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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

AB Camping & RV Park, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

An old, beat up park that needs some TLC. Dead grass all around. In the site they assigned to us, you needed either a 15 foot sewer hose extension of a 15 foot electric and water hose extension. Electric, cable TV and water were at the back of the site and sewer was near the front. Lots of seasonal/permanent residents with trashy sites and units. One good point for them is the owner is also a BBQ cook and there is pit BBQ right on site, with eat-in or carry-out. That was the best feature of this campground. Big rigs are all segregated to the back field of this campground, where I'm sure it looks better than the front half. We camped at AB Camping & RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Spearfish City Campground, Spearfish, South Dakota

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Can you believe it? $20 a night for camping in a city park? Lots of grass, next to a trout stream and a historic old fish hatchery. The seasonal workers for the park are all in one row off to the side and very friendly. Lots of grass for your pet (clean up after it) and lots of paved bike paths/walkways. Very quiet at night. This place deserves several nights of staying to fully enjoy, sorry we couldn't. We camped at Spearfish City Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Moorhead Fargo Campground , Moorhead, Minnesota

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

Typical KOA, next to the interstate, so there is highway noise. Atypical of a KOA, this place had lots of grass. However, this campground had been hit with torrential rains the days before (11 inches over normal for the year) and most of the sites were flooded out, so you got to pick which site you wanted, which was the "dryest" but still had to walk through mud or water puddles. Owners were very cooperative about where you stayed. We camped at Moorhead Fargo Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Arnold's Campground and RV Park, International Falls, Minnesota

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Right on the main street of International Falls. Do not depend on Mapquest to find it, as it is wrong. Call for directions. Not all of the 24 sites have sewer hooks ups and very few have electric and water. Another trailer about 75 feet away was hooked up to our water "Y". You have some street noise, but the big thing is you are right next to the school district bus barn, so plan on waking up at 7 a.m. as they back out of the garages and sit there idling to warm up to start the day. (Of course, if you are there during the non-school time, you won't have that problem.) Tight turns so I cannot say a big rig would be able to make it into or around the campground. It is a sharp turn off the main drag and the "Arnold's Campground, turn here" sign is right at the driveway. We missed it and came in the back way by the school bus barn, which really is easier. Friendly owner, who must work part-time for the Chamber of Commerce, as we got the visitor's welcome spiel. No specific pet walk area, but there is a huge grass area behind Arnolds and the bus barn where you have room to let your dog off the leash and run for a while. We camped at Arnold's Campground and RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Whispering Oaks Campground, Story City, Iowa

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Is this a campground or a city park? Beautiful park-like area, lots of mowed grass, gravel sites, mostly pull-thorough. The owners travel around at night with a fogger to keep down the mosquitos. BUT, only ten of their 30 or so RV sites have full hook-ups, including sewer. We had reservations for full-hook-ups but the idiot in the front office (a know-it-all teenager) put the folks before us in our reserved site which had full hook-ups, so we had a site with no sewer, but we went to the dump station the next day. We would have given this a ten but the no sewer thing was an issue. No specific dog run, but lots of grass for it to play in and you just pick up after it. We camped at Whispering Oaks Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Blue Heron Campground (formerly Gothenburg KOA), Gothenburg, Nebraska

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Typical KOA, near the interstate, so you get lots of highway noise at night. Also, near major east-west train route and they honk their horns at every crossing in Gothenburg, about every fifteen minutes or so. Very noisy. This campground had been hit by a bad windstorm the day before so many sites had big limbs down in them and piles of branches all over the place. It had not been cleaned up yet. Maybe the seasonal KOA workers had already gone home, so the owner had to do it himself/herself. No specific pet walk area, just pick up after your dog. We camped at Blue Heron Campground (formerly Gothenburg KOA) in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Sugar Loafin' RV Campground & Cabins, Leadville, Colorado

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here in 2004 and nothing has changed since then. It is getting beat up from no maintenance. It seems the owners are out for the profit and not the look of the place. Roads are bumpy and dusty. Part of the park is not open for rental as the water line needs repair. The sites are level, the tent sites are pretty, way back in the trees, but most of the RV sites are in the open. You are fined $100 if you cut off a branch, so we had to park way forward in our site so we could get our awning out and that made the water hose a real stretch and left no room to park our SUV. The owners don't enforce the ten o'clock noise curfew and a big group of campers sat around the fire drinking and making too much noise until midnight. Poorly stocked store, mostly tourist junk, very few supplies. The pet walk area is the field next to the campground, where the sage brush is full of ticks in June. Lots of pocket gophers running all around digging holes everywhere so watch your step so you don't twist an ankle or break it. It was very buggy (mosquitoes), too, but if the weather stays dry they will disappear. The best part of this campground is the view of Mt. Elbert, the highest in Colorado and the other mountains of the Continental Divide. You are just one mile from Tourquoise Lake for fishing and boating and three miles from Leadville, an old mining town where millions of dollars of gold and silver were taken out at one time. We camped at Sugar Loafin' RV Campground & Cabins in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Bristlecone Lodge, Woodland Park, Colorado

