Date of Stay: January, 2016
Let me start by saying that winter, cold-weather camping is not for everyone. But if you are like us, and enjoy snow skiing and are adapted to winter camping, Pagosa Riverside is a must stay place! They keep about 8 spaces open during the winter, snow-plowed, with full hookups (50 amp). These 8 spaces are "first come, first serve" and are a flat rate of $30/day. Management, workers, and the owner are very friendly and want to assure you are comfortable and happy. The campground is beautiful, a wonderful setting along the San Juan River. In the winter there is only one pull-thru space, and our 38' fifth wheel was too long for that space. We had a back-in spot that was well plowed and the utilities shoveled clear. Management and the owner were very busy with remodeling the office building and bathrooms. I would guess that the office and bathrooms look very nice and updated in preparation for the warm weather campers! If you do winter camp, be aware that the San Juan River Valley usually is 10 degrees colder at night than Pagosa Springs due to the cold air descending from Wolf Creek Pass. We are definitely looking forward to visiting Pagosa Riverside next winter (and skiing Wolf Creek) and seeing the friends we made with Management and the Owner! And, who knows, we might even be able to warm weather camp there sometime! We highly recommend Pagosa Riverside Campground!
Date of Stay: October, 2015
This park is under new ownership/management who are site present and friendly. The new owners hope to upgrade the park over the next few years. The park is largely a gravel lot with good tree cover. Sites range from level to not level. Some lots do allow satellite TV reception. In season, there is a Farmer's Market and a barn jamboree on site. The primary negative of this park is the road noise from US 60. Most nights the road noise stops after 10pm as there are very few trucks. This is actually a very nice park near the Ozark National Scenic Riverway. We will definitely return.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
We cannot recommend this park, but do read other evaluations. The drag strip and dirt track racing unexpectedly started up on a Thursday evening at 6pm and lasted well into the night. Very loud! The "grassy" areas are mowed "swamp grass". Obviously this area is subject to flooding as all the electrical is well elevated (4'+ off ground). It did rain during our visit, and water was standing everywhere for two days afterward. The park is approximately 5 miles from I-24 on narrow asphalt roads, one of which crosses a steep railroad embankment (similar to a levee). I was concerned I might damage my hitch and/or pin box driving across it. There are two tight turns that require no oncoming traffic to utilize the whole of both roads to negotiate. There is only one women's and one men's toilet/shower rooms for the whole park. One better hope that it is not busy as one walks across the gravel lot. There are two washers and three dryers; however, the dryers have only one heat setting - "high". One might choose "Delicate" or "Low" heat, no matter because the dryer (50 minutes for $1.75) gets hot enough that one cannot touch the inside drum. This park is under new owners, but beware the husband. He is very OCD about late checkouts and driving through unoccupied spaces! He will literally run across the park to confront someone with anger. Though not the park's fault, the electrical line voltage ran over 131 VAC for several hours several times a day. Our SurgeGuard ATS safely disconnected the RV, but then we were basically boondocking. One needs to be careful leaving the RV door open as the gnats will invade the RV. One reviewer stated the owners space RVs out for privacy; however, this is totally untrue. There are three RVs on the south loop, and we are all parked next to each other with empty spaces down the way. On the positive side, this appears to be a clean park. Even the permanent residents and rental RVs are not that junky. We will not return.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
We camped here two nights. Yes, the park is older and some of the concrete pads are cracked. However, the park was very clean and well maintained. If we could, we would definitely return. We left the morning of May 5. On the evening of May 6, the Roadrunner RV Park took a direct hit of a tornado. You have probably seen pictures on the news. Note From RVPR admin: Park owners report that they are currently repairing damage caused by recent storms and anticipate being re-opened this season.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This is definitely a "rustic park". The interior loop road and sites are all dirt and gravel rock. The sites are shady and back-in. There is plenty of maneuvering room for backing. The showers/restrooms were clean, but did not see a laundry. There are several long-term campers who will share information about diamond hunting. Miners' Camp is located right outside the entrance to Crater of Diamonds State Park, so it is quite a distance to Murfreesboro and Nashville, AR. If we return to Murfreesboro, we would definitely camp here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
Cooper Creek Campground is a welcomed relief from the crush of Branson! Located on the shores of Tanneycomo, where the fishing is great, it is away from the hustle of the Branson shows and Hwy. 76. The road into the campground is quite hilly. Once in the campground, the roads are a little tricky because they are narrow with some low hanging branches. My 38' fiver did fine though I took it slow, watched carefully, and had a spotter. The back-in spots along Tanneycomo are a little narrow and tight, but well worth the view! The pull-through spaces tend to have more room. The showers/restrooms were very clean. The laundry was clean, though a little on the expensive side. If we were to visit Branson again, we would stay here!
