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Review Count: 96
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 7

Wind River RV Park, Riverton, Wyoming

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $39.00
Overall Rating:

While an older park, the facilities for a short stay in the area were pretty good. We had a very long full-hook-up with good utilities and placement. We had excellent DirecTV, VZW, and OTA service and park Wi-Fi was very fast and uncongested (although not secured). Recent rains left a little mud in places, but it dried up quickly. The shared outside space (every other rig facing the opposite direction) is a little dated but that's offset by the long and angled sites, as your "neighbor" isn't right next to you. We camped at Wind River RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 96
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 7

Steinaker State Park Campground, Vernal, Utah

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

This park is on an irrigation reservoir and has a variety of site types and sizes, so research carefully and use Google Earth. Elevation varies across the park, so some sites are up high and others are in a hollow. Sites 1-8 or 9 were the only full hook-ups when we stayed. All the sites and interior roads are paved with concrete patio pads and picnic tables. Sites are either back-in or the semi-circle style of pull-thru, and large rocks and tough bushes are strategically placed to jump out at your rig while parking if not careful; use a spotter. Some tree branches over roads really needed trimming when we were there. Our pull-thru was long enough for our large motorhome and toad, and surprisingly level in the middle just where we needed to park. We did have to wait several hours after check-in to set up, as hosts didn't want to bother the prior occupants who were locals in no hurry to vacate. We were high enough to get good DirecTV and OTA coverage, but just too far away from civilization to get a decent VZW signal (it worked at the boat launch). Flies were an issue throughout the park, and especially near the pit toilets and fish cleaning station by the boat launch. We camped at Steinaker State Park Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt, Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 96
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 7

Vernal / Dinosaurland KOA, Vernal, Utah

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $51.00
Overall Rating:

This park has three distinct sections: "premium", "standard", and "Big Rig". The first row has patios and extra amenities. The second is comprised of shorter and narrower sites packed tightly into a row of mature trees. The back row (where we were) is a wide open field with relatively long pull-thru sites. Interior roads are paved but crumbling (potholes) and relatively narrow. Our site was plenty long and almost level, but the gravel strip was narrow and it was tough to make the 90-degree turn without driving on the grass (expanding the entry and exit aprons would be a big improvement). We were far enough away from the tree line that we were able to get DirecTV. Park Wi-Fi was decent, with minimal slowdowns at peak periods. We got a good VZW signal. OTA TV access was good. Good power (no real voltage drops at peak times) and an adequate laundry. Parking along the front side of the office made navigating the tight 90-degree turns to exit harder. We camped at Vernal / Dinosaurland KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 96
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 7

Green River KOA, Green River, Utah

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $51.00
Overall Rating:

Sites and interior roads are gravel and dirt, so dust and dirt can be an issue. Trees aren't numerous and didn't interfere. Our site had a tree, but we were still able to get DirecTV. Sites in our area were generally level and angled for easy pull-thru access. Park Wi-Fi was decent, with minimal slowdowns at peak periods. We got a good VZW signal. OTA TV access was excellent. Good power (no real voltage drops at peak times) and decent laundry. Not the best value in town, especially when compared to the State Park a mile away; basically a big gravel lot with hookups. The only issue we experienced was a difference in pricing from what we reserved at koa.com. It was clear that they changed their rates (I went back to the confirmation emails and screen shots at reservation time) but they insisted it was due to changes in sales taxes (not likely since it was exactly $2/night). In the end, they made an adjustment and credited me for about half of the overcharge but left me with the feeling that the discrepancy was all my fault and I was trying to scam them. I've never had this happen at another KOA. We camped at Green River KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 96
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 7

Devil's Canyon - USFS, Monticello, Utah

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

This park has been expanded over time, with the newer loop having larger and more open sites. Our cost reflected a four-night stay with Golden Age Passport discount, inclusive of the reservation fee. "Pull thru" sites are done in semi-circles, which aren't really designed for larger rigs. We were able to pull in and back out with no interference from the trees. The site (14) was large but quite unlevel (4.5 inches of lift and still not quite level). As noted, this is dry camping. We were able to get decent solar charging until mid-afternoon, and only needed 1.5-2 hours of generator time per day (although that got us looks of disdain from nearby campers). With a supplemental directional antenna, we were able to get decent OTA TV. DirecTV was fine, as (surprisingly) VZW 4G. Water spigots were available, but each was labeled "Not Tested" so we didn't use any. We camped at Devil's Canyon - USFS in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 96
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 7

Goulding's Lodge & Campground, Oljato-Monument Valley, Utah

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $62.00
Overall Rating:

