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Very sorry to downgrade our rating (last time we stayed here we loved it), but we were assigned a gravel parking spot in the storage unit area. No grass, no picnic table, no vegetation of any kind, and worst of all, no warning. I understand that it's a holiday weekend (but we did book over a month ago) and they said we wouldn't be "on the river." However, when one books a site at a "resort," one does not expect to be in a parking lot. The office staff is very nice, but I do think it'd behoove them to prepare folks in advance. All the other sites are very nice, although there is a fair amount of highway noise toward the front of the park. Our dog enjoyed the smallish but off leash dog run.

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Beautiful grounds, exceedingly well maintained, in a convenient location that is fairly quiet (there is some train noise and some animal noise from nearby farms). Staff swoops in and cleans every newly vacated site immediately. Our trash was picked up and newspaper delivered (such a treat) every morning at 7AM. Our 25' Class C looked a bit ridiculous in the very large pull-through site, but our large dog loved having the huge grassy space to relax in (and the small-ish off-leash area to play in). Apparently this place was built as a manufactured home neighborhood, which explains the enormous sites and lack of loops in the layout. We enjoyed seeing all the creative ways that pavers were used (every site had a different pattern), but did not enjoy having to level every time we came back in. Excellent Wi-Fi; always strong and usable. Good cable TV hookups, too. We did not end up using the tennis court, although we wanted to, because we didn't have the required footwear. We didn't use the hot tub because it was always full. Didn't use any of the concierge services or the laundry because we didn't need them. Given the $82/night price tag, we were perturbed that the site next to ours was used for 2 days of our 3 day stay to display 3 35'-45' Class A motorhomes for sale (and tours). As for the neighbors on the other sides, there were lots of folks here for the summer season, but everyone kept to themselves, for the most part. Not many folks outdoors (except for those watching their outside TVs). Also be aware that they've recently instituted a very restrictive pet policy, banning outright a large number of breeds and mixes of those breeds (which is utterly foolish). We were grandfathered in because of our reservation, but we won't be back again because of that (and the hard-to-justify price tag, which we've paid for sites in urban areas but not places we have to drive to/from).

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This high desert campground has two new camper cabins and nicely spaced back-in and pull-through sites for all sizes of rigs. Despite the warning sign about sequester-caused cuts in maintenance, the campground was fairly well manicured and very clean. The camp hosts were active (a little bit too active, in our opinion, as they were out at 6 AM talking in their outdoor voices) and sold ice and firewood. Views of the lake were probably once very nice, but the lake is very, very low and mostly muddy shored. Most folks were there for the rainbow trout fishing; not anything in the way of boating or swimming. One little half-mile trail and that was pretty much all there was to do here. No services in the area, either, so arrive stocked up. Do note the dump station, though. We've never seen one landscaped quite like this before.

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Nice older park with a pond, the dunes to hike/play upon, and an observatory. (Check the website for programs; we were there during a full moon, so no night sky viewing.) We stayed in the older section, with the trees and shade, and once the day cooled off, enjoyed a peaceful stay. Not very dog friendly, given the burrs and other prickly things, but there was an area of the desert with a rather homemade sign that said "Off Leash Dog Area." Not on a bet would I let my dog loose there, given that we'd just walked the nature trail and read about the scorpions, badgers, and other native creatures that the off-leash dog could encounter! Again, seems like Idaho state parks are kind of over priced at $28.32 for a night, but an interesting place we might stay at again if we pass through this way.

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We chose this park because of its unique history and easy on/off the highway for an overnight. The easy on/off always comes at a noise cost, so if you're sleeping with your windows open, definitely choose a site in the lower loop, farther away from the highway noise, which is noticeable. We had lovely views and enjoyed all the hiking trails, but felt that $28.32 was pretty steep for an older state park without many activities or Wi-Fi. There were supposedly boat rentals, but that was not open when we were visiting. Loved watching all the pelicans and other birds, though.

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Such a treat, this little state park. Interesting trails and visitor center, very quiet campground (except for the lovely roar of the river), and some of the most unusual geology you'll ever camp next to. This is our idea of camping. But it's tiny. We have a 25' Class C and arrived at 4PM mid-week to find pretty much one of the only spots we'd fit in (and the CG was pretty empty). Not a big-rig friendly place, but there was a very skilled 5th wheel driver pulled into one of the sites. Come early, find a site, and enjoy the scenery.

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Mixed feelings about this place. On the positive: we enjoyed having access to the lake for our dog (National Forest folks are very dog friendly) and lots of area to walk. Pretty sunrises and sunsets and a very nice drive north to reach this campground from Colorado. On the negative: no water at sites, no apparent enforcement of quiet hours (boat people seem to be party people), and since we were there Monday and Tuesday, no restaurant (it's open Wed-Sat) and no clear boat rental services that we could find. We would check out other area campgrounds first before staying at this one.

