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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Monument Valley Camp Park, Monument Valley, Utah

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

Monument Valley Camp Park is a brand new campground in the valley off of route 163, on the Utah side of the border. It's basically across the road from Goulding's. All sites are flat, gravel, and have full hookups. Pricing is based on how big the site is. There are a tightly packed row of back in sites along the highway that are $35, some fairly tightly packed pull through in the middle of the park that are $40, and some pull through sites with a little patch of grass in between sites for $45. The $45 sites were reasonably spacious. None of the sites was very long, but people with bigger rigs were still able to make it work. The campground wasn't crowded at all, so the site spacing wasn't an issue, but on a busy day, things might be a bit tight. The restrooms and showers looked brand new, like they had been built the week before. Reviews of this campground on other sites complained about no showers, so they probably are brand new. Grass, trees, and other vegetation was also freshly planted. Right now, it's full sun everywhere. In a couple of years, there will be a bit of shade. The whole campground is pancake flat, and had views of some of the monuments. The weirdest thing was the sewer pipes stuck about 8" above the ground. My motorhome is pretty low to the ground, so this made it hard for me to dump. The campground owner is a nice guy, but he wasn't around most of the time. He seemed to be around mostly in the late afternoon. I didn't ask, but I suspect he still has a day job while things are getting started, and he's coming over to take care of business after his day job. Goulding's about a mile away has a shop and restaurant, if you need that. This place is purely a campground. We camped at Monument Valley Camp Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
5
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Goulding's, about a mile away, has a shop and restaurant. Take a tour of Monument Valley. We used one of the tour companies that was highly rated on TripAdvisor, and were not disappointed.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Canyonlands Needles Outpost and Campground (Concessionaire Operated), Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a private campground just outside the border of the Needles section of Canyonlands National Park. What it has going for it is that you can make advance reservations. The main con is that it's twice the price of anything else nearby, with half the charm. The campground is run by a couple with a couple of young children. The kids were very nice. Mom gave me a lecture about some campground rule that I wasn't breaking every time I came into the store for anything. That was kind of weird. The roads within he campground are a red dust sand trap. Badly rutted, ankle deep dust in places, and desperately in need of maintenance. All of the campsites were fairly deep in red dust. Some were also deep in ruts. We were not always sure whether or not we were going to get stuck. Our picnic table was falling apart. Showers are $3 for 5 minutes. Like the roads, the showers and restrooms are in desperate need of maintenance. The final straw was the dump station, which had a huge, brand new lock on it when we went to dump while we were leaving. So, we didn't get to dump. The lock was the only thing that looked new and properly maintained in the entire place. We camped at Canyonlands Needles Outpost and Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

North Rim Campground (NPS Campground), Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground is about a mile from the North Rim visitor's center. The area is wooded and beautiful. The sites are all uniformly large, but vary in levelness. The sites in the middle were generally more level than the ones around the edges. There are a few sites that back up onto one of the side canyons. All of the sites are dry, but there is a dump station in the campground, and fresh water available. Generator hours are from 7-9am and 6-8pm. There's a store next door that has some food (mostly snacks), and very basic camping gear. The North Rim visitor's center is small. The gift shop at the visitor's center has t-shirts and stuff. We really liked this campground. Even inside the campground, it's crazy beautiful. And there are canyon views almost as soon as you leave the campground. If you have a bike or like to walk, you can bike or walk to Bright Angel Point. It's also only a couple of miles from the road to Cape Royal. We camped at North Rim Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

It's the Grand Canyon. Go see the canyon. Do some hiking. Also, go drive the road to Cape Royal.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

We overnighted here on the way from Southern California to the sights in Utah and Arizona. For us, Las Vegas is a good day's drive from home. The park is on the Southern Edge of town. Close enough to the city to be convenient for things like restocking and RV service, but far enough to not be in the middle of the crazy. Other than the large billboard over our site advertising a lawyer's services, it didn't feel like Vegas at all. For us, that's a good thing. Check-in was uneventful. The guy working the desk was a bit cranky, but things went smoothly. One of our friends tried to come here recently and wasn't allowed in because they have a pit bull mix. The written dog rules they gave us definitely say no pit bulls, but when they called ahead, there was no mention of the pit bull thing. At checkin, they definitely asked what breed of dog we had. Our site was fine. Sites are further apart than a lot of private RV parks, but it wasn't super spacious. Everything was clean and well maintained. Lots of amenities. 2 pools, shop, restaurant, propane, etc. The park is in the city. There were streetlights everywhere, including right next to our site. We were right next to the freeway. There was a wall in between us and the freeway, so it wasn't loud, but we could still hear the hum. And we were right underneath a large pink billboard that was lit all night. I wouldn't really expect anything different in the city, but there you are. We camped at Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
194
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed 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
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Vegas, baby! Take an Uber or Lyft to the strip.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Burnt Rancheria Campground USFS, Pine Valley, California

