About Retired-n-Roamin

Retired in 2012. Have roamed west of the Rockies 'forever' and will now meander east to be nearer the grand kids.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Sallisaw / Fort Smith West KOA, Sallisaw, Oklahoma

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

3rd week of September and the temperature and humidity combined for a heat index of 108° @ 2pm. The park has lots of trees and easy access pull through sites. I was looking forward to getting power, water and sewer connected and the AC going. Did that. Then... My criteria on whether the Wi-Fi is good or bad is simple - does Google maps load 'reasonably' fast? Nope. Not here. Definitely creepy-crawly slow. Not quite unusable, but do plan on having your patience tried as you wait. Oh well, the facilities are nice and it's just an overnight stop for me, I'll survive. But to be fair, there were a fair number of rigs in the park and not many folks were out in the heat and humidity so maybe they were watching YouTube videos? Later in the evening the response seems to improve and I was able to plan the next day's travel. We camped at Sallisaw / Fort Smith West KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Hot Springs National Park KOA, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This KOA >>IS NOT<< your typical flat gravel parking lot. This one is situated on a hill and the sites are well spaced and shaded. There appear to be quite a few long term guests judging by the detritus near their rigs. But it does not really detract from the ambiance as the 'mess' is not haphazard.

The local area scenery is attractive, although the town has a slightly run-down aura - not bad, but it appears to be not as prosperous as the city father's might wish.

My visit was later in September and the daytime temps combined with the humidity made me seek a place with 50A electrical service for the AC. My site, A14, was at the very top of the campground and the best compliment I can give is that I could stay here long-term were it not for family obligations further east.

The Wi-Fi is adequate. My criteria for good Wi-Fi is whether Google maps loads 'reasonably' quickly. It does. Barely.

AT&T cell covered is outstanding as their tower is on the SE corner of the property. We camped at Hot Springs National Park KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Memphis KOA , Marion, Arkansas

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $47.00
Overall Rating:

I'm not at all sure why this KOA only rates a 7. It's one of the better parks I've utilized on this cross-country journey. It is clean, well treed with amply spaced and adequate length individual sites. The hosts were friendly and helpful. The BBQ was good (although the portions for the sides were more than a bit small). Wi-Fi signal is strong with fast internet access. Even in the prime evening hours access to Google Maps was quick. I was able to view a couple of Youtube videos also. Gnats were a distraction in the evening. There are rice fields nearby that can harbor mosquitoes, but the park has a great many Purple Martin nest boxes to help combat these pests. The park is a reasonable distance from the various attractions in Memphis itself and there is a shuttle bus service available for those that do not wish to drive their own vehicle. The park is a good overnight stop and/or a place to stay for a few days while enjoying the areas attractions. We camped at Memphis KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
31
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
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

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

High Point RV Park, Enid, Oklahoma

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

An overnight stop with 50A power for the AC. The weather was 90°+ and high humidity so I had to have AC. Extremely friendly office staff, but not knowledgeable about 'good' restaurants in town. Lots of fast-food places, but not too many 'nice' sit down to a good meal kinda places.

Enid is a boom town right now with a large population of out-of-area construction workers at a nearby plant construction site. And the town looks and feels exactly like that - rough and tough. This means that the RV parks are filled to capacity with workers and their RV's. Tough to find an open spot.

That said, Highpoint RV Park reserves a few convenient spots near their office for transients. Call way early in the day for availability. We camped at High Point RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

John Martin Reservoir State Park, Hasty, Colorado

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

As I age (apparently not so gracefully) driving the PU while towing a 5th wheel is stressful and it's good to be able to relax for a few days and unwind. This Colorado state park was a good place for me to de-stress. I stayed for four nights in the middle of September and the after Labor Day crowd wasn't here. The park was only about ½ full on Saturday and by early Sunday afternoon there were only about a dozen rigs left. Individual sites are well spaced from each other and you're not in your neighbor's pocket. You can choose a well shaded site or one in full sun. There is 50A electric at each site with community water spigots spaced throughout the entire park. A large tank dump facility is convenient on the way out. Value is a difficult concept and varies per individual preferences. For me, the $28 daily park fee PLUS the $7 daily car fee adds up to too much cost for too little value, despite the tranquility of the park. Were the two fees a total of about $25 a day, then the value might be more in line with what's offered. Even with that criticism, it's not a bad spot for a day or two. Poor AT&T cell service in the park. I had to drive to the visitor center for 5-bar 3G service. Lots of wildlife - deer, turkey, rabbit, squirrel and various birds including an amazing sight of hundreds of Turkey Vultures soaring back and forth on the updraft created by face of the dam that faced toward an easterly breeze. Standing on top of the dam I watched for 20 minutes as the birds seemingly enjoyed their flights back and forth. Would I stay again? Meh, probably if I were traveling the same roads, but I would not go out of my way to come back. We camped at John Martin Reservoir State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
61
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

A strong recommendation is to visit Bent's Fort, a national parks historic site about 25 miles to the west, near La Junta. The fort has been reconstructed on the exact site of the 1830's original to the plans from that time. It is like stepping back 185 years to a era when only true adventurers traveled the Santa Fe trail. Well worth the 2-3 hours it will take to absorb all that's offered there.

