Santa Margarita KOA

Open All Year

Reserve: 800-562-5619

Info: 805-438-5618


4765 Santa Margarita Lake Road

Santa Margarita, CA 93453

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Camper Rating 4 out of 5

Based on 1000 Reviews

Tent Reviews

Apr 13, 2015
Only problem was there was one toilet in the bathroom and it was a good distance away from the camp site other than that it was great
Apr 13, 2015
first time here, awesome place with a very friendly staff, maintained very well and very clean.
Apr 08, 2015
We loved our first KOA experience and are looking forward to many family trips in the future!
Apr 08, 2015
We made our reservation over a month in advance on line. We showed up relatively early in the day on Saturday, and clearly our site had been given away. We wanted a tent site and didnt need any services but wanted a private site. We were given an alternative way up the hill, but that wasnt a site at all, and had to settle as it was getting dark for a small site near the front. Ruined our trip


I'm sorry that you had a less-than-perfect experience at Santa Margarita KOA. I was out sick on Easter weekend. I am not sure why your site was changed. I would love to offer you some free camping in 2015. Please call & say "Karen said we could tent camp FREE for 2 nights! See the Notes." Deal?
Apr 06, 2015
Great. Area w/room for big tent, SUV, 2 tables, BBQ, & fire pit - & for our kid to ride his bicycle without running over everything. Kind staff, clean facilities, great playground. A group of people had very much fun until about 5 a.m. -singing, playing music, and having conversations that we could even follow from the other side of the campground. The quietest time of the day: 9-10 am.
Apr 06, 2015
Stayed here because all campgrounds close to the beech were full. Beautiful location, large spaces, lots of trees and lots of potential but poorly maintained. Showers were dirty and the only toilet in the men's bathroom was plugged. Stayed in a yurt and had to walk down s steep bank to the bathroom (there was toilet paper behind the yurt). Management was were polite and courteus.
Apr 01, 2015
The only reason I wouldn't be extremely likely to recommend it is because it's a bit rustic. I know many of my family who camp prefer more of a hotel-like experiences with their campgrounds and the steps to the restrooms would be a no-go. But we loved it!
Apr 01, 2015
The people there are wonderful but the campsite leaves a lot to be desired. Our site had no available electricity which it was supposed to have. The washroom adjacent to our site 22 was a disgusting mess. The mens toilet did not work and it stunk.
Mar 30, 2015
We had such a great time in our "remote" campsite. Great view, complete privacy, and best porta potty ever! Only downside was the barking dog all night from the private property next door. We will definitely be back!
Mar 23, 2015
Our stay was great!
Mar 17, 2015
We love the stay there can't wait to come back!!!!!
Mar 16, 2015
It was our first time camping even though we stayed in the Yurt which by many is not considered camping we had a very good time. We definitely want to do this again. The staff was very night and helpful also.
Feb 24, 2015
Awesome place to stay with Family & Friends. Very Clean and Well Managed.
Feb 23, 2015
Our group of ~14 (plus 2 kids) had super fun staying at this SM,CA-KOA. Restrooms were in good condition too. However we did run into few minor issues as expected. Our electricity went down (multiple times), when all our neighbors showed up and started using their heaters. Site-mgr immediately helped us out and showed how/where to un-trip the switch for any further tripping. Owner was grt too.
Feb 17, 2015
Great place. Just need more bathrooms. Can't wait to come back.
Feb 17, 2015
Overall we really enjoyed our stay . The kids loved to jumping pillow. We were disappointed to not be able to use the pool. Especially since we had to pay extra for the holiday weekend.
Feb 16, 2015
Had a great stay, just disappointed that I was on the waiting list for another site and found out they gave it to someone else, and then no one was in it all weekend... kinda feel like I was lied to. :(
Feb 02, 2015
Awesome camp ground. I will definitely Yurt again! Thanks SM KoA
Dec 15, 2014
This campground is a hidden gem!! I loved the yurt we had, plenty of room and the site was nice and spacious. We will definitely be back!
Dec 10, 2014
It was perfect for our needs!
Dec 02, 2014
What a wonderful place you have in Santa Margarita! We can't wait for our next visit.
Nov 30, 2014
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Nov 22, 2014
Meandering hillside layout to the cabins and camp spots allow for some good views and privacy in some areas. Feels more like actual mountain camping than an RV park. Very friendly and accommodating staff.
Nov 17, 2014
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Oct 06, 2014
Oct 04, 2014
Restrooms were very difficult to get to for an older person like me. Internet connection was shakey. Lots of flies during the day. We reserved a tent site with electricity but there were none available when we arrived.
Sep 29, 2014
We stay at this KOA frequently, and always very quiet... not this time, loud partying, yelling, fighting, and even a gun shot! Yikes! Spoke to management, got apology and offer of a free cup of coffee... thought the night of no sleep deserved more than that... just a suggestion.
Sep 29, 2014
As I requested a quiet & remote site, that is exactly what I received. I really enjoyed #88.
Sep 25, 2014
Great Place!
Sep 15, 2014
Very sweet koa. Lots of activities for kids and families. Party at the pool, water balloon volleyball and glow stick parade were my kids favorites. Recommend staying here!
Sep 12, 2014
great to find such nice people working and great site! Only reason it got a 4 out of 5 is because it'd be nice if there were more bathrooms closer to sites. :)
Sep 08, 2014
The yurt was so much fun. Perfect for a larger family, right next to the playground and jumping pillow. The location of the KOA is within a short drive of some beautiful beaches and scenic drives.
Sep 02, 2014
Sep 02, 2014
Aug 30, 2014
Wonderful location, friendly people beautiful sites. A place to be and stay
Aug 27, 2014
Bathrooms were gross, clogged toilets and big spider webs everywhere.
Aug 25, 2014
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Aug 21, 2014
Your camp ground was nothing but dirt. The portapotty was over flowing and was very dirty the campers next to us we were in space 7 they were in 8 they started to set up there tent then changed there mind cause of all the dirt and rocks and they left when we got up the next morning and there was a different camper in site 8 over all your camp ground was the worst that we stayed at on our trip.
Aug 19, 2014
We arrived late, but still within the office hours. However, the office was already closed. Our family of four (including a 4 and a 6-year-old) were placed in the yurt at the farthest reaches of the campground, close to nothing. Taking our children to the bathroom was downright dangerous on the provided trail. And when we arrived at the bathrooms they were completely filthy and vile. Never again.
Aug 16, 2014
The camp grounds were clean, the other campers were friendly and the staff were great. Oh, the pool, playgrounds and stargazing my kid loved it! Thank you KOA!
Aug 11, 2014
Aug 11, 2014
What a great campground. Some of the poor reviews you read are ridiculous. You are camping, what more do you want. The staff was great, the Saturday activities are awesome. We will be back. LOVE THIS KOA!!
Aug 11, 2014
Aug 11, 2014
The staff is great with personality to match.Camp ground is well taken care of and the bath houses are clean, and smell clean. The camp store is small but has every thing you might need if you forget it like I did. I didn't pack a wash cloth but was able to buy one for $1. I have no complaints from staff too store prices. An 8lb bag of ice is $3.25
Aug 11, 2014
Very friendly and lots of fun. The town nearby is very nice too.

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