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Previous reviews are correct about the frequency of trains passing in close proximity to the pull-through sites. However, the back-in sites along the lake are far enough away that the noise was not obnoxious to us, especially since they pass quickly and do not blow their whistles. Of course, we also live in a railroad town, so are quite accustomed to trains. The check-in staff were very pleasant, the sites well-spaced, with low usage on a Sunday. We had no difficulty backing in our 32 ft. trailer. There are lots of trees, but we easily obtained a satellite signal. AT&T phone & data service worked well. We'd have no hesitancy to return here.

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Very rustic treed campground which is charming despite a somewhat run-down appearance. Some sites take a bit of leveling and can be a little tricky for a big rig. But there are plenty of big rig, level sites if available. Office staff are very helpful and try to select an appropriate site to accomodate big rig needs.

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We stayed in the park a year ago and loved our stay. This year I am downgrading the park due to the "premium" site we were assigned. Our 32 foot 5th wheel barely fit so that we had to find a place to park our truck elsewhere, noting as we looked around that we weren't the only folks experiencing this problem. The site was far from level, making set up a challenge, and the sewer connection was placed on the uphill side. Fire rings were placed right in between units; fortunately neither of our neighbors had fires or our rig would have been inundated by their smoke. There were problems with the park internet (Tengo) disconnecting at times, although our AT&T LTE personal hotspot worked well. There are many nice sites in this park, and many that aren't, so you take your chances. This time we weren't one of the lucky ones, but there aren't a lot of options for staying in Petaluma where we visit family, so we'll probably return. Too dang much money for what you get, but what else is new about KOA.

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I can understand the previous reviewers comments. It is definitely less attractive and noisier in the section where they stayed. The gal who checked us in was very friendly and helpful. We ended up staying here longer than our planned overnight because our hitch broke when we disconnected. (Thank goodness Bakersfield has a Camping World where we could order a new part to fix it.) Upon extending our site rent, subsequent employees at the desk were more on the cool side, though not unpleasant, so maybe it depends on who you get when you check in. Of course, this park is all about the oranges, virtually nonexistent in either fruit or blossom during our visit. Apparently the season is December to March. We would certainly stay here again for that treat!

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We stayed here a couple times two years ago on our way to and from other winter destinations when they seemed to be primarily a park for snowbirds. We planned on stopping here on our way to Texas last fall, but they were full with a rally. Previously, I would have rated the park a 9. But there was something about it this time which wasn’t quite as attractive, perhaps because the landscaping didn’t seem as sharp as our past stays. Has it changed ownership? The younger staff were friendly enough, but not as welcoming as the older couple who used to man the check in desk. Sites have nice spacing, the laundry still looked okay, and the internet worked well for us.

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New Mexico state parks are a real bargain, and this is one of the best. The prettiest sites, pull-throughs on the lake with privacy foliage and trees in between, are reservation only. (Although some you can occupy for one night only if they aren’t already reserved when you arrive.) There is a lot of day use at the lake beach on the weekends, though, so these reservation sites are a bit noisier than the non-reservation, bleaker sites further back from the lake. There are some great hikes here, including a boardwalk out into wetlands with blinds for bird watching. It’s not terribly far into Roswell where the Roswell Museum and Art Center has some fantastic art. Of course, another must-see is the UFO museum which gives an interesting, if not convincing, account of alien encounters.

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I would have given this park a 10, except that it is built on a hill, so the sites are not level, and most were too small to accommodate our 32 foot 5th wheel. We arrived early on a weekday; there were lots of spots available but only two that we could get into. There was a wonderful cactus garden with the hedgehogs in bloom and at least two dozen hummingbirds hanging out at the the visitor center feeders, as well as some great hikes. With the proximity of Alamogordo, our AT&T personal hotspot worked well.

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This is a large, meandering, park with lots of trees where you might want to ask to see sites before taking one. Our assigned site on the lake was occupied by someone else, which was okay because it was very unlevel and we wouldn’t have been able to back into it anyway. The sites away from the lake front are more spacious, easier to access, and still very attractive. Staff were friendly enough, although obviously very busy. All in all, a nice enough place to stay.

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This made a great overnight stop for us, convenient to the freeway and supplies, yet still giving a feeling of being out in nature, although “nature” in this area is a bit on the desolate side. We had the campground practically to ourselves, possibly due to the low level of the lake. Our site was easy to get into. Staff was very friendly. Not one of the prettier Texas parks, but more than adequate for our needs.

