John Mosley

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This is a standard forest service campground with a pit toilet in the center but no frills. There are lots of tall trees but a few spots have several hours of sunlight if you need to recharge solar panels. The loop road is paved; the sites are dirt. Each site has an old picnic table and fire pit with a metal grate. The sites are huge and your neighbors won't be close. Some road noise from highway 22. One loop is for tents; one loop for RVs. More scenic sites are nearby along the Metolius River, near Camp Sherman.

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I’d like to give this place more stars because I used to come here in the '90s, before we had an RV, to stay in the hotel. I enjoyed it and have good memories. That was then. Now I think 4 stars is generous. The place has suffered considerably since then, and now it is a picture of deferred maintenance and neglect. It’s sad. It needs a new owner to put a million dollars into it, plow under the campground, and start over. Peeling paint abounds and one walkway is cordoned off because it is too broken to use. It looks like a place that is on the way down and out. First the good points: I think it’s the cheapest place in town (our rate is for a month stay). I thoroughly enjoyed the hot spa each night. The laundry is handy (but small and busy as the entire town uses it since the town laundromat closed). Staff is friendly and helpful. The showers are big and pour out tons of hot water (no low-flow shower heads here). Now the bad: The campground is a huge ugly field of dirt and sand broken only by the last sad remnants of landscaping: dead and dying trees and shrubs. Its just a vast, charmless sea of dirt. When the wind blows the sand sandblasts. (We know: one windstorm removed the paint from the front of our RV and frosted the windshield! And we hate to think what a sea of mud it must be after a rare rainstorm. The ground is badly rutted in places. (I fell while crossing one too slowly on my bike but the gash on my leg healed in a week.) Our plastic picnic table was cracked (most aren’t). There is a water surcharge added to your bill, but ironically one sink faucet ran continuously the entire month we were here. (We reported it twice; it may still be running.) The two swimming pools aren’t heated, which makes them useless in the winter, and there were only two lounge chairs by the Rv'ers pool (bring your own). Wi-Fi doesn’t reach into the campground. The restrooms are cement, 2X4, and formerly painted plywood with no charm and they’re serviced irregularly. (One soap dispenser remained empty for several days). There was dog excrement in our campsite when we pulled in (a negative first impression). Elsewhere I saw the stuff lying in common areas and not picked up for days. In summary, we’re very sorry we stayed here a month (the wind damage was very expensive). We have no intention of ever returning. Stay here if you must, but if a strong windstorm occurs you’ll be very sorry. (Other places in town, including the park campground a mile away, suffered no sandblasting damage.)

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This huge parking area is a handy stop that we used overnight when having our RV serviced nearby. We're told that some people stay here a month or more and set up picnic tables etc., and no one keeps track of who comes and goes. Plenty of room. There's nothing but a huge packed-dirt lot (with the casino a short walk away) so it's not for us except to tide us over for a night or two, but it's great for that. And at free it saved us roughly $50.

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In contrast to the earlier reviewer, we saw no trees that presented a hazard and the sand in the roads is only an inch or two deep, so it's probably a hazard after a heavy rain but not otherwise. Some sections of the campground loop road are badly rutted and impassible for a big rig, but OK for smaller campers. We had no trouble getting into our site with a 34-foot motorhome, although it was so narrow we had to part the bushes to open bin doors on one side. It was a charming spot with a picnic table and fire ring on a raised platform with a few juniper trees for partial shade, up against the slick rock with a dynamite expansive view. The campsites are separated by perhaps 100 feet and we saw neighbors only to one side (on the other side they were around a bend in the rock), so we had enough privacy to use our sun shower each day and save the $2.50/person shower fee (for a 5 minute shower you could pause). The rather crusty manager denied owning a rake that we could use to ease the rutted exit from the really, really narrow and lumpy dump site. We've heard that she frequently is quite a nasty person and it's wise to not antagonize her, but she was nice the two times we spoke. The little store serves breakfast, lunch, and snacks and stocks basic food items like milk and eggs plus canned and frozen food. The restroom was basic but fine. The only reason to stay here, of course, is for access to Canyonlands Needles district and we were glad that they are in business.

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This is a very cute county park 5 miles east of Moscow. The sites are level, paved, long, and come with a picnic table and grill. No showers. There is one pit toilet and tap water. The campground is on the edge of a meadow (huge playing field) with a forest behind. All was clean, well cared-for, neat, and quiet. It was a very restful spot. We were the only campers on a July weekday.

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This is a very basic park with few amenities and only a modest attempt at landscaping. Free WiFi and TV is provided, but nothing else. The owners checked us in and then disappeared before mentioning that you need a key for the women's restroom, (the men's is closed long-term) so we had no restroom/shower facilities. Not much to recommend the place. The owners are elderly and sick so I doubt the park will be here much longer unless someone buys it and keeps it open.

