Date of Stay: June, 2016
This RV park has a loyal following that returns every year and stays for several months, if not the entire season. The park sits in a beautiful setting in Paradise Valley along the banks of the Yellowstone River, flanked by two magnificent mountain ranges only 35 miles from the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The park is immaculate. Lots of neatly mowed green grass. The restrooms, showers, and laundry are spotless and in new condition. A fellowship around the campfire starts at 7:00 PM every evening. The park is only 81 sites and some of the campers are here most of the season so it is easy to make friends. The owners of the park are friendly and treat their campers like family. WiFi is free and much more reliable that is typically encountered in RV parks. Fast but not fast enough to stream all but the lowest definition video. This is good because it discourages the Internet hogs. But, when the park is full, I was often disconnected and had to use my air card. Negatives: Rates are high - $55 a day or $885 a month. This is higher that the full-service resorts in the snowbird areas of the country where these rates would get you a full range of amenities. Because of the brutal Montana winters, this park is open less than 6 months of the year and revenues must be earned during that limited period. My site was not quite long enough to provide adequate parking for my RV and tow vehicle. This park is in an Over-the-Air TV dead zone and cable TV is not available. Your only option is your own satellite TV. The office has a huge selection of DVD movies. Roads and sites are gravel but it is a good layer with no bare spots. There is a section that offers concrete patios at an additional cost. The park is isolated. Nearest town is Livingston, 17 miles away. Bozeman is 44 miles away. Some campers prefer this isolated location. The rate is the monthly rate and a Good Sam discount for the 4 days beyond the month.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
My main complaint about this park is the Internet service. Normally, I don't expect too much from the Wi-Fi service at an RV park. But I was paying $40 a night at the weekly rate and the Wi-Fi was horrible. Half the time, I could not connect. The rest of the time I could connect for a few minutes to 30 minutes and then was disconnected. They had access points throughout the park but the central router could not handle the load. Each site had a large concrete patio with a good parking space across the patio from the RV. The utility station is getting old. My water faucet handle broke off and had to be turned with pliers. Cable TV was good. Verizon air card service was very poor. My 4G JetPack service was 150 kBps.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
This is a good stopping point as we travel to and from the Salt Lake City area. The Passport America rate of $13.50 makes it worth the stop and we stay for only one night. A lot of permanent residents give new meaning to the phrase, "trailer park trash." Some of the sites are disgusting. No over-the-air TV reception and no cable TV. No Wi-Fi but the Verizon air card signal was good. My site was 30 amp but the electric pedestal had no breaker so I had to carefully manage my power. If I tripped the breaker, I didn't know where to go to reset it. If I had to pay full price, I would consider finding another campground. I did give this place an extra point for its restaurant. Neat and clean. Great Mexican food at affordable prices.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
There should be separate categories when rating campgrounds because it is unfair to compare this National Park Service campground to a full-service RV resort. Green River has no hookups but if you are prepared to boondock and love a quiet, peaceful campground in a beautiful setting, this one rates a 10. The campground is along the banks of the Green River with a view of the mountains of Dinosaur National Monument rising several thousand feet above. The interior roads are paved, as is each site. The roads are one-way and easy to navigate in big rigs. Many of the sites are suitable for big rigs. Lots of cottonwood trees for shade. Water faucets (not threaded) at the restrooms. No dump station. Half price ($6) with Senior Pass. The north loop is first come-first served, the other sections are reservable. Surprisingly, I had a 3 bar cell phone signal and 1 Mbps Internet data rate via my air card. Nearest town with any services is Vernal/Naples, 20 miles away.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
If you are looking for an idyllic setting, peaceful and scenic, this is the place. Nestled in a beautiful mountain valley along the banks of the Salmon River, it is a great escape. Deer roamed freely throughout the campground. Nice clean bathhouse. Only $22 for full hookups. Wi-Fi was included and worked well. It was a little faster than my air card. Shaded, level, pull-through sites. A lot of green grass. Not much to keep the kids entertained and after a few days, I would probably get bored, but we were here for only 2 days. If you are looking for a full-service RV resort with a pool and lots of activities, this is not it.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
The website and RV Park Reviews says the name of the park is McCloud RV Resort. The sign from the road says Dance Country RV Park. Poor WiFi from our site. The rare times we were able to connect and get an indication of Internet access, the WiFi connection would disconnect after a few seconds. We were never able to connect long enough to download a web page. The office was often closed during business hours. We were right beside the highway with lots of logging trucks coming by using their jake brakes. We needed 50 amp service, so our site was a premium pull-thru at $43.50. The campground voltage dropped to 107v during several hot afternoons. I made sure this problem was not in my RV by shutting off all major appliances and measuring the voltage. Sunday afternoon, when a lot of campers had departed, the voltage was 113v. Attractive landscaping. Lots of green grass, well maintained. Stately trees. Hanging baskets of flowers throughout the park. These are nice touches but, at $43.50 a day, fast, reliable WiFi and good power are more important to me. If and when the owner solves the WiFi problem and provides reliable access to all sites, I would raise the rating by one point. I would also raise it a point if the power did not drop so low.
