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Half-time RV'er and author of guidebooks "The Pender Islands Handbook" and "enCYCLEpedia Southern California - The Best Easy Scenic Bike Rides," featured in Trailer Life (Apr '15) and RV Life (Nov '14) magazines and the Orange County Register (May '15). enCYCLEpedia highlights the best "Camp 'n Rides" which is always an emphasis of my reviews.

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Pine Tree RV Park, Fawnskin, California

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

This is our second summer spending a month here. The $32 rate reflects $1,000 including utilities. We like it here. Very friendly management and staff make you feel welcome. Sites have ample room between them, though not private, and some are a little tricky to get into for big rigs. The sites toward the back are quieter but have no view except into the forest, while the sites near the road are noisier but have more of a view across the valley, which is nice for watching the summer monsoon storms, so those are fine if you are an early riser anyway and don't care about road noise waking you up. Some sites are treed, while others are open, with a paved pad, mostly level, surrounded by dirt with sparse vegetation. Each has a picnic table and most have fire rings. The loop road was repaved in 2018. We don't use camp facilities but restrooms seemed very clean, as did the laundry room (2 washers 1.25, 2 dryers 0.35). The 50 amp utilities and camp wifi worked well; our T-Mobile and Dish came in great (some may have issues in treed sites). It's about 1/4 mile from the lake, which is probably why it fills up after the lakefront facilities. As a cyclist that's not a major issue since I can get to the fabulous 3-mile Alpine Pedal Path along the lake in just a few minutes, cutting through the elementary school across the street. It is so pretty I ride it at least once a day, and can also easily access the bike routes through the rest of town. This is ride BB1 (and BB3) in enCYCLEpedia Southern California. We camped at Pine Tree RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The map for the bike routes connecting the Big Bear Lake campgrounds is available on line for enCYCLEpedia book owners... Bring your CRV cans and plastic bottles to the bins at the Elementary School across the street for their fund raiser; it's a shortcut to the lake as well for peds/bikes.

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Guajome County Park, Oceanside, California

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Guajome is a very pleasant regional park with lakes, riparian vegetation, and compacted dirt walking trails all around. It's very popular and difficult to get a spot any weekend without reservations far in advance. Even though it's 9+ miles from the beach, it's much less expensive than the coastal campgrounds. Larger rigs will want to stick to the lower sites. With tall trees nearby don't count on every site getting a satellite signal. Our 50 amp service worked fine in two different sites. There's a sand volleyball court and a new but odd pickleball court - the concrete pad only goes as far as the outside lines, so you are in sand when you go beyond to serve, etc; therefore it's good for practice only unless they expand it. My favorite aspect of the park is accessibility to the San Luis Rey River Trail that goes ~9 miles to beach (see tips section). The only negatives besides difficulty to get sites on weekends & too few sites for larger rigs, are the explosion noises from nearby Camp Pendleton, and Highway 76 which is frequently gridlocked. We also got bitten up by mosquitos during an evening out at the picnic table. We camped at Guajome County Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6 and 24
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Dirt paths lead under Hwy 76 to the Santa Fe Rd trailhead of the paved San Luis Rey River Trail that runs to the beach in Oceanside in about 9.5 miles from your site. After getting to the coast there are lots of options (as described in enCYCLEpedia Southern California). The ocean breeze typically makes the return trip easier. You can also cycle to the San Luis Rey Mission, halfway down. Also, an active welcoming pickleball group is at nearby Melba Bishop Park.

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Sweetwater Summit Regional Park, Bonita, California

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

The ants are indeed a major problem. A ranger said "the park is basically on a giant ant hill" but they are much more aggressive in summer when they're out looking for water, compared to winter. We sprinkled Ajax around the legs and stabilizer jacks of our 5th wheel, but not enough, since one night they marched over the Ajax, up a leg, and invaded. We got rid of the swarm by extending the circumference of the Ajax barrier, spraying the legs with bleach, putting more Ajax around any utility line that led to the coach, making the inside of the coach sparkly clean with no exposed food (Ziplocs, etc), and trash out before bed into the ant-infested cans. After the swarm stopped we spent the next few days killing the stragglers in the kitchen and bathroom. We stayed in 3 sites during our 10 day stay, and our 'invasion' was in a newer full hook-up site in the upper area. Regarding homeless persons and crime we didn't use the facilities and had everything locked up tight, so had no issues with theft. Luckily we had no problems with our 3 pre-reserved sites, but several have very severe lips that may be difficult for a trailer or 5th wheel, so examine the photos carefully before reserving. Now the positive: It is reasonable$ for San Diego and fairly close to freeways making it an acceptable base for exploring the area, and the 50 amp electric worked fine. Since it's on a hilltop many of the spacious sites have pleasant vistas across the area, though you can't see pretty Sweetwater Reservoir (no access) from your site, and the summer air quality from Tijuana smog was an issue, it was never clear. We camped at Sweetwater Summit Regional Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Besides the walking paths around the hillside, dirt paths connect all the way to and through the town of Bonita, and to the paved Sweetwater River Bike Path that leads to San Diego Bay in about 9 miles from your site, the only hill being up to the park. From the bay you can ride all around it, using a ferry, as described in enCYCLEpedia Southern California.

