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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Beaver Lake Campground, Custer, South Dakota

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $44.00
Overall Rating:

The staff is so friendly here, I really wanted to like this campground. And it was okay, a lot of green space around, places to run the dogs including a fenced dog park. But it appeared just a little run down, a lot of litter around and their free bicycles were abandoned all over the campground. The laundry and showers are pretty clean but they should pop for new shower curtains, very moldy. The showers are tiny but there is a bench and a shower caddy for your things. We camped at Beaver Lake Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The breakfast specials at Our Place in Custer are dirt cheap and very tasty. Get to Mount Rushmore early - really. We thought it would not be crowded on a very rainy day but it was. We arrived at 7:30 and it was fine but jammed when we left a couple hours later.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Rocky Mountain RV Park, Gardiner, Montana

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $59.00
Overall Rating:

Upgrade to a premium site if you are able. The standard sites are very narrow and our picnic table was practically on top of our neighbor's black water discharge. The premium sites are nice with a lot of grass and a little bit of space around you. This is not a campground for sitting outside to enjoy nature. The dog park is tiny - so small you can't even really throw a ball. They do not want your dog to go anywhere but in the dog park - which I can understand because so many people do not pick up after their dogs. The staff was very pleasant and the grounds were very clean. We camped at Rocky Mountain RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
87
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

We went on a Yellowstone Forever tour. If you want to see wildlife, this is the way to do it. If one guide sees wolves for example, they will radio the other guides. This is exactly what happened, but unfortunately, the wolves were gone by the time we got there. Still, we saw a grizzly bear, mountain goats, and nesting heron and osprey using their spotting scope. The Raven Grill is the only really good restaurant in town. Pricey but so worth it especially if you are tired of mediocre bar food.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Colter Bay Village RV Park -- Full Hookups (Concessionaire Operated) , Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $63.00
Overall Rating:

We were part of a group and the rate may have a group discount. The sites are pretty narrow and unlevel but the entire area has tall trees which was nice. There is no cell (AT&T) and wifi only at the store or laundry room. We went to Signal Mountain for the view and wound up taking care of all our internet needs (email, banking, etc.) in the parking lot there! The campground itself is not that interesting because it is so densely packed but there is a lot to do if you don't feel like driving anywhere. The Lakeside Trail is very scenic and perfect after a long day of driving. The ranger talk at the Visitor Center was very good but we had schedule conflicts with the ranger-led hikes, which was a disappointment. This place is not dog-friendly at all. There is a short stretch of concrete between the marina and the Visitor Center where you are allowed to walk your dog. With all the property they have, it seems they could carve out a fenced-in dog park. It was impossible to get our dogs enough exercise while we were there. A ranger told me we could let our dogs off leash on any open gravel road but she also said bears could be a problem. We camped at Colter Bay Village RV Park -- Full Hookups (Concessionaire Operated) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Apparently, Dornan's in Moose is a local institution. The deli sandwiches are outstanding. Breakfast...not so much. The National Museum of Wildlife Art is nice for a bad weather day, and the current exhibit (through August 2018) is exceptional. It is a photographic study of the migration of Yellowstone ungulates.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Pine Forest RV Park , Dutch John, Utah

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

This campground has a lot of green space with grassy shaded sites. They are a bit close on the sides but there are large grassy fields behind the back in sites. There is volleyball, a basketball hoop (not a court but you can play horse) and horseshoes. The owners are very friendly and attentive. Careful of the "dips" in the entrance road. We camped at Pine Forest RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

We were a little disappointed in the dam tour, but the hike along the Green River is beautiful (Little Hole Trail). Also, it is very relaxing to rent a pontoon boat to explore the reservoir.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Green River Campground, Dinosaur National Monument - NPS, Jensen, Utah

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We were with a group, so I'm not sure about the rate as someone else made the reservations. Sites range from really great to really crummy. The first site we were assigned was dry, dusty and the picnic table was on the hook up side. Our door opened onto the road. There was not enough room for our truck and we would have had to park way on the other side of the campground. We were moved to a pull through site, very shady with a path through to the river. It was completely different and very pleasant. This is a walk-up site but there may be similar sites that can be reserved. It was especially nice to have access to the river. Someone had built a breakwater with rocks in the river and the dogs could play in the water out of the current. We camped at Green River Campground, Dinosaur National Monument - NPS in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
77
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Rafting the Green River is popular but ask questions before you reserve. Our group had about an hour and a half on the water, out of a 4 or 5 hour day.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park (Fruita Section), Fruita, Colorado

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

The sites here are wonderful, very spacious, private and a lot of vegetation. We were with a group and were lucky enough to draw a full hook up site. The rate I quoted is the average for the group, not sure how much a full hook up is. Note that on top of the camping fee, there is the daily use fee. Plus, you have to pay for showers, which we did not need and it was a good thing - $1 for 4 minutes! The campground is pretty and well maintained. There is a concrete trail along the Colorado River but it only is about a quarter mile long. You can ride around Fruita, but there is not much of interest there, no little downtown area that we found but the residential neighborhoods are pretty. The laundry room was very clean and reasonable. We camped at James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park (Fruita Section) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
41
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than 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
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Blue Mesa Ranch, Gunnison, Colorado