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Burnt Ranchería is a typical forest service campground. Beautiful location. Spacious sites. Excellent hiking right from the campground. No amenities. The campground is on Mt. Laguna, 90 minutes from the center of San Diego, so expect it to be full or nearly full on weekends when it's open, with is from May-October. The sites are spacious, but hard to get in or out of for a bigger rig. The campground was clearly created in the days when vehicles were a bit smaller. It feels more like a tent campground that has a few RV's. A few sites are quite nice for RV's, especially smaller ones, but most are not even close to level. No electric hookups or dump station. There are threaded water spigots everywhere, but any time anyone tried to use them, the camp host, a guy we quickly nicknamed "Mr. Grumpy," would rush up in his cart and say that we weren't allowed to fill our tanks. The only thing we found in the written rules was that water was for "personal use only," so we think his interpretation of the rule was his own, and not official forest service policy, but whatever. The other issue was the wasps. They were swarming every water source, including our dog water dish, and the large number of water spigots that were leaking. Maybe if Mr. Grumpy had fixed some leaks instead of chasing people with hoses....but I digress. Cell coverage was enough to keep up with email, but not much else. I really wanted to like this place. It has so much beauty going for it. But the large number of people and Mr. Grumpy made it hard to love. We camped at Burnt Rancheria Campground USFS in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
43
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tips for other Campers:

Desert View Trail is a nice, short loop trail that leaves right from the campground. The PCT also comes right by camp.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Pismo State Beach - Oceano Campground, Oceano, California

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Pismo State Beach is in central California, the only beach in the state where vehicles are allowed. If you're into ATVing or 4 wheeling, you'll love the location. If you don't want to drive on the beach, the dunes are interesting, and the view is nice, but the beach is not so useful. It's mostly a superhighway for pickup trucks. The campground is fine. Sites are a little closer together than I'd like, but fine. The roads are narrow. We felt like we were squeezing our little rig in between parked rigs. I don't know how big rigs would do it. Some sites are big enough to park a truck or a toad. If the site isn't, though, the overflow parking isn't that close. There are walking trails across the dunes to the beach, about 200 yards away. I could hear the surf from outside my rig. Water and 20/30A electric at the site. The dump station is at the north beach campground, about 3 miles away. The parking pad is asphalt, pull through, with picnic table and fire pit. Wood is cheap ($6). Verizon and AT&T were both good. We camped at Pismo State Beach - Oceano Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
OC38
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tips for other Campers:

There's the beach, especially if you 4x4 or ATV.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Pinnacles Campground, Pinnacles National Park, California

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Pinnacles National Park is yet another set of volcanic formations on the west coast, this time in central California. When we were there (mid-late May), it was 96 degrees during the daytime, and in the 50's at night. The park is a long way from civilization. Sites are dirt and gravel. There is 20/30A electric at the site, threaded water spigots scattered around the campground, and a dump station near the office. No generators allowed, so if it's hot when you're there, you need an RV site to have air conditioning. The sites are not huge, but spacious enough. Some big rig friendly sites, but mostly smaller sites. About 3/4 of the sites had partial shade. The rest were in full sun. There is a small swimming pool near the office. When we were there, a group of high school kids was in one of the group campsites, and the pool was FULL of well behaved kids. There is absolutely no cell service. No TV. Satellite would probably be fine. The campground had wifi, $10 for your entire stay. It only really worked if you were next to the office, but if you need internet, you need internet. The restrooms near the office were filthy dirty, and the showers were broken. The restrooms in the group camping area were clean and everything worked. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
87
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

You are in the middle of nowhere. It's a long drive if you've forgotten anything, so be prepared to be self sufficient. The main activities here are hiking and rock climbing. The only way to see the views is to hike in, so if you're not interested in hiking, there isn't much to do here.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Casini Ranch Family Campground, Duncans Mills, California

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $72.00
Overall Rating:      

