Ponderosa Thousand Trails
7291 Hwy. 49 Lotus, Ca. 95651
Ranger Station: (530) 642-5830 ext. 6
Family lodge has internet that works well when it is working, some sites can connect to the lodge internet. We have not recently tested cell service at this park.
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 Too complicated for my brain, as my CPU is out of date, and I am shy on memory.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
Points of Interest:
Directory of places – you and your dog will enjoy. Mileage may vary based on the places you choose from this list.
Ponderosa Thousand Trails is on the American River. There are about six sites that are right on the river and about 8 more that are across the driveway from the river and have an unobstructed view of the river, these sites are all 50 amp sites and have an additional fee. There are about 12 Sewer sites in Section “B” by the family lodge. The rest of the sites are electric and water only. There is no mini golf, no laundry facilities, no adult lodge. The river, and the scenery are what one really comes to this park for.
Park Store and offices on the right as you enter the park.
Entrance to the park
This is the first road on the right after you enter the park. The road goes between the back of the store (The white building) and a shop (The brown building). The road is also the exit from the park, and has the Dump Station in the exit gate. When using the dump station, one is forced to block the exit. We found some members get rather contentious when forced to wait for another member to evacuate two hundred gallons of liquid and semi solid waste. It would seem that if one has to wait 5 minutes for the other member to dump, that it would not be a big deal. What if the guy is late to Sunday morning bridge club and he is sitting in his car behind six rigs all in line to dump. There is no way, they can move and let him through, so he has to wait. The only real solution would be for him to move his bridge club to Ponderosa Thousand Trails I guess.
Sites on the hill just to the left of the ranger station. The sites are on the edge of Hwy 49 and require the ability to turn off your hearing aids. There are nice quiet sites in the loops down the hill from the family lodge.
Road to the river and some lower sites
Enjoy Ponderosa Thousand Trails – Lotus, Ca.