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What a mistake. This small, crowded, sandy, hole in the wall could not be worse for our rig (except maybe Magnolia in Vicksburg). Nothing could get me to return here, and it's in a bad neighborhood to boot. Don't go here without an armed escort, a shoehorn, a bucket and mop, and no slides/awnings or need for any privacy.

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Since this is our 4th stay in this park it is obvious we like it. However, over the years we have come to expect a step up, particularly when we assume the owners/operators can afford it (as is the case in most "casino parks". Therefore, I downgrade this park on their Wi-Fi: granted it's free (but it is "get what you pay for). That is to say, it is sporadic, so don't even consider using it too seriously (it goes from 1 bar-4 bars at will). I like the trees/placement, I like that about half the sites face North (not the pull throughs however), I like that the four corners of the park are "unofficial doggies areas (good for pets/good for non-pet owners). The golf course next door, as well as the most expensive fuel station in the area neighbors the park (free air pump). The buffet and restaurants are a nice selection, and the nearby Pala Casino has one of the best buffets in Southern California. Although not on the ocean, this RV park is only 20 miles from the Pacific, so you constantly get an ocean breeze, so it's much cooler that inland areas. At check-in don't forget to request an office worker to unlock your sewer connection (only RV park I know of that has that feature). Also, remember that weekends during the non-summer months get very crowded, while during the week the park is empty.

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What a pleasure to return to such a nice place. Surrounded by mountains, grass and trees, fields for the dogs to roam and run, and lovely staff who are not here to enforce rules, but to make sure everyone enjoys themselves. Even though it's slightly farther to drive to Reno, we feel it is well worth it. Having experienced other resorts in the area, we can honestly say this is the finest (by far).

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I feel like I'm writing about the Emperor's New Clothes; that is, am I the only one who sees this place as a glorified parking lot? We decided to try this place because it is better located than where we usually stay to the places we visit when in Reno. It has received such high reviews we decided to try it blind (not visiting it during our last Reno stay); what a mistake. We tried this once in Vicksburg and were equally disappointed. Sparks Marina RV is a flat parking lot with rows and rows of identical parking spots, each with a small tree (at front), with a small patch of artificial grass, and the normal hook-ups. Now, don't get me wrong, if this was the only place around I'd stay, but for Woodalls, Good Sam, and the participants of this forum to rate this so high makes me feel like I'm wrong! Maybe its the proximity to the large shopping center, or maybe the marina nearby, or maybe the men like to visit Scheel's, however, after spending a night with the "dog Nazi's" (as my DW calls them), we went to our regular place, and have been talking about how happy we are that Sparks is so crowded, and the other place is not.

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Prettiest RV park we have seen. Although we have stayed here before, the landscaping and other improvements continue to amaze. It is truly an oasis. Do not know what the previous poster was driving (said the roads and sites were tight), but it must have been a lot bigger than my 45' MH + H2, because we got around with no problem. One of the great things about staying here is not feeling like you're at a casino or next to a service station; it feels woodsy, like you are among the animals and nature. Other RV park owners should visit here before they build or start re-furbishing. Hook ups are well placed, cable TV is good, water pressure good, hosts show you to site, and the office staff is helpful. There is now a separate entrance (exit) so you no longer drive through the service station to get into the park.

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One thing you must remember, this is a city RV park. Sure there are noises (in this case airplane), but like any city, you get used to them. We never felt unsafe (and we walked the dogs around the neighborhood), and the place was very clean. This is another of those parks (seems to be a growing list) that has many working people living there. In this case they were very friendly, offering suggestions where to go and what to see, and kept their places very tidy and clean. We would come back.

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I never thought I'd say it, but this resort is as nice as Bluewater Key (and it's less than half the price). Spacious lawns, beautiful riverfront with sandy beach; even a section for dogs to swim. Very friendly staff, and good cable TV. The location to explore the area is excellent; right on Route 95, just south of the town. Quiet location but not isolated at all. I can't say enough good things about this place for people of all ages (they even have a playground for the young ones, and a game room for the teens). Unlike Bluewater Key any rig is welcome here, and there are many fifth wheels and small trailers. The town of Coeur D'Alene (as well as Sandpoint) are interesting contrast: with the former being a vibrant college town, with many interesting independently owned stores, while the latter reminds me of Taos, filled with old hippies running stores as only they can. There is also a large amusement park (Silverwood) about 10 miles north of Coeur D'Alene.