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

First, the only view of the reservoir is from the parking lot at the office. Maybe some of the sites on the loop at the edge have a view, not sure. The landscaping between sites is very pretty but sparse at this elevation. We were lucky the lilacs and columbine were blooming when we were there. This area is very dry however so it was quite dusty. The sites are closely spaced. Our group had dinner in the meeting room, and it is very attractively decorated. Hot tub, laundry, showers all very clean. Zero wifi or cell. People that paid extra for wifi ($7/day) were disappointed. However there is a phone in the main building you can use. This place is not dog friendly. No poop bags, the dog area is an old cow pasture past the campground. You have to cut through the park model sites to get to it. We let our dogs off leash back there but I would not advise this if your dog does not have perfect recall since it is unfenced. We camped at Blue Mesa Ranch in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
390
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Do not miss the Gunnison Observatory. We saw three of Jupiter's moons. Every single person in our group was impressed, no one was disappointed. This, of course, is in addition to all the more popular natural attractions. And Crested Butte is a pretty, fun town to spend an afternoon.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Garden of the Gods Campground, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

We were with a group, and the rate may reflect a group discount (not sure). This place is gravel as far as the eye can see. Even the "dog park" is solid gravel. I did find some grass on another loop, near the pool where I could walk my dogs and they do have a poop bag dispenser and bin there so that was good. The sites are tight. We were in a corner and it was very tight for us and the other two rigs on that corner (S17, 18 and 19). This is not a good campground for sitting outside to enjoy nature, that's for sure. The wifi was intermittent everywhere in the campground, more off than on even when the park is half empty. Cable TV consists of CNN and the networks, not one movie channel for a quiet night at home. The pavilion was nice for our group events. The laundry room was nice but they charge an extra 50 cents for hot water. Also, there are not enough dryers for the number of washing machines. We did not have any issues with the construction, they had flagmen to control the traffic. The only problem we had was turning left onto Colorado from Ridge, much better to take 31st Street because there is a light there. We camped at Garden of the Gods Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
S19
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a great 25-acre dog park about 15 minutes away, on 8th Street south of Colorado Avenue.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Elk Meadow Lodge & RV Resort, Estes Park, Colorado

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $70.00
Overall Rating:

I understand some of the complaints expressed in other reviews but most of those things did not bother us. The office was very nice when I called. We were meeting a group and she gave us a site where we would not have to move once the rest of the group showed up. We had a group dinner in the lodge, interesting building. The spaces in A and B are very tight, but it was okay since we knew everyone around us. We have a front bedroom trailer and this is the first time our back kitchen window looked right at the back of someone else's rig. So while the views are nice, they are not very nice at all from inside your trailer. I really did appreciate the dog park because our site was so tiny, and it was pretty nice as far as campground dog parks go. Except of course, for the idiots that don't pick up after their dogs even though there are poop bags available and a trash bin right by the gate. Anyway, my dogs loved it - decent size and grassy with some shade and a picnic table. The wifi was good for the most part except at busy times. We would explore other choices next time, our site was not worth the price. Maybe a site in a different loop. We camped at Elk Meadow Lodge & RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B40
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Ice at the campground was $5 for 5 lbs. but you can get it at the McDonald's in town, $1 for 8 lbs. If you want to avoid the downtown traffic coming in from the east, take CO-7 south the Peak View Drive, west to Mary's Lake Road, north to US-36 (Moraine Ave), west to CO-66 (left fork at the split), then about a quarter mile to the campground.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground, Fort Collins, Colorado

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

After 3 nights of boondocking we wanted full hook ups so we stayed on the water side edge of the upper loop. Patches of water could be seen through the trees. The sites are large and we were on the end of the loop so it felt very private. It was nice but the waterfront sites really are more interesting, more to watch and see. Some of the waterfront sites have vegetation between you and the water so you might want to ask about that. Also, the site next to us (site 8) overlooks the maintenance building and parking lot - not a nice view at all. There was some traffic noise but not enough to bother us. The staff here is very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our short respite before heading into the Rockies but thought it was pricey after all the fees. The full hook-up site was $30, plus the transaction fee, plus the daily use fee drove the price up to $41/night. Colorado is the first state we've encountered that does not include the use fee with the campsite. We camped at Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
S09
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
Yes

Campground Details

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

Note if you are coming in from the east on I-76, Route 14 is a direct shot from Sterling. But this is no-man's land - no services and the road is pot holed and rough. We bailed and took 71 south to Brush because we realized we were low on gas. Got a chip in our windshield from someone speeding in the opposite direction on this gravel road. It would have been better to stay on 76 and then take 34 across. 34 is smooth and fast, if a bit longer.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Brush Memorial Park Campground, Brush, Colorado

