Date of Stay: July, 2014
First, heed the words of wisdom regarding not coming in over Hood River bridge. While it is passable, it would be hard on the nerves after a day of pulling. The entrance to the park, as well as some of the turns within the park are tight, but again possible. We travel in a 39' fifth wheel and were able to maneuver successfully. The park itself is quite nice. All the spaces are paved with greater than average spacing between sites with trees. There is a picnic table at each site. Everything is well maintained with attention to detail. The bathrooms require a code and are clean. While we didn't use the showers, they do take quarters to use them. There are laundry facilities on site too. The owner and his son are quite pleasant as are others who work here. Yes, there are trains, but it's not that bad, and I'm noise sensitive. You are on a river and most rivers I've seen do have train tracks on them. Given the fact you are in a gorge, a lot of people and transportation share the same space. You are right off the main highway, so there is some highway noise for all the reasons I stated earlier. There's a wall between the road and the campground. This is the nicest campground in this area. They provide cable in their pricing as well. There's a very nice dog park too. The Wi-Fi is usable with hardly any loss in bandwidth when the park is full. We liked it so much we extended our stay.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
The nightly rate quoted was based upon the premium location weekly rate. We've given out 10 ratings to very few locations, but this park deserves it. The spots had a ton of room, were paved with large bricks and had a storage facility on the location. Instead of a picnic table, you have a dining settee with two chairs. There are back-in sites and pull-throughs. The grounds are well cared for with the groundskeepers picking up pine cones that fall. A newspaper is delivered to your door daily. There is movie night every other week with a movie for the children showing first then one for adults with free popcorn for all. There's coffee/pastries every morning too. They have an exercise room, hot tub, and sauna but we coudn't find its location. They have a certified yoga instructor there each Saturday. This gives you an idea of what to expect. Their customer service and hospitality was second to none. We would definitely return here when in the area.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
First, this park is not in Bend. It is about 37 miles SW of Bend. Do not trust your GPS. Use their directions. This is not an RV resort, but it is a very nice campground. Our site backed up to the lake where we saw bald eagles and osprey. You can see snow covered mountains too. We couldn't stay the entire month we booked unfortunately because their power was not reliable. We did have LTE Verizon coverage in our spot which really surprised us for the location. I don't think all spots were this fortunate. We work from our rig, so this is important to us along with power. The owner told us the power was installed 35 years ago and couldn't confirm its reliability, so we had to leave after two nights unfortunately. On check-in, we weren't charged the $1 fee, and the balance was refunded when we had to leave early. The store and surrounding grounds were in tip top shape. If you do stay at this campground, you would be wise to have a power monitoring system on your rig. We would consider returning. It's a great location. You are remote, so just be prepared for it. It reminded me of places we'd tent and popup camped in the past. It had that vibe.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This is an older homey campground, designed when RVs didn't have slideouts. The spacing is adequate, but the picnic table can be closer to the sewer hose than you are used to when parked. All sites are perpendicular to the horseshoe parking lot. We had no problem parking even when the truck next to our site did not move. The owner came out as we drove in and advised us of our site number. She said her husband would come out to help park us if needed. As we checked cell coverage, he came over to the site with our mail and literature about the park. When we checked the cell signal, it was marginal. While I checked with the owners before booking about cell coverage, we noticed there were disclaimers on their literature. We work from our rig. When we logged in the next day, there were issues. We found out the cell service is supported by the local phone company for the coastal region, and others who depended on reliable signal were frequently challenged at this park. We had to leave the park the next day after planning to stay for one month. Their monthly rate is $360 with a $60/deposit for electricity. You are responsible for your electricity costs. The power was clean with 50 amp service. If cell coverage is important to you, be aware this area of the state is coming up to speed, and you will very likely experience speed/connectivity issues. Overall, the park was in good shape and acceptable. They have a lovely walk down to the river with a two acre dog run where your dogs can run off leash. It's a very nice location, and when we retire and leave all this technology behind, we hope to stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This is pretty much a one night campground for folks traveling the interstate which butts up against this campground. The interstate noise is not bad, and I'm noise sensitive. The