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We are a retired couple. Our prior RV experience was many years ago with a very small trailer and then a pop up camper. I enjoy writing and reading reviews.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

Lake Wissota State Park, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

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

We live near Lake Wissota but had never camped there. The sites are large, and ours and our friends' sites were easily accessible with nearly any size rig. Most sites would have room for a screen house in addition to a big RV. Most are also very private with lots of shade. The sites closest to the lake (none right on the lake) are non-electric. There are hiking trails which aren't particularly well-signed, so keep your campground and park map with you. The lake tends to get lots of algae in the summer but was quite clear when we were there. The problem with this park compared to other Wisconsin state parks we've camped in was the bathroom/shower building. It was filthy! I think someone came in daily per the sign on the door, but all that could have been done was to swish the toilets and sinks. The showers were full of mildew - curtains and walls. It is a puzzle why women with long hair can't clean up after themselves - no one wants to pick up their hair! In spite of that, there's no excuse for the hand dryer being covered with dirt or a fan that's kept running being caked with dirt. I would avoid showering here again. The only place to fill your water tank is near the park entrance where the dump station is. There's water throughout the park but no hose attachments. I rated the park a 7 due to the nice sites. I was perhaps being generous. We camped at Lake Wissota State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
95
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Visit the Leinenkugel Brewery in nearby Chippewa Falls.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

Pikes Peak State Park, Mcgregor, Iowa

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

Pros: Price; beautiful overlooks to view the main channel of the Mississippi and look across at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers; most sites shaded & far enough apart for some privacy; concession stand with snacks and souvenirs; many well-marked trails for all abilities; clean bathrooms with plenty of hot water; some sites flat with easy access. Cons: Showers designed so that everything gets wet; some sites (9-13) very sloping and hard to access, especially #10; site 65 adjacent to dump station; some very short electric sites; some sites with electric connection on "wrong" side of RV; no recycle except for return of Iowa deposit- required cans and bottles; sites dirt & gravel with very little gravel. In spite of the cons, we would definitely stay in this beautiful park again. The views of the river are spectacular! McGregor has a very nice restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Prairie du Chien, WI, across the river has many restaurants and stores. I hope to share some photos. We camped at Pikes Peak State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Sites 1-7 are level as is 8, but 8 has almost no shade. Have breakfast (till 11) or lunch at Cafe McGregor - great food and fun decor. Or pick up something at By the Spoonful deli and wine shop.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

Itasca State Park, Park Rapids, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

The location near Lake Itasca is great. There are well-marked hiking and biking trails. The reason for a less than 10 rating: 1 hour wait in a single lane drive through that has the only 2 RV water fill & and only 1 dump station for 2 campgrounds totaling 238 sites. I will try to post photos of this very poorly planned area. There is such a short hose at the dump site that there's no way to rinse your black water tank with it. There are water faucets in the campground, but they do not have threads for attaching a hose. The sites in the Bear Paw Campground, 81 sites and closest to the lake, are partly shaded and quite close together. Showers are centrally located, and there are 2 other restroom buildings with flush toilets and hot water and electricity. The hosts are friendly and helpful. We drove through the larger (157 sites) Pine Ridge Campground, and there was more space between sites and/or more shade there. There's lots to see and do, including wading across the Mississippi at its source, listening to loons and watching osprey and eagles. Arriving/departing in the AM or evening might help avoid the very long wait to fill your RV with water or dump it when leaving. Mid-afternoon seems to be peak time for that. We camped at Itasca State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4E
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Visit the Headwaters of the Mississippi, park Visitors' Center and Douglas Lodge. Hike any of the well-marked trails. There are trail lengths to suit everyone. Climb the fire tower for a great view of the park from above. Arrive AM or evening with an RV to avoid a very long wait to fill with water or arrive with a full tank - same with using the dump station.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

Brunet Island State Park, Cornell, Wisconsin

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

I reviewed this park 2 years ago, and it's still a great get away. There are now 2 drive through sites, numbers 22 and 23. The shower building was closed for some kind of maintenance one of the 3 days we were there, but the pit toilets are clean and not smelly. The sites could use some additional gravel. Cornell, WI, only a few miles south, has all the services you might need and some good restaurants. We camped at Brunet Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Hike, canoe, kayak. Go to Cornell for supplies or a fun restaurant.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

Bob Shetler Campground COE, Johnston, Iowa

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

We stopped here for just one night. The campground has 3 separate areas. I think the older areas have sites 1-11 and 12-22, as they're closer to the river and have more trees. Our site was large: plenty of room to leave our truck hooked up to the trailer and quite private with no one behind us. There was a picnic table and fire pit. Showers were free but small unless you used the handicap one. There was plenty of warm water. Women's bathroom had a vanity with 2 sinks but only one mirror. My husband said the men's restroom did not have a mirror, which made shaving a challenge.