Casini Ranch is a huge campground on the west end of the Russian River. The name "Family Campground" is purposeful. They mean FAMILY. Mom, pop, 10 kids. There are loads of activities for the kiddies. Panning for gold, hay rides, movies, ice cream socials, donkey petting (Donkey petting?). Nearly everyone here on a warm weekend in May were families with kids. Lots, and lots, and lots of kids. Kids screaming. Kids crying. Kids riding their bikes right through our site. Dogs chasing balls under our rig. Music playing everywhere. If you're into that kind of thing, you'll be in heaven. However, if you're not, you're driving through the gates of heck. This was a noisy, crowded, boisterous place. We paid $72/night for a patch of mowed weeds that didn't have sewer and we couldn't get level on, and got to listen to screaming kids from 7 am to 11 pm. We were glad to find a place to camp (we were visiting family and everything else was booked up), but this really, really isn't our kind of place. We camped at Casini Ranch Family Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C2
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

If you have kids, you'll probably stay at the campground. It has everything kid related you'll ever want. If you don't have kids, there's the usual Russian River stuff. Playing on the river, food, wineries, etc.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff, California

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

This place was something. A high end RV resort, in a backwater town on the I-5 in Northern California. We're more state park type campers, so this wasn't something we usually do, but we needed to overnight somewhere, and Durango was conveniently located. Outside of the campground is not much. Outside town is the Sacramento River valley. In town is gas stations, a discount grocery store (within walking distance of the campground), the only self-service car wash I've seen in recent years that only takes coins, and a few diners and pizza joints. Inside the campground is everything. Sites were concrete, level, surrounded by grass, with full hookups. Laundry, swimming, hot tub, community fire pit. Dog wash. Propane. Trash pickup at your site. Massages. Everything was clean and well maintained. It was very comfortable. People were friendly. The massage was nice. The only reason I give this a 9 instead of 10 is the noise. It's right off of both I-5 and a train crossing. I slept through everything, but it's something to take into account. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Durango RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
97
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
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
Tips for other Campers:

Grocery store and restaurants within walking distance. Self service car wash on the other side of the freeway that can take smaller rigs.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Collier Memorial State Park, Chiloquin, Oregon

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

Collier State Park is in Southern Oregon, near Crater Lake National Park. The park has a very clear, cold trout stream, hiking trails, and an interesting logging museum. We were there about a week before the opening of trout season, and we could look in the water and see rainbow trout by the dozens. We really enjoyed our stay here. The park is clean, has full hookups, a mix of back in and pull through sites. Plenty of room for big rigs. Some of the sites are next to the river. The campground was quiet. Mid-week in May (before the fishing season start), the campground was more than half empty. I suspect once the fishing opens next week, there will be more activity. Camp host was very friendly, and did a great job of keeping things clean and maintained. Verizon and AT&T were both marginal, even with a cell booster. We camped at Collier Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
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
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

If you fish, the river looks nice. The logging museum was very interesting.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Farewell Bend Campground, Prospect, Oregon

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Farewell Bend is a forest service campground on the Rogue River, near Crater Lake. It has some water spigots, a place to dump grey water, restrooms, and some trash cans. There's no cell service, no TV, no real interaction with the outside world. It is absolutely beautiful. There are 61 sites, arranged in roughly three loops. We were there in mid-May, and it was us, one couple from Medford, and the host. Each of us camped right on the river, in a separate loop. About half the sites are fronted on the river. The river sites are paired off. If someone is sharing your site, you're right next to them, but the back of the site is enormous, with two tables, two fire pits, and another fireplace thing. We loved it here. It's exactly our idea of a perfect campground. <p> There are signs saying RV's up to 40 feet. Longer than that could probably find a place big enough to camp, but it would be hard to navigate the roads. We camped at Farewell Bend Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tips for other Campers:

Fishing in the Rogue River, hiking, close to Crater Lake.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

La Pine State Park, La Pine, Oregon

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

La Pine State Park is a large state park in the high desert, off of highway 97. Highway 97 is quite buggy, but the park wasn't at all. The campground is six miles off of the highway, next to the Deschutes River. The campground is large, with lots of space between the sites. Hiking trails all over the place. The river is beautiful. We were there in mid-May. It was quiet. Only a few other campers. I would think during the summer, it would be a busy place. The roads are easy to navigate, and there are a number of sites that big rigs would fit. Our site was a back-in site that had water and 20 amp electric. the electric outlet was upside down, and it was a struggle to bend our power cord enough to get plugged in. Once we got plugged in, it worked fine. The dump station is on the way out of the campground. With our WeBoost, Verizon and AT&T were fine. Without, cell service would have been marginal. There aren't as many trees as in a lot of the rest of Oregon, so a satellite dish would probably work. While we were there (mid-May), it was literally raining giant pinecones. We had several loud BANGs on the roof of the rig while we were there. The only trash cans in the entire campground were near the entrance to the campground, by the dump station. We think this was probably because of wildlife. We saw a large and healthy looking wolf wandering through the campground early in the morning. The ranger at Newberry National Monument confirmed that there's currently a pack of seven wolves in the area. We camped at La Pine State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
108 north loop
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
20 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