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Lathrop State Park, Walsenburg, Colorado

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Another Colorado State Park gem, we stayed here as a base to visit Great Sand Dunes National Park, one of my favorite places. We prefer not to drag our big rig up into the mountains, so this was perfect, just 3 miles from I-25, and a 75-mile very scenic day trip to the Dunes. The Pinon hookup campground has 4 loops, which are all fine. Most sites have views of the Spanish Peaks, some the Sangre de Christo mountains, farther away, and a view of the pretty lake down the hill from the campground. We paid in the visitors center and were told to pick our own site that was not claimed on the post. The fee was $20 plus $7 day use (without CO park pass). Sites have electric hookups but not water, though many have spigots nearby if you have an extension hose, but they are shared so you can't stay connected. We tried several sites and none were very level. After finally getting settled at our perfect site, we discovered our water pump wasn't working. So we moved to a site next to a spigot and after spending a time leveling were able to connect for short periods to take showers, etc. Within the park is a 3-mile paved trail around the pretty fishing lake, with a mountain backdrop, and we enjoyed biking around it during the day and under the moonlight. The path is so extensively patched that it would be difficult to see a snake on it! It's also not very well signed, so follow the map. A basic public golf course is also accessible from the park, which has a restaurant. All in all a great place to stay - provided your water pump works! There is a double dump station upon exiting. The town of Walsenberg is not really a going concern these days, not much in the way of restaurants according to reviews. The old outdated Safeway has no fresh bakery or deli. We camped at Lathrop State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Sky City RV Park, Acoma, New Mexico

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

This is a newer facility with very long gravel sites and ample space in between suitable for big rigs. There's no table and not much vegetation or shade so it's not a Shangri la to hang out in, but we enjoyed the openness and views of surrounding hills, and it was a great vantage for the blood moon lunar eclipse. All utilities worked fine, expect we got no wifi signal and had to use our Verizon 4G, which did work here. Satellite TV was unobstructed, though we didn't scan for local digital channels on the antenna. They seem to have 3 rates, $24 (incl tax) regular, $22 Good Sam, and "Billboard Rate." Thanks to the reviewers that mentioned it since that lowered it to $20 without hesitation (Sept'15). Signing up for Players Club got us $2 off the $12.99 buffet on Sunday night, which was OK, but not as spectacular as many others. You only get one $2 off per 24 hours (and need a certificate from a kiosk each time) but 10% senior discount is 50+ at all times. The breakfast buffet was inexpensive, around $7 (- discount) but was not extensive, the only eggs were scrambled. Good meats though; biscuits but no pancakes or French toast. We also both got $25 free play and I ended up cashing in enough to pay for our RV spot and a couple meals, so all in all a great overnight experience. Follow the large sign for RV check in - it will either be at the hotel front desk, or the RV office that is only open part time. They will ask you to choose a site, so if you care you may want to drive through the RV park first. They're all the same, it's just a matter of if you want a view or be closer to the wifi, or a shorter walk to the casino. We were at the end in 27 and had a nice view, but no wifi signal and a long walk. It's not all that organized; there was someone in the site we were assigned and had to change keys, which unlocks the utilities. Make sure to return the key before 11:00am checkout to avoid another night's charge. We camped at Sky City RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Homolovi Ruins State Park, Winslow, Arizona

