Date of Stay: February, 2011
We stayed on an ROD reservation at no cost. Our original reservation was for 7 nights but we left after 3 primarily due to low voltage at sites. At check-in I asked if there were any electrical problems and was told "No" by the ranger at the entry station. A couple hours later I overheard another camper ask the same ranger if they had voltage problems and he said "Yes". Voltage was in the minimum range (112-114) during the day but hovered around 108 at night and was as low as 106 at times. We were forced to use as much gas operation as possible (refrigerator, furnace, and water heater) and battery powered lights. We only used a coffee pot and microwave oven sparingly but with our fingers crossed. My biggest concern was the new converter we had recently installed, but it came through without any noticeable problems. We were assigned to the area north of the highway (no sewer hookups) and were told that was where all ROD guests were placed. We learned that the honey wagon service fee had been increased to $20 from $15 and that there were no exceptions for ROD guests as there are at other ROD resorts. Verizon service, both voice and data, was non-existent even with an external antenna. Wireless internet service cost $5 per day which we passed on not knowing how reliable it was. There was no cable service and we could only get a few TV stations using our digital box. Many of the sites in the section we were in had electrical boxes that were out of order. The site we chose had dual receptacles and the one for our site was not working so we had to use the one for the adjacent site which fortunately was not occupied. We saw at least one other camper that had their power cord plugged to a nearby site. These issues factored in our decision to move to another ROD park that had none of these problems/issues. Otherwise, the park was OK with a decent location about 25 miles from downtown San Diego. It is only about 6.5 air miles from the Mexican border and we saw several Border Patrol vehicles while there. A "Border Patrol Seminar" was even offered by the park management.
Date of Stay: September, 2010
Our stay was under ROD and the rate listed was for optional cable and wireless internet. As noted in other reviews cable TV was limited to 4 Denver network stations. TengoInternet service has been changed to allow a fairly good amount of use daily and we only maxed out one day. This is much better than the last time we "tried" to use TengoInternet at another WH resort. We were in a site at the front of the park and had minimal but usable Verizon signals for both voice and internet. The site required some leveling but not more that would be expected at many parks. The vegetation in and between sites is natural for the area. Overall, we had a great first experience at Blue Mesa and would stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
What this little park lacks in amenities it more than makes up for in hospitality, cleanliness and location. It is just 6 miles from the west entrance to Glacier National Park. The owner/operator couple are very friendly and accommodating. The toilets and showers were newer and spotless. We were assigned a pull-through (site 3) that was one of the most narrow in the park but we had no problem getting our 36' 5th wheel with 3 slides into it. There are no sewer hookups but they have an on-demand honey wagon service and we had no problem accessing the dump station at the rear of the park when we left. The train tracks are about a quarter mile away and could be heard through the forest but were not too loud. They are very pet friendly and even offer kennel service for a reasonable fee (flat rate per kennel for one or more pets). The amount we paid reflects the American Camping Network (ACN) member rate. We would definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
Our stay here was on an ROD reservation. The only extra cost was for cable TV ($1 per day). This is a very nice park in a great setting. It is VERY convenient to both Newport, WA and Oldtown, ID. In fact, we think the state line ran through the center of our 5th wheel. McDonalds and a Safeway (with diesel fuel) were within walking distance from the park (only a few hundred feet). We were assigned site 4 about 30 feet above and overlooking the Pend Oreille (pronounced "ponderay") River with tall pine trees between our unit and the river. The campground has river front access with a boat launch and docks. We used an inflatable kayak in the river and had little trouble paddling up stream. The host was very nice and accommodating. Newport is centrally located for day trips to some very scenic areas in northeast Washington, northern Idaho and British Columbia, Canada. Don't miss Priest Lake and Coeur d'Alene Lake both in Idaho about 30 to 40 miles away. We would definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: January, 2009
We stayed on a Resorts of Distinction reservation and paid nothing (50 amp service and TengoInternet wireless were included). Great park within easy access to New Orleans. It is located in a grove of mature southern pine trees with lots of grass. Sites and roads are gravel surfaced that are well maintained, no dust while we were there. The lakes are very nice. The new owners continue to make improvements. Wireless internet reception was good and our Alltel/Verizon signal was strong. Highway 435 from Abita Springs to the park was no problem for our 36 ft. 5th wheel, however, a newly constructed traffic circle in town was tight for our rig and was a bit confusing. Rather than continuing straight on Level Rd., it is better to go around the circle and head north on Maple St./Highway 36 for one block and turn right on Main St. This is the truck route through town for Highway 435. Initially, we made a wrong turn and went south on Highway 36. There was no opportunity to turn around until the airport which is about 3.5 miles from the traffic circle. When we got back to town, it was impossible to make the turn onto Level St. from the traffic circle so we found the alternate route described above by mistake. It turned out to be the better route. We will definitely stay here again if we return to this area.
