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We love this place. This is our second time visiting. Last time it was in an RV site, this time in a camping cabin. Our cabin was on Cutler's Cove which would have been nice if we'd lucked out with really hot weather, but since it was gloomy and raining when we were here. Our cabin was really dark and cold. The cabin was clean and had electric and a portable heater. Very clean. Nice porch. Kids loved the bunk beds. As usual, we loved the amenities. The pool was busy (and LOADED with chlorine, but I figure it's because a bunch of dirty kids are playing in the pool), as was breakfast time, but still manageable. Lots of activities for the kids to enjoy. The staff were great, especially the staff at the restaurant, snack counter. We did crafts in the afternoon one day, and they were super nice there, too. Love the location of this KOA as it is very close to the Fred Meyer and not too far from Astoria or Seaside. PLUS it's right across the street from Fort Stevens SP. Pancake breakfasts are delish, as usual. Movie nights happened every night, but our kids were busy with the campfire during this time! The mini-golf is in need of an overhaul/cleaning, as is the games room (seems like too much stuff is out of order). Will come back again: maybe next time stay in one of the full-service cabins. This place is really one of the best KOAs!

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This park is located right by a beautiful ocean beach, so it's easy to see why people give it a 10/10. As far as a campground is concerned, it has its flaws. First, let's start with service. When we checked in (mid-week - not very busy), we were in a line of 3 cars in the drive thru check-in. We waited, and waited and waited. Why so slow? Then some people started to park and walk in to check in. Still very slow in the drive through line. 20 minutes later, I decided to walk in and see what the problem was, and noticed there was one woman working and she was helping the walk-ins before she was helping the drive through registration, even though we'd all gotten there before the walk-ins. After I complained about this and asked her nicely if she would deal with the people who arrived first to register, the line finally got moving. RIDICULOUS! Sure, I guess it was busy for only one person, but what kind of customer service are you providing when you don't adhere to first come, first served? I didn't appreciate them facilitating line-cutting. Since I was already hot under the collar about the LOOOONG registration process, I noticed that during our 2 day stay, I did not see ANY park staff - not even once. That is strange...maybe coincidence? Or maybe cutbacks? Who knows? I also saw signs everywhere about securing your valuables, as there had been a recent stint of thefts in the park. So...that tells me there isn't any staff roaming about - or any type of security to speak of, if thefts are common. Sure, thefts can happen at any time, but for them to put a sign up means it's a real problem. Maybe because the park is so secluded? Maybe because it's such a small town? It was a gorgeous couple of days when we were there. But...there was NO WIND! I couldn't believe it! My kids couldn't fly their kite both days! First time that's ever happened in our travels down the coast! The park is nice enough, but was too boring for my kids. No playground and empty amphitheater. Guess they figure the beach is the only playground needed. My kids are too old to make sandcastles, and the water was too cold to swim in - and since there was no wind, they couldn't fly their kite. That left searching for shells and chasing the seagulls. After about an hour of that, they were ready to go. Too bad - it was a beautiful beach. We stayed in a Yurt and it was very clean and well-kept - that we were really impressed with. So they get an A+ for cleaning and prep of the site. We stayed in site 61 and it was nice and shady with moderate privacy. Also very close to the washroom/shower and the short trail to the beach. The washrooms and showers were okay. The floors were disgusting - and not even cleaned in the morning clean-up, along with the toilets. I guess they don't bother, because they figure they'll get dirty with sand soon enough. Who knows? Grayland was a boring town with nothing to do. I suspect that some might find it quaint - it was too small for us. Cell signal was poor, too. Had to drive north about 5 - 10 minutes just to make an important phone call. We would not likely return as a family - Seaside or Newport are a better choice with small kids - and any couples retreats would likely be in Cannon Beach. It is a beautiful beach and highly recommended for those who want a quiet retreat in a very small town.

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This is a really great place - especially if you have kids. Lots to do here - the kids will never get bored. Our kids swam in the indoor pool (which is GREAT because it's generally cooler by the coast - even in the heart of the summer when we were there), played in the games room, rented the bikes, jumped on the jumping pillow, played in the playground and played mini-golf. We were there during the 4th of July weekend and it was crazy busy! The only time we really noticed it though was in the mornings for the pancake breakfasts - long lines out the door. Crazy! Otherwise, you really didn't notice the crowds. The facilities were great - clean bathrooms/showers, lots of washers/dryers, great store for buying extras and fun things for the kids. And, if by chance, you get bored here, there's always a trip to the nearby beach or Fort - which are also great. This place is totally worth the cash. Try to get a site near the office - the roads are paved and found we were heading more that way than towards the direction of the pancake breakfast. WiFi is accessible closer to the office, too. We are going back again this summer because my kids begged to go back. Next time, we'll be staying in a Kamping Kabin, as we sold our trailer! Can't wait to see what that is like!!!

     

Moab KOA

Moab, Utah

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We really enjoyed our stay here. The staff were SUPER friendly - all older folks that run a very tight ship. Our kids enjoyed all the fun activities here. It was very hot, so they didn't get to play outside too much - other than swimming in the pool! It's always very windy here, so be warned. We enjoyed the pancake breakfast and ice-cream social each day. Our site was right beside the playground and we really liked it. Wi-Fi was strong. The camp store had a big variety. It was about a 5 minute drive to Moab and 10 minutes to Arches, so fairly convenient. We'd stay here again.

