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Apache Wells RV Resort (55+ park), Mesa, Arizona

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

Our nightly rate is based on a week's stay (we are not 55+ but for short stays they allow couples with no kids). This park is almost entirely retirement/snow-bird park models, with a couple rows at the end of the park for RVs. Each site is gravel with a concrete patio. The sites are pretty tight, and tow cars get parked next to the patio. Our hookups were behind the site and on the wrong side, which made our water hookup difficult. The staff was friendly, but quite a lot of the residents completely ignored us--we often felt like "outsiders" who didn't belong.

Our main issue with the park is that they claim to be "dog friendly" (essential for us) but that turned out to be not accurate. You are allowed to have dogs, but the friendliness ends there. There is a tiny fenced dog area in one corner of the park (with a small strip of grass) which is the ONLY place dogs are allowed to relieve themselves. Every time we took our dogs out we needed to get them to the dog area in the corner without letting them urinate along the way. We saw residents with small dogs carry them to the dog area, and with big dogs drive them there. We would happily walk our dogs outside the park grounds but the entire RV Park is walled in with the main entrance (far from the RV section) being the only way in our out. Once our 12+ year old dog urinated on the gravel near the entrance (no plants nearby) and within 5 seconds someone came over to tell us it's not allowed. Having been to many truly dog friendly RV parks, I would not recommend Apache Wells to anyone with a dog.

The RV park is great for active seniors, there's a very large community area, it's clean, and there are a lot of activities. It is an obviously popular park since it was near capacity while we were there. Unfortunately those types of amenities are not what is important to us. We camped at Apache Wells RV Resort (55+ park) in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Patio

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

There is a fantastic and huge city-run dog park (Quail Run) a few miles away from the RV park. Once we discovered it, we drove our dogs there once or twice a day.

Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Scottsdale, Arizona

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We really enjoyed our stay at McDowell Mountain. Most of the sites are quite spacious, the restrooms and showers are top notch, and there are many miles of walking/hiking trails which we explored with our dogs (the park was very dog friendly). The views consist of mountains and desert as far as you can see in every direction (at the top of each hour you can see the famous Fountain Hills fountain to the south). The area was very quiet except for an occasional airplane overhead and the evening and morning coyote howls. During our stay we saw plenty of rabbits, jackrabbits, and some roadrunners, and one coyote. The campground has two loops, with the south loop having more spacious sites. We were in the north loop which we thought was perfectly nice too. ).The campground accepts UPS and FedEx packages for campers (pick up at the visitor center), but not US Mail. We are definitely looking forward to staying here again! We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

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

It's a 10-15 minute drive to nearby Fountain Hills which has all the stores and restaurants anyone could want (though gas there is expensive, as mentioned in other reviews. If you want to receive US Mail, the nearby Fountain Hills Post Office accepts General Delivery mail.

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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Morristown, Arizona

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This county park is pretty isolated, far from any amenities or stores. The location is quite pretty with the mountains, lake, and some trails for hiking. The marina seems to be a big draw for local activities, as there were speedboats zooming around (sometimes loudly) in the lake near the campground, and we also saw a gas powered parasailer.

We stayed in the Roadrunner campground, on the lake side of the campground. The sites are a little closer together than most county/state parks we've been to, and the usable space in our site was particularly small due to the steeply sloped terrain. The provided picnic table with roof/cover is very nice, but due to the location of the table's roof/cover we were unable to open our patio awning. Our site was low in the front and required several wooden boards under our front wheels to keep the leveling jacks from lifting the wheels off the ground. The park also has a very nice playground for kids. A cell phone tower is on the hill just outside the campground, so we had great Verizon LTE and AT&T 4G signals (no AT&T LTE available).

We would consider staying here again, although we prefer some other county parks in the area that have larger sites and are closer to stores/shopping. We camped at Lake Pleasant Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

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

Firewood here is $7 for a very small bundle, and the nearest stores are 20 minutes away, so if you want a campfire buy your wood before arriving.

Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

BLM - La Posa Long Term Visitor Area, Quartzsite, Arizona

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at La Posa South with a group of a dozen other RVs during the Quartzsite RV show. It's hard to decide on a numeric rating for this because it's just a giant patch of desert, not really a campground! Pros: lots of space to choose from, and even during the big RV show we had plenty of room around us and didn't feel crowded. Great views, great sunsets, and a short drive to town. 8 water filling stations means there's not much of a wait to fill your tank. Cons: lots of dust whenever someone drives by, the ground is all large gravel/rocks which was quite hard on our dogs' paws, and there are only two sewer dumps to handle the thousands of RVers during the RV show which means you could wait in line for hours to dump. We opted to "take it with us" to our next destination. It's $40 for up to two weeks, and we were there for 4 nights, thus our $10/night calculated rate. We camped at BLM - La Posa Long Term Visitor Area in a Motorhome.

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Site Surface
Gravel

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Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Tucson / Lazydays KOA, Tucson, Arizona

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

First the good stuff: This RV park is quite large, very clean, and well laid-out, and the staff were very helpful and friendly. The dog park is HUGE and we used it every day. Lemon and grapefruit trees along each lot offer fresh fruit for campers. If you're looking for someplace clean, with lots of activities, a restaurant, and a high-end clientele (we spotted three Prevosts there) this might be the spot for you. The bad stuff: we found it a bit too "sterile" for our tastes. Apart from the dog park and a few premium sites, there's not a blade of grass to be seen: the park is entirely asphalt and gravel. There was also a lot of noise: every day loud fighter jets from the Air Force base next door were flying overhead. There were train whistles pretty often. One RVer likes to drive his gas-powered go-cart around the park. And our neighbors on both sides were working on their coaches during most of our stay, including one working on his ailing generator making noise and blowing gas fumes our way. It's the first RV park we've stayed in that had barbed wire all the way around--although we felt completely safe in the whole area even outside the park. We camped at Tucson / Lazydays KOA in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Catalina State Park is located about 30 minutes north of the city but is located in Oro Valley which has everything you need without going into the city. The state park only allows 14 night stays and they don't have sewer but there are dump stations located at the entrance of Campground B and at the exit to the park. There are restrooms and showers available. They are clean and I never had to wait for a shower. The shower/changing rooms are large with plenty of space for your things. I did have to keep the water all the way to hot for it to be warm enough and the water pressure was a little low. No wifi at the campground. ATT and Verizon signal was pretty good but did drop from LTE to 4G a few times.

No trains, no planes, no traffic noise, the campground is extremely peaceful. The mountain views are beautiful. Campground is huge and has lots of great areas to walk the dogs.

Everyone is friendly, the campground hosts are always available, and there is a board of all the various activities like hikes, runs, star parties, and demonstrations scheduled located at the restroom entrance. We called in advance and were told we cannot receive any packages or mail at this park.

We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Motorhome.

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Campsite
     
Site Number
B30
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

The Oro Valley Marketplace is located across the street from the park. It has tons of big box stores like Walmart, Best Buy, Dicks Sporting Goods, etc. If you are interested in seeing some of the sights in this area like Sonora Desert Museum, Biosphere 2, Kitt Observatory, etc buy a Tuscon Attractions Passport for $18. It contains buy one ticket, get one free for any attractions in Tucson. We saved money just from our Sonora Desert Museum visit.

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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Hacienda RV Resort, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We were here only for 3 nights on our way to Tucson. It's a nice clean RV park. The pull through sites are separated by fencing and landscaping to give some privacy but that also means the camping side feels a little tight. Since we didn't have any neighbors during our stay, it was ok but I would feel cramping if we happened to be here during a busy time. They have a long dog park area at the edge of the resort. It's almost like a water runoff area but it works great for playing ball. After one full night of rain though, the dog park was unusable due to the inch of standing water. The campground host was very nice, the landscaping is well done, and the sites are gravel and level. There isn't a lot of traffic noise even though it is right off the highway. We tend to prefer grass and trees and this was a lot of gravel and concrete which felt a bit sterile to us. They probably have a fair number of activities for their guests but since we were there during New Years Day, there wasn't much happening and it felt a bit like a ghost town. We would stay here again. We camped at Hacienda RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Site Number
121
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

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

There's a Walmart less than 5 minutes away which has almost everything you need.

Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Davis Mountains State Park, Fort Davis, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

David Sate Park is on the mountainside, about 5 minutes away from town. The campground is pretty and peaceful with a lot of space between campsites. There is little light pollution which makes for amazing night skies. We were at a FHU site which worked fine. On the cold mornings (20-25 degrees), the water pipe would be frozen, but it would thaw once the sun came up. The site is paved with a concrete patio which has a metal awning for cover. While there, the county had a burn ban in effect, but the campground has discretion on whether you can have a fire, usually based on wind speed. They will post at the entrance and at each restroom area whether campfires are allowed that day.

Our site was very unlevel front to back which required a fair number of boards to even us out. They have wifi which was iffy at best. There is almost no ATT or Verizon signal. We were able to use our cellular booster to get some usable Verizon data. There are a fair number of trails for us to walk the dogs, but a lot of sand spurs which meant booties for the dogs. Texas State Park pass gives you half off your second day of camping. We would stay here again. We camped at Davis Mountains State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Campsite
     
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

The town has a small grocery store, liquor store, couple of small restaurants. Enough for the basics and Alpine is about 30 minutes away if you need more extensive supplies. McDonald Observatory is about 15 minutes away and has some great programs for the public. The prices are good and the views are great, definitely worth checking out.

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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Maverick Ranch RV Park at Lajitas Resort, Lajitas, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Lajitas is about an hour west of Big Bend National Park and about 20 minutes from Terlingua. Big Bend Ranch State Park entrance is only about 5 minutes away. Lajitas was bought by a resort so it really isn't a town. It has a couple of restaurants, boutique shops, general store, small gas station, and a golf course. Don't expect to find a grocery store nearby. We had a pretty large site since we were at the end of a row. The other spaces look large but you do share camping sides with your neighbor. The roads inside the park are wide an easy to maneuver. This is a dark night area so they ask all outside lights are turned off by 9pm.

Wifi was adequate. There is no ATT or Verizon, only roaming available.

The club house has a nice community room, tv area, and clean bathrooms. The swimming pool looked nice and clean but as it was december, we did not try it. The office staff is friendly and very helpful. The campers are also very friendly. The RV Park is clean and feels very open. There is not a lot of trees but it may get pretty hot in the summer. We did see a coyote and javelina while we were here.

We would stay here again. We camped at Maverick Ranch RV Park at Lajitas Resort in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
37
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Patio

Campground Details

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

There is a gravel road behind the park that leads to a housing development area which is great for walking dogs. The tent area is also another great spot for walking the dogs. There are also trails that lead to the butte nearby if you want to do a little hiking. The Big Bend Ranch State Park allows dogs on trails only leading away from the state park. Trails heading towards the Rio Grande are ok.

Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground), Big Bend National Park, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This part of the campground has no hookups but also has two areas, one for generator use (8am-8pm) and no generator use. We were in the generator area so we were able to charge our batteries during the day. It's a beautiful campground, reminiscent of a state park with lots of space between sites. Our site had a couple of trees but no leaves since it was december. Pets are not allowed on any of the trails in Big Bend, but they are allowed anywhere a car can go. Since the campground is pretty large, there is a lot of space to walk them without feeling restricted. There are dumpsters throughout the park, making it easy to throw away trash. They also recycle at the entrance to the campground. There is a water/dump site about 0.25 miles before the entrance to the campground. There are bathrooms at the campground, but no showers. The store which is about 0.5 miles away has pay showers available. The bathrooms also have a sink for washing dishes. Even without hookups, we really liked this campground. It's large, quiet, and the view is incredible. We saw lots of roadrunners and a bobcat in the campground. The park hosts here are super-friendly. At night, the lack of light pollution makes this a fantastic place to view the stars. We would stay here again. We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground--No Hookups (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Campsite
     
Site Number
009
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Take the Rio Grande Nature Trail, less than a mile long, about 30 minutes before sunset. Watching the sun set over the canyon is quite beautiful. In the winter (we were there in december), the weather changes drastically. Mornings start at around 40 degrees, but warms up to 65-75 by afternoon. Dress in layers.

