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We got one of the full hookup spots on the row by the river. It wasn't riverfront, but there was only a little road and strip of trees between us and the river. Full hookup 50 amp/water/sewer all worked fine. Wi-Fi comes from the bath house, so get close to it if that's critical for you. It didn't work in spot #4. We got very spotty Verizon service since it's down in the river valley, unusable for data and we only got texts and calls when walking around the far eastern edge of the campground. It is a beautiful park, almost like golf course pretty. Lots of room between sites. It was very, very well maintained and between the well cut green grass and millions of shade trees it was a very tranquil environment. Fisher Cave is at the campground and offers guided tours. Meramec Caverns is really corny and located about 20 minutes away. We'd stay here again.

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If you've got the money, I don't think parks get a whole lot better than this. However, if you're visiting here you need to know what this place is. Most of the spots are privately owned, and many are in a rental pool that is managed by the resort. There are many folks here staying long term, but it's nothing like some of the "trailer park" RV resorts you've seen. There are no park models, and everyone's site is immaculate. We sprang for a lakefront spot overlooking Table Rock and it was sublime. Besides postcard like views, for your money you get: 2 great pools + hot tubs, free 9 hole golf course (9 iron and putter is all you need), pontoon boat free as available, just fill up with gas, events at a million dollar clubhouse, professional staff. It took us maybe 30 minutes to drive to downtown Branson with all the shows and shopping, and the drive is beautiful Ozarks scenery. The roads getting here, or anywhere in the Ozarks, are a little twisty, but man it's worth it once you get here. I wish I could afford to buy a lot, otherwise we'll rent a few days whenever we're in the area.

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This is a very small park owned by one of the local wineries, but it's a mile or so from the tasting room. It's very convenient to the heart of Arkansas wine country. This is a no frills, small park but the utilities work fine and it's convenient to I-40. The sites and roads are gravel but they're level in an otherwise very hilly area. All 12 sites are identical pull through sites, plenty long enough for our 40' RV. No shade, no amenities, just well taken care of and convenient.

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This park was just OK. The sites were a little tight, there was hardly any room to park our toad. There are really 2 halves to the campground. You want to be in the southern half. The northern half, where we were, had no trees and the sites weren't as well laid out as the other. All the utilities and Wi-Fi worked well, but they'd let the grass die (don't be fooled by the website photo, in summer it's dead and brown). It was very convenient to Glacier National Park, but really average as a campground. I'd probably try a different one if I came back.

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Except for a big clubhouse/pool area, this park pretty much had it all. The place is the most groomed campground I've ever stayed in. The pads are gravel, but your porch area is super manicured green, green grass. It's just beautiful. There are nice trails along the periphery of the park to walk your dog. The west entrance to Yellowstone NP is minutes away and there's plenty of shopping and restaurants an easy bicycle ride or walk away. All the utilities worked fine. The rate reflects 10% off for retired military. It's a little pricey, but for the quality of your surroundings and convenient location it'd be hard to beat.

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I gave this campground an 8 because of the overall quality of the operation. The sites are tight and gravel, but there's lots of shade trees. I need to put a little emphasis on that. At times, the sites are super tight. Most of the sites are front to back, meaning you share utility areas with one rig and porch areas with another. There was about 10 inches between our bedroom slides. We literally could have reached out our bedroom windows and shaken hands. That said, I'd stay here again. The mini-golf course is immaculate. We paid the weekly rate. All the utilities and Wi-Fi worked fine. The area is awesome, a little off the beaten path, but well worth the journey.

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The rate reflects PPA discount. We were here in June and they didn't have a limit on how many discounted nights. For $21 a night, this was a great base to see the area. Utilities and Wi-Fi work fine. Water is a little high pressure, like 75psi, so bring your regulator or buy one from them for $12. The park is gravel but the sites have a little grass and a picnic table. Each site has at least 1 shade tree. The area is really awesome. Arches and Canyon Lands National Parks are close by along with a lot of other beautiful country. We'd stay here again, but not in late June. 110 degrees sent us scurrying back into the Colorado mountains.

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Nice little park just outside Grand Junction. Plenty of room between sites and good utilities. Camp hosts did a great job. Sprinkler came on at our site every night at 9:30pm, which added a little cooling mist to our campfire session. Gravel pads with blacktop roads and sites all have a wind/sun shade over the picnic table. There are a couple ponds in addition to the river. I caught more rainbow trout than I could count in those ponds during a 4 day stay. No TV or cell/data reception in this canyon. Glenwood Canyon is spectacular and the nearby town of Palisade has a great wine trail. We'd stay here again for sure.

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The rate reflects the campsite plus the $7 daily park fee. If you have the annual Colorado State Parks pass, it's only $24. Lakeview loop was nicer than most commercial campgrounds we've been in. There's a nice mix of pull-throughs and back-ins, but they're all huge and easy to get into. The sites are spaced very widely providing plenty of privacy. Utilities worked great and are full hookups. Roads are new blacktop and pads are concrete. The camp host couple did a great job, even raking out the gravel around your picnic table. It looked like a manicured Zen garden when we backed into our site. No Wi-Fi, no TV reception, no cell phone, and no data reception this far back, so if that's a requirement be prepared to drive 10 minutes back into Rifle. Rifle golf course was just outside the park and is one of the prettiest courses you'll ever see. We loved it. Be sure you take the easy hike over the top of Rifle Falls. I know there were trout in the lake, and at Harvey's Gap as well, but didn't catch them. The lake at this park is a tiny reservoir, and if you can imagine, they allow water skiing on it. It's so small they should make it a "no motor" lake, but I guess the local ski boat dealer has some influence. We'd stay here again for sure.