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Like all parks, this one has both good and bad. The pluses: the staff is very friendly and helpful; the spaces are wide, usually with trees between you and your neighbor; they have a group campfire most nights; they serve breakfast and home-made pies; it's very close to West Glacier; that's it. The negatives: there is no community room or activity center; no pool or spa; if you're near the highway the sites are extremely noisy; the showers are even smaller than the shower in our motorhome (but the water is hot); some sites (but only some) are VERY unlevel; wi-fi is $2/day (Verizon is strong); if you have water/electric only they charge $5 to dump.

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This is a basic campground almost without amenities. The new restroom is finished: two toilets and two showers, and it's fine. The WiFi is free and strong, (Verizon also works well). Most sites have a picnic table and fire pit. It's dusty and without landscaping, and it's only a few hundred feet from I-90. It's on the great Coeur d'Alene rail-to-bike-trail. There's no shade but the hills cause the sun to rise late and set early. Don't look for a swimming pool, restaurant, etc. It's just a place to park midway between Kellogg and Wallace.

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Long pull throughs, wide grassy spaces between sites, picnic tables, play area for kids, bar for adults (local hangout), pool, laundry, and all clean and tidy -- what is there not to like? Roads are gravel and probably muddy when wet. The only negative is that it's close to the freeway -- but it's used mostly be freeway travelers so that's a positive. The freeway noise didn't bother us, and as most campers are tired after a day on the road there are probably few late night parties. Plus it takes Passport America so we really paid about $13. If this was next to a national park instead of between I-80 and a cornfield people would rave over it and it would be booked a year in advance.

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This park suffers from massive deferred maintenance. Remnants of landscaping and patches of grass remain but are being replaced by weeds (with stickers) and dirt. A few sites have some shade. Roads and pads are deep sand and dirt and heavily rutted, and there can be a lot of dust in the air. Amenities are: bathrooms with showers (which need to be razed and rebuilt), a laundry, a small book exchange, a shaded common picnic area, cable TV, and free wi-fi. The staff was always friendly and helpful. Sites don't have picnic tables, grills, or fire pits. That said, we stayed here a month because it met our minimal needs and the price is right for we Passport America members ($15.50 tax included for 30-amp).

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Most of the sites are long term seasonal tenants. The sites in back would be OK (they're plenty large), but be warned that transient sites are nearest (as little as 75 feet) to the highway which is extremely noisy. We were on the highway and thought it was awful. The restrooms were clean but so compactly arranged that one can rest ones elbows on the sink while seated. Clean laundry open all hours. Nice landscaping. Rec hall is a mobile home crowded with sofas, TV, pool table etc - looks well used. Lots of little notices all around to do this and not do that.

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This new (opened in 2007) campground is for seniors 55 or older, so naturally it's a pretty quiet place. It's off the main road (and not yet on many maps) but only a quarter mile from downtown. It's basically a big dust-free crushed-granite field divided into lots with big trees on two sides of the campground perimeter and newly-planted trees throughout that will provide shade one day. Sites are spacious and level with a picnic table and perhaps a patch of grass. The new clubhouse has a game room and is very clean and modern. Free wi-fi signal is strong. Occasionally deer appeared behind our rig. I'd give it a 10 if it had a pool or spa.

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On the plus side: sites are gravel (which keeps down dust) with shade trees on the perimeter and a nice common area in the center with grass and two picnic tables and shade. Premium sites back onto the river (with the rear of Target on the opposite bank). Some sites have their own picnic table. Staff is friendly. Strong and free wi-fi connection. On the minus side: no activity building, no laundry, no restrooms (only a pair of absolutely horrid porta-potties in the common area), no shower, no store, no pool, no book exchange -- no amenities at all. Passport America is accepted weekdays only. It is handy to town, but we won't be staying here again.

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This is a somewhat unconventional no-frills park on the northeast edge of town (on 110). It's operated by Outward Bound, and its very informally run. There's no real office (there is a tiny one, but it's always unmanned) and the fellow who checks you in and takes your money can be hard to locate. But the spaces are level and spacious, sites have picnic tables, and there is a restroom/shower/laundry building. The center of town (Silverton) is a half-mile walk away. There's not much shade and little attempt at landscaping, and the elevation is 9300 feet. We liked it just fine and stayed a week.

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Basic simple park with no real amenities other than free wi-fi. About 30 years old and in need of attention. On the east edge of Cortez and convenient to town and Mesa Verde. It's an OK place to park -- and we ended up staying a week -- but it's no frills. Staff is very friendly and knows the area. Be sure to visit the new Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores 10 miles north.