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We really enjoyed our overnight here, and thanks to this site for listing it. We typically stay at those yucky overnighter RV parks when cruising I-40 through here, so this was a great alternative, though slightly more expensive at $25. It's a bit of a drive off I-40 and all the way down the park roads to get here, but we found it worthwhile. We had to go even farther out of the way to get to the visitors center to pay the fee. The camp has 42 very spacious state park style sites, most with views of the surrounding grasslands and San Francisco Peaks. Water and electric utilities are on the opposite side but small RV's can easily turn around if necessary. We carry extensions, and since there's no sewer hookup (there is a dump station) that's no problem for us. Our 50-amp pull through was level, but we could see other sites were not as level; all have a picnic table and fire ring. There are some critters here; lots of anthills at our site, made us wonder how long it would take for them to make their way inside, and the ranger warned to carry a flashlight at night since snakes (including rattlers) like the warmth of the roads, especially at night. But that's Arizona. At 4,900 feet it can be warmer than Flagstaff, and it was 90F when we stayed on a late September weekday when the camp was about half full. There was no one using the park roads, however, and we enjoyed a 5-mile bike ride out to the Homolovi II ruins with expansive vistas of the surrounding grasslands. Roads have large expansion cracks at regular intervals (a few were repaired) so those with skinny tires may not like riding here. In our 14 miles of riding we encountered one car on the road, and one sidewinder crossed the road in front of me. October is apparently a busier month. Ruins are mostly rubble, so use your imagination with help of interpretive signs and visitor center displays. It's still fascinating and spiritual here. Verizon 4G worked fine, satellite good, but no antenna TV. We camped at Homolovi Ruins State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Winslow: Standing on the corner park and special events.

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Rancheros de Santa Fe Campground, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

$38 represents the AAA rate. This park is conveniently located 1 mile from an I-25 exit east of town, about a 20 minute drive from the center of Santa Fe. It's 3 miles closer to Santa Fe than the KOA down the road. There's a popular breakfast/lunch place close by and it's on a bike route that leads to Santa Fe. The check in staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Most sizable rigs are lined up in the 50 amp full hook up sites along the front of the park. They are close together but spacious enough for our slides on both sides and also have picnic tables. We backed up to some trees with a nice view of mountains and sunsets to the west. Getting to the site required a short drive on a very torn up gravel driveway, up a small hill followed by a fairly tight turn for our 36-ft 5th wheel. The rest of the park is up more torn up roads with some questionable sites, so make sure to inquire about the specifics of the site regarding access, slope, etc if they are sold out of the 'premium' sites. All the utilities worked fine, although there was a distinct sewer smell at the front of our site (99) near a sewer manhole there. The free wifi worked well at our site. Cable TV is included, and we were able to get most local networks on our digital antenna. Dish satellite and Verizon 4G also worked fine here. It was a very pleasant 3 day stay, and we'd stay here again. My only complaint is the high price, but then it's the Santa Fe area. We camped at Rancheros de Santa Fe Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Sun Valley RV Resort (formerly Root 66 RV Park), Sun Valley, Arizona

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

The 19.50 rate reflects 50 amp site via Passport America (cash only). The 30 amp sites were 16.50. As others described, it's a rundown place in the middle of nowhere, just a place to stop for the night, or if you're touring Petrified Forest NP. We stayed in a 50 amp site near the road rather than the designated narrower sites in the back, so there was plenty of room for our 4 slides. Electric and water pressure were fine and there was a sewer connection. Surprisingly the wifi worked great from our site, which is good because our Verizon 4G was very intermittent. No cable TV; Dish satellite worked fine; didn't try to use the antenna for locals. Constant noise from trucks on I-40, but not something that kept us up. The family who checked us in was very nice. All in all a very good overnight experience for a decent price, exactly what we needed. We camped at Sun Valley RV Resort (formerly Root 66 RV Park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Sycamore Grove Campground, Red Bluff, California

