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Review Count: 95
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 20

Enders State Recreation Area, Enders, Nebraska

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

We arrived at Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area on a Saturday in June, and there were LOTS of folks there taking advantage of the pretty reservoir and inexpensive boondocking. The campground has about 30 electric-only sites (all back-in as far as I could tell). Electric-only fee is $20 plus park entry fee of $8/day. Boondocking pays only $8/day. The area on the south side of the reservoir appeared to be more primitive and probably better for tents and/or small rigs, but north side of the reservoir had good roads and easy access - big rig friendly. Dump station, water, electric sites are on the north side of the reservoir. We camped at Enders State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 95
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 20

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Canyon, Texas

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We wanted to see the musical "Texas" so booked to stay here during the first week that it was open (it opens 6/1). We knew it was possible that it would be getting hot, and it has been uncomfortably warm in the afternoons. When we originally did the booking, we could only get one night, but I kept on watching the booking site online and eventually the next night also came available. Although the park shows full, there are sites available in the campground - I don't know whether people aren't showing up to use their reservations or whether the park keeps some sites "just in case". As it turns out, we probably would have been ok with just having the night that we had booked to see the musical, as it was too hot for us to do much in the afternoon anyway (100F +). We were assigned site 139 in Sagebrush Campground; site 139 is just across the campground road from the trail to the amphitheater where "Texas" is performed, so we were able to walk to/from the show. We were able to get internet on our AT&T MiFi device with our cellular booster. No signal at all on T-Mobile. Verizon would sometimes show signal but couldn't really use it except up at the top of the canyon (at the overlook or ranger station). A person I talked with at the musical said that her AT&T phone got service all over the canyon - they were staying at Mesquite Campground. We have a 43' bus and tow a Jeep behind; we took it very slow down the canyon road - using the engine brake and first gear on the transmission. Around the curves, we had to use all of our lane and a small part of the lane coming up the hill, but traffic was light so no problems. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Sagebrush 139
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

On the morning after the musical, we got up and out and did the first 1.25 miles of the Lighthouse hike - to the viewpoint of the rock formation. We are not big hikers, but it was a do-able hike for us. We got to the trailhead just before 7am and were back to the parking lot by 840am - temperatures were heading to the high 80s by 9am, so it was good to have gotten there early.

Review Count: 95
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 20

Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Canyon, Texas

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

We stopped here to spend the night before our reservation in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. There was one other site occupied (with a tent), so we had our choice of almost all the sites. It was pretty warm in the afternoon when we arrived (100F) but the breeze made it bearable outside in the shade. Beautiful dark skies at night. Birds singing in the trees. Wonderful coolness at night (down to low 60s). Gravel road in campground - towed vehicle got pretty dusty pulled behind motorhome. Free for federal access pass holders. Can stay up to 7 nights. Gate was posted as closed from 8pm to 8am. We trimmed a few dead tree branches that would have hit the top of our motorhome. Boondocking. There are vault toilets. Enjoy the beauty! We camped at Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 95
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 20

Trailer Ranch RV Park (55+ Park), Santa Fe, New Mexico

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice RV Park right on a main road in Santa Fe - easy to access downtown, shopping, anything you need to get to in Santa Fe. Very helpful staff, great in getting us parked. Even though we were very near the street, the street noise did not bother us. Rate is based on weekly rate (pay for 6 nights, stay 7). We used AT&T and Verizon - both were good with or without cellular booster. We camped at Trailer Ranch RV Park (55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
T-24
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Chocolate Maven for lunch!

