We travel full time and live in our motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2016
As others have said this park is being built one site at a time. Currently there are 48 sites, 2 are pull-through, the rest are all back-in. Our site backed up to the small lake on the property. Husband fished in lake, catch and release, several times and caught several decent sized catfish. Sites are level, gravel with full hookup places where they are easily accessible. We reserved here for one week and stayed 6 weeks. The park is quiet and during the week mostly empty. Most sites are rented seasonally with folks showing up on weekends and going home for the week. We were afraid the I-35 noise would be too loud but our site was toward the back of the campground and once inside our rig we could barely hear the traffic. The owner is on site most of the week and his son in residence on weekends. They are very nice people, working hard to keep the park nice and complete the build on the rec center. The cons to staying in this park it is not a destination park! There isn't much to do in the park or immediate area. The twin cities are just over an hour north, not a bad drive. If you plan to go to Minnesota make your reservation early. It appears many Minnesotans rent sites in RV parks for the season so they can use the site on weekends. Because of this sites are difficult to come by and way overpriced. Crystal Springs was an excellent value.
Date of Stay: July, 2016
We camped at Kennedy for 2 weeks around July 4 holiday. Sites are close together and include picnic table and fire ring. Our site #2 was level, some of the sites were quite sloped. The roads are narrow but manageable and trees are trimmed high enough so that was not an issue. Kennedy park does not take reservations, however it is a favorite for locals and they go stake their site out early in the week, placing a tent or vehicle on it. There are only 29 FHU sites and several of them were occupied by tenters consequently self contained rigs had to stay in W/E only sites and use dump station. The park belongs to Webster County Conservation Board. Their foot print consists of a small lake, day use park and campground.They have no apparent presence in the campground other than an occasional drive thru. They had a presence in the adjacent park and lake areas. The campground host works 2 jobs and was rarely on site. With the hands off nature of management the campground is a mess. No one follows the few posted rules. Trash all over sites and blowing around, cigarette butts everywhere, people not picking up after their pets, over crowded camp sites with 3 & 4 autos parked on the grass and speeding cars. This could be a premier park if they would engage a camp host who is on site and observant and if the management spent at least as much time in the campground correcting problem areas as they do in the park. If we are ever in this part of Iowa again we would probably stay at Kennedy because it is big rig friendly where some of the other campgrounds are not.
Date of Stay: June, 2016
We called ahead to ask about the campground and reserve a site. No reservations accepted, unless you are bringing a large group or coming for the weekend. OK, so we asked how full the campground was currently and were told there were plenty of sites just go in and pick one, fill out the paperwork and deposit it and payment at the self service kiosk. We asked if the park could handle a 45' motorhome and were told no problem the sites are all 70 feet. The park has 34 camp sites with 20/30/50 provided at every site: 22 sites have full hookups (E/W/S), 11 have E/W only and 1 has E only. All sites are back in and according to the campground brochure they are 15' X 50', there is no extra parking anywhere. We arrived at 12:30 PM on a Tuesday, only 1 FHU site was available for our week in Winterset as the site reservations were not until June 28 according to the sign. Most sites were reserved beginning the next day, Wed, or Friday. Come in prepared to go somewhere else if the no-reservation system is working like it did for us. With that being said, this is a great little park! Quiet right on the south east side of town. The city park it is attached to is a wonderful place to walk, bicycle, have a picnic and enjoy nature. It is a quick drive to visit the "Bridges of Madison County" and the John Wayne Birthplace and Museum.
Date of Stay: June, 2016
Best kept secret in the LV area. Away from the hustle bustle of the strip, quiet after the ranges close, otherwise you may hear shotguns as the campground is located at the shotgun range. Fun shooting skeet, trap, rifle and pistol ranges. Sporting clays range up and running, as well as archery range. W/E/S for each site, no amenities, that you pay for but may not use, just long level sites with great views. Buildings at the shotgun and rifle/pistol range have clean restrooms and are open Wednesday - Sunday. Great views of the city, when the sun goes down! My favorite time while at the park.
Date of Stay: June, 2016
This a military/DOD only campground. We have stayed here annually for the past 6 years. Level gravel sites, long enough for the longest rigs and tow vehicle. Pleasantly surprised that they have added more sites, providing E/W/S to most of the old overflow sites. One of the best campgrounds we've stayed at.
Date of Stay: June, 2016
We stayed a week at Sleepy Sunflower so that we could travel the Oregon Trail and visit historic sites along the way. The park owners are very nice hardworking people who live on site. SSRVP is a small park with gravel roads and sites, however our 45' motorhome fit just fine. Sites are level and close together. They don't allow much room between for lawn chairs. With that being said, the owners did not place anyone next to us, our site was a buddy site so very close quarters, 1 night only we had a neighbor. It was very tight with two big motorhomes. Most of the parks guests were in overnighters. The park itself sits right off I-80, so easy on off access, and right next to a TA truck stop. The road noise got to be bothersome. Additionally, there are trains running through the area and some of the conductors took great pride in blowing their horns and waking people at all hours, 4 AM seemed to be a favorite. These last comments are given strictly for information as there is nothing the owners and do about road or train noise. Over all we like the park and the owners and will stay again when we pass through the area.
