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

Kershaw-Ryan State Park, Caliente, Nevada

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Small park that far exceeded our expectations. Only 15 spaces, no hook-ups. Mostly back-ins, with some very long, plus a handful of "parallel parking" spots. Sites have fire rings, grills, and a ramada with picnic tables This is the second Lincoln County Nevada SP we've stayed at this year, and both have been very clean and very, very well maintained. We didn't need any side-to-side leveling, and the space had been recently raked. The CG is near the mouth of the canyon, about 3/4 mile further up is the real beauty with lush vegetation and a 1.5 mile Canyon View Loop hike. We took the ranger's suggestion and hiked up the main wash until we hit a dirt road, turned left and followed it down into the town of Caliente, then walked on the streets back - roughly 7.5 mile loop. The park was very quiet and dark at night. The rest of the SP is gated off from dusk until about 8 am. Cathedral Gorge SP is not too far away and is worth a visit. The Lincoln County visitors' information is awesome, some is available right at the park entrance. We did the Rock Art tour in Rainbow Canyon (stop #2 is a bit tricky, we were rubbing on bushes going up the dirt road). There are railroad tracks about a mile across the canyon from the CG, we found the sounds to be soothing and the trains were not too frequent. We camped at Kershaw-Ryan State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you may need propane, Thomas Petroleum in town is only open Monday-Friday.

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

Cathedral Gorge State Park, Panaca, Nevada

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Really impressed with the obvious attention to care this park receives, we could tell all of the sites had been recently raked or graded. The fine dust in the air (not the park's fault) was our only complaint. Be aware that "Gorge" was a marketing term, it was originally Cathedral Gulch but got changed along the way. The caves within the park are a hoot to explore, mostly are slots in the eroded hills going back dozens to hundreds of feet. We liked the sites, the ramadas, and the option of electrical hook ups. Plus there were multiple hiking options from the CG area. The Visitors Center at the turn-off for the SP is worth a stop. Lincoln County Nevada has printed up a great array of materials for visitors. You can tell they appreciate having us explore the area. If you need Propane, the best option is Thomas Petroleum in Caliente. But they are only open Monday to Friday. We camped at Cathedral Gorge State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Our favorite "caves" were in the Canyon section. Drive clockwise on the CG loop .

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

North Rim Campground (NPS Campground), Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

First time we've stayed at the North Rim while camping. With school back in session, the park was very quiet and there seemed to be a lot of 1-2 night visitors (lots of turnover each day). The spaces needed lots of leveling, I used 4/5 lego blocks in Space 12 and was still a half bubble off. Although the CG is dog-friendly, this is one of the more restrictive NPS sites for pets. The round-trip walk to the lodge is about 3 miles. The flip side is we did a 9 mile hike up the Arizona Trail on Saturday and did not run across another person (the non-rim, non-canyon hikes are less popular). The restrooms were in very good condition; however, the air-powered hand dryers are very loud so avoid spots really close to them. Also we did not see the Hosts doing any maintenance for the sites. We camped at North Rim Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you want a sunrise or sunset partial view of the canyon without going to the lodge, go to the very South end of the Tent-Only section and you'll find a nice view and a bench to enjoy it. Also stop at the Jacob Lake restaurant and buy their amazing cookies.

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

Deer Creek State Park, MIdway, Utah

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Used this campground as a mid-way stop for a longer trip. A good number of the visitors are there for the reservoir and you'll sometimes see the RV plus boat, plus 2 vehicles in spaces. Reasonably spaced out park with good roads. Some spaces (like ours) have great views of the North end of the reservoir. There is some road noise from the highway above, but it drops off dramatically at night. And our spot was close to a restroom with overly bright floodlights we could have done without. The location offers a great jumping off spot for visiting Park City, Heber, Midway, and some areas used for the 2002 winter Olympics. We camped at Deer Creek State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

2 other Utah State Parks with CGs nearby, Wasatch Mountain SP (no sewers) and Jordanelle SP (narrow spaces).

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

Star Valley Ranch RV Park, Thayne, Wyoming

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

95% of this park is ownership-based. The area we were in was one of only a couple designated for short-term stays. It is a huge place and fun to walk around. How big, walking the perimeter is about 1.5 miles. Most owned spaces have RV's on them, but there are also ones with destination trailers or tiny homes (mostly park models). The short-term areas have exceptionally long pull-through spaces and a goofy system of being in one space, but hooking up to the pedestal for another site (makes sense once you see it). Great base-camp for hikes in the area and day trips to Grand Teton NP or Jackson Hole. We camped at Star Valley Ranch RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
117
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you are looking for a long-term or seasonal stay, check into spaces being rented by the individual owners (I saw offers as low as $300/mo). They will be back-in sites and may have improvements like concrete pads or patios.

