenating escape from the daily grind. Temecula KOA at Vail Lake is more than just a campground; it’s a gateway to serenity and adventure, earning its place as a top choice for those seeking a memorable outdoor getaway.

WARNING: On leaving the resort on a Sunday morning around checkout we encountered a lot of traffic heading west on 79. Turns out that the backup was due to everyone leaving around the same time and needing to wait for the light to change at the intersection of Anza Road. Just be patient or plan on getting a earlier or later exit.

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