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Tahoe Valley - Thousand Trails

1175 Melba Dr, South Lake Tahoe, California 96150-7021 USA

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“Sunny shores & snowy summits at a Lake Tahoe RV park”

Whether you prefer the luxuries of an RV or the excitement of tent camping, you'll be surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of towering pines and mountain vistas at Tahoe Valley RV Resort. You'll enjoy the beaches or a stroll by the river from this South Lake Tahoe RV park. When you've finished playing and relaxing in the great outdoors, the fabulous casinos of Stateline, Nevada offer world famous dining and casino night life for your pleasure. Encore's Tahoe Valley RV Resort offers something for everyone. Bring the whole family to a Lake Tahoe RV park. Some call it camping. We call it fun!

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Reviews of Tahoe Valley - Thousand Trails

27 people have reviewed this location

Ratings Summary

4.3 Access
4.5 Location
3.6 Cleanliness
3.2 Site Quality
3.6 Noise

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Verizon 4G

Confirmed by 17 users | Last reported on July 28, 2022

AT&T 4G/5G

Confirmed by 8 users | Last reported on July 30, 2023

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Confirmed by 4 users | Last reported on June 22, 2021
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Reviewed by
karifoster

  • 63 Reviews
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September 25, 2015
Rated

We were looking for a place to relax for a while and the Lake Tahoe area seemed like a good choice. We settled on this park, based on reviews. We were not disappointed. The park is a bit of a mish mash of sites, some with 50 amp, some only 30 amp, some have sewer and some don't. You can find the hookups you want, you just need to be clear what you want. Some of the sites are wide with sun exposure and fairly good satellite reception, others not so much.

The check-in process was easy and we proceeded to our spot. The signage was a little confusing, but we found it and we managed to get parked and setup with no problems. Many of the sites, including ours, have large trees that can make it difficult for larger rigs to get into. The trees define the sites, so they aren't just side by side, perfectly straight. This adds some character to the park, but also means you might be looking at someone else's sitting area, although that extreme is rare.

There was a group next to us that had several RV's and tents, which was really nice for them. But, because the sites aren't clearly defined, one of their tents encroached on part of what we thought was our area. We had a lot of room, so it wasn't an issue, but others might not feel that way.

We decided to extend our stay an extra two weeks, and part way through moved to a premium site. Our site was still 30 amp, but we had woods behind us and our site had much more open space to set up our canopy. Although we didn't see any, neighbors said they had seen a bear and coyote, we only saw birds and chipmunks.

The bathrooms in our loop were older, but clean. I used the laundry twice, the first time went well. The second time neither of the two driers I used dried my clothes. When we complained, the kid working said that they don't always work and refunded the cost of one dryer. They didn't even ask which machines we had problems with, that was disappointing.

The wifi was unusable and AT&T reception was spotty, but we had a strong Verizon signal.

The location is great and road noise is low, but there is a hospital very close and they seem to use their helicopter a lot! That was a little annoying, but it usually doesn't run late into the night.

Our first week was about $325, but we joined TT and received the next two weeks free.

We enjoyed our stay here and hope to return.

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karifoster would stay here again

Nightly Rate: -

Days Stayed: 21

Site Number: -

4 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
4 Noise

Cell Coverage Rating

Verizon 4G

AT&T 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

September 16, 2017
Rated

By far one of the grossest campgrounds we have been in a looooong time. Dirt in every corner of the buildings. The bathrooms are absolutely filthy, hair and dirt clumped in corners are around each shower stall. I checked multiple days in a row to see if they were cleaned: nope. Water barely warm. Food in the bathroom sinks.

We would leave early but there are no refunds so will stick it out and shower in our van.

After reading yelp reviews I see lots of complaints about the facilities and apparently management is not helpful.

Don't come here. They don't deserve your business.

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Nightly Rate: $52.00

Days Stayed: 7

Site Number: 271

5 Access
5 Location
1 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
3 Noise

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Verizon 4G

  • 25 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 22, 2017
Rated

Stayed here for 2 weeks to visit our son; CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS CAMPGROUND.
PROS: FHU, have to request a 50 amp site. I made my reservation months in advance online, would not guarantee a site #, even after I called a week ahead to confirm. Arrived to a 30 amp site that was too tight, had to go back & complain to get moved to a 50 amp site.
If you like tall pine trees and an occasional bear, this is a good place for you.
CONS: No discount for extended stay = $54/night
Weak WiFi, could not log on most days. West AT&T signal, no Verizon. Tall trees = difficult DISH signal.
Terrible entrance, either of 3 possible choices, not well marked from Hwy. 50. Rough roads, partly paved, so many pine needles it was hard to tell road from not road. Poor signage for the interior roads to find your site, roads wind in and around all the trees, sites not well marked.
Dusty dirty sites, not paved at all.
Airport just behind campground, lots of helicopter and plane noise. Airport is used for military high-altitude training at times with heavy helicopter traffic.
Lots of staff, don't know what they do all day, did not seem to care about guests or their needs.
Not many RV choices in South Lake; but I would rather not stay here again.

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Nightly Rate: $54.00

Days Stayed: 14

Site Number: 43`

3 Access
3 Location
2 Cleanliness
1 Site Quality
1 Noise

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Verizon 4G

AT&T 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

October 17, 2017
Rated

We stayed here in October and there were plenty of empty spaces. We were able to get a 50amp, full hookup site with DirecTV satellite access thru the tall trees.

We loved our visit to Lake Tahoe but found the area to be very expensive and, even in the 'shoulder season' between summer boating and winter skiiing, we found it very, very crowded.

Please note we saw warning signs at the local Visitor Center indicating the squirrels and chipmunks do have plague infested fleas. If you have a dog (or cat) be aware (there were no warning signs at the RV park).

