It’s easy to get a site at Indian Grinding Rock SHP campground in January. That’s understandable given how cold the weather is at that time of year. The campground is very small (22 sites) but has the advantage of it’s close proximity to the State Historic Park. The State Historic Park showcases the cultural heritage of the original owners, the Miwok people.
The campground is also in close proximity to Daffodil Hill, Black Chasm Caverns, as well as the very small old-time town of Volcano.
Each campsite costs $30.00 per night. Some of the sites are, in my opinion, too small for a larger RV or trailer. However, there are a few pull-though sites. Fortunately, as we were in our 17′ Casita travel trailer, we had a couple of sites to choose from. The maximum limit is two vehicles per site and there is no overflow parking. We found most of the sites to be uneven and it was challenging to level our trailer. However, each site had a somewhat level tent pad.
During our stay, the bathroom was under construction so not available for use. When available, the bathroom offers coin-operated showers. As an added bonus, the campground had an RV water-fill station. Otherwise, there are no hook-ups. Although dogs are allowed in the campground and the state historic park, they are not allowed on the trails. Cell phone signal on Verizon was spotty to non-existent in the campground.
Since the campground is in close proximity to a busy highway, there is a fair amount of traffic noise. There was also quite a bit of noise from a visiting tribe. The Miwok tribe still uses the state historic park for ceremonies. Since we were there during one of the ceremonies, we endured the commotion from the native peoples as they used the campground as their unloading point for getting their items into the park. Then, we heard the sound of the drum until well after we had gone to bed. Sadly, they also left their trash when they left so we woke up the next morning to bags of trash that were not placed in a receptacle and dirty diapers strewn on the ground.
That said, it may be worthwhile to camp at Indian Grinding Rock SHP campground to have the close proximity to the fun activities that the area has to offer.
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