Date of Stay: August, 2015
We stayed here for 7 nights in August. The sites and access roads are gravel. There is a pretty steep incline and sharp right turn to get into the park and there is a fairly sharp incline once you are in the park. Both of these situations were still manageable for our 43 foot fifth wheel, however. The problem was with our "deluxe pull-thru" site. It was a very tight fit to get into the site and it took some maneuvering to get able to get out of the site. If you have a really big rig, this park is iffy. For the most part, the staff are very friendly and helpful (with one exception). The water, sewer, and electric connections are good and dependable. The WiFi is fair. This park does something that drives me crazy--they charge extra for children. In a family-oriented park next to Yellowstone National Park, this is ridiculous. The best thing about this RV park is that it is 5 minutes from the north gate of Yellowstone, which is where you will have to cart your recyclable materials because there is no recycling at the RV park or in Gardiner.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
This is a no-frills, decent RV park if you want to be close to the West Glacier National Park gate. They offer level gravel pads, paved access roads, and good hookups. The staff were friendly.connections. The two main negatives about the RV park was that the "free WiFi" was useless and there was no recycling on site. There is a great recycling center in Columbia Falls, however (about 15 minutes away) that accepts virtually all types of recyclable materials. It is located near the Glacier National Park Lodges Site at 1014 1st Avenue West in Columbia Falls, MT. If you want a full service grocery store, there are several in Columbia Falls. It is worth the short drive from the RV park.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
This is a nice RV park just a few minutes from downtown Coeur d'Alene. It is a bit on the pricey side, but you are paying for location. They do not offer any discounts for extended stays (weekly or monthly rates), but they don't have to because there are rarely any summer vacancies. The park offers level gravel pads, paved access roads, and decent (but not great) WiFi. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The sewer hook-ups are slightly elevated (about 8 inches above ground level), but the hookups are otherwise good. The only negative about this park is that they run the irrigation sprinklers every night and they spray water on your RV and vehicle leaving water spots. Overall, this is a good park and we would stay here again if we were in the area.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
The positives about this RV park include friendly staff, level gravel pads, good WiFi, and easy access from I-90. You share your utility pole with the site next to you (including a single water line with two spigots)--kind of strange. It was hot when we visited this park, and they were warning all guests about low voltage issues due to high electrical usage. The sign had been up since July 1 and we visited the park on August 2. This, obviously, is not an intermittent problem. Sure enough, we only had about 112 volts coming into our RV, so we had to be careful not to draw too many amps and trip the breaker. In addition to the sites being gravel, the access roads were also gravel. This led to very dusty conditions in the dry, summer conditions of Ellensburg. We have two children and had to pay an extra $5 per child per night. This seems very counterintuitive for a campground chain that touts itself as being family friendly. In short, this is a typical, overpriced KOA.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
The nightly rate we paid is an average based upon two adults, two young children (they charge extra for children), background checks ($30 per adult if you want a monthly rate) and actual electricity usage (over $150 for the month due to an abnormally hot June in Portland). Our site was a level, concrete pad, pull-thru site. The grounds are very well maintained, but if you don't like rules you may not want to stay here. The rules keep the park neat and clean, but they are numerous and somewhat obtrusive. There is a small swimming pool in the park, but for the number of RV sites it needs to be significantly larger (standing room only on hot afternoons). There isn't much in the way of organized social activity at the park, if you are into that kind of thing. Our water connection was below ground level and a little unwieldy. Our sewer connection was at the very rear of our site and required two sections of sewer hose to reach it. During our stay, it was very hot (mid-90s much of the time) and the park was quite full of campers. This led to a lot of electricity demand and voltage sags that were often below 110 volts. Even though we have electrical protection in our fifth wheel, we still blew a compressor in one of our air conditioners. I am pretty sure that this was at least partially due to the high amperage we had to draw due to the low voltage conditions. The WiFi was slow (Tengo) and sometimes unavailable. There is full waste recycling available on site. The location of the RV park is excellent--about 20 minutes to downtown Portland and 20 minutes to the Columbia River Gorge. We would consider staying here again, if we were in the Portland area, but it would not be at the top of our list of RV parks.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
