Date of Stay: May, 2015
Small, clean, well maintained park; seems to be several long term rigs with just a few short term sites, but all very tidy. Older park so not a lot of room between sites, but certainly adequate. Utilities well placed and work well, restrooms clean, no laundry but laundromat right across the street, RV parts store in office. 24 cable stations, Wi-Fi was excellent, putting most parks we've visited to shame. Owner and host very nice. Port Orford is a cute, very small town about half way between Gold Beach and Bandon, making it easy to explore the entire southern Oregon coast from this park. This park is peaceful and quiet as is most of Port Orford, making it a good choice for a few days or a few months!
Date of Stay: April, 2015
Rate is based on one week stay. Pretty family campground with 7 lakes, most sites are dirt (possibly some paved pull-throughs), interior roads paved. Utilities worked well and were well placed. No cable in this site. Restrooms, showers clean. Verizon service spotty. We reserved a site in Willow loop and arrived on a Saturday which was probably not the best thing to do as we could barely drive to our site with kids riding bikes, razors, running and screaming ALL over the place, in and out of our site as we were trying to get in. As the previous poster mentioned, Willow is a little older, more rustic with nice shade trees, but some sites at odd angles and either good site space or not too good. If we had it to do over again, we would have paid more for a different site; perhaps a pull-through in a different loop would have been quieter with less activity, as all loops have a different feel. We were here to visit family in San Diego, so it was tolerable for a week, but we're retired full-timers and this place just isn't what we're looking for. Because of that, my personal rating would be lower, but I rate objectively based on what the park has to offer for those interested in this type of camping. It's a great place for families to camp being right in Santee and close for San Diego County residents to buzz right over even for one night.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
$36 is based on weekly rate (pay 6 @ $42, stay 7). Park is located in town and is convenient for visiting all that this historic area has to offer. However, being right on the busy main drag, there was road noise and a lot of sirens. Also difficult to get in and out with traffic whizzing by. Didn’t have good luck with their Wifi. Couldn’t get on and when finally on, it was often too slow and the connection kept resetting. Management indicated they monitor your usage; checking emails are ok but streaming or excessive bandwith will get you cut off. We don’t stream video but still don’t like people watching what we do. Restrooms & showers always clean. Utilities worked well and well placed. Sites in our section in front of the office are too close and some are hard to get into with narrow interior roads, trees and other rigs and trucks in the way. You’re not allowed to park yourself, yet if you do hit something while staff parks you, they are not responsible as you have signed a waiver when you check in. This appears to be an “overnight" section where there is too much in and out activity. We had a constant stream of rigs driving right past our site and stopped in front with engines running. Many people have no etiquette, constantly cutting right through our site even in between our chairs and steps. Call me crazy, but when I pay for a spot I consider it to be for my use only. The other sites around the side and back of office are much nicer and I would recommend these away from the entrance where there is more room and privacy. Not sure how this compares to other parks in the area but it is certainly adequate for a visit to the area.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
Quiet park, pretty setting among mountains and set along the Arkansas River. Sites and interior roads all dirt and many are unlevel front to back, but it was nice to have a little cement pad with patio table. No Verizon cell, no cable. Wi-Fi was OK for checking email. Fishing access in the park is limited to one spot; banks are steep and most of river is inaccessible. There’s nothing much in Howard and in this area but it’s 20 minutes to Salida along the winding but pretty Hwy 50 where there are amenities and shopping. There are many permanents but all have nice rigs, their sites are tidy and the park is clean. There is one bathroom for women and one for men with shower, sink, toilet in one room so it can be used by one person at a time, but always very clean. It’s not for us, but would definitely recommend this park for those looking for a peaceful spot in a beautiful area of the country.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
Stayed for 5 nights in Eagle Pond Loop with full hookup (electric, water, sewer-no cable/Wi-Fi) at $26/night plus $10 for reservation fee. Colorado St. Parks also charge a daily vehicle pass in addition to camp fee; this park was $7/day. So with the daily rate, reservation fee, and truck fee it came to $35/night for five nights. Very nice park with most sites along one of the several ponds, and sites have lots of space between neighbors. All utilities worked well and were placed well. Good location for seeing Rocky Mountain National Park and the rest of the area. The freeway is close by so there is some noise, but it didn’t bother us. Also, the roads are all dirt & gravel in this loop and on dry days when the inconsiderates flew by, it was a little dusty; didn’t happen often, fortunately. The electric/water only loop is all paved. Our site, #56 right on Eagle pond, had a nice view of the Rockys behind the pond. It’s a nice park; would recommend it and would stay again.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
Very beautiful setting with the Wind River wrapping around the whole park, views of the painted hills, and huge cottonwood trees for shade in most sites. Friendly owners and staff. Easy access for large rigs, level gravel sites and dirt/gravel interior roads. Utilities were well placed and worked well, Wi-Fi intermittently slow, cable only 16 channels but most of the essentials. Private bathrooms are nice, new and modern but could use more frequent monitoring and stocking due to heavy use. Previous post said minutes from Teton Nat’l Park; it’s actually about an hour (55 miles from entrance). We would return.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
Rate shown reflects our one-month rate. Nice RV park/camp in great central location just off I-90. Easy short drives to all Black Hills attractions and the Badlands. Also just 5 miles west of Rapid City where you’re close to city amenities, unlike the campgrounds in the Hills. New owners are very friendly and are eager to please. Noise isn’t bad being close to the freeway. Plenty of space to maneuver for big rigs. Most sites are long level pull-throughs. All utilities were dependable and well placed, Wi-Fi and cable included. Restrooms always clean. Sites including pads are mostly grass, interior roads are dirt/gravel, long gravel/dirt entry road-- a little mud in spots with heavy extended rains, but no big deal as it dries out quickly. This is typical of the area; you won’t find cement luxury RV resorts in this area, mostly RV park/Campgrounds. We enjoyed this comfortable, safe, convenient home base while visiting the Black Hills. We will stay again and will recommend to others.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Rate reflects a one month stay. Very nice park. Wide, paved interior roads are easy to maneuver for big rigs. Clean concrete pads, beautifully landscaped, super clean restrooms, showers, and laundry room. Book exchange in Captain's Den clubhouse. Cable was $10 extra to "rent" a converter box. WIFI was included and worked well for us, and a $100 electric deposit is required for monthly stay. NOTE: The unused balance of electric deposit paid with credit card will not be credited back to your credit card but will be refunded with a check mailed to you a few weeks later. A little inconvenient for a full-time traveler. Would stay here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Rate reflected is PA rate. This was a great overnight stop while traveling through Texas. Easy on-off highway. We had a pull-thru site next to the clean, private restroom shower building. All utilities worked well, WiFi and cable included and worked well. We will stop again if traveling through this area.