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One reviewer mentioned the barren landscape especially on the sites closest to the river. Apparently, the last snow-melt in Spring of 2008 brought the river up to the office and then some. The water line is still visible on the trees and sets about 5 or 6 ft off the ground. All of the sites closest to the river had to be evacuated. The flood took out most, if not all the trees. We visited in the dead of winter and stayed for a week, on the row nearest the river. It was delightful to see the sunsets over the river and watch the barge traffic lumber up and down day and night. Sturdy benches are proviced sporadically along the along the river's edge - a nice touch to watch the world go by. Some of the sites are gravel, some are cement (the cement sites are slightly more expensive). The staff is friendly and helpful. There is garbage pick-up at the site. The bath houses are older - clean enough, but kind of small and funky. New bathhouses are being constructed and should be finished up by late Spring. The sites are spaced nicely and quite long. There was plenty of room for our 36' 5'er and 1-ton dually (site # 100. Each site has a picnic table and fairly wide swath of grass on either side. The campground is quiet in winter, but usually jam-packed in Summer. Fishing is allowed (there are 2 small ponds on the grounds and of course, there is the river). Fishing licenses are required. Quiet and rustic - nothing to complain about. We'd surely stay again if in the area.

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When in search of a 50amp campsite with sewer in the Richmond, Virginia area, I found Pocahontas State Park and was very excited to see a State park had these. Unfortunately, I called to make reservations and confirmed with them that they DO NOT HAVE SEWER OR 50 AMP. They do have a dump station and 20/30 amp service. This is just for everyone's info. Everything else is awesome.

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Very pleasant and “comfortable” place to stay. We had one small issue. We had made reservations several months prior to our arrival and made several calls to confirm our stay, one week in space #80. When we arrived late that afternoon, our reserved space was occupied by a motor home. The motor home was scheduled to move to another site to make way for our arrival. The staff was mortified and sent an employee over to rattle their cage – no one was home. They called the offending guest and learned that they were over an hour away “finishing up their meal”. The park was completely booked however, the employee offered to let us stay in the site the other folks were scheduled to move to. She did this so we could have electric (it was quite hot and we really needed the AC), that was nice of her. When the dawdlers finally returned, they vacated “our” site, we moved in, set up and all was well. I only mention this as this park is very big on rules – which is a good thing, generally speaking. However, this incident really should not have happened. The staff really should have been monitoring the sites to make sure those who should be out were out. Almost all the parks we have ever been in have an employee riding around at check-out time making sure those scheduled to leave or move have done so. That being said … this park is very lovely; landscaped with mature trees and colorful flowers. The sites are a bit close together but the landscaping camouflages the feeling of being too close. Picnic tables are not provided. Very accommodating staff. Nice buildings – clean laundry with lots of machines. Our site received great high-speed WiFi reception. We were on the row closest to the office. Good, steady voltage and nice water pressure. The office accepts mail for guests. Maneuvering around the streets and into the sites is challenging. When we left after our stay, we had to back out of our pullthru site, trying a forward left turn would have been impossible and risky to our 37’ fifth wheel and ¾ ton long bed dually. Nice place to headquarter while visiting Portland and surrounds. (Don’t miss the Columbia River Gorge scenic drive – but do it with your toad or tow vehicle, lots of narrow, twisty roads). If we’re ever back in the northwest – we’ll definitely stay here.

     

Burns RV Park

Burns, Oregon

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Nice park – lots of beautiful shade trees & lawn at sites. Picnic table and potted petunias at each site. Good voltage, high water pressure. Some highway noise, not excessive. Very small laundry facilities & restrooms, but very clean. Gravel sites & roads. Pay WiFi with good signal. We would return for a longer stay next time we’re in Burns.