Review Count: 95
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 20

Lake Mineral Wells State Park, Mineral Wells, Texas

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at Lake Mineral Wells during the week and not during prime season (early May), but it was beautiful. We got a site that was right by the lake and enjoyed hearing the birds and frogs. We purchased a Texas State Parks Pass. Note: it is good until the end of the current month in the next year - so the best day to purchase is the first of a month as you then have 13 months of use. The cost of the pass was $70, but on this stay, it saved us $28 in entry fees (2 vehicles (motorhome+toad) * 2 days * $7/vehicle/day) and 1/2 off the second night's camping fee (1/2*$24) -- so it saved us $40 on this stay alone. The half-off camping fee is good for 4 times and can only be used on the second night. If you are going to be visiting Texas State Parks, it is a good investment - even if it just saves you the entry fees. We camped at Lake Mineral Wells State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Plateau
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Lots of things to do in Mineral Wells. We enjoyed visiting the Crazy Water shop and tasting the different waters!

Review Count: 95
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 20

Tetilla Peak, Pena Blanca, New Mexico

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

I am not very good about booking campgrounds far in advance, and sometimes that's a problem around holidays. I was looking for spaces available near Santa Fe, and found that there were two COE parks on two sides of Cochiti Lake, south of Santa Fe. I could get a site in the one that is east of the lake, Tetilla Peak Campground, for the weekend that included Memorial Day. The good news: the campground is good, sites are well spaced away from each other, 30A electric and water with a dump station. There are also some non-electric sites (35 electric, 9 non-electric). There are a lot of lake access locations (and boat launch) just down from the campground if you want to kayak or stand-up paddleboard, canoe, or even put a motorboat or sailboat into the lake. The sites are not completely level, but we were able to get our bus leveled with jacks. The bad news: There is about a 10 mile drive off the highway that takes you to I-25, and this road has a number of potholes, some pretty severe. I have found that it is easiest to drive straddling the center line and that gives me the best flexibility to avoid the potholes. There isn't a lot of traffic on the road, so you don't have to worry about being on your side of the road much of the time. The roads inside the campground and sites are gravel. When we got here, we missed the turn that would take us to the entrance to the campground and drove down to the end of the road and around the loop there (thankfully large enough that we could turn around in it). There appears to be a place where a sign used to be that would mark the turn into the recreation area. If you have the option, I think Cochiti Lake COE Campground on the other side of the lake is easier to access and looks like a nicer campground We camped at Tetilla Peak in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument was an interesting place to visit. We are not major hikers but enjoyed the Cave Loop walk/hike.

Review Count: 95
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 20

Forest Park, Lamesa, Texas

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

We spent two nights at this free city park campground/parking lot (free for 4 nights). There are water and electric hookups, and there may be a dump station, though we did not use it. While the "campground" is really just an asphalt parking area within a larger city park, it was nice to be able to stop and to have free hookups. As a result, we spent some time seeing sites around Lamesa that we would not have seen otherwise. We also enjoyed visiting with others who just stayed here one night. The water and electric are between two sites, so either one rig needs to pull in and back out, or stretch cord/hose under/around the rig. We camped at Forest Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the "Dal Paso Museum" in downtown Lamesa - great insight into the community. The Walmart is closed, but the grocery store that is in the same mall where it used to be is good. Patronize the local businesses.

Review Count: 95
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 20

The Ranch - Escapees Park (members only), Lakewood, New Mexico

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

We spent a week at The Ranch, using the first-time stayers option of $50/week plus electric. We were there after "prime" season, so there weren't a lot of folks staying in the park, but those who were there were so welcoming and helpful. We felt like we had returned "home" even though we didn't know any of the folks before arriving - by the time the week was up, we felt like we were leaving family. At this park, you are staying on one of the leaseholders' lots, so each lot is different. If your rig is over a certain length (24'?), you will be placed on a lot that has gravel instead of a concrete pad, to protect the leaseholder's lot from damage. Cellular/internet service on our personal devices was very good here. We camped at The Ranch - Escapees Park (members only) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Gravel, Pavers
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Participate in happy hour - bring your own drink and be ready to be welcomed! Visit Carlsbad Caverns - if you are ok with moderate walking, recommend renting the audio-guide, walking in and the self-tour of the Big Room, taking elevator out. If you are more limited in walking, take the elevator down and up. Visit Artesia - see the bronze statues - learn about the history of the area!

