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Spent 2 nights here in a back-in, electric-water site along the river; we asked for shade and got a site in a little grove of tall cottonwoods, so we had shade galore! Beautiful view from our site too, especially toward the back (river & mountains). Owner & campground workers very friendly and pleasant, and they encourage socializing! Our site was on grass and was very uneven, but we have leveling pads and managed just fine. Utilities at the front of the site if you're backing in, so extra hoses and extension cords may be necessary. Bathrooms are very clean and of an unusual design. Campground is quite a ways from shopping, which is 16 miles down the road in Salmon. Owner has lots of activities and points of interest in the area to recommend, if you're at a loss for what to do.

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We spent one night here and for a private campground found it lovely, shady and welcoming. Our site was larger than many, which after camping in state parks for a week made us more comfortable. Very nice folks running the place, and the bathrooms and laundry were indeed sparkling clean. Popular place; the campground was almost completely full overnight, on a Tuesday. Despite some road noise from US93, it was pretty quiet overall. Would definitely stay again when in the area.

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Beautiful park! We were in Gilmore campground, one of 4 individual campgrounds in this large, historic park; this campground's 2 loops are wooded with wide, paved sites (pull-thru and back-in) and electric-water hookups. Waldron campground, the largest, has more open sites and more companion sites, which are grouped close together. Whitetail and Snowberry are deeply wooded with tight, winding roads and smaller campsites, well suited for tents, popups, truck campers and small trailers. Bathhouses varied; those in Gilmore were quite new, with individual, unisex shower rooms. Multiple camp hosts kept them quite clean. Lots of history - the Navy had a big training base here in WWII - nature and beautiful scenery here, as the park is on the shore of Lake Pend d'Oreille. Unfortunately, the smoke from many wildfires limited our enjoyment of the latter. We enjoyed seeing a large flock of wild turkeys, deer, squirrels, and various birds in this park. Quiet, as most of the campgrounds are away from any main roads; a state route does run through the middle of the park but has little nighttime traffic. Would love to come back again; we wish it weren't quite so far away from home.

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Very park-like, i.e. grassy areas with trees, but not forested. Many sites well shaded; some back up to Snake River. Campground host for each loop. A variety of hookup choices available. We were there during the week and the campground was probably 1/2 full, or a little more, the entire time. Boaters & bicyclists will enjoy this park, which is long & narrow on the riverbank. Quiet at night, as it's not on a major road, but there is road noise during the day from across the river in Clarkston, Washington, and there is noise from motorboats of all sizes on the river. Nice visitors center in the park dedicated to the Lewis & Clark expedition. We would definitely stay again when in this area.

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Our first time here, and it was a weekend; the campground was packed - and no wonder. This park is just beautiful! Huge ponderosa and other pines, some undergrowth, and sites are large and placed well, especially the back-ins, among all of these. A family of deer hung out in/near our loop and we saw them daily. The surprise: many campers left midday Sunday, and within an hour or two, all their sites were filled once again! Reservations highly recommended. Sites with hookups have both electric and water; there are some full-hookup sites in a separate loop farther from the lake, but still well shaded. Bathhouses are newer, kept very clean by campground hosts; showers clean and effective. This is a perfect park for bicycles, with lots of beautiful bike trails. We definitely want to come again.

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We spent a night here on our way home from a long trip. We have stayed in previous years and it is evident the new owners are putting a lot into the place. Our site was wider than we have come to expect in KOAs, and the utilities worked well. Love the location - on the edge of town and not right next to a major road, so it's quiet and peaceful. One might be awakened in the morning by a horse whinny from a neighboring farm. Pool and play area for the kids, and the waffle breakfast and ice cream social were big hits with me. Will definitely come again; this campground makes a great base for visiting Craters of the Moon, Mt. Borah, and the surrounding area.

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There are a lot of campgrounds in and near Moab, but this was almost the shadiest - a definite benefit! Newer sites have no trees, but most have tall cottonwoods & decent shade much of the day. Sites are terraced, and the level areas are long enough for a motorhome or trailer, but not for the tow vehicle as well; a place is provided behind and to the side of your rig to park the smaller vehicle. Not terribly wide between sites, but enough grassy area for a picnic table without your neighbor's sewer connection being right by the table. Nice, pleasant folks in the office. Some long-term/permanent campers here but rules keep them neat & tidy. Nice view of red sandstone bluff behind the campground; convenient to the main road (US191), and sites in the first 2 rows of the campground may have some bothersome road noise. In the 3rd row, we did not find that a problem. Far enough out of town to have a quiet, country-like atmosphere. We enjoyed our stay here, and were we to visit Moab again, we would definitely consider this campground one of our top choices.