This park is reasonably well laid out and the premium "big rig" sites are generally long and wide enough, although not very level (3 inches of lift on one side and still not completely level). The only issue we had with parking and exiting was the trees, which aren't much taller than the RVs but are allowed to grow out into the sites and roads. We parked initially and found a tree rubbing right up to one slide while it was still in. It would have been easy to trim it, but the maintenance lead refused, saying, "Our trees are too precious to trim". The office moved us one site over and looked confused when I suggested that they mark the site as tree-obstructed for the future. The new site had the tree at the front-right corner, which turned our pull-thru into a back-out, as we couldn't have made the turn. One neighbor with a brand new rig scratched the whole side on his way out. Otherwise, our stay was uneventful, although the wind definitely drove the fine red sand around quite a bit. Park WiFi was passable except in the evenings as things filled up and everyone tried to get online. DirecTV was fine but there was no OTA signal. Verizon was 3G in the campground but 4G once outside the canyon where the park is located. Watch out for the speed bumps on the road up to the campground. We camped at Goulding's Lodge & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
31
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Watch out for the trees overhanging the roads and encroaching on sites, especially if you have slides.

Review Count: 96
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 7

Flagstaff KOA, Flagstaff, Arizona

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $48.00
Overall Rating:

As we were only staying three nights, we selected a water/electric pull-thru at reservation time. Our site (#80) was certainly long enough, but very narrow and unlevel (4.5 inches of blocks and we were still nose-low). I can see how it would be a pull-thru for smaller rigs, but we definitely had to back out, as the 90-degree orientation of the sites to the narrow roads coupled with encroaching trees wouldn't allow the turn. All the interior roads in this older section were very narrow. We watched several medium-sized travel trailers struggle to get into and out of sites near us; some gave up and one crunched his rig on the site number pole. We weren't able to get DirecTV but there were a couple of OTA stations. Park Wi-Fi was slow (essentially unusable) but Verizon 4g was acceptable. We camped at Flagstaff KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
80
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 96
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 7

Rustic Timbers Door County Camping (formerly Door County Camping Retre, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

This park is really for seasonal campers and families with kids. You can tell how things have expanded over the years, with the original small tent/pop-up sites in concentric rings in one area, and the larger sites in another. There are mostly seasonal sites, with a smaller number of spaces allocated for transients. Although the office and recreation facilities are in a wide-open field, almost all the sites are heavily wooded. Satellite signals are difficult to come by; ask specifically if that is important to you. OTA TV from Green Bay was decent, although we were on the fringe of reception there. The new owners are still learning the ropes. We reserved and deposited a 50A site but were directed to a 30A space. The "It's 50A on the map; we never knew" response was a little disconcerting, but we were moved to a 50A space. Be very careful with charges, as our deposit didn't match the daily rate, had a $5 "Internet Access" charge that was explained as a service fee for online reservations (we didn't make our reservation online), and wasn't reflected on our check-in charge. They have WiFi in and around the office area but it's only for seasonal guests as were weren't given the access code. They did a movie on Friday night at the pavilion and there was some kind of very loud charity auction on Saturday. This park is a haven for kids of all ages, with a large pool, bouncey-thingie, water slide and other toys all available. If you don't match that profile, you may not "fit in". We camped at Rustic Timbers Door County Camping (formerly Door County Camping Retre in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
39
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

Review Count: 96
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 7

Madison KOA, De Forest, Wisconsin

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $47.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here to de-stress after two weeks of RV Rallies, and we made a good choice. The park is laid out in a series of rings, with almost all sites being pull-thrus. Interior roads and sites are gravel that can get a little dusty when it's dry, but the sites are well spaced and have decent grassy areas with picnic tables and fire rings. Inner rings are somewhat shaded while the outer section has fewer trees to get in the way of satellite signals. It is relatively close to the Interstate, so road noise can be heard, especially from "D" ring. There isn't much nearby other than several fast food restaurants near the highway interchange, but the location is good as a base to explore the Madison area. There is a pool and large play area for kids, plus small/large fenced dog runs. Staff is friendly and helpful. We will stay here again as we pass back through the area in September. We camped at Madison KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
D2
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 96
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 7

Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson, Arizona

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

Like several other Arizona State Parks, this unit has large sites with good 50-Amp power and water, with a convenient dump station. As others have mentioned, the online reservation system ($5 fee) does an excellent job of helping you pick a site. There is quite a bit of variability in the level of the sites; we were unable to get level in ours using the coach systems only; blocks were required. Access to the caverns requires a separate fee (advance online reservations recommended) and a short drive or moderate hike to the visitor's center. This park is a good base for visiting wine country down near Elgin as well as Tombstone and Benson. It is also a decent place for stargazing. We camped at Kartchner Caverns State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 96
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 7