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I sort of have mixed feelings about this place. While the setting is just spectacular (red, towering cliffs surround you - plus views of monument valley from right in the RV park), it is just too darned busy. It was busy when I checked in - European tourists EVERYWHERE. I don't think I heard anyone there speaking English. It was soooo busy in the pool - we had to leave and come back several times to see if it was empty enough for us to swim. The sites are rather narrow and slightly unlevel. The way the park is set-up, people cut through your sites constantly to get to the bathrooms. I personally didn't find it any more sandy or windy than Arches or Bryce - and besides, that adds to the appeal of the area. It's really the only place to stay if you want to tour Monument Valley, so you just have to make the best of it, I suppose. My advice would be to visit off-season, mid-week - since the loads of people there is what made it so unpleasant for us. I think on a quiet day, this place would be like heaven on Earth.

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This is a great park for kids because it's on farmland. There are goats, cows, and donkeys to visit. There's a great playground, a pool, mini-golf and a games room. Really set up well for kids - and there were lots of kids there. The lady that checked us in (I assume the owner) was grumpy and rude. There was a mistake with our reservation that she didn't take responsibility for, despite the fact that I had a print-out of my reservation. The mosquitoes were really bad at night, so bring bug spray! I saw a for-sale sign at the entrance of the park - not sure if they're selling the park or just some of the land there. The best thing about this park is it's RIGHT outside of Mesa Verde. Since visiting the houses in the National Park requires a loooong drive in, the closer to the park you are for your visit - the better! I'd probably stay here again.

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This place is a child's delight. We stayed here 3 nights during the weekend of the 4th of July and it was BUSY. Our check-in was long. Our site was not level. Someone stole our picnic table. There was a leak in our neighbors water supply that flooded the area in front of our trailer. So many problems - yet they were all handled very quickly and professionally - even though the staff were all very young. I was quite impressed. It had a very well-run KOA-type feel. My kids loved the water park, Hamster Haven and the games room. The playground was sort of old and out-of-date and my kids weren't interested in it. The camp store is great and there's a PC and printer there you can use. There is a free 20 minute free WiFi trial you can get with your own PC, but I found the store's PC always free. We stayed here again on our way home for one night and since it was mid-week it was much quieter and a more calm experience. They had a good laundry room, but they were never really used. I am not sure I'd recommend this place to anyone without kids, but anyone with kids must stay here!!! Our stays were very special - especially watching the fireworks on the hill and the weekend concerts on the hill. We would come here again in a heartbeat.

     

Kanab RV Corral

Kanab, Utah

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There isn't much in this area, so we decided to stay here despite the so-so reviews. We requested a pull-through and we were put in this weird spot beside the laundry/bathroom building. It was adequate for an overnight, so we didn't complain. There is quite a bit of noise from the street beside the park, but it wasn't that busy, so it was tolerable. This place has a pool, but no playground and no bike-riding allowed for kids. The grounds are nice and clean. It has a small laundry room (only 2 washer/dryers), but I still managed to get my laundry done quickly. Wi-Fi was strong and fast. I found all the staff to be very friendly and nice. The biggest plus for this place is it's right beside the local Pizza Hut (2 minute walk), so we ate there. I probably wouldn't stay here again unless very desperate.

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I found this park to be adequate. Our site was not very level and was quite narrow, but we were near the group campsites which were unoccupied, so my kids had some room to run around. This park caters to the young crowd and is massive, yet there is no playground, games room or mini-golf? This area has everything else, why not these things? That's a lot of stuff to be missing for a big, resort style type of RV Park. The RV Park's laundry room is massive, so you'll never have trouble doing laundry here. The staff at check-in were old and grumpy and I had to wait a long time to check-in, so not exactly a good start. The pool & hot tub were small and very crowded all the time. Wi-Fi was not accessible for me and our site was not too far from the office. I went to the laundry room with my laptop, and the WiFi was soooo slow, I gave up. I enjoyed the area amenities (Ruby's General Store, Ruby's Diner & Old Bryce Town) and the proximity to the park, so I'd probably camp here again, despite the so-so rating I gave. For the $$$ they charge here, I think they could do a better job.

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This is really an awesome place. We stayed here twice - on the way down to our vacation destination and on our way back up. It's so big, but the staff really run a tight ship. Tons of pull-through sites, so it's quite big-rig friendly. My kids loved the pool and the playground. It was very windy on our first stay, so we had the pool all to ourselves. On the day of our second stay, it was very hot and the pool was much more crowded, but still very nice. My only complaint about this park is there were no picnic tables. Highly recommended!