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We stayed here to see Rocky Mountain National Park and the other sites in Estes Park. The park is entirely gravel and the sites are a little close together, but other than that it was fantastic. Camp Host was great. The views of the surrounding mountains were awesome. Mary's Lake is just across the road and Estes Lake actually has trout that bite. The utilities worked great. Wi-Fi was a little weak but Verizon Jetpack got plenty of bars. Very family oriented park with lots of kids enjoying the camping. Pool is nice and warm. We'd stay here again in a heartbeat.

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We stayed here in order to see Carlsbad Caverns and Roswell. There are closer parks, so check your mapping software. For the cost, it was a nice get away. Very quiet and every site had a nice metal top over the picnic table. Plenty of room between sites and we backed in easily in our 40' coach. We had one of only 3 full hookup sites. There were 2 state employees living long-term, counter to park rules, in the other full hookup spots. I contacted the NM state parks director, who informed me that the public can lump it and those migratory state employees needed the sites more than we do. I paraphrase, but that's the gist of the email I got. There were plenty of water and electric sites available. The lake was pretty low, but there were a lot of people enjoying the water. We'd stay here again if we were ever in the area again.

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First, the positives. The staff is friendly. It's convenient to downtown Colorado Springs, and all its tourist attractions like Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. The services work at least as well as average. My site is level, and there was plenty of swing room to get my 40' coach backed in. Now, the bad. You just need to know what you're getting. Yes, there are lovely views of the mountains, but there are from everywhere in this town, so this is a moot point. It's the view at eye level that is far less than appealing. I'm parked next to no less than a half dozen cargo trailers stuffed in and around the next 3 sites. It's completely gravel with no landscaping whatsoever. It looks like a work camp, not a campground. Lots of permanent trailer park types with their years of collected junk all around their sites. Send me a personal message if you want to see the photo. The rate reflects two nights we got at PPA. We paid double that on the weekend. I probably wouldn't stay here again; it's just too depressing looking.

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We stayed here in order to visit family in nearby Deltona. The park is fairly clean and nice, but the place is built on the only hill in Florida and a lot of the sites aren't very level. Our site was fine in one of the only rows that isn't full of park models and seasonal snow birds. We had plenty of room to pull through and the utilities all worked as advertised. That said, this park isn't somewhere I'd spend any length of time. I was walking my dog one morning and one of the snowbirds asked me not to let my dog go on his next door neighbor's yard because he mowed it. I was standing there, bag in hand, and my dog had already committed to the spot. I just waved my bag covered hand at him and shrugged. Not a very friendly neighborhood. Strike one. Half of the park is actually an ancient mobile home park and some of them are complete dumps. Strike two. They charge a "resort fee" to PPA customers, even though this trailer park is hardly a resort. It's a snowbird mobile home park. Their resort fee is just a way to side step the half price camping PPA offers. They don't charge a resort fee if you're paying normal price. I wouldn't stay here again.

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Newfound is a great, quiet place to park and explore New Hampshire's White Mountains. The park is flat, well laid out, plenty of room. Most sites are pull through, all are full hookup. The hookups work great in this very utilitarian campground. Beyond that, it doesn't have much to offer as a park. We got a little stir crazy one night and set up the karaoke rig in the rec room. We actually got a few of the mostly seasonal patrons to come in a sing along. Once you get here, you've got to check out Mount Washington. Doing the drive to the top was awesome. There are also numerous waterfalls to see in the National Forest. If we ever come back to the White Mountains, we'd stay here again.

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We stayed with the Sned Acres in order to sample the Finger Lakes wine trail. This place is right in the heart of wine country with more to do than we could pack into a week. Even in mid-August, we didn't need to run the A/C, which costs an extra $3 a night. They gave us the PA discount for 5 of our 7 nights, excluding only the weekend nights. We stayed in one of their 4 pull through sites overlooking a nice little pond with 30A/W/S hookups. One thing to beware of: 2 of the pull throughs face porch to porch, as in you and the other folks are pointed in opposite directions. I guess this saved on site development costs. This made our picnic table right next to the other folks, which was a little close with strangers. Spot 88 overlooking the pond would be the pick of the litter. We didn't use any of the facilities except the camp store, which had a modest selection of goods. We only got two TV channels on the antenna: Fox and Country Music Videos. Alan Jackson has a great tune about having a bug in his margarita, in case you're interested. It's very quiet at Sned-Acres, we'd definitely stay here again, but not in the porch to porch sites unless we were here with friends. Oh, and do not speed, it's 5mph! (Which Mr. Snedacre will remind you of, like the child you are, if you kick up too much dust on the gravel road.)