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This was the KOA discount rate for a standard back-in site. This was my second time at this park and I still believe it to be the nicest in the KOA system. All of the sites are a bit short, but the drives are wide enough to park in front of your rig. They use a lot of water to maintain lush green grass and young trees. The sprinklers run every night and will soak anything you leave outside but do not seem to leave spots. There are some leaking water lines around. The Wi-Fi worked great. The concrete pads are just big enough to back onto for big rigs. The casino is a short 5 minute walk from your site or a free ride on the casino shuttle. Lots of new fun & loose slots and a buffet open almost all day everyday.

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I was very happy with my stay at this park. It is not very big-rig friendly since you have to weave in and out between trees on dirt roads to get to your site. The park staff were all very nice and guide people with big rigs into their sites. All of the sites are plenty long and are very wide. They seemed as large as campsites inside the National Parks, but with the added benefit of full hookups, cable and free wifi. All of the sites are in the forest and have fire pits and picnic tables. Most are close to the creek. There is little chance of receiving a satellite signal at this location though. The park seems to struggle with keeping their cable connections working due to the harsh winters. I was only able to watch 2 TV stations of the 15 cable stations listed. If TV is important to you, you may be unhappy. With so much to do and the beautiful forest, it was no problem for me. The park is older and some of the utilities seem to be after thoughts, but the staff seem to do well to keep everyone happy. The free Wi-Fi worked great for 6 of my 7 nights stay. Verizon cell and data services were weak, but worked too. I would recommend making reservations here. I stayed for a week.

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I was very pleasantly surprised upon arrival. Having stayed at a few fairgrounds in the past, I know that not all of them are nicely kept, but most of them are well priced. The photo on the Fairgrounds website does not do the RV sites justice. I stayed in mid June after a wet spring and was amazed at how green and well kept the entire property is. The grass is nearly pristine and well groomed. No fly or mosquito problems, though there were a lot of gnats. There are new restrooms with showers open on the property. I was the only person at the RV sites for my entire 3 night stay. The sites are close together and there are really only about 24 30-amp full hookup sites, but there is plenty of room for people who want to dry camp since the whole property is grass covered. If there are not many people on property, you will be able to have space between you and your neighbor. I found the park easy to find with several signs posted to guide you to the RV sites. The sites are mostly level and easy to back into. I'm not sure why the prior reviewer didn't do so since there is plenty of room for rigs of all sizes. If there had been a lot of rain, there may be an issue with standing water. The utility connections are like new. It is a great spot to stay when visiting Lava Beds National Monument. Tulelake has only a tiny market and a single expensive gas pump. If you arrive well stocked and with plenty of fuel, you should be happy at this fairgrounds. There is a self pay station at the entry. You can also call ahead to the fairgrounds office to ask how busy the RV sites may be during your planned stay, though I do not believe that they accept reservations. There is no camp host.

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This is the Passport America rate good for 3 nights. It is a very nice relatively new park with paved entry road, concrete pads and great connections. Check your GPS directions as some GPS units will place the park 4 miles away. Convenient access to the new shopping center and local casinos. The staff, office and store are very nice. I feel that the sites could be a bit longer. My 36 foot rig stuck out over the pavement, but I was told that they widened the pavement for that reason. There are some long-term people here and sadly it appears that they ran out of money before being able to finish the park. About 1/3 of the park is complete with pads, pavement and landscaping. As you travel further into the park the concrete pads and pavement become loose gravel and the grass gives way to rocks and weeds. It is still great for the price, but I would recommend requesting a grassy site when you make reservations and I hope that somehow they are able to finish the remainder of the park. I'd definitely come back again.

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This was the weekly rate which makes the park reasonably priced if you have the luxury to stay for a week. I would rate a 9 if the Wi-Fi were free. The sites are long and paved with grass between sites. Sprinklers run during summer months and will likely spot your RV. The park staff are very nice and the surroundings are beautiful. Temps run 5-10 degrees below those in Reno making for comfortable weather. If you stay in spring, don't be surprised if you see snow. The deals at the casino are not as abundant this year as a sign of the times. The restaurant food was still good and dependable, but the slots are not very generous. New carpet, but still looks like it needs some TLC. Overall, it is a great place to stay.

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You can't stay much closer to San Francisco for less then $50 per night. New rates took effect as of May 1st to $44 per night before Good Sam/AAA Discount. This property is immaculate and the hard working host is great. They are adding another 9 sites too. Reservations here should be made months in advance. They work hard to accommodate people, but all of the sites are full nearly every night. It's hard to believe that this is a fairgrounds property since it is nicer than most 5 star resorts. If you are planning a stay in the bay area, this is the place to be.

