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Geophysicist from Colorado. Married to a great guy from BC. Travel a lot. Love the outdoors, flyfishing, mtn biking, dirtbike riding, hiking, exploring

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Autumn Hills Campground, Weare, New Hampshire

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

I gave this campground a 7 because a) it is one of very few options in the area and one of the best, and b) the staff was really nice. Otherwise might have been lower There is a huge variety of sites - some more private than others, some easier to get in, some full hookup, some W/E, some more sloping. We chose site 81 which is in a bit of a separate alcove with 3 other sites, W/E. It is next to the lake, and right next to the walking path along the lake. So it is much more private and quiet. The site was great when we stayed as campground was not full. Verizon stong - 3 to 4 LTE There are quite a few seasonal campers here who apparently leave their units over winter, or for periods of the summer, etc. I'm guessing summer and weekends would be quite busy The bathhouse we used was horrid - lots of bugs, not very clean. It cost a quarter for the showers! But WORSE was there was a dribble of water - hard to get hair washed. My husband paid his quarter and didn't bother showering. Shower head and handle flopping around - geez needs a lot of fixing. The office staff were great both on the phone and in person. We stayed here just for a night as we had flown into Manchester, rented RV, and then went to Maine for 2 weeks. Needed place near Manchester on nite before returning RV We are from Colorado - have a fifth wheel and truck camper - camp 10-12 weeks per year. Camping in Maine (and NH) is certainly different from the western US. We camped at Autumn Hills Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
81
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Other
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Recompence Shore Campground, Freeport, Maine

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $56.00
Overall Rating:      

Odd place - we camped at a slow time so there were plenty of sites. We chose an 'oceanfront' because those sites were mostly empty. We could kinda see the water thru the trees. We chose no hook-ups since we didn't need them, so price is 'OUCH'. The grounds are lovely - but the place is odd. Campsites scattered about, mostly no hookups. Trash dumpster was 2/3 mile from our site. There were stacks of kayaks lying around - maybe it is a summer camp for kids? It's supposed to be a farm, but not that many animals for a 'farm' - more like a petting zoo. The two women in office knew nothing about farming (I know a bit), nor much about what goes on there. We only needed a place for one night - it worked for that - but wow, I think given the price and how crowded it must be if all sites are full = nightmare. We camped at Recompence Shore Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
806
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Other
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Go somewhere else

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Lobster Buoy Campsite, South Thomaston, Maine

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

My rating isn't higher just because the shorefront sites are kinda close together. But this was a great place to stay, very quiet, nice people, great fire ring and table with a view (from our site 12). Sites vary a lot of look at Google Earth and the site map to choose. The sites along the water have a great vista over the water. The price was good compared to many other campgrounds in Maine (which to us were expensive compared to the western U.S.) We camped at Lobster Buoy Campsite in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Walk out the seawall in Rockland to the lighthouse - almost 2 miles RT but fun!

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Sunset Point RV Trailer Park, Lubec, Maine

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Wonderful small campground in a great location. Many of the sites are very close together, somewhat designed for buses. However, if you have a short RV (about 20 feet long) or a tent you can score a great site. For a short RV, sites 12A and 12B give you a larger spot overlooking the water. The staff is amazingly friendly! The showers/bathrooms very clean. They supply lobster pots with propane burners for free! Very quiet at nite. A bit of shore to walk along. We really enjoyed our 3 nites here. Verizon worked quite well. We paid $35 per night Make sure to bring your passport - go to Campobello Island and do not miss a visit to East Quoddy Light House - a unique walk to lighthouse only at low tide. We camped at Sunset Point RV Trailer Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
12B
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Other
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Make sure to bring your passport - go to Campobello Island and do not miss a visit to East Quoddy Light House - a unique walk to lighthouse only at low tide.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Lake Thompson State Recreation Area, Lake Preston, South Dakota

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Wonderful campground with spacious sites. Everything very clean. Sites all fairly close to lake. Very quiet area. Can be windy at times but that is South Dakota. Price does not include state park admission fee. Nice grounds - everything very well kept up. We camped at Lake Thompson State Recreation Area in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
90
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my truck camper and a trailer too
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Look at Google earth or other maps depending on the space you want (from neighbors) and proximity to lake. If it is windy, choose a site with some trees to buffer wind. We loved our site.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Lathrop State Park, Walsenburg, Colorado

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Great park - have stayed here before. We like the sites in loop D on the east and outside and they are very private. Good pull throughs. Nice firepits. Good OTA TV and also tailgater view of south sky. Good (2 bars LTE) Verizon. Fishing can be fun if not too much algae. Nice 3-mile loop around one lake for bikes or walking. Quiet area yet just a couple of miles into Walsenburg. New grocery there is way better than Safeway - called First Choice Market on Walsen Av, north end of town. We camped at Lathrop State Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
D 86 in Pinon Loop
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my truck camper and a trailer too
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Drive the historic loop Hwy 12 around San Francisco Peaks - great geology - lots of dikes that are spectacular. Cute towns of Cuchara and La Veta. Good dirt bike riding in Wet Mtns. Fishing at Bear Lake southwest of Cuchara. Sand Dunes NM, and drive up to Mosca Pass. Mining museum in Walsenburg.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Joe Skeen BLM, El Malpais Nat. Conservation Area, Grants, New Mexico

Date of Stay: May, 2016
Overall Rating:      

A really nice FREE campground. Rated it excellent because it's free and the nice amenities for a government campground. Facilities seem very new - picnic shelters, fire pits, grills. There are restrooms and trash receptacles. Expansive views. Very quiet. Verizon LTE (mostly - goes in and out). Would have no problem getting TV sat reception (we didn't use our tailgater but clear view of sky). Great for solar panels too.

