Date of Stay: June, 2015
We're never really crazy about KOAs because they are generally so overpriced, and while this one follows typical KOA pricing, it's a great value and place to stay if you're too tired to make it all the way to Denver. We were traveling without our fifth wheel and couldn't tent camp at a nearby county park as planned, so we bit the bullet and stayed here in a cabin. We're so glad we did. It's run by two of the nicest RV park owners we've met in our eight years of full-time RVing. Despite being overrun at the end of the day by last minute check-ins like us, they were still cheerful and so accommodating to us. As a bonus, they allow pets in two of their four cabins, which gets a BIG paws-up from us because we travel with our German Shepherd. There's shade, a pool, plenty of grass and while the spots definitely aren't made for big-rigs, they're fine for an overnight stay in a rig that's about 34' or less. Don't expect great wifi or fancy amenities and you won't be disappointed. The park is also spotless.
Date of Stay: November, 2014
This park is fine for a short stay. Nightly rate is a little high but I though it was reasonable. Close to town, which is cute and full of friendly people. My only complaint was the super scary laundry facilities; a washer and dryer (only 1 each) located in a nasty carpeted bathroom which had a toilet and shower in the same room as the machines. So if someone was using the john or showering, you were SOL with your laundry. But hey for $1 each and a dryer that works GREAT what else do you want right?!
Date of Stay: May, 2013
We love this place, see my previous review. Park is now taking online reservations-a must for weekends & summer. You can't make same day reservations online, but if you get there before 4pm go straight to the Visitor Center (not the front ranger booth) where staff can put you in a site, if available. Midweek you can usually find a spot same day. Don't arrive after 4pm & expect to get a site, as ranger at entrance can't do that, the booth doesn't even have a computer to see if there is availability!
Date of Stay: March, 2013
This better-than-average park is an acceptable place for the frugal RVer. Yep, sites are tight (pay the extra $3 for the pull throughs if you can get one) and the freeway noise is loud. But if you have a Passport America membership, it's your only game in town if you need to be in SD on a weekend and don't want to pay double just down the road. The absolute best part about this park was the workout room, pool, and hot tub. The facilities were impeccable and the best we've seen even at pricier parks. The nightly hot tub soaks more than made up for the freeway in our backyard.
Date of Stay: November, 2012
Super nice state park complete with hiking, fishing, etc., and even inexpensive laundromat services. Can't ask for much more except maybe a lower rate. At $32 a night for W/E I just about croaked! Staff says it's super busy in summer but during fall we were only 1 of 4 or so campers. The camp hosts were also exceptionally nice.
Date of Stay: November, 2012
Nice staff with basic (but tight) accommodations in North Atlanta region. The park is tidy and even the long-termers keep things fairly neat around their rigs. My only beef is that for $30 a night, you'd expect at least a restroom facility and laundromat. Otherwise, it's fine if you need to be near the city.
Date of Stay: October, 2012
With relatively new owners who are doing their best to clean up this formerly dilapidated park, this place has a lot of potential. The scenery is nice and it's really pleasant most of the time. We arrived in time to catch the park's annual haunted house event, which was really a lot of fun and free to campers. Now, if I wanted to nitpick about the park itself, I would say that: 1) There are a lot of long-term residents who really need to clean up their surroundings. 2) The campground can fit larger rigs but there are tight turns, lots of low trees and really poorly designed hookup locations. Our sewer hose barely reached the connector and our overall length is only 26'. 3) The gravel on each site is a real PITA, we had to use 4wd to get enough traction to park. The one thing that really got me down on Stoney Creek was the non-stop leaf blowing and burn piles that went on the entire week we were here.
Date of Stay: October, 2012
This place lives up to its "Resort" name. Super clean facilities, really spotless campgrounds for big and small rigs, and relatively easy access to downtown KC. The park is very pet friendly and has a relaxing, country-style feel. The only thing it really needs is an exercise room but other than that it's a great place to stay when you have to be near the city. I wouldn't go anywhere else around here.
Date of Stay: January, 2011
Nice place and sites are plenty wide enough but short enough that you need to park somewhere else if your rig is over 30'. Clean park, good staff, nice little play area on the waterfront. Mostly long term residents. The only issues I have are 1) wireless isn't free, and 2) the laundry room only has one washer and one dryer and both are expensive. Other than that, it's a good enough place for an overnight or two.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
If you're wondering why I gave this a 10, after reading the other reviews, that's because this place is an absolute BARGAIN for anyone who wants to visit beautiful Santa Fe and doesn't want to pay the outrageous prices that the nearby full service RV parks charge. This is our 3rd time here and we've never paid less than $35 a night. Many thanks to the first RVer here who wrote about it. Yes, the fairgrounds are basic and nothing more than a gravel parking lot against some bleachers. But the spots are spaced apart fairly wide, they can fit any sized rig, and there's full hookups for TWENTY BUCKS a night! The RV area is tucked away from the street so it's relatively quiet. And, you're in the heart of Santa Fe without having to pay a huge price. Bring exact change, cash only, and be sure to call ahead to warn them you're coming. The gate is locked and you must be let in when you arrive. You can get to it from either Cerrillos Rd. or St. Francis off I-25.
