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A family oriented park, this park offers many amenities and is better suited as a destination rather than simply a place to spend a night. Miniature golf, on site restaurant, swimming pool, even a gas station with reasonable prices, this park has a lot to offer, but mostly for their members. Hart Ranch is a membership park and, as they should, their first priority is their members. They will not take a reservation more than 24 hours in advance forcing transient guests to do the 'Hart Ranch Shuffle' where you move from site to site if you stay more than one night. If you're a member, they'll arrange to have your RV in your site before you get there, and will move it to their storage lot after you leave. The problem this presents for transients is that you have no idea what time they'll do this, forcing you to 'hang out' till your assigned site has been vacated. Some days, as early as 10:00 AM, other days not till 1:00 PM. We were there to ride our motorcycle on the beautiful roads in this area, but spent too much time every day moving around the resort. Sites are not cramped, but are not 'spacious' either; some pull through's, mostly back ins.

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There's a lot to like about this location. Most of the campground is red gravel, tightly compacted to eliminate dust and provide an 'almost concrete' surface, although better looking. Due to some late scheduling we had to move to three different sites for three nights. Each site was spacious with easy access and an escort was quickly provided. Trees are trimmed so as not to get in the way, yet provide privacy and shade. WiFi actually worked, although typically slow. To give you some idea of the attention to detail in this campground, the roads are lined with little street lights about three feet high. Normally dim, when motion is detected they become much brighter for a few minutes. Nice touch! If I have a complaint, not sure that I do, it's the staff repeatedly telling me how great it is at Mountaindale. When I was in business it was the customer that decided, not the employees! Location is a relatively secluded twenty five minute ride from Colorado Springs.

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Typical of KOA's, this location is tight on space and heavy on price. Getting to your site is the first hurdle. Boulders are placed all through the campground to restrict movement and could easily damage your RV if not careful. We were in the 'new' section and while we had the largest site in that area, it was quite the chore to maneuver into our space. Boulders on all sides required precise placement, unattainable on the first try, to permit slides out and basement doors to open. Even then, the basement doors couldn't be fully opened. Tree limbs are also problematic. The site itself is soft gravel, allowing the tires to dig in and also making for dusty conditions. The smaller sites were incredibly close to each other and it looked like about 5 - 6 ft. between slide outs. Located about 15 minutes outside of Durango right on US 160 makes for several problems. First is the noise. Constant trucks and traffic. Next, the narrow entrance is located just to the west of a hill that obstructs the view. Heavy, fast traffic and a restricted view make for questionable decisions pulling out into traffic, especially so when westbound into Durango. I get the feeling that choices in Durango are limited. I will say, the staff was friendly and accommodating. WiFi didn't work and no cable TV.

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This is truly a "resort", complete with pool, hot tub, laundry facilities and more. These spacious sites are condo sites and some have extensive improvements, although the 'basic' sites are quite nice. All the sites face the mountains and are terraced to provide a nice view from all. Located very close to Flathead Lake, and across the street from the airport, the location is ideal. Grass is cut and trimmed every week, garbage is picked up at your site twice daily, and everything maintained perfectly. This park is SO nice it's no longer a 'place to stay' but rather a 'destination'.

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Without a lot of choices in this area, especially for big rigs, this park serves a need. The location is great; next to a stream, right off the Interstate and just a short ride from the exit. Apparently this park was owned by a couple of brothers that didn’t always agree on things so it’s now operated by a manager for (I think) the folks that held the mortgage. There are a lot of regulars here and the manager hangs with a few of them. If he doesn’t answer the phone, he’s probably with them. Feel free to pull into the site of your choice and settle up with him later. The facility lacks a few things that make your stay here less than optimal. There’s no sewer hookup, but there is a dump station. For a short stay that’s no problem, but moving to dump on long stays is a PITA. The Wi-Fi is typical campground – lousy at best. What makes this worse is the lack of cell signals. With Verizon there are times when you might be able to make a phone call, but data access was non-existent. For the question “Would you stay here again?”, the honest answer is – For lack of an alternative, probably.

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This is a well maintained park and they’re still improving it every day. My motorhome/trailer combination is 65’ long and this park was able to accommodate it, although some areas were a little tighter than I’d like. The site we were in was quite nice; long, wide and nicely landscaped. The trees are old and tall, so satellite reception left a bit to be desired, but that’s expected in campgrounds in the woods. Campfires are not permitted at individual sites but there’s a community fire pit. Unfortunately it wasn’t used while we were there. In the evening deer stroll through the park adding a little ambiance. The manager was terrific, going beyond what’s expected and helpful in planning our next stop. There’s no question that we’d stay here again. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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This campground was designed and built from the ground up to be efficient yet provide the amenities needed. Wide, paved streets lead to sites that are also wide and easily accessible. The area directly under your RV is compacted gravel with a nicely landscaped area next to it. Trees are strategically placed to provide a little shade yet not obstruct your satellite receiver. We were there when the season was winding down yet this place was full to capacity every day. The staff was knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Considering how busy this place is they do an admirable job of accommodating everyone’s needs. They openly admit that their Wi-Fi leaves a lot to be desired, explaining that in this area there simply isn’t much available to them. While this park may be a bit pricey, considering the area and the demand it’s the best deal in town. I hope they make a lot of money – possibly other park operators would emulate this investment model and we’d all be a little better off.

