Date of Stay: December, 2014
There have been some bad things said about the area of Van Horn. It has earned a reputation of not being very friendly to RVers, especially those who do not want an overnight. There are (or were) some pretty restrictive notions on places to pull over to take a short nap or trying to boondock for a rest while traveling through town. I have had friends who pulled into a parking lot with their rig and were told to MOVE ... even though they had intended to shop. This was supposedly the result of one RV park owner who raised Cain with the town government and forced ordinances through when her business was going down the tubes and she hated to see anyone taking a nap ... trucker or RVer ... when she could make a dollar. We have bypassed Van Horn for years because of this ... don't even buy fuel there. We happened to need to end our day in Van Horn this trip, ad decided to give this spot a try because of it's easy location. SO glad we did!! The lady at the Office could not have been nicer. We were not towing. She let me know that they were happy to take us to dinner and pick us up, if we liked. Really??? How nice is that!! The power is upgraded, flat, even , wide sites with full hookups. Easy skies for our roof satellite, good free wifi, picnic table at the site. Another Park Attendant came over to say Hello after he saw a puff of smoke under our coach (it was the AquaHot starting ... no worries), and he just wanted to make sure we had no trouble. all around friendly, clean place ... I will stop in Van Horn again and happily stay here. Good News!
Date of Stay: August, 2014
I have reviewed this campground in the past, having stayed her twice before. I arrived this year to fine Nugget even more immaculate than the previous times we stayed! The pool is outstanding, the sites level and well graveled. The electric is steady and the water pressure is as good as the majority of parks we have stayed in. We have no problem finding room for our 40' motorhome. I am completely puzzled by the previous reviewers remarks that this park "needs work". I cannot imagine where! We had reached the limit on our Verizon footprint hotspot and have been using the campground Wi-Fi exclusively. It is a bit slow at times, but remember where you are! The town does not boast much in the way of excitement, but the fishing is excellent and the scenery is wonderful. We ask for a site that will suit our satellite when we make our reservation, and we have no problem. The laundry, common areas and many grassy spots are immaculate. If you have done much traveling at all in this nation, you would know that Nugget is ABOVE average!
Date of Stay: August, 2014
I will absolutely echo the review that says this location is in transition. The facilities are coming along and needs are being addressed, but have a way to go. One real asset is the Very friendly staff that I have met and spoken with during our stay. If they keep hiring folks like this, it will go a long way towards keeping people patient as they work on improvements. I was disappointed in the condition of the pool (cloudy water) and the very next day it had been shocked and is now sparkling. The hot tub/spa is lovely, but the jets are broken on one side. There is a water fountain there, but it does not work. The laundry room has beautiful Maytag front loading machines, but is so cramped you can barely open the doors. The water system is being sorted out, there are few 50 amp sites (typical of TT parks) and the interior roads could use a bit of attention. That being said, management is clearly working on setting many of these issues on the right path. The sites are fairly spacious with grass and a good number of trees. There are "river sites" that will offer a pretty nice view. There are Many folks who are waiting for the dam issues to be fixed and the Columbia to regain it's proper level. Access is presently forbidden because of the water issue. When that is restored, this will be a dandy place to come and spend time!
Date of Stay: June, 2014
Needed to stop for the night in Tonopah and knew that there are really only 2 locations for a motor home ... Joy Land and the Casino. The Casino spaces are completely filled with permanent rigs. don't even bother to look. We got to Joy Land and managed to swing into the drive next to the building marked "Office" at what I now know to be "Lot 1". There is a bell to ring for service, but you don't hear anything because it rings at the house across the road. The manager, came out promptly and checked us in. If you have a large rig (we have a 40' coach w/ toad) DO NOT pull into this lot. Stay on the side of the street. We needed to unhitch to get back out. the place with "pull-thru" spaces is another half mile down the road! The spaces are gravel, level and there are maybe 5 of them. The power (50 or 30 amp) was good and the boxes seemed new, although we made sure to use our surge protector. We did not try the water or sewer connections. There are NO amenities of any kind. This is just a place to stop for the night. It is quiet and we had no disturbances ... that is the best I can say. For the price, I cannot complain. We used Passport America for the 50% discount.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
This is a BRAND NEW park. And I mean BRAND new!! It has been open for exactly one week! The office staff were really friendly and there is a very nice facility at check-in. The pool is not completed, so we received a discount for that, as well as a Good Sam discount. The sites and interior roads are all paved and very nearly level. Each site has a concrete patio and a very nice table/bench arrangement. The WiFi is good, and there is plenty of room between sites. Our GPS brought us here with almost no confusion, but there appears to be a shorter approach with a brand new road. At any rate, we found the location easily. Kennewick boasts all the major "big box" stores less than 10 miles from this park location, including a Costco, Walmart, Best Buy, etc. You can get anything you need. When this park "grows into itself" and is finally completed, it will be a fine place to stay. We can certainly see this as a great stopping place as we roam around the state and travel from the coast into Idaho or Montana and back again.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
Well first of all this is LEADVILLE!! It is not Vegas or Denver or a National Park. This place is just fine for Leadville standards! We were able to get a spot for one night, pulled directly into our site from the wide street behind it and unhooked our car. The amenities are rough, it is not an RV RESORT, by any means. But the power is good, city water and a sewer connection is all we needed. Our son lives in town, so we find it convenient to walk to all the spots in town and his home. This morning we backed the 40' rig back into the wide street, just as we had come in, hooked up our car and there was no issue. The manager is very nice and will do what he can to make sure you are comfortable. Yes, there are a good many permanent residents. We found this place to be perfectly fine for our needs and would not hesitate to stay there for longer than just an overnight.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
Great stopping place for a visit to Boise. Friendly, efficient office staff, escort to site location, free Tengo internet, clean laundry at a very reasonable price, spacious gathering room with well stocked library and kitchen. VERY clean facility. Good Verizon service in the area. Fairly easy access from I-84 and little or no traffic noise. We had no idea that the Boise area was so loaded with things to see and do. The Boise river Greenbelt is perfect for walking or biking, great locations for river sports and many wonderful restaurants in the surrounding areas. We extended our stay an extra day to see the sights! My GPS did not want to find this park using Boise as the city ... you may want to try using the zip code or Garden City if you have a problem. I will definitely keep this place on the "list"!!