Date of Stay: February, 2014
This is a true RV resort with every amenity one can imagine. I have been here for 2 months of what will be a 3 month stay. I was especially interested in the two reviews that gave this park a 6 and a 4 rating. One major complaint was the park Wi-Fi service. It did slow down a bit as the winter snowbirds arrived. So did my Verizon air card. But, for a free service that was included with the rent, I have been pretty impressed with the quality of service. Each site has an area to park your RV, a nice large concrete patio, and a space to park your tow vehicle or towed. The park has an attractive covering of pea gravel in all areas occupied by temporary visitors. Why would someone expect lush landscaping in the desert southwest? But, if grass is what you are looking for, there are 6 grassy courtyards and each one accommodates 4 RVs. One review seemed to complain about the pet rules and their strict enforcement and then remarked about the several great fenced dogs parks. There are 3 fenced dog runs – one each for small, medium, and large dogs. Many visitors that are not pet owners are very pleased that there are pet rules and that they are enforced. The interior roads are paved and well-maintained. The entrance, both inbound and outbound traffic lanes, are gated and the security building is manned until 10:00. After that, you used your magnetic card. The park is located at the west edge of Tucson where the traffic is somewhat lighter but shopping, dining, and other business areas are nearby. The park is beautiful with hundreds of majestic palm trees throughout the park. The park models and common areas have attractive plantings of cactus and other desert flora. The restrooms and showers are in individual private rooms. Check out the web page for photos and more details.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
This RV park is centrally located between Cedar Breaks National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park, and is a much less expensive alternative to another park at Bryce Canyon. The new owners are working hard to correct the problems that existed under the previous owners, and they have done a good job. The campground is neat and attractive. Interior roads and sites have a good layer of gravel, and sites are spacious and level. Many of the sites are pull-throughs. The bathhouse and laundry are clean and in good working order. Free Wi-Fi was available and my Verizon air card had a good strong signal. There is a car wash on site that costs $0.75 for 5 minutes. The rate includes a Good Sam discount and applicable taxes.
Date of Stay: April, 2012
While at the RV show in Quartzsite this winter, I received a coupon for 3 free nights of camping at Camp Verde RV Resort, if we agreed to listen to a 90 minute sale pitch. During the sales pitch, we learned that the discount price (if you buy today) was over $8,000 with an annual fee of $399 plus $199 a year for resort directories. That was pretty shocking especially considering the condition of this “resort.” There is a clubhouse and recreation building which might add credibility to the “resort” billing. There is a pool which is not heated. In contrast, the resorts we stay at in the Rio Grande Valley have heated pools. Many sites did not have sewer hookups and the electric was only 30 amp at many sites. The sites are gravel/grass and most of the interior roads are gravel. This is an aging park in need of serious upgrades to its infrastructure before it can truly call itself a resort. When I told the sales guy that, before I could sign the contract, I would need to read it, he became aggressive and told me, "That’s not true. You’re just using that as an excuse.” The sales pitch rapidly went downhill from there and we walked out of the meeting as he said, "You will never get another free night of camping from us.” I guess too many people have taken advantage of the free camping without buying a membership.
Date of Stay: October, 2011
This review is for the Lakeside campground. This campground is just below the Caballo Dam on the Rio Grande River. This park is not as nice as our last park, South Monticello campground at Elephant Butte State Park. It is an older park and is not well maintained. The interior roads and individual sites need a new layer of gravel. Most sites are pull throughs. Each site has a grill/fire pit, water, 30 & 20 amp power, and a concrete pad that contains a picnic table covered with a shelter. The nearest civilization is Truth or Consequences. Cows are allowed to graze in the campground. There were about a dozen or more when we were here. This isn’t necessarily a bad idea except there are cow patties everywhere, even in the children’s playground. And these things attract a lot of flies. And I wonder if a cow would attack a curious child.
