Date of Stay: July, 2015
The owner of this RV park is friendly and he keeps the park well maintained. It's a small park with six back-in sites with full hookups. At least three of the sites are large enough for any size rig. RV sites are hard packed gravel and relatively level (we used blocks under the front passenger tires). There's a large grassy area between each site and the grass is beautiful. There are tent camping spots on a large grassy area. Verizon service for both data and cell worked well. There is park wifi too and it worked well. Bathroom/shower combinations were large and clean. There was a laundry room but we didn't use it. Lots of space to walk pets. There is a small store in the town that has the basics, but it's probably best to stock up before you arrive if you're planning to stay a few days. We will definitely stay again if passing through the area.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
The cost includes $28.50 per night, plus $2.75 per day for 50 amp, and $1.00 per day for a dog. This park is approximately 20 miles from Crater Lake National Park. The park is big rig friendly, with interior paved roads and asphalt sites. We had a pull-through site, but I believe there are back-in sites available as well. Sites are nicely spaced in a wooded setting, but the trees aren't a problem for maneuvering. You can choose 30 or 50 amp service, but there is an additional charge of $2.75 per day for 50 amp, which wasn't mentioned until it appeared on our receipt and we inquired. There is also an additional fee ($1 per day) for pets, which wasn't mentioned upfront. Check-in was friendly and there was a guide to the site. Verizon service, both data and cell, was practically nil at this park. There was park wi-fi, but it didn't work very well. The park does sell or rent wi-fi boosters. The park does not have a laundry room. There are trails for walking pets. There's a nice picnic area a short walk through the woods, adjacent to a reservoir. We would stay again if passing through on a weekend, but not during the week since we need internet service.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
The park is big rig friendly. Interior roads are paved, with asphalt sites. Sites have water and electric. There is a dump station. While we loved the park, we work, so needed internet service. We rode through the park and found a site where we could connect to Verizon, but the service was slow and spotty. Cell service was spotty as well. The park is wooded and the sites are nicely spaced. There are both pull-throughs and back-ins, with some being more level than others. Restrooms/showers appeared clean, but we did not use them. There's plenty of space to walk pets. The camp hosts were helpful and friendly upon arrival. We would return if passing through the area on a weekend, but not during the week, unless the Verizon service improves or we select another carrier.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
OMG, once we arrived we loved this park, but getting there was a bit scary. Depending upon the direction you're traveling, you have to travel on a narrow road (CA-245) with very tight curves for the last 10 or 20 miles before reaching the park. We were heading north from Visalia, so had the 20 mile trek up the mountain to the park. When we left the park, we continued north for the 10 mile trek, but the car was driven separately as a lead car to alert the driver of the motor home if another vehicle was approaching. It was a mistake not to unhook the car going up the mountain, but once we had started up we didn't find a spot where we felt safe stopping to unhook the car. Fortunately, there wasn't much traffic on the road the day we went to the park or the day we left the park. Having the lead car was much less stressful and safer than towing. The main entrance gate to the park is 12' tall, but there is another entrance for taller vehicles, which I believe was 20'. The manager of the park was super friendly and offered information about the area at check-in. The park, with an interesting history, is located on 377 acres of Sierra mountain foothill property. There are hiking/biking trails and bicycles are offered for the use of guests. It was a great property for letting our dog run off leash, and we loved the quietness of the park. There are 6 back-in RV sites with 30 amp power, water and sewer, as well as several cottages for rent. There is a shower/restroom facility, but we didn't use it. There is a laundry room, free of charge. Next to the RV sites is a group picnic area with a barbeque and horseshoes. There is a small store that has snacks, drinks and Sequoia Resort t-shirts. For smaller rigs, we would definitely recommend this park, but due to the road leading there, we would NOT recommend this park for what we consider a "big rig."
Date of Stay: April, 2015
Park is big rig friendly. There are six FHU sites, four were occupied by permanent residents. We had a FHU site for two nights and all of the services worked as expected. Our site (B) was level, and shaded on one side. There isn't any privacy barrier between sites, but the sites are well spaced. There are additional water and electric sites in another part of the campground. We didn't check out the restrooms/showers. The park was clean, with trash cans placed throughout the park. There were camp hosts on site when we were there, but payment is made by placing money/check in an envelope and dropping it in a slot at the entrance booth. There are good paths for walking pets along the lake. Verizon service worked well in the park (don't know if there was park wi-fi). We enjoyed our two days and would return if passing through the area. The town of Tehachapi appears to be a thriving town.
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.