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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Exploring the Temecula/Vail Lake KOA

Aloha Everyone,

There are only a few KOA campsites that are truly located in a wilderness area. This will certainly be one of them. The campground is surrounded by over 8,000 acres of ancient oak trees. The shrubland hillsides are home to numerous avian species and wildlife.

This area is known as “Mediterranean climate” (mild wet winters and hot dry summers) but it seems to have eluded us. It’s been damp, misty and cold with high temperature reaching only 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Still, this place has a wonderful rustic quality.  I love hearing and sighting familiar birds during my walks.

Campsites are spread out, as the map shows, with names such as Lower Mesa, Merlot Mesa, Chardonnay Mesa and Lower Chardonnay. We are staying at a flat RV camping area called The Oaks. This is one of the 467 camping sites!

Essential amenities including restrooms and laundry rooms are in dire need of upgrades. The road that takes visitors from the security gate entrance to the registration office has been resurfaced. However, the rest of the campground roads are full of potholes and temporary patches.

J.J. and I would be most curious to return here in about 6 months when some of the planned upgrades have been completed.

Aloha -- Cathi