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A beautiful, large park – only for hard sided vehicles (there is a tent park nearby). The sites are heavily forested with plenty of room for even the largest rig. The layout is unusual: all sites are set up in pairs consisting of a very large compacted gravel pad (22’x100’ in our case) - large enough for two rigs. Each paired site has a two concrete picnic tables – some are kitty-corner from each other and some are directly opposite each other. I’m not sure what the logic of this arrangement is. Typically you enter the site from each side, with the back of your rig about even with the back of the neighboring rig (in opposing directions), so you have a view of the forest from out both sides of each rig – unless one rig is exceptionally long. There is a nice multi-lane dump station (6-8 lanes, I forget exactly). Note that there is an active train track near, but not right next to, the campground that has a train come through every couple of hours – 24 hours/day. The trains blow their whistles as they go by. It didn’t disturb us, but if you’re a light sleeper that might be a problem. The closer your camping site is to the river, the further away it is from the train track. The town of Lake Louise is very small – really just one shopping center with a half-dozen businesses, including a restaurant, small market, candy shop, gift shop and rental shop. There are a couple of lodges nearby. You can do laundry at the Lake Louise Inn, but it took my DW 3 hours to get two loads through because there were only two washing machines and two dryers, which took an hour to dry each load. Cost was about $8. No wifi in the park of course, but we did have signal for Rogers Cell service (two bars). The Visitor Center had wifi available, but it only connects to the Visitor Center’s web site. There is a private post office operation called ‘The Depo’ that offers wifi for $5 for 24 hours (8am-8am). We didn’t try it so I can’t comment on how well it works. Many of you will probably be travelling the Ice Fields Parkway to Jasper. One of the main attractions is the Columbia Ice Fields midway between the cities. It may be helpful to know that there is plenty of RV parking here – dozens of long pull throughs. At 1pm on July 21 (peak season), there were still at least a dozen slots available in the RV parking lot. The neighboring car lot was full and some of them were starting to park in the RV lot.

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Heavily forested. Campground road was paved, and a bit narrow. Sites were dirt and also a little narrow. The sites inside the loop back into each other, so there is little privacy. The sites on the outside of the loop appeared to have more privacy- but were still tight. There is a train nearby. It didn’t bother us, but one section of the campground (that we weren’t in) was a sign warning of loud train sounds (I think it was sites 42-46 or something like that).

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This was an adequate campground. The roads are paved and the sites are gravel and dirt. There are no utilities. No internet or cell signal of any kind. No internet available at the St. Mary visitor center either. The staff at the entrance booth were pleasant and efficient. Much of the campground is covered with 8-12 ft tall trees. They don’t provide shade but in some cases do provide privacy between sites. All sites are pull-outs, usually with some plants between the site and the campgroud road. This provide some privacy from the road, but do require that your rig can make the turn into the pull-out. There are some sites that don’t have this plant growth, which would be useful if you have a long rig that would have difficulty making the turn (such as a 40’ motorhome or trailer). If you’re tent camping not many of the sites have a place to pitch your tent, so people end up pitching them in part of the site driveway. All three loops (A,B,C) are driven counter-clockwise and are long enough and narrow enough that you don’t want to drive them backwards. This means that if you have a trailer or motorhome and you select a site on the left side of the road, then your door will be facing the road – not the picnic table. Ants…. All over the ground, at least at our site (B88), but didn’t seem to bother our legs Here are how the sites stack up in terms of privacy (trees) and openness (no privacy from your neighbor):A1-4: open, A5-8: trees, A40-45: trees, (the rest of A loop was closed by flood damage while we were there). B51-56: open, B57-68: trees, B69-B71:open, B73-91: trees, B92-100. C101: trees, C102-108: open, C109-117: trees, C118-123: open, C124-132: trees, C133-C152: open, C153-the end: trees For big rigs, here are the sites that don’t have trees between the site and the campground road: B52, B69-71, B94, B97, B100, C102, C107, C108, C118, C117, C121, C134, C135, C137, C138, C141, C142, C143, C144-C150 , C152 We initially had trouble understanding the free park shuttle system, so here’s some information that might help. The road between Logan Pass and Avalance Lake (west side) is very narrow and restricted to vehicles 21’ or less in length. The park runs full-size bus shuttles from the east entrance (St Mary’s) to Logan Pass, and from the west entrance to Avalance Lake. For the stretch between Avalance Lake and Logan Pass, only smaller 12-passenger Sprinter type vans are used. The vans appear to run entrance-to-entrance, not just this restricted stretch. So … if you get on a full size bus heading to the interior of the park (from either the east or west entrances), you’ll have to exit at either Avalance Lake (east bound) or Logans Pass (west bound), and wait for a van to pick you up. If you get in a van headed the direction you want to go, then you should be able to stay on it to your final destination. We found the bus frequency frustrating – there would be several in a row, then a long gap with no busses (and, of course, the first bus after that gap would be packed to the gills). The park said this was caused by construction delays on the east side of Going-to-the-sun road, but 11 of us got up early to take the first bus of the day from St. Marys scheduled for 7AM, which didn’t appear until 7:20 (and didn’t come through the construction) so the construction excuse doesn’t explain everything.

