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Abilene KOA

Abilene, Texas

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Office staff was friendly and accommodating with easy check in with reservation. The park is under new management and it appears the owners are investing in new washers and dryers (only two dryers worked) along with other upgrades. There are a lot of permanents in the park but it appears they keep their sites clean with minimal clutter. The pull thrus are side by side and a little close to each other but room for slide outs and awnings. We would stay again if the need arised in the future.

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We have stayed at this park twice a year as we were leaving or returning to Texas enroute to and from Yellowstone for the past six years. The plus of this park are the long pull thrus and concrete/asphalt sites. The minus are the flies,wind and smell from the feed lots nearby. The park is under new ownership and they no longer allow self serve rig washing (important to us to remove bugs and dirt from our rig and tow truck). They quickly recommend a local company to wash your rig that charges by the foot (smells of kickback). Picnic tables at a few sites. This was once a true resort park but you can see the neglect. This will be our last visit to this park.

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The rate reflected is the monthly rate+electric+propane for an extended stay during the winter months. This is a very clean, well maintained park with sites in the open and some nestled among the trees. Management and employees were very friendly and accommodating to your needs. They take a lot of pride in keeping the park clean and are constantly picking up pine cones and branches that may have fallen after a storm. The minuses for a park this size are not enough washers and driers (4 of each) and the hour that the laundry is open. We are early risers but had to wait until 9:00AM for the laundry to open. WiFi was good until they had some work done (believed they switched carriers) and then it was poor. If there was a swimming pool and/or a hot tub we would have given them a higher rating. It's unlikely we will return to Anacortes but if we did we would definitely return to Pioneer Trails.

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We stopped on our way to Washington. Very easy on and off access from I90. We received friendly greeting and were quickly assigned a site for the night. The park has asphalt roads and sites that are level and long enough we didn't need to unhook. We needed to use a power extension cord, but we have become used to doing this as we travel. Power and water pressure were good. Sites are not close together and the grass between sites was lush and green. They have a large pool and hot tub which were empty this time of year. We will stay here again on our return trip to Yellowstone next spring.

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We received a warm, friendly greeting upon our arrival and were promptly assigned a site despite not having reservations. They asked about satellite service and assigned us an open site. The site was wide and fairly level and long enough we didn't have to unhook for the night. This is a beautiful park with flowers and planters everywhere-they even have their own greenhouse. Easy on and off I90 and very little highway noise. We highly recommend and will stay here again on our return to Yellowstone next spring.

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After traveling for 2,000 miles it was nice to spend a few days in a park that had level sites and space between sites. I'm not sure what site the previous reviewer stayed in but there is plenty of grass between sites, and we enjoyed that. The procedure is to find an empty site, and then go to the cashier's window and pay-pretty simple. If you don't like your site-your bad.

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Sites are not level and very rocky. Side by side hookups. Sewer is elevated and hard to discharge tanks. Sites are very close together. Shore power and water are located where I needed to use an extra 25ft of sewer and power cord. We wanted to stay away from construction in Salt Lake city while heading north and chose this park as an alternate route. Will probably drive further north and not stay here again. I never understand why RV parks can't spend some time trying to level their sites.

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This is our second stay at Portal. Our last stay was two years ago, and we noticed the improvements immediately upon our arrival. Although we stayed in the resort (south side) we noticed the improvements for the RV side of the park. The roads have been improved and the weeds/grass are gone. The staff is very friendly and they want everyone to enjoy their stay. The park was pretty full the two nights we were there. Kudos to the staff for making our stay enjoyable.

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Nicest RV park in the Denver area. Side by side hookups so you are close to your neighbor on one side. Some sites where the sewer connection is uphill. Some sites are level, others are not. I have never understood how you can pour a concrete pad and "not" make it level. Nice amenities with pool, hot tub, laundry, exercise room. Extra charge for 50 amp seemed unreasonable. Pads are narrow and some with rather severe drop offs which can damage your tires if you aren't careful pulling in.

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This is a wonderful park with large sites and plenty of grassy area between sites. The owner and staff take a great deal of pride in keeping the park clean and beautiful. Only one mile to Ennis, so you can walk or ride your bike to town. Wi-Fi worked extremely well during our stay of two months. Only TV stations were PBS stations and they were hit or miss. Weather can be a bit interesting with high winds occasionally. We will stay here again in the future.

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This is great park for exploring Glacier NP. We especially enjoyed the made to order pies and all the other fresh baked goods from the office. Washers and driers worked well. Management is attentive to it's guests. Three weeks went by too fast. And yes, trees prevent any satellite reception but we were able to pick up all the major networks with a signal booster.

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This was an encore stay for us. We had a nice long and wide pull thru w/50 amp service, water and sewer. We had a little more time this trip and made a side excursion to Gem Mountain to screen for sapphires. Showers were very clean and the water was hot. We'll stay here again if our travels bring us this way.

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Pros: The sites are fairly level. Park is close to shopping: Starbucks, Safeway, Target, Costco and Home Depot. Centrally located to Seattle and the Olympic Pennisula. The staff and management are extremely friendly and helpful. Laundry has good washers and dryers. Cons: Gig Harbor Sportsman's Club is next door, so you hear gunfire until sundown. The park is on a steep hill and sites are terraced. Your exit route from your site is normally going uphill. It is quite exciting to leave your site and go up a 10-12 degree road, first thing. There is a toll bridge over the Tacoma Narrows and currently highway construction on I-5 & Hwy16 from Seattle. We stayed here to do our siteseeing. If we are ever back in the area, we would stay again.

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As stated in the earlier review, there is no Verizon phone service available. From what we noticed in the week we were in the Canon City area, this park is by far the best. The manager was constantly working in the park making improvements. Depending on your site, a minimal amount of leveling may be required. There are so many things to do around Canon City (don't miss the gold mine in Cripple Creek) we were sad to cut our visit short in order to move onto Fruita, CO to have cell phone service (wife still works). We would definitely stay at Royal View when in the area again.

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The rate listed is the monthly rate + electric. A very nice park with large pads that are gravel with a concrete entrance/parking area. The office has a small camping world parts inventory with very reasonable prices. The park has quite a few long term residents around the perimeter with back in sites and the interior pull thru sites are for short term visitors. The park was full most of our two month stay, so I would call ahead for availability. They were recently listed as one of the top 100 Good Sam Parks.