Date of Stay: October, 2011
This review is for the South Monticello campground. This campground is the newest one at this state park, built about 2 years ago, and is located about 10 miles north of the other park campgrounds. The two loops on the east end have great views of the lake which is currently at historic low levels. This campground has about 50 large sites. Some are pull throughs and the rest are easy angled back-in sites. Interior roads are paved. Each site has a nice layer of gravel, a grill/fire pit, water, 30 & 20 amp power, and a concrete pad that contains a picnic table covered with a shelter. The sites are spaced far apart with a feeling of privacy. Vegetation is typical southwest desert shrubs, Yucca, Creosote, and Mesquite. The nearest civilization is Elephant Butte and Truth or Consequences. Since the campground is remote, the night skies are dark and the stargazing is great and one can see the Milky Way.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
This is one of the nicest BLM or National Forest Service campground I have seen. Dry camping only but several water faucets are in the campground. Beautiful setting overlooking Hauser Lake. Sites are large, level, and spaced far apart. Roads are paved and big rig friendly. A few immature trees. Lots of green grass. A nice sandy beach is nearby. Senior Pass holders camp for $5 a day. If you don't mind boondocking, this is a very nice alternative to the more expensive RV parks in Helena. From Interstate 15 about seven miles north of Helena, take the Lincoln Road Exit (exit 200) and travel east for 5 miles to Hauser Dam Road. Turn left and continue for 3 miles to the entrance to White Sandy Recreation Site at coordinates N46° 44.6214' and W111° 53.3103'
Date of Stay: April, 2011
This RV Park is similar to several other recent developments along the waterfront in Carrabelle. They all appear to be victims of the real estate crash several years ago. Each development, including this one, was originally intended to be deeded lots where individual owners would build a beach cottage. When the real estate market crashed and the developer was unable to sell the lots, this development installed RV utility stations in about half the sites and became an RV Park. Most of the other developments remain vacant or have only one or two homes built. The beautiful interior road is made of colorful brick pavers and there are two pools but only one is in use. Nice landscaping with palm trees along the frontage road but maintenance has been neglected. Pool maintenance has been neglected: paint is peeling off the sides of the pool and a lot of sand has accumulated on the bottom. The RV sites are gravel/sand with no improvement other that the utility station. There are no bathouses: only the restrooms at the pool. The power panels at each site have no ON/OFF switch that would allow you to shut off power when connecting and disconnecting your power cord. I had a 2 bar WiFi signal at my site but could not connect. I did not try to connect closer to the access point since I have my own air card. The interior road ends abruptly at the last site, leaving no room to pull past the last two sites and back into those sites. There is no cul-de-sac at the end of this road where one could turn around and face the correct direction and back into the last two sites. If you are assigned these two sites, you must back your RV about 100 yards down the road. But it is a wide road. There are no dumpsters: just three large garbage cans for 30 sites and each was full or overflowing. About one-third of the sites appear to be long term residents, possibly temporary workers. Two sites contain a mobile module with two units that appear to serve as small motel rooms for temporary workers. The rate is Passport America rate including tax.
Date of Stay: February, 2011
This is not a campground or an RV park. It is a 55+ retirement community that consists of about 700 individually owned sites. Most of these sites contain modular homes, park models, or RVs that are permanently parked with attached screened rooms or other additions. I estimate that less than 100 sites are vacant and only 45 of these are listed as available for rent. Each available site is rented by its owner and the price is negotiated through them. All sites have electric meters and electricity may be paid by either the landlord or the renter. I paid $500 a month and electricity was included. Information about the available sites on the park’s website (http://aoaks.net/id17.html) contains the site number, owner’s name, phone number, and maybe an email address. No other information is given. This makes shopping around for the best price difficult as each owner must be contacted about the price and whether electricity is included. The park is well-maintained with nicely manicured lawns. The streets are paved with concrete or asphalt and in good condition. Each empty site has cable TV and a large concrete pad which is angled for easier access, although some of the streets are one-way single lane and a carport across the street can make it difficult to maneuver a large RV into a site. The park is gated which provides some security, and access through the gate is provided via a magnetic card that is issued at the office after a $25 refundable deposit. There is nice pool and a large clubhouse that hosts various activities. Wi-Fi is available at the clubhouse. Verizon cell phone service is very poor – the signal fades in and out. I am able to use an external antenna with my air card so I had a decent Internet connection. There are about 5 bath houses throughout the park and each one contains a small laundry (2 washers, 2 dryers) and there are two larger laundries at the clubhouse and the office building. Children are allowed but this is a retirement community - average age is in the 70s - and there isn't much for children to do.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
This is a nice park but it is hard to see how reviewers can give it a 9 or 10 rating. Many of the long pull-thru sites are actually two sites and the site next door shares the utility station. As long as the place is not crowded, no problem. The interior roads and sites are packed gravel and in good repair. Lots of freshly mowed green grass. Mature trees throughout the park but not so many as to interfere with satellite reception. Strong Verizon air card signal. Nice pool. Miniature golf course but it is not swept clean of debris falling from nearby trees. The office shares space with a bar. 9-hole golf course adjacent to the park. Right off the Interstate in a rural setting. At the Passport America rate, I would stay overnight but I would hesitate to stay here at the full price.