Review Count: 95
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 20

Cool Pines RV Park, Mayhill, New Mexico

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We spent a great week at Cool Pines RV Park. We had called ahead and let the owners know about what time we would be arriving, so they were there to greet us when we arrived. We were a little concerned about whether we would be able to navigate our big bus (43') around the campground and fit into a space, but he took us around the park in his ATV, we selected a site that was plenty long for us and easy to get into. We were looking for a location that was cooler than the high 90F and low 100F temperatures we had been experiencing down between Artesia and Carlsbad, and this was perfect. The temperatures were in the 80s during the day and got down in the 40s and 50s at night. We also wanted to have decent internet service. With our cellular signal booster, we got good signal on our Verizon and T-Mobile MiFi devices, and on our Verizon phones. AT&T signal was non-existent. The park was very quiet during our stay - about 10-15 of the 38 sites occupied, and some of them by RVs whose owners come up on the weekend from El Paso. I think that during the summer, there are a lot of folks who stay for the season. During May and October, the rates are discounted - $28 for full hookups. Even when electric is included (daily rates), if you use over 15kW, there is an additional charge. Since we did not need to use our air conditioners, this was not an issue. We camped at Cool Pines RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Kennabelle's Kreations Bakery in Cloudcroft - delicious Pistachio bread!

Review Count: 95
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 20

Wilderness Lakes Preserve - Thousand Trails, Menifee, California

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

We had stayed in this park a couple of years ago in a smaller motorhome (32') and wondered about whether we would find a site for our current 43' motorhome. We easily found a 50A FHU site (arriving on a Monday) and in a couple of days backed up into a recently vacated "lake front" 50A FHU site. I was wondering whether we would have duck and goose poop but it was not a problem. It was interesting to watch the water fowl and their interactions with each other. In walking around the park, it appears the 30A FHU sites that are away from the lakes are much larger. Next to the lake, the 50A sites are pretty close, but still enough room to park our tow vehicle next to our motorhome. The people next to us had two vehicles between their 5th wheel and our rig - so the sites are plenty wide. The roads are in good shape. The sites are in good shape and quite level. When we arrived, the ranger recommended that we just drive the RV around to find a site. With the car attached, we can't back up, so once we found a site where we would fit, we parked the rig and drove around with the Jeep - much easier for us. Rate reflects free stay as Thousand Trails Courtesy Card holders. We camped at Wilderness Lakes Preserve - Thousand Trails in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
55
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Menifee has really grown since we were here two years ago. Lots of shopping on the west side of I-215 (just before Christmas the traffic backs up in trying to make the left on Hahn Road). Stater Brothers and strip mall right at the turn off from Newport Road. We found the drive to Hemet to be reasonable for Walmart Supercenter and thrift stores (Salvation Army and Goodwill - like getting bargains!).

Review Count: 95
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 20

Soledad Canyon Park / Thousand Trails, Acton, California

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

This was our second stay at this campground. We like staying "up the hill" in section N. We don't mind being far from the pool and other activities of the campground as we do not make use of them. We get good internet service from our Verizon MiFi (with Wilson signal booster) from the sites in section N. We didn't notice train noise at all unless we were outside the rig. The "bridge" across the Santa Clara River was washed out in the local flooding in August, so the access to the N sites is off the Arrastre Canyon Road. This actually made access to section N easier than we had experienced previously - no 5-10MPH speed limit while driving through most of the rest of the campground. The map provided by the campground indicates that the only full hookup 50A sites are in the lower section (a few in A and more in B) but some of the sites in N have 50A hookups. The sites are "side-to-side" pullthrus - you share the utility area with your neighbor, and there is, at most, one 50A and then a 30A (or two 30A in many sites). We like this campground - there are many areas to walk, and we are ok with the drive to Palmdale or Lancaster for more shopping - though we found that the small grocery store next to the Post Office in Acton has a great variety of items in a very small area! Rate reflects free stay because we are Family Courtesy Card holders. We camped at Soledad Canyon Park / Thousand Trails in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
N143
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Charlie Brown Farms Market in Littlerock, The Original Acton Market in Acton

