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I left my previous county-run campground (Mission Hills in San Diego) in distaste a day early so we could spend our final night camping at a REAL resort. I'm glad I did. We arrived after hours to a locked gate, but the phone number was clearly posted, the management answered promptly, and checked us in with no more delay than most open park offices. The clerk was extremely nice. Though the park was mostly empty, their pull throughs were both full, so she gave us our choice of other slots. We didn't unhitch, and hooked up to power and water only. The pool only went to 3.5' deep, but was lovely to just sit and soak in. The spa was absolutely heavenly, and just hot enough in the native Indio heat to be comfortable. The showers and toilets were very roomy and very clean. The park even provided shaving cream, shampoo, and cologne for guests (as well as stick deodorant, which I thought a bit disturbing, but it's not like anybody was forced to use it). The Wi-Fi was serviceable and capable (no problem with VPNs). Best of all, it was beautiful and peaceful, the perfect final night away. And it was worth the price, which was significantly LESS than the government-run "non-resort" we had fled. If I ever have need to camp in the Indio area again, I'm back here in a minute.

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These folks now call themselves Mission Bay RV "Resort," but that's hype. There are NO amenities other than two concrete block toilet/showers, a laundry, a dog run, and a 9-5 roach coach with snack foods only. The park is an asphalt expanse of cheek-by-jowl slots with parking only directly in front of your own rig, making the lanes narrow (backing in was a challenge). On weekends, you couldn't walk from point A to point B without colliding with a tween-aged skateboarder or cyclist. The hookups were first rate, though everybody's water, power, and TV were located directly behind their neighbor's rig. The beach was unusable (70° and damp in mid-August, go figure). Management aren't very effective at enforcing quiet hours. The Wi-Fi was pervasive but balky, and routinely disconnected VPNs. If you arrive after 5:00, the guards tell you you have to get the Wi-Fi password from another camper, because the management won't tell the guards the password! That's rinky-dink. When you pull in, they make you sign a sheet of park rules, among which is a prohibition on the possession of any firearms. At that point, what do they expect you to do with any you have? Since the park is run by the county, this is a direct violation of both Heller v. DC and McDonald v. Chicago (an RV is an abode), so I signed with a clear conscience. All in all, this is a park that may be worth paying $25/night to stay in. At $60/night (even with the Good San discount), I feel cheated.

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Hurricane Ike really decimated this park. On the gulf side, instead of three oval loops of about 24 sites each, there are now only three blind alleys of 12 sites each. The inland (lake side) sites were relatively unaffected. Compared to what I believe was the only other RV park on the island (Dellanera), which is now a bare lot, the state park was fortunate. The restroom and shower facilities are replacements; not as large as before, but of average cleanliness for a public park. The gulf, thank heavens, is just as beautiful and fun as it was before. It's particularly nice to be able to let your pets play on the beach and in the water. As usual, this was one of the high points of our trip.

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I believe this is the only park in Ozona, and Ozona is the only town in an 80 mile stretch of I-10, so if that's where you find yourself at the end of the day, you'll be here. It's a clean enough park, clean restrooms (paper towels but no hand soap?) and showers, full hookups, and good cable TV. Sewer hookups are sub par, being located on the raised hookup island, seeing that neither water nor you-know-what flows uphill. As others have said, very short pull-throughs (the roads are wide enough so that you can cheat a bit). I've stayed overnight here several times, and will happily come back.

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Good discount for CampClub USA and Passport America members. Crowded but clean. Individual unisex rest rooms with showers. Took off a point for commercial (pay) Wi-Fi (so last decade). Friendly staff. Camp-owned diner serves breakfast & lunch. I've stayed here four times and it's always been pleasant.

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Resort-quality park, and at a phenomenal price for CampClub USA or PassPort America members! Laundry, rest rooms, & showers are clean and air-conditioned. Sites are immaculately groomed. Hookups are on the cutest little integrated pylons, very handy! No cable, but fine over-the-air signal. Free wi-fi, strong and nicely distributed. Absolutely gorgeous lake. Stayed here two weeks ago; liked it so much we came back on the flipside. This one is on my "must stay" list for future trips down this way.

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Last time were here in 2006, this place was an adequate over nighter. Boy, has it glowed up! Huge expansion adding lots of new shady, landscaped sites; new pool, rest rooms, showers, common room. Luxurious individual unisex rest rooms with huge walk-in showers. Fast Wi-Fi with well distributed stations. Staff and residents we met were very friendly. I will be back here.