Sites vary in size - some pull-throughs. Most sites not very level.

Road in is a little rough. There is one dip near start of road that you could get hung up on if pulling travel trailer. we pull a utility trailer behind truck camper - we raised truck up on airbags and had 1' clearance thru the dip. There was one fifth wheel in campground who obviously made it in fine. Highly recommended for a night or two to visit El Malpais. We camped at Joe Skeen BLM, El Malpais Nat. Conservation Area in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Storrie Lake State Park, Las Vegas, New Mexico

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped here for one night on our way to Arizona in October. Gates close at 5pm - not sure if this is seasonal. Galina CG closed, but South Area CG open. There was only one other camper in the campground! Water off at site, but drinking water available near entry to campground (spigot with hose threads). Dump station closed. Electric at site as well as a picnic table in a shelter.

The sites are large - some might be a bit hard to get into (tight turns) - it's almost easier to come in the wrong way on the road. Not all sites are electric - so choose carefully.

Even though the CG is somewhat near the road between Taos and Las Vegas (Hwy 518), there was hardly any traffic noise at night.

Cell service (Verizon) - at least one bar LTE. Tailgater satellite dish worked well. View of lake and hills to the west. Pleasant place for a one-night stay. We camped at Storrie Lake State Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
South Area CG
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Lyman Lake State Park, Saint Johns, Arizona

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park and very quiet. Large sites with covered picnic tables and fire rings and grills. The park is a bit aged, but overall pleasant. No cell service (Verizon) and no OTA TV. There are pull-throughs, back-in and tent-only sites. Electric at site. You will probably have to level your RV some as the sites have some dips in there. We camped at Lyman Lake State Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Four Seasons RV Resort, Salida, Colorado

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $49.00
Overall Rating:      

Good news and bad news about this park, but overall thought it was far too pricey for what you get.

First the good news: It is just a couple of miles from Salida, and it is along the Arkansas River. We stayed in a 'river' site and it was pleasant being next to the river. There are large trees which help shade the sites. The wifi worked most of the time, of course lower to incredibly slow when presumably lots of people were using it. We normally use Verizon as hot spot, but because the sites sit down in elevation along the river, the signal was 3G. Tailgater did not work because of trees - over-the-air TV provided a few stations including ABC from CO Springs. Showers were clean.

Bad news - This park seems pretty old and old-fashioned. It appears they are very gradually trying to improve some of structures, etc. The sites are all of varying lengths. The road is dirt and bumpy in places with some tight corners - so make sure you know your rig's limitations.

There is traffic noise from Hwy 50 which was lessened by being on the sites that are lower in elevation and closer to the river.

There was trash at our site on the river bank - some plastic sheeting and old branches - it looked like several of the other sites were cleaned up.

There are a lot of rules and sporadically enforced. You can only have two vehicles at your site. We drive a truck and camper and pull a 10' utility trailer. We offloaded the camper but then that counted as 3 vehicles. So we always had to have the truck or the trailer parked about 500' away.

The rec room is a bit of a mess - dirty, everything old. Looked like it hadn't changed in 30 years.

The staff (two we met) weren't that well informed. When we checked in, the staff was at odds about the park map.

We no longer have a dog, but several dog people complained about the dog poo policy - few places to walk dog and hardly any trash bins (2).

There are many other campgrounds in area that are cheaper and nicer. We camped at Four Seasons RV Resort in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
R11
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Tons to do in the area - we spend a lot of time over there - fishing, mountain biking, dirt biking, hiking. Walmart on Hwy 50 in west Salida is the best place for anything you need. There is free camping on the BLM land just east of this park. There are also 5 state park campgrounds along the river (no hookups) - we like Ruby Mountain near Buena Vista.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Homolovi Ruins State Park, Winslow, Arizona

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed here several times in the past few years. Normally it is great. This time - two things. A) extra charge for 2nd vehicle (we didn't pay it) and B) the train noise was much louder. I don't know if more trains are running thru Winslow, but it was much louder and seemed to go on a lot of the night.

The campground has great Verizon cell service, large sites, some pullthroughs, camp hosts that always seem friendly. It is a good place to stay when travelling to/from. Make sure to go to the ruins and take the short hikes. We camped at Homolovi Ruins State Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Navajo National Monument, Shonto, Arizona

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

There are 2 campgrounds at Navajo NM - Canyon View and Sunset View - we stayed in Canyon View. There are (I think) 16 sites in this campground. Both campgrounds are FREE. All are quite private, nestled in among juniper and pinon. The sites are not huge - different sizes, some pull throughs, and supper huge rigs may have a problem. We saw two buses/motor homes that were about 25-30' long and they did fine. We camped in a truck camper pulling a 10' utility trailer.

No wood fires, but there are charcoal fire grates, plus a picnic table. Verizon worked OK - anything from 1x to 3 bars LTE depending on time of day - the sites are up high on a mesa, maybe 1/4 mile from the visitor center and the other campground. Trash bins scattered around, a few toilets, extremely quiet, great views to the north.

The other campground is fine but views to south so not as spectacular. The sites are mostly back in and short - there are some 'pull throughs' which are really just wide spots by the side of the road. It is also free, and would be fine for a night.

Overall a great experience and very unique. Try to do one of the semi-strenuous hikes to see the Betatkin cliff house up close. We camped at Navajo National Monument in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Canyon View site 6
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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