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

While it was fun to watch the fox and the deer amble through the park, it did not make up for the fact that this is next to a busy highway, four-way stop light, the fire department/ambulance service just around the corner, and the state highway department is right behind there, and they go to work at 7 a.m. Lots of old RV's used as permanent residences, and lots of empty fifth wheel trailers with "for sale" signs on them. Lots of men who looked like they came from the movie "Deliverance" live there. The web site for Bristlecone says $32 a night for a space, and they call their larger spaces and all pull-throughs "premium" and charge $35. The owner then told me he had changed his web site in April to reflect all sites were $35 a night. Hmm! Not so. The "premium" part of it I didn't see. Our pull-through site was off level by 4 inches and our tongue jack was at its maximum. It seems that most of the premium sites were already taken up by the permanent residences or the trailers for sale. It also is confusing that the reservation confirmation still comes back as Town and Country RV Park, not Bristlecone. The "free" cable TV is not clear and needs repair or re-wiring where we were, and there is no channel guide at the office. It did not look like they were completely ready to open for the season when we stayed there. We camped at Bristlecone Lodge in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Mountain Views at Rivers Edge RV Resort, Creede, Colorado

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice, quiet, open campground, with the largest spaces I have seen in Colorado. I would give this a complete 10, but must knock it down to a 9 because of the utilities. The sewer, electric and water are all fifteen feet apart from each other, so bring extension hoses and cords. The guy next to me had to buy a new sewer extension and electric cord extension for his fifth wheel. We had enough cord, hose and sewer line to make it. The dog walk area is now larger, as you can use the "grass" along the fence, or go over into the field next door to the north and let your dog off the leash to play. Lots of dogs there. Ask for a north facing space so you don't have to battle the afternoon sun. This is so much nicer than the RV park, up the road a few miles. Thursday is pie day as the Amish women come with a car load of home-baked pies to sell. Get in line for one of those! The owners' side is nice, but I wouldn't pay $160,000 for a slab of concrete, a gas grill and a patch of grass! Fishing in the river behind the park is great, as I caught two of the biggest Rainbow Trout ( 20" each) I ever have in Colorado (ya gotta put them back, though). We camped at Mountain Views at Rivers Edge RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

J & H RV Park (55 + Park), Flagstaff, Arizona

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park with level sites, shade trees but close-packed. Next site over was about 7 feet away. Sewer plug is right next to the concrete curb, so hard to get to sometimes. Lots of big Class As in the park, so we felt a mite small. The guy next to us left at 5:15 in the morning! So quiet hours are not necessarily observed. Highway noise from four-lane highway. Hard to see their sign because of local sign codes, I guess, so we missed it on first try. Fairly big pet area where they can be off the leash. Very pet-friendly with 3 "Dog Pots" with bag dispensers and trash bins. We camped at J & H RV Park (55 + Park) in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

High Desert RV Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

Can you believe it? Full hook-up sites for $18.75 a night! However our site was more than 3 inches off level, so we had to use the ramp. Big, paved driveways to gravel sites. Must be a new park as the trees are fairly small. About a half mile from Camping World, across I-40. This park is next to I-40 so there is highway noise. There are two other fancier parks near by, with more trees, but this one was fine for a one night stay. Some old units parked in the rear (monthly rentals?)Three big pet areas where they can be off the leash and pick-up tools and trash barrels at each one. Office is open until eight p.m. so late arrivals have no problem registering. I bet this one wouldn't be as expensive to use during the balloon festival in the fall. Nice new community building. WiFi for a fee. Ten miles west of Albuquerque. We camped at High Desert RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Needles KOA, Needles, California

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

A typical KOA, right off the highway, so there is highway noise. All gravel, but with huge flowering Oleander bushes separating the sites, so you have privacy between sites. Quail in the campground, fun to watch the families scatter around. No designated pet walk area, you have to use the desert behind it or next door. Level sites and plenty of room in the site to stay hooked up or park next to your trailer. Right down the road about 200 yards is a fancier looking RV park, with lots of big Class A's in it. It looked nicer, but this one was fine for us passing through. I think we were one of only 8 units in the whole campground that night. We camped at Needles KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

High Sierra RV & Campground, Oakhurst, California

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a "deluxe back-in site." There is nothing deluxe about this campground. It is part of a mobile home park, so you have to travel through "Dog Patch" to get to the camping area. They say they have 53 sites, but I don't know how they came up with that number. It looks to be only about 30, counting the tent sites. The sites are narrow and some units have to nose in for the hook ups as there is electricity, water and sewer at one spot and it serves two sites. Not enough room for big units to maneuver easily. Takes a lot of back and forth maneuvering. Sharp turn getting from the main road to get to your site. Be sure to ask for the "easier" way out. Watch for speed bumps on the way in on a very steep hill. I wouldn't camp here again. We camped at High Sierra RV & Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Sequoia RV Ranch, Three Rivers, California

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

The second prettiest campground we have stayed at, second only to the Coulter Bay RV park in the Tetons. Mostly shaded spots, with huge, flowering Oleander bushes, trees and even a palm tree in our site. Concrete patios in the sites, level sites, paved roads. Lots of grass for the dogs. No pet area, just pick up after it. Some back in and pull-through sites right on the river. I would give this place a ten rating, but you have to go to the office for wi-fi access and it has limited hours open. Wi-fi is free, no password required. No cell phone access either. The restrooms were porta-potties. So I would settle for a 9.5 rating. We camped at Sequoia RV Ranch in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Brown's Town Campground, Bishop, California

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Lots of shady trees and grass. The biggest problem with this over-priced campground is there are no sewer hook-ups and access to the dump station is limited by certain hours. Bring your "honeywagon." No designated pet area, just pick up after it. No internet access available at all in this campground, not even dial-up. Plenty of trash cans around for you to use, though. The sand in this campground seems to get in your unit, your shoes and everywhere. Right next to a golf course, so there is early morning mowing sounds. Next to the highway so there is traffic noise. We camped at Brown's Town Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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