2007 Dutchmen Express
2007 Dutchmen Express
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Sitting midway between San Jose, CA, and the town of Santa Cruz, CA, Loch Lomond Park has become a top destination in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s made even more popular thanks to its proximity to San Francisco, which can be reached in under two hours along State Highway 1.
As its name suggests, the main feature of Loch Lomond Park, and ultimately the main reason why people choose to go motorhome camping here, is to get out and about on the large lake. This man-made reservoir was originally constructed in the mid-1950s to provide drinking water for nearby cities.
However, hidden in the mountains and surrounded by impressive redwood forests, it didn’t take long for this 175-acre lake to become a recreational hotspot. It’s worth knowing that the park is only open from the 1st of March through to Labour Day and is periodically closed on Wednesdays for cleaning and maintenance. When you do find yourself craving a bit of water sporting fun during this season, make sure to book an RV in Santa Cruz County.
Most people choose to go RV camping at Loch Lomond Park to indulge in an afternoon of boating. Due to the increase of aquatic invasive species, there are strict rules when it comes to boating here. Private boat launching is restricted to vessels that are stored at the Loch Lomond Recreational Area only, with the storage fee including the regular decontamination and cleaning of vessels. If you’d rather not store your boat here for the long term, there are plenty of boat rental opportunities too. Speed boats, rowboats, paddleboats, and ‘Nucanoes’ can all be hired for half or full-day rental.
Don’t forget to bring your best rod and bait during your Loch Lomond Park camping trip, as trout are in ample supply in these waters. Fishing from your boat or a shady spot along the shoreline is permitted, as long as you’ve got a fishing license. If not, the park office can sort one out for you, no problem. Along with trout, there’s a great chance of reeling in bluegill, largemouth bass, or catfish for a tasty BBQ dinner.
Camping at Loch Lomond isn’t just about the water. While some of the land surrounding the lake is off-limits due to preservation efforts, the southern end of the reservoir boasts more than 12 miles of rugged hiking trails, just waiting to be explored. The Big Trees Nature Trail is ideal for anyone visiting with little ones as its less than a mile long but still offers stunning views of the surrounding forest. Alternatively, try the Highland Loop, a 4-mile, steep, and challenging hike. The loop takes walkers on an adventure along the coastline, through redwood and pinewood forests, and features spectacular views of the lake and San Lorenzo Valley. It’s worth setting aside half a day to take advantage of this picturesque trail.
When you rent a camper near Loch Lomond Park, you’ll find a place to call home for a few nights at Redwood Resort RV. Located just south of Boulder Creek, camping with an RV here will put visitors in easy reach of shops and restaurants as well as Loch Lomond Park. Here, campers can choose from full hook up or dry camping sites, all of which permit access to the modern restrooms, onsite swimming pool, and WiFi connection in the reception area. Dogs are permitted for short term guests but must be kept on a leash and watched over at all times.
A second option would be to set up camp near Mount Hermon, where campers can choose from the Santa Cruz Redwood RV Resort, Cotillion Gardens RV Park, or Smithwoods RV Park. Amenities at all three campsites are comprehensive and include full hookups for your RV rental, WiFi connections, modern restrooms, and recreational activities.
Santa Cruz is well worth a visit when you have a rental motorhome near Loch Lomond Park. Besides taking time to explore the town’s beautiful beaches, fascinating rock formations, and redwood forests, why not take a few hours to visit the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. The museum was originally established in 1986 to showcase the area’s surfing heritage and was, in fact, the first surfing museum in the world. Housed in a memorial lighthouse, which is dedicated to surfer Mark Abbott, the museum features photographs, historic surfboards, and unique documentary films that will help you understand a little more about the surfing world.
If you prefer, head north to San Jose, where several family-friendly attractions await. One of the most unique, and perhaps the most fascinating is the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. It boasts one of the largest collections of artifacts from ancient Egypt in North America and includes tomb replicas, preserved mummies, and pottery fragments.
For something a little more child-friendly, head over to the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Little ones can choose from any of the 150 exhibits that cater to children aged ten and under and aim to inspire and educate through hands-on learning. Notable exhibitions include ‘Bill’s Backyard’ where the outside world can be explored and ‘Mammoth Discovery’ where the Jurassic period comes to life.