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This pleasant US National Forest-run campground is set in a wooded park near the Sacramento River. There are sites for small rigs, and pull-through semi-circle sites and some back-ins for larger rigs. Some have complained about the tight squeeze, which mostly means you have to drive over some grass to make the rig fit, but nothing too arduous in our experience with our 35-ft 5th wheel. It is a treed park, so only a couple of sites will get satellite. There’s no Wi-Fi or cable TV, but our Verizon 4G worked well and there were several TV channels that came in over the digital antenna. A gate to the park closes 10PM-6AM, so late arrivals should get the gate code in advance by calling the number shown on this listing and have them give you the camp host phone if they don’t know it. We had a pleasant stay, and it was a weekend, the only noise coming from a family reunion that took up 3 sites. The cost is $25 for RV hookup sites, and those with the US senior citizens or disabled National Parks passes get half off. That was confusing because signs say “Lands Pass” is accepted, which is the common $80 America the Beautiful” National Lands Pass. But, alas, no. They need to change the signs to avoid confusion; or I guess until they change the signs just take the discount and don't ask the camp host to clarify it like we did! The campsites offer water and electric (we had 50 amp at our pull-through that worked well, no voltage problems). We did not use the restroom/shower facility. However, the fatal flaw of this campground is there is no sewer or dump station. A sign at the entrance mentions a nearby fairgrounds with $8 cost, however, without specific instructions of where to go to dump we didn’t want to drive in and get stuck, so we ended up dumping along our route at a Chevron mini mart (found on sanidumps.com) in north Redding, 5425 Mountain View Drive, for $5 (free with $100 gas purchase they said). The RV parks in town were all going to charge $10. So, add that to your cost of staying here as well. A series of paved paths lead through a beautiful oak woodland/meadow in a loop, and along a flood bypass of the Sacramento River, which was dry when we were there. The main river channel also passes the park, and there is a boat launch facility where you can boat downstream of the large diversion dam. The paths total about 4 miles and allow bikes except for one nature trail. We rode the trails to the north trailhead, which leads to the quiet Sales Road that accesses the park, and then rode on sidewalks across the flood channel, I-5 and the main channel (a scenic view from that bridge) into historic Red Bluff. It’s a very pleasant town, with restored shops on Main Street, and a few blocks of Victorians on Washington Street. We rode along the river for a bit in the Red Bluff City Park, and up a stream channel, doing a loop through downtown, for a total of about 10 miles including the park trails. All in all, we would return, but it’s not the deal that we were hoping for based on other reviews, especially taking into account the cost of dumping elsewhere. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Saddle Mountain RV Park, Tonopah, Arizona

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here last year and the power so was poor that we couldn't use it. This year they claim to have taken care of the power surges, so we tried it again, and we had a very good experience on our overnight stay. The Wi-Fi worked well also. At $27 (AAA rate incl tax) it is a good stopover place and during the months when they take Passport America (one night only) it would be a fantastic deal for a park like this. There is a section dedicated for overnight pull throughs. It is toward the west end of this huge park, and there are nice views of the surrounding mountains and desert. Sites have no tables or grills, just gravel drives with a concrete pad. It has a nice, mellow, safe feel to it. We'll be staying here routinely now on our trips through the area. An 8 rating is about as high as a park like this gets in our book. We prefer the more scenic parks. We camped at Saddle Mountain RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Mission Bay RV Resort, San Diego, California

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

The park is conveniently located on the north side of Mission Bay, off of I-5, but far enough away to not have excessive traffic noise. Freight trains can be heard vibrating in the distance, but it’s nothing like another local RV park. It’s a huge parking lot broken up by planted trees at each site. The trees didn’t impact our fixed satellite but could in other sites. There are no amenities such as pool or spa, just two shower/restroom buildings and a snack shack. Friendly security guards at the front gate will open it for you, otherwise it requires a key card if they are not in the booth, perhaps later at night. It doesn’t seem like a dangerous area, although there are a lot of homeless people wandering around Mission Bay. Across the access road (outside of the security gate) is a swimming beach and boat ramp, but around the bend is a new sewage pump station (not sure of treatment level). Many reviewers have mentioned the strict rules, which we don’t mind, it keeps a park nice. However, our fresh water connection chose the wrong park to spring a small drip leak. Security came over (after a puddle had accumulated on the second day) and turned off our water. They followed up with a phone call and told us: “Water is not allowed to hit the ground here.” We improved it and put a bucket under the area. We kept our black water closed off while we were here. If you spill any there is a $50 charge to clean it up since the sewer outlets are raised, so it would be difficult to adequately clean it up yourself. We found the striped-off sites to be adequately sized. The water and electric is behind the adjacent site, but sewer is more in the center of the site. They told us they try to stagger rigs if not crowded, which is a good practice. When we were here though, tree trimming on half the grounds forced us all in one section, which was OK. You can pay $75 to $90 to have a great view of Mission Bay and sunsets (if you have a rear view that is, sites are strictly back-in so motorhomes are out of luck). Or $65-$75 to view the Bay on the other side facing east (same problem with motorhomes). We used Passport America, (Valid Mon-Thurs in winter, no reservations) and paid around $27 with tax. PA sites are only available in the vast interior, although upon checking in, you can hike in (not drive!) and look around for a site that may have a peek view of something. We were here for the easy scenic cycling, though. We love cycling around Mission Bay, and the campground is right next to the East Mission Bay segments of the trail. The west side trails are much better, but you can ride to there too, or all around the bay in 16 miles. If the Rose Creek bike bridge is ever completed to the west of Mission Bay RV, the location of this campground will rival the other Bay park, which for now is a 15-minute ride closer to the fabulous western sections of the bay bike trails. There is even a wide bike trail that winds around the peninsula where this campground is located, good for families. We stayed for three days and rode every day, returning to our rig that had all the necessary hookups working great, even the free WiFi. We will definitely be back if they maintain the Passport America deal. By our standards (we like scenery and large sites) the camp gets a 6, but because of the great location and the Passport America opportunity, it goes up to an 8. If you can afford the view sites, you may just give it a 10. We camped at Mission Bay RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Saddle Mountain RV Park, Tonopah, Arizona