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Alamosa KOA, Alamosa, Colorado

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

I wanted power, water and Wi-Fi for the night because I'm dry camping for the next four nights. Wi-fi seems OK in the middle of the afternoon with a strong 5-bar signal and no latency because the network is overloaded. We'll see how it is later as travelers come in - it was OK, but the park was not crowded.

I'm a bit surprised the park is so far east of Alamosa - there is no shopping nearby. Groceries, restaurants, and other supplies are a moderate drive to the west.

Very friendly host couple, but it's your standard gravel parking lot KOA. What more needs to be said? We camped at Alamosa KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
30
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Being so far from town this KOA offered pizza to order. I had food, so I cooked. But the convenience was thoughtful - and profitable too I suppose.

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Sundance RV Park, Cortez, Colorado

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Sundance RV Park is an interesting place in that there are three camp hosts that rotate duty in the office. The entire park is well maintained by said on-duty hosts and there is a professional cleaning service that does the central laundry and showers/toilets daily. I used the laundry - $3 total for one load to wash & dry.

All sites are gravel with many sites enjoying plentiful shade. Some with partial shade and some in full sun. 50A power, good sewer connection pipe (must have sealed adapter) and strong water pressure that >>requires<< the use of a pressure regulator. Generous distance between sites means that your neighbor IS NOT so close as to hear their evening beer belches.

I stayed for 4 nights, and would have stayed a month ($640 w/discount) if my site had not been reserved by another traveler. The only sites available for a month were near the main street and its noise - I declined.

Wi-Fi is as it should be in every RV park - strong signal and FAST! Fast? Well, compared to other parks it's like lightening fast here. But in reality it does bog a little when there are lots of users on-line. But I was able to view a couple of youtube instructional videos at off-peak times with no 'buffering'.

Cortez is a working town that has lots of diversity of resources for the traveler without being too touristy. I prefer this versus the opposite.

Were I back this way in the future, I'd definitely book a long stay here. Good folks, great park and interesting town. We camped at Sundance RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
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:

The Burger Boy Drive In just down the street offers some absolutely delish fast food - burgers as good as they get - rivals In-n-Out, minus the 'animal style' grilled onions. Do check 'em out if you're as big a burger fan as I am.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Squaw Flat / Needles Section (NPS Campground), Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Why visit this national park and stay in this dry campground? For the dark skies and stars at night and for the vistas during the day.

Squaw Flats is a dry camp with two site loops, A & B, and no amenities beyond a central toilet and water spigot in each section. Most sites are suitable for cars and tents or small RV's. Only a few sites will accommodate larger RV's. First come, first served, so arrive by early afternoon for best choices of available sites. Also, there are no supplies available within the NP. If you don't bring it with you, you might find supplies just outside the national park boundaries at the private campground store located there. Also be aware that longer RV's may have trouble with the tight turn-arounds. There is no AT&T cell signal although there is Wi-Fi available at the visitors center.

Attractions? For me it is the night sky and the zillions of other stars that reside amongst the other well known landmarks of the sky. And yes, zillions is the proper term for the enormous amount of stars that cannot be seen when you're in a light polluted environment. Then there is the quiet... Long periods with no sound but the breeze in the pine needles and the chirp of the birds and in the evening, the buzz of the insects. Calming. Peaceful. Refreshing to the soul.

I cannot recommend strongly enough for you to also experience this place. It is simply wonderful. We camped at Squaw Flat / Needles Section (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go to the various view points and take in the vistas. Understand the geology and the enormous amount of time represented in the exposed rock layers. But stay for the view of the stars. Best to plan your trip in the 10 days either side of the new moon. The moon suppresses your clear view of the stars. Campground is first-come - first served. Getting there by early afternoon will aid in getting a suitable site.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Thousand Lakes RV Park, Torrey, Utah

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

I understand that a business that depends on seasonal tourist traffic must make their money when & where possible, but when RV sites are packed together like sardines in a can... that's not appreciated by this traveler. My 'overflow' site was on the back row - a beautiful view of the red cliffs to the north - but the site is a total of 18' wide and the next door neighbor's slides were only 4' away on either side, yes, I measured! Site was gravel, not level front to back nor side to side, no shade, just water and 30A power only. Local Wi-Fi signal was strong, but like most public networks it became virtually useless when overloaded with other users at peak times - fine for simple email, but would not reliably load Google maps. How does one travel without consulting Google maps? And Facebook? How can you share adventures without it? In fact, any graphics intensive web site is nearly inaccessible. So... strong local Wi-Fi signal but extremely poor connectivity to the internet. I did not partake of the offered amenities like the "must see" gift shop or the pool. Nor did I eat in the restaurant, shoot baskets or hit the tetherball. If those things are important to you, then they are offered but I cannot pass judgement.

