Coyote Valley RV Resort

Address: 9750 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Telephone: 1-408-463-8400

Dates Stayed: 06/02/2017 – 06/09/2017

Rate: $85.00 per night (including taxes and fees)



This campground sits within the very scenic Coyote Valley, hence the name. It is not hard to get to as long as you take the exit south of the RV park. Monterey Road has a concrete barrier leading nearly its entire length, so although making a U-turn is possible if you happen to take the exit north, it may be tough depending on your rig. As I mentioned, Coyote Valley sits in a very scenic area with hiking trails and mountains behind and in front of it. By far the biggest drawback to this RV park is its proximity to Monterey Road. It is a very busy road and road noise is nearly constant. Next to Monterey road is a CalTrain line. Yes, train tracks. You know when a train is coming from not only the noise, but the blaring horn. The trains start nice and early in the morning and go pretty late at night. If you are looking for a peaceful, quiet RV park near San Jose, this RV park is NOT it and you can stop reading now.


Checking in was fairly straight forward. Amber was driving, so she pulled Irving in front of the office while Christopher and I checked in. They were in and out in about 10 minutes, but we did have to wait for someone to escort us to the site. The roads are pretty wide and we paid for a premium site which is extra wide, so backing in was pretty easy.

Camp Site

I went through our pictures and realized that we didn’t take a picture of our campsite. I am pretty disappointed, but we are still a little new to this.

The site is back in and it was not hard to get in the camp site. The camp site (20) is very level concrete and our automatic leveling jacks had no problem leveling quickly.

The services included at the site are 30/50amp electric, fresh water (2 spigots) and sewer. There is cable TV, but we found the stations were few and came in poorly on our TV. We tried our luck with what we could pick up from our over the air (OTA) antenna, but it wasn’t much better. We saw a lot of RVs in this park with satellite dishes and we understood why. You are pretty much on your own for TV.

There is no picnic table or grill at the campsite, it is literally a concrete pad and nothing else. You can have a picnic table delivered to you site for $5 for your stay, but we paid for a premium site and almost all the campgrounds we have visited, even cheaper ones, had picnic tables on each site. All premium site really means at this RV park is that it is much wider than the rest. In addition, the premium sites are closest to the road, so you have to pay more for more noise. Nice touch.

CalTrain Line and Noisy Monterey Road

Office Staff

I had to call the office because of loud noise that was occurring during quiet hours. Quiet hours for this campground are from 10pm to 8am. At 7:30am on Saturday, a mobile detailing business was pressure washing the 5th wheel in the site next to us. We were already up when it started so it didn’t wake us up, but I wondered how any people that worked all week and were counting on Saturday to sleep late felt about it. I called the office to just to let them know. Unfortunately, the office doesn’t open until 8am, when quiet hours are over. The response? “I’m not sure what I can do about it now. Is it bothering you?” It wasn’t until I mentioned quiet hours that she said “I’ll send someone out to talk to them.” She did and I saw them talk to the mobile detailing team. The result was what I expected, but the initial conversation was not.

WiFi & Cellular

I was working on the way from Marina, CA, so I needed to finish up after we got to our site. The WiFi seemed decent enough when we got there, but as the weekend started it became dismal. Tons of disconnections and very slow speeds made it unusable. I fired up my Verizon hotspot and it had full signal strength, so we used that and it worked great. For a so called resort, I expected much better WiFi. We have stayed at much smaller and cheaper RV parks that had much better WiFi. WiFi Grade: F, Cellular Grade: A


There are buildings that we assumed were shower and bathroom facilities, but we didn’t use them this trip. We can’t comment on their cleanliness.


Although the park itself is in a very nice location and very well kept, we would not recommend it to anyone and we will certainly not stay here again unless we have to. For what we paid, we expected much more for what we got. The noise is horrendous, the WiFi is terrible and the TV is non-existent, big sticking points for us.

Even though we were upset with our stay here, the proximity to San Jose and San Francisco cannot be ignored. It is in a good location and that may mean a lot to someone.

June 10 – Barstow, CA to Flagstaff, AZ

Today’s drive of 384.2 miles was another long drive as we make our way back home.

We traversed the Mojave desert today and we ran into a little snag. We noticed that the cab air conditioner start blowing warm air. This was not a great place for this to happen since it was extremely hot. We eventually turned on the generator and ran the roof A/C units to keep things cool. We will definitely have to get this worked out when we get home.

I think this is the first time Christopher has seen a landline phone…
Can anyone guess where we stopped for lunch?
Mojave Desert rest stop.
Not much to see in the Mojave desert.

June 9 – Morgan Hill, CA to Barstow, CA

Today’s drive of 368.4 miles was a long day, however,  the views were very nice. Farms and mountains were abundant. This leg of the trip starts our trek home, which means we will be on the road every day for the next 9 days. It would be nice to take our time, but all vacations must come to an end sometime.


Endless rows of trees
and more trees…
We went through Arvin, CA. I had never heard of it either.

Barstow KOA

Camper are different. 99.9% of the time we look for nice, quiet, full hook-up campgrounds with concrete, level pads, etc. But when you are trying to get from point A to point B, full hook-ups is a good starting point and this KOA offered that. Let’s face it, Barstow KOA is in the middle of nowhere, at a crossroads between California and Las Vegas. However, this was a very nice place to stay for the night and recharge for another long drive the next day.