Date of Stay: September, 2012
This is a tough call. I don't think this park is horribly overpriced for the area, but for just water and 30 amp electric it seemed just a bit high. We were receiving the benefit of a fairly good discount as we were staying there as part of an FMCA group pre and post cruise to Alaska. The sites are mostly level, but very, very few have the ability to access satellite because of the tree cover. There is no cable available, no park wi-fi, and we were not able to access any over the air channels. Verizon wi-fi is flaky, even with a booster. Only certain of the sites have 50 amp electric, and these are mainly sites that are "owned" by folks who were members under the previous administration. Many have ropes across the entrances and name placards proclaiming them "Seasonal site of the Jones' Family", et cetera. The pool looked nice, the recreation facility and club house was well maintained, and the laundry is adequate. It could be lovely for a few days, but it is not a place I would find acceptable for a long term with no TV and no full hookups. A sewer service is available for extra cost, and there is a dump station, but ... really? Interior roads are well travelled, but so dusty that the residents keep hosing them down to keep their rigs cleaner. Fall City is a nice town, and there is fairly easy access to Seattle for sightseeing.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Well: it's a place to get off the highway. We travel with another couple, also with a 40' motor home, and like to be adjacent. In spite of the fact that there were multiple sites available, they spaced us out. The young lady in the office gave us the wrong directions for locating to our back-in site, which was angled the other way. Luckily, another attendant was nearby, directed us to a site, and changed things for us in the Office. The interior drives are nicely maintained and the sites are roomy and pretty level. The entire park itself is well maintained, with a very nice Community room and a good laundry. The staff was friendly, although they could not tell me where I could get propane in the area. The area has a few points of interest (Lost Creek State Park is very pretty), but there is not much to keep you occupied for more than a few days. We used this as a stopping place on our way between dry camps. It is a good place to fill your water, do your laundry and get your tanks empty while enjoying AC for a few days!!
Date of Stay: July, 2012
The campsites in this area can be VERY pricey in the summer season. Traveling with another couple, also in a 40' motor home, we chose this campground because we do not need more than just electric hookups for a week or so, and that keeps the cost down. We wanted proximity to Glacier NP instead of costly amenities that we do not really care about. I guess it is all in how you want to spend your money. The site I am presently sitting in is very, very pleasant. We were somewhat put off by the lack of curb appeal when we pulled off the road yesterday, but the owner was immediately available and walked with us to show us the sites available for our 40' motor homes. We chose sites 10 & 11, very near the residence and the bathrooms. They are pull through with water and electric, fairly open overhead. We are easily able to level our rigs and our coach has no trouble putting out the driver's side slide. We are receiving DirecTV and Dish, respectively. I have a decent Verizon signal and the camp Wi-Fi has been good. We can hear the traffic on Rt 2, but it is not intrusive. We also heard a train whistle last night, but it was far away enough to be charming. The restrooms are very clean. The park is not glitzy at all, like some others up and down the road. I am happy to keep that additional money in my wallet and instead deal with these very helpful and friendly folks! We saw some rigs pull into the circular entrance, pause, and then leave. I think they had our initial reaction to the visual from the entrance, but they should have investigated. I would be happy to stay here again!!