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This reviewer would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $0.00

Days Stayed: 7

Site Number: 167

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
4 Noise

Cell Coverage Rating

Verizon 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

November 09, 2017
Rated

Stayed here while visiting Lake Tahoe area for the week just before Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately some of their services were not available even though your daily fee is supposed to cover it like the trolley into town and the pool and hot tub. So that was a downer.

Sites were pretty nice; however instead of spreading you out through out the campground, they put everyone in the same location. My only complaint was that the workers would drive their golf carts fast through the nearby campsites kicking up dust everywhere into my RV. I did call and complain but either that message didn't get delivered or there wasn't any importance placed on it.

Manager was very nice when I had an intake issue regarding the type of site I was supposed to get and quickly rectified it.

Lots of trees which is nice, but not great for solar panels though I didn't really need it since the site came with electricity. I have to work remotely in the RV so cell signal strength is important. It was very low here and most places around Lake Tahoe, but the campground wifi worked great.

Laundry facility was nice and reasonably priced and staff was very courteous and nice as well.

My daily rate was discounted with the Passport America club discount.

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Nightly Rate: $31.00

Days Stayed: 5

Site Number: -

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

May 12, 2019
Rated

There is a trail to the river through a beautiful meadow. Our dogs give this walk a 5-star! There is a full market and Starbucks an easy walk or bike ride away.

The camp sites are close and a bit run down. Ours only had a 50-amp connection,, however they happily loaned me an adapter. The laundry was clean and reasonable.

If you are a Thousand Trails/Encore member this is a great spot. However, I would not pay their listed nightly price.

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This reviewer would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $0.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 216

5 Access
5 Location
3 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Verizon 4G

  • 88 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 19, 2019
Rated

Am a TT member and have the TC add on. That all means I can stay here for 2 weeks absolutely free, leave for a week and come back for another 2 weeks absolutely free, over and over again. Check in was uneventful and was able to try and accommodate my request to receive a satellite signal.
For free this is a great CG. There are lots of trees so satellite is next to impossible to get. I did manage with a portable antenna. Cellular internet was usable (sorry forget to note speeds). Expect dust as the sites are all dirt. They were upgrading the closest rest rooms but that is good. There are a number of other facilities to use. Pool seemed nice but a little cold for my Florida blood to dare to enter (was here in May). Of course Tahoe is just beautiful and that is why you come here IMO. Go out and explore.

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JoetheComputerguy would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $0.00

Days Stayed: 14

Site Number: -

4 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
4 Noise

Reviewed by
davidvanhandel

  • 33 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 29, 2019
Rated

It was July and busy. The place was busy and loud, campsites were smashed together so the only views were of RVs parked on the other three sides. The bathrooms were dirty and very busy. On the positive side, the check-in staff was pleasant and it’s in a convenient location. Despite over stating the length of my trailer by five feet it was still tight.

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Nightly Rate: $70.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 348

2 Access
4 Location
2 Cleanliness
1 Site Quality
1 Noise

Cell Coverage Rating

AT&T 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

August 24, 2019
Rated

We are traveling in a 45' Class A with a toad. There aren't a lot of options near the South Lake Tahoe area, and we aren't a Thousand Trails members but I wanted to be in the basin near my brother's house. So, we paid this ridiculous price, and had to pay $14.95 more for WiFi from Jabba Communications. There was no avoiding the WiFi purchase since my Verizon was unusable in the campground. I'm writing this on Friday night at 10:10pm and a fifth wheel just arrived at the park. I don't envy them, but it's not great for the rest of us trying to settle down for the night either. Not a huge deal since the awful karaoke just ended at 10pm. Site 101 is located at the end of an aisle so there is a road on 3 sides and the 4th side is where the dump station is location. We are located near one of the main arteries so I can't say this was a peaceful stay. We've been camping extensively this year and this is honestly the worst cost vs. benefit stay we've encountered.

A couple tips if you are like me and you really must be at this campground: Review the campground map and reserve as early as possible to get a better site.

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Nightly Rate: $88.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 101

5 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
2 Noise

Cell Coverage Rating

Verizon 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

July 06, 2020
Rated

Stayed Thursday - Sunday over the July 4th weekend. Large parks with large crowds don't bother me, in fact, I tend to like those over holiday weekends. Unfortunately, I didn't like this place as much as I had hoped. There are 439 sites and every single one of them is in dirt. Actually it's a sandy, dirt mixture that blows around and gets in and on everything. Not a blade of grass to be found anywhere which is pretty sad among all those trees. They say they have WIFI, but you have to pay for it. I paid $14.95 for a 7 day pass. You could also pay $5.99 for 24 hours. I didn't need the WIFI for a lot of things but when I needed it, I needed it to work. It didn't. $14.95 was supposed to get you 5.2 MBPS and what I got was unusable and a huge waste of money. I paid $114 per night for full hookups, I assume because it was over the holiday weekend and didn't get much else for it.Most of the sites are crammed in pretty tight. Mine wasn't bad and I guess that's why it was a "premium" site. Most activities were cancelled and it was really just a huge dusty mess. Checkin was easy and the people working there were nice, but it's not as nice as it should be for the price. There are better choices in South Lake if you can get in. This place isn't bad, it's just not that good. 2 bars of AT&T coverage that was usable when traffic was low in the early mornings or late at night.

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Nightly Rate: $114.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 224

5 Access
4 Location
3 Cleanliness
2 Site Quality
3 Noise

Cell Coverage Rating

AT&T 4G

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Tahoe Valley - Thousand Trails

1175 Melba Dr
South Lake Tahoe, California
96150-7021 USA
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Last Nightly Rate
125.0
Longest Vehicle Length Reported
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Pull Through RV Sites Count
40
Sites Count
413
Standard Tent Sites Count
74
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