Date of Stay: September, 2016
The site is FREE as of Oct 2016, but that will probably change. Two different stays (July 2016, Sept 2016. July stay had a Camp Host who kept an eye on things, Sept no camp host. Homeless tent campers doing drugs, leaving trash (needles, fecal waste....too lazy to use supplied toilet facilities}, having dogs off leash have ended the 'free' thing for this spot. Drug use and police calls to the site put this on BLM and the State of Colorado's radar to review what they were doing there. Meetings (public, BLM, Ark Headwaters) in Salida at end of Sept indicate that the site will probably be a pay site next year to recoup the money spent cleaning up after messy tent campers. Trash and problems not just limited to this site, either. You get what you pay for, a 'free' parking spot with no services. That said, try to park near a structure so that idiots driving in and around after dark won't hit your rig. Rafting companies pay for access at the put in on the river, and don't think the speed limit applies to them.
Date of Stay: June, 2016
The rate quoted is a monthly rate (28 days) divided by the monthly rate. I arrived in the park two months ago for a job, before trees were leafed out. The park is the cleanest I've been to in 10 years of working on the road. Though it is small, every site has a patch of grass and some shade from a tree or two. There is room enough to park two cars beside the RV in some spots, though it wouldn't give you any patio room. Flowers, trees and grass are in full bloom right now and give the park a homey feel. There is a playground area fenced in with a swing set, though there aren't many kids around since school is still in session. Owners just evicted a bunch of construction workers that weren't being good neighbors (noisy past 10pm, messy, sitting around drinking from liquor bottles after work). Owners gave them every opportunity to act right after complaints, and, acted IMMEDIATELY upon noise complaints. The location is perfect for shopping, with grocery store (Albertsons), major restaurants (Texas Road House & others), Cabela's all within a 3 mile radius. The only thing that would make the park perfect, in my view, would be to have a fenced in dog area, but space doesn't allow it. Owners have tried to buy the 5 acre open field behind their property (fenced off) to expand, but City of Billings won't permit more RV spaces....too bad. RV people spend $$ when they are in your town. Ask Cabelas....they KNOW me. There is an off leash place to run the dogs at 'Norm's Island' a mile south of the park, WORTH VISITING!! Owners/managers live on site and are the hardest working ones I've seen in 10 yrs of travel. The roses blooming at the entrance are testament to their care and love! I will certainly return to this park when I'm going through Billings. As for train noise, it is now hot enough to have your A/C unit neutralize that....
Date of Stay: April, 2016
The lady that answered the phone and greeted is a sweet as can be. Many RV items in office/store. Good directions to campground and good advice about routes given. Campground is built on the side of a hill, so the roads inside have at least a 6 degree tilt. Roads are paved with many patches to ruts and there is actual grass trying to grow in between the sites. Significant ruts plus the slope will pop items out (drawers, closet doors) if you go too fast. Leveling was done manually, resulting in a big drop off the step out the passenger door. I wanted to like this place, but the continuous din of dogs (multiple, big and small) barking past midnight, trucks with no mufflers tearing up and down the highway below the park, and people yelling (10:30pm) just didn't make for a restful night. Walking my dogs was not pleasant (uphill/downhill/slope/ruts). I am thankful they had a spot easy to get in and out of towing a car, but the noise factor (dogs and people) would put me off staying again, unless a storm was blowing that would drown out the other noise.
Date of Stay: April, 2016
Spent two nights checking out new (to me) used diesel pusher before out of town trip. Host confirmed that the upper loop (first one on left) in park is the quieter of the two camping loops. Site 003 low on passenger side, so manual leveling done. Power, water and sewer were easy to connect, near back on driver side. Sewer connection had actual threads to hold adapter in, so no ballast rock needed. Dark enough to see stunning stars at night, and, VERY quiet. Cell signal spotty, but serviceable. Still figuring out TV connections in new rig, so didn't get TV signal, but host pulling in 20 channels over the air digital signal. Easy in/out to back in space with 38 foot rig. Roomy paved road with marked areas wide enough to park a boat on a trailer, or drop the towed car. Easy access (6 miles) to I45 and New Waverly for 2 grocery stores, hardware store, gas, etc.. Perfect for short escape from metro madness in Houston!
