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You stay here because it's close to the park. Period. Sites are level but you are really packed in. Some have trees for shade, others are in full sun and pretty unbearable in the dog days of summer. Dust gets kicked up easily from the dirt roads; not pleasant. Bathrooms pretty old and bad, and their version of "clean" isn't really that clean; had to use them, though, so happy they were at least there. Their WiFi was inadequate, both in strength and in bandwidth, for the number of summer guests that stay here, but our Verizon MiFi signal was strong so we used our own. Zero over-air channels available and no cable. Each site has an old-style grill (I wouldn't use) and an old picnic table, but there's not really the space to enjoy either as they are right next to your neighbor's sewer. $40/night "because they can." The office people are really nice, however. But one 4-night stay is enough for us.

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Typical KOA with the little gift shop of souvenirs and a cafe attached and really nice people doing their jobs running the campground. You can't beat this CG for the view and proximity to Devil's Tower, so it's a perfect place for an overnight stopover. Sites level but some a bit close. Some sites nicer ($) than others; you get what you pay for. Bathrooms were just okay. We used our Verizon MiFi which was fine, but no TV/antenna stations are available and there's no cable TV, so have a good book ready. They offer nightly summer hayrides for a small fee if this is of interest. There's a pool which would satisfy the need for kids to swim. What was fun is that every night, weather permitting, they show "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" which prominently features Devils Tower, so you sit there outside enjoying your popcorn watching the movie and just beyond the screen is Devils Tower -- very cool if you're into stuff like that. If we ever come to DT again, we would stay here again.

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One of the best KOAs we've stayed in; well run and nicely kept up by really friendly folks. This is the best CG in the area because of the big cottonwood trees - other CGs are pretty much in full sun. These sites are nice and level; all lined up as angled pull-thrus with grassy space in between and many with some trees for decent shade. Nice pool, lawn space, playground, bike rentals, badminton and other recreational activities make this a real family-friendly place. Cable offering was weak and Verizon service was intermittent at best, but CG WiFi was really good most of the time. Bathrooms and laundry facility are due for an upgrade, but aside from that this place is really outstanding. We stayed for 5 nights and would come back in a heartbeat!

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PROS: Nice campground right on Hwy 79 but set back so it's quiet. Nice trees between many of the sites. Nice people running and working at the place. Nice amenities for kids if you have them, including a nice pool. Decent breakfast served every morning. Convenient 15 minutes to Wind Cave NP and just under an hour up to Mount Rushmore so this place can serve as "base camp" for a couple of days. CONS: As is typical with many KOAs, the bathrooms and laundry rooms were quite dated - may or may not be a factor for guests. The biggest drawback is the sites - many are not level front-to-back so need LOTS of blocks to assist. This all said, we'd come back and stay again.

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This is a city-owned campground with dirt roads and tight pull-through dirt spots and nothing else - no laundry facility, rec room, pool. Not even an office. It's a chunk of land the city is making money off of and that's it. It looked like there used to be a zoo or something next door, but now it's just all run down with no animals. CONS: It's poorly marked - we overshot the entrance as there was no sign, then saw an office but it was empty; better signage is needed. Sites very tight - we had just 2' from our slide to neighbor's slide. Some sites were fairly level; some need lots of work to level. And then there's the bathroom - it is old & dirty - the worst we've seen in 2+ years. (I wouldn't use it.) Shower curtains separate the two men's stalls and you have to go through one to get into the other (!!) - the space is small and the layout is atrocious! Advertised WiFi was unusable from our site. PROS: The location is good to visit the nearby Scotts Bluff NM and Chimney Rock NHS. When we did find it, we were greeted by very nice park hosts; they're the best assets this place has going for it. But for $25/nite for a piece of dirt, we won't be staying again.

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We enjoyed a nice week here (weekly rate is reflected in price); it's very convenient to Mesa Verde NP and Hovenweep NM, both of which are "must sees." Park is kept meticulously clean - bathrooms, grounds, etc. For being right on the main street going through the town, we didn't hear road noise and were happy for that. CG clearly caters to the 50+ crowd as there is no pool or playground - kids would be bored here. Centrally-located building houses both laundry and bathrooms. Large laundry room was nice but it's a little crazy that they close it for two hours right in the middle of the day for cleaning (and signs warn you to start your laundry by 10:30a or resume in the afternoon) - there's not that much to clean that would take two hours! Bathrooms also shut down 11a-1p for cleaning - seems that's a big window of time that better accommodates the cleaners rather than the guests, but oh well. Nice configuration of showers - 2 each for m/f with each having its own attached/private dressing room. They like their rules here and the 5 m.p.h. speed limit is rigorously enforced - I had a guy chase me in a golf cart to tell me I was going faster than 5 m.p.h. - another 'oh well'.... We would return as this is very conveniently located, is clean, and offers nice sites.

     

Ouray KOA

Ouray, Colorado

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CG 5 miles north of Ouray actually. Typical KOA with lots of amenities - meals for purchase, recreation areas, etc. Large bathrooms with plenty of showers and stalls. Very nice staff. Lots of trees. Wonderful to hear the creek/river running near our site, although our site was a little tight. We would stay again.

