Date of Stay: August, 2012
Price reflects nightly rate with Good Sam discount. Great new park, certainly the nicest in Williams. 100% asphalt paved with crushed lava rock and young aspen and pine trees in between sites. In a few years, these trees will give shade but for now there is little to none throughout the park. The sites are all 50A FHU 65' pull throughs and there are 4 pairs of "buddy" sites available (facing opposite directions so your awnings would face each other). Hookups worked fine, cable TV was clear, and Wi-Fi was strong. Campers are provided a key card which gives access to the hotel facilities, including a pool. Historic downtown Williams is within walking distance and has lots of fun places to eat and sight see. There are train tracks on the south side of the park and Interstate 40 is in the distance to the north. Neither is too noisy during the day or night. This park is not necessarily a destination park anyways, more like an overnight or a nice place to stay and ride the train to the Grand Canyon. We used this park as an overnight and we would definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
Price reflects weekly rate with Good Sam discount. Outstanding park in a VERY quiet and wooded area! The staff is very attentive without being nosy or pushy, the grounds are immaculately maintained EVERY SINGLE DAY, and the store is well stocked and fairly priced. There are multiple WiFi access points and antennas throughout the park and the signal is strong from everywhere I used it. They even have DirecTV boxes for rent at $2/day or $10/week since most of the sites don't allow for dish use. If you already have DirecTV service, just hookup to the pedestal and you're good to go. The town of Vallecito is just a few miles down the road and Bayfield and Durango are about 15-20 miles further away. There are plenty of activities to do around the campground and the grounds themselves are a great place to relax. We chose this campground as a destination and we would certainly return again.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Price reflects 30A FHU w/Good Sam Discount. We stayed here overnight on a bit of a whim. I was concerned because the park does not accept same day reservations (??) but it wasn't a problem since we arrived before the office closed. If you're interested/need a 50A site, be aware that there are not that many available. Our site was almost completely level and no problems with the hookups. There isn't much shade around, but the bonus was that setting up the satellite dish was a snap. The park was quiet after 9pm or so and there isn't much noise from the main street just on the other side. I didn't realize how tight the sites are until we woke up the next AM and saw how close the neighbors were parked overnight. No big deal even with triple slides, but "tight" is accurate. Other reviews mentioned the higher cost of things in Tusayan. It is what it is (about 10% more) so come prepared and well stocked if that's a problem for you. I personally prefer this campground to (the other one) in the park. The sites are more level, the park is more spread out, and there is more room to maneuver your rig in/out and around. The $25 vehicle pass is good for a week and you have to buy it even if you stay at that other park. The drive to the visitor center is about 5-10 minutes depending on traffic. The elk that wander through the park at night and early in the morning are a sight to see! This campground is a great place to stay when seeing the Grand Canyon and we would definitely return again.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Actually free, but can't put $0 for a nightly rate. The "campground" is really a VERY large dirt parking area on the ridge of the San Juan River. The canyon looks just like you see on the web and in magazines. It looks even better at sunset and sunrise. There are vault toilets (yuck!), garbage cans, and a shelter with a picnic table. We ended up being here all by ourselves. Once the few buses and cars of daily visitors filtered away, we were left in solitude to watch the lightning show in the distance and listen to the river 1000 feet down below. We heard no noise from anywhere and only occasionally saw a few headlights in the distance from overnight offroaders. The sky was overcast so no stargazing for our overnight stop. The town of Mexican Hat is a few miles away, but it's best to be completely self sufficient out here. This location is very exposed so be prepared for a sudden rainstorm, extreme heat, and wind. After all, it IS the desert! My only complaint is that the vault toilets are not serviced often enough, which makes for interesting smells from the vent tubes if the wind blows just right. However, considering the $0 cost, it's only a minor complaint. The views were worth the trip anyways.