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This has to be the most beautiful park we've ever stayed at. We had site A19 which was very shady - so a nice site in the summer. There were lots of pretty flowers and big trees - just lovely surroundings. One of the best things about this campground is it's proximity to the visitor center and shuttle. To have the convenience lumped into the serenity is quite a unique experience. We had some bad luck and there was a power outage in Springdale Virgin (I think due to a fire) so we were without AC for a while. Yikes! We took a dip in the river (which wasn't that pleasant due to lots of little bugs) and when we returned to our trailer it was back on. Not sure you could stay here for more than a few days because of the lack of water and sewer, but a lot of people could make it work, I suppose. This is one of those special places we will have to visit again before we visit that big campground in the sky! Such a great treat! Remember to reserve early. I think everyone else feels the same way.

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This is a pretty nice place. It's got everything: a nice pool, a leisure room/hall, camp store (with some fast food fare, too) and very clean, level and well-groomed sites. Despite the fact that we have a small trailer, the person taking our reservation still gave us a pull-through (there are not many of these, which I would say is one of their downfalls - although they are planning on expanding the park) when these are normally reserved for big-rigs. I wasn't too happy about the sprinklers coming on at 2:00 AM and waking me up. I guess there's a price for keeping the place looking so good. Be warned: this place is a good 10-15 minutes off the interstate. Print out some good directions or you will get lost. We got lost - and it wasn't fun trying to find our way back. It's a nice drive northwest on Hwy 240 & 243 along the Columbia River and some of the wineries/fruit orchards of the area. We would stay here again.

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This is a very clean park, but not the best KOA I've stayed at. The staff are all teenagers, but seem to run it alright. The sites are very close together and some have the power boxes on the wrong side. Sites are not all level. It's right beside the on/off ramp to the interstate, so it's extremely noisy. Some sites are right below, so a semi could even drive off the off ramp right onto someone's campsite - that's how close it is. The only saving grace is that the pool was very nice - clean, quiet and shady in the afternoon - and there is a fun games room for the kids. I would probably not stay here again - especially because of the high price tag.

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Fabulous RV Park - and WOW - at $22 it's got to be the best value I've ever experienced. That's cheaper than a BC Provincial Park with NO hook-ups! The location is great - right off the highway - not too far from Princeton, Keremeos or Penticton for any day trip. It's a very pretty park - right beside the Similkameen River - great for fishing, swimming, tubing, panning for gold - whatever! It was quiet at night with the exception of those sites closer to the highway (a bigger warning to our tenting friends on this note). The sites down by the river are great - and even the cabins looked awesome. Lots of grass and shade. Best of all, the hosts are THE BEST! They escort you to your site and help you back in. They were so nice and hospitable. We will be back next year!

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This is a great place. BUT, and this is a BIG BUT, it really isn't meant for RVs. Maybe truck campers and van conversions, but this place was sooooo difficult to maneuver in. Way to many long trailers and just not enough space to make it through. The campground was bought by new owners and renovated back in 2007. (It used to be called Cedarbrook. Their website has a lot of info on this.) They did a great job, but the place is really, really tight. They maybe could've done something with making it one way, and made the turns easier. For some unknown reason, they were allowing rigs 30'+ in this place. I sat down for an hour watching a massive trailer trying to back into a tiny spot. (A bunch of us had bets that he wouldn't make it. There were 4 guys helping the driver back-in. He blocked the access road with his truck when he was all done.) Also had to move my truck so that a large trailer could get enough clearance just to get into his pull-through site. We had to get two people to move their cars when we were leaving, and our trailer is only 22' long. Another guy leaving at the same time coming the other way had to back up, unhitch, and move his truck just so we could make it through. I think this place prefers to think of themselves as a family-oriented tenting campground more than an RV Park. (It's family oriented activities and quiet policy proves this.) So they should try to enforce that and prevent anything larger than 25' from entering. The campground itself is clean, but there is no grass, just dirt pads (kids get very dirty, very quickly). Lots of trees, which is nice. The pool is great, and there is some shade here in the afternoon. There is Wi-Fi, BUT you need to park your PC right outside the office to get it. (Defeats the purpose, if you ask me.) Owners are very friendly, although we did have an incident upon arrival where their front gate froze up and they blamed it on us. (It wasn't fully closed yet before we entered the code. Ummm, yeah, everyone knows not to do THAT, right?!) There is no dump site at the campground. (Ummm: where would they even put one? No space for it!) While the bathrooms/showers were clean, it costs $1 for 5 minutes of showering. Seems excessive when you are paying $45 already, but perhaps it's because they are on a septic system? Another problem with this place is that the electric hook-ups are located every two sites. So some RV'ers had a big extension cord strewn across their campsite. Not something the owners mention when you reserve (which I confirmed from other disgruntled campers). I think that is rather deceiving, or ignorant, on the part of the owners. They only have 20 amps max, too. Which was just enough to run our little A/C unit in our trailer. The location is great, but very close to a residential area (some of the sites back onto houses). We stayed on the side that backed onto the dike. Very pretty. We were visted by a family of quail everyday. It was a bit noisy on that side (close to the highway), but not too bad. I'd like to think this place is maybe still working out the bugs under the new ownership. Maybe they'll start to get wise and maybe have a strict policy of no RVs larger than 25'. We wouldn't stay here again, but we'd recommend it to tenter's that can't get in at Okanagan Lake Provincial Park. RVers should stick to places they can actually drive through without having to ask 5 campsites to move their vehicles first.