Campground Review – Banning Stagecoach KOA – Banning, CA

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The Banning Stagecoach KOA is conveniently located just a short distance from Interstate-10 along scenic highway CA-243. The park is nicely landscaped and features lovely views of the Mount San Jacinto foothills to the south and Mount San Gorgonio to the north. This KOA is a good place to stop over while passing through the area or to stay a few extra nights and explore nearby casinos, shopping outlet malls, golf courses, scenic mountain communities or Palm Springs.

Location

Banning Stagecoach KOA
1455 S. San Gorgonio Avenue
Banning, CA 92220
Park: (951) 849-7513
Latitude: 33.912141 N, Longitude: -116.878133 W, Elevation: ~2,349

Details

We stayed for four nights at the Banning Stagecoach KOA in late April of 2017. We found the campground staff friendly and helpful. This is a basic, clean, quiet, and well maintained KOA.

Cost

We generally find that KOAs are pricey for our tastes, but we are willing to pay for the convenience for short stays or if there are not better alternatives. For four nights at a 50 amp full hookup pull-thru site, we paid about $46 per night, including tax and our KOA Value Kard Rewards Discount.

The campground has just started offering a special discount for Silent Valley Club members on 10-day stays.

Amenities On Site or Nearby

The campground offers the basic amenities expected from a KOA, including full and partial hookup sites, dry tent sites, rental RVs and park model cabins, RV dump station, propane, restrooms and showers, laundry room, playground, horseshoes, tether-ball, volleyball, dog run, and swimming pool. The park has a small general store with basic groceries, household goods, camping supplies, souvenirs and tourist info for the local area. Grocery stores, restaurants, automotive and RV services are nearby in Banning and Beaumont.

Ratings (1-5)

Accessibility – 3/5

The campground is easily accessible from the I-10, although the turn at 8th St. and W Lincoln St. has a very sharp dip – exercise caution and take the dip slowly or risk scrapping your trailer hitch or RV back bumper. Lanes in the park are gravel or asphalt – the gravel is well maintained, but the asphalt could use some maintenance. The park has both pull-thru and back-in sites and can accommodate large rigs. The campground facilities have provisions for Universal access.

Facilities/Amenities – 3/5

The campground offers the basic amenities expected from a KOA, including full and partial hookup sites, dry tent sites, rental RVs and park model cabins, RV dump station, propane, restrooms and showers, laundry room, playground, horseshoes, tether-ball, volleyball, dog run, and swimming pool. Facilities are clean and well maintained. Staff was friendly and helpful. 

Site quality – 3/5

Sites are very basic, including only the full or partial hookups with 50/30/20 amp electric, cable TV and a picnic table. Sites are level, surfaced with gravel, and have a grassy area with picnic table. Sites are wide enough to accommodate slide-outs and awnings, but otherwise have little separation between sites. Most sites have shade trees.

Scenic Value – 4/5

The campground is on the outskirts of Banning, is nicely landscaped and borders on grassy fields with a lovely view of Mount San Jacinto to the south-east. The campground also has a nice view of San Gorgonio to the north. The views are especially nice during the winter when the air is clearest and the mountains are snow-capped.

Location/Isolation – 3/5

The campground is far enough on the outskirts of Banning to feel rural and isolated. The campground is far enough from busy I-10 to receive little interstate road noise and adjacent highway CA-243 is generally not heavily traveled. A railroad crossing is about a half mile from the campground, so train horns and rail traffic are heard at times.

Paws Friendliness – 4/5

The campground is pet friendly and has a large enclosed pet run with cleanup bags. The campground is large enough for a decent walk with your pet.

Overall Rating – 3/5

Overall, the Banning Stagecoach KOA campground is a convenient place to stop for a few nights. We would certainly visit again when overwintering in the area, especially with the 10-night Silent Valley Club discount.

Additional info

Internet access

We received a weak to moderate 4G Verizon signal at this campground. We deployed our cellular antenna and booster to improve MiFi hot spot internet access. The campground provided free WiFi, but we did not use this during our stay.

Water Quality

The water at this campground tested moderately hard – we added our water softener to the water filtration stack.

Nearby attractions

Here are a few local attractions:

  • Scenic drives to San Jacinto Mountain & mountain community of Idyllwild
  • Outlet shopping malls and casino at Cabazon
  • Golf, shopping and spas at Palm Springs
  • Joshua Tree National Park

 

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