For the long Memorial Day Weekend this past week, we had the pleasure of staying at the Thousand Trails Resort in Pacific City Oregon. We took our little RV from Portland down to the beach, and were rewarded with some beautiful weather, and a great spot to camp with family and friends.
If you're not familiar with the Thousand Trails RV Resort and Campground, they own and operate over 80 campgrounds across the USA and Canada. They operate mainly in 5 specific zones. At Thousand Trails you can enjoy a camping experience in the Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast and Southeast zones of the USA and Canada (British Columbia).
Thousand Trails Campground Review
Thousand Trails is the largest and most successful provider of RV resorts and campgrounds in North America with over 80 locations in 22 states and British Columbia, Canada. We have combined the beauty and relaxation of a scenic nature preserve with the resort-style amenities and security of an exclusive club. At each resort, we provide a secure, gated environment with park rangers who look out for our guests' safety – so you can focus on having fun. – ThousandTrails.com
During our stay we had a spacious RV (back-in) camping spot with plenty of room for the picnic table and a hearty fire during evening hours. Thousand Trails in Pacific City, Oregon offers a large indoor pool, an adults-only hot tub, mini-golf, sport courts and playgrounds for the kids. Note that camping spots are first-come, first-serve, so plan to get there early to get a spot that accommodates your needs. Only a select number of spots have full hookups, another reason to get there as soon as you can on your first day. We read other online reviews from folks who had large rigs who were not able to find a spot large enough and were not refunded their deposit, big rig beware.
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While we were there, we witnessed numerous times when staff kicked kids out of the hot tub area. Frankly for such a family-focused company, we thought this a little counter-intuitive, but I guess it's their prerogative and appeals to the guests without children.
Another fun tidbit about Thousand Trails Campground in Pacific City, Oregon is that there are a lot of (resident) wild bunnies on property. With plenty to eat, and a mild climate, these creatures are free to multiply like… Well… bunnies! 🙂
The Beach in Pacific City Oregon
The beach in Pacific City is gorgeous. It's one of the few places on the Oregon coast that you can drive your vehicle on the beach (which plenty of people did).
*Tip- If you plan to drive your vehicle on the sand, lower your tire pressure to 16-18psi to help prevent getting stuck. If you do get stuck, lower your tire pressure to gain more traction in the soft sand.
There is a huge sand dune at one end of the beach which borders the actual town of Pacific City. While in town, we ate at the Pelican Brew Pub (great food and local beer) while the kids hung-out on the beach right out the back door.
There is plenty to see if you want to get off the Thousand Trails property and head down to the beach via the private beach trail from the campground (note, the gate locks at night). You can walk the beach and pick-up shells, you can check out the many tidal pools that sit below the sand dune, you can climb up (and roll down) the sand dune at the end of the beach, and so much more.
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To get to Pacific City you can walk or drive from the campground. Pacific City is a sleepy little beach town that's been “discovered”, for good reason. You'll find a short list of food options, and even some shopping – if that's your thing. We found that hanging out on the beach was just what this family getaway needed.
There Is Little Wifi, and No Cellular
Here's one thing you need to know before heading to Thousand Trails Campground in Pacific City, Oregon… There is no wifi at the camping areas, nor is there any cellular coverage. Our cellular provider is Verizon and there was no connection whatsoever anywhere in the campground.
If you headed-up to the pool area, you might be able to get a hint of wifi, but it was barely enough to receive a text. What that means is that you cannot be contacted (easily) in case of emergency, nor can you call if you encounter an emergency. If you have guests coming to visit, you MUST give their information to the rangers, otherwise they will be turned away. Since there is no cell coverage, this turns out to be quite disappointing to friends who may in the area and plan to stop by.
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Case in point: While on the beach we witnessed several people get their vehicles stuck on the beach (they didn't know about the tire pressure trick and neither did we!). Since there is no cellular coverage there, we gave one lovely person a lift into town so they could find a tow truck before the ocean swallowed up their pickup truck. The lack of cell coverage forces you to deal with an off-the-grid type experience.
Thousand Trails, Pacific City: The Bottom Line
We enjoyed our experience at Thousand Trails Campground in Pacific City. The good outweighed the bad by a longshot. Once this campground gets it's wifi and/or cellular figured out, it will be an Oregon Coast favorite.