Review Count: 95
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 20

Ponderosa RV Resort, Lotus, California

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

As Thousand Trails courtesy card holders, we were attempting to stay at as many of their campgrounds along the west coast as we could in the fall. This was the last of the campgrounds that we stayed in that was new to us - we skipped some others because the weather was getting chillier and we wanted to get further south. It was rainy when we arrived, and the campground does not show itself well in the rain. There was really no parking area to unhook, so we were directed to the parking area for some of the Getaway cabins. The roads are in rough shape and quite hilly and curvy. We elected to take a water/electric site in section A just so we did not have to navigate the trip down the hill. There was construction going on at the bridge right near the turn in to the campground, so any signs identifying the campground as Thousand Trails were missing (so we were not initially sure we had arrived at the correct place). Getting out onto the highway heading south from the dump station area was also a challenge due to the road construction - hopefully that will be a temporary issue. On a positive note: we had ordered some items to have sent to this campground with the anticipation that we would arrive in October. Due to a loss of a wheel (!) in Oregon, our arrival was delayed by a few weeks. We kept them informed of our progress and they kept our boxes and we were able to get them when we finally arrived. The staff members with whom we dealt were all great! We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A7
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Hooverville Orchards was about a mile off route 49 on the way to Placerville - don't take your RV there, but delicious fruits and fruit pies!

Review Count: 95
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 20

Rogue Valley Overniters RV, Grants Pass, Oregon

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

We did not plan to stop in Grants Pass, but had a breakdown on I-5 (lost a wheel/tire from tag axle) just 20 miles north so 'limped' into town. We initially stayed just one night and then moved to a service facility (Henderson's Line-Up - OUTSTANDING!) for diagnosis. While waiting for parts (we have a 17 year old bus), we returned to Rogue Valley Overniters. The first night we really did not experience the campground... now we've been here a week and really appreciate all that it has going for it. The campground is located on the north side of town and there are many things to see and do around Grants Pass. Much of the campground appears to be occupied by permanent residents, but they keep their sites in good shape. The sites that are used by those who are just staying short-term are all near the office and are all very well kept up by the management and staff. We camped at Rogue Valley Overniters RV in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
D
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Henderson's Line-Up is great if you want to get your RV to drive more comfortably. They have a "Road Performance Assessment" during which you go with one of their technicians on a test drive, and then you can look at the underneath of your rig with them. They make recommendations on what you might want to do to improve any driving deficiencies of your rig. We also enjoyed a Saturday tour (11am spring thru fall) at Rogue Creamery, west of town. Robotic organic dairy farm. Fascinating!

Review Count: 95
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 20

Schroeder Park, Grants Pass, Oregon

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

We stayed just for a weekend to have full hookups and dump our tanks. The park is right along the Rogue River and there is a boat launch available. The sites are not on the river, but it is an easy walk to the river. The staff were doing a great job while we were there keeping the sites free of leaves (a continuous task!). There are a few places where the road is very unlevel due to tree roots (think speed-bump made by roots). We particularly appreciated the friendliness and help of the staff at the park. We camped at Schroeder Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Yumberry Bowl in the Safeway shopping center for fruity deliciousness!

Review Count: 95
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 20

South Jetty RV & Camping Resort (Thousand Trails), Florence, Oregon

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

There are limited full hookup (30A, no 50A FHU) at this campground, we got one of the last available ones and it was barely wide enough for us to walk on each side of the motorhome once we got parked. On the positive side, there were trees/bushes/ground right beside us so it was very private from the sites next to us! We were camping after "prime" season so the dump station was out of service as they were doing maintenance/repairs. There was a temporary dump station allocated that was deep in the campground - we didn't want to have to drive through to it so were happy to get a site that had sewer, even if it was narrow. We camped at South Jetty RV & Camping Resort (Thousand Trails) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A22
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

BJ's Ice Cream is very good!

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