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This park is the only game in town if you want hookups. The free Wi-Fi at your site is a godsend since there is no cell service in Baker. You can drive about 5 miles away to get a signal on your phone. I stayed very early in the season and only a few others came and went during my 3 night stay. Much of the National Park was still closed due to snow. The young man who checked me in at the bar at 4pm was very nice and friendly. I'm not sure if the prior owners have retired or were out of town. Baker is quite an unusual town whose store does not open until 4pm in the spring. The park is a little funky and there really isnt a road in the park, you just drive up to your hookups. But for a big rig needing hookups, this place is an oasis at Great Basin.

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Wow! This is an EXCELLENT "RV" Park! The price is hard to beat anywhere in the Bay Area. Price reflects Good Sam rate. Make sure to have your card in good standing. There are currently only 2 options to choose from in Napa, and the Expo is hands down the nicest if you like staying at "Modern RV Parks." If you prefer a "Campground" atmosphere, you may prefer nearby Skyline Wilderness Park with nearly the same pricing. The Expo has extra long and wide 75' concrete pads at 12 pull-through sites and 7 long back-in sites. Each site with a large picnic table, wide grassy area and full-hookups. All roads are wide and paved. It was upgraded a few years ago and has no trees at the sites since 150 units use the same space during events held at the expo. There are lots of trees on the Expo property for taking walks or for walking pets. Sites face west, so you get afternoon sun on your patio. But, since each site has 4 sets of connections, you can probably ask if you may face east to get afternoon shade. There are not a lot of HOT days in Napa so, shade trees are not often needed. The nights are always cool and many mornings cloudy from coastal fog. The restrooms and showers are new, clean and private. There is a small laundry room which could be larger or have newer machines. There is free Wi-Fi which works well and the Camp Hosts couldn't be friendlier. Make sure to have reservations since they are full just about every night. They are very accommodating to fit people in whenever possible due to other cancellations. The Park deserves a 10, but there is no pool, spa, cable TV nor activities. Excellent place to stay for the price and location! I will back back again and again.

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The park would have received my 1st 10 rating if not for a few things. The rate is in line with other local parks and this park is very well kept, though more than I usually pay. There are many ample sized full hook-up sites large enough for my 36 ft motorhome, many pull throughs and some with 50amp. The narrow/ roads are a challenge to maneuver without signs to point the way, many grade changes and curves between trees. If you're not good with this, you may want to choose another park. Not a complaint: though the word "Meadow" in the park name could fool you since all sites are heavily pine forested. My rooftop satellite worked on the first try though. WiFi looks good, though I have my own Verizon service which works well. My toad had been covered in gravel from a long drive in the rain. Though washing is not allowed, I wanted to quickly use a hose to rinse my windows so that I could drive to a car wash in town. Using an empty site, I quickly and respectfully used about 2 gallons of water. Then to be confronted by a work-camper and reminded of their no-wash policy and told that she could not rent the site for the night since it was too wet. Though it had rained all day. I'll feel uncomfortable at the park for the remainder of my 6 night stay because of this.

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PPA rate shown. I give them an 8 for effort, but the park is still a work in progress. Very remote, but not far from town. WiFi worked well since there is little Verizon coverage for my air card. A few permanent people in a new park is concerning, but the owner's were very friendly. My site was perfectly level and the owner was grading the entire park during my visit. There is a nice, but narrow grassy area at each site. Sites appear short, but you extend out into VERY wide lanes for all pull-throughs. Still a lot of projects going on, or just part way complete, but I can tell they are working really hard and will gladly come back again.

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YVI & RV Park requested that I write a "NICE" review upon my checkout. I have a feeling that some of the recent reviews online are "Ringers." RVParkreviews is my only reference for locating quality RV Parks and I am grateful. So, I realize that RV Park owners highly value this site too. Overall, I feel that I received a good deal and fair treatment at this park; though I want to point out that I choose RV parks based on ratings, then price. If a park accepts a 50% discount camping plan, that is secondary and an added bonus. I'm often reluctant to use PPA as I sense the negative reaction of RV Parks when I ask about using PPA and don't feel as welcome at the parks. I'd like RV Park owners to note that we all want to be 100% welcome even if we are paying 50% the price. YVI does a pretty good job for a new RV Park. I was here early in the season and the restaurant was not yet open. The PPA site shows that they accept PPA for 2 nights on W/E AND Full hook-ups, though they would not book me into a FHU with my PPA discount, even though they were not busy, but they did NOT charge me $5 to dump. I think that all of the W/E sites are 30 amp only, but have nicer views and are larger than the FHU sites. The park gets 2nd prize for worst water pressure which took about 1 minute to kick in and they request no use of personal washer/dryers. The laundry is good, but could be nicer. Very low water pressure here too and almost no hot water. True, they are 30 miles from Yellowstone, but it is another 27 miles from here to the Lake and almost 100 miles each way to the main geyser basins. Because of this, I would not choose to stay here as a base camp for visiting Yellowstone. If you can bare being without power, many campgrounds within the park are very nice, or there is another nice RV park in West Yellowstone much closer to the attractions.