Date of Stay: December, 2011
Not a bad place to RV for the price considering the alternatives in the area. We called and made reservations with the camp host, who was very helpful both on the phone and when we arrived. The sites “share” pedestals and can be quite narrow if the grounds are full, but the host tries to keep spaces open between people for this reason. Odd numbered sites have the pedestal on the correct side of the RV, but it’s first come first served for the 50A connection. Have power plug adapters ready, but there are double water lines and double sewer connections at each site. You have a choice of either asphalt or grass parking. The asphalt paved area is noticeably sloped downwards towards the street from where you enter. Take note if you end up against the golf course, you will NOT be able to use the sewer drain unless you have either a macerator pump or you can suspend the laws of gravity for a few minutes. No dump station on site. The grass parking area is pretty much level and didn’t seem to get muddy at all during the weekend rains. The host put us in an asphalt spot with the rear window facing the public golf course. I was concerned about errant golf balls hitting the camper and wouldn’t you know it, within 10 minutes of being unhooked: ”Wham!” No damage, but not anyone’s fault really. In retrospect, probably should’ve taken one of the spots down in the grass area as the other asphalt spots against the horse stables (preferable for avoiding golf balls AND for the slope of the parking area), were already filled up. Bring plenty of leveling blocks as you will certainly need them in the asphalt area. Airport flight path is overhead, but since the airport has limited traffic during the day and has a curfew at night, we didn’t find it to be an issue. There are some BRIGHT lights in this campground so be prepared with blackout window coverings if you need that kind of thing to sleep. We will definitely return.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
Fantastic RV park in the middle of a major metropolitan city! The views overlooking Puddingstone Lake are great, there are sites that provide lake shore access for fishing, multiple swimming pools, and there is green grass throughout the entire site. The lake alternates days between PWC and power boats. If you’re an early bird this is a good lake to take a boat with a trolling motor and go fishing before curfew is lifted. If you camp down near the lake shore, be aware that the group day use area is right across the lake from your site. Sometimes they get noisy during the day, but as there isn’t any camping allowed there, it gets quiet once again at night. Brackett Airfield is next to the park and some of the student pilots seem to fly low and slow while practicing touch-and-go maneuvers. I like airplanes so this doesn’t bother me at all. You can hear the highway, but just barely. The views of the city and the sunsets from the ridge overlooking the lake are great and canceled out any highway noise concerns we had. There are many full-time residents here who are friendly and are willing to help you out if needed. The skunks are funny and while they tend to leave you alone, a curious family pet may get sprayed if they get too close. Watch out right after sunset and keep an eye on your pets. It would be nice if people would keep the lids on the trash cans to prevent the skunks from raiding the contents, but alas this inconsiderate camper problem is just about everywhere you go. Full hookups. Cable TV with plenty of channels but quite frankly, we spent most of our time outside enjoying the views and chatting with neighbors. We will definitely return and will most likely make this our “home” campground for weekend and/or short getaways.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
Staff wasn't so friendly the 3 different times we tried to "preview" the park. The first 2 times were on weekends and we were told "no drive-through on event dates", as this park hosts many different events on weekends (dog shows, car shows, Scouting events, etc). If it matters to you, the events are clearly listed on the site calendar which is constantly updated. The third time we tried, I called ahead and was told “Sure, on a weekday no problem.” However, on arrival we were still turned away due to "lack of adequate staffing on site", whatever that means. We took a chance and camped here anyways (against my better judgment, as poor customer service shouldn't be rewarded with patronage). I was however pleasantly surprised at the experience. Yes, you can hear the freeway no matter where you are in the campground. After all, you ARE camping NEXT to the 91 Freeway, which is a major freeway through Southern California day AND night. The freeway noise seems to be more noticeable on the east side of the park. We noticed the east side is all "short term" camping and was populated mostly with groups and overnight. On this side of the park, the campsites are situated a bit closer together. This side of the park is easier to navigate with your rig due to less overhanging trees on the roadway and less switchbacks on the roadways themselves. The west side of the park is mostly long-term sites, although there are overnight sites available (even next to the river). The Santa Ana river flows next to some of the sites and makes for a nice breakup of the freeway noise. The west side of the park is a little tighter to navigate with more