Manitowoc Expo Center, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We have been to group RV functions (120-150 motorhomes) at the Manitowoc Expo Center twice in the past 5 years. When not reserved for groups, many of the sites are available for overnight/longer stays at a reasonable price. Most are water/electric sites but there is a dump station on site. "Midway" sites on pavement may not be the most level, but there are plenty of grassy options. The first row of paved sites, near the Expo Office, has 50A wiring but I'm not sure it's available to the general public (special cords were used to connect to the panel for our club's dignitaries). Most sites are open and satellite TV should be no issue. Power was strong; even with warm weather and lots of rigs, voltage didn't drop out. There are signs indicating a local WiFi service in the buildings but we were unable to see it to connect. We camped at Manitowoc Expo Center in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A2-7
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 96
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 7

Cliffside County Park, Racine, Wisconsin

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

This park is a hidden gem, in a quiet area well away from the Interstate but with good access. All sites have 50A/water and the dump station is convenient to the exit. The paved interior roads are in fair-to-good condition and oriented to allow rigs of any size to maneuver, albeit with some tighter curves and some stray branches that need trimming. The area is wooded, so use Google Earth to get an idea of the layout if satellite access is important to you. Roughly half the sites require advance reservations (there is an additional fee that is included in our daily rate) and half are walk-ups. The reservation rules can be complicated so read the web site carefully. The hosts had no record of our reservation, but were able to straighten it out quickly with my email confirmation. We stayed for a week mid-summer and things were mostly quiet. We didn't see any long-term campers other than the hosts (one for the whole 90+ site campground). There is no designated pet area and several signs warn that pets are not allowed outside the campground in the day-use areas. There is no WiFi or cable, as expected. Although near railroad tracks, we heard very few trains go by. We liked it so much we've already booked a return stay for later in the summer as we pass through the area again. We camped at Cliffside County Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
48
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 96
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 7

Chicago Northwest KOA, Union, Illinois

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $49.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed one night at this KOA on our way north to Wisconsin. It is a nice destination park with plenty for families with kids to do, although it's a bit far away to use as a base for exploring Chicago. There are quite a mix of site amenities (50A, 30A, full hook-up, water/electric only, tent sites, pull-thrus and back-ins. We were parked in a terraced area looking at the back of the office (it's a little confusing, as you have to walk up and around to the other side for check-in), and the slope was so severe that I backed out of our pull-thru site rather than drag on the ground exiting. The pet area isn't off-leash, but was quite large. Some of the pull-thrus are semi-circular, so might be oddly shaped for very large RVs. There is a mixture of shaded and open sites. There are seasonal campers, and most rigs were kept up pretty well; we didn't see perma-rigs with long-term residents. WiFi was poor, as expected. There were a lot of kid-oriented activities going on, with loudspeaker announcements for some events. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
58
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

Review Count: 96
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 7

Kankakee South KOA, Chebanse, Illinois

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

This KOA is located well off the beaten path and was probably the best value KOA we found during this year's travel season. It is an older park, with a mixture of site amenities (Full Hook-up, Water/Electric, "Tent"). Interior gravel roads are a little tight and you have to be careful for trees and limbs. We arrived after a very rainy spell and there were huge puddles and soft spots in the roads near the office, but more gravel was spread while we were there. The sites are simple but reasonably spaced. We were able to (barely) get our large motorhome and towed vehicle into our space without blocking the road. I ended up backing out of our pull-thru for departure, as cars parked in nearby sites made it tough to exit our space. WiFi was essentially unusable but we did get a satellite TV signal through the trees and VZW 4G was reasonably strong. There were quite a few perma-rigs but they appeared to be more seasonal campers as opposed to residents and most were kept up. Things were pretty quiet, although I suspect it may be more lively during weekends and better weather. We camped at Kankakee South KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 96
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 7

Louisville South KOA, Shepherdsville, Kentucky

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $53.00
Overall Rating:

I think this was an older park that was converted to a KOA at some point. The park encompasses a rather large area but the layout makes things somewhat tight in places. It looks like some sites in their "Overnite Row" may have been added to try to accommodate larger rigs. We actually had to drive through an unoccupied site (following their golf cart) to get into our pull-thru. If the park had been busy (it wasn't, even though it was close to the Memorial Day weekend), we would have had a difficult time parking. The interior roads were gravel and somewhat rutted, with several very sharp corners. I ended up walking around several times before I determined our path out (we have a larger motorhome, towing). The landscape is heavily treed which added to the maneuvering difficulty, as well as eliminated a satellite TV opportunity. There were a few perma-rigs present, which didn't improve the ambiance. WiFi was poor although VZW was strong. If it wasn't for the ease of making confirmed reservations with the KOA app, I probably would have looked elsewhere. We camped at Louisville South KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
252
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

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