The pros: The gravel sites are level, hookups are good, the free Tengo WiFi is good, the staff is nice, and the RV park is only 30 minutes to the Yosemite gate (a little over an hour to Yosemite Valley). A big con: this RV park is at about 3,000 feet elevation and there is an 8 mile climb up out of the valley, on Route 120, to get there. This 8 mile, two-lane section is full of tight switchbacks and tour buses and 18 wheelers come flying down the hill towards you as you climb. We are experienced RVers, but this was still a harrowing experience. Other cons: the RV park is all gravel (access roads and sites) which makes it quite dusty and dirty (muddy when it rains), Verizon cell phone reception is poor, and there is no recycling on site. Given the cons, we would probably not stay at this RV park again.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
The positives: level gravel sites, good hookups, 1 hour WiFi free per day, picnic table at each site, nice staff, and convenient to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (45 minutes to Sequoia gate and 60 minutes to Kings Canyon gate). The negatives: for the "KOA discount" price of $48 per night, the WiFi should be free and the pads should be paved. The unpaved pads lead to dusty conditions. As with most KOAs, this one was overpriced for the amenities. We would stay here for a few days, again, if we wanted to visit the local national parks, however.
Date of Stay: January, 2015
We stayed here for one night while traveling through Arizona. The RV park was a very convenient on and off from I-8, so it met our purposes perfectly. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We were provided with a level, pull-thru site which made it very easy to set up and break down quickly. The site, and all of the area around the site, was gravel. I wouldn't want to stay long-term in a site like that, but for an overnight stay, it was acceptable. We would definitely stay here again, for a night or two, if we were traveling through the area.
Date of Stay: November, 2014
The stated nightly rate reflects the monthly rate paid of $850 for a pull-thru site. The positives for this RV park included very friendly staff, very nice, level gravel sites with concrete patios, picnic table and chairs provided, abundant citrus trees (with delicious grapefruit, oranges, and lemons) throughout the park, adequate WiFi (especially if you have an antenna booster), excellent hookups with excellent water quality, and full recycling on site. There were only two negatives for this RV park, but they were big negatives. The neighbors, directly across from us, had two small dogs that barked almost constantly. Over the course of our two-month stay, this issue was addressed, three times, with RV park management. Management seemed genuinely concerned, and they did discuss the issue with the dog owners, but the problem was never resolved. The situation was so bad that our next door neighbor packed up and moved to another site. The barking dogs ruined our stay. The second issue was the lack of a significant social activities for a winter destination RV park such as this. Once again, the social activities director was a very nice person, but there were few and relatively poorly attended social activities. A sense of community was not evident. We have been to other winter destination parks where this sense of community is very strong. Based upon the aforementioned two issues, we would not return here for a long-term stay again. We would only stay for a couple of days if we en route to another destination. It is a shame, because this RV park has tremendous potential.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
The nightly rate reflects the fact that we stayed for one month and paid a monthly rate of $650. The positives included a nice (3/4 mile) gravel walking trail around the campground, beautiful mountain sunset views, dependable electric service, and satellite accessible sites. The negatives are numerous. If you want a monthly rate, you are forced to take one of the back-in sites. There would be nothing wrong with that if not for the facts that these are narrow sites and many of them have thorny, unpruned Russian olive trees at the front. I had to saw several large branches after trying, unsuccessfully, to back in and making numerous deep scratches on my fifth wheel at the roof line. Once backed in, my passenger side tires were a good six inches above grade after leveling my fifth wheel (very unlevel site). Additionally, the sewer hook up was over a foot above grade. The owners of this campground save the best sites (pull-through) for campers coming in for a few nights or a few weeks. However, many of those sites also have overhanging tree issues and are not very level. All sites and access roads are gravel, making for a lot of mess when it rains. There are a lot