campground is for sale, but don't let that worry you. The rates posted are substantially higher, but give the phone number a ring and it will be reduced especially if you are a member of camping "clubs" like Good Sam. All sites are pull through and fairly level. The back row of 12 are all FHU, the middle row of ~14 are water/power and front row is all tent camping. Dump station on site in the back row. There is shade here too. All sites are pull through. Only 30 amp though. Plenty of room between sites. No owner/work campers on site so you are on the honor system for payment. They do allow you to wash/wax your rig on site. There is no wifi/cable. We were able to get satellite reception. Verizon data/cell service were terrific. The Riverside Restaurant just a little drive down the road will provide a good meal with ample portions and acceptable pricing. If you get a chance to make it to Buhl, we found an amazingly good Mexican restaurant called La Plaza. Pick up some of her tamales for the freezer. We did when we were here earlier in the year. She wraps them individually, and if she doesn't have them ready, she'll make them for you if you provide her enough time. Her food is really not to be missed. Hagerman is a beautiful area with good Harley rides, hot springs down the road, fossil beds and the Oregon trail ran through here. We would return to this campground.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This is our second time at this park in a year. Long pull throughs, lots of shade, very good wifi, probably difficult to get satellite because of trees, no cable provided, 50 amp service and good Verizon cell service. You will probably have to level your rig but not that much. There are a few permanent residents, but they are good folks who keep things neat/tidy. There is an aggressive dog towards the back of the park if you walk the campground roads, but he is behind a fence. Nothing to worry about but be prepared. He seems to enjoy waiting for you to be right up in the area before barking his head off at you. If you make fun of him, he goes and lays down, but it'll startle you if you're not ready for it. The rate quoted is weekly rate with tax. I enjoy this campground, but this time we had to move early. They don't allow you to wash your rigs here. We'd asked before we arrived and were told we could use a mobile service. We lined that up and were told we couldn't do that either - disappointing. We get this is the man's business to run as he wants, but to pull out two days early in order to get this work done on the rig was a bit of a hassle. He is concerned water will get on the neighboring rigs. Wish his campworkers were clear on their understanding on this. They are pretty much the best thing going in this area, so I'm sure we'll return. We'll just make sure we wash/wax before we get there. The wind does pick up at random times here so watch your awning. We saw someone completely lose their's. This area is beautiful in it's own way. Quite a lot of agriculture going on, so it can be dusty at times. There weren't the flies we encountered here last time either. Check out The Riverboat Restaurant; we had a nice meal there. Portions were ample, and the pricing was good. Urbanspoon has them rated low, but we are foodies and found the meal very acceptable. Make sure you find your way to Buhl and eat at La Plaza. Some of the best homemade Mexican food ever; we always purchase some of her tamales to stock the freezer before leaving. Call ahead and if she's out of product, she'll make them for you. Harley rides are good in this area too. Check out the fossil beds and Oregon trail as you work up an appetite for these two restaurants.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
This RV Resort is under construction and about 2/3 complete. The facility was extremely nice and so was the staff. The facility requires a gate code to enter the premises that is unique to each site, as well as use the pool/hot tub area. There's an outside fire pit, basketball court, shuffleboard, ping pong, activities center with kitchen, very nice playground with swing set, horseshoes, pet walk area. Sprinklers do run 2X/day.There are plenty of restrooms for the number of spaces. Everything here is top notch. I do believe we received a discounted rate because of construction during our month's stay. We did not have a meter on site yet either. From what I gather 500 kWh are included in the pricing and after this you are charged, but I am unsure of the rate. In discussion with the management here, they do expect to raise monthly rates when construction is complete. The pricing may vary depending on how much cement you want to pay for where you park. The laundry facilities are also quite nice. $1.50 to wash and same for drying. The spacing between sites is better than most parks in this area. We found two nice places to eat while here: Kneader's and Tamahura in Midway. Wal-Mart is quite close, as is Day's Market and Smith's for groceries. The only reason why we rated this facility a '9' is because of Wi-Fi. It's good but when greater than half full, there's not enough bandwidth. I'm sure they'll correct this in time though as they learn about demand needs. You should be relaxing anyway, right? But for those of us that still work, it's a nice perk when in a facility. We would definitely return.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