switchbacks, but certainly not impossible. Provided you look ahead, look up, and don’t mind a *little* bushwhacking here or there on your roof, no problem. On this side of the park, the sites are a bit more roomy and have more space in-between. The cabins are nice but right next to the freeway and personally, I couldn't bear the thought of camping RIGHT NEXT to the freeway sound wall. However, some of the cabins and campsites were occupied so if it doesn't bother you, go for it! Towards the youth camping area on the far west side, the sites along the riverbed are basically all dirt. The grass stops entirely and we were told it was because there is too much shade. Not really the case as there is plenty of sun in the open areas, but I feel it’s really because there are no automatic sprinkler systems like there are in the center of the park. When you make a reservation, ask for a specific area if grass vs dirt matters to your patio area. The grassy areas in the center of the west side (surrounding the pool area) are great and have plenty of shade trees. We just moved our camp chairs across the driveway during the day. The pool still had a greenish tint as mentioned in another review. We thought better of jumping in, although there were plenty of other guests swimming with seemingly no ill effects. There is also a sprinkler-type splash area for small kids next to the pool that the maintenance staff will turn on by request. Strong cell service throughout the campground and decent TV antenna reception. We don’t use a satellite but those of you with roof-mount units may have problems in some of the shadier sites. I definitely like the key card access system for getting back into the campground. Never saw any park ranger or staff patrolling the campground. FYI no tents allowed unless you are in the Youth Camping area or there is an RV on the site.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
This is a great campground…..once you get your rig in there! We have a 35’ 5th wheel and had a heck of a time just getting to the park. From the highway, the drive there is a 2-lane road with plenty of low-hanging trees. The drive from the highway to the entrance took about 20 minutes. I suppose if the “summer” loop from the highway was open, it would cut that time by about 50%. Then there is the drive up a rather large hill with switchbacks to the park itself. Not a big deal until someone is coming down with their rig and figures they should be able to hog the entire roadway. The park itself is rather tight. I had called and requested an easy in/out site as we were just staying the night. We have plans to revisit later this year for a family event, so we figured we would check the place out while passing through on another trip. Fortunately, the staff put us in an easy access site near the entrance. Seems most of the larger rigs there are placed in sites 1-26. In my opinion, if your rig is over 30’ long, forget about sites 44-98. The roadways are already too narrow in my opinion, so just getting to these sites will be a frustrating experience. If you’re looking for a quick in/out, this isn’t the park for you. If you’re looking for big-rig or larger Class A friendly, this isn’t the park for you. OK, so getting there isn’t easy and navigating the park is challenging. However, once you get setup……..WOW! This place is FAR away from any highway/roadway and all you hear at night is nature! They advertise this fact heavily on their website and it’s true! You can see stars all over the sky and there are plenty of nice places throughout the park to sit and take in nature. The pond is a nice feature and adds to the charm of the place. Patience is required to get there and get parked. You need to allocate extra time for any trips to the local wineries as the highway isn’t “right there”. But all this is rewarded with something as close to a backpacking experience in your RV that not many other parks can provide.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
Great place to camp! We stayed one night only as we were just passing through and the wife wanted to visit family in the area. Staff was friendly, check-in was simple, easy to navigate the roadways, site was level and easy in/out. The highway is there, but relatively quiet. We will definitely return.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
This place was fantastic! Dense stands of redwood trees, but there are more "open" sites towards the center of the campground if that's more to your liking (Satellite perhaps?). Friendly, helpful staff although once we checked in, we found we didn't need anything. We arrived after the office closed for the day and found our check-in paperwork taped to the door. We had already been assigned a campsite and after evaluating what was still available (posted on a board next to the office), our site was perfect. The location is next to Hwy 101 and while it was plenty quiet, you can still hear the occasional passing vehicle. Next trip we will ask for a site further towards the east side of the campground. As another poster already mentioned, the siren scared us the first night. I didn't think tsunami warning (the site is a bit too inland for that), but I thought maybe a jailbreak siren (Pelican Bay State Prison is down the road). We laughed the next morning after we found out it was for the volunteer FD, but something posted on the office bulletin board or in the check-in literature would've been nice!