Date of Stay: November, 2008
Ditto to previous reviews; can't get much better than this. We stayed on a Resorts of Distinction reservation. The $1/day fee was for TengoInternet Wi-Fi service which was very good. Cable is not available as the commercial service has not reached the park yet. They are wired for it so it's just a matter of time. We will definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
This is a very good park in a great location off the beaten path about an hour from Lake Tahoe.There are only a few sites with full hookup, and they are in a very tight, confined location away from the river. River sites and roads are not paved and do not have sewer hookups. They offer honey wagon service (on Mondays when we were there) for a fee ($15 for up to 3 pulls). There are three access routes (Shingle Springs and Placerville off Highway 50 and Auburn off I-80), but the Auburn access is not recommended, especially for big rigs. Shingle Springs is a little longer than Placerville but the road is better for big rigs.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
First class in almost every respect! We stayed on an ROD reservation and paid nothing (no extras or add-ons). They say they are the most popular ROD park and I don't doubt it. We were in site 56 near the clubhouse and had a sewer hookup and a good cell signal (Alltel/Verizon). On the down side cell coverage is limited in most of the park. We saw people walking to the clubhouse to use their phones. No cable and almost no TV over the air. The positives more than outweigh these negatives. A few sites are right on the Russian River. Lots of things to do and see nearby: wine country (the park is in Sonoma County and the Napa Valley is about 45 minutes to an hour away), the Pacific coast about 4 miles west (Fort Ross State Historic Park is a must see), small towns with lots of quaint shopping for the ladies, etc. I am looking forward to playing golf at the Northwoods about 8 miles east in Rio Monte. It's a great 9 hole, par 36 course; emerald green in a redwood forest setting along the Russian River. We will definitely stay here if we are ever again in this part of the county.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
We used Resorts Of Distinction for our reservation. We got to Indian Waters on the day they were opening for the season. They were planting the winter grass so things were a little out of the ordinary. The only issue was that the sprinklers were set to go off several times leaving things a little wet most of the time. That should be over by the middle of October. We had site 141 that was in the member area so it is possible to get a site with sewer hookups even if not a member. It had a large carob tree that provided lots of afternoon shade. It was very close to the pool, restrooms, shower, laundry, and activity room. Everything was very well maintained even though it was opening day. We had stayed in the area without sewer hookups previously and it was very nice; new and well designed, plenty of room. It is an RV park in an urban setting so you need to expect things that you would experience in such a setting. On the plus side shopping was nearby and plentiful as were places to eat. Three casinos are within a 10 minute drive. There is some noise but not too noticeable. We would definitely stay there again.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
A first class resort in all respects. We stayed using our Resorts Of Distinction membership and paid nothing. I had to list $1 to make the web page accept the review. Great location near Yosemite National Park's south entrance. Located in a ponderosa pine forest with oak, young redwood and other trees plentiful. The facilities are well maintained and activities are well organized. Wi-Fi availability is limited but they are expecting to install more antennae soon to make it available throughout the park. The lake is within walking distance and several services including Post Office are available next door at The Pines Village Resort. All services are about 15 minutes away in Oakhurst. Yosemite's entrance is about 15 miles north on Hwy 41 but Yosemite Valley is about an hour drive on this winding 35 mph road once you enter the park. We would definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2008
This is our home park and have been members for over 20 years. The park is on Oak Creek about 10 miles down stream from Sedona, AZ, a world renown tourist destination. Being on Oak Creek and so close to Sedona are the biggest pluses for this park. It has giant sycamore trees for shade and several sites are right on the creek. On the down side, they have experienced damaging floods several times over the past 20 years so they seem to be in a perpetual state of rebuilding and have not fully recovered from the last flood. All-in-all this is a great park for us and we will be staying there at least once each year.