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On my 4th motor home and enjoying retirement. Taking longer and longer trips.

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Review Count: 86
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Devil's Canyon - USFS, Monticello, Utah

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

Maybe the best dry campground we've ever been to. Easy, paved roads to get into and out of; sites very in shape and size as well as placement of picnic table, fire ring and available tent area. Loop B was better for us (tent camping this time) as there appeared to be more spacious sites as well as room between sites. Immaculate vault rest rooms and a water spigot just across from our site (B29). Appeared to be a single camp host for both loops and he was right on top of things. Will definitely stay here again, whether motorhoming or tent camping. We camped at Devil's Canyon - USFS in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B29
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Nice nature trail at the end of loop B with a decent set of ruins at the end.

Review Count: 86
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Scottsdale, Arizona

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Another return visit to this convenient and beautiful campground. Same spacious sites with plenty of room between your neighbors. Immaculate rest rooms and showers. Water and power functioned normally, although we are now int he habit of always leaving the water filter as well as the power meter connected. Camp Hosts frequently about in their carts cleaning common as well as individual areas. Plenty of great trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding (we were there this time for the AZ High School MTB races on the Competitive Track). Community dump at the entrance/exit to the campground with 2 stations. Stunning views of 4 Peaks and the Superstitions Mountains to the east and the McDowell mountains are your back door to the west. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The popular Thoms Thumb trail head in the McDowell Mt Preserve is just a short hike to the west. If you get a site on the far south area of the camp ground, you'll get to see the fountain at Fountain Hills at the top of every hour during the day.

Review Count: 86
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Queen Mine RV Park, Bisbee, Arizona

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

A return visit for us and other reviewers have pointed out the nuances; short, steep, hairpin turn up from the Queen Mine parking lot; cash or check only - no other discounts (except for long term); in-town location; all back-ins; pea gravel throughout. Sewer connection almost hidden at the front of the site under a bush. Appears that the water piping was replaced/modified in the recent past and there is a depression near the back of most sites that will upset your level if you bump into it. The owners should close the office or use it for other purposes; the on-site manager was not in it throughout the four days we were there. She was pleasant enough and came out to our RV when we arrived but was "...going to run some errands..." and we agreed to take care of charges, etc. later. We did not see her again until a couple days later when she stopped by to ask why we hadn't used the envelopes outside the office door to make our payment. Also, there was no site cleaning/maintenance evident as rigs left. Can't beat the location as you can walk to everything in town but this place is just average. We would probably return since nothing else is as close. We camped at Queen Mine RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

There is a small grocery store up Brewery Gulch. Wonderful dining at Roca for an exquisite dinner, or Cafe' Cornucopia for a wonderful, healthy lunch or just some delicious baked goods.

Review Count: 86
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Lo Lo Mai Springs Outdoor Resort, Cornville, Arizona

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $52.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed here with another couple who brought along their Casita. Very busy office (it was a weekend) and location is extremely popular with families however, they strictly enforce quiet times so no worries there. Lots of shade and we were on a dead end past the spring and pond so did not get a lot of traffic. If you are in the sites near the office (probably best for class A rigs) you will constantly get traffic as that is the turn around for everyone arriving or departing. Hook ups at our site were in the back but there appeared to be variety throughout the sites so ask if you want a specific side to attach utilities. Water, electric and sewer at site all functional. Pool and spa clean and maintained daily. Playground and outdoor sports (horseshoes, basketball) areas as well as a variety of equipment and games available for rent. Very small store with bare necessity supplies is cash only. We spent a day visiting two of the wineries and a fish hatchery in the area. Would definitely return! We camped at Lo Lo Mai Springs Outdoor Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
72
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Javalina Ridge winery has some delicious Sauvignon Blanc and they offer a laid back tasting as well as very yummy food.

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Review Count: 86
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Wine Ridge RV Resort & Cottages, Pahrump, Nevada

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Very happily surprised at this immaculate park; even in the off-season! We had stopped, or should I say, drove through another park in Amargosa before deciding to travel on to Pahrump. I had stayed in this city before at one of the casino lots but my spouse insisted we give this one a try. I wonder if the word "wine" in the title had anything to do with that? Office was closing as we arrived but registration gal took care of everything from her little cabin just up the way from the office. Paved approach and access to sites except that last row (ours) was gravel. Site was gravel and nearly level. Electric worked fine; we did not use water until we dumped and flushed the next morning and that went well also.

Pool, spa, laundry, rest room and shower areas were all spotless. We did the free tasting at the winery and enjoyed an exquisite dinner at Symphony, the restaurant connected to the winery. I imagine this place is quite hopping during peak season. Will try to return when in the area. We camped at Wine Ridge RV Resort & Cottages in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
903
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

We were nearing the end of our trip and treated ourselves to a 5 star meal at Symphony, right on site. Not to be missed.

