We were in the Devils Tower, Wyoming area over Labor Day weekend. We decided to spend one night at the local KOA and a second night at the Park Service campground inside the park. The KOA was adequate but nothing special in spite of the rate of over $50. The campground in the park was only $12 but did not have any hookups. We were well prepared for boondocking, so we enjoyed the bigger spaces and closer view of Devils Tower while spending way less money.
We attended a Park Service evening program at the campground amphitheater. The guest speaker was an elder and educator from the Lakota tribe. His presentation was about Native American traditions and tribal knowlege of astronomy. A large part of the program involved explaining how sacred Devils Tower is in Native American culture. During the presentation we started to hear amplified rock music coming from the direction of the KOA which was about a mile away. It got louder and louder until it became difficult to hear the speaker. The dignity of the program and tranquility of the setting were extremely compromised.
After the program we walked back to our campsite and had to close all the windows in our trailer to try to block out the sound. We could hear the music and feel the bass vibrations right through the walls. We could only imagine how loud it must be for the people actually camping at KOA. After a couple of hours of not being able to sleep anyway, we drove down to KOA to see what was going on. In the tent area of the campground was a group of bikers with a stage set up and a band playing at full blast. The stage was fully equipped with lighting and amplifiers. We had thought maybe KOA had organized a show to entertain their guests, but no, this was a private party. This went on until at least midnight possibly longer. We put foam plugs in our ears and kept our fans going and finally went to sleep. This only worked because we were a mile away. The KOA campers were probably out of luck for getting any rest until the party was over.
We like live music as well as anyone, but the inappropriateness of this event was astounding. I cannot imagine why KOA would allow a small private group in tents to alienate the hundreds of other people in their campground who had paid good money for a family-oriented campsite in a world-class natural setting. Not to mention all the people they disturbed well beyond the immediate area. A business providing services at the entrance to a National Park should show a little more respect.