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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Spring Creek Campground and Trout Ranch, Big Timber, Montana

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is our 7th summer at Spring Creek and we drive over 1,000 miles to reach what we consider paradise by the river. The park is small and beautifully maintained. On the sign, it says "Big Rigs Welcome" and they are. That does not mean every site can accommodate a 40 or 45 foot coach. We have a 45' coach and we make our reservation far in advance so that we can be in a comfortable, appropriate site. When travelers arrive late in the day without a reservation, their options may be limited as the park has been very busy this year, probably because the vast majority of visitors find it charming and peaceful. Even so, the managers and staff try very hard to accommodate everyone as long as there is space. We camped at Spring Creek Campground and Trout Ranch in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Site Type
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We are here for an extended period and usually eat at the Timber Bar, known for its fried chicken, and The Grand. We generally travel to Livingston to Albertson's for groceries and to Bozeman for Costco and Walmart when we really need to provision. There are a lot of lovely drives around the area and the staff can point you in the right direction about local attractions.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Mount Rushmore KOA, Hill City, South Dakota

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $75.00
Overall Rating:      

If you have preteen children and a very healthy travel budget, this park could be for you. However, if you are desirous of a peaceful, spacious campsite with modern amenities (cable tv, wifi, 50 amp service), this may not be your best bet. On the positive side, we were able to procure a spot on a "same day" basis during a busy time of year. The restrooms and showers were clean and there was a nice open area to exercise the dog. The setting of the park is also quite lovely if one can ignore the hectic activities and crush of campers clustered very close together. We were charged $75 for a site that was supposed to be pull-thru, but we had to unhook to accommodate our 45' coach. The person who took our reservation did mention that the site was 60' long, but manuevering in such close quarters made unhooking mandatory to negotiate our departure. Further, we got 30 amp service rather than 50 amp. Fortunately, it was not terribly hot since our attempt to run 2 roof airs was unsuccessful. Our site did not have wifi or cable TV (which is only available in "deluxe" sites). Finally, our rate of $75 included a $10 "resort saver fee". I called to ask what that fee was for and was told it covered amenities primarily designed for children. When I explained we would not be using any of those amenities, I was told "everyone pays". I asked to speak to a manager and was transferred. I got voicemail and left a message, explaining my objection to the resort saver fee and the $3 fee tacked on because we were traveling with a dog. I left that message around 3pm and never got a call back. If you don't want a "Kamping Carnival" experience, there are other options in the area. We will never return to this campground. To add insult to injury, even though the manager never returned my call, we received a satisfaction survey shortly after our departure! We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Deer Park Campground, Buffalo, Wyoming

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice, small campground that is very convenient to both I25 and I90. We have stayed here annually for the last 5 years. The campground is well shaded and the sites are very roomy. Both wifi and cable tv are included in the rate. The wifi is pretty reliable and I am using it to post this review! Buffalo is an interesting town so we generally stay 3 or 4 days here. We are always comfortable here and there are sites that are capable of handling our 45' coach. There is a restaurant well worth trying within a mile called the Winchester Steakhouse. Don't miss it if you like steak! We camped at Deer Park Campground in a Motorhome.

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States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort, Hill City, South Dakota

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of our favorites. The campground is diverse and has 5 different camping areas. There are less than 200 sites and there are some very nice views from many of them. There is a lot of green space and it is perfect for long walks with your dog. We have a 45' coach and find that Lower Ranch Camp and Line Camp work well for us. The only challenge is procuring a site without advance reservations as this park is very popular in season. So call as far ahead as you can, particularly if you want a multi-day stay. We called with only a day's notice and had to spend one night at the Black Hills KOA before we could check in for two nights at the Rafter J. That one night at the KOA made us appreciate the Rafter J even more than ever before! We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
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On-Ur-Wa RV Park, Onawa, Iowa

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a small, friendly, well-maintained campground. It is convenient to I-29 and we discovered it by accident in 2013. We have since stayed here 3 times. It may have the nicest bathrooms we have seen. The owners are very cordial and take time to get to know their guests. We have a 45' coach and the sites are very long and well-spaced. There aren't a lot of "frills", but the rate is fair and the peace and quiet are nice after a long day on the road. We camped at On-Ur-Wa RV Park in a Motorhome.