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Review Count: 84
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 26

Boundary Campground and Picnic Area, Sun Valley, Idaho

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

As others have noted: great location near Ketchum, friendly and camp hosts, bargain price, creek access, some large sites. While officially 9 sites here, two are taken up by camp hosts, so there are really only 7. It has filled up every day by noon the week after Labor Day. Very quiet at night and the fishing appears to be good in the creek. We camped at Boundary Campground and Picnic Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Site 8 is the best--large, right by the creek and a view of Mt. Baldy right out the back window!

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 26

Fishing Bridge Campground (NPS Campground), Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

Fishing Bridge gets a bit of a bad rap from reviewers here, but I found it to be pretty nice. Yes, the sites are close together, but our 35-foot fifth wheel with 3 huge slides fit just fine. There is a buffer of trees between each loop, so it doesn't feel like a vast parking lot of RVs. It is similar to many commercial RV parks in terms of space. The location is great for exploring the Canyon area and West Thumb, and not that far from the geyser basins or Lamar Valley. Overall, it is a great option if you want hookups and don't mind paying the fee. The cost is the biggest downside to this park and we opted to stay a week, then move to Mammoth and Madison for the rest of our trip. We camped at Fishing Bridge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 26

Madison Campground (NPS Campground), Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Madison Campground is managed by Xanterra, the park concessionaire and has all reservation sites that tend to fill up months in advance. There are typically cancellations every day, so even if the sign says "full" it is worth stopping by the office. It is a very large campground with about 10 loops, some of which are tents only. Sites are close together but the setting is nice and the views can be quite good. There are some roadside pull-throughs that can accommodate large RVs, so don't take the web site's limitation to 40-feet combined tow+RV to be strictly applied. The location is great for the geyser basins and the Madison River area. Closest cell service is at least 7 miles away. We camped at Madison Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
F197
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Cell reception at the seven-mile bridge on the way to West Yellowstone.

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 26

Baker's Hole Campground - USFS, West Yellowstone, Montana

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Baker's Hole is a great option when visiting Yellowstone. It is a beautiful campground, right on the Madison River (though only a few sites have an actual river view) with a town 10 minutes away, great cell service (Verizon), and electric hookups on some sites. The vault toilets were immaculate and the camp hosts were nice and helpful. It is a 45-60 minute drive to Old Faithful and quite far from the Lamar Valley and Mammoth, but driving for a while is par for the course in Yellowstone. Madison Campground in the park is about 30-minutes closer to everything, but no cell service or food available nearby, and the sites are much less private. Baker's Hole is first come only and it can fill up during Late June through August, but arrive early and you probably can get a site.. We camped at Baker's Hole Campground - USFS in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
35
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 26

Gros Ventre Campground (Concessionaire Operated), Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

We were a bit concerned about not having reservations here, but need not have worried. We camped here 2 weeks and it was never even close to full, even on Memorial Day weekend. We stayed in Loop A, which was the most open and one of the only areas of the campground with a view of the Tetons. There were plenty of large sites and they were very widely-spaced. Lots of room to park or pitch a tent. Generator hours were until 10 PM, which was nice. As national park campgrounds go, this was one of our favoirites. We camped at Gros Ventre Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A69
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

For anyone interested in photography, two of the best sunrise locations in the park are nearby--the Mormon barns and Schwabacher's Landing. The Jackson Whole Grocery is a great local natural food grocer with a selectn excellent selection and decent prices. They also have a cafe with lots of choices. The closest place to buy propane is in town at the Shell station.

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Review Count: 84
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 26

Fiddler's Campground at Furnace Creek Resort, Death Valley National Park, California

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an updated review from my first 3 years ago. This time I have to be more critical, mostly because the upgrades to the Furnace Creek NPS campground next door make it a better choice in almost all respects. Fiddlers is basically a gravel parking lot, not much different from Stovepipe Wells or Sunset across the road. Sites are very close together and there is no camp host to enforce generator quiet hours. For less money, the Furnace Creek Campground has much larger spaces, better views, paved pads, picnic tables, water and flush toilets. There are some full hook up sites for more $$. The big benefit to Fiddlers is the free use of the pool and showers at the resort, which is a ten-minute walk. For $5 per day per family, campers at the NPS campground can use the pool too. This is still a great location to see many of the sights of Death Valley, it is just not the best camping option IMO. We camped at Fiddler's Campground at Furnace Creek Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Be aware that currently the only sites that can be reserved on the on-line system are "40-foot" sites, which are all in full sun. If you want the chance to get a shady site (numbers 1-16), you need to call and reserve a "50-foot" site. All the sites seem to actually be the same size, however.