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This is a ‘rustic’ park (we stayed in the full hookup section – site 52J). The roads and sites are gravel. Lots of trees and the site are separated from each other a decent distance. Our site had a wooden frame of 4x4’s around the sewer, water and power units. This made it difficult to get any ‘drop’ from the sewer outlet on my trailer to the hole in the ground – the frame was nearly even with my outlet. Fortunately I carry some 4’ lengths of plastic rain gutter to support the sewer hose on long runs. In this case I built a stack of yellow leveling blocks underneath my sewer connection and ran the rain gutter piece to the frame to get a little drop, then the sewer line dropped sharply to the hole in the ground. For those not getting full hookups, there is a nice 6-stall dump station at the park. Many of you will probably be travelling the Ice Fields Parkway to Lake Louise or Banff. One of the main attractions is the Columbia Ice Field midway between the cities. It may be helpful to know that there is plenty of RV parking here – dozens of long pull throughs. At 1pm on July 21 (peak season), there were still at least a dozen slots available in the RV parking lot. The neighboring car lot was full and some of them were starting to park in the RV lot.

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This is one of the most beautiful campgrounds I’ve ever encountered, if not *the* most beautiful. All sites are large, well separated from their neighbors with plenty of foliage between them. Some sites are meant for two families camping together. These sites share a common driveway and are intentionally close to each other. Lac Le Juene is a beautiful lake, with a pier for fishing, and a swimming area. There is a boat launch and we saw canoes on the shore. We did not see any water-ski type power boats on the lake, but it was 7PM on a Thursday night, so they may have off the water, or perhaps are not allowed. We did see small aluminum fishing boats with small outboards. There is a 7 mile hiking/biking trail around the lake. The toilets scattered around the campground look like single-hole pit toilets from the outside, but each actually contains a single flush toilet. There was no sink … except for a large bath facility associated with the beach parking lot, which I imagine could be used by nearby camp sites. This is a dry campground, but does have water spigots scattered throughout it. There is a nice looking dump station near the entrance. We were here in late July, and the outside temperature was in the mid-50’s, which is pretty chilly to be doing water activities. According to other campers, it’s normally in the 80’s or 90’s at this time

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Very nice park. Lots of trees. Paved road and Concrete pads (at least ours was, some are gravel). Very quiet – no road or railroad noise. About 4 miles outside of the town of Leavenworth. Check in went well and the folks were friendly. They lead you to the site and help you back in. Wifi actually worked well all day (we were there on Sunday and Monday night, when the park was about 60-70 percent full).

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Very nice commercial RV park only a couple of miles from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Beautiful, well tended grounds with grass around each site. Park roads are paved, sites are gravel (with a separate parking area for your tow vehicle next to each main site). Perfectly level. Every site had a concrete picnic area next to it with a picnic table. Quiet location. Nice and well organized office staff. The RV park is within easy walking distance of the center of West Yellowstone, to it was easy to get to markets, restaurants, tackle shops, etc. We were there over the 4th of July and the town had a parade, music in the park and great fireworks that you could easily see from the RV park. TengoInternet Wi-Fi worked well. When you check in the office gives you a set of pass codes, each pass code good for one device for 24 hours and they give you enough for two devices. I think we got them free because we were in a ‘premium’ site, not sure what the deal is if you’re in a non-premium site. AT&T cell and data services worked well.

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We really liked this park. Of course you have the benefit of being right in the middle of Grand Teton National Park, but the RV park itself was nice. Sites were a generous distance apart by RV park standards (close together by typical dry-camp National Park standards). Most or all sites were pull-through and were staggered, at different heights and with tree trunks between you so that you typically didn’t look right out on your neighbor. AT&T cell service registered one-bar but basically didn’t work. There was no Wi-Fi at the sites, but Wi-Fi is available in the laundry only a 2-5 minute walk away. The Wi-Fi worked well in the morning when there weren’t may people around – but when there were one or two dozen users in the evening it was very slow. Not only was the laundry a short walk away, but next door was a decent grocery store and nice gift shop. The sites are dirt and are not perfectly level. We needed 1-2 yellow blocks on one side to level our 5th wheel out, and the nose was significantly high but that’s easy to adjust on a 5th wheel. Yes, there are sometimes kids riding bikes around the camp, but we didn’t find that disturbing.

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Nice park with the units spread out pretty nicely for a commercial RV park. Laundry was nice. Open area with an occasional tree. Outbuildings looked pretty new. RV office is the double-wide trailer that the husband-and-wife (?) staff live in. Nice couple. Wi-Fi signal was strong – but the speed was barely usable (both at 9 PM and 8 AM). Campers are a mixture of permanents (working on the oil rigs in the area) and overnighters like ourselves. AT&T cell service was ‘off network’ with an Edge data connection – didn’t use it because the park offered Wi-Fi. Rate is for dry camping - no hookups.