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Fairly new, large and apparently seasonal park with paved streets and level gravel sites. Well manicured strips of grass between each site along with immature trees (3–4 years old) on every other site. This is a well-designed park with long sites; large & comfortably wide – lots of room for our 37’ fifth wheel and 1-ton dually. Clean and well appointed facilities; library, computer room, weight & exercise room. Escort to site & very friendly and accommodating staff. Lots of planned activities. Free cable TV with adequate channel selection. Lots of good shopping nearby (Walmart, Sam’s, Costco, Target, Albertson’s, Home Depot, Lowe’s and more) Unfortunately, no picnic tables at the sites. No garbage pick-up and way too few dumpsters for the size of the park. Free WiFi, spotty availability at the sites; also available in the library. Located next to a construction yard – things were noisy in the morning (starting at 8 a.m.) on Monday through Friday. Lack of shade and it was blazing hot while we were there – triple digits on a few days. There weren’t many sites occupied and those that were, seemed permanent – summer’s apparently not the high season in this part of Idaho. Detriments not enough to keep us away if we ever returned to Caldwell.

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This is a lovely park in a very quiet, rural setting. Out of the 140 sites, approximately half of them have beautiful, mature shade trees. (I suspect the unshaded sites are newer). They are all immaculate and have well-kept lawns all ‘round. We parked in the older section, site B6, with a nice view of the mountains and a neighboring horse corral. The pullthrus are generously wide and amply long – plenty of room for our 37’ 5th wheel and our F-350 dually. Each site has a very nice plastic composite picnic table. The office is immaculate, as are the bathrooms and laundry. The on-site owners are very accommodating and hard-working. They provide a personal escort to the site and they accept mail and even deliver it to your site! There is a small playground, I didn’t notice a pool, but that wasn’t a concern to us. The park is very pet friendly. They only have 30 amp but for an extra $2.50 per day you can use the adapter available at Camping World (50 Amp RV Box Adapter – Item # 25774) It uses both outlets on the post – very nice in the summer! The park advertises free WiFi, but it is only available in the room adjacent to the office – ad could be more specific (this seems to be a common issue with WiFi service: “We have free WiFi, but you can’t get it at your site.”). Worth it to be specific when you call ahead if WiFi is important to you. There’s not much shopping nearby, best stock up before you arrive. The town has one small market - prices are a bit on the high side, but they do have an amazing variety of products. Not much to do in Arco, but this a wonderful, restful place to stop for a day or two and visit the Craters of the Moon National Preserve – a fascinating place. No traffic noise, no trains – just birds, squirrels & friendly people. All in all, a perfect place to be.

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This beautiful park is a stone’s throw from the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The park is carefully landscaped but surprisingly short of trees among the RV's – not much shade to speak of. We parked in a back-in site (#55) which backed right up to the Gallatin National Forest, perfect neighbors for our 9 night stay. The graveled sites have a nice long patio on the curb side, a separate graveled parking area for tow vehicle and a fairly wide lawn expanse on the street side – amply wide to provide a sense of space and privacy. The park accepts mail for campers, and offers pay WiFi (service by Nomad) with a good signal to our site. No garbage pickup at the site, but our dumpster was nearby. There was no traffic, jet or train noise. No large grocery stores or Wal-mart, but there are two small local markets in West Yellowstone. Between the two markets are a myriad of interesting and eclectic shops selling local artisans ware and wonderful furnishings & clothing. There of lots of dining choices, from sliced to order sandwiches to a sit-down steak house. The town (including a full-service post office) is within easy walking distance from the park. Park is pet friendly and vehicle washing is permitted. This is a nice place to stay while you visit Yellowstone National Park and a bit further (80 miles) to visit Grand Teton National Park. The park is very clean, inviting and comfortable. We would definitely stay here again when southern Montana is on our itinerary.

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Don’t bother to fix your hair ladies, you are in “windy Rawlins” (self-proclaimed by many of the area residents). Can’t blame the park for the location – it is what it is. Aside from the ever-present gales that whip through, the park is not that bad, certainly not a destination resort, but more than adequate for a night or two while passing through on I-80. (they even offer no hook up sites for those who prefer). Easy access on and off I-80, the park is essentially a large gravel parking lot with three rows of level, full hook-up, pull-through sites. The park has very widely spaced rows (streets) and sufficiently wide spaces, some separated by white lattice, trellis-type fences and small greenery. Very clean park and friendly staff. Definitely big-rig friendly with easy maneuverability in and out of the sites. Dog-friendly with pet area and pet play pen. Free WiFi at the site is very iffy – it apparently works in the office. This park plays host to many of the 24/7 workers from the nearby Sinclair Oil Refinery (6 miles away in the town of Sinclair). Some early risers with noisy diesels. The park is also about ½ mile from the railroad tracks. My husband heard the train a few times overnight – I never did. Even so, he said the train did not wake him or keep him awake. The train noise was not very bothersome. The park’s web page is informative, accurate and not over-blown (no pun intended). The site provides several links to local activities – it fails to mention the Wyoming Frontier Prison, located on the edge of town. The prison offers hour long tours every hour – providing a fascinating glimpse into correctional facilities of the Old West.