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Requiring a large site we stayed in the back section (200s). This area appears to be a new expansion where they placed hookups on an open clay prairie. Had it not been for the rain it would have been acceptable, but when it rains, the entire area becomes a huge mud hole. This is not a ‘destination’ itself, but when visiting Bryce Canyon NP, it provides a place to park with full hookups. On the street in front of this campground (about a ¼ mile walk from the back campsites) there’s a bus stop for the free NP bus service. There, you can either board a shuttle bus, or with a reservation, take advantage of the free narrated tour. Be sure to phone in your reservation early, they fill up. The staff is friendly and very helpful and went out of their way to help us, somewhat offsetting the mud hole experience. Wi-Fi was typical campground – when it worked it was slow, when everyone gets on it stops.

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This is a new campground that is truly an RV Resort. Clearly a great deal of planning went into this resort and it shows. Sites are large, paved, easily accessible, nicely landscaped, with full utilities. The resort itself has a beautiful heated pool, hot tub, outdoor community fire pit, and a lodge accessible to all. Inside the lodge there’s a fireplace equipped community room with comfortable couches, reading material and a bar where you can BYOB and sit with friends. We were looking for a place to kick back for a day and just relax and this resort hit a home run. After reading reviews of this park we went out of our way a bit and we were not disappointed. We made a reservation and when we arrived they had everything ready for us in one convenient packet; gave them my name and we were good to go. With no time wasted checking in, a friendly staffer escorted us to our site and provided some great local information about things to do that we might like. There’s a fair number of locals enjoying the park and my guess is that this will increase as word gets out. This was not a problem as they were friendly and welcoming. Highly recommended and we would not only stay here again, we’d again would go out of our way to do so.

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I called ahead and explained very clearly that I have a large rig, towing a trailer (65’ overall). They assured me there would be no problem. Well, the site may have been long enough, and if I was camping in a helicopter it would have been fine. The problem is, this campground is overgrown with trees and maneuvering to a site with a big rig is impossible. Eventually they were able to accommodate me, but it took a long time and too much “explaining”. If you have a small rig and your only concern is that there be plenty of trees, you’ll like this campground. What I consider overgrown some will call ‘nicely wooded’. Wi-Fi is available only in the office. The campsites are close to the highway, but noise was never an issue.

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A large, full featured campground far enough from the highway to be secluded and quiet yet easily accessible, Carthage Gap is nestled in the middle of some great Southeast Ohio motorcycle roads (the reason for our visit). My ‘Big Rig’ is a 40 Motor Coach towing a 28’ trailer and Carthage Gap made it easy. Site was large, fairly level, had all the hook ups, fire ring, and picnic table. I had asked for a site that would allow my satellite receiver to work and they obliged. We called first and arrived after 10:00 PM. The owner waited for us and escorted us to our site. They were friendly and helpful and suggested a few really nice roads for my motorcycle. We planned on staying three nights and extended to four because it was that nice. We didn’t use the bathroom or showers so I can’t comment on them. The only negative comment I can make, and I’m really being picky here, is that the road in is only one lane. It never posed a problem, but I’d hate to think what happens if two big rigs, with TOADS met in opposite directions. I would not let that stop me from returning and do in fact plan to return.

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Rustic Barn campground is more suited for tent campers than RV’s. The owner is bit of a wise guy and is a master at giving you as little as possible. While advertising that his pull through sites are 80’ long what he doesn’t tell you is that they are SO narrow you can’t fully extend an awning. He staggers campers to allow a little room, but when it gets crowded it gets really tight. Next thing he doesn’t tell you is that there is no sewer hookup. When asked about it he advises that “good water management doesn’t need it”. Well, good campground management would provide it. To offset the lack of sewer he offers a “honey wagon” service for $8, but only on two specified days. There is one public dump and as might be expected it gets crowded as people are checking out. After waiting in line you find out that the only water supply at the dump is a little squirter. There’s no hose hook up to allow you to flush your holding tank. To insure you use only HIS firewood, if you want a fire ring you have to ask for it. WiFi did not work for us. Not having a sewer hookup I was forced to use his showers. Large, but dirty with hair accumulation in the corners. I planned on staying four days but checked out after two. With the exception of electricity Walmart offers just as much without charging you.

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Ozark View RV Park is an absolute delight and one the nicest parks we’ve stayed in. It is located close enough to the main highway to be easily accessible, yet far enough to be secluded and quiet. Finding a park that can accommodate a 40’ motorhome towing a 25’ trailer can be difficult sometimes. When I called Ozark View, host cheerfully answered all of my questions, said he could easily fit us in, and offered that he had several spots available so I could take my time deciding. I like that honest, no pressure approach. We originally planned on arriving around 10:00 PM, but were delayed and finally arrived at 11:00 PM. We had called host to keep him informed and he waited up for us to personally escort us to our site. The site was perfect. Considerably larger than most sites, fully equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, and all the utilities. It was shaded, yet allowed the satellite receiver a clear view of the sky. When we awoke the next morning it got even better. The park is situated on a bluff overlooking a beautiful valley, providing a serene setting ideal for camping. As we unloaded the motorcycles and began preparing for the day, the owners, showed up on a golf cart to make sure everything was satisfactory. During the conversation they suggested several roads that would be great riding, and also offered some good places for lunch and scenic stops. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Ozark View and by the time we left felt we had become friends with the owners. We will not only return there, we’ll go out of our way to stay there again; it was that nice.