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Now owned by Forever Resorts, which also has the concession to operate the lodge at Bryce Canyon, this is a small park with limited sites. The first four or five pull-through sites have trees, however they may restrict use of slides. The lady at the office is very pleasant, efficient and informative. As others have stated, you pick your own site. The sites big enough for a big rig are at the upper part of the park, are gravel/dirt, and easily accessed. We had no trouble leveling. There is one bath house, which was clean, at the upper end of the park. There are several grass areas to walk dogs and a few tent sites. You will get a great preview of the beautiful red rock formations in Red Canyon from the RV park. It is a couple of miles from the park to the visitor center for Red Canyon, and 15 miles from Bryce Canyon. Due to the high temperature, we elected to drive through Bryce Canyon to the end (Rainbow Point) then on the return trip stopped at all of the overlooks. Awesome views and rock formations. We also took advantage of the closeness to Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument - a must visit. There is no end to the dirt/gravel roads you can drive to various view sites. We chose to drive to Devils Garden and walk among the hoodoos. They are amazing rock formations and worth the trip. Note - the road has sections that are like washboards, but passable for all but the lowest slung vehicle. We could have spent a few more days checking out this park but our schedule didn't allow.

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The parking to check in is a little confusing: basically park wherever you wish! The sites all have trees. Our row, sites 30-39 and the row behind us, sites 40-49 had grass between each site. There is a very large, lush green grass area around the pool. The tent sites are in this area and were private, well-kept and looked very level. Behind the park are some beautiful red cliffs that offer unusual photo opportunities. They do not have a specific dog area, although there are plenty of places to walk them. There didn't appear to be too many long-term residents, and all sites were clean. We had two concerns. The first was the electricity. We arrived around 3 pm and by five the power had dropped off four times. It was so unstable we had to limit ourselves to two of the a/c units, and turn one of them off if we wished to microwave or cook. It caused us to hang around the entire next day rather than visit Capitol Reef because we wanted to be assured our two dogs wouldn't roast if the power dropped off while we were gone. We determined we could turn off all electrical in the coach except for two a/c units and were fairly certain everything would be okay. We did set the Auto Gen Start system just in case. The second concern was the dinner at the Grill at the RV park. They have a reasonably menu with four seating times. We selected the trout and a hamburger and asked for 6:30 seating. At a little after 6:00 a young man came by our site and told us our meal was ready and waiting. By the time we got there the fish was a little dry and cold. The hamburger was okay. The cornbread was horrible. The side and dessert were served in small "prep bowls." The drink choice was lemonade or water - no ice. After we ate we knew why they charged the gratuity when you ordered, as the food wasn't worth the price. On the bright side, the young man who came to get us and served our meal was very personable. We'd stay again but would avoid the Grill!

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This is a beautiful older park just a couple of miles from I-15 and off Hwy 91. Because of it's age the interior roads are fairly narrow. While the spacing between our site (#1) and the next was very tight, the rest of the spacing on the front row (sites 2-11) appeared to be much wider. There is grass between each site and several shade trees. If you park on the first row and the RV on the second row has moved as far forward as they can, you may have a bit of a trouble making the turn into your site. We're 45' and the coach behind us was as far forward as he could be, so the turn in around the trees was tight. We actually had to disconnect the Jeep so I could move forward and back to get centered and aligned in the site. However, the great trees are certainly worth the maneuvering required. The area between the first row and the street is "park-like" with much green grass and many shade trees. Walmart and a variety of restaurants and stores are in close proximity to the park. There is a Pilot truck stop just across I-15 which is easily accessed.