This RV park is hard to rate. It's the best one in the area, and we would stay here again. It's just a "tired" RV park. The rates are high for an "RV Park" and not resort-like facility. $40/night with the Good Sam discount. The facilities are in very good shape. The spacing is adequate, but a little too chummy for my taste if I were to stay long term. There are BBQ grills at a lot of sites. Some of the sites are concrete pads, but most are gravel. The hookups worked fine, and they have cable. The WIFI was sketchy when we first arrived, and the park was about 25% full. We telecommute and while we don't rely on parks to provide our access, it's nice to use if available. We couldn't work on it until early morning hours or when the place emptied out. There are some long term worker tenants, but they are kept away from the overnight area for the most part. It feels a little odd when you drive into the park, but it's safe. There are picnic tables at every site too. The tent area had electric and water. Other than agriculture, the town seems to rely on it's 'spot in the road' in the middle of practically nowhere to survive. Do frequent their local stores/restaurants, and you'll receive some great service. Don't forget to tip. The scenery here is quite beautiful, and we even saw a bald eagle.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
This is an amazing place to stay/camp, so it fills up quickly. The rate is $24/night with a $7/day park access fee bringing the total to $31/night. The view of the Colorado National Monument from our site was spectacular. We were in site 6. There are nice hiking paths along the Colorado river. You can also fist in the stocked lakes. Tenters also use the RV spots so this is why you have to book early if you want to get into the park; they take up RV spots. It is what it is - not complaining. Every spot has a fire pit, and they sell wood for $5/bundle. Every spot has a metal shelter with a picnic table under it, also metal. You can't extend your awning as a result, but this was not an issue for us. The hookups were all in excellent working order. There is no WIFI provided. You are just about 1/2 mile off the interstate, but this was not issue. I'm noise sensitive, and it didn't bother me. The campground was immaculately clean, and the grounds were in beautiful natural shape. They do run sprinklers daily but there are signs advising you of same. We would definitely stay here again planning way in advance because we had to leave sooner than we wanted because it is such a popular place - and for good reason. You are close to many amenities if you decide you don't want to stay in your rig all the time too. But why leave such a beautiful spot?
Date of Stay: April, 2014
Rate reflected is monthly Winter rate, and the campground charges $0.14/kWh. This is a great park overall with lots to do for the children or young at heart. All the outbuildings are in top notch shape, as well as the facilities. They have ping pong, foosball, shuffleboard, a pool, gaga ball pit, playground, and lots of room to have fun. The interior roads are gravel (thick in some spots) so the children will have to be pretty good riders to push through at times. There's a good, not heavily traveled, road that is just outside the park for asphalt riding. The WiFi was consistent/included in the price, and the owners/camphosts were really nice people. This is a very hospitable campground. There's a large "bark park" for people with furry children. The spacing between sites is fairly good for this part of the country. Some are closer than others, so look around before selecting your site. I tend to like more room and had no problem on the spacing. We would not hesitate to stay with these folks again. The nightly rate varies based upon day of the week. Weekends can be pricey at $45/night, but they offer good discounts so just ask. Happy trails!
Date of Stay: December, 2013
This is our second time at Justin's, and it is just like we remember. The camp hostess continues to be a wonderful person. You have to be self-contained to stay here, and there are many folks who return annually who are quite friendly. This park was built with becoming a park model facility in mind, so the spaces are sizeable. Some of the sewer placements are a bit squirrelly, so be prepared to use two hoses in some places. The cost is all inclusive, and they ask that you do not use electric heaters/dryer. The Wi-Fi could use some work. It's not strong although there are several towers within the park, and sometimes there is no connection to the internet, but you can hit their router. Be prepared to run off a data card if you need reliable signal. This campground butts up against the Sonoran Desert, and you can access it from the campground. Don't miss it! Also, Tiny's Saloon is up the road, and they have the best wings. We talked about them for two years and were glad to see nothing changed with the recipe in this local hangout. You are a little remote at this campground, but I like to still feel like I'm camping even though we live in a 40' toy hauler, so it's worth a little driving for me to get to the grocery store, etc. Our friends stayed at other places locally, and they are packed in like sardines. No, thanks. Casino del Sol is just around the corner too if you're inclinced. As is, Wal-Mart and grocery stores - all within a 15 min drive. There's also a clay shooting range, as well as, pistol shooting ranges close by for your convenience. There's a great church, Holy Cross Church, in town too (Presbyterian PCA). If the weather chases us south again, this park will be at the top of our list!