Date of Stay: June, 2014
Catherine's Landing is definitely a one-stop RV resort with plenty to do and plenty of fun! The "residential street" approaching the park may make one wonder, but the excellent access road confirms a great experience ahead. Asphalt roads with concrete RV pads, excellent hook-ups, and beautiful sites - what else is required? How about a great pool, a dock on Lake Catherine, and boat/kayak rentals? Plus the historical town of Hot Springs, Arkansas and the National Park just minutes away? Great fun! We will definitely return!
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Secluded Acres is a campground that is still developing. The sites are gravel or rocky dirt and there are many trees. The four sites nearest the highway are 50 amp pull through and fairly easy for big rigs to enter and exit. The showers/restroom is a modified yard shed - quaint but quite functional. The entrance to Secluded Acres can be easily missed, but watch for the signs for Hochatown BBQ at the front of the park. As mentioned, this is a RV park that is still in development, so it may be rustic now, but there are improvements planned for the future. We will definitely return!
Date of Stay: May, 2014
This is a wonderful campground located west of Lead Hill, Arkansas. Almost all sites are rated for 30' RVs maximum, though there are a couple of sites rated for 35' and one site rated for 40' RVs. There are some low hanging limbs on trees, so be careful for rig heights over 12'. Both camping areas (A & B) are on points overlooking beautiful Bull Shoals Lake. Most, not all, sites have 50 amp, all have water, and there is a dump area in Area B. The campground is very clean. The showers and rest rooms are spotless and are cleaned daily. The campground is located in a somewhat remote area of northern Arkansas, so it is a wonderful place to "get away" and enjoy the beauty of nature! The marina is immediately downhill from the campground, and there is a lodge located uphill if you want to rent a room. Bull Shoals Lake is absolutely pristine! This is a perfect place for fishing, water skiing, and even scuba diving! Actually, this campground is not big rig friendly - some low tree limbs, some tight turns, and as mentioned, most sites accomodate a maximum of 30' RVs. But once you are here, you will think it is "this side of heaven"!
Date of Stay: March, 2014
We are full-timers with a 38', 13.5' high RV and have been at Destiny for a year. This is an excellent RV park whose staff is working hard to improve the park and provide excellent customer service. I can only speak of my own experience, and my experience does not agree with some previous reviewers. The new Internet antennas installed last August provide excellent connections. (Yes, the ISP is TengoNet). I would guess that about 35% of the park are long-term, friendly residents at any time, and the vast majority of those residents have very well kept spaces. One will have to go far and wide to find a more professional and friendly staff whose goal is to provide the best customer service. Yes, there are some RV spaces that might seem a little close, and there are some spaces that are not quite level. This park is located on a low ridge and it would be impossible to not have a few spaces close or a few spaces with a slope. There are many pull-through spaces and some back-ins. Yes, there is a surcharge for electricity based on current energy prices. It's the Texas grid! In the years we camped here before full-timing, the staff was always helpful in accommodating our requests. The restroom and shower facilities are always spotless. In the past year, there are new washers and dryers. And during the winter months, there are potluck dinners. During the year there are "coffee hour" get-togethers for the campers. This past winter, the staff would check with the campers to assure that their propane tanks were filled even when the roads were covered with ice! The park owners and staff have plans to expand the number of RV spaces and other improvements. The biggest downside to Destiny RV is totally out of their control - I-35E construction. This is a multi-year construction job which will result in a better I-35E and easier access to Destiny RV! They will even get their own right-hand turning lane! But for now, if you are coming from the north on I-35E, I would recommend exiting at Corinth Parkway, following the frontage road through the light and down to Destiny RV Resort entrance (about a mile). If you are coming from the south on I-35E, due to the older (circa 1959) bridges, I personally would recommend going past Destiny RV several miles to exit at Mayhill/State School Road, turning left back under I-35E, then getting back on I-35E southbound to exit at Corinth Parkway (see above). It is way easier to negotiate the turn under I-35E at Mayhill! Destiny Dallas RV Resort is an excellent base location to visit the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. If you plan to go to downtown Dallas or the Parkland Medical District, the DCTA A-Train Med Park station is nearby which will transfer you to the DART Green Line light rail. This is an excellent transportation method to avoid all the I-35E construction!
