Traveling the roads of America in our Allegro Bus.... one mile at a time.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
Having always wanted to go to Leavenworth, we packed up the coach and booked ourselves in for a month at $675 at Icicle RV. She also took a $100 deposit (on top of the monthly published rate) and said we would receive that back when, and I quote, "we fulfill our obligation." Seemed a bit 'odd,' since we paid the monthly rate at the time of check in. They stack them in like cordwood here, but luckily, or so we thought, we were led around the park and up a hill to a bluff overlooking the Icicle River. Thought we had hit the jackpot...until...the mercury started rising. Our coach was in the only spot that got zero shade - from morning, noon until night (sun sets late here), our coach was in direct, unforgiving sunlight. Most other spots on the ridge at least got a bit of shade. We asked to move. We were told the 'other spots were already taken.' Week 1...no one else in the upper level but us, until the weekend. Week 2....no one else in the upper level but us until the weekend. Wait, a couple pulled in next door but moved the next day. Why? Too hot - and they actually had afternoon shade. We asked management to relocate us at least five times, as our air conditioners could not keep up with the 100 plus temps. We were denied each and every time we asked. Again, the other spots (shady) on the ridge went unoccupied. Finally, the manager had a plan for us...we could move around the park - six times in total, for the next two weeks we were scheduled to be there. The spots we were moving to were all 30 amp, not 50. And the best part - wait for it - is that we were told we had to pay twice the rate we were paying as "monthly" renters, because the "spots she was giving us were premium, and she could get a lot more for them than what we were paying." Gordon Greco once said in the movie Wall Street that "greed was good." I have to disagree. Would not stay here if they paid me the "premium rate."
Date of Stay: May, 2015
This is a beautiful campground run by the NPS. Sites are gravel and most aren't very level. Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring. Bear warnings in effect at all time - you'll get the bear speach upon check in. Partial view of the Tetons and very close to Jackson Hole, Jenny Lake, Mormon Row and other beautiful scenery that the area is famous for. Once you check in at the ranger station (where the dump site / water is also located) you can either turn to the left (generator allowed from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.) or right (quiet area, no generators). Friendly and helpful folks at the check-in. We were given a spot in the C loop for our 40' bus, but when we pulled up to the site, we realized quite quickly that there was no way we could fit our coach. Walked it off at 33'. We parked and drove around in the toad looking for a space that would be adequate enough for us, but they are few and far between. We did finally find one before the sun set, got set up, and even saw a moose wander through the campground on the way to the river. Challenge with the sites is that they have logs placed in the middle or towards the back of the sites (immoveable), making them much, much shorter than they could be if the logs were removed or pushed towards the back further. There are larger spaces in the D loop - which is where the electric hook-ups are located (if you want to fork out $48/night), and the B loop (which was closed). So while we loved the campground, large rigs (40' or over) beware - spaces long enough to accommodate you are a challenge to come by. Bring bug spray too.
Date of Stay: December, 2014
Motoring into New Orleans and into this park was a little harrowing. You have to go through a suspect part of town, then after you reach French Street (the road on which the park is located) and turn into the gate, there's a sigh of relief. The park itself is very well kept. Sites are level and spacious. There are planters with palm trees that give added separation and a sense of privacy. Picnic tables provided as well. Staff very friendly and helpful - they gave us everything we needed to know when we arrived. Maintenance is ongoing daily. Gate to the front is closed at 10 p.m. and park is only accessible with a key code after that time. Dog run was large and a very nice compliment. We felt very safe within the boundaries of the park (most being water) despite the nearby run down neighborhood. Laundry is small but functional. $1.75 wash / $1.75 dry. Getting on the freeway to head downtown (probably a 15 minute drive) was easy. The park also offer a shuttle ($6 pp round trip) that departs a few times per day for the French Quarter. There is a restaurant on site with good food and drink, and lots of televisions for sporting events. Would have given this park a higher rating, except for the fact that the Wifi wasn't operational. Since I do work from the road, Wifi is very important (and they advertise that they provide that service), but can tell you - it's a joke, so bring your own if you're going to need it. Check traffic conditions, as you are going through town to get here and peak traffic can be a bear to drive through if you don't time it properly. We'd stay here again if in the area.