The obvious attraction to the area is Capitol Reef NP and its stunning geology and rock formations. Do take the time to visit the visitors center east of Torrey. The park is HUGE so plan on enough days to visit at least the major attractions. If you travel the back country roads (high clearance 2-wheel drive is OK unless it has been raining a lot) be sure to take sufficient food and water and other emergency gear with you as the park is remote and services nonexistent off pavement. I saw no more than a dozen other vehicles TOTAL in my two days on the dirt roads.

Personally I would not return to this RV park, but as always, your mileage may vary. We camped at Thousand Lakes RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
51
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

The Chuck Wagon is the only 'grocery' in downtown Torrey. Offers the basics. But the Deli (in the back) bakes scratch made chocolate brownies like mom made when I was a kid. To die for! I did not try other things, but I expect the banana bread and other baked goods to be just as delicious.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Beaver KOA, Beaver, Utah

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $49.00
Overall Rating:

Standard gravel parking lot KOA. Some sites have shade trees, some are lacking trees. Friendly staff. Noted that the urinal in the men's room was out of service. Also noted that two machines in the laundry were also out of service. We camped at Beaver KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
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
No
Tips for other Campers:

For me this was an overnight stop to plug-in to power and water. Did not seek any amenities outside the park.

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Hickison Petroglyphs BLM Campground, Austin, Nevada

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

I agree that any rig much longer than 30' will have difficulty maneuvering in the campground section. Stop at the turn circle and walk the road through the campground before you commit to the narrow spaces between the overhanging trees and tight corners. My rig is 52' from front bumper of the PU to the rear bumper of the trailer. I made it in and out OK, but did take it slow and had to take the turns as wide as possible. Even so, the sides of the trailer did contact the small overhanging branches of the pine trees. No damage to trailer or trees, but I did stop to assess individual corners before committing to going through. We camped at Hickison Petroglyphs BLM Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
back-in
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Free overnight stop over on one of the best highways in Nevada. I love route 50! Light traffic and decent scenery if you're aware of the geology of the basin and ranges. Worth a Google to understand how this unique terrain came to be.

Wanted to see the petroglyphs. They're disappointing in that more "modern" individuals have scratched over some of them. Additionally, the originals are not well preserved and are mostly indistinct. Still, it's cool that someone hundreds or thousands of years ago took the time to peck out carvings in the rocks.

Also wanted to be away from city lights to be able to see the Milky Way. That did not work out as there were heavy clouds and a few sprinkles of rain overnight.

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Fernley RV Park (Long Term Stays Only), Fernley, Nevada

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

Wi-Fi strong near the office, I stayed in site #4 - no clue further away. As with all public Wi-Fi, it becomes useless when lots of people try to access it. Was good until evening then, not so much.

Pull-through site, full concrete with tiny spots of grass, no shade.

Site narrow with little room for parking errors so my extended slide would clear the electrical pedestal. Had to 'go around' twice to get it right.

Helpful & friendly office person on check-in.

Seems to have lots of permanent residents judging by the clutter around and under the various rigs. Some, well, they've seen better days.

As a transient stopover: works fine. I did not check the rest rooms or laundry. I would stay again if I needed a place to get water or dump tanks. We camped at Fernley RV Park (Long Term Stays Only) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Mark J RV Park (55+ park), Sacramento, California

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Mark J RV Park was platted in 1958: yes, it's been here nearly 60 years! The park has many long-term residents, but also has many visitors that stay for a week or two. The older singlewide trailers are slowly being removed as they become vacant. 50A service with good water pressure and sewer at each site. Weekly individual site garbage collection. Park wi-fi... not so good, best in/near the clubhouse. No cable TV, but AT&T can provide telephone service and internet to each site. Park manager has been here for lots of years, lives on-site and offers excellent service. Other reviewers noted noise from busy streets, sirens and other urban distractions, but it is a generally quiet neighborhood evenings and weekends. Grocery & general shopping and restaurants within a short drive. Clean, quiet and well maintained and managed. Excellent value! We camped at Mark J RV Park (55+ park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
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:

In-n-Out burger nearby. Target too. Good deli's and ethnic (Russian) groceries close. Best large chain grocery stores (Safeway and Raley's) about 2-3 miles away. Wait for the nearby stoplight to stop Madison Ave traffic before attempting to leave the park: restricted sight lines otherwise.

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