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This quiet state park has only 13 pull throughs. It is easily accessible from Interstate 75. Most sites are heavily wooded but park staff will identify the few with a decent chance for satellite TV if you ask; after that the customer picks the site on a first-come basis. The $28 price reflects a 20% senior citizen discount but not a one-time $5 charge for a park pass, making High Falls relatively expensive for a camp with no WiFi and hookups only for electricity and water. There is a dump site on the way out.

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This bare-bones park's claims to fame are the nearby Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and in-town restaurants featuring green chile cheeseburgers. Its also a couple hours' drive to the Very Large Array of radio telescopes in the New Mexico desert. The Refuge is a birdwatcher's winter paradise with a Festival of the Cranes annually the week before Thanksgiving. The RV Park has full hookups and little else; the sites aren't even numbered. The picnic tables are old cable spools.

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The $150 a night rate gets you a spot in the temporary "Presidential" campground with water, 30 amp electric, and a few visits from the honey wagon depending on how long you stay. The site is on a bluff overlooking the entire 55-football-field-large launching area for 500+ hot air balloons during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, but you will be a few rows back from the front rank as sponsors and VIPs get the first row. Don't miss the early-morning flight preparations with balloons lit up by their propane burners as they prepare for flight. Suggest watching one mass launch from the restricted-access bluff (bring folding chairs), then going down on the field the next day to mingle with the crowd of spectators and balloonists as the craft are prepared for launch. Amazingly, some balloons are able to use winds in different directions at different heights to return to the launch site after a few hours in the air. There are mid-week contests best seen from on the field as balloonists try to throw weighted bags at targets, etc. Weather permitting, hundreds of balloons launch around 7 a.m. each morning, with the biggest mass ascensions on weekends and Wednesday of Fiesta Week. If the Balloon Fiesta is on your Bucket List, staying at the Presidential Campground is the way to see it. Other cites near the Fiesta are all dry camping.

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Can't beat the price for this full hookup spot adjoining a Casino about 50 miles west of Albuquerque even though it was a bit muddy. Some sites too uneven to level a motorhome. No pressure to patronize the Casino.

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This in-town park is heavily wooded, with only a couple satellite-friendly sites but the very friendly managers will work to get you what you need. Most spots are back-in. WiFi was problematical. A Visitors Center, with information about Mesa Verde N.P. and other attractions is across the street and it's an easy walk to restaurants and stores. Pepperhead Restaurant had excellent southwestern fare and unique margaritas. Cortez is at the heart of Native American cliff dwelling territory with Mesa Verde N.P. the main draw. A nearby Anasazi Heritage Center adds perspective and there are walking trails in the Escalante Ruins.

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This well-maintained park is ten miles south of Montrose, with beautiful views of the San Juan and Uncompahgre mountains. Sites are large with some grass between them. WiFi was robust. Row ends are best for satellite dishes. Rate reflects a 3-for-2-day special. Managers are enthusiastic off-roaders who will sugggest trips in the area.

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Closest park to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Easy parking in large pull-through sites. Satellite TV no problem.

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High price comes from being only available commercial RV park in the area. Tiger Run is a RV condo with some spots rented on behalf of absent owners. It has many recreational facilities that short-termers will probably not use, including heated pool, tennis, volleyball, etc. Blue River sites are along a babbling brook but get a lot of traffic noise from SR9 on the other side of the river.

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Modern campground less than a mile from west entrance to Yellowstone N.P. Very easy walk to West Yellowstone stores and restaurants. Fancy new washers and dryers charge $2.50 a load. Good WiFi bogged down some evenings. Site 11 is next to a metal trash bin with a loud slamming door.

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This laid-back camp is 5 miles from the west entrance to Glacier National Park with nothing within walking distance except its own general store and an on-site BBQ purveyor. Several restaurants are short drives away. Wi-Fi rarely worked. Satellite friendly. Trash bin is a long walk from the RV sites, understandable as this is bear country. Carrying bear spray is recommended (as it is at Yellowstone and other parks). A can is about half the cost at Walmart compared to inside the park. Going-to-the-Sun Road inside the park has superb views but is not for the acrophobic. Saw bears as well as glaciers from Many Glaciers Road, reachable only from east side of the park. Glaciers themselves are only reachable by long (6+ miles) hikes. Left 2 days early because of smoke from forest fires; fees for unused days were cheerfully refunded.

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This is a rustic destination resort very near the Canadian border with lots of space for children, who were having a ball in the last few days before school resumed. Office personnel were friendly and helpful. Rate is after getting 1 day free for a week's stay. Sites were on grass, very brown after drought. Many trees meant few sites where a satellite dish would work. Mt. Baker could been seen in good weather except when large RV next door.

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This "destination resort" has a lot of stuff for children but it's showing its age. The outer circle of sites are assigned mostly to transients and are generally not level although made of ancient concrete. Inner circle sites sport newer concrete and are used mostly by long-term campers. Entire camp is very crowded. No Wi-Fi. Speed limit is an iconoclastic 8 1/2 mph (13.68 kph). Airport is 31 miles away but closer parks are filled with construction workers. OK to wash vehicles and RVs. The 2 lakes are more like ponds but "Pond Pleasant" just doesn't have the same ring.

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Last-minute decision after the nearby Love's was full. Full service pull- through but the single most crowded conditions seen outside of a RV dealer's lot. Lots of seasonals/permanent residents. Site was satisfactory, level, full hookup, etc. Would have preferred the truck stop.

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Our site was amazingly level given that this camp is on a terraced hill. Pricey but very close to the harbor with good restaurants and watersports. Gig Harbor is close to the Tacoma Narrows bridge and 45 minutes from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Parks nearer the airport are full of construction workers. WiFi was worthless. If you're leaving the windows open on a temperate evening, you'll hear shots from a nearby firing range until 10 pm or so.

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Can't see the mountains from most sites because trees have been allowed to go unpruned for years. Satellite dishes and WiFi unusable. No cable TV. Most pads have only 30 amp service. The park and adjacent general store are for sale. The new owner will have to fix all these problems to bring the campground up to modern standards. It's 15 miles out of Port Angeles, a charming place with good restaurants and ambiance. Distance is only a minor factor for Olympia National Park, which has at least four entrances, two of them in town.