Meadowcliff Lodge & RV Resort Receives an "A" Grade in the Fifth Annual Consumer Satisfaction Survey


COLEVILLE, Calif., March 15, 2013 – J.D. Gallion and his family have had family reunions at Meadowcliff Lodge & RV Resort in the Eastern Sierra for more than a decade.

“Last year, we had 40 family members with us,” said Gallion, who lives in Ojai, Calif. His family rented most of the 20-room motel and several brought their RVs, too. Some came from as far south as San Diego and others as far west as the San Francisco.

They spent their time hiking and fishing in trout laden streams and water skiing on neighboring Topaz Lake. A few also wandered onto the Nevada side of the border to try their luck gambling. With so many things to do, it’s no wonder the Gallion family has made a tradition of camping at Meadowcliff every year. But the park offers more than a scenic location and easy access to a variety of outdoor activities.

The privately owned resort is also rated one of the top-rated campgrounds in America, according to, having just won its fourth consecutive “A” rating in the annual GuestRated satisfaction survey of independent parks.

More than 30,000 camping and RV enthusiasts completed reviews in the online survey, grading their experiences at 3,200 independent RV parks and campgrounds.

“Consistently earning an overall ‘A’ grade from guests is difficult, and our 42 winners this year represent less than 2% of all of the nation’s campgrounds.” said Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of, the Murrieta, Calif.-based company that conducted the online survey on behalf of the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds.

Harry and Nikki Butz of Carson City, Nev. said they weren’t surprised to hear of Meadowcliff’s A-rating.

“It’s nice and clean,” said Harry Butz, who frequently stays at Meadowcliff on trips with RV groups. “The campground is nicely planned out,” he said. “The sites are not jammed together. There’s a nice space between each of the spots and the campsites are level, graveled sites. The owners are very friendly and very accommodating. The resort’s bathrooms are also very large and there’s plenty of hot water.”

Meadowcliff Lodge was originally built as a 10-room motel in 1959 and has spacious rooms that are twice the size of today’s hotel rooms. The lodge also has separate, fully stocked kitchens, which families can rent so they can prepare their own meals. Meadowcliff also has its own restaurant, which is frequented by guests as well as travelers and local residents from nearby communities.

When Tim and Mary Fesko purchased Meadowcliff in 1997, they immediately expanded the lodge to 20 rooms. Four years ago, they also built a 34-site campground right next to the lodge so that they could better accommodate family reunions as well as motorists and RVers travelers on Highway 395.

They also updated the park’s swimming pool and provided new amenities, including horseshoes, volleyball and swings. Barbecues are also available by each room. The resort also has a recreation hall and a pavilion with a fire pit. ATV trails are also located nearby and the park hosts an annual event in June aimed at ATV enthusiasts.

The Fesko’s clientele includes families from throughout California and Nevada as well as European travelers who rent RVs and stay at Meadowcliff while traveling through the scenic Eastern Sierra between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite Valley.

“There are all kinds of things people can do here,” Fesko said. Meadowcliff is about an hour’s drive south of historic Virginia City, Nev. and roughly 45 minutes north of the turnoff for the historic California ghost town Bodie.

Galleon said he likes taking his family to Meadowcliff because “everyone can do what they want.” But while there are many things to do there, the park is also peaceful place with scenic views of cliffs nearby.

Dorothy and Ralph Ruiz of Tracy, Calif. have been coming to Meadowcliff for more than 20 years. They now visit the park with their children and grandchildren. “It’s a quiet, peaceful place to relax,” Dorothy Ruiz said.

The GuestRated national online review program was launched in 2008 in collaboration with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. For more information about the GuestRated program, please contact Bob MacKinnon at (877) 707-7080 and visit For more information about Meadowcliff Lodge & RV Resort, please contact Mary Fesko at (530) 495-2255 and visit

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