Date of Stay: April, 2010
We've been fulltiming for 3 years now, and have seen a lot of good and bad RV parks. Hill Shade falls in the "Great" end of the scale, as far as we're concerned. When the Texas sun is beating down hard, head to Hill Shade for respite underneath their canopy of trees and beautiful scenery. Centrally located between San Antonio and Houston, Hill Shade offers a relaxing place to hang out, get to know the area and experience true Texan hospitality in a rustic setting. Although the park lacks some conveniences, like concrete pads and a clubhouse, the friendliness of the owners and locals more than makes up for it. At first it appeared that the back-in sites would be difficult and tight, but they weren't bad compared to some. The laundry is sparkling clean, the campground is tidy, and the wireless signal can't be beat. Our phone service worked too (Verizon), with an occasional drop but was overall just fine. If you need something, the new owners are more than accommodating. They are two genuine good hearted folks with awesome kids who enjoy having RVers over as guests. We love Hill Shade and plan on returning again and again.
Date of Stay: November, 2009
If you ever find yourself in Fernley, don't bother checking out the other parks. We did, and went back to Desert Rose. This is the cleanest, most well-kept and newest park in the area. The rates are reasonable for what you get; a clean park, clean restrooms and excellent laundry facilities, and dependable hookups. It's next to the highway which can get noisy at rush hour, but you're also next to a golf course and small, new housing community that's great for walking your dog and going for walks in. Debbie, the owner, is fantastic and super accommodating. I wish there were more park owners like her out there.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
We reluctantly stayed here for a month during an extended visit to the area, because the nicer KOA in Fort Collins proper charges $650 a month, versus $495 here (plus electric). The park is pleasant enough, the pool is usually clean, and staff is nice. But, the downsides are many, including; - a horrible cow manure stench that fills the air just about every day - flies everywhere. In your rig, your food, you name it. Sitting outside is impossible most nights. And while I understand the owner can't do anything about the feedlot down the road, the things he can do things about but refuses to are many. Such as - their WiFi is a joke. The owner will tell you you'll get it at your site but it's a complete lie. I should have known this when we checked in and saw people working in the lounge with their laptops - watch out for your electric bill. We really believe we were overcharged for our month, but silly us didn't write down the meter reading when we arrived, so we couldn't substantiate our disagreement. Their laundry facilities are expensive but lousy. You'll get cleaner clothes by beating them on a rock. After our month was up we moved to the expensive but MUCH nicer KOA in town because we just couldn't stand the place any longer.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
Pricey but worth it. The good points: It is the best park in the area for the cost. They've got a great pool, rec hall and workout room. Lots of grassy areas and nice people, super friendly staff. The bad points; Tree shade here WILL block your satellite connectivity. They did just hire a smart networking guy who installed a brand new Wi-Fi system which works GREAT. So skip the dish and go right for the Wi-Fi, which is free. Also, sites can be really tight, even for us, in our 24' 5er. Otherwise though, we're glad we stayed. It definitely has a resort feel, and is nice splurge.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
Worst RV Park ever. First, it's practically on Hwy 289 so it's super noisy. The only overnighter sites face the highway, and it's bright out, so you better have dark curtains. We knew this going into the place, but we were desperately tired and stopped anyway. The management was less than hospitable, and cranky. When I asked her if I could write a check she looked at me with an accusatory look and said "Is it any good?" When I asked her if she had laundry facilities, she said, "I got nothing! Just a place to hook up and dump. That's it." Going against our better judgment, we set up in one of the 3 overnight spots, and the electric hookup was a joke. It actually had old fuses instead of circuit breakers. We plugged into the box on our site, and there was no power. So we plugged into the one next to us and it worked for a bit. But the next morning the outlet was sparking, arcing and crackling (we weren't even running anything except the water heater and fridge), and when my husband went to go shut off and unplug, it sparked and almost started a fire up our RV cord. Our cord prongs are smoked. The park noise and the dumpy trailers there were bad enough, but that was the last straw. I went over to management and just told her we had to leave 2 days early. I did not say why out of fear that she wouldn't give me a refund. She kindly gave me my check back, which was nice. At $20 a night, this place is no bargain if they fry your electrical system. Stay away, and bite the bullet and pay for the pricier campgrounds in the area (we went to Johnson's Corner, 20 miles south, in Loveland). Fort Collins has squat in the way of RV parks, so the best you'll get is down the highway in Loveland, or maybe the state parks, which cost just as much as the parks, so why not go for the full hookups instead? Eeek. After 2 years on the road, we've never seen anything this bad. Boondocking at Wallyworld would've been much, much better.