Morgan Hill – Thousand Trails
12895 Uvas Road Morgan Hill, Ca. 95037
Ranger Station: (831) 389-4478
Verizon works well, other cell services somewhat. Park internet is only in the family center and people could not seem to access it due to poor signal quality.
Check legal RV limits for this highway – Legal RV Map
RV Restrictions for all California – know your length limits before you tread in California. In California your RV weight limit is 20,500 pounds on any one axle. National weight code for Motorhomes on the Interstates: U.S. Code, Title 23, Section 127 allows buses and motorhomes a maximum single-axle weight of 24,000.
California Weigh Station or scales are for commercial vehicles and rental trucks, RV’s only have to stop if flagged down somehow.
Does California require I have a special license to drive an RV? Your state drivers license if it allows you to drive you RV is good in California for same type of RV use as permitted to you in your state. California drivers need an endorsement and meet medical requirements.
Winter time driving and chain requirement in California. – Please refer to this document in the section labled RV’s they say they may require both out and inner duals to be chained together under some circumstances. Use the document in the link above to get all the details. Too complicated for my brain, as my CPU is out of date, and I am shy on memory.
California Tolls suck but they are the law, and this is how you deal with them if you are wealthy enough to California. Gees with all these fees, it’s no wonder every one is said to be on government assistance.
Everyone needs fuel – List of California Truck Stops – Note: Sacramento and Stockton area has the closest known truck stops to this park.
Points of Interest:
Wings of History Museum – Limited hours, not so limited rates. – San Martin (7 miles or 15 minutes)
Gilroy Gardens – Theme park, hours vary with season, $55pp – plus $14 parking. (6 miles 12 Minutes)
Calaveras Fault – Hollister, Ca. (30 Miles or 45 Min.)
Winchester House 160 room mansion – $$$$$ Tour (35 Miles or 40 Min)
Kids Movies and night life San Jose – Much is free (35 Miles or 40 Min)
Tech Museum of Innovation – $30pp – plus $5. parking San Jose (28 Miles or 45 Min)
Children’s Discovery Museum – $13pp – plus $7 for parking (28 Miles or 45 Min)
Rosicrucian Museum – $9 pp San Jose (35 Miles or 45 Min)
San Jose Municipal Rose Gardens – No Fees known at this time (35 Miles or 40 Minutes)
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – $8 pp – plus $5 Parking (28 Miles or 35 Minutes)
San Jose Flea Market – $3.50 pp Free before 9am. Parking free (35 Miles or $0 Minutes)
Japanese American Museum of San Jose – $5 pp – Parking is free, but very limited (35 Miles or 40 Minutes)
Almaden Mining Historic District National Park San Jose – (20 Miles or 30 Minutes)
Monterrey Bay Aquarium / The best we have ever seen. – $50 pp – Parking Free (60 Miles or 1.5 hours)
We recommend San Francisco sites to be visited from Russian River or Lake Minden Thousand Trails, due to traffic concerns going North from Morgan Hill, Ca. One may want to check out the Petaluma KOA just north of San Francisco.
Coast line – 50 miles
San Francisco – 80 Miles
This is a small park- all the sites are water and electric only. There are two dump stations available, one at each end of the park. One of which was closed for the week when we arrived. The “A” loop on the right as you enter has been closed and turned into RV storage. The adult center by the western themed buildings on the left as you enter the park has been closed as well and is now located in the building with the family center.
The western themed buildings advertised on the park advertisement in Trail Blazer magazine are just the Administration offices for the staff.
The roads to the park are easy to drive, and that is unusual here in California. One caveat is that there are signs all over Watsonville rd. (The only road that connect Uvas rd to the rest of the world) saying no vehicles over 14000 pounds unless local. Technically only residents of Watsonville rd can drive their RV’s and horse trailers and trucks in here. The weight limit fortunately is not enforced at this time.
There is a nice hiking trail around the back of the hill, around large boulders. This park is clean, the buildings in good condition, the staff we met pleasant, and the pool is huge.
Road into the park
Ranger booth. About 1/2 mile from the pool and family center
Bridge into the main area of the park.
Get away cabins
Loop “E” – Some personal sites
Building in back ground is the chapel
Play ground. Small, but in good condition
Pool 5′ deep and huge. Not sure if it is heated, but the water was chilly in May 2011 and October 2015.
Showers, nice and in good condition
Path to hiking trails and to the upstairs where the family center and adult room are housed.
Adult area. Pool table in no danger of over use, one has to walk to the ranger station to get the balls and ques. I am not fit enough to do that. The rules say they placed the balls and ques at the ranger station to keep them new. It should work.
Looking down to the pool, too bad it is empty. There is no one to look down upon.
Heading to the FUN center
Wooded RV sites
Western Themed Admin buildings across the river from the main park.
Can’t see the falls very well, the brush has over grown the overlook.
Lastly Morgan Hill by itself is a great park, but if you are trying to tour the major cities such as San Francisco your going to wear your self out and run your car to death. This park is for relaxing, seeing San Jose, Monterrey Bay and that is about it. If you are touring the USA and you are only interested in San Francisco, try Russian River, or another non system park closer in to the bay area.