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Loved this campground. See previous Aug 13 review for details; I won't repeat that person's great review. We got one of the sites that aren't in the loops (#5) because we asked for a quiet place where we wouldn't have to deal with noisy people, given our previous night's disaster at Colter Bay. We got exactly what we asked for: lots of room and no one around. Our only complaint was that we had no shade, but that also meant we had gorgeous views of the Tetons. Some early risers (6AM) leaving the park, but that was the only noise. Great location near Mormon Row, near the National Forest lands (where you should take your dog), and not far from Jackson. We will definitely consider coming back here (if we don't stay at the National Forest campground at Lake Atherton, which was really wonderfully quiet and peaceful). Boondocking at its best, since we had plentiful sunshine to charge our solar panels, delicious fresh water to fill our tanks, and a very good dump station to, well, you know. And friendly office folks who took pains to make you happy. We most definitely were.

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Just hated this place. You aren't given any choice in site selection. The site we got (O loop) was the farthest away from any services, and we were located directly across from the bathroom and dumpster. Note: sites aren't "sites"--they are simply pullouts on the roadside. This means any slideout you may have protrudes onto the road, and walkers (or unruly wild children) are mere inches from where you might be sitting in your dinette. And you're sitting inside because the aforementioned unruly children are riding their bikes THROUGH your campsite, despite your stern warnings not to. That's early evening. Wait till after dark when the teens come out and holler until 1AM or so. And then the babies start screaming in the bathhouse at 6AMas you're try to get some sleep. We asked the ranger the next morning if they ever patrol the campground. She stared at me blankly. Screw that; we forfeited our second night payment and skedaddled. We would never, ever stay here again. Ever.

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Our second visit to this beautiful park (with a beautiful drive up Elk River Valley). We concur with with previous campers about great activities, well-maintained facilities, and lovely views and sites. We lucked out this summer with the gorgeous profusion of wildflowers, as a result of all the rain. Our only complaint is that we had a site pretty close to the camper services bldg, and there is a mighty loud fan in the showers whose sound carries. Otherwise, a pastoral paradise.

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Even in 45 degree rainy weather, this is a beautiful place. Small, scenic, and quiet. Odd, though, that we never met the camp host or "checked in" or anything remotely official, but we paid our honor system $6 for firewood, claimed our reserved site (while our friends claimed and paid for an empty site that did not have a reservation sign on it). We even had 1 bar of AT&T service, which was a surprise. We wished there had been better signage for trails, but given the steady rain, I guess it all worked out.... Sure wish that the reservation fee wasn't 50% of the nightly camping fee--that is such a ripoff ($18 site, $9 reservation fee).

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We managed to snag a walk-in site for 2 nights (before the fully booked weekend) and really enjoyed the campground. Very clean, very conscientious camp hosts, huge sites with fire rings and tables and wildflowers/views galore. Yes, there's a bit of highway noise, but this just means it's convenient to get to town (walking or driving). Wish there was water to fill tanks and a dump station, but we'll get that handled down the road. We would definitely stay here again.

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A park that was once a destination, I'd imagine, in its heyday, which was a very long time ago. We enjoyed our 3-day stay here, though, because of the trees and the short hiking trail--good for the dog (and not much in Taos is)--the proximity to town, and the good Wi-Fi (no AT&T phone reception, though). Can't rate it higher, though, because of the road noise and general disrepair of the place (overflowing recycling/trash, no groundskeeping, some out of order restrooms, no laundry or other services). But, as I said, we'd probably stay here again if we wanted to do in-town activities, since it's only 10 minutes to the heart of things. Just be realistic in your expectations, bring cash or check (no credit cards) and, on a Saturday night in the summer with your windows open, use earplugs.

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New Mexico state parks always offer such great value. For $14, you get hookups, a dump station, tons of elbow room around your rig, a nice ramada fire ring/table, and as much nature as you'd like. Our site was right by some nesting osprey. The lake is severely low right now, but we really enjoyed watching the daily monsoons build over the mountains and then let loose with a very beautiful lightning show every night we were there. Be sure you stock up on all your supplies. This place is a drive to anywhere over some pretty bumpy/poorly maintained roads. Once you get here, relax and stay a while. Very nice, on-top-of-things camp host, too.

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Lovely location--beautifully set next to the red cliff walls. Enormous dog area; although this could be made better by having it split into large dog/small dog areas and fencing off the swampy water-filled ditches. We appreciated greatly (but didn't use) the dog walking service they provide.(If you want to take the narrow gauge railway or do a rafting trip or whatever, the campground folks will walk your dog a few times per day for an extra fee. We didn't use the pool which all the kids seemed to love, or the chuck-wagon breakfast. But we found restrooms, laundry, and propane services to be good. We had three major complaints that really impacted our stay. We were situated in the back, among the shaded, and very small sites, not out in the newer, front area where the big rigs were. We had a very unlevel site as did most of our neighbors. We all were amazed at how eager the work campers were to give folks extra boards. Even then we were all off level by a lot. These unlevel sites were also vert close together, as in cheek to jowl, which was not what they appeared to be in the website photos. In the back area there was no WiFi, nor could we get any AT&T or Verizon service (phone or internet) back there. The web site promises "WiFi at your site." This required walking to the office area and sitting out with the many mosquitoes to use a telephone or go online. Very inconvenient. Overall, it's a nice park. It's just that for $40/night, I'd like to have a little more elbow room in a level site (bare bones for a commercial park) and for sure the promised WiFi.