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This park is situated in Estes Park, a very touristy mountain town. The area is loaded with all kinds of activities, accommodations, specialty and tourist shops. There is a small, full-service grocery right next to the park and a large chain supermarket at the other end of town. The next nearest shopping (aside from Estes Park itself) is a tough 25 mile drive up and over the canyon to Loveland. There you’ll find a huge outlet mall, Walmart Supercenter & Sam’s, along with every other major store you can think of. Go 20 miles or so in the other direction the other way over more mountains and curves to Longmont - to another Walmart Supercenter. The park is a great place to headquarter for a visit to Rocky Mountain Park. The park is surrounded by thickly-forested beautiful trees, it sits along the banks of the Big Thompson River – swift and quite lovely. The park shares one of its other boundaries with another nice-looking RV park (the Manor). Nice greenery and mature trees surround the entrance and the lake. (The term “lake” is a bit of an overstatement, it’s not very big – it’s more like a large pond or a puddle on steroids, if you will. Fishing is permitted (no license) at the hefty fee of $7.50 a day or $20 for 3 days. You must keep any fish you catch – (no throw backs). The roads and the RV pads are dirt (maybe some crushed gravel), and each rig site has a wide lawn expanse and some intermittent young trees. Things are a bit dusty when folks drive by or the wind blows. The sites are incredibly wide, a good 30’ to 40’ - if you could drive into them from the side, you could park crosswise! The sites are also amply long – plenty of room for our 37’ fiver and F-350 dually. All of the sites are back-in, backing up adjacent to the next row of back-in sites. Fortunately, the sites are staggered, checkerboard style, so the view out the back window is not the other guy’s back window, just his toad or tow vehicle. Not too bad. Thanks to the width of the site, even full, this park doesn’t feel particularly crowded. [Not side-by-side hook-ups]. Terrific water pressure & good voltage. Garbage pick-up at the site. Pancake & Sausage breakfast on Saturday ($2.00 – extra sausage 25¢ each), ice cream social once or twice weekly and other planned activities. No instant-on phones and some dog breed restrictions. Free wi-fi but we couldn’t get a signal at our site (#46). Ala Carte pricing: cable - $3/day , 50 amp - $2/day and so forth. If we returned to the area, we might look around for another park.

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This is one of the nicest parks in the Denver area and it is always full in high-season. We called 2 months ahead for our visit in June – good thing, there were absolutely no sites available; plan ahead for this one. The well-treed sites are separated by well-kept, very wide lawns. The streets are paved and most of the sites are now cement. They were previously asphalt and it seems that they’re being upgraded a bit at a time. The park provides an escort to the side and parking assist if needed. The park provides garbage pick-up at the site. Nice pool, office, laundry & shower – all very clean. All day coffee & hot chocolate in the office/meeting room. Friendly staff. Good voltage & high water pressure – be sure to use a regulator. Propane available on site & the office will accept mail for visitors. Good Sam discount available as well as an additional discount available from one of the three other sister parks: Spruce Lake, Elk Meadow, & Rocky Mountain RV. Now the bad news. The sites are back-to-back, most share a utility post. The entry doors of side-by-side units face each other and share the lawn expanse – each with its own picnic table. We stayed for a week and fortunately had quiet, responsible neighbors – not so in some cases, which I imagine can make for a very unpleasant stay. Expensive rate and they have ala carte add-ons: $3 a day for cable, $2 a day for cable, instant-on phone $2 a day, extra person $4, $1 for each dog a day and so forth. They restrict certain dog breeds (Rottweiler, Akita, Staffordshire Terriers, Pit Bull & Doberman). The older, asphalt sites have cracked off and crumbled corners, making leveling difficult. The pads are fairly narrow, making things a bit tight on the driver’s side of things.

