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Review Count: 181
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 46

Craters of the Moon / Arco KOA , Arco, Idaho

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

This is a better than average KOA Journey-class park. It is in a rural setting in a small town. The roads are gravel, the sites are gravel. Spacing between sites is slightly better than typical. There are some trees but we had no trouble getting DirecTV. The wifi was running at 2-3 Mbps download speed when I checked it. What makes this park so different is that the owners try very hard to provide "extras" that aren't commonly found at parks of this class. Every evening hand dipped ice cream is available on the back patio at $1/scoop. All proceeds go to a charity. Even more unusually, a rather full food menu is available on a special order basis. We had the fried chicken dinner; it was quite good and the price was very reasonable. The owners and work campers were friendly and helpful. One tip--if entering the town from the west DO NOT follow the KOA signs located at the Sinclair gas station. That will take you down a rough, unpaved road for half a mile. You are better following the directions on the park's website and in the KOA directory--proceed into the town and turn right at Pickles Restaurant. That keeps you on paved roads all the way. We camped at Craters of the Moon / Arco KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
D4
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Craters of the Moon National Monument is ~18 miles to the west and is well worth a couple of hour (or longer) visit.

Review Count: 181
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 46

Boise / Meridian KOA, Meridian, Idaho

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

This park considers itself to be part of the KOA "Journey" park group which implies that it's OK for a night or two but doesn't try to claim it's a destination. With that categorization, this park is significantly nicer than many other KOA Journey parks we've encountered. The roads are all paved and there's nicely trimmed grass between the sites. The sites themselves are smooth gravel with a small "sidewalk like" patio. Each site has a picnic table. Our pull-through was plenty long enough for our 40' MH and our toad. The sites are quite narrow with no privacy between them. There are some trees around the perimeter of the park but there is little shade. Satellite TV was easy to access. Both Verizon and AT&T worked well and the data streams were very fast. As others have noted, the park is nearly full all the time and there are lots of long term residents, but all the sites we saw were quite neat. We camped at Boise / Meridian KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This park is located in a major shopping and restaurant area. Virtually any store you want is within a mile or two. The only exception was Costco which is ~6 miles away. Traffic in the vicinity of the park is heavy during evening rush hour but the park is less that half a mile from the freeway so it isn't all that bad an experience.

Review Count: 181
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 46

Fish House Inn and RV Park, Dayville, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This place is a real find. As others have said it is a charming little park with neatly trimmed grass and relatively large sites. All sites are back-in but they are very easy to maneuver into. Lots of trees but we were able to get a satellite connection from our site. Verizon works well, but there is no AT&T service. The park's wifi was ~3-4 Mbps which is pretty good. The parks roads and sites are gravel; the utilities were well place. The only criticism was that the site was high in the front, enough that our jacks didn't completely get us level. Not a huge issue, but it would have been easy to fix. The stated check-in hours are 4-8pm but I called and said I was going to be early and that wasn't a problem since the previous occupant had already left. The young owner is a pleasant person; the tiny little town is charming. We camped at Fish House Inn and RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The John Day Fossil Bed National Monument is close by (the Visitor Center and Museum).

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Review Count: 181
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 46

Diamond Lake RV Park, Diamond Lake, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

The park is nestled in the trees and is very quiet. The roads are asphalt and the sites are a thick layer of large gravel. Our site was A1 which is one of the "big rig" sites and is very secluded. We faced the forest with no other campers in sight. It was surprisingly level. Our rooftop Trav'ler dish was able to get DirecTV HD which made up for the fact that cell service is really marginal. You can make voice calls on Verizon but data service is very weak and slow. With the drought, the mosquito problem noted by others earlier in summer was nonexistent. We sat outside on the concrete patio most evenings. Our picnic table was quite satisfactory and fires were almost forbidden due to the extreme wildfire risk. Bottom line is that this isn't a fancy park, but a very nice one if you want to get away from the world and enjoy sitting under ~100 foot tall pine trees. An important point to note is that although the RVPR map pin for this park is in the correct location, the Google map pin is WRONG. Google has the pin for this park labeled as "Diamond Lake Trailer Camp Area". If you set your GPS to that you are fine. If you use the Google pin for Diamond Lake RV Park you will be ~3 miles north at the resort and may have difficulty turning around and getting out. Don't make that mistake! We camped at Diamond Lake RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A1
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This park is a great base for exploring Crater Lake; the north entrance of the park is ~10 minutes away. Even though cell service at the park is weak, the good news is that if you drive ~2 minutes to a lakeside picnic area on Diamond Lake you can get blisteringly fast Verizon LTE/4G service. The picnic area has tables and restrooms and our daily ritual was to take our laptops and readers down there for a couple of hours each day.