Irving looking out at the mountains
Barstow KOA
Not much to look at, but provides all the necessary hook ups.
Christopher the rock star and Irving

June 2 – June 9 – Coyote Valley RV Resort (Morgan Hill, CA)

The drive of about 60 miles from Marina to Morgan Hill was the shortest of our trip. It’s so cool to just pick up our house and move it up the road. We drove inland a bit from Marina, hooking up with Highway 101 and up to Morgan Hill. Boy, could we tell the difference in the climate. Morgan Hill was much warmer than Marina. We had almost gotten used to the cool weather, so it was a bit of a change.

On the road to Morgan Hill, CA

Coyote Valley RV Resort

Of the campgrounds that we’ve been to across the US so far, this one was one of the best. It sits at the foot of the Diablo Range, close to Morgan Hill and a short train ride north to San Jose. From our research, it was the closest campground to San Jose we could find. It feels very remote here, but right down the road are small to medium size towns with grocery stores, restaurants, big box retailers, etc.

Coyote Valley RV Resort
Office and rec. center

Coyote Valley RV Resort

Coyote Valley RV Resort
The shop in the main office

Coyote Valley RV Resort

Coyote Valley RV Resort
Laundry room

Coyote Valley RV Resort


As you can see by the screen shot of the map above, there is one major con to this campground…noise. Right in font is a major four lane road which, by itself, is noisy. When you add the CalTrain line that sits across the road from the campground, it makes for a sometimes unpleasant experience. Our campsite (not the maker on the map above) was right near the entrance, so we were close to the road. We knew when the train was coming because we could hear its horn long before it got to us. And when the train was right in front, it was pretty loud. If you are coming here for quiet, you may need to bring some earplugs.

Another issue we encountered while staying here was the disregard for campground rules. There was someone having their fifth wheel pressure washed an hour before quiet hours were over. When I called the office, they didn’t really seem to care. When I brought up quiet hours, they sent someone to talk to the owner and the wash crew.

San Jose

As you can see by the pictures, I was attending Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in San Jose during this week. On Sunday, the three of us took the train to San Jose to pick up my conference badge. It was Christopher’s first train ride!

Christopher’s first train ride
San Jose
Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference

San Jose

San Jose
Guadalupe River Park, San Jose

San Francisco

What trip to the bay area of California would be complete without a stop in San Francisco. Since we didn’t tow our vehicle on this trip, we rented a car during our week stay in Morgan Hill. This allowed us to drive about an hour up highway 101 to San Francisco. It was Christopher’s first trip there and he loved it as you can see by his smiling (mostly) face in the pictures.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge
View of San Francisco From Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Bridge
Gold Gate Park
Pier 39
Sea Lions

Pier 39
Alcatraz Island
Pier 39
Alcatraz Selfie

Pier 39

Pier 39
Coit Tower and Transamerica building

Pier 39

May 29 – June 2 – Marina Dunes RV Resort

The drive today was about 224 miles through valleys and mountains. We saw oil rigs all over the place and we never figured California had them. We also drove by vineyards with what seemed like endless rows of grape plants. California has a lot to offer, climate wise. We drove through desert, fertile valleys and when we arrived in Marina, the climate was very cool with sea breezes and lots of fog.

Our Travels So Far

Marina Dunes RV Park

This was our second stop in California and it was a chance for us to see the Pacific Ocean. We could not have picked a better place to camp. Marina Dunes is as close to the Pacific as you can camp in this area. It is just across the street from the protected dunes, with a path leading to the beach. Aside from the location, the campground itself is amazing. We had all services, a fire ring and a big site. We can’t wait to get back there again soon.

Marina Dunes #1

Marina Dunes #2

Marina Dunes #3

Christopher loved Stetson
S'mores #1
A fire was nice on a cool day
S'mores #3
Smorey McSmoreface
S'mores #2
Christopher loves to read


I had never heard of Marina before this trip, but it’s proximity to Monterrey was why we chose to camp here. Just a few minutes north of Monterrey, it shares the beauty and climate of without the tourist feel. It was a bit of a walk, but we were able to share a Pacific sunset with Christopher for the first time. It is a great place.

Marina #1


Marina #2

Marina #3

As you can see, the weather changes quickly



Pebble Beach (17 Mile Drive)

I hadn’t heard of 17 mile drive, but Amber had. You pay a $10.25 fee at the gate and you can drive the 17 mile road around the golf course, beaches, wooded areas and multimillion dollar houses. If you in this area, this is a great way to spend a few hours or more. Sea lion spotting was great here also.


Yeah, this is actually a golf course…

So a seagull and a squirrel are sitting on the beach…
Sea Lions
More Sea Lions
The Lone Cypress

Pizza My Heart

We were hungry and saw the Del Monte Shopping Center while driving on Cabrillo Hwy (CA 1/68) in Monterrey, so we pulled off and decided to check it out. We wandered into Pizza My Heart and we had no idea that on Tuesdays, kids got to make their own pizzas. They delivered the dough, sauce, cheese and toppings and Christopher built it himself. Once he was done, they baked it and brought it back to the table. He loved it!

Pizza My Heart #1

Pizza My Heart #2

Pizza My Heart #3

Pizza My Heart #4


I’m sure there is more to Monterrey than Fisherman’s Wharf, but it is a must see when you are in the area. We love the scenery and sea food restaurants.

Monterrey #1

Monterrey #2

Monterrey #3

Monterrey #4