of weed burrs, so my kids' bikes ended up with flat tires. We don't have a pet, but I would imagine the burrs would make a dog's life pretty miserable. I am all in favor of water-saving, desert landscaping, but this park's idea of desert landscaping is to just let the weeds grow. The Wi-Fi was very weak and unreliable unless you were up at 2 AM. When the park was full, the Wi-Fi was relatively useless (even with my signal booster). My guess is that they do not have enough bandwidth to handle demand. There is no recycling at the RV park. If you want to recycle, the easiest option is to cart your recyclable materials to Target. Do not try to recycle paper, however, because there is no paper recycling (except for corrugated cardboard) in the Santa Fe area. The Santa Fe Skies RV Park staff did not coordinate any formal social activities during the month we were there (mid-September to mid-October). Based on conversations I had with others, this is the "best" RV park in Santa Fe. Maybe that is why the owners do not strive to make it better (lack of competition). We would only stay here again if we absolutely had to make a stopover in Santa Fe.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
Nightly rate reflects weekly rate. This is an excellent RV park and we would definitely stay here again. The pros: nice concrete sites, excellent electric and water service, the grounds are maintained beautifully, it is a short walk to the casino but 24 free shuttle service is available, security constantly monitors the grounds (you feel very safe), diesel fuel (competitively priced) is available on site, recycling is available on site, the complimentary Wi-Fi is very good, and there is a nice fitness facility available for $5 per day. The cons: the lower, newer sites are in better condition than the upper sites, the side-to-side pull-through sites are a bit narrow, the sewer connections are below ground and at an angle which prohibits you from screwing in your sewer hose to the PVC inlet, and there is no swimming pool for the RV park.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
We would stay here again for a few days if we were passing through the area. Pros: level gravel sites, very good hookups but water pressure a bit low, many trees but satellite accessible, complimentary WiFi is good, nice small swimming pool, and very nice owners. Cons: water pressure is a bit low, and no recycling on site.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
The formal name of this RV park, "Holiday Shores Campground and Resort" would be more accurate if they dropped the "and Resort" part of the name. Those of you who have visited many RV parks will know what that means: this is a campground. The pros: the pull-thru, big rig sites were asphalt paved (but narrow), the water pressure and quality was very good, the swimming pool was nice and well maintained, and office staff, for the most part, were very friendly. The cons: there was very low voltage when the pull-thru, big rig sites section of the park filled up (the last three days of our visit. Our power management system kept shutting us down because the voltage regularly dropped below 104V. We couldn't even run one air conditioner). There are way too many golf carts and people speeding around, a significant number of rural, uneducated, and narrow-minded folks seem to be drawn to this park, there were many trees near roadways making it very challenging for big rigs, and grounds maintenance (mowing) is sub-par. There effectively is no WiFi (they advertise WiFi availability in the office but it doesn't work), and there is no recycling on site (for a park this large, that generates huge amounts of trash, this is unacceptable). There are no recycling centers in Wisconsin Dells, either.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
Level gravel sites, good hookups, nice swimming pool, very well maintained and visually pleasing, friendly staff, and very good WiFi. There is traffic noise from I-74. I would have given this park a higher rating if not for the traffic noise. It butts directly up to I-74. However, we would definitely stay here again if we were passing through the area and needed a place to stay for a night or two.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
Nightly there were drag races occurring across the road at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Pros: directly across the road from the Charlotte Motor Speedway, very friendly and helpful ownership. Cons: the slightly inclined grass sites would probably not be a good thing if it was wet or raining and the strangest hookups I have ever seen. Below ground (in a box) and at the very back of the sites. The sewer and water connections were just inches apart. If the sewer somehow wasn't connected properly and overflowed, it would flow on top of the water outlet. I can't imagine how this setup ever passed code. I needed 25 feet of sewer hose to barely reach the sewer connection. There is no WiFi and no recycling. Despite the cons, we would definitely consider staying here again for a couple of days if we wanted to attend an event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.