Date of Stay: April, 2015
We called on a Saturday to make a reservation at the park for the following Sunday night. We were told there were plenty of spaces available, so it wasn't necessary to make a reservation. Upon arrival, the gate attendant told us sections A and B had full hookups, and if we didn't find something we liked to pick any site and wait as there would be people checking out soon. Check-in is 4:00. We found section A with ease. Section B is located to the right after passing through section A, but it's not easily visible (you have to drive through a portion of section A and make a right turn to find section B). We decided on a site in section C, which was electric only. There was a water spigot nearby, but the water didn't taste great. Money wasn't collected at the gate, but a ranger came around later to collect. Site was gravel and relatively level. Our Verizon signal was intermittent. The restrooms/showers were clean, but the showers are pay, so take at least 4 quarters for 5 or 6 minutes of water. Water temperature and pressure were great. There was a security patrol throughout the park during the night. The cost of the ghost town tour is included in the camping fee, so I guess $35 for an electric hook up only wasn't too bad.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
The road leading to the park has some tight turns, but we had no problem with our 40' motor home, towing our Saturn Vue. We arrived on a Thursday without a reservation and stayed 3 nights in the upper camping area, where there is more space between the sites than in the lower camping area. Site was paved, with picnic table and fire ring. Hookups are water and 30 amp electric, with a dump station. Restrooms/showers were clean. Verizon signal was strong once we got settled into our site (56), but it was non-existent by the ranger station. There is a nice beach area for pets to play, and several hiking trails, although one trail was closed when we were there.
Date of Stay: November, 2014
Rate is nightly for electric (50/30/20 amp) and water. The restrooms/showers closest to where we were parked were locked during the two days we were there. Directions listed on the website are reversed for traveling east and west on I-40. Use exit 33 if traveling west on I-40. Easy access and big rig friendly. Signs at the park indicate pick a spot and then go to the office/museum to pay. We arrived on a Saturday and the office/museum was closed, but a Gallup City employee came around in the early evening to collect the fee. This is a large park with sites of varying sizes and views. The entire park is dirt, so it gets dusty when the wind blows, but the park looked well maintained. Each site has a picic table and fire ring. The site we chose was nearly level. There were no over the air TV channels. Verizon data service worked well. There are hiking trails nearby. We did see a couple of stray dogs run through the campground while we were there. And, we had a visit from a panhandler on Sunday afternoon. He was a bit startled by our growling dog and didn't linger. Being that we were the only RV in the campground at the time, it was a bit unsettling. There were two other RVs in the park with us the first night, but they left the following morning. We were the only ones in the park the second day until late afternoon when another RV showed up for the night. We felt better having another RV in the campground. If we were passing through the area at a time when we thought there would be other RVs in the campground, we'd stay here again. However, we won't plan a stay during the off season, which November appears to be.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
This park is located in the outskirts of old town Elizabeth. There is only a P.O. box, no street address on the website for the park. Reservations can be made online at caseysrvhideaway.com. I called several times to try to find an address, but only received a call back once we had found our way to the park and gotten settled. Unfortunately, I don't recall the street address. Easy access for larger rigs. Entire park is dirt/gravel. Sites are of varying sizes, some back-ins, some pull-throughs. Nice spacing between sites and the park is laid out such that the sites are not all side by side. Electric and water at sites, dump station at entrance to park. There are no other amenities. Lots of trees in the park. Verizon data/cell service was good. There seemed to be a number of semi-permanents in the park, most of whom did not pick up after their pets. There is not a fenced dog area, but there's plenty of space within the park and adjacent areas for walking pets. Deer visited the park daily. We would stay again if passing through the area.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
Price of $31.50 reflects daily rate with Good Sam discount. Cable was an additional cost per day, which we didn't purchase. This is a large park, with easy access for big rigs (at least our 40' motor home). We arrived at a very busy time with new folks checking in. The person who was checking in new folks remained focused, yet friendly. There was an escort to the site. Sites were adequately spaced with a picnic table and grass between sites. Some of the sites are gravel and some are grass, and the park does get muddy when it rains. Park wifi was good, and our own Verizon service worked well. Laundry room had four washers and four dryers. There was a children's play area. Showers looked a bit worn, but they were clean. Medora is a neat town. The Little Missouri Scenic River runs along one side of the town, but the river has a rather unpleasant odor, which makes the entire town smell less than pleasant. Do make time to drive through the Teddy Roosevelt National Park if you're in the area, as it's a beautiful drive. We saw prairie dogs, bison, deer and wild horses while driving through. We would stay again if passing through the area.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