Date of Stay: August, 2013
I did not see a pool, nor use their bathrooms or laundry facilities. This is definitely NOT a resort. The owner acknowledges 'problems' with the WiFi; there is no functional Wifi to the campground. You can connect to his local router, but the network will not allow you on. The owner has a convoluted explanation for this. The short story is he doesn't provide internet service because he doesn't have business class internet connection. Check-in involved paying the money then hunting for an open campsite. That was a mission to dodge large puddles in dips in the poorly graveled roads, including getting around the numerous 3/4 ton trucks parked in the roadway without dragging the car through a lake of puddle water. This is NOT a place you would want to navigate after dark! The site I found (close to the office) was level--a positive. I was able to pull in one TV station from Amarillo to get news on the storms rolling through the area. The rate paid includes Good Sam discount. Overall, I think it is too much. I could find better overnight parking on a closed gas station lot in town.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
Rolled into the Texan at 2:30pm on a Tuesday in 106F/117F heat index temps. There are minimal shade trees in the park, but the site was perfectly level. A nice touch on the power poles is a light with on/off switch, making hooking up after dark a whole lot easier. I found it helpful when I was doing a rig check (tire pressures, hitch, etc.) before sunrise the next morning in the dark. The office staff were friendly, efficient, and the office seemed stocked with enough items so you wouldn't have to drive into town (some groceries, Iice cream, camp supplies, games for kids, souvenirs). The only negative I could find was the difficulty finding the park off the highway. Another sign or two posted at the odd intersection would point RVers past a stand of trees that keep you from seeing the RV park from the roadway. I heard no noise during my afternoon and overnight stay, but my A/C unit was running full out the whole time, too. I would stay here again for the convenience of getting on/off the highway, quietness, and level site....and not having to camp in Dallas or Fort Worth, yet still be near. It was a 10 minute drive to Fort Worth the next morning.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
Arrived to a spotless campground, children playing in a crystal clear pool, smiling, friendly office staff welcoming me by name (I had a reservation). Sites are small, but they do have grass, picnic table, permanent grill, adequate gravel, including timbers embedded marking site outlines. I have a 32' Class A and found both owner and other camp staff extremely helpful getting me into a back-in site. Pull-throughs are available, but I will be here longer term, so I was accommodated with a back-in, as I requested. There are shaded spots, and the trees are trimmed properly to avoid gouging the roof. I can see traffic on Hwy 40 above the campground but can't hear any road noise. I had problems in July contacting this campground for a reservation. Owner assures this was a personnel issue that was fixed, and I can validate that. I have since been able to reach them by phone, and have them return my calls. If you have a larger rig (over 35') you would want to be in your site before dark, as the turns can be tight. There is a mobile home park behind the back fence, with occasionally noisy dogs, but that is beyond this campground's control and I am a dog person so I don't find it bothersome. It was pin-drop silent after dark, and it was so clear last night the stars were visible....best nights sleep I've had in a week! Yes, the campground still does need some maintenance, but it doesn't detract from the overall experience. Office has good selection of camping small items, including quality T-shirt souvenirs and ICE CREAM, soda, snacks.
Date of Stay: February, 2010
Have spent 3 months at this campground working in area. Management has handled the record snowfall (30+inches!) very well. Plow guy rounds the camp 4-6 times a day during the storms to keep roads open, then clears individual lots for cars. Deer, birds a plenty. Dog owners need to be policed better. I have dogs & scoop religiously..wish others did, too. Office staff very helpful with mail/pkg deliveries. Campground VERY quiet during this time..minimal children.
Date of Stay: April, 2009
Park located in BAD neighborhood. Lots of pedestrian traffic outside park late at night. Beggars knocked on my door at 6 am, there is no security personnel in park. Police sirens wailing every 2 hours, loud bass bumps from street traffic, foul, cursing neighbors in mobile home park across brick/barb wire wall. Neighbors in 5th wheel asked if I had an electric spike like they did?!? No laundry or bathhouse onsite & local laundromats overrun with grubby kids. Management reports owner will not pay for grounds kept up, so manager tries to pass that cost on to residents. Sites overrun with ants and tree debris.