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Pro: Ez access, 50e/w, several asphalt pull-thrus, on ridge (sky island) with views, sunsets and stars and the price is right. Take the walk thru lava fields or day-trip to Ruidoso/Almagordo. Con: ridge is windy (all 4 days), but it keeps the knats away. Most sites take some real maneuvering to level-up.

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Gravel roads, easy pull-thrus on concrete pads. Picnic ramada is concrete pad, covered, and sheltered w/half wall; nice touch! Signage for loops and shower houses are scarce or tiny. We got into the group but still able to turn around (40'+toad). Easy access to I25. With wind is dust, however.

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Paved, some pull-thru, spacious lots. Some sites take a bit of maneuvering to level and keep tires on ground. $$ more than most, staff confused -- or micromanaged, and slope of asphalt makes this an 8. Dump area is small if there were a crowd. Easy access to cave & discovery center..must do cave-- worth it, but choose shoulder season (Nov, Dec, May) and make reservations ahead!

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Wonderful spacious, immaculate 'free' city park for donation most of us leave $10-15. Any size rig, sites are level, some have W/E, some pull-throughs, dumpstation/water at N end, sites are concrete with asphalt roads. Easy access and nice town that loves its history and the tourists who stop. Easiest access for big rigs is E at the light just across from W*M on the S end of town. Definitely we will stay here again.

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Spacious, shaded, quiet, immaculate .. as are all COE parks we've ever visited, hence we choose them when we can! We had 30 amp/water, table, grill, firepit, VZ signal (phone and net) was OK, good signal from Tailgater TV, and warm weather. There is a dumpstation. Riverside COE is SE of Kanapolis Dam, Venango (COE that allows walk-ins) is NW of Dam. We drove through the State Park SW of dam (Langely) and it appears nice though probably more costly. Riverside is small campground with a pit toilet and one other flush/shower restroom near the playground. We normally prefer the outside of a loop (40' w/3 slides) but the inside loops here are shady and spacious as well. If we are ever in area we'll definitely stay again.

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We had 50 amp, excellent WI-FI, and were parked in the N (back) part of the park; it's level with gravel roads & pads. Spots are "nose to tail" with utilities between - one facing east, the other facing west. IF they were full, the sites would be VERY tight, however, they stagger rigs every other spot, so sites are roomy with grass. Trees to the South of each site provide some shade and wind protection. Not much highway noise at the 'back', the West grew up around trains .. get used to it, 3-4 per day use horns at crossings. We didn't use any facilities and pool was dry. Gate closes at 8pm and may feel secure, but a nuisance if you 'break curfew,' --remember the 'code' given at check-in. Dodge is a 'typical' western town with tourist temptations. We'd stay here again if we travel this way.

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Primitive campsites on the East side of Alcova Reservoir is accessed via Co Rd 407; paved, but narrow with 1-lane bridge over river (the Dam road is closed). Black Beach access road isn't gravel or maintained; dry now, but it had been very muddy. Several sites would accommodate our 60', but road and sites aren't switch-backed nor tiered down to lake, so most sites are very unlevel, and more clouds threatened. We are 40' plus dingy, thus used our better judgment. Simple site and road prep would make this primitive CG a premier camp for Natrona County as well as fisherman's paradise. We did not venture the couple of miles further South on 407 to Cottonwood Creek primitive CG.

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Paved access road and sites, gorgeous views, fire-pits with covered tables. Park access road is a bit steep (we are 40' plus dinghy), but once in the sites are tiered and level. We prefer State/Fed parks because sites are usually larger as is this park. Have no fear of Hwy 189/40 it's a fine road; we've always steered clear but it just became our favorite way North I-15 to I-80. Staff was cheerful and helpful. We had full hook-up site. Campground was nearly full this weekend; my only 'con' is $8 PER reservation when reserving online. I reserved two UT State Parks at once ... still charged $8 each. Yes, we will happily return to this park.