Date of Stay: September, 2013
This area is no longer an Oklahoma State Park. It was sold some 10 years ago to private investors. We visited this former park during a day trip to check out the campground. Years ago this was one of Oklahoma's premier state parks, so we wanted to "relive youth" and plan a camping trip. Glad it was only a day trip. Yes, there is still a campground and a campground host, but the facilities have fallen into ruins needing dire repair. There is a row of pull through sites, approximately 20, that are still usable though in need of repair. All other sites range from barely usable to unusable - trees need to be trimmed for low branches, grass and downed limbs need to be tended, trash and broken bottles needed to be picked up, etc. The marina appears to be closed and sits in Catfish Bay like a ghost town. The lodge has long been torn down, but the cabins sit abandoned. Driving from the highway back to the camping area is like entering an "end of earth" movie with all the abandoned buildings falling apart in disrepair. The investors never started building the high end resort they proposed when they purchased this park from the State. We will not return to this area as it makes us sad when we remember its former glory.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Cedar Rail is located at the top of Raton Pass on I-25 north of Raton. Owners and staff are very friendly. There is an upper and lower RV area; both areas are all gravel and very clean. One is basically on the mountain top - great views! Wi-Fi was strong and free, but campers are asked to limit up/downloading and gaming. The WiFi is connected to satellite ISP. T-Mobile cellular was strong. RV park is above the interstate, so there is very little road noise despite how near the interstate is located. We will camp here again!
Date of Stay: July, 2012
This is an older but well maintained RV park located north of I-40 on Lakeside Drive (Loop 335). The staff is very friendly and helpful. A few spaces have fenced dog runs; there is a large dog run in the southwest corner of the park. Sites are all pull-through gravel with grass space in between. Conveniently located for the RV traveler on the east side of Amarillo: 1)about 2 miles from the I-40 and US 287 (Dallas/Ft. Worth) intersection, 2)on Loop 335 which loops around Amarillo to rejoin US 287 (Dumas/Dalhart) and avoids all inter-city traffic, 3)across highway from Pilot Travel Center station. The downside to the park: 1)near I-40, so there is some road noise, but also convenient to get to, and 2)in the flight path of the airport which closes in late evening. We will definitely stay here again!
Date of Stay: June, 2012
Well maintained, "country" RV park about 12 miles south of Creede. The Rio Grande River is a short walking distance across the highway. Gravel/grass spaces that are easy to pull-through. The Wi-Fi access is very sketchy and slow if available. Not all cellular service is available (T-Mobile not available). Beautiful area next to the river and mountains. Horseback riding, river rafting, jeep rental, fishing, hiking: enough to keep everyone busy for weeks. RV park entrance is on west side of Lodge and Cabins! The entrance is fairly narrow, adjust your turning accordingly! Interior roads are easily negotiated. If you stop at the Lodge, pull in at front parallel to the road. Do not attempt to pull in on west side of Lodge with large rigs! Camp host site well marked inside the entrance. The camp host, staff, and owners are all very friendly and helpful. Some "summer-long" campers who return every year. We will definitely camp here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2012
This is a very nice park with very friendly and helpful staff and owners. The sites are a little small, but well maintained and pull-through. Nice pool area along with recumbent bikes for the kids, and also a dirt bike trail adjacent to the camp. There is a sizeable dog run! We will definitely stay here again!