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We enjoyed our stay here, very nice campground in a nicely-treed rustic setting at 6000’ elevation. Sites spaced as generously as possible, considering all the trees. They have a tiered rate structure and tiered sites. We stayed in one of their “Premium Terrace” sites over the week preceding Memorial Day as well as the Memorial Day weekend. It was their top row and it was nicely secluded overlooking the campgrounds and nestled against a reddish rock bluff. The owner and the staff were very eager, helpful and solicitous – bending over backwards to accommodate the guests – very nice. The small office store was nicely stocked with basic needs & supplies. The sites were nicely landscaped with rock boundaries & walls; each had a fire ring and table. Most of the sites seem to be big-rig friendly – ours certainly was, we easily fit our 37’ fifth wheel & F-350 dually pickup. Now the bad news. The water pressure fluctuated between low and lower – we checked it with and without the filter, made no difference – it was still low. The roads were made of crushed red rock which was either dusty or muddy, dependent on the weather. The free WiFi was iffy at best but we had to use it as we received no signal at all from our Verizon card or phone, even with the Wilson Trucker antenna. The owner did not follow the leash law, which was a bit disconcerting – too many times we found the large, friendly dog running loose and looking lost (although I’m sure he wasn’t). We hit the place at peak season and found it to be bit pricey – but I suppose that’s to be expected during a summer holiday week in Colorado. We wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again, it’s a great place for a home base to see the Royal Gorge, Pikes Peak, the Air Force Academy, Garden of the Gods, and Black Hawk Canyon.

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This is a small, quiet, and well-kept park with easy on and off access and no traffic, train or other obnoxious noises that plague so many other parks. The open, sparsely treed grounds in the 7000’ San Luis valley are surrounded by beautiful mountain backdrops and house several rows of mostly level pull through sites, with a combination of full, 50-amp hookups (but only 4), full, 30-amp hook-ups, several water and electric, a handful of tent sites on the fringes of the park and the inevitable KOA cabins. Each site is equipped with tables, fire rings and grills. Navigating into some of the sites might be tight-turning for some of the biggest, big-rigs but we managed our 37’ fifth wheel & F-350 pickup with very little problem. The park has on-site propane, free WiFi, on-site owners and managers, a friendly, helpful staff and offers an escort to the site. The large, clean office building houses a cute all-year Christmas store and modest gift and supply store with grocery necessities and limited emergency RV supplies. The generously-sized, gravel spaces are separated by wide strips of lawn and a combination of young and mature trees. The playground is appropriately furnished and was enjoyed thoroughly by the many young campers using it during the Memorial Day week we were here. The lovely looking pool was undergoing seasonal maintenance for the upcoming summer. The weather was still a bit too chilly for frolicking in the water. This is a great home-base to visit the Great Sands Dunes National Park, Zapata Falls, Alamosa Wildlife Refuge, Rio Grande Scenic Railroad and the Cumbres-Toltec Railroad. Now, the bad news: The Park has side-by-side hookups. We were on an end, so we were not forced to share our front yard with a neighbor, not so with most other sites. The water pressure and voltage fluctuated quite a bit. The water pressure falling to 20 and the electric mostly never reaching 110. The single dumpster is by the office and certainly not convenient to all the campers. This highly-priced park offers no discounts, only their own KOA card which provides a 10% discount. We secured our reservations several months before our visit and would highly recommend the same for others: especially for any summer holiday week. If we return to the area we would most likely return to this park.

