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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

The sites are fairly level and are laid out well so that those on the outer loop cannot see directly into other campsites. There are small trees providing a tiny bit of shade throughout the campground. Water pressure is decent. Trails around the campground are easy, and the shorter ones are dog-friendly. Although it's nice to be close to amenities, with a Walmart and other shopping right across the street, the campers here are a bit noisy, playing loud music from their rigs throughout the day. We chalked this up to people who don't camp much and thus either aren't comfortable with the sounds of nature or who don't realize that they are affecting others. As as soon as I told the hosts about it, they took care of it. When those people aren't around, you can hear plenty of birdsong. Despite the noisy neighbors, it is a pretty nice campground, so we will be back. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 71 Loop B
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you have a road bicycle, bring it! There is a designated multi-use path accessible from the campground entrance that runs for miles and miles all over Tucson.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Scottsdale, Arizona

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is the second time we have stayed here in site 75. Each site has beautiful views of the desert and surrounding mountains. The site was fairly level--we needed no leveling blocks--but we noticed some sites, esp. in the north loop, looked off kilter. The south loop is quieter and has larger spots; the north loop is more child-friendly, as it has a playground. We come for the 60 miles of biking and running trails, accessible straight from the camp site, that are maintained well. The only downfalls: very few dumpsters or trash cans (you have to walk a bit) and the incessant small-engine aircraft noise. Apparently there are many flight schools in the area, and they like to buzz the campground for hours on end, making it seem like you're under attack--which is annoying if you're hoping to listen to the sounds of the desert wildlife. Other than that, the place is clean and well-maintained. Make reservations early. The campground is always full during the spring. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Payson Campground & RV Resort, Payson, Arizona

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

Positives: There is foliage around each spot, so if you want shade, you've got it. Also, when we pulled in, a worker (without our asking) made another camper move his truck, which was parked in the drive, so we could pass. Finally, the spot was long enough so that we didn't have to unhitch, as we requested.

Negatives: The spots are not level. You will need a few blocks, no matter which site you are in. They are tight, so you will be able to see in your neighbor's window if your blinds are open. The "dog areas" are little chain-link fenced spots about the size of our dining table - one next to the dumpster, the other next to the playground. Bring your own "doggie" bags. There was a dead javelina in one of the walking areas that had obviously been there a while. We were there on a Friday night, and there were at least three groups at three different sites partying it up until 12:30 am. Music blaring, bottles clinking, etc. The sewer hook-up was higher than the RV which really isn't the best placement, gravitational-speaking.

To sum it up: This time of year, none of the forest campgrounds were available; however, next time we stay in Payson, if this is all that's left, we'll be staying in the Walmart parking lot. We camped at Payson Campground & RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Viewpoint RV & Golf Resort (55+ park), Mesa, Arizona

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

We have been staying here for the past seven years for a few weeks at a time. It used to be beautiful; the grounds used to be well-maintained; the staff used to be friendly; the activities used to be abundant; and the prices used to be comparable. A different company now manages the park, and everything mentioned above has gone downhill, except for the prices, which have gone up. The golf course greens are brown. The dog parks grass is brown. (Both used to be lush and green.) The foliage in the park--a little orange tree at every site--is overgrown and not maintained, impeding the parking spot at each site (unless you don't mind scratching up the side of your vehicle as you park it). Even when checking in, the office staff was curt, almost to the point of being rude. The positives: the sites are wide and are fairly level. The rv pad is gravel, but there is a concrete pad at each site for parking a tow or extra vehicle. The park does have a few pools and hot tubs as well as various game courts. In a nutshell, a place where we had once considered to be a great possibility for retirement is no longer in the running, and if we did not have family members so close, we would not stay here. We camped at Viewpoint RV & Golf Resort (55+ park) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5100 block
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Lions Beach Campground, Elephant Butte, New Mexico

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

This is in regards to the South Monticello campground at the north end of Elephant Butte reservoir. We have stayed there twice: once at the beginning of June, and once in mid-October 2015. Out of all of the Elephant Butte campgrounds, this is the quietest and has the largest spots. Note that there is no lake access here, as the marina at this end just goes down to dry lake bed. Many spots here don't have a direct view of the lake but instead have beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, and if there's a thunderstorm anywhere in southern NM, you can bet you'll see great lightning shows. The spots here are wide and fairly level. The spots that are reservable have the views of the water. There is not much shade, but each spot has its own covered table, and with most, you can park so your awning does the shade work for you. This campground seems to be geared toward the RV owner, not the tent camper. In June, our campground host was excellent: he ran a "tight ship," letting us know as soon as we arrived that the campground would be quiet--and he was right. It was one of the most peaceful camping weeks we've had at the park. He was very visible yet left us alone. The winter campground host was not there for the first two days that we stayed, and we had some noise issues with other campers--we don't like hearing other people's music when we're trying to relax! We talked with the campground volunteers, who said they couldn't do anything because the noise was loud but not loud enough to bother the whole campground. They did give us the ranger phone number so that we could take care of it ourselves. This was disappointing. Otherwise, if you want a quiet experience, I think this would be the best campground at the Butte. If you want to hang out with other people and party, choose the campgrounds on the lake. We camped at Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Lions Beach Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Heron Lake State Park, Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

This is regarding the Blanco Electric campground. This is one of our favorite places to stay in NM. The sites are large and private. Most have shade. It's a quiet campground during most weekends--the campground hosts and rangers are available for help, if needed. The area has walking and biking trails right from the campground, and the visitor's center has interesting information about the area. If you want to get away to a quiet place, I would recommend Heron Lake. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Caballo Lake State Park, Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

We made reservations here based on good reviews from other campers. When we arrived, we were surprised to find that our spot was basically the size of a two-car driveway, backing to a field of weeds and having a view and noise of the freeway (I-25). All RV spots are out in the open--no privacy between spots. We also noticed and heard large groups setting up tents in the non-camping area. We decided to leave and head to another campground. We were unable to get a refund as we had already checked in for the night. I would only recommend if you need a very quick overnight stop. We camped at Caballo Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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