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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Hidden Valley RV Park, Del Rio, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We only stayed here two nights on our way to Big Bend National Park. The RV park is a little out of the way in a residential area, whereas most others in the area are right off the highway. We prefer the privacy and quiet, so this worked very well for us, and the residential area offered plenty of places to walk our dogs. The RV park is very pretty, with lots of trees and grass. Campsites are pretty large, have concrete patios (formerly mobile home pads), picnic tables, and some sites have privacy fences. The owner was very friendly and helpful, and the neighbors we met were nice. The main road into the park is closed for construction, so the owner met us in town and guided us in since our GPS would take us the wrong way. Water pressure was very high, so be sure to use a water regulator. Cable TV is available but the hookup was far back in the site and our cable wasn't long enough to reach. There is WiFi available but we couldn't receive it from our site near the front of the park. We'd definitely stay here again, hopefully for a longer visit. We camped at Hidden Valley RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

There are two H-E-B grocery stores nearby. The closest is very small, the other very large. There's also a Wal-mart a few miles away.

Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Pecan Park Riverside RV , San Marcos, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We planned to stay closer to Austin, but this was the only park in the area with availability during Thanksgiving week. We're glad we ended up here, and we extended our stay to three weeks instead of one. The park is pretty, the location is secluded and quiet, and yet it's a 5-10 minute drive to town for Walmart, restaurants, gas, etc. It's about 30 minutes to the southern parts of Austin. We were put in a new section that had just opened a week or two earlier, so we had no patio, picnic table, etc. and the grass was still trying to grow in from seed so it was a bit muddy when it rained, but we had most of the section to ourselves which was nice. All the staff we worked with were very friendly and helpful, and all the other residents we ran into were friendly too. The dog park is one of the larger ones we've seen at an RV Park, and our young Lab loved playing ball there twice a day. The river was too shallow and rocky for our dog to swim or play in. Our rate reflects a 50% "fall into winter" discount advertised on the park's web site for November through February. We'd stay here again. We camped at Pecan Park Riverside RV in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Number
601
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Houston West RV Park, Brookshire, Texas

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed for two nights while visiting a friend in nearby Katy, TX. The sites are pretty small and close together...too close for our liking. The park is very close to I-10, but because it is up on a hill, most of the highway noise is muffled, unless you're in the first couple rows closest to the highway. Although the sites were small and the park was completely full, everything was fairly clean and tidy.

We didn't use any of the amenities, so can't comment on those. There are some grassy areas and a pond which we walked around with our dogs a few times (dogs are not permitted in the pond).

We'd consider staying here again, but would first look for someplace else nearby with larger sites. We camped at Houston West RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Boomtown Waterpark RV & Fishing Resort, Rose City, Texas

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We only stayed here overnight on our way to Houston. The location is convenient in that it's right on I-10, but the traffic noise from the highway is extreme, including all night. The RV park is literally at the end of the exit ramp from I-10. Sites are a mix of grass and sand and gravel.

Most of the park is occupied by permanent or long-term trailers, some clean, some not-so-clean. You can go fishing along the lake, but I wouldn't call it relaxing, again because of the proximity to the interstate. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.

Although the price was right, we would likely not stay here again due to the highway noise. We camped at Boomtown Waterpark RV & Fishing Resort in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Grass

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

New Orleans West KOA, River Ridge, Louisiana

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for 11 nights while we visited New Orleans. It's about 20 minutes from the French Quarter and KOA provides a free shuttle at 9am and 5pm to the city and at 5:45pm back to the campground.

The staff are extremely friendly. The sites are a little narrow, but plenty long. We had no trouble fitting our 37' RV and toad with plenty of space. The sites have concrete patios and picnic tables. There is a 'back yard' of grass behind the sites which provides a little extra space, and an available dog park. We didn't have much luck with their WiFi, it was either slow or difficult to get on, but we had great signal with Verizon and AT&T for our hotspot.

There are trains that pass through the area regularly, including at night. The train conductors are liberal with their horns, so it might be tough for a light sleeper.

We did like this campground and would stay here again if we were in the area. It's a good compromise of price and location, much cheaper than staying in the French Quarter, but still easy and fast to get into town for sight seeing. We camped at New Orleans West KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

If you cross the street and walk down one block, you can access the Mississippi River Rail Trail, which is great for biking, running, and dog walking.

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