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

Pine Valley Recreation Area, St George, Utah

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Great place to find summer daytime highs about 20-degrees cooler than nearby St George. Mostly has back-in sites, many with concrete patio areas and grill stands. Lots of hiking available, and they have an equestrian-specific loop. Lots of trees. Pit toilets sprinkled through the loops.

Virtually no Verizon signal (usually 1x, only good enough for random texting).

We've stayed in the Crackfoot loop multiple times and enjoy it, the Dean Gardner loop is next to the little reservoir (essentially the headwaters for the Santa Clara River), with some view sites.

The camp hosts sell firewood, but otherwise plan to be self sufficient. You can have local thunderstorms when the weather is clear nearby. We camped at Pine Valley Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C18
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

There is a dump station available on the right side of the road after you go about 4 miles down the mountain. The turnaround is tight for bigger/longer rigs.

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

Snow Canyon State Park, St George, Utah

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The best way to visit this park is in a dry camping site during mild weather. Our site was somewhat exposed, but the reward was the outstanding view in any direction (and only 1 other spot nearby).

The site has a very long asphalt driveway, the area's dumpster and recycling containers are at the entrance, and the bathroom/showers are very close by.

While the campground itself is dog-friendly, there are only 2 trails in the State Park which allow dogs (Whiptail and West Canyon). One is fairly easy to access from the campground.

You are near the State park's road, but it gets very quiet at night. We camped at Snow Canyon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Beaver KOA, Beaver, Utah

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in the one row with little grassy areas next to your space, the rest of the park is all gravel for the campsites (some sites have paver patios). These were 30A sites without cable TV, next to a wheat field.

They were very well staffed and you'd see them out staying on top of facility care (pool skimming, weed spraying, etc). Bathrooms were very clean, but we each had different experiences with the showers (water pressure and temp control) - one good, one poor.

This was our second visit and we'd be happy to return again. We camped at Beaver KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
74
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

The Timberline Inn is worth the drive to the south Beaver exit. Chef Joe Williams' formal training shows through without making the food too fancy.

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

Kaibab CampeRVillage, Jacob Lake, Arizona

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Low score is mainly for very poor electrical system. Never got above 110 volts, kept dropping to 101-102 volts and tripping my surge protector (every 2-3 hours). When I first checked in, I had the manager check my pedestal and confirm the voltage (110V at that time). No way I could have run the air conditioner, so was lucky we didn't need it. Also it seemed like management never tried to enforce the quiet hours (yelling kids made it more of a playground than campground). Park location is a 1-hour drive to the North Rim. Some sites need a lot of help with leveling. Cookies at the Jacob Lake Inn really are good. We camped at Kaibab CampeRVillage in a Travel Trailer.

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

Tucson / Lazydays KOA, Tucson, Arizona

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

Rate is based on KOA Value Rewards Kard promotion of stay 2 nights, get 1 free. Staff was great about giving us a site away from everyone, yet convenient to restrooms (an advantage of staying off season). Pull-through space was nice with a concrete patio. Yes we heard the airports at times, but not when we were trying to sleep. We could hear the train whistles at all hours, but did OK with that. Our biggest issue was the smell at night, we thought we had black-tank problems but we were just fine on our next stay in a different town. So I'm guessing it's the water treatment plant other reviewers have mentioned. We spent part of a day wandering around in the Lazydays RV sales lot immediately next door. No pressure at all, and everything we tried was unlocked so we could check out the smallest trailers up to the big Class A rigs. We camped at Tucson / Lazydays KOA in a Tent Trailer.

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

Kingman KOA, Kingman, Arizona

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

Park hosts work at creating a nice atmosphere. The day we arrived there had been a potluck and they were having karaoke in their little pavillion. All gravel sites with asphalt roads. My biggest complaint is with the poorly behaved dogs belonging to the permanent residents (barking, chasing you along their fences). Our site was close to level and we had no issues with electric/water/sewer - site was just long enough for our 30' trailer plus 18' truck. We camped at Kingman KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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

Kanab RV Corral, Kanab, Utah

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate was for Good Sam. Two things that really stood out for me. First, how amazingly clean the showers are kept (even though they are not new). Second, was seeing one of the owners out weeding and doing other small maintenance tasks on a Sunday morning. For a small all-gravel park, these folks take terrific care of it. They also helped me reserve a spot that met my priorities (away from street or flood lights). They're along a main road for Kanab so it isn't quiet, but I'd stay there again we're in the area. We camped at Kanab RV Corral in a Travel Trailer.

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