Date of Stay: November, 2014
Pulled into Emma Woods, originally, for lack of a better option. Ended up staying eight days. Very nice. Good spacing between sites so you don't feel piled up on each other, although some of the sites aren't marked very well. All sites are gravel/dirt/sand, but ours was relatively level. Each site has its own wood burning firepit, so bring some wood. Walking/biking trails next to the park and you can hear the sound of the crashing waves day and night. Patrolled by state park rangers, which gives an added feeling of security. Beach gets rocky as the site numbers progress. Trains run by day and night, so if you're a light sleeper pack some earplugs. Gave it a 9 due to the fact that $40 a night for zero services in a state park is a little steep (even if the sites are all ocean front). Still, beautiful spot to sit, relax, drink wine and watch the dolphins swim by.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This is a very nicely maintained RV park. Staff was very friendly and helpful. They led us to our site and made sure we had what we needed before heading back to the office. Sites are gravel, and level, with grass on either side and a picnic table. We had a pull-through that was more than adequate for our 40' coach and tow-car. Wi-Fi worked flawlessly. Short drive to Hungry Horse, Whitefish, Glacier National Park - so it's a good base camp for day trips. Perfect Cuts, a butcher shop within walking distance, had great steaks, jerky, sausages, etc - ideal for grilling. Adjacent neighborhood has a nice walking/bike path that leads to River's Edge park at the end of the street. There is a bit of road noise, but it wasn't bothersome after dark. The trains, however, were a bit loud in the dead of night. If you're a light sleeper or sensitive to noise, bring a pair of earplugs. That did the trick for me. We'd definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
Nice sized campground close to Lake Yellowstone. Had a back-in site that was rather tight for our 40' motor home (our nose was just out of the road, and I do mean 'just'). Had all the hook-ups, which was great, but a little pricey for the extreme compact spaces. Nice basecamp to visit a lot of the Yellowstone sites. Probably would forego the hookups and stay at one of the other campgrounds in the park next time for a little more elbowroom.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This is a fantastic little RV park right on the Yellowstone River. Couple of longer term folks, with the majority of spaces being for people traveling through Livingston. We had a pull through spot close to the river, which was relatively level and plenty of room. Park manager/host was one of the nicest we've met. He greeted us when we pulled in, led us to our spot, brought all documentation to us to fill out and even pointed out areas to walk and exercise our dog. It's a short drive to the grocery, as well as the cute, historic downtown area. My only regret is that I didn't pack my fly fishing gear. We'd definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Great campground, all dry camping. Checking in was a breeze and the staff was super-friendly. We even got the 'bear lecture' at no extra charge. Had a pull through site right off of the main thoroughfare, which was a little tricky to negotiate with the trees and the slides. We finally figured it out though, after a lot of trial and error. Site was level and had a picnic table and fire pit. They have a strict no generator rule after 8 p.m., which is nice to keep the campground quiet. Have to keep the dogs off trails, but there was ample space to walk him on the pavement around the park. Plenty of space between us and our neighbors, so we never felt crowded. Loved the smell of the campfires. We'd stay here again on a return trip.
Date of Stay: November, 2013
First, we’ll start off with the positives of the RV park. The actual park itself is very nice with flat, level pull through sites. All amenities worked well, with the exception of the Wifi, which, while free, was non-existent. Verizon mifi also didn’t get a signal, so note that you will be without connection, depending on where you are located in the park and your carrier. Staff extremely friendly and helpful. I really wanted to like this place, although as far as the “resort” goes, they use that term very generously. It’s located geographically far removed from downtown Laughlin. If you want to get downtown, the 10 mile or so drive can seem very daunting. The casino itself hasn’t been updated since it’s inception, and it shows (and smells). If you’re a smoker, this won’t bother you, although if you’re a fan of clean air, stay outside. Only ate once at the casino (Italian restaurant) and it was awful. We spent two days at Avi, then decided the drive wasn’t worth the hook-ups and opted to dry camp right in town behind one of the hotels along Casino Drive. I’m not a lover of dry camping, but convenience trumped my need for hook-ups. While the Avi KOA provided the basic needs, we won’t return, as it is too remote. Better options abound. Side note - if you are looking for something to do other than gambling and gaining weight at the buffets, take a trip out to Oatman, AZ - old mining town turned touristy ghost town, but well worth the drive.