If you can't find something to do here, you should stay home.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Wyeth Campground, Hood River, Oregon

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Wyeth Campground is a USFS campground on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. It is close to all of the fun stuff in the gorge, and is an excellent alternative to the state parks and private campgrounds. Like most forest service campgrounds, it has no hookups, no dump station, and no showers, but does have a restroom with flush toilets, and several water spigots. The campground is clearly marked no big rigs, 30 foot max. Our 25 footer had plenty of room. I think a 32 foot rig could get in, but anything larger would be really pushing it. There is a grassy overflow area that a big rig could get into if there weren't a lot of other campers. Sites are spacious and paved. Really nice. We reserved site #9, but when we got there, we found site 9 was on a steep enough slope that we didn't have enough leveling blocks to level. We switched to site #13, one of the walk-up sites, which was only about an inch out of level. The campground is heavily forested. Satellite and solar panels are never going to work. We didn't try the TV. Verizon and AT&T were both strong. The main problem with all the campgrounds in the gorge is the noise. I-84 goes down the Oregon side of the gorge, and there are train tracks on both sides. We could hear the freeway all the time, and frequent trains. We heard a few train whistles, but they were far enough away that they didn't bother us at all. My main complaint with this campground would be the price. It was $20/night for a site with no amenities. The campground was beautiful. The site was nice. But the price was a bit high for what you get. We camped at Wyeth Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Bonneville Dam was really interesting.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Barton Park, Boring, Oregon

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Barton Park is yet another Oregon gem. It's a well kept county park near Portland, right above the Clackamas river. There is a lovely park on the river below the campground with a boat ramp and fishing. Like someone else said, it would be a lovely place for a wedding or family reunion. We stayed in one of the pull through sites in the west campground. We have a 25' motorhome, so we were able to make it work, but anything bigger would want to be in a bigger space. The hookups were on the wrong side in most of the west campground pull-throughs. We ended up backing and filling and going into the space backwards. There was also enough of a slant that we weren't able to correct it, and with the record rainfall this spring, the ground was really (really) soft. We'd place our blocks, then drive them right into the ground when we drove up on them. The west campground is prettier. Landscaping is more mature. Trees are bigger. The east campground looks brand new, and is better suited for bigger rigs, but isn't as pretty. Both campgrounds are next to wetlands. In the summer, mosquitoes might be a problem. The camp host was excellent. We made a reservation for five days, then couldn't count, and stayed six days. On the sixth day, we were in Portland shopping, and got a phone call from the host, telling us we'd left some of our things at the site. That was really nice. Verizon and AT&T were solid. OTA TV wasn't. We didn't get any channels. We camped at Barton Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
32
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
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
Tips for other Campers:

It's right on the Clackamas river. Also a reasonable place to hang out if someone is flying in or out of PDX.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Harry Gardner Park Campground, Toutle, Washington

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Harry Gardner Park is a newly minted (last summer) county park, and is a great jumping off point for Mt. St. Helens. The park, and indeed the entire valley, was covered with volcanic mud in 1980, and the park reopened just last summer. The park is pretty much just a wide, grassy spot next to the Toutle River and a highway, with campsites and a picnic shelter. The RV sites have water and 20/30/50A power. There is fantastic water pressure. A dump station is right next to the campsites, and there are pit toilets. No showers. The RV sites are all back in, and most of the RV sites are big enough for big rigs. The tent sites are generally not appropriate for RV's at all. All of the RV sites are in full sun, and are mostly level. The park doesn't take reservations (yet), but there was no need. On a weekend in early May, there was us, the camp host, one other family in a trailer, and a guy with a tent. The two ADA sites are paved. All of the other sites are grass. We took advantage of the empty campground and used one of the ADA sites. It was a relief from all the mud we've been camping in lately. There isn't a lot to do in the area. A playground for the kids. Walking along the river was nice. A group of local kids had hung a rope swing over the river on a bridge girder. And, of course, the location 40 miles from Mt. St. Helens, which is both interesting and beautiful. The campground is a bit close to the highway. Logging trucks come by all day long. At night there's less traffic, and it's nice to hear the tree frogs. The grounds are a bit unkempt. The landscaping is grass and dandelions, and both could use a mow. I didn't look at the pit toilets, but I heard someone from the other group shouting back to one of the kids to bring toilet paper. Satellite TV should work fine. OTA TV, probably not. My AT&T service was good with the WeBoost, passable without. Verizon was bad no matter what. We camped at Harry Gardner Park Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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