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City of Rocks is such a great park I can't imagine anyone disliking it. It's located in the most spectacular setting amid fabulous giant rock formations which can be explored to your heart's content. Although the hook-up sites (electric and water only) are out in the open and lined up all in a row, the non-hookup sites are tucked into all the nooks and crannies of the rocks, offering plenty of opportunities for privacy and visual delight. The only downside to picking your site is that the access to it can be bumpy and confusing. A few more directional signs would be most welcome!. The non-hookup sites are especially great for those of us with smaller rigs or tent campers. Big rig owners will most likely prefer the hook-up sites. Take your time and give the campground a thorough look-see if you can before you pick your spot. Most of the non-hookup sites are first come-first served. We arrived on a Sunday and were surprised to find most of the sites occupied. The strange thing was that we didn't see any tents or RVs at a lot of them. Turns out that many families come out for the day and by paying the day-use fee they can occupy a camp site. So if you don't find anything, ask the folks occupying a site if they're just there for the day. You may be able to park at the Visitors Center until they leave and you can have the site. Not sure if that's allowed or not, but it would be worth asking about at the Visitors Center. There are clean vault toilets around the campground as well as water spigots. Flush toilets and showers are available up by the Visitors Center. There are several nice trails to hike as well as a little botanical garden to stroll through. The Visitors Center is staffed with friendly knowledgeable folks. The only thing this park lacks is a dump station so be prepared to dump your tanks some.

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We stayed on two different occasions in March. On our first stay we dry camped for $5/night for two nights until we could move to a full-hook up site (which cost $20/night plus electricity) where we stayed for three more nights. On our second visit we just stayed overnight in the dry-camp area. Whichever way you go you'll get great value and a very pleasant stay. The dry-camp area is close to the office and restrooms/showers. You may have to walk or drive a short distance to access the clubhouse and laundry as this is a large park. Full hook-up sites may be anywhere in the park and their availability depends on whether or not the lease-holder of any particular site is using it at the moment. We were placed in a site quite near the clubhouse which made getting an internet connection pretty easy. I do wish WiFi was more readily available throughout the park. This park has anything an RVer might want or need - a nice clubhouse, many planned activities, a clean spacious laundry, an extensive book and DVD library, a workshop where one can borrow tools, propane sold twice a week, a dump station and air and water fill. The residents are extremely friendly and justifiably proud of their park. Everything is neat as a pin and well maintained. We enjoyed looking at all the different "casitas" that leaseholders have erected on their lots - some plain and simple and others quite elaborate. I only have two small complaints. One is that the restrooms/showers available for people dry camping are rather dated, small and in need of some updating. They were always clean however. Secondly, in the hot desert climate, it would be really great to have a pool!

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Gilbert Ray makes a good base camp for exploring the Tucson environs. The park does not take reservations so it pays to come in early and on a weekday. We came in on a Thurs. morning around 11:00 and the campground was already about 3/4 full I'd say and by that night it was totally full and remained that way all through the weekend. The check-in system is well thought out and the staff is good about matching the size of your rig to the size of the site they assign to you. The sites are close together but feel private because of all the native vegetation. All sites have electricity but no water or sewer hook-ups. There are dump stations and water fill stations available however and there are water spigots scattered around each loop. Flush toilets and sinks are available in the restrooms, but no showers. The Visitors Center has friendly knowledgeable staff and is well stocked with information on trails in the area, things to do, places to eat, where to get RV services etc. As others have said, do not approach the park via Gates Pass unless you're in a camper van or truck camper or something similar. It is extremely narrow, steep and twisting! A must drive in your car or tow vehicle though!

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Our third time to camp at Picacho which is a very well run and scenic park. The rest rooms were kept very clean and the showers are spacious. My only complaint about the showers is that they have those water restricting spray heads that mean that the water is hot at the top of your head, warm at your shoulders and cold by the time it hits your waist. I understand the reason for this, but it makes for chilly showers. I also wish that there were a couple of paths to the restrooms cutting through the campground loops so that if you're camped in a spot far from the restrooms you didn't have to walk all the way around the loop to get to them. These are minor issues though and we would definitely stay here again.

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Rockhouse Trail (also known as Rockhouse Road) is an area of dispersed camping in Anza-Borrego State Park. This is an easily accessed FREE boondocking area off S22 and about a 15 minute drive into Borrego Springs. If you like desert scenery and a degree of solitude and can do without all the amenities that come with standard campgrounds, this is the place for you. There's room for lots of rigs and you can set up close to a neighbor or far apart, whatever suits you and your neighbor's fancy. Any size rig will do fine here as long as you're careful - some tracks can be sandy. Be aware that there are NO services here, not even trash dumpsters. Come in with a full fresh water tank and empty holding tanks. Be a conscientious camper and pack it in and pack it out. Ground fires are not permitted here, but you can have a fire in a metal container of some sort. We had good cell reception with AT&T. After your stay at Rockhouse you can dump your tanks, fill fresh water and take showers at Palm Canyon Campground near the Visitors Center in the park proper by paying the $10 day use fee.

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This is definitely not a destination RV resort but then it doesn't purport to be. The RV park itself is just up a small rise from the Texaco/convenience store at the intersection with I-8.The sites are dirt/sand/ with small concrete patios. There is some nice desert vegetation separating each site from its neighbor. The park was only about a quarter full when we were there and it looked like most of those were long term residents. There are showers located in a single wide trailer in the campground but we didn't use them so I can't comment on their condition. I don't think there were toilets there but clean restrooms are available at the convenience store. In addition to the gas station, there is a gift shop, coffee bar, Quiznos sub shop and an ice cream counter. The store also sells a variety of dates and baked goods featuring dates. The train track does run right along the border of the park and trains go by frequently. Perhaps we have just gotten used to trains in the West and Southwest, but we didn't find them objectionable since they don't blow their horns as they go by. Also, it was cool enough that we didn't need our windows open. If you can't stand any train noise, then you won't like this park. WiFi is available at the store for free but there is no WiFi at the campground itself. While not fancy, this park is clean, safe and good for an overnight stop at a very reasonable price.