Review Count: 86
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Desert Rose RV Park, Fernley, Nevada

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Gave this a decent rating but it could have been two points higher except for the bothersome road noise all night long. Turned the AC fan on low to give it some white noise but the semis still had their say. Helpful front desk staff helped us find a shady site. Water and electric worked fine, did not use dump at the site.

Nice book, periodical and tape (yes, tape! Do you still have a player?) collection in the rec room which also gives access to the laundry, shower and rest rooms. Will look to try out one of the other parks in the area due to the noise next time. We camped at Desert Rose RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Bring ear plugs and deadeners.

Review Count: 86
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Collier Memorial State Park, Chiloquin, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

My third visit to this beautiful park planted in the forest next to the Williamson River. Did not make reservations and small signs at the entrance indicated RV and Tent sites full but we went in anyway.

Turns out there is a procedure for determining what sites are available (RV sites were truly full) where you go to the self-serve board and check the reservation list. If a site number is not on that list, and it does not have a cone in it, you can park there.

Rangers confirmed that our 26' motor home would fit into most any tent site and they were correct (although we did pick one that had an easy back in). Dry camping but our portable solar panel kept the batteries up well enough while we cooked, cleaned, charged devices and watched a movie. There is a community dump outside the park site area.

Once again, neighbors smoke from their campfire was annoying; seems to be a regular thing this summer. We camped at Collier Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Pavers
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

The logging museum accessible by a cute trail from the park with a pedestrian bridge across the Williamson River is a Don't Miss! It's like all of the equipment was just abandoned but somewhat maintained. Definitely not an indoor museum.

Review Count: 86
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Lewis & Clark Golf & RV Park, Astoria, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

Interesting place within a very short drive across a nearby bridge to Astoria. Very clean and roomy shower but only one for the entire campground!!!! One other rest room (next to the shower, which also has full rest room within it) as well as a couple of port-a-potties scattered throughout the dry camp area.

Stayed two different times in an 8 day period, one night each and price reflects the first stay which was on the golf course side which was paved main roads, gravel approach and site with cement pads for patios; water, electric and dump at this site had no problems; laundry was as described in other reviews - key only and they want you to only use one washer and/or dryer at a time (?).

Second night they said they were full but had space on the grass which they described as dry camping which we didn't mind but they actually came out with an extension cord they ran from a post nearby and gave us 20 amp power; no water or dump but they did let us fill the tank and dump at one of the vacant golf course RV sites before the renters showed up; $37 for this site, on grass, backed up against a creek covered in a blackberry bramble. We camped at Lewis & Clark Golf & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the Column in Astoria for great views; then head to the boardwalk and have a fantastic, tasty, casual dinner at Clementines.

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Review Count: 86
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Cape Kiwanda RV Resort, Pacific City, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

Our second visit here and for whatever reason we didn't get a full hook up site; just missing dump which turns out to be only a short distance away near the shower/laundry room so it wasn't a big deal. Beach and one of the Oregon Haystack Rocks just across the street. Welcoming reception staff and great, fresh seafood as well as plenty of supplies and souvenirs in the store. Indoor pool a nice attraction but did not use and left it to the kids. Water and electric functioned properly; community dump was easy enough, as long as there wasn't someone using the adjoining area as an overflow parking lot (prohibited by signage, but ignored).

Very busy park with cabins, families, carts, traffic but worth it if you know what you are in for. I'd make my usual complaint about smoke from neighbor's camp fires but we found that everywhere this summer so it must be acceptable practice these days. We camped at Cape Kiwanda RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The taco place across the street as well as the Pelican right next to it are way better than the pizza restaurant on site; although the park deli makes a tasty breakfast sandwich and will make it fresh for you if you ask.

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Review Count: 86
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Oceanside Beachfront RV Resort, Coos Bay, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Its all about location and this park is right on Bastendorf Beach. Park of a small chain of RV parks across the country. (We've stayed at one of their Moab locations). Paved main roads then gravel approach and grass/gravel spacious sites. Some, like ours, had plenty of room to park your toad and even set up a tent if needed.

Be prepared for serious moisture as the coastal mist rolls in almost every evening making everything appear as if there was a downpour overnight. The heat of the day takes the wetness away quickly. No issues with power or water; they have a community dump on the way out (as most beachfront parks do, if at all) which we did not use. Ice, refreshments (including local wine), ice cream and just a few basics available in their store.