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This very small & noisy park has mostly permanent residents and sits right on the main thoroughfare. Of the 12 tightly-spaced, thickly graveled sites only 1 or 2 are available for transient RV’ers. The park is apparently full to capacity all year long, mostly with early-rise workers. We called for reservations several months prior to our visit and we were told to “Come on in”. We checked again about a week ahead of our arrival and received the same response. When we arrived, the office was closed and there were instructions to self-park and return after 5 p.m. to check-in. Had another traveler pulled in before us, they would have taken the only remaining site and our “Come-on-in reservation” would be worthless. Not a good system. The hard-working and sincere on-site owners work full-time elsewhere and there is no other employees to staff the office, thus leaving no help available during normal working hours. The owners are admittedly having trouble finding time for all they have to do and they aren’t too worried about filling the 2 vacant sites with travelers. To their credit, they have several improvement projects in process, most everything is in good repair and the park is as charming as possible given it’s poor location. The park offers free WiFi (Lynksys) with an excellent signal & speed. There is no cable TV, showers, or laundry – but it’s “coming soon” according to the nicely-designed, if not overblown, website. The sites are simply too narrow for picnic tables or grills, our 50-amp service was not working and the sites are definitely too short to accommodate big rigs (we backed our 37’ 5th wheel and still-attached F-350 into the end site – which left quite a bit of our rig hanging out into the “street”). We only stayed here for one night and even then it was a definite disappointment.

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This is a lovely, quiet, well-equipped park in Arizona’s big-sky country – flat high desert surrounded by vast prairie, delightfully in the middle of nowhere. The park is surrounded by a security gate with an electronic gate control. The level, gravel spaces are roomy with adjacent parking & picnic table. The park is nicely landscaped with tall mature trees and some shrubbery. The staff are exceedingly helpful & friendly. There are a total of 71 spaces with 15 full-hookup sites in the row closest to the office, (including 2 handicap accessible). This is a great home base for a visit to Meteor Crater, Walnut Canyon, Painted Desert, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Flagstaff and the not to be missed “Standing on the Corner” in Winslow, Arizona! Good WiFi, strong signal, pay as you go. Great voltage & water pressure. Old Route 66 runs perpendicular to the park – it is unpaved, try it if you’re adventurous. The tall, ruin-like adobe building to the east of the park (on old Rte 66) is the original visitor center for Meteor Crater in the early part of the 19th century. Don’t let this keep you away, but there was some very far-away traffic noise from I-40 – certainly NOT bothersome and we dislike traffic noise. Somewhere in the desert, far north of the park, a very distant freight train rumbled through once in a while. The park has a nice office, well-stocked general store & Subway sandwich shop next to the park. There is also an affiliated Mobile station with moderately priced fuel & gas. All in all, this is a nice park, well designed and definitely worth stopping at – good for a bit of rest & relaxation and 'touristing' if you’re in the mood.

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Large, 55+ fully paved park – mostly “snow-bird” sites with a scattering of available sites for folks traveling through. Not much landscaping to speak of, the park is in an open, flat and very sunny desert area – very hot, even in May. The park is not big-rig friendly, all the somewhat narrow sites are back-in and most have very tight turning radius. Parking our 37’ fifth wheel was almost impossible to do without encroaching on surrounding sites or doing battle with a light pole or two (No escort to the site was available). Laundry, pool and showers were clean and adequate. Office was closed on weekends. Park advertised free WiFi however upon on arrival we were informed that they only had one WiFi “hook-up” spot in the office area (the person that checked us in didn’t seem very knowledgeable on the whole subject). While checking for wi-fi connections in the area, Coach Connect showed up. The desk person wasn’t aware of that and didn’t know if they had a password for guests to use. We could have paid to use Coach Connect by purchasing air time on our own account. We opted not to as we have a Verizon card and the signal was excellent. We called 2 months prior to our visit, confirmed the date of our stay and the rate. The rates were quite high, especially considering the fact that the park was definitely in off-season. At that time, we specifically inquired as to any special add-on or extra charges - desk person was adamant, there WERE no extra charges. Upon arrival, we were charged the daily rate less a Good Sam discount PLUS $3 per day for “less than 5 day stay”. That was the strangest daily add-on rate we’ve ever encountered. We addressed the confirmation that we had received earlier about no add-ons and the desk person simply said there was “nothing they could do”. Not good customer relations. The park is close to a small Tanger outlet mall and several fast-food emporiums, but that’s about it. Given the number of RV parks in the Casa Grande area, there is no need to go to this over-priced one.