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The owner's of this park have put in much effort to make this a nice, neat and comfortable park. The restroom/showers were immaculate. The grounds are well maintained. The sites are long and level, there is grass between most sites, and there are many, many elm trees providing shade to all sites. There is an enclosed dog run with really cute landscaping, chairs to sit, fire hydrant for the boys and toys for the dogs. This is an older park and the layout is a little convoluted. You drive into the park off Railroad Avenue and stop at the office. You then must make a 180 degree turn, go back out onto Railroad Avenue and go down about 100' to the entrance to the sites. We're 45' long and towing and elected to disconnect to make these turns, although it may have been possible without disconnecting. Our site was very long and would have accommodated the RV and towed, but we would have had to pull so far forward that we would have needed electrical and water extension cord/hose to reach the utilities that are located at the very back of the site. Since we had disconnected we parked the RV at the rear of the site and were able to reach the utilities without dragging out the extensions. The site area in front of the coach was more than adequate to park the Jeep. There was additional parking next to the dog run. It rained while we were there and the sites all had good drainage, thus no puddles. The owner's of the park are extremely pleasant and helpful in pointing out restaurants and other things in Vale.

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This is a real gem of a park. It is located on a 6000 acre ranch and we were told they run 5000 head of cattle. All the sites are pull-through, and the ones where we stayed are long, level, easy entry and exit. The park is arranged around a large grass area that has the club house and bathrooms, laundry facility and even gas grills for the use of the guests. They have a couple of lush grass areas that are for tent campers as well. You are met by the camp hosts as you drive in, given the lay of the park and land, and sent on your way to you site. We thoroughly enjoyed the cattle, birds and wildlife that were in abundance. We didn't use the restrooms, but they were clean and neat. As others have said, the only negative about the park is the 2 mile drive on a very dusty dirt road from the highway to the park. Had we known how fantastic this park is and the serenity of the surrounding area we would have planned on staying longer. If we're in this area we'll visit again.

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The park is very neat and clean. There are large grass strips between each site. There are two restrooms - one for men, one for women. The restrooms are immaculate. The shower is large and wheelchair accessible. There is a sink and toilet, soap and paper towels, and plenty of hangers for clothing/towels. Most of the sites have picnic tables and there are eight fire rings spread throughout the park. It is bordered on one side by Hwy 20, but a berm separates the park from the road and keeps the road noise down. The other side of the park is a dirt road that appears to be used by locals and some farm equipment. (It is watered several times a day to keep the dust down.) They don't have a designated pet area, but there is plenty of grass. We have one reservation about the park, but it should in no way prevent you from staying here. It seems to have an identity crisis. The sign at the entrance names it Silver Creek RV Park with a small sign above with "Angler" on it. It is a Good Sam park and their directory lists it as Picabo RV Park. There is a guide titled RV Idaho Official Campground Directory that lists it as Picabo Angler RV Park. The Idaho guide correctly lists the phone number (208-788-3536) but the number in the Good Sam directory lists a number that, during business hours, directs you to call the number in the Idaho guide. Then, neither guide alerts you to the fact that you must go to the Texaco station/convenience store across Hwy 20 from the park to register. Last, and a small matter since the park is so small, the numbers on the pole identifying the five pull-through sites are on the wrong side, so when you are approaching the site you have to guess which might be yours. (They don't provide a map.). As it turns out, they are numbered in the order you will approach them. They are on the correct side for the back-in sites.

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They could easily tack "resort" onto their name and it would be very appropriate. It was easy to find using Lat/Lon on the GPS. They have a porte cohere with two lanes for check-in. The check-in staff is friendly and efficient and you are led to your site by other staff members. All roads are asphalt and the sites are concrete. There is artificial grass between every sight that actually looks like real grass and at least one tree between each site. The sites are long enough to accommodate a 45' rig, and there is a parking space next to the site for your towed vehicle. There are many staff members who patrol the park in golf carts providing security, cleaning and assistance to guests as needed. There are three bath houses with restrooms and three pet areas with doggie bags. Our neighbor told us the club house has facilities for guests to cook meals and all they ask is that the guest cleans up after themselves. There is a store in the club house as well. There is no shortage of shopping within 1 mile of the park, and of course, casinos everywhere. This is one of the nicest parks we've stayed in and would definitely return. We were here over the 4th of July weekend and the park was full, but there is so much to do in the area it didn't seem crowded. One note - the initial description of this park states there are 383 sites. While there is a site numbered 383, they have a very interesting numbering scheme and there are actually only 200 sites. I'd also recommend accessing the park by getting off I-80 at McCarran rather than Sparks Avenue as the Sparks Avenue route will take you through two traffic circles with traffic joining from four directions.