The newer area has full hook ups but very little shade. Check the campsite map to see where you want to be. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
03
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The river below the dam is obviously a popular fishing spot, and we saw several fish caught.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

Estes Park Campground at Marys Lake, Estes Park, Colorado

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We made reservations here in spite of some not-too-great reviews, because the Estes Park Campground at East Portal was full. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the bathrooms and showers are kept clean. The showers are $2 for 6 minutes, which is plenty of time for most people, and the hot water was plentiful. Our site had electric and water hook ups and was one of the sites surrounding a dirt and gravel lot. Unfortunately, when the wind blew, which it did with a vengeance, dust blows! Even with the windows and door closed, our RV was full of dust. There were a couple sites below a small hill that many have been better sheltered from the dust, but the campground needs to be at least covered with gravel or paved. Perhaps there are plans to do that, as the lot looked somewhat like a work in progress. The full hook-up sites were gravel with cement patios but no trees at all. Tent sites were more shaded. All sites have a picnic table and fire pit. The location is great - easy to get to town and Rocky Mt. National Park. There are views of the mountains. There is no WiFi here, but the WiFi was good at the Estes Park Visitor Center. We camped at Estes Park Campground at Marys Lake in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
M109
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park is spectacular. Drive Trail Ridge Road. Sites M129 and M130 might be a little more sheltered from the dust. None of the sites are real level. I posted several photos of the campground.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden, Colorado

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

We found a spot in this RV park for a week-end without much notice, which was lucky. It's in the Denver metro area with close access to attractions in addition to events going on at the fairgrounds. The sites are close together and mostly in a big gravel parking lot. There are some shaded tent sites along the edge. Our site was close enough to our neighbors that they couldn't extend their awnings without hitting our slide, and we couldn't extend our awning all the way on the other side without hitting that neighbor. The only bathroom was near the entrance, so it was a few minutes walk away. The bathroom and shower were very clean and well-maintained. There was a portable john in the campground. Adjacent to the campground was a beautiful green area with a playground and picnic shelter. It was great for exercising our dog! We would stay here again for an urban experience. We camped at Jefferson County Fairgrounds in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
32
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Many Denver attractions. WiFi is good, but you have to sign in each time you open your device.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

Green River State Park, Green River, Utah

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

We were only at this park for one night, so perhaps we would have found more to recommend in more time there. Our site was huge! It was so big that even with our trailer and truck in the space, the picnic table was at least 25 feet away with mud (recent rain) and then grass between it and us. The bathrooms were a long ways away and need updating. One bath building had 2 showers, one very small and one larger (accessible). The other building had 4 private shower rooms with lights activated by motion. The light didn't work in one. These were bigger but with only a partial wall separating the shower and dressing area, the whole area got pretty wet. The bathrooms and showers were clean, and the campground was also well-maintained, including several new tent sites along a stream. As mentioned, there's an adjacent golf course. There's also a train track close by, so there's some noise from that. It's certainly a good place for over night but maybe not for a long vacation. We camped at Green River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
37
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Request a site on the east end farthest from the railroad tracks.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

Mount Carmel Motel and RV, Mount Carmel, Utah

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

This small RV park and motel is not real well signed, and GPS won't get you there. So pay attention to the directions the owners send you. Also, we had trouble finding the site numbers, which are on the electric boxes. Most of the sites are well-shaded and all have full hook ups. Since there are only 10 sites, no one is far from the bathroom or the highway. However, the noise from the highway didn't bother us.

This park is part of a working ranch, and we enjoyed watching the comings and goings of the workers as well as seeing the cattle and horses in the fields. The grounds could use a little upkeep in terms of marking the sites with numbers and painting picnic tables.

We have a small RV, but there were very large RVs in most of the sites, so they were fairly close together. We would definitely stay here again when visiting Zion, Bryce Canyon, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and other sites near Mt Carmel. We camped at Mount Carmel Motel and RV in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Bryce Canyon is spectacular! Zion Nat'l Park is nice if you take the shuttle and do some of the hikes. We were very impressed with the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the largest no-kill sanctuary in the US. Tours are available.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

