Movin’ West RV Park – Graeagle, CA

Movin’ West RV Park in Graeagle, CA was our September destination this year.  This is usually when we camp in Hope Valley, but, with the fire danger being so extreme, we decided it wasn’t a good time to be off the grid and chickened out.  So, earlier in the summer I started looking for an alternative place to camp in the mountains.  We chose Movin’ West based on the pictures featured on the website combined with the reviews we’d read, clearly knowing we were taking a gamble.  We didn’t know anyone who’d been there and were totally unfamiliar with Graeagle.  But, somehow, it felt right.

Graeagle is located in eastern Plumas County 50 miles north of Lake Tahoe or about 45 miles north on Highway 89 from Truckee.  It’s home to some stellar golf courses, a picturesque downtown with interesting shops, plenty of outdoor recreation nearby and, of course, Movin’ West RV Park.


Movin’ West is not a huge RV park.  They have a total of 29 sites with full hook ups, 5 with partial, 2 tent sites and 2 cabins.  What gave us pause when we were first considering Movin’ West is that they have several permanent sites and, in our experience, that has often meant “junky”.  But, this is not the case at Movin’ West.  The permanent sites were well taken care of and showed a pride of ownership.  In fact, the folks who ran the place also appeared to live there and that “pride of ownership” seemed to spill over to the entire park which is kept in tip top shape from the landscaping to the bathrooms and even the doggy stations that provide waste bags and bin.


The sites are clean, roomy and level and all situated among the pines giving it a rustic appearance yet with all the comforts like electricity, water, cable TV and WiFi.

Because our stay encompassed the Labor Day weekend all of the full hook-up sites were taken by the time we made our reservations.  So, we opted to start in a site with partial hook-ups (everything except sewer) for the first two days with the plan of moving to a full hook-up site.  We intended on staying 5 nights and felt that would be asking a little too much of our holding tanks.  But, we ended up loving our spot so much that we decided to stay put…..and, even stayed a 6th night.




Our site was so big with a large grassy area and with such pretty views. Look how far away we are from our nearest neighbor!


                     This was the view from our site.

Of course, it helped that the bathroom was a few steps away and that it was the absolute nicest bathroom I’ve ever seen in an RV park.  I told Greg that I should have taken a picture of the bathroom for my article because it was so over-the-top nice. It wasn’t just that the bathrooms were clean….they were made to be as comfortably accommodating as possible.  There were nice rugs on the floor inside each stall as well as in the dressing room outside each shower stall.  The showers were fully tiled.  It even had a rack on the wall holding an iron and ironing board for your convenience… and, each day fresh flowers were placed on the vanity!  See, I should have taken a picture because you probably don’t believe me!

I have to say we just loved this place. Each morning Charlotte and I took a 2 mile walk starting at the access road behind our campsite….


…. then through a residential neighborhood which lead to town and back around to the RV park.


 Once Charlotte figured out there were critters around she kept a watchful eye out and wouldn’t bark but, instead, did these silly little hops that weren’t the least bit intimidating for our wild friends.  Such a vicious, vicious Pippet (Pitbull Whippet mix)!


One afternoon I walked into town to check out the shops.  All along Hwy 89 there are, what once were, houses all painted the same shade of red and each now a business of some sort.


The only one not red is the former school house which is now half antique shop and half boutique.  I loved the boutique half and would have spent some money if I wasn’t such a tight wad!

We spent another day exploring the surrounding lakes and communities but mostly we spent our afternoons doing this…….  


I’m happy!  Really, I am! (book review to come!)…….watching things like this…….


…….and that’s probably why this was the most relaxing trip we went on all year.  


We took ourselves down to the frosty stand on 2 different evenings.  The first time Greg got a root beer float and I got a soft serve vanilla cone.  The second time Greg got a root beer float and I got a soft serve vanilla cone because…….we’re adventurous that way!  Maybe next time we’ll mix it up and there will be a next time.

So, here’s the specs on Movin’ West RV Park

  • 29 full hook-up sites ($42)  
  • 5 partial hook-up sites ($40)
  •  Cable TV
  •  WiFi  
  • Level Sites  
  • EXCELLENT bathrooms with showers (not coin operated)
  • Pretty setting
  • Walking distance to town
  • Friendly management  
  • Laundry
  • Frosty stand nearby!  

To tell you the truth, I can’t really think of any negatives.  So, if you’re interested in visiting Movin’ West RV Park you can call (530) 836-2614 for reservations or visit them on the web at to fill out their reservation request form. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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