Date of Stay: June, 2016
We just spent 3 weeks at Buckley Famcamp, and enjoyed our stay. The Famcamp is located away from the city and majority of the base with quick access to the base facilities. It is quiet except for the "sounds of freedom", F-16s, taking off and buzzing the runway which is located right across the street. Don't get me wrong, we loved hearing and seeing them and took many great pics! Bath/restroom facilities appeared clean, we did not use them. Sites are level. Although there were some families with children in the Famcamp they were quite and not bothersome. Over all we really liked this campground and will use it again if we return to the Denver area. Now the not so positive: the campground is run by MWR and has NO emphasis placed on it from the base/MWR commanders consequently MWR employees pay no attention. There were 5 sites with broken water pipes that have not been repaired and no one shows any signs of wanting to repair them. The streets within the Famcamp are narrow, not enough maneuver space when you must turn corners, as evidenced by the mud on the roads and ruts in the grass areas. At least one site is all but impossible to get into even with a small trailer due to the sites positioning and the narrow roads. The Famcamp sits on a hill and many of the sites are low, when it rains they retain water. Mowing happens only before holidays so the grass was high, due to all of the rain. They mowed just before Memorial day weekend and brought a street sweeper in and cleaned off the interior roads. What a difference!
Date of Stay: April, 2015
Previous reviews are spot on. Clean park, very pretty, lots of permanent folks. Staff is friendly. I'm writing this for several reasons. First, this park can not easily handle the big boys. Even though I specifically asked if they could handle a 45 foot motor home with tow and was assured they could and had room however, we were told upon arrival that they had to move people around to accommodate us. The site we were assigned to was substandard, too close for all of our slides to be opened. No offer to discount the site further, but they did tell us we could move over into the grass. Not a good idea as it was raining. Further, the electric pole was so short that our surge suppressor was laying on the ground. When we mentioned it we were told that was standard, everyone laid them on the ground. Finally, this park is located on the east side of Hwy 281. This is a busy, divided highway with no easy way to get into the park if you are headed south on Hwy 281. You must go past the park and make a u turn back to the park. When going into San Antonio you leave the park driving north, take the first exit to make a u turn to head south to San Antonio. We were here 2 nights visiting family in San Antonio and although we like the park and wish they could accommodate big rigs we would not return due to the difficulty getting around.
Date of Stay: March, 2015
Easy access to I-10, quiet and beautiful area. This park is a work in progress. Sites are extremely unlevel, roads needed lots of work. It took over an hour to get our motorhome situated so that the rear tires were not off the ground. The office personnel didn't understand why we cared if the tires were off the ground. A 45' motor home, really?? We had to explain the damage that can be done to a motor home if a stabilizing jack fails. There is a restaurant located in the park office which they really push. We were given quite the spiel by the office staff both when we made our reservations and upon check in. We did not eat in the restaurant as we felt it was overpriced. Our site did not have sewer connection but the price was the same as a full hookup site. We were told all of the W/S/E sites were reserved,however the park was fairly empty other than the permanent residents. The one dumpster in the park is difficult to find as it is located on the west side of the office close to some other buildings. There is no Wi-Fi at your site. You have to sit in the office or out back after the office closes. We did not use the restroom facilities. The swimming/fishing hole is no more than a runoff pond. The maintenance guy told us that they are getting ready to level the sites and work on the roads. This park will be much better when completed. We would consider staying at this park again when traveling through.