This is a park run by the Bowman Parks & Recreation Department, and is located midway between Medora, ND and Belle Fourche, SD. You pick up an envelope at the entrance of the park, select your site and then deposit payment in the fee box. Entry from the main highway (Hwy 12) is good for big rigs. Once in the park, depending upon which direction you wish to go, a few of the turns can be tight due to trees. The map at the entrance indicates there are five loops, two of which offer 50 amp service. However, if you need 50 amp service, check the site, as not all sites in the 50 amp loop offer 50 amp service. We were approached by the camp host shortly after we drove through one of the 50 amp loops. There were no 50 amp sites available, but the camp host directed us to a 30 amp site in the other 50 amp loop. The camp host was friendly, welcoming, and offered information about places to go/things to do in Bowman. The interior roads of the park are dirt and the sites are grass. Large/heavy rigs should be prepared to use blocks for leveling. There were numerous semi-permanent road construction workers living in the park, but their sites were tidy. It appears there is a 14 day stay limit, unless prior approval for a longer stay is granted by the city. Although the park advertises electric only, folks were leaving their water hoses connected to the spigots, with hoses running long distances, and across the road. There is a play area for children. The men's room shower had a push button start, the temperature of which could not be regulated. Verizon service worked well here. There is a large field near the entrance to the park that's a good pet walking area. We would stay again if passing through the area.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
Price reflects daily rate of $19, plus tax (5.5%), plus online reservation fee of $7.70, plus $6 per day vehicle permit ($29.90 per day). If you plan to stay in many SD state parks, it's a better deal to buy the $30 annual pass rather than paying the $6 per day vehicle fee. We thought this park had one of the prettiest welcome/entry signs we'd ever seen. Park is big rig friendly. Interior roads are paved and sites are gravel, with fire ring and picnic table, and nice spacing between sites. Sites have electric only, but there is a dump station at the park entrance. Water is also available. There are no trees near sites to offer shade, so it does get hot. Showers were clean as were the flush toilets. I didn't see a sign for the showers, but they're located on the backside of the building with the flush toilets. There are vault toilets throughout the park too. We were here the last weekend of the Sturgis rally and had expected to see/hear lots of motorcycles, but that wasn't the case. Verizon service worked well. We'll definitely stay here if passing through the area again. We stayed two days, but wished we could have stayed longer.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Price paid was with GS discount, and includes tax. As others have said, this park is in a great location for visiting Bryce Canyon and Red Rock Canyon, but the park could use some TLC. There is easy access for big rigs, but there aren't many level sites. Some sites are asphalt and some are dirt. The gentleman on duty when we checked in was friendly. He didn't assign us a site, suggested we either drive or walk through the park to see which site we'd like and then take it. It's not a beautiful park, but was sufficient for the one night we stayed. There were full hook ups, and all services worked well. There is a bath house that looked clean. I didn't see the laundry room. There is an area labeled “pet run” that is unfenced, but there's plenty of space to walk pets. Park wi-fi was very slow, at least where we were parked, but our Verizon hot spot worked well. Although the park is right alongside the road, we weren't bothered by road noise.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
We had first stopped at a neighboring campground that was full, so decided to stop at Distant Drums to see if they had availability, and they did. This is a beautifully manicured park with concrete sites that are level, and with full hook-ups. The sites are arranged such that not all of them are side by side. Access to the park is easy. The ladies working in the office were pleasant, but it appeared they were new at working there. There was an escort to the site. There was a nice laundry room, although several of the machines were out of order. The showers/bathrooms appeared clean. There is a fenced dog run. The only downside to the park is that the park wifi is practically non-existent, but we were told that at the time we registered. Wifi seemed to work well if you sat in the office. This park offers both Passport America and Good Sam discounts; however, there are many restrictions with the Passport America discount (no discounts in April). If you want to receive the Passport America discount, it's best to check the Passport America site to see when it can be used at this park, as it's very limited. We would stay here again if passing through the area.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
Folks at check-in gate were friendly, as were the camp hosts. There is now a dump station at this park and all sites in the family campground have electric and water. I believe there are 40 sites within the family campground, but there is only one shower in the mens' room and only one shower in the women's room. There are three toilets in each. It appears that the park is in the process of being upgraded. There are a few sites that have asphalt, but most have gravel. Unfortunately, most of the sites aren't level. Access to the park and the campground is easy, but there are those Arizona dips along the way. There are lots of trails within the park/campground, so lots of places to walk pets, although you have to be watchful of the rattlesnakes and the cactus. There is also a children's play area, making it nice for families. We had to move our Verizon hot spot to different spots in the RV before we found the ideal place for it. It seemed we were just at the outskirts of the tower range. This is one of those parks that tends to have more folks on the weekends, being practically empty during the week. We would stay again if passing through the area.
