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An older park and it's showing it's age. The sites are very close together and a little tricky to maneuver into with longer rigs and aren't really maintained at all. Our sewer connection was little more than a hole in the ground, no cap and our patio was maybe 3' wide. It took 3 blocks all the way down the side of our rig to level out. And while we don't generally hook up cable, the antenna/cable wires were just cut off bare wires sticking out of the ground - useless and ugly. The sites haven't been mowed or weeded in probably five years. The park itself is cute, with art all over the place and a VERY nice and clean main facility where the restrooms and showers are. It's really close to town and very convenient and the people we met were quite nice and accommodating. The Internet was rock solid the first day and non existent the next, so plan on bringing your own.

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This is a pretty nice little KOA. All KOA's are mostly the same, this is no different than the typical ones. The spaces are a little closer and very little to no privacy but - at least in my experience - KOA's are super clean and the staff are always nice. This is in the middle of nowhere, 20 minutes from town and an hour from Carlsbad Caverns - and this suited us just fine. There is a great desert area to explore, we rode our mountain bikes about 15 miles behind KOA and had a blast when we weren't off checking out town or the Caverns. Bathrooms are super clean the showers are, quite frankly, AWESOME. I think the price is WAY high for such a location but it is what it is - RV'ing is getting so popular the rates are skyrocketing everywhere.

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Once you see the other parks available to you then you'll understand why Red Barn is head and shoulders above them all anyway but this is just a nice little place in general. The place is a little cramped (I've seen MUCH worse) but it's super duper clean and the owner is a doll. We had called ahead to ask about leaving our fiver someplace while we went into town for the day and they said we could leave it out front - in the end she said "just leave it in your spot, I'll tell anyone wanting that spot that they have to wait until 3pm". Who does that? Nobody does. This place DESERVES your business, do yourself a favor and stay here!

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This is an older park, with sites pretty close together and a bit worn down. The person that greeted us was very friendly and the store was decently stocked for a camp store. This is a great place for an overnight stay, but I don't think the train whistles would let me stay more than a night. This is kind of a hard place to find, we drove right past it, circled four miles around to the exact same spot until we noticed a tiny little sign for the camp. I saw some pretty decent sized rigs here so I think that even though the spots are close together, they are more than accommodating length-wise. A little tight getting in and out of the spots, but nothing too bad. The trains are really the main detractor from this, but you can't get away from them at any of the Bozeman RV parks from what I understand, so apparently this is the best you will get. The trains run pretty much all day and a good part of the night and it's pretty close to the camp. I saw plenty of people that seem to either live here or have camped for a good while (our neighbor had been there a couple weeks), so those trains don't bother everyone. Honestly the only really "bad" thing about this place is the trains. When reviewing a camp site I take into account how "nice" a place is to stay as well as everything else, the trains make this a bit less "nicer" than other places, but doesn't mean the campground itself is bad. I do, however, think that $45 per night for full hookups at this particular spot was pretty high.

     

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Bear Canyon Campground

Bozeman, Montana

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This is an older park, with sites pretty close together and a bit worn down. The person that greeted us was very friendly and the store was decently stocked for a camp store. This is a great place for an overnight stay, but I don't think the train whistles would let me stay more than a night. This is kind of a hard place to find, we drove right past it, circled four miles around to the exact same spot until we noticed a tiny little sign for the camp. I saw some pretty decent sized rigs here so I think that even though the spots are close together, they are more than accommodating length-wise. A little tight getting in and out of the spots, but nothing too bad. The trains are really the main detractor from this, but you can't get away from them at any of the Bozeman RV parks from what I understand, so apparently this is the best you will get. The trains run pretty much all day and a good part of the night and it's pretty close to the camp. I saw plenty of people that seem to either live here or have camped for a good while (our neighbor had been there a couple weeks), so those trains don't bother everyone. Honestly the only really "bad" thing about this place is the trains. When reviewing a camp site I take into account how "nice" a place is to stay as well as everything else, the trains make this a bit less "nicer" than other places, but doesn't mean the campground itself is bad. I do, however, think that $45 per night for full hookups at this particular spot was pretty high.

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This is an absolutely gorgeous place to stay while exploring Glacier National Park! KOA's always seem to be near a road and a bit run down, not this one. This KOA is surrounded by mountains and trees, the landscaping is very well kept and manicured and the grass on every site is green and, again, well maintained. It's hard to find anything at all wrong with this KOA, it really is - by far - the best KOA we have ever stayed at. There is a train within earshot but it's not too bad. This is off the beaten path, a mile away from the highway and there isn't really anything next door to this, the closest things are a mile down the highway (2 miles away) in either direction. This KOA has a little restaurant on-site, an ice cream shop and very clean facilities everywhere. If you are looking for a genuine getaway while you explore Glacier you can't do better than this. There was plenty of room for our 5th wheel in the pull-through site we got and it's just a super nice very quiet little place to stay.

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Jim and Mary's is a great RV site, with a few minor exceptions. This site is exceptionally well maintained, groomed and landscaped. The grass is actually green and taken care of, the flowers are nicely planted and kept up and the trees are mature. The spots are pretty level and it's a nice park. Despite some negative reviews about the staff, our only interaction with them was nice, they were friendly and accommodating. We couldn't get the cable to work so I cannot comment about that. The Wi-Fi is pretty much atrocious. If you have any hopes of getting online then use your own hotspots or cell phone. Remember dial-up? Divide that by 4. This RV park isn't perfect but it's better than most. There are a few exceptions that cause me to rate it lower than 5 stars. During the day the park is so quiet you wonder if anyone is even there! We stayed two nights, on the first night a train came through pretty close by at about 11:45PM, blowing it's whistle repeatedly. On the first morning about 4:30AM the train ran through again, waking us up. The second morning the train ran about 4:00AM and then again about 6:00AM and the trash pickup about 6:30AM. If I were rating this on the park, the staff, the grounds and the general daytime experience of our stay it would be 5 stars! But the regular "wake up calls" force me to rate it a bit lower than that. The moral of the review is that this is a really nice park, one of the nicer parks we have stayed at, but bring earplugs for sleeping.

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This is a pretty nice KOA, the pictures on the site aren't very accurate in that the grass is pretty much all dead or gone but still a nice KOA. I was unable to get my Cable TV to work (and I'm a very technical guy) so I went to the office and the lady there did her level best to convince me it MUST be me. It cannot possibly be them. (I don't give much credit to someone who calls a remote control a "clicker" and tells me straight up, "I really don't know about this stuff at all.") The park is decent though. We stayed in the Deluxe Patio spot and it was plenty roomy. FYI, the spots closer to about site 20 are less "KOA-ey" as you get a bit of a nice view. The rest: you get KOA campground views.

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One of the nicer RV parks we have stayed in. We booked late for a 4th of July weekend and the only spot left was RIGHT next to the showers and it was set up in a way that we would have had to pull in backwards and run our sewer and hookups under the rig but we were happy to take what we could get because we had an engagement that weekend there. I requested that if someone cancelled that I would like a better spot and they said that they would let me know. Well, they never did and we got there to find that not only did we get a different spot but we got one of the better spots in that part of the campground with lots of trees and relative privacy. We saw where we COULD have been and while it wouldn't have been terrible it would not have been great. The spots in front of the shower are typical zero privacy small spaces, but ours was great. The restrooms and showers were immaculate, the staff super friendly and helpful and the RV park very quite with lots of residents living full time there. We saw the other RV parks in Lake City, this one makes them all look pathetic, the others have you RIGHT next to your neighbors with zero room or privacy. Will definitely return here again!