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Typical NP campground – sites are spread out well. No hookups. Some foliage between sites. Roads and sites are paved – road is a little narrow. No Wi-Fi of course, although it is available in the visitor center. On my AT&T phone I was able to get an Edge connection that allowed access to the Internet, although it was slow.

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Nice NP campground – sites were far apart, with substantial foliage between each site to give privacy (we stayed at site B37). Road and site is paved. 30 amp power is available at each site. We tried to run the AC (it was 100 degrees in the afternoon in June) and our electric water heater simultaneously and blew the main circuit breaker in a panel not accessible to us – but a park volunteer reset the breaker. We switched to gas for the water heater and refrigerator and everything worked fine. Note that our AC lost ground over the afternoon - even starting it in the morning. Initially the RV was cooled down to 76 degrees, but it gradually crept up to 82 degrees by the evening because of the 100 degree heat. Your results may differ (our rig is 10 years old). Of course Wi-Fi is not available in the campground – it is also not offered in the Zion Visitor Center (some National Park Visitor centers offer this). AT&T cell voice connection is very weak – 1 bar or so. Various cell data symbols show up (E, G, 3G, 4G) from time-to-time, but I was never able to get data through any of these connections. The Brew Pub just outside the entrance to the park offers Wi-Fi. You can also ask the market next door how to get onto their Wi-Fi. If you plan to hike the Narrows, we recommend that you rent a set of canyoneering shoes, neopreme booties and a walking stick. We rented from the outfit just past the bridge into Springdale (next to the BrewPub) for $23. Other outfitters are available in Springdale and may be cheaper - we didn't check. Many people do the hike/wade in normal shoes/boots – but the rentals keep your feet warm and give you better footing. We hiked a little over two miles up the Narrows (three miles from the Temple of Sinawava shuttle stop). Dump station is convenient on the way out.

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Typical NP campground - sites were far apart from your neighbor, no hookups. Most, if not all, were pull outs from the side of the road. Our site (#23) had a 2’-3’ drop off from the parking area to the picnic table with a stone retaining wall, but there was a stone step to make it an easy transition. Sites across the road were level without the drop off. Site was easy to level. We had to park our 32’ trailer judiciously to enable the truck to be parked in the site as well. Dump station is about a mile away, a short distance to the main road then turn off to Sunrise point. There is a $5 charge to use the dump station, even if you’ve already paid the camping fee (but $15 camping fee is pretty cheap). Road is paved, site is dirt – but it was pretty level. The campground is very convenient to the rest of Bryce Canyon NP.

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Given the negative reviews we’d read before arriving we were expecting the worst, and actually changed our reservation from two nights to one night before we got there. But when we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised. The staff at check-in was courteous and prompt. The site was level and all sites were reasonably far apart from their neighbors – probably 20-30’ between rigs. Most sites were pull-through, and the whole campground was nestled within beautiful red cliffs that were several hundred feet tall. As reported elsewhere, the Wi-Fi was worthless – and the only data signal my AT&T phone could pick up was a couple of bars of an Edge network (much slower than 3G or 4G) – so Internet access was basically not possible. But we weren’t there for that. The indoor pool was typical RV park size – enough for kids to play around, but not long enough for laps. It had an outdoor patio that we enjoyed sitting in after taking a dip (the weather while we were there was in the high 80’s). We also enjoyed the nightly showing of a John Wayne film that was shot in Monument Valley. The film wasn’t that great, at least by today’s standards, but it was fun viewing the scenes shot in the valley we were going to tour tomorrow. A John Wayne movie is shown every night at Goulding's lodge, which is too far to walk - but the RV park offers a shuttle to/from building at which the movie is shown (not a movie theater, but a room with 20-or-so folding chairs).

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Beautiful park. Lots of space between sites, similar to a state or national park, rather than a traditional commercial RV park. Wi-Fi available throughout – really impressive for the size of the area they cover. However the Wi-Fi devices are located at the bathrooms, so if you’re far away from the bathroom your signal may be weak. Wi-Fi performance in the evening is adequate. The only downside is that much of the campground is in hilly country and many of the sites slope to one side significantly – probably for drainage. We had to try three sites before finding one that only required 2-3 yellow blocks under the low wheels of the trailer. The others would’ve required 5 blocks or more to get level. The campground up 1,000 ft of elevation higher than the park entrance 4 miles away and 10 miles from the town of Cortez, so there is no AT&T cell signal – probably not for other vendors either, but I can’t say for sure. Rate reflects a senior discount (over 62 years old)

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Nice park – down below the highway so there was no road noise. Nice sites – decently spread out. Close to town, just a mile or less from a couple of the biggest casinos. The park is associated with the Hilton Garden Inn a short distance away, so you can use the hotel’s pool, spa and exercise room. You’ll most likely want to drive to the Hilton because it’s a bit of a climb to walk up to it from the RV park.