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We stayed 3 nights for our first-ever visit to Monument Valley. There is another campground in the tribal park, but there is no shade at all (or hookups); Goulding's has at least minimal shade and of course has hookups. Sites numbered in the 30s have more space than those with the low numbers, and some of the sites in the 20s and 30s have pretty nice shade. There are a few sites that park in a line (i.e. one RV in front of another) - good for folks traveling together. There have been a few comments about sites not being level; ours wasn't completely so, but a couple blocks under the wheels sufficed just fine. The staff running the place were invariably pleasant and helpful. Yes, the price is a bit high, but the scenery can't be beat! We really enjoyed the tour of the valley and the convenience of being picked up right at the campground. We would definitely camp here again.

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Level campground outside of town and about 1/2 mile off I-15, lessening road noise. (Local road, however, gets steady use in daytime.) Sites are wider than standard for private campgrounds, which is nice. Staff are friendly and helpful, but this is a bare-bones campground; no activities or breakfasts or other amenities other than a large book-exchange in the office. The bathrooms are in the main building and have 2 toilet stalls and 2 shower stalls each, with curtains instead of doors, and one's knees poke out the curtains. Very clean - though the cleaning may take place at odd times of day (9:30 AM)- but still, less than ideal. Good overnighter, nevertheless. There is a tent area separate from the pull-throughs, and a cabin which looks like an old western saloon. (Didn't look inside but the idea we thought was cute.) Our rate was a special military-appreciation rate (even for past members of the services), nice touch.

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Terraced campground on a hillside overlooking Flathead Lake & the mountains beyond - beautiful view! We were there over a weekend, and it seemed that most people stayed for the weekend or longer; only a few were overnighters. Friendly staff, very clean restrooms, but the only ones are inside the main office building (not on the end like traditional KOAs.) Not enough for the size of the campground, but then, they do seem to cater to bigger rigs. All sites are pull-through and only a few are not full-hookup, but have electric & water only. The dump station blocks one row's exit from the campground, with rig in tow. There is a small (tiny) store, lots of local tourist information, small (tiny) pool, putt-putt course, and one cabin (a "cottage," with bathroom, kitchen, hot tub, grill, fire ring and porch that faces the view; 2-night minimum). No tent sites. (There were a couple of pop-ups, though.) Sundays they have a pancake breakfast on the patio located by the office. There appears to be an unusual arrangement - there is a condo-style motorcoach "resort" on the lower slope of the hillside, behind which is located the KOA. (Same owners, I believe.) KOA campers are strongly discouraged from driving or walking through the resort, but are "welcome to take a tour." The resort appeared to be mostly full - and so was the campground, while we were there. This KOA may be the nicest option available in this area that is not a buy-in type of campground. A few other campgrounds we saw seemed less attractive, at least from the road. Our rate reflects a KOA member discount for a pull-through full hookup site with concrete patio, iron table & chairs, and grill. And view.

     

Butte KOA

Butte, Montana

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Good overnighter. Level campground with gravel site pads and a bit of grass in between sites; most sites pretty close together. There is some road noise from I-90, but considering there isn't much buffer, it was surprisingly relatively small. Granted, we did run our fans overnight to help drown it out. Small, friendly staff; fried chicken take-out (family-owned for 38 years) on the premises, which was pretty good. Nice mountain view, and a paved walking/bike path (city-owned) runs right by the campground, with a stream on the other side of it. As one previous reviewer mentioned, this could pose a safety concern, but we didn't notice any problems. Bathrooms were clean but the number was inadequate, in my opinion, for the size of the campground. Some longterm campers here, but pretty neat. Fairly easy on-off from I-90 so a lot of overnighters use it too. Minimal shade in most sites. Rate reflects KOA member discount.