Date of Stay: December, 2013
This park has recently expanded with an eye on quality. I cannot remember the woman's name who checked us into the site just as it was getting dark, but she makes the place with her friendliness! She waited in the golf cart to park us even though it was well past quitting time and dark. Wickenburg is a great little town we explored back in 2011, and we were glad to be back if only for one night. As I said, they've expanded. The sites are all level and just about all are pull-throughs. We paid $38.08 for the night. We've made reservations to return for a longer stay in early 2014. It's beautiful country around this area with lots to do especially if you ride a motorcycle or ATV. Folks who were around us were quite friendly, and we look forward to our return.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
If you are not into the Second Amendment, don't come here. If you are, this place is heaven! I'm so glad we stumbled onto this campground because it's been a lot of fun! Pricing is "different." In order to stay, the rate is $395/month, but you have to purchase shooting passes for each person. We chose the pistol/rifle passes for $90/each bringing the grand total to $575/month. After the first month, you pay $600/month. The shooting facilities are second to none, but we also enjoyed NRA's Whittington Center in northern NM. The sites are large in width and depth which is unusual in the Western facilities we've experienced to date. The only screwy thing is they have a new reservation system, so they cannot tell if someone is beside you or not. So, you'll have all these empty spaces and get a neighbor. It's not that we are unsociable, but we do enjoy some sense of privacy if it's available. There are NO facilities because the focus is the gun range, so you have to be self contained. The site is gravel, but not the annoying kind. The gravel's not too big and not too small, so it stays right where it should...outside. Your 'rear end' faces Las Vegas, and as the lights come on at night, you're in for a huge treat especially if you have a toy hauler like us. Wal-Mart, grocery stores and the things a full timer needs are pretty close. Because of the facilities, it's an easy place to exercise too because of the sidewalks and roads. There's no Wi-Fi, but our Verizon cell/data worked great. The power pedestal was ultra modern. The people working here only enhanced the comfortable feeling we had while staying here a few months.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
This is a nice campground with lots of shade, which is important if you are here in the summer months. The rate reflected is a weekly rate with tax. We found lots to do in the area, and the 1000 springs drive up/down Hwy 30 is not to be missed. The campground spacing is "normal" with 75' long pull through sites. They are almost level. There are a few permanent folks living here, but the rigs are kept nicely. They do provide Wi-Fi that was nice/strong while we were here. Verizon cell and data are 4G. I still don't understand campgrounds that place you close to other campers when there is lots of space. You can be close to the road, but the road noise has not been bad. I am road noise and odor sensitive - more on that later. It is easy to maneuver in this park too; we are a 39' toy hauler and had no issues. They do run an irrigation system at night, so you do have to put up your toys, but they warn you about it. It's quiet at night here. The only downsides were a very faint cow odor, but hey, you're in the middle of an agriculture belt. But, they do have TONS of flies! I mean TONS! We purchased a fly trap and ran the fan when we were outside. When I mentioned the flies to a local, they said, "yea, they are bad and it's not even October yet!" I don't want to see October! HaHa. This seems to be something normal here. They even sold fly spray in Sun Valley, so even the ultra rich have flies here. Seriously, it's a beautiful part of the country. Don't pass is up...just come prepared.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
We originally booked to stay one month, but after seeing the RV park, we moved. The RV park is on the river. You do have to check in at the tavern, which is a nice place. The people managing the park could not have been more nice. There are basically no trees so no shade. The entire park is gravel/dirt, so when the wind blows, you are eating dirt. You cannot leave your windows open for the dust and the heat. It is in a great location though, but for me, it's a little too commercial. For example, you are literally a stone's throw from a Family Dollar store. It just wasn't the experience we wanted for such a incredibly beautiful location.