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The owner works hard to make this park nice. Arriving only days after the park opening for the season, I could tell that a lot had been done to make the park ready. I don't suggest using email to make a reservation since I did and arrived without them expecting me. It appears to be CASH only as well. A sign on the highway advertises full hook-ups, but I could not find any while at the park. I also did not know that they had 50 amp sites, though they may, but was not told, nor offered one. I was quickly offered a nice long site that backs up to the creek which roars during early season. It was very nice down there with plenty of space and fire rings and fires allowed at many of the sites. Nobody seemed to care about other campers with their unleashed dogs in the park. There is a very tight and narrow curve on the hillside leading to the section below: Beware. If you like to keep your indoors clean, I would not recommend staying near the creek in late May/early June being that all of the trees drop sticky seeds and leave stains. I needed to use a scrub brush to clean my shoes every time that I went inside. And forget about it if you have pets. It is gorgeous though, just outside of town and down the road from the scenic start of the Beartooth Hwy. The park was fogged in for most of my stay, though sunny toward the Beartooth just a few miles down. Forget about using a rooftop satellite down below: too many trees, and no local TV antenna reception. That being said, I would go back again: just later in the season.

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This park is an amazing oasis of wildlife just outside of downtown Riverside and located close to many RV dealerships and shopping. I saw more wildlife at this county park than at any other place I have visited. There are only 12 full hook-up sites, but you can reserve online and pick your own site at the Riverside County Parks website. You can also get in for half-price Mon - Thurs if you have a Passport America Membership. The full hookup sites are on the lake and are quite large. They allow campfires too. They are doing an expansion to include a mini golf course, more campsites and activities to open in May 2009. I have stayed there many times and have always been very happy. The staff are very nice and regularly patrol the park with gated security.

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Of more than 50 parks visited over the year, this park was by far my most favorite. I stayed during a very slow period just after a cold spell when snow had fallen at the park. The snow had melted and the weather was comfortable for February in the low 60's. The drive up is somewhat challenging, but it is not long at a little less than 8 miles. You climb from about 2,500 to an elevation of 4,000 ft before dropping down to the valley at 3,700 ft. The park is very large and divided into 6 different sections with varying types of sites. Shaded, some shade, secluded, pull-through, back-in, pull-in, etc. Nearly all of the sites are quite large and are not set up in lines like in a parking lot and like so many other resorts. You can get a true feeling of being in the great outdoors with beautiful scenery from every site. All of the interior roads are paved as well as the sites. There are picnic tables and grills at each site too. The restaurant and bar are great. The store is well stocked and the staff are all very friendly. There are a lot of activities during summer and lots for kids to do. It was beautifully quiet in February. Summer may be a tad noisy, but there are many sites far and away from all of the activities. The resort town of Idyllwild is just 16 miles away and there is plenty of shopping in Banning just at the bottom of the hill: 15 minutes away by car. I will be back to this park many times. I can't say enough, how much I enjoyed myself here.

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I apologize to all who would disagree with me, but who wants to stay in a gravel parking lot when there are so many other beautiful choices? I am of the "Old School" where people went to campgrounds to enjoy the scenery and the great outdoors. Not to be herded into a parking lot! The desert is beautiful in winter, but unless you like to 4-wheel, I don't see why people would enjoy themselves at this park. The people at the park were friendly and welcoming and the park is relatively full in winter. It's just that the park is 100% gravel and is enclosed by a chain linked fence. It has no plants nor trees inside other than a few around the office and activity center. Unless you have a site on the edge, there is no view of the desert. The sites are all good sized and there is now Free Wi-Fi. Cell service is good. The drive in is not too bad and the park is quiet. There are no major grocery stores in the area. Planning ahead for meals is recommended. I only stayed one night when I originally planned for three. I don't foresee a reason to come back. Sorry.