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.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
Excellent choice for big rigs, Pumpkin Patch was made for us! Large pull through sites, easy to maneuver through the campground and into your site. This is our first trip to Maine and it has been a wonderful experience. Coming from FL we had previously found most camp hosts to be less than friendly. We understand that is the "New England Way." It was refreshing to arrive to friendly helpful staff who willingly offer site seeing suggestions, they seem proud of their state! When we visit Maine again we will definitely stay here as we have visited several other campgrounds in the Bangor area and found them to be less big rig capable, although they advertize they can handle the big rigs. We stayed for a month and received a discounted rate so check their website for rates.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
AA Royal Motel and Campground is located about 9 miles from Niagara Falls. The owners live on site and are very nice! Sites are paved. Although this is a small campground, they had space available over Memorial Day weekend, we mistakenly selected this weekend to arrive at Niagara Falls. Staff greeted us, assisted with getting into our space, provided site seeing info, etc. They did not have an up charge for the holiday weekend, which impressed us. One of the other campgrounds we checked with tripled their price even for dry camping. If you want frills don't stay here. If you are looking for a nice quiet clean park to stay in while visiting "The Falls" etc this is a good choice. We will return when we return to the area.