Date of Stay: March, 2015
We stayed for the season, so rate reflects seasonal discount. Park is located right off I-95 at Fisk and Barnes Blvds. Easy access when there is no road construction, once the constructions on Barnes is completed access will be easier than prior to construction. The park is now owned by Encore; the transition taking place in Oct/Nov 2014. Park is small with mostly one way NARROW roads. Markings for the one way streets are not good, consequently many people, especially those new to the park go the wrong way. There are many low spots throughout the park so when it rained they flooded and held water for days. Once the water evaporated the ground was still squishy, I don't believe it ever fully dried out from Oct to March. The maintenance guys are friendly, but overworked. The office staff is not friendly at all. In our 6 years of living the mobile lifestyle, we have never come across a campground with such unfriendly office staff. They do not answer the phones; you must leave a voice mail. They only return calls if you are making a reservation or owe them money for your stay. (We weren't the only campers with this problem.) They do not greet you when you enter the office. If you don't say anything to them they won't talk. They do give you the stare, almost like daring you to speak first. Electric bills were not ready in a timely manner although the maintenance staff was reading the meters monthly. We asked every month and were told over and over by the office staff that the bills weren't ready due to computer problems. The end of Feb they were finally ready, so everyone was hit with a huge electric bill that was due in 3 days. Electricity is charged at $.29 KWH which is double what most of the parks in the area charge. The office staff could not provide the monthly meter readings when asked, we had to go to the manager to get them. Speed limit within the park is 5 MPH but no one enforces it. Dog poop is an issue, many pet owners walk their dogs and won't pick up after them. The park provides two nice dog walk areas but campers are not adhering to pet policy. I guess I'm not sure what constitutes a "resort", but in our opinion this is not a resort. There is a small pool and spa, a shuffle board court, and two meeting areas. The homeowners association plans and organizes most of the events. There is a seasonal fee of $4.00 per person to join the association and most events have a minimal fee to attendees. Office staff rarely attend the events. Wi-Fi is slow, as with many parks during their busy season. We ended up using our own hot spot most of the season due to the frustration so don't count on the free Wi-Fi unless you want to get on at 2 AM. The beauty salon, Mane Control, is operated by an experienced beautician, providing both men's and women's hair cuts. Excellent cuts, friendly atmosphere, best prices around! They also provide nail service, we did not use this service. Rates for 2015/16 have increased. Minimum stay during season, November - April, is 2 months at $880 monthly, plus electricity. Seasonal rates are increasing to $3,33o. In short, we will find another park for our next seasonal stay within this area.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
Wonderful campground, the best! Located in the town of West Yellowstone, MT. This is our second stay and we would not stay anywhere else! Great managers and staff. They make you feel like you are returning home. Facilities are immaculate. Grass is trim and neat. Roads are wide enough even for the largest motorhomes, no problems maneuvering around corners or into your site. Concrete pad with picnic table, gravel parking. Quite, cool evenings. This is not a resort campground, although the facilities are maintained better than most. There is a playground for the kids but the real attraction is Yellowstone NP. Easy access to Yellowstone about 1 mile from campground, head in early to catch the animals feeding. Be sure to stop in at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center to watch the residents feed. Great up close experience. Rate reflects Good Sam discount. We will return!
Date of Stay: August, 2014
This park is nicely located with easy access to Page, AZ and Lake Powell. Beautiful views! Beware if you have a "big rig." The sites are not even close to being level and the roads are a tight maneuver with a toad. Our 43' with toad barely made it trying to maneuver the park to get to/into our site. Markings are not clear when you arrive as to which way to turn to park to register. As it turned out, we chose the incorrect way and had to circle around through what looks like semi-permanent residents, not a problem other than parked vehicles made it difficult even when there were no turn. We saw many rigs with wheels off the ground trying to level their units. We had to reposition several times to ensure our motor coach was not resting on the jacks with all 6 back tires off the ground. As it turned out we were able to maneuver into a position with only 1 tire off the ground. Since none of the sites appeared to be level we will not return to this campground.
Date of Stay: October, 2011
Great little campground that is family run. You can see their pride in the campground. Easy access in and out. The camp store was small with little to offer; however, Williams is a stone's throw and you will have no trouble finding what you need. Don't let the name fool you; although the Grand Canyon Railroad runs beside the campground there were no train noises after 6 PM. Far enough off the highway so that the truck noise is not an issue. They provide breakfast in the office daily from 8:00 - 10:00 AM. BONUS! The staff is friendly and helpful. We will return here any time we are near Williams, AZ!
Date of Stay: October, 2011
If this is a "Resort," Lord save me. Do not go here if you have anything larger than 38ft. We were assured that our 43ft motorhome would work great in the "honeymoon sites." We could barely get through the NARROW park roads. If we'd met anyone as we entered the park, one of us would have had to back up down a hill and around a corner, or up the hill then down the other side. We should have heeded this as a warning; however, they'd already charged a $50 nonrefundable deposit. The interior park roads are narrower than the entrance road and VERY POORLY marked. We were given a park map and told how to find our site; however, the map was not to scale, and with the poor markings, it was totally confusing. The sites are not large enough to handle a 43ft motorhome, although we were told there would be no problem. The site was too narrow and short for our motorhome, so like most people in the park our car stuck out into the road, making it difficult for other rigs to maneuver the too narrow roads. There is no lighting in the park so returning after dark was a challenge ensuring we turned on the correct roads to get to our site. Although Hidden Valley advertises that they have Wi-Fi it is not accessible unless you are at the office, and it is a slow, poor quality connection. There were no bathrooms in the area where we stayed, and I did not see restrooms or showers in the park other than at the office. Due to their "NO REFUNDS!" policy, we were forced to stay the 4 days we prepaid for at $62 daily. I've stayed in better parks for $30. Do yourself a favor and skip this park! This is the worst "resort" we have ever stayed at. We will never return!
Date of Stay: August, 2011
Tried to get help with directions as most roads aren't big rig friendly. Ellen, one of the owners, claimed not to know how to tell us to get there. Finally told us which exit to take then failed to tell us that there are 2 right turns to get to the campground. Once we got on the correct road she was helpful with finding the entrance which is obscured until you are right on top of it. About 85% were permanent summer campers. Pull-throughs were long but to get to the hookups you had to get too close to the trees between the sites, all of the trees needed trimming. The campsites smelled like the sewer, we complained to the male owner who claimed it was the trees. ??? We had no phone service, nothing to do in the immediate area after the first day and would have left after the first night due to the smell, but we couldn't get a refund. We will not return.