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We just stayed one night on our way south, but if we'd had more time we would have enjoyed exploring the many trails at this pretty park. We arrived in the dark and were dismayed to find a log gate across the entrance road with a sign saying the park closed at dusk! I had checked online to make sure the park was open for camping year round. My husband got out of the truck and discovered that the gate was not locked and could be opened to allow campers in or out. The gate is merely to deter non-campers from coming into the park when closed to day visitors. We camped in the open area in order to have an electric/water hook-up. Very dark and quiet so it made for a good night's rest.

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About the only game in town. We stayed here while visiting relatives. On the plus side the campground was relatively clean and quiet and had easy access to some nice walking paths. The campground host was friendly and easy going. On the negative side, the bathrooms were located in concrete block buildings with concrete floors and no heat. Cold at this time of the year! The showers have those atomizing, flow restricting shower-heads that result in hot water near your head, warm water at your shoulders and cold water from there on down. I only took one shower and then used our trailer's shower. This is an OK plae to stay but seems over-priced for what you get.

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We often stay here on our way north or south on I-5. It's always a pleasant stay and this time was no exception. The park is quiet and well run and close to many amenities. We would definitely stay here again.

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I'm surprised that no one else has rated this State Park since I last did back in 2012! First, let me say that the park has made some significant improvements since then. For one thing there are now paved parking spots for all the sites which is nice. Fees of course have gone up some. There are two sections to this park and most people stay in the main one. In addition to that there is a smaller and more primitive area with just 6 sites. That is where we camped. There are no reservations for this section but if you can snag a spot there you'll be glad you did because they have great views of the lake and some are right on the shore. There are sharp turns into this section but the sites are large and spacious. Really big rigs will be more comfortable in the main campground. This section has no hook-ups, but makes up for that lack with its peacefulness and scenery. In addition to the campsites there are also a boat launch and day use area. A short nature trail connects this section to the main campground.

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You must stop at the entrance station when you enter the park, whether you have a reservation or not (we didn't). If you don't have a reservation you must get a list of available sites from the ranger on duty or if no one is there copy down the site numbers from a list that's posted outside the entrance station (hint: use your cell phone to snap a picture of the list). Sites have different rates based on if they're considered Premium, Choice, Basic, etc. It's a confusing system. In our case when we stopped at the entrance station a nice lady was there to help us. Unfortunately she seemed to be new to the job and had some trouble answering our questions. She finally gave us a list of about a half-dozen sites available for one night and off we went to select one. We noticed at least two really nice sites right on the water that were unoccupied and had no reservation tags on them, but since they weren't on the list the employee had given us, we passed them up. Turned out they were available after all but we didn't discover that until the next morning. We camped in the East Campground which is nicely groomed with lots of grass and big trees. There are restrooms, showers and a dump station. If you don't have a water/electric site you will have trouble filling your fresh water tank if you need to because although there are water spigots throughout the park none of them are threaded so you can't attach a hose. We finally pulled into an empty hook-up site to fill our tank.

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Falls Creek is a lovely primitive Forest Service campground on the banks of the Chewuch River just north of Winthrop, WA. This campground is suitable for those with small trailers, tent trailers, pick-up campers, camper vans, etc. The Forest Service claims the sites can accommodate trailers up to 18' in length, but you could easily get slightly longer trailers into some of the sites. There is water available at a centrally located old fashioned hand-pump spigot and there are two vault toilets which we found to be clean and relatively odor free. The road into the campground from Winthrop is paved all the way. Interior campground roads are dirt and gravel. A beautiful waterfall is across the road from the campground and is accessible via a quarter mile trail. Falls Creek is a great spot to enjoy some old fashioned quiet camping in a beautiful forested setting and yet be close to all the attractions the town of Winthrop and the surrounding Methow Valley area have to offer. Our rate reflects getting half off by having a Senior Federal pass.

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This park is clean and spacious with many amenities - a tent area, a pavilion for group use, horseshoe pit, spa, heated pool, mini-mart, play area, pet walk, etc. Set a few miles off the interstate, it's quiet and peaceful too (although there is some distant train noise at times). Sites are all pull-throughs. Be careful when hooking up. The blue hydrants are for drinking water and the green hydrants are for irrigation water. One weird thing was how hot the restrooms were. I assume this was because they're heated by the hot springs. It must have been over 90 deg. in the lady's room! Even the porcelain of the toilet was warm to the touch! We'd stay here again.

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This is a pretty park set along the Snake River. There are two loops. The lower loop did not appear to have any sites with views of the river, while the upper loop, set on a bluff above the river, does have sites with views. The sites are spacious and open with gravel pads. Although the park is open year round, the water may be turned off in the colder months due to freezing temperatures. The water was on when we were there in mid-March, but we woke up to a frozen water hose! This park had a complicated fee structure which we were left to puzzle out on our own as we never saw the camp host or ranger.

     

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Lakeside RV and Campground

Provo, Utah

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This is a small, older "mom and pop" RV park. It's about a quarter mile from Utah Lake State Park and 2-3 miles from I-15. The park is situated in a quiet area with lots of big shade trees. The sites are gravel and fairly level. The owners were very friendly. There were quite a few permanent residents in the park, but everything was kept neat and tidy. There is a small store attached to the office with groceries, ice, snacks, etc. there is a heated pool in season. We'd stay here again - good value for the money and easy to get to yet far enough off the freeway to be peaceful.