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After spending several nights at a campground on the west side of the park, we chose to spend several more nights on the east side, and picked this campground because of the view. And view it has - the mountains in Glacier NP are spectacular, and some of the prettiest are easily seen from virtually every part of this campground. We had requested a back-in view site, but got one of the worst back-ins: narrow (our neighbors' sewer hookup was only about 3 feet from our back door), tight, and next to the small road the campground sits on. (These are the low-number B sites.) We did not feel comfortable sitting out on our picnic table due to the proximity of not only our side-to-side neighbors, but also a group of tenting young adults, who were assigned a large grassy area right behind our site. They were quiet enough, but we didn't want to be on top of them, so we stayed inside, and peeked at the view through our windows. Not ideal. Other back-ins are larger, parked on an angle, and would be more desirable, in my opinion. (C-row, for example, fits this description.) The campground is almost entirely an open field on a slope, terraced to some extent (we needed a bit of leveling; others needed more.) A few sites have shade - one pull-through does and a lot of the tent sites are located in a pretty aspen grove. (They can be buggy there, however.) This campground offers a store, ice cream shop, several satellite bathhouses (I heard one camper complain about low water pressure there, and our own site's water pressure was lower than usual, but not bad), all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with generous servings every day, and is a pickup spot for some of the Red Bus tours - a bonus! Off the main road so the noise level is low at night, and - did I mention the view?! Bathrooms were heavily used but kept very clean; staff were numerous and friendly. Being only a couple miles to the park entrance, this campground is a good base camp for the east side of Glacier. Rate mentioned is without discounts & before taxes.

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Excellent park - the landscaping is beautiful and well cared-for, they do warn you about when sprinklers will be on in your area of the campground, sites are spacious (especially for a private campground), facilities clean (if perhaps a bit inadequate - they are building a new bathhouse but it wasn't yet completed), friendly & helpful staff (and lots of them). The previous reviewer mentioned all the activities and options available here, and he's right - the ice cream scoops were generous! (Especially with one particular employee.) In addition, this park is the only campground on the west side where the Red Bus tours pick up passengers - very convenient and a nice touch. Given how long the line can get waiting to get into the park, this could also be a gamesaver. We had a "super site" but not a patio one - our landscaping wasn't as large as theirs, so the site was less private, but still quite wide. No eating at the picnic table right next to your neighbor's sewer connection here! Even the regular pull-through sites looked larger than what has become standard in popular private campgrounds. My one beef was, we had booked this campground envisioning camping in the pines, having at least some shade against the strong sun. Nope. Virtually all the pull-through sites have no shade at all, and won't for years, until the landscaping grows up. A repeat customer told me they used to have trees throughout the campground, but took them all out a couple years ago to make it easier for big rigs to get in and out. So, big-rig owners, rejoice. This place is customized to your needs! Otherwise, one of the better campgrounds we have been in for a while now. (And for those who want shade, back-in water/electric sites for smaller rigs are nice, and the tent sites are to die for.) Rate indicates "super site" with KOA member discount.

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Very attractive CG on the lower slopes of Smokey Mountain, just past the visitors center for City of Rocks/Castle Rocks. (Interesting arrangement - a federal area & state park administered jointly.) All sites in the state park campground have electric & water hookups, and the campground has a bathhouse/showerhouse with flush toilets, soap at the sinks, and individual shower rooms; they are older & rather spartan, but were very clean. There's a campground host there fulltime; otherwise registration is done at the visitor center or at a self-reg kiosk. The main draw of the area is for rock climbers and bicyclists, and the makeup of the campers reflects this. Previous comments about sites 15 & 16 apply to several other sites as well. Beautiful place, both the campground and the state park & national reserve - and just the local scenery! We will return, but not likely in midsummer. (Just too hot to enjoy the outdoors.)

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Our 2nd visit here, this time with a new rig. We had a pull-through site on the lower loop, and were a bit surprised how unlevel it was - something one needs to be prepared for! (Fortunately, we were.) Power & water hookups worked well, nice view from parts of the campground, bathroom was very clean. Showers are separate from the toilet area, individual (unisex) shower rooms. Lots of staff, both volunteer & paid, and they were always around and very friendly. Not many sites large enough to accommodate bigger rigs. Love the midweek senior rates, though - they can't be beat! Nice place; we will return.