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Soledad Canyon Thousand Trails

4700 Crown Valley Road Acton, California 93510

Ranger Station: (619) 269-1740


Mobile Voice and Data

Verizon Internet card works reliably here if in Loop N near the park emergency exit. Internet cards are spotty elsewhere and mostly unusable for work. The park had slow internet in adult lounge, no other park provided internet was found.

 

Legal Notes

Check legal RV limits for this highway – Los Angeles county 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 motor homes 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.

California Rest areas allow parking for eight hours, some have dump stations.

Does California require I have a special license to drive an RV? Your state driver’s 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 labeled 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 Too complicated for my brain, as my CPU is out of date, and I am shy on memory.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 everyone is said to be on government assistance.

Everyone needs fuel – List of California Truck Stops – Note: Acton Unocal 76 Truck Stop has the closest known truck stops to this park.

 

Points of Interest

Agua Dulce and Vasquez Rocks – Many films such as “Blazing Saddles” made here – (11 Miles)

Charlie Brown Farms – (22 Miles)

Hollywood walk of fame – Go in the day time around noon, gangs take the area on sleepy evenings. – (42.2 Miles)

Universal Studios – Non-California Resident fees $110 pp person per day, Parking $18 “Don’t buy tickets ahead for specific dates, traffic is too risky. (40 Miles)

Queen Mary – Old famous cruise ship (73 Miles)

 

Six Flags Magic Mountain – For the young ones with money to blow $80pp pd. Parking $20 pd. (31 Miles)

Disney Land – see calendar for pricing. About $105 pp. (80 Miles)

Reagan Library / Museum – $21 pp Active military free, you get to board Air Force One (51 Miles)

California Science Center – Free, but there is now a parking fee of $18. You can see the space shuttle for a fee, and you must reserve a spot in line. (60 Miles)

 

Description

This set of pictures takes you from the approach to the park and on a walking tour of every aspect. The park is located on the train tracks that connect Palm Dale and Los Angeles thus the train theme. The trains come by regularly, most are quiet commuter rail, but a few freighters now and again rumble through though they come by slowly. Compared to many parks we have been in, the train noise is not bad.

When pulling into this park, they recommend you bring an electrical appliance you can plug into any potential site before parking as many of the electrical pedestals are dead.

The park is really nice, and this pictorial review is supposed to leave out opinion, but once in a while there is no way to keep from sharing, as this was our first Thousand Trails park in 1980.

 

Park Pictures

Approaching Acton from 14 West on Soledad Canyon Road


Turn Left on Crown Road



Cross the tracks



Pass Acton Ranch Advertisement




Drive along the tracks about a mile


Cross the tracks again. Only about 14′ clearance, if your rig is taller you can approach the park from the Soledad Canyon Road West end by not taking the crown road turn we took earlier.


Drive another mile


No Thousand Trails signs, they have been replaced with Blue Encore signs. We have learned to stop looking for the thousand trails signs, we now look for signs advertising Annual sites, they are easier to see.


Turn left into the park



Turned right after ranger booth and headed toward loop “A” and family center.


We pull into Loop “A” and settle in to a camp site. Lots of grass in loop “A” and “B”.


Sites are side by side you share the lawn area with the rig in the site next to you. Two campers one grill and one picnic table. Better get along with your neighbor or know how to arm wrestle.


Family center


Arcade for the kids, bring a boatload of quarters! Everyone seems to like the dance game and the Air hockey.  The rest of the games may get some play, but have not seen it.

Kids these days really want tables, coffee, cocoa, wireless internet and the Disney Channel. Our kids like free movies, free pool tables, free ping pong, free fooze ball, and puzzles. Me, I miss the arcades of the ’80s.


Main area has a dance floor, disco ball, piano, and TV.


Open kitchen, not sure what is cooked and when.


Dining area with fire place, very nice


The red ink splotch is our location on the San Andreas Fault which is the black line. Just north of the Salton Sea. I think they are saying we are on shaky ground here.


Since we have RV’s we can last about four days longer than our stick built counter parts, but in the big one, is four days enough?


Mini Golf needs swept and the branches removed, but good otherwise.


Family pool, was awesome at one point, is dead for the winter.


Two tennis courts get lots of good use. Nice to see Tennis, so many have been converted to simple Pickleball.




Headed back toward the ranger station to loop “B”




Looking down the hill to loop “C”





Loop “B”












Another peak down at Loop “C”



Headed toward Adult Center, Loop “K”


Dump Station


Headed to Loop “N”,”P”,”Q” will see the Adult lodge later


 

Looking to the right at loop “C” sites again



Horse shoe pits


Road across the wash


Wash


Hill to Getaway club and loops


Don’t forget the bob cats!



Getaway cabins. All the cabins with wooden skirting look great, the cabins with metal skirting look un maintained. Lesson here is don’t waste money on aluminum.



Shuffleboard



All campsites in “Q” and “P” are for getaway club.









 

Setting up new cabins.  The Getaway loop should be dedicated to personal, annual, and cabin sites leaving the rest of the camp ground open to RVing members. Doing this would hopefully spruce up the park.


Head up the hill to loop “N” This is the loop where one can get TV, Cell, air card based internet. The rest of the park is hit and miss at best. This loop though is hard to get into, as the sites sell out to permanent (Annual) guests.






Entering loop “N” – This is where you have a shot at cell reception
















This area is closed right now. A large percentage of the electrical pedestals have no power throughout the park. They say when you select a site to plug something in and see if there is power before setting up.



 

 

Pool and hot tub

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Adult center. We did not take photos; someone was having a bad day in there. The lodge is nice, there are tables, chairs, and four nice pool tables as well as wireless internet


 


Headed back to loop “B”, but this is a good picture of how close the train tracks are.


Entering Loop “B” center pull thrus- have sewer, perimeter sites are mostly power and water only.


Loop “B” horse shoes


Loop “A”


The RV’s at the end of the road are all storage. The trailers are all rental trailers.


Kids area beyond family center. They put the kids table games out doors, not good to the games.





What looks like it used to be a cool water feature. They have these all over this part of the park


Park store


Upper end of the park used for company picnics


Climbing wall, put here at one time in the deep dark past.



Ponds


Old western play area, was very cool at one time. Needs to be torn down and burned in a bonfire sing along! Looks like a S’more’s opportunity.











Another storage lot, and the view looking out the main entrance to the family center.


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