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 26

Peterson's Tecopa Palms RV Park, Tecopa Hot Springs, California

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

This seems to be the best place to camp with an RV in Tecopa Hot Springs. We'd agree with much of what others have written: very nice and helpful owners, friendly people, excellent hot spring pools that are emptied and cleaned every night, very quiet, etc. I would add that their wi-fi is excellent and never dropped our connection; not lightening fast but very usable. One very important point is that they do not open their pools to day use as many of the other RV parks do, so there is never a wait for a pool and no outsiders driving through and using the facilities. It is over an hour to Furnace Creek, so not a great base camp for Death Valley (try the dispersed BLM camping at the top of the pass going into DV if you don't want to camp in the valley). I only knock off one point for the general unattractiveness of the park and the immediate surroundings, though the distant views and sunsets are gorgeous. We camped at Peterson's Tecopa Palms RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The nearby natural hot springs are popular with locals and visitors. Unfortunately the area has been "discovered" and the springs are getting over-used. The water is murky and there are warning signs about "mud mites" that the locals say are very real and burrow under your skin. We stuck to the Peterson's hot pools.

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 26

Packwood RV Park and Campground, Packwood, Washington

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

The nearest commercial park to the east entrance of Mt. Rainier NP, this campground is sadly short of it's potential. The park is run-down, dirty and neglected. It was also mostly empty during the heart of the summer when the Mt. Rainier wildflowers are at their finest. There is free wifi, but it was barely usable and Verizon data was only 1x, though cell service was fine.

On the positive side, the little town of Packwood is very close and kind of cute. The library next door has 24-hour free wifi and we used it often (there always seemed to be a few people there using it too). Mt. Rainier is fairly close and a beautiful drive to get there. Not many choices in this area as the nearby La Wis Wis National Forest CG is limited to smaller RVs, as are the NP campgrounds. We camped at Packwood RV Park and Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The Packwood visitors center is just up the street and the volunteer there was tremendously helpful in planning adventures in Mt. Rainier NP and Mt. St. Helens NM. Don't miss the drive to Windy Ridge, the closest vantage point to Mt. St. Helens by car.

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Review Count: 84
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 26

Gone Creek Campground (USFS), Government Camp, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Gone Creek is one of several campground on the shores of Timothy Lake. They are all pretty similar with narrow roads and sites that are challenging to back into and/or level the RV. Gone Creek has a very nice beach area, gorgeous views of Mt. Hood directly across the lake and great fishing. It is quiet and family-oriented, great for kids. There is absolutely no cell signal within at least 10 miles of the campground, so be warned. Some of the sites, including some pull-throughs, are right on the lake. We camped at Gone Creek Campground (USFS) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a good shore fishing spot near the end of the east loop of the campground, look for a low rocky cliff where the lake shore is steep.

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 26

Silver Cove Resort, Silverlake, Washington

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an extremely nice RV park. The sites are distributed over a very large area with a network of canals, so there is a lot of green space and water between sections of sites. The sites are quite long and wide, not paved but gravel. As others have said, the lake is nearby but not visible and only accessible by a long paddle around the canals that border the lake. There are kayaks for rent in the park and the paddle out to the lake is quite nice. The wifi is excellent if you are parked near one of the antennas, poor when not near an antenna. We had to move from our assigned site to a new one because the wifi was unusable at our first site. They have a complex system of site classifications, but we found a less-expensive "standard" site that was nicer than the "premium" site we were first given. The park is quiet and beautifully landscaped. The nearest full-service grocery store is in Castle Rock, about 15 minutes away. Mt. St. Helens was about an hour, but so worth the visit. We camped at Silver Cove Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
111
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The restaurant Patty's Place is about a 10-minute drive to the east. They have a decent menu, including elk burgers and homemade cobbler, and good food. The view of the river from the back deck is spectacular, though it can get hot and bright out there just before sunset.

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 26

Santa Cruz Ranch RV Park, Scotts Valley, California

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

This park is almost entirely full-time residents, but there is a small section of pull-through sites for "transients". These were very narrow and barely long enough for our 34-foot 5th wheel with the truck parked sideways in the road. The park is very convenient to the town of Scotts Valley and a 15-minute ride to downtown Santa Cruz. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and the cute town of Felton are 10 minutes away.