     

Casper KOA

Casper, Wyoming

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TLC would go a long way here. Gravel pull-thru was best thing about place. It'll do ... In a pinch like we were. Dog area was so full of trash and burrs we couldn't go in. Pool was closed, putt-putt golf broken down. Saturday night the next door biker bar kept us awake most of night. Come on! Just one week of clean-up could do wonders; plus they lined us up every space; they could've given us at least an empty space between. Typical 'Pack' (as in pack 'em in like sardines) park.

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Absolutely the most creative (less than factual) website I've ever seen. Cable TV was turned off long ago. Pool with a tarp over and green water; 'hasn't been open for a long time' I was told. Playgrounds, tether ball is one rundown swing set. Mini-golf, Café is the shack behind the padlock. Advertised rates are not accurate either. As senior I paid $37 cr card, then $32 second night 'if I wrote a check.' Yes there are pull-through sites but not 60'. We are 38' with jeep toad. We pushed to the front and had to park the toad diagonally. Grass is 3'6" wide, so that is space between sites. About 90% are long-term residents or stored units. No sound barrier between interstate -- a very busy interstate. We watched as more than 3 big rigs pulled in and pulled right back out again after they managed to get turned around in the property next door which is an abandoned gravel lot.

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CLOSED!! No mention on their webpage. Further, us big rigs are committed to a narrow road..about 2 mikes up we found a place to turn in, unhook the dinghy, and turn around..CALL THIS PLACE before u plan a stay.

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Luckily we picked the best in the area sight unseen. We enjoy State or Fed parks vs. private 'pack' parks. It is without sewer but there is a dump station. I can only give it an 8. Very little light pollution so the stars are magnificent, as is the beach, doggy beach, and boat launch. We will definitely return for a longer stay

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We did not stay here after looking at the park. The road in/out is narrow, steep, and crumbling. Although there are big rigs in there I wonder how they got there and more- how they'll get out. The café is now closed. Maybe an RV park (not resort) in 50's on Route 66 and that's where they left it; mostly unkempt permanent trailers with trash.

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Our first Colorado SP, probably our last. The park is newer; level gravel pads, spotless showers ($1 for a few minutes) but not central to campsites, dispersed pit toilets. Electric at sites, dispersed water spigots [HINT: turn on spigot, pull down on larger tap --water pressure holds it down-- and water will then come through threaded tap. I was not familiar with THAT type of transitional spigot], some sites have shaded tables. $20 is value, but Colorado State Parks tack on an ADDITIONAL PER VEHICLE fee of $7 (so $27/night to camp, maybe even $7 for motorhome +$7 for dinghy=$14), so we'll probably not use their park system again. Most States (Western at least) have no vehicle fee added to a camp fee. We prefer SP, BLM, FS, COE, etc., to the 'pack' RV parks, so my ratings reflect the amenities we value: space, privacy, serenity, views, $value, vs playgrounds, golf, pool-spa, etc.

     

Ken's Lake - BLM

Moab, Utah

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Wonderful!! BUT no dump station anywhere near. Primitive (no HUs), mostly huge sites; mostly level; mostly private, quiet; oh, the views! $7.50 w/Sr. pass. Hwy 191 ~3 miles, ~1/2 mile of gravel makes it great for overnight or whole week. Restrictive quiet hrs 8pm-8am (but more peaceful) plan accordingly. CG was full by 4pm Friday (weekend bike race in Moab). As camp got full, two big rigs even fit themselves into 1 site, side-by-side, [nose to tail, like horses swatting flies] they both paid. Faux Falls is worth a look as is 'Steel Bender' jeep trail. Kayakers/fishermen having fun on lake, we had a peek of lakeview from our site. We prefer SP, BLM, FS, COE, etc., to the 'pack' RV parks, so my ratings reflect the amenities we value: space, privacy, serenity, views, $value, vs playgrounds, golf, pool-spa, etc.