The good news, however, is that if you drive ~2 minutes to a lakeside picnic area on Diamond Lake you can get blisteringly fast Verizon LTE/4G service. The picnic area has tables and restrooms and our daily ritual was to take our laptops and readers down there for a couple of hours each day.

Review Count: 181
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 46

Burns RV Park, Burns, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

This is a delightful park owned a very nice couple. We were lucking enough to have one of their best pull-through sites, #53, and it was great for an over-night and would have been nice for several days if we had wished. Our site was ~100 feet long and twice the width of sites at most commercial parks. The park has mature trees that might block satellite signals on some sites but we were fine on ours with our rooftop Trav'ler. We camped at Burns RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
53
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There's a well stocked Safeway only ~5 minutes away.

Review Count: 181
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 46

Welcome Station RV Park, Wells, Nevada

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

The park's setting is pleasant but the sites are very, very narrow and have absolutely no privacy. The road is gravel and the sites are dirt with a little grass. The trees are nice but block rooftop satellite access. Verizon and AT&T work well if you have an amplifier. The pull-throughs aren't angled at all and getting a 40' MH with a toad in and out without unhooking is challenging. The owners are very nice. We camped at Welcome Station RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 181
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 46

Cedar City KOA, Cedar City, Utah

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $47.00
Overall Rating:

This is a better than average KOA. Our deluxe pull-through was nicely landscaped and was a bit more spacious than the typically tight sites one expects to encounter. The staff was exceptionally pleasant and helpful. Verizon and AT&T both worked well. We camped at Cedar City KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Several national parks and monuments are within easy driving distance of Cedar City. It's a convenient base for touring the area.

Review Count: 181
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 46

Durango KOA, Durango, Colorado

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very nice park that appeals to both young families and couples like ourselves. Compared to many, it is a relatively quiet park even on the weekend when nearly every site was taken. Our premium site was attractively landscaped and was more than long enough for our 40' MH and our toad. We had a table and four chairs, a fire pit and a charcoal grill. The roads are gravel and the sites are a thin layer of gravel on dirt. If this bothers because your shiny MH is getting dusty then you probably shouldn't be in this part of the US. The sites aren't perfectly level, but they're close enough that we could easily get ourselves level. One nice thing about the park is that different types of sites are scattered throughout; there isn't just one area for tenting and one for full-hookups, etc. There are lots of amenities such as a weekend snack bar and movies that we didn't avail ourselves of, but many others will enjoy them. The staff were very friendly. We stayed here for two weeks and enjoyed it immensely. We camped at Durango KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
43
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There's lots of tourist stuff in Durango, along with the Durango-Silverton railroad. Durango is also very convenient for seeing Mesa Verde, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Chimney Rock, and more.

Review Count: 181
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 46

Raton KOA, Raton, New Mexico

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

This is a KOA "Journey" class of park. It's meant as a stopover place to spend a night or two. This park fills that market niche well. However, if you're one of those people who gets upset driving on gravel/dirt because it will dirty your RV, just stay away since that's what this park has. Our pull-through was plenty long enough and reasonably wide. There was no privacy with the neighboring sites, but we weren't going to sit outside, anyway. There was a picnic table if we had wanted to use it. The staff in the office were friendly and we were led to our site by a worker in a golf cart. All utilities were convenient and worked well. They have one of those wifi systems where you have to get a separate login for each device you want to connect. We didn't bother; both AT&T and Verizon had decent signals here so we used our own internet sources. The park is very convenient to any of the major highways you are likely to get here via. We did have a power problem at our site that didn't begin until the park was nearly full in the evening. Our Progressive EMS system repeatedly was cutting our power off and the fault code indicated high voltage on one of the two circuits. We've experienced it before at other locations and it usually results from a floating neutral at the pedestal often resulting from loose connections in the pedestal. Since the office had closed by then, we simply switched to the 30A connection for which the voltage appeared to be normal. We camped at Raton KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Solano's Western Wear, just a mile away, is a family owned shop that has a wide assortment of western clothes, hats and boots. Very nice people.