The more remote tent sites seemed to be a gathering place for dog walkers who didn't care to pick up after themselves; told the proprietors and they reacted quickly. Will definitely stay here again due to the beach access. We camped at Oceanside Beachfront RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The small community of Charleston is a very short drive away and has a few tasty restaurants. Small, secluded beach immediately to the south of Bastendorf is accessible at low tide if you don't want to get wet or anytime if you don't mind.

Review Count: 86
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Rancheria RV Park, Hat Creek, California

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park nestled in the pines. Courteous hosts at check in which is also a decent little store for basic re-supply as well as a small restaurant and ice cream parlor. Paved main entry then gravel sites. We were away from the pond which turned out to be a good thing as there were swarms of bugs in that area; didn't seem to bother the families that were in the sites surrounding that area. Good electric, water and dump. Trash dumpster looked as if an animal had picked its way through and tossed what it didn't want; my spouse cleaned it up when taking out our trash but we noticed it just as messy upon our exit so perhaps the offender was still inside? (don't tell my wife!) Will return if we are in the area. We camped at Rancheria RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Take advantage of the ice cream parlor and cool off with a tasty root beer float!

Review Count: 86
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Esmeralda RV Park and Campground, Dyer, Nevada

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

Very welcome, totally shaded park after a prior day in the blistering sun of Lake Mead. Only place around the area and it has gas, a store (including liquor) and a cafe (although with very limited hours). The one or two attendants on duty are thoroughly over worked but somehow manage to cut the chafe from the wheat and deal with customers as they are dealt with themselves, so be patient. Gravel road into the park to an almost level gravel site and totally shaded. Power and water good (we use a meter and a filter) but did not use the dump. Huge farmland immediately behind the park with those massive irrigation machines that actually assisted in cooling off the park area. Appears to be a fairly large group activity area for BBQs or whatever, apparently for when the weather is cooler. Nice treat the night we were here, one of the regulars set up a backdrop at one of the unused sites and showed a movie; nice touch! We camped at Esmeralda RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

Review Count: 86
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Lake Mead RV Village, Boulder City, Nevada

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

Arrived near the end of July after checking out their sister site at Willow Beach. Price does not reflect entrance fee (unless you have Passport America or another federal discount). Both areas were suffering under the summer sun as the temperatures hit 118. Our only need was for good 30 amp power and we got it. Registration also helped us determine a site that was oriented so that our vehicle was not baking on the side with the refrigerator (other side has an awning). Slide remained in, front cab windows cover on, single AC cranked. Paved to the basically level, gravel site; small to medium sized trees providing little shade; recycle as well as regular trash receptacles. Did not hook up to water as our tank was full and did not use dump. Hardly anyone else around so great views of the declining Lake Mead. We camped at Lake Mead RV Village in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Appears to be a great place for in-season, multi-day vacationing. One nighters might want to try one of the plans down the road in Boulder City.

Review Count: 86
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Canyonlands RV Resort & Campground, Moab, Utah

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

AS others have stated, crowded and very busy campground; obviously, because it is right in the middle of town and enjoys a ton of shade for the huge cottonwood trees they meticulously care for. Somewhat tricky entrance right next to the Texaco gas station & store but once you've done it once, you know what to look out for. Gravel driveways but spot on level concrete pads. Power, water, sewer, cable all functioned as they should. Office staff promptly processed a refund of our last day as we chose to depart a day early; no doubt there were folks waiting for a cancellation to pop up! Have to pick your times for pool, shower, and laundry usage carefully as there are sometimes large families represented in the park. We camped at Canyonlands RV Resort & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

City Market less than a half block away; also a myriad of restaurants and shops within very easy walking distance.

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Review Count: 86
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Navajo National Monument, Shonto, Arizona

Date of Stay: June, 2016
Overall Rating:      

Site is above the surrounding countryside at ~7200 ft elevation so temperature is about 5 degrees cooler, which is welcome in the summer heat. Canyon View area is a bit rough to get into but doable with patience. The area just outside the Visitor Center is fully paved and has a rest room building with grey water dish washing area as well as a single fresh water spigot (which was repaired while we were there). Great, and some challenging hiking trails, some to outstanding ruins, can also take a Ranger-led hike. They currently only have porta-pottys, as their 40 year-old sewage system is in sad need of repair. Very interesting native demonstrations of rug and basket weaving as well as painting in the Visitor Center during the day. Only a couple of the pull-through sites are anything near level but more of the back-ins are mostly level. Small trading post and gas station at the intersection with the highway at the bottom of the hill were closed both times we were there. Very peaceful. We camped at Navajo National Monument in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Take advantage of the hike to, or at least the views of, the ruins in the area.

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