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

This place has potential. It is right next to the municipal park which has some nice amenities. And it looks like some improvements are in progress. We called late on a Saturday afternoon and were connected to police dispatch. An officer returned our call within an hour (very, very nice but honestly, he didn't know much). Anyway, we did not stay. It was just too trashy so we dumped and filled and moved on to Walmart. Broken utilities and many crummy, run down rigs. People staring at us from behind their curtains. Poor grading so big puddles and mud. The information board had a list of events from last year. It is just a small gravel loop, some sites have picnic tables on the utilities side but there is nothing but a narrow strip of weeds. The patio side is right on the road. So overall, quite neglected - maybe we were a little too early in the season. I bet it would be nice in the summer when the park is open, if they cleaned it up and did some landscaping. But they need some social services to help the homeless people there. We camped at Brush Memorial Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Other
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Mississippi Palisades State Park, Savanna, Illinois

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

The positives: spacious sites, very helpful on the phone, many picnic shelters for groups, paved interior roads nice for bicycling, and the river overlooks are nice. The negatives: power, many people in our group of 15 rigs had problems with the power cutting off sporadically. The limit on our 30 amp supply was 24 amps and we exceeded that once. After that, it kept cutting off after the air conditioner had been running for 10 to 20 minutes. Another person had similar problems, switched to the 20 amp on the same post and it ran fine. He thought it was a faulty ground. I don't know if the 3rd person solved his problem or not. The other things are minor. We did not hike because of turkey season (mid-April to mid-May). You can hike after 1:00 pm but by then it was too hot. Also, $20 seems like a lot for electric only, especially since it was not reliable. Many of people have commented on the trains, and they are frequent. We heard them but it did not bother us. We camped at Mississippi Palisades State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
141
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

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Chain-O-Lakes State Park, Spring Grove, Illinois

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We took advantage of a warm and sunny early spring day by heading out to Chain O Lakes. Only Honeysuckle Hollow is open at this time. It was wonderful for two reasons: 1. the weather, and 2. with no leaves on the trees, you could see the lake and the trumpeter swans on it. So early in the season, we did not have anyone on either side of us but I think the site would feel large enough even if we did have neighbors. Everyone was very, very nice, including the rangers, the camp host and the campers. Some rigs looked pretty settled in (and a little junky) but I'm sure the 14 day rule is enforced. Be aware of the "No Alcohol!" rule - it's hard to miss, I've never seen it posted so obviously and frequently. Probably a few too many people with the "Honey, hold my beer and watch this!" mentality. I'm guessing they are very strict about this at the height of the summer season. We would go back again to enjoy nice weather for a day or two but it is not what I could consider a destination campground. We camped at Chain-O-Lakes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
90
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

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

The back end of our site was very soft, and a ranger kindly stopped by when we were pulling in to warn us not to pull back too far. Seems people have gotten stuck. This was not a problem, the site was long enough for our trailer and truck. Just be careful if it has been rainy, or if rain is in the forecast.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

James Island County Park, Charleston, South Carolina

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

The campground itself is pretty good but the real attraction is the amenities. We did not have trouble getting in but we just have a travel trailer. It was not difficult to level, only two issues are the sticky sand/dirt (impossible to keep out) and the no-see-ums. You will need bug spray every time you step outside if it is warm. The bathhouses were closed for renovation, hence the discounted price. Did not matter to us as we are self-contained. They will accept your mail at the campground office and hold it for you, nice if you are on the road for awhile. One of the best dog parks we have seen in our travels. It was most crowded in the late afternoon but never overcrowded and everyone was well-behaved. The paved paths are great for walking, not that great for bicycling. Every time you get going, you have to slow down to cross a road. The path intersections are not that well marked but you will see a colored diamond nailed to a tree if you walk a little ways. I finally brought a map with me. We camped at James Island County Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
116
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

In addition to all the tourist activities in the area, try the farmer's market on Johns Island. We were not expecting much given the time of year but they had a lot going on - crafts and some produce, live music, seating areas and picnic tables, a play area for kids, lots of prepared foods, even take and bake pastas. We sat down with our lattes and our dogs and people watched. We also enjoyed Caw Caw Wildlife Preserve where we saw many birds and numerous alligators.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

River's End Campground & RV Park, Tybee Island, Georgia

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $44.00
Overall Rating:

This is not a campground for hanging around, it is a place for parking your rig while you go exploring. We only had 2 days so we opted to stay on Tybee Island else we might have made time to see it. It was fine for us. We did some exploring on the island but when it turned rainy we went back to the campground and we took advantage of their excellent wifi. The next day we were gone all day to Savannah, returning to the campground after dark. For me, the full hook ups, wifi and convenient location made the price worthwhile. We did get a 25% discount for our first night, a weeknight in the off season. So the price reflects the average for a full hook up, including one night of discount. We camped at River's End Campground & RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
112
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

There is free parking at the visitor's center and at the trolley depot. We took the trolley tour, and thought it was worthwhile. It's a good way to see the highlights and you can hop off and back on - so you can spend the whole day with free parking. But I'm guessing in season you will have to arrive there early.

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