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Easy access. Next to Hwy 95 but little or no road noise. The landscaping is awesome - beautiful grass areas and everything maintained perfectly. Most of the pads are concrete and as been noted by other reviewers, they are long and level, but a little narrow. There is reasonable spacing between sites and there are trees between each site. The staff member who checked us seemed genuinely appreciative of our business. Most of the sites are pull-through with concrete pads although there is one row of back-in sites and those sites were gravel. The check-in area and the store were neat as a pin. We didn't check out the restrooms, although I did note what appeared to be a cleaning crew working on them around 10 in the morning and I suspect they are as immaculate as the rest of the park. There is a dog area noted on their site map, but there is ample area all around the park; albeit gravel. They do request customers not allow animals on the grass - and I can understand because it is beautiful and perfectly manicured. We were just passing through enroute Reno, but would definitely stay here again if we venture this way again.

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The entrance to the park is fairly narrow. The interior roads were adequate, although some sites (5, 47, 29, 30, 28) would be very difficult to access by a big rig as the turn would be VERY sharp. The park is on a slope of about 5 degrees and they terraced the sites nicely. It had just rained and the drainage at the bottom of the park could be improved. Our site was fairly level (other sites didn't look very level) with much space between each. Sites nearer the top of the hill have beautiful, mature pine trees. Not many trees on the lower end of the park. They had fallen behind on ground maintenance as the weeds around our site were 12 to 18 inches tall - although it appeared they had trimmed some of the sites. Each site had a small or large cable spool sitting on their side that must be their idea of a picnic table, but there wasn't any seating. You could probably sit in your own camping chair next to the smaller ones and use them as a table, but the larger ones were useless. While the RV parking area of our site was level, the surrounding area wasn't, so the spool was canted so much you couldn't put anything on it. Some of the spools were pretty dilapidated. Our observation (we didn't use them) of the shower rooms follows. There are two shower rooms with sink and commode and one separate bathroom without a shower. The sinks and showers were clean, but they didn't clean out under the mats in front of the showers very well. They were very poorly lit. Our other observation isn't intended to offend anyone, but the two shower facilities are unisex. If we were to have to use such a facility, we would much prefer gender specific shower rooms. We would probably not stay here again unless we were out of options - and there are a number of very good alternative options.

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This was our best experience with a KOA. The park is easy to find and the staff that checked us in did an excellent job. They were quick, but very thorough, ensuring we were aware of all the things the park has to offer as well as what to see and do in the area. The gift shop has an extraordinary selection of quality t-shirts and other souvenirs. The park is not very big, so we were sent on our way to our site but they checked on us within 30 minutes to ensure we weren't having any difficulties setting up. Another staffer stopped by an hour or so later to ensure we were settled in well. The site was long, albeit a little narrow as seems to be the norm with a KOA. They do a very good job of trying to leave a site vacant between units if it is possible. The views of the mountains from the park are amazing, and the park, like Grants, is surrounded by lava fields. A real perk for us was seeing a covey of quail marching through the park as well as a nest of some type of bird in the tree next to our coach. The piece-de-resistance is the food. They have a nicely diverse menu of meals that are cooked at the park and delivered to your coach at the time you select. That is a first for us, and the food was wonderful. Every staff member we encountered during our stay actually made us feel welcome and wanted, which doesn't occur at all parks. The park is very clean and well-manicured - as much as you can manicure a desert environment.