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We never stayed at a place like this, but have seen them on the news. It is primarily for full-timers who work in the area. Of the 100 sites, I'd guess we were the only over nighter. It was a very clean, quiet, well kept park. The tennis court and basketball court were not usable due to huge cracks and surface irregularities, but the entire area (we walked around) was spotless. After 5 p.m. most of the residents drove in, and there were no wild parties. In the morning most left by 7am (when we did). The park is about 5 miles off the Interstate.

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This is our third stay at this park, and we continue to be impressed. The staff is helpful and more efficient than in the past, the park is well kept and constantly patrolled, and the trees are growing. The staff is getting better at spacing campers (i.e. not putting you right next to someone else in a somewhat empty park). We tried to get in for Memorial Day weekend, but they were full. We arrived Memorial Day and found the place almost empty: they said everyone just left (from the traffic I believed it). We were given a site facing Northwest (which I liked), and no one on either side for 3 spaces (which the dogs and I liked). The weather was great (20 degrees cooler than Phoenix), and the breezes perfect. Besides the casino, and all it offers, the town and surrounding area is worth exploring. We are not into wine, but a tour of local wineries is fun. The downtown area of Temecula is interesting and offers some unusual shopping.

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We have stayed here many times over the years, and I have reviewed it several times. Each time it gets better. Last year they started landscaping each site, with a flower pot (fresh plants), a boulder, and a tree. This year they continue that theme, and added a dog park. They have also added a $99 a week rate. It is always a pleasure to see an RV park, make improvements, lower prices, and have business so good they are full. Reminds me of what's happening at Beaudry in Tucson. We look forward to returning.

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I usually don't give a 10, but I have stayed here several times over the past 5 years, and not only has it improved, but it's price has come down. When we made reservations the quoted price was $42, but when we checked in it was $29; yes, I was told, they recently lowered the price. I guess more people than me went on their chat rooms to mention it, because over the past 5 days the place has literally come to life. We have seen Beaudry's struggle, and adding a fish pond, Bocci court, cleaning up the dog park were all appreciated, but lowering the price has put this place over the top. It's clean, neat, fruit laden tress, nice restaurant, free USA Today, cable, good security, and right across the street from LaMesa RV (best service in the West, ask for Joseph). We will continue to return twice a year minimum (Gem shows).

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We stayed here with a group(thus the $5 per nite discount), and enjoyed our stay of 5 days. Yes, if you are going to stay a night, I wouldn't, as it takes a while to get used to the trains. However, this is the ony RV park in the U.S. that has a full fledged Observatory, and its free. Besides the interesting stargazing, nearby is Tombstone, Bisbee, and Fort Huachua (Home of the Buffalo Soldiers).

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This was a tight fit. Not so much for the roads around the park, but the sites are quite close together. You would think you were in a prime location, not in the middle of Arizona high country. Anyway, it is one of two RV parks on I-17, with the other about 40 miles North, so it has a nitch in the market. Plus, it is just across the hiway from an Indian casino. It's clean, neat, water OK, elec OK, sewer at midpoint, a nice pool.

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The rate is the "winter" weekly rate; quite a bit lower than "summer". A lovely location, just West of Reno, surrounded by mountains. Adjacent to a small casino/restaurant/gas station, it is just off I-80, and a nearby train. Very clean, good electric, water, and wide, easy pull-thrus. This is a great destination park, with easy drives to Lake Tahoe, Virginia City, and Reno.

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The price reflects a coupon (25% off) found in an RV magazine. OK, this is not camping, but Las Vegas is not a campground, so why camp? This is a hotel/resort for your class A, and there is nothing wrong with the place, as long as you go into it with your eyes open. Great water, cable TV, Wi-Fi, electric, clubhouse, mini-golf, neighbors, activities, 50's diner, convenient location, etc. When compared to others in the area, with a discount coupon, it's a deal! We have been here many times, and will return whenever possible.