As a base camp for exploring the area, this is pretty good, though we prefer the state park campgrounds down on the beach, which are quite nice, or the yacht harbor RV park. The pool is nice, though it can get crowded on weekends since lots of kids live here. Even with the Thousand Trails discount, this place is quite expensive, but typical for the greater Bay Area. We camped at Santa Cruz Ranch RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
Pull-through
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 26

Thousand Trails / Morgan Hill Preserve, Morgan Hill, California

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

Trying to find a place to camp near the Bay Area is always a challenge. This park is a decent choice when visiting the San Jose area, though it is over 1-1/2 hours from San Francisco (more during commuter hours). The park seems to be about 1/2 long-term residents, but they are quiet and reasonably neat. The setting is quite nice, among the rolling hills and wineries of Morgan Hill, with huge trees for shade. We stayed in the "premium" area for $5 more and it was pretty nice, with large pull-throughs (though with that annoying back-to-back shared-hookup configuration). The facilities were mostly closed, but seemed to be very old, run down and dirty. Lack of sewer hookups in a campground like this was inconvenient, but they had a pump-out service that was pretty reasonable. If I had business or family to visit in the south bay, I'd consider staying here again, but it isn't really a place for a vacation. We camped at Thousand Trails / Morgan Hill Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 26

Fallen Leaf Campground, South Lake Tahoe, California

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

We are full-timers who have stayed at literally dozens of national forest, national park, and state park campgrounds, and Fallen Leaf Lake is by far one of the very best. In a nice change of pace, the builders of this campground didn't crowd the sites on top of each other, but left plenty of space between sites, especially around the perimeter of the campground. The setting is mostly ponderosa pine forest sprinkled with open meadows and many sites look out upon the meadows and forest with barely any sign of other campers. Yes, the roads and many of the sites pads are uneven and broken, but I wouldn't say they are much worse than average for this type of campground. Fallen Leaf Lake is just a short walk from the south side of the campground, and the sites at this end are the most popular. We had a 100-foot pull through which had some broken pavement, but once we got settled it was spectacularly beautiful, private, and five minutes' walk to the crystal clear lake where our dog could swim and we could sit and gaze at the snow-covered mountains surrounding it. Tremendously convenient, the campground was 15 minutes to shopping, restaurants and every service you could want; and for those inclined, about 25 minutes to the Nevada casinos.

I don't give many "10" ratings on this site, but Fallen Leaf Lake deserves it! We camped at Fallen Leaf Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
78
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The Rude Brothers Bagel cafe in South Lake Tahoe has fabulous pastries, bagels and espresso drinks.

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Review Count: 84
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 26

Yosemite Lakes RV Resort - Thousand Trails, Groveland, California

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

Having read the reviews on this campground I had low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised. We were there during the spring waterfall season in Yosemite and the park was quite busy, but this campground was barely 1/3 full. It is a huge park and apparently quite old, but our experience here was excellent. We had a river front site in the trees, full hook-ups and it felt more like a state or national park than a private campground. The staff was always very nice and helpful, letting me use their phone several times a week (there is no cell reception here). The lodge was recently refurnished and is comfortable to relax and use the WiFi (very weak, but serviceable). There are a few nice hikes around the area and there are tons of outdoor activities with equipment for families and groups to play with--volleyball, shuffleboard, basketball, badminton, mini golf, etc. It is an hour to Yosemite Valley, but that is not much further than the outlying National Park campgrounds like Wawona and Hodgdon Meadows, so if you can't get into a campsite in the valley, this is a decent option.

BTW, don't be put off by the reviewers complaining about Highway 120, it is windy and steep but that section is only a few miles long and has plenty of turnouts. Take it slowly and you'll be fine. We camped at Yosemite Lakes RV Resort - Thousand Trails in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
87
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 26

Santa Cruz Harbor, Santa Cruz, California

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

Little has changed since the prior reviews. This is still a section of parking lot at the northern end of the yacht harbor with full hook ups and little else. It is quiet at night, but while we were here they were running a dredge right in front of the RV area for several hours a day--like having a loud generator running. The eucalyptus trees above us drop hard nuts on our RV occasionally that sound like gunshots. There are not many options in Santa Cruz and this park is in a great location and has a rather pretty view of the boats in the harbor and the surrounding hills, but for the price, this "camping spot" leaves a lot to be desired. As others have said, the sites are narrow (about 20 feet wide) but easy to back a trailer into and enough room to sit outside. Maximum RV length is 42 feet. In spite of the drawbacks, this park has been nearly full for our whole stay. We will be happy to move to New Brighton State Park in a few days. We camped at Santa Cruz Harbor in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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