Date of Stay: November, 2013
Nightly fee was $25, plus a $5 online reservation fee. Park has easy access. Interior roads were dirt/gravel. There were no trees. The park has many hiking/pet walking trails. There is good spacing between sites. Verizon 4G service was good. There was a centrally located dumpster for trash, but there were no trash cans located in the camping areas. We stayed 3 nights and will return if in the area.
Date of Stay: November, 2013
Nightly rate was $25, plus there was a fee of $8 for online reservations. Park is easy in/out. We had reserved site 22 online, but upon arriving and seeing the site we didn't think we (in a 40' RV) could get into it without scraping our jacks. There was a large incline at the entrance to the site, so we changed sites. There was a $5 fee for that change. It was obvious that many RVs had scraped while entering/exiting site 22. There is no mention of the large incline online and it isn't visible from the online images of the site. Site 13 has a bit of an incline also. There are pull-throughs and back-ins and there is good spacing between sites. There are trails for hiking/pet walking. There was, however, a lot of horse poop around the park, even in the kids' sand box. Verizon 4G worked well. There were no benches in the men's shower area to place clothes, towels, etc. There were benches in the women's shower area, but no mirror. We stayed 5 nights and enjoyed our time here, and will return if in the area.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
Rate based on monthly stay. Electric is metered for monthly stay and that amount is not included in the daily rate. Cable is an additional cost for monthly residents, not sure about daily residents. Park offers internet, but that is an additional fee, too. Verizon cell and data service were good, as was Sprint. Park is easy in/easy out, big rig friendly, interior roads are asphalt, sites are gravel and level. The sites are some of the largest we've seen. Other than full hookups, there are no amenities – no pool, no laundry room, no showers/toilets, and no shade. There is a large field adjacent to the park that's a nice place for walking pets. The park is located adjacent to a raceway, but the noise was a factor for only a few hours on Saturday evenings. At the time we were there, the park was offering Passport America (3 nights), Escapees and Good Sam discounts. Park is under new management as of October 2013. We would stay here again if passing through the area.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
Price is based on monthly rate. As others have said, the park is conveniently located near Deception Pass, which is a big tourist attraction. The office staff was friendly and helpful. Laundry room was clean. We didn't visit the rest room/shower. The park is easy in/easy out and there are sites that are big rig friendly (at least 41' friendly). The sites are narrow with asphalt, but many of the sites have cracked asphalt and many are not level. There were many RVs with their wheels hanging in the air or on blocks. There are some 30 amp only sites and there are some that have both 30 and 50 amps. There is a fire pit at each site and many of the well-worn wooden tables have been replaced. It appears they're replacing the tables a few at a time. Much of the grass in the park is brown, but staff are attempting to beautify the grounds with plants. The infrastructure in this park is degrading. The cable in many of the sites doesn't work. When we inquired about it at the office, the office person said “Yes, we know about it, but there's nothing we can do about it.” We were unable to get a Verizon cellular signal while in the park. That's not the park management's fault, the park is just in a bad location for cellular. We did, however, have an excellent Sprint data signal. The park WiFi is terrible. You're given codes to enter in order to access the internet, but it disconnects often and then you have to re-enter the codes. They do have a notice in the office that states “We can't guarantee the park WiFi.” If you're someone who depends on park WiFi, don't count on this park to provide it. When we asked to have the router reset, the person in the office said she didn't know how to reset it. There were several days/nights when the planes from the naval station were very loud. They usually stopped flying around 11 p.m.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
Rate reflects a Good Sam discount. Both the young lady and the gentleman who work in the office were very pleasant and welcoming. Suggestions for dining places and tours were offered. Park is easy in/easy out and big rig friendly. The sites are gravel, relatively level, and have shrubbery between each site, which affords a bit of privacy. There are picnic tables and a fire ring at each site. Our site was electric (30 amp), water and cable only, no sewer. We weren't able to pick up a Verizon or Sprint data signal, but the park Wi-Fi worked fine. Showers/restrooms were clean. There were two washers and two dryers in a smallish laundry area. There is a mini-mart on site with a variety of supplies. Dump station on site, but maneuvering is required for larger rigs. We would stay here again when passing through the area.