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Our stay here after one week can be labeled as pretty darn good! The site we have (B14) is nothing short of spectacular in terms of the view out our front window. This is an older, family run campground that is not glitzy, ritzy, or fancy. The sites are scraped in and dirt or gravel. The power is 30 amp and very consistent. The sewer hookup is just fine. Water pressure is adequate, but not extra-strong. Verizon signal is good in this area. There is a picnic table and ample room to park our 40 ft rig, tow car, and our bicycles. The campground is very quiet at night. We have an outstanding view of the mountains and Lower St Mary Lake. The restaurant/cafe onsite had a reasonably good meal the one night we ate there. There are other very decent restaurants in the area. We are very close to the entrance to Glacier NP and the Going to the Sun Road. A wonderful location to explore the park. The office staff was very nice, but we have had little need to connect with them. We would certainly stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2012
We would still be here, but our fridge decided not to run well on propane and we needed to plug into electric. This is a very nicely maintained BLM campground. Wide sites that will allow 2 units (side by side) in some and ample room for other vehicles. The camp Hosts are lovely people who make sure that campers turn off their generators at 10 PM and are visible every day keeping things neat. Boat ramps, fish cleaning stations, bike and walking trails are all here. Close to Helena for trips to Walmart, Costco, etc. This is a great place to stop on your way from Glacier to Yellowstone. We will surely return. Come on a Monday or Tuesday to get a spot. This campground begins to fill on Wednesday, and by the weekend it is full.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
We are spending 3 nights here, and chose 50 amp pull through for the extra power. Need that AC! This place is VERY easy to get to, easy reservation over the phone and large, level sites. Some have trees and shade (back-ins) and there are areas for pets. Very nicely maintained, very quiet, shuttle to the Casino (if that is your thing) and VERY visible security all night long. This used to be the Empress Casino, so your GPS may find that one or not recognize Hollywood Blvd ... go to the website. Nice place to stay for access to the Chicago area.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
We stayed here for a month. The rate reflects our monthly rate PLUS the price of electric, which is added at the end of the stay. This campground is filled with mainly permanent campers, some of which are occupied all year. For the most part, they are very neatly kept. The interior roads are well maintained gravel, as are the sites. We were just on the edge of being too long for this campground, and were just barely able to level our 40' coach. The tree cover made it impossible to get a satellite signal, but I found about 20 OTA channels. Water pressure is OK, except on weekends when the campground was full and everyone must have been showering! Electric was steady. The place was deserted for most of our stay, as we first arrived at the end of April. There were a few more arrivals each weekend, as the seasonal campers began opening up their rigs for the summer. The laundry was dark and kind of creepy, but not actually dirty. I peeked into the bathrooms and would not have been happy showering in a bare concrete cubicle. The management is visibly working every day to maintain and upgrade this location. New hookups and outdoor maintenance are a constant job. They need to do the baths & laundry. Well maintained office and small store, pleasant office staff, very nice pool and playgrounds. The guy who appears to be the owner is not Mr Congeniality, but he finally began to nod at us as we drove by. We had some friends come for a few hours on Mother's Day (when the camp was deserted) and they checked in at the office as instructed by some signage near the entrance. The next day there was a knock at my door and he is telling me me to "come by the Office and pay the $5 per person for my friends, as they never came back to pay." Now ... I know rules are rules, and this is a business. But we were filling an otherwise deserted spot out of season, and bringing in a bit of money he would not ordinarily have had. I paid the $10, but he could have said,"Hey, normally I charge folks for visitors when the pool is open or if you use the picnic pavilion, but I just hope your friends had a good time." Then, I would have given this place an outstanding review ... not now. We were leaving early on our last day, and couldn't find anyone in the Office to pay our electric. We had taken our own meter reading on arrival (the staff never mentioned it) and were prepared to call from the road to settle that part of our bill. The guy appeared out of nowhere as we were hooking up our toad to tell us we needed to pay our electric bill. He is a hard worker, but he should stick with his heavy equipment and leave the customer relations to the office staff. Otherwise, the campground is clean, well maintained and seems to be the nicest one in the area. We will most likely go back. Now that he knows us, he may be friendlier.
Date of Stay: April, 2012
I would consider this a resort "in the making". The gate is impressive, as is the Clubhouse. VERY nice. Great contact by phone and very helpful last at check-in. The pool area, game room, showers and laundry are first rate. The existing sites are nicely laid out (except for one left near the pool where a large rock might have been placed a tad farther out from the road) and we managed nicely in our 40' motorhome without unhitching our toad. Large, level concrete pull throughs with ample parking for car, nice table, many with fire rings. The landscaping is new, but thoughtfully done. There are back-in gravel sites that are already filled with "weekend" 5th wheels, and a few longer term residents, but everything is very tidy and clean. No tree cover, so our satellite worked very well, but they have cable access. We had decent Verizon service and OK MiFi signal, but their park Wi-Fi was very good. I would love to see this park expand and work towards completion. This was our first stay in the area. We were close to the Nat'l Park and had an easy drive to the entrances, close to the restaurants and attractions in Pigeon Forge, but that is not our main focus. We prefer the Park and fewer tourists. This location gave us a quiet place to come back to. Our price reflects a Passport America mid-week rate. It was certainly a great value. We will return to this park on our way across the US. We are full-timers who crisscross cross yearly.