Date of Stay: January, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We had high hopes for this park as a stopover, and they keep a lot of sites open for that purpose. It is a large, nicely laid out park with lots of palm trees and a smattering of native fauna and views of some mountains in the distance. The sites are gravel with a concrete living pad but no tables. We were greeted after hours by a friendly gentleman who led us to an overnight end site and registered us and turned on the 50 amp service. All was fine, until BOOM the power tripped off when we tried to use the microwave. We have a sophisticated power management system that protects the coach from high voltage and power surges. After turning everything off except for the TV, the surges continued to trip the system several times. Since the incoming voltage did in fact read higher than normal, we had to disconnect from the power, which ruined our evening. The same gentleman who had registered us drove by and responded that this has not happened before and it must be our rig's problem. This had only happened to us once before in about 14 solid months in this rig and at that public park they admitted to high voltage. So, be warned, especially if you don't have a system that protects you from high voltage and surges. Unfortunately we can't come back here. We camped at Saddle Mountain RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Trail In RV Campground, Lakehead, California

Date of Stay: October, 2009 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

I'm glad I ignored the other reviews. We had no problem with this park for an overnight en route stay, especially for the $15 Passport America rate. We got a long pull-through site (in an area separate from the full-timers), 50 amp, full hookup w/ basic cable, free Wi-Fi (worked well for email and light browsing) and from sites 3-5 Dish rooftop satellite should work. It is convenient to I-5 and quiet, in a valley surrounded by treed hillsides. The host was helpful and friendly. Kids were playing. It's run down and not a campground we'd like to hang out at, but would stay overnight again for the Passport rate. We camped at Trail In RV Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Hi-Way Haven RV Park, Sutherlin, Oregon

Date of Stay: October, 2009 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

The rate reflects weekday, Passport America, for a 30 amp site (50 amp is more). A great I-5 stopover with easy pull-throughs. The sites are a bit close together but not bad. I liked the trees planted around that were pretty with fall foliage, but not tall enough (yet) to block our roof satellite. Overnighters are in the back section with a better chance for reception, or plug in to their extended cable. The yellow barn office is a nice touch, and the drive-in movie would have been fun if playing that night. Wi-Fi worked well. The park has a good feeling about it, and I would definitely stay here again. We camped at Hi-Way Haven RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Mountain View RV Park, Bowie, Arizona

Date of Stay: February, 2009 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here because of its good en-route location, and its Passport America Rate. Upon check in I was informed that the $12+tax rate is charged to all now. Although the property looks terrible from the road (they really should do something about that to avoid scaring people off), and the office/store is dingy and smoky, it turned out to be a good place to stay. Sites are gravel and level, and we had a nice view of snow covered mountains and rural ranch land. The manager directed us to the middle row, halfway back for the best wifi reception, and we were delighted that the free wifi worked great during our two-night stay, that we shared with only a handful of rigs on a holiday weekend. The 50 amps and full hookups worked fine, and our Dish satellite came in with no problem. There are no tables or fire pits. We did not use the facilities, but the laundry room looked OK. A nearby active railroad line created loud noise, but since there were no whistles or switching, it did not disturb our sleep, nor did nearby I-10. Bowie is pretty much a ghost town, so you’ll have to go to Lordsburg or Willcox, 25 miles in either direction, for food. Bowie is the closest access point to the Fort Bowie National Historic Site (ruins) trail head, about 14 miles from Mountain View. It is an excellent 3-mile round trip hike. Make sure to take the ridge route on the return. From the trail head you can continue on the unpaved road to Highway 186 and amazing Chiricahua National Monument for more great hiking, and loop back through Willcox for dinner for a great full day. We enjoyed Big Tex BBQ in the old town railroad car. Willcox has a lot of amenities, which is probably why the RV parks there are full while this one is virtually empty. For the price, I would stay here again. We camped at Mountain View RV Park in a Motorhome.

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