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You stay here because you want to visit Great Basin NP and tour in the Lehman Caves. Given the location (very far from everywhere) you shouldn't expect great WiFi, cell coverage or TV viewing - plan to read a book at night. The sites are nice and long and are very tidy. Folks who run the place are friendly. Elect/Water/Sewer as advertised. Just 6 miles to the park - you can't beat it!

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Campground doesn't offer much other than proximity to the North Rim and some nice Ponderosa pines. Bumpy dirt road access. Pit showers and pay showers - no thank you. No WiFi and spotty at best Verizon. Sites VERY close. We arrived the day they opened for the season so most sites were empty still. Our site proved difficult to get into, super close to what we knew would be someone else's slide right at our front door (3' away), and it was very hard to find level, but the seasonal attendant guy wouldn't let us move to a more spacious site - took the attitude that he was clearly doing us a favor for the privilege of letting us stay here. We would not return.

     

Kanab RV Corral

Kanab, Utah

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This is a terrific little park on the road heading south out of Kanab - very close to town but nicely quiet! We had no issues backing into our site (we're just 30'); very large rigs may find some of the spaces a little tight. Our site was nice and level; all appear to be the same. Nice looking pool was closed when we visited, but the rest of the property was open, first-rate, and very clean. Bathrooms & laundry very conveniently in the center of the property. Trees between sites provided decent shade from the sun. Verizon service strong. Basic air channels were mostly in HD. We would definitely stay again!

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This was our second week-long stay here at ACT; we really like this place! As others have noted, it's not the best for big rigs due to the rise and gentle slope of the property, but for our 30-footer we have no problems--we found level on our own, but they have lots of wood planks around if you need them. The CG is just a year old and the owner/managers who created it smartly worked with the contours of the land. The place is natural and they leave it that way--gravel for the sites/loop road and wood chips (not grass; this is a desert!) in between to tamp down the natural sandiness of the area. They've left much of the natural habitat which is very nice to see, then planted more colorful drought-resistant desert plants. The trees they've planted need a few years before they'll provide adequate shade, but most CG's in this area don't have much shade either. Road noise: depending on your site, there's a bit until ~11p when it settles down, but honestly this is not a problem. [Keep in mind this is a highly-used recreational area; jeeps, 4WDs, bikes, etc.--lots of people come here because of the beauty of the place--there are going to be vehicles on the roads.] There's a nice shared kitchen space--very Euro/Aussie. The bathrooms are new and cool and well-appointed. Everything about this CG speaks to environmental consciousness and resource/land stewardship--energy-efficient buildings, recycling, Moab-cool-vibe-attitude--we're all for it and will keep coming back here!! Rate reflects pay for 6 nights; 7th night is free plus 10% G.S.; a very good deal!

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Decent little park where little else exists. Price was right for what it is - mostly dirt with some gravel and patches of grass by a few sites. Some spots fairly level but others required lots of blocks. Small restrooms were dated and marginally clean at best; needed attention most of the time. Beautiful old trees and spring-fed pool were nice, but very little shade here in the desert. 2 w/d @ $2.00 ea. ZERO TV STATIONS and ZERO CELL SERVICE. Each gal who worked in the office from 1p-9p was nice, but nobody else was ever around and if the gal was guiding a new guest to their site the office was closed. CG is getting tired and a lot is being overlooked; needs some capital investment and more attention to make it better. We will try to get into DVNP next time, but would stay here again if we needed to.

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Great location for visiting North Phoenix; easy highway access off the 17 and 101. Near Costco, stores, restaurants, and plenty of other services. Facility is very large with an established community of seasonal trailers & mobile homes, but for transients like us there were two rows of decent pull-thrus up front. We extended our stay four additional days and were moved to a back-in site between a couple of mobile homes, but we had no issue with this. Everybody was extremely friendly - our site escort, the office people, and the seasonal residents themselves. The only showers were in the pool area and the configuration was very weird, but all bathroom facilities were always clean. Indoor pool only. Lots of common areas and great share-a-book library. Large, clean laundry facility. Outdoor shuffleboard, bocce, putting area & golf net for full swings. The seasonal residents actively participate in many activities on their social calendar - quilting, sewing, pancake breakfast, etc. We liked it here and will return.

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We loved staying here and are coming back - this is a well-maintained, quiet park conveniently located in downtown Sedona. Rates vary; river spots are a premium but worth it. Level sites with grassy strips in between looked nice, so did the landscaping; the maintenance guys were constantly working to beautify the property. Clean bathrooms & laundry facility. Verizon worked well. Our only complaint is that negative signs are posted everywhere - NO THIS and NO THAT; it felt like military school. But other than that....

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We whiled away nearly three weeks of winter here and found it fabulous for sunshine and free citrus. Facilities are not super modern, but most peoples' houses aren't either. Bathrooms & laundry room were nice & clean. WiFi was fine; when it got a little slow, our Verizon Hot Spot worked great. Spots are tight (real estate is expensive in Cali!) but we found our neighbors to be super - they really enhanced to our stay! Full calendar of activities offered. Great share-a-book library. Close to many things that make life easy - grocery store, shops, etc. Quiet at night. Friendly staff. We would definitely come back, as many people do year after year.