Trailer Village (Concessionnaire Operated), Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We originally had reservations at a NPS campground for our Grand Canyon visit. However, due to the hot weather, we decided we needed electricity to run the AC for our dog in our RV. Luckily, we were able to get 4 nights at Trailer Village only about 10 days before our arrival. The sites are fairly close together, but we were on the end of a row which gave us more privacy and a grassy area next to the RV. Bathrooms were close by and had hot water and electric outlets. There are no showers in Trailer Village, but there are pay showers in the other, nearby campground not too far away. We used our own shower. There is no WiFi in the campground, but we found great WiFi in the Park Headquarters building near the Shrine of the Ages shuttle stop. If the headquarters is closed, you can get the signal outside the door. The shuttles are a great way to get around. They're free, and drivers are very helpful. Trailer Village has cable TV, but we didn't use it. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Trailer Village (Concessionnaire Operated) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
I 53
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Use the shuttles rather than driving. If walking to the shuttle is a problem, drive the short distance to the Shrine of the Ages/Park Headquarters lot (always room there) and take the shuttle in either direction from there. Very convenient! Generally, you need to make reservations ahead. Be sure to get a big enough site, as our was a small one - just big enough for our 23' trailer with truck parked across the end.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

OK RV Park, Holbrook, Arizona

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

This park is one of the few places to stay to visit the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Park. It's a very open area with few trees big enough to really give shade. I had an e-mail confirmation of my reservation, but they did not have it in their computer or books. There was plenty of room, though. The sites are pull-through and very long, so the RVs are staggered in the ends of the sites to give a feeling of space. The bathrooms are very outdated but were clean and accessed by a code. They were air conditioned, which was appreciated. I did not like that a road runs through the middle of the campground, and some people drove very fast to get to their homes on the other end. There were coffee and muffins in the office in the AM. This is a good place to stay to visit the parks nearby but not very desirable otherwise. We camped at OK RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
GR15
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

You won't run out of shops selling petrified wood. A day is plenty to visit the national park.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

Morefield Campground (NPS), Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

We were lucky to get a reservation for 4 nights in Morefield with rather short notice. Our site was fairly private from others with a good amount of shade (I posted photos). The bathroom nearby was clean with flush toilets, cold running water and electric outlets. Morefield Village had a well-stocked store and gift shop. The coin laundry was clean. Showers were private and roomy, but one I used had a lot of mildew. Be sure to have the All You Can Eat pancakes at the Knife Edge Cafe. They're delicious and so big we couldn't eat more than our original serving. The 16 oz coffee is refillable all day either in the cafe or the Village store with your cup and receipt. The water at the bottle filling station in the cafe is very good - better tasting than the water in the campground. We camped at Morefield Campground (NPS) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Ute 165
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, 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:

It you haven't been to Mesa Verde National Park, put it on your bucket list. You should make reservations for Morefield, but they assign you a site when you arrive.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

American RV Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

Sites are close together but each (except those #200+) has some green space with shrubs and/or trees. Prefer the trees and green to bigger space without those. Easy pull through spaces. Sites on the north side of the park are close to I-40, so request south end if you think the noise will bother. Continental breakfast was fine, and dining room was pleasant. Store and gift shop are adequate. Staff was friendly and helpful. Didn't use the pool or spa. DO NOT USE GPS to get here. Watch the signs and turn RIGHT onto Central Ave, not left, from the freeway. We enjoyed our stay here and the ease of driving into Old Town Albuquerque and other attractions on the west side of the city. There is a security fence around the park. We camped at American RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
92
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

South end of park will be more quiet - farther from I-40. Spaces numbered 200+ are bigger but no trees or grass.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

4J+1+1 RV Park & Campground, Ouray, Colorado

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

I second what other recent reviewers said: the location of this park is great. You can walk nearly everywhere in Ouray. The spaces are close together, but everyone was very friendly, and we didn't spend much time in our RV anyway. We were there for only one night. There were a lot of "rules" about where to walk, especially with a dog. We would definitely stay here again when visiting Ouray. We camped at 4J+1+1 RV Park & Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The back in spaces next to the river look bigger, and you get the wonderful sound of the river. It can be heard in other sites, too, if you leave your windows open.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park / Island Acres Section, Palisade, Colorado

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We camped at a pull through site along the river. It's great to go directly from your site to the path along the river. Sites #1, 2 and 5 had more shade than our site. Sites are far enough apart to afford privacy. Each picnic table is under a shelter. The water pressure in the showers was almost painful and splattered into the dressing area. Showers are $1.00 for 4 minutes, but you can add extra minutes for $.25 each. The women's restroom ran out soap Friday, and it wasn't filled until Sunday. There are full hook up sites right next to the freeway, so we chose electricity only. There is a dump station and many water faucets. There's also a day use area with a swimming beach. Over all we liked this park and will stay there again. We camped at James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park / Island Acres Section in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The Grand Mesa at 11000 feet is mountainous with many lakes and trails. The exit for it is just west of the campground. Grand Junction is about 20 miles west, and the Colorado National Monument is just west of Grand Junction. The area has many orchards and wineries.

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