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I’d love to rate this park higher because the staff on check in were exceptionally helpful and friendly. There are also amenities here, as other reviewers have pointed out. But it’s basically a gravel parking lot and way overpriced, albeit within reasonable driving distance to the Caverns which is primarily what you are paying for. The gravel on the roads was so thick in a couple places that we thought we would have to use 4 wheel drive to get through it. In the area where there were trees, the spaces were very close. We had a premium treeless site which was easy to back into, level, and more spacious. We had very little problem with burrs in either of the two dog areas.

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Despite being built on a hillside, the sites are easier to level than it appears at first glance. At night, there was a beautiful view of the lights of Deming. The campground itself was so dark that the city lights really pop out. There is a good visitor center with cactus garden and lots of trails to hike. AT&T data service was lousy. All in all, an excellent bargain and enjoyable stay.

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We had two different campsites at this park. The first was an unpleasant experience. The site was unlevel and very close to neighboring sites. We were having a health crisis with our dog and were so focused on that problem that we decided to tough it out in the site. It was tolerable until our neighbors (a group of several families) decided to have their 6:30 am beers and chatter right outside our bedroom window. Then they lit off their fire in a ring the park had stupidly placed right in between sites so that the smoke inundated our living room. Fortunately we were able to move to another site in the peninsula area which gave us a level gravel pad, a peaceful lake view, with plenty of room to remain undisturbed by neighboring sites, their campfires, and late night conversations. Our rating reflects this second site. The moral of the story: ask to drive through the campground first to select a site here. There are lots of hiking trails in the park, as well as the boating, fishing, and swimming available in COE campgrounds.

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We ended up staying almost 3 weeks here while getting chiropractic treatment for our dog. The area of the park with pull-throughs is pretty blah, and some of the back-ins can be a bit tricky, but the sites are spacious. This would be a great park kids with lots of activities, basketball and beach volleyball courts, shuffleboard, tossing games, 2 dog parks with agility courses, easily accessible hiking trails, catch and release fishing, heated pool. The staff were very friendly. The two laundries refreshingly clean. About a fourth of the machines were out of service and you have to go to the office for quarters because the coin machines don’t work, but they are reasonably priced. There’s not a lot to do in Montgomery, but the park is very close to a good WalMart Superstore and the vet we used. (Dr. Buchanan, a fantastic vet if you ever need one in Montgomery).

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This brand new, nicely landscaped park is loaded with amenities including a free air station for tires, a dog washing station, on site propane, laundromat, and everything else you would expect from someplace that labels itself a “resort”. We were welcomed with a reusuable grocery-style bag filled with insulated water bottles and other goodies. Sites were spacious for a commercial park and there was a large grassy field where dogs could be taken, making it very pet friendly. We had originally made reservations for one week, but seeing how nice the park was upon check-in, we paid for two weeks. However, getting around Houston with the traffic, poorly designed freeways, and narrow potholed streets was a nerve-racking experience. The park is close to public transportation into the downtown museum district; unfortunately traveling with a dog with health issues who couldn’t be left alone in the RV all day left us unable to avail ourselves of that more preferable option. After a few days, we decided we’d had it with Houston and asked if we could go back to our original reservation for a one week stay. The park has a no refunds, no exceptions policy, but after contacting the corporate headquarters, they were nice enough to issue a credit on our bank card. We suspect this was a PR move, due to being a new park, which we would not have been able to get were they more established. As long as we have a dog, we would never return to Houston, but if we ever do, this is the place we’ll stay.

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Rate given reflects a weekly rate with Good Sam discount, plus metered electricity used. The power here is all green, from wind, solar, and hydroelectric. The park would rate a 10 except there are no shower facilities that I am aware of, just a “powder room” in the office. The owner is extremely friendly and accommodating. We stayed here two weeks waiting for mail and packages to arrive which the owner delivered to our door as they trickled in. The owner, an RVer himself, designed the park to make spaces easy for big rigs to get into, spacious, and many shaded without interfering with satellite dishes. Unfortunately, most of the people in the park are oil workers with the Eagle Ford Shale or Winter Texans, making only a limited numbers of spaces available for those of us just passing through. Despite the presence of primarily permanent residents, the park was very quiet, clean, and tidy. The owner walked through the park daily to clean up what little trash had blown in. The internet and cable TV included in the reasonable rate were both very good.