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Redneck chic. Haphazardly laid out, but many sites are beautifully scenic. Every piece of plumbing in the rest rooms comes from a different yard sale, but all are scrubbed clean and bright. Fully half the sites are 50A, which is overkill; we almost couldn't find a vacant 30A. The Wi-Fi is awful: spotty, slow, satellite-based, and collides with another nearby network. No cable TV at my site, though I saw some that had it. The "normal" rate is $40, (please -- full-blown resorts with pools, spas, and golf courses don't charge that much), and then they give anybody who breathes "50% off," so don't forget to ask.

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Office inconveniently located on the other side of major highway. Wi-Fi signal nonexistent in your RV. Sites not very level. No cable. Lots of barking at all hours. Hookups work OK. Park is clean.

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Park has nice level sites. Check-in person was friendly and helpful. Hookups were the worse for wear, but worked OK. Clean campground, clean rest room. Has a dog area. Super-8's Wi-Fi from across the street was stronger than camp's own, so we used that. I'd stop here again.

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We enjoyed this park 11 years ago, so we looked for it on this trip. Hard to find, as they had dropped their listings in the big directories due to the expense. The park is a ghost town compared to what it was in 1999, but for $16 it's a darn nice overnight! Has level sites, 30/50 amp, a clean shower and rest room, quiet residents and campers, honor-system check-in after hours, and a friendly "chief." Took off a point for no Wi-Fi. I'd do this camp again.

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Pulled into the park, to find no check-in office. Small sign in the far corner of the park said check-in was across the highway in the gas station, forcing you to cross the highway twice more with your rig. Sites were pretty much all off-level, but clean. No cable TV. Promised Wi-Fi service was nonexistent: I saw a notice in the check-in office, instructing the clerk how to deflect complaints about the Wi-Fi. There was lots of out-of-control pet barking. Luckily, I was here for only one night.

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This park boasts 258+ sites, but all but a few are occupied by permanent residents. The clerk had a tough time finding a vacant slot that would fit our 29' trailer (hardly over sized). The slot she assigned us had all the utilities on the curb side forward, so nothing reached. We called the desk to be reassigned, but she was closing up for the evening and shrugged us off. We finally ended up pulling forward into the space (trapping our truck) to access the power (skipped the water and sewer), and we wired our running lights on all night so no one driving by would hit the rear of our trailer. Even parked backwards, the TV connector was about 20' away from our inlet, so no TV. Since our truck was trapped, we ate in instead of visiting the casino restaurant, which we had been looking forward to. They had one rest room building for the entire park, with four bath/shower rooms. The rest rooms were clean and roomy, but stank of sewer gas (like a floor drain trap had evaporated). The Wi-Fi was so weak it wouldn't work with a standard laptop where we were. The final insult was that I paid a premium price for all this grief. We had planned to stay two nights, but we didn't even put down our stabilizer jacks. We were out of there early next morning and won't ever be back.

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A longish trek from town, but breathtaking lake scenery. The most ubiquitous and voluble campground host I've ever encountered. Roomy sites, many pull-throughs with 50A service. Practically no shady spots. No sewer, free dump. Ramada with table at each site. Although there is no pool per se, there is a natural swimming area surrounded by a beautiful faux-mission rampart. Lake access elsewhere for water-loving pets. Dock with paddle boats in season. Restrooms and showers clean to usual high NM state park standards, with hand soap dispensers and paper towels. Grounds cleaned daily by convicts. Entire park is in a bowl, so no cell signal. Spent two nights here, just gorgeous.

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County park maintains eight power/water/sewer sites, not all in good repair. Our water spigot sprayed continuously from the packing nut (tried tightening it and failed). Half the spots have wonderful shade trees. Two one-holer restrooms, no showers or other facilities. Soap and paper towels both empty, neither toilet bowl has been cleaned since their ADA retrofit. Large kiddie playground. Concrete table at each site. I would have rated this park as quiet and relaxing if it weren't for the train horns that blow loud and long every 60-90 minutes along the tracks one lot over (happily, not between 11 PM and 7 AM). Hungry mosquitoes. TV reception poor, channels are few (no cable, of course). Park has a "campground host" on site, but he doesn't do maintenance. The three commercial "parks" in town are more like parking lots, adjacent to busy highways. And still this is our choice for the best of a bad selection in Socorro.