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Easy to find and the owner will show you a route to depart that will avoid the downtown area. Check-in was quick and the owner led us to our site. They have expanded the park and there are more trees in the older section, but there was plenty of shade. Our site, 12, accommodated our 45' coach and towed, and I believe sites 7 - 12 would also. There was plenty of room between sites. The park is older, but the owner's have put much money and sweat equity into their park, and it shows. We were given great directions to Walmart and surrounding area. They don't have a pet area as such, but there are enough grass areas to accommodate most pets. The owner's go out of their way to ensure your stay is pleasurable. Highly recommend this park.

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Another excellent stay at this park. Check-in was quick and efficient; the staff is extremely helpful. There are still a large number of full-timers, but they help keep the park open for those of us traveling through. We parked in spot 50 facing the access road to the park - easy in and out and no noise from the Interstate. The grounds were neat and clean. It is West Texas, so it is hot and dusty. However, the park has a nice dog run and other grass areas for your pets. One of the highlights each time we've stayed here is dinner at the Roadrunner Cafe. Excellent staff, quick service, great food at a very reasonable price.

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We camped here over the New Year as we've done before. Must say many more folks have found it since we stayed here two years ago. The campground is large, clean, well-maintained and very comfortable. There is much to do if you enjoy national and state parks and the RV park is conveniently located between the two. The RV park is part of the Lajitas Golf Resort, and as such there is much to do at the resort. In addition to the above, Terlingua is an interesting stop, and Presidio, Texas, on the west side of Big Bend State Park, has numerous restaurants and other attractions. Also, if you need more than a couple of items from a grocery store, we recommend you Porter's Thriftway in Presidio. It is a bit of a drive, but a very scenic one. It is extremely well stocked and the prices were quite a surprise - very reasonable.

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This isn't a destination, but it is a very pleasant place to spend a night or two enroute your destination. Easy off and on from I-10 but no traffic noise to speak of. Check-in was quick, efficient and pleasant. Office staff very cordial. Campground is neat and clean. Large enclosed dog area and plenty of other places to walk your pet. Be watchful as you walk, though, as some pet owners just don't get it! The restaurant is clean, service fast, and the food is good country cooking. We were parked in site 49 which faces the entrance road and there is above average traffic as many of the semi-permanent residents leave and return from work. Sites 48-51 are long and level, allowing 45' motorhome and towed Jeep without hanging over on either end. Old KOA or not, this park is well groomed and it is obvious the staff works hard at maintaining it. I can't imagine being "threatened" by Confederate flags and find such comments a sign of a narrow mind. History isn't going to reverse itself because we don't like an aspect of it. It certainly has no impact on the condition of the RV park, the staff, or the overall experience. As to the park extensions, there is a need and a market and it allows the park to remain in business so we can use it for an overnight stop. We've stayed here numerous times enroute other destinations.

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Our rate reflects the "rally" rate, thus we give it four stars, although I would drop it down to three if paying their regular rate. It is, as stated in most other reviews, a very large open field with a few, mostly small, trees. If you arrive early and the park isn't full, they will lead you to your site in such a manner that you won't have to back in. The utility station does serve four campers, thus two will have to run their electric and water under the coach to reach the station. The sites are long and level. The spacing between vehicles using the same power station is adequate. The spacing between vehicles not using the same station is excellent. There are few amenities at the park unless you are attending a rally or function that utilizes one of the pavilions or meeting halls. It could only be considered a destination if you were planning on exploring the surrounding area - Amana Colonies. When you check in, tell them you want to be facing north, which means you want an odd numbered site in one of the "lettered" lots. THIS IS IMPORTANT - each power pole station serves four sites. The first four will be 1,2,3, and 4; the second set will be 5,6,7 and 8; the third will be 9,10,11 and 12; and the last set will be 13,14,15 and 16. In each of these groups you will want the site with the highest odd number. In other words, you will want site 3 or 7 or 11 or 15. You may wish to avoid 15 as it is next to the interior street making for more noise and dust. The reason - shade and spacing on the side where you sit outside. There are numerous trash dumps around the park and some sites have picnic tables.