Review Count: 181
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 46

Oasis RV Resort, Amarillo, Texas

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for a couple of days while driving north. It's well laid out park with large, mostly pull-through sites. The asphalt roads are easy to negotiate and the paved sites are quite long and much wider than usual. Our 40' MH and toad fit easily on them with plenty of space left over. Of course, this part of TX is quite flat so the sites are very level. The utility connections are good but our sewer connection was so far forward that I needed to use an extension hose. All sites appear to have sturdy picnic tables on a concrete pad. The staff were very friendly at check-in and even called us in the afternoon to let us know that the office closed at 5pm. As others have said you don't really hear the interstate traffice although you are quite close to it. There's a lot of construction on I-40 just east of the park, but there's an easy back way into the town without having to use it. The only downside to the park is that it's in a part of TX that is dry and dusty. There are a few trees but they don't provide any significant shade, nor do you have any privacy between sites. But that's simply to be expected in this part of the world. In summary, this is a great place for a short stop or for a longer stay in Amarillo. We camped at Oasis RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
72
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The park is literally "around the corner" from Cadillac Ranch, an icon of Amarillo, if you're into that sort of thing. It's also a ~30 minute drive to the entrance to Palo Duro Canyon, a place well worth visiting. There's lots of shopping and restaurants in Amarillo, including the famous one that offers a "free" 72 ounce steak if you can eat it in a specified time!

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Review Count: 181
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 46

Hidden Cove Park Marina & Resort, Frisco, Texas

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

This park is a gem! I'm not sure why it doesn't rate higher. It is unique in that it essentially is an in-city park in a major metro area that is isolated enough to let you feel as if you are really in the country. The sites are large, more on the scale of a better state park, but the property is a private, membership marina with an RV park associated with it. We were here on the weekend following the 4th of July so the place was packed, but there was room for many sites to have 3 or 4 vehicles with overflow parking for more, if needed. The roads are asphalt and aren't super wide but they are plenty adequate. Traffic is two-way on the camping loops which can be a little tight, but it was manageable. There are lots of trees to provide shade but we had no problem getting a satellite fix. Each site has a covered picnic area and a grill. Some sites are lakeside which would be very nice. Our site was a very easy back-in plenty long enough for our MH and car. AT&T service was good but did get overloaded in the evening because of the crowd. The Verizon service was spotty. There may have been wifi but we didn't use it. The office staff were friendly and efficient. There is a gate guard on until 9pm and after that the gate opens from a keypad. We have family in the area and we will definitely be back! One thing worth noting was that the sewer connection was at the very back of the pad and we needed to use an extension; good thing we always carry one. We camped at Hidden Cove Park Marina & Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
39
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This park is located in Frisco TX which is on the north side of the Dallas metro area. It's ~10 miles from Costco and about the same from Ikea. Walmarts, Lowes and other "necessities" are nearby.

Review Count: 181
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 46

Rockport Oaks RV Park, Rockport, Texas

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This is a relatively new ownership park south of Rockport. Although most sites are occupied by owners, some unsold lots (and some unoccupied, owned ones) are available for rental. The developer, who is also the rental manager, prefers longer term rentals but short term stays are possible. The sites are large (~3,000 sq ft) and the park is landscaped with dozens of mature live oak trees. No restrooms or showers, but there is a modest sized laundry facility. Free wifi is available but not all that reliable. Excellent cellular reception on all major carriers. If you are not looking for Rockport's typical snowbird parks with lots of activities you might find this park a refreshing change. We camped at Rockport Oaks RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Rockport is a popular snowbird destination in south TX (where snowbirds are called "winter Texans". Rockport is ~35 minutes from Corpus Christi which has department stores and lots of shopping if that's what you're looking for.

Review Count: 181
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 46

Bent Tree RV Ranch, Lampasas, Texas

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for one night on our way south. With the PA discount it was a good deal. The park is in a rural area. The path to the CG from the main road is gravel and dirt. It was dusty but easy to drive. I did wonder, however, what it would be like if there had been a lot of rain. The sites are a thin layer of gravel and grass. Our site was a fairly long pull through and it accommodated our 40' MH and our toad without disconnecting. It was reasonably level. Utility connections were properly placed. There isn't an office; a park host lives in the first RV you encounter. Her phone number is posted to call if she isn't around. It was easy to get a satellite lock since there were only a few small trees. Verizon 4G/LTE worked well. We camped at Bent Tree RV Ranch in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 181
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 46

Victorian Acres Campground, Nebraska City, Nebraska

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is an attractive park run by a young couple who appear to spend a lot of time maintaining the grounds. The grass was mowed, there were flowers, etc. One of the owners escorted us to our site which was reasonably level for a gravel site. No problem getting satellite access and Verizon 4G/LTE worked well. Easy access off the highway. We camped at Victorian Acres Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 181
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 46

Time Out RV Park, Chickasha, Oklahoma

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This park is never going to win any awards for its ambiance but the owners are very nice and it was acceptable for an overnight stay while traveling on I-44. The park had lots of long term residents but the sites were well kept. Most sites are gravel but the owner has poured concrete pads for some of them and the one we had was pretty level. Easy access off of the highway. We camped at Time Out RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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