Date of Stay: November, 2013
We pulled in late when the office was closed and had a bit of an issue finding the correct pull-through spots that offered all hook-ups, but we made it after reviewing their map outside. The site was rather level and spacious. Not too many people on that side of the RV park in November, so it was just us and a few other campers. Staff was friendly. Quiet for the most part, which we like. If you have dogs, beware of the leaves on the ground from the trees, as something in the leaves appear to have an adverse effect on their stomachs (our dog is a ball fetcher and whatever it was got on his ball and into his stomach, causing issues). Permanent residents do abound but they are friendly. There is an indoor pool and spa that we did not use but it looked well maintained. Close proximity to Upper/Lower Antelope Canyons and downtown. If you stop here take the drive up 89 to Horseshoe Bend. We'd stay here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
This is a park in transition, having recently been taken over by the KOA system. Sites were level and gravel - and as some have stated, very close together. We had a pull through which fit our 40' motor home, and it was a bit tight with people next door. Inviting pool area with shuffleboard, mini golf in the front of the park, and extremely friendly staff. Walking distance to Red Rock Recreation area and trails. Little noise from freeway. We only stayed one night due to the fact that they had no working Wi-Fi and no cellular service for our Verizon Mifi. AT&T phone worked well. This has the potential to be a very nice park if they put a little elbow grease into fixing up the RV sites to make them more quality oriented - rather than quantity oriented.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
Oh the stories this place could tell. Cactus RV park is situated right on Route 66 in the midst of town. Rate reflects Passport America. We pulled in later in the evening and checking in was simple. We were immediately led to our spot by the very gracious owner/hostess by pulling through the ruins of an old stone motor lodge that was once probably booked to capacity many, many years ago, and now stands in total disrepair. The sites are pull through and level, with full hook ups. Wi-Fi worked great - did not try out the cable. Most of town has gone out of business and buildings stand as a reminder of once was a bustling route, but a few restaurants and touristy type of places remain. This wouldn't be my idea of a 'destination' RV park - but if you're going through the area and like a bit history and/or nostalgia, this is a great place for a couple of nights to check things out. We'd definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: April, 2013
After reading other reviews, I was a bit skeptical about staying here, but our options were limited in this area at this time of the year. After staying here, however, I think this park has gotten a bit of undue bad press. First, I should point out that we stayed here in April and had one side of the park basically to ourselves. The sites are gravel and relatively level - did have to use boards under the stabilizers mostly for the soft ground this time of the year. There is ample space between sites on the north side of the park. The maintenance crews have been working overtime getting ready for the upcoming camping season, and appear to take very good care of the park and facilities. The host was more than gracious, friendly and helpful upon arrival. Laundry clean and reasonable. Fire ring and picnic tables at each site, as well. When the trees bloom, there will also be ample shade. For the kids there's a pool (not open yet but they were getting it prepared), play structures and a catch and release fishing pond. Very pet friendly. No sewer at site, but a mobile unit comes around Mondays and Thursdays to take care of the dirty work. In addition, a dump station is located on site which we used upon arrival without incident. Small store with groceries, supplies and Packers paraphernalia for sale in office area. There is also a golf course within walking distance, so bring your clubs. Only downside - and it was a big one for us - is that it is right off of the freeway and the noise from the traffic is basically non-stop all hours of the day and night. Other than proximity to the busy road, it's a nicely set up and extremely well maintained park. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: April, 2013
We pulled into this RV park late and only stayed one night passing through North Platte. Rate reflects Passport America. Office was closed by the time we got there, but they have an easy after-hour check in system in a booth next to the door. Given the time of the year, there were many open spaces which were long and wide enough to accommodate our 40' MH and tow car. Cable worked well, WiFi did not. This is a nice RV park for an over-niter - but know that it is facing the I-80 and very, very noisy at all times of the day and night.
Date of Stay: February, 2013
Price reflects RPI. This could be an excellent RV park if the owners put in a bit of time and capital to upgrade and modernize the park. Very pet friendly. The sites are all back in. We had no issues with backing in or leveling. Trees separate the sites and we never felt on top of our neighbors. Wi-Fi was intermittent. No cable TV. Campers are all very friendly with quite a diverse crowd. The pool area is immaculate, complete with hot tub. Staff is extremely friendly. Restrooms clean. The laundry room, although small, was adequate. Would have rated this park higher, but felt that we were given the 'bait & switch' treatment on our rate. I booked (direct with Cathedral Palms as instructed by RPI) for two weeks using RPI rate. Upon check in, they informed me that they could only honor the RPI rate for one week - with the second week being almost triple the cost. This was not disclosed when I booked the site. Had I known this at the time of making the reservation, I would have looked elsewhere. They should NOT have accepted a reservation for two weeks, and only honored one.