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Entrance to the campground is through a residential area, so that is always unsettling. Office clerk was friendly, but the escort didn't know much. He took us to a narrow site, and we only had inches...yes inches...to spare on either side of the motorhome. I told him that was unacceptable. By some miracle, and some excellent driving by my husband, we pulled out of the site, barely avoiding the posts in the way. The next spot was as bad. The neighbors' awning was hanging over our site. Strike three: he took us to the most unlevel site we've ever had in decades of RVing. It was so unlevel, the fridge temperature dropped. In the morning, we had to throw away many items that were suspect. Terrible cable and hit/miss wifi. Very poor water pressure to motorhome. Previous reviews complained about highway noise, but that was the least of our problems. I am not renewing my KOA discount card. Not worth it. They are almost all unacceptable and overpriced.

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This "resort" might be "first in Florida" as they state in their ad, but it's definitely the last place we'd ever stay again. The signage at the entrance was really confusing. As a result, we took a wrong turn and ended up at the Jennings version of the Bates Motel. Since we saw no way to turn around in the motel parking lot, we had to disconnect the tow from the motorhome. The loose, snarling dog on the porch of the motel added some unwelcome drama to an already bad situation. Who wants to disconnect the tow car for one night, especially in the hot, humid, buggy summer heat? We finally checked into the cluttered office and were sent on our way by a rather unfriendly clerk. The narrow site had the connections far from our sewer and water. Many extensions needed. Puddles and mud everywhere from the afternoon rain. We couldn't get TV or wifi. Seems you have to go sit outside by the pool to get wifi. Not too appealing with the Florida heat, humidity, and bugs. Lots of permanent rigs around but just old ones, not too trashy. Leaving was confusing thanks to the questionable map. The narrow exit road was around a lake, and we were hoping we hadn't taken another wrong turn. We managed to exit, so I guess the road was correct although unacceptable. I think this is an old park that hasn't bothered to update for bigger rigs. The word "resort" is a stretch. What a sorry introduction to the Sunshine State! Keep driving!

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Major disappointment. Our site had low hanging branches that maintenance had to trim so we could get our slides out. They came promptly to do this, at least. The sites are somewhat level but narrow and hilly. We paid extra for a patio site. Waste of money. The swing on the patio was very close to the motorhome, so the view was our storage bays. Not that scenic mountain view I was expecting. Beware of this KOA if you need Wi-Fi, TV, or cell service. I felt anxious with no cell service. What if we had an emergency? I asked the arrogant manager about the lack of Wi-Fi and he blamed it on my iPad. Cable TV is a joke. No Verizon cell service until you get closer to town. The campground has the fire pits dangerously close to the RVs. I found this to be very scary, an accident waiting to happen. When campers light the fires, the air is thick with smoke. Of course, we saw many campers light the fire, sit around it for a few minutes, and then disappear, leaving the roaring fires unattended, probably because the smoke-filled air is insufferable. No KOA security personnel ever in sight. The campground is about 6 miles from Yellowstone, but the traffic makes for a slow go. The indoor heated pool sounded inviting, but it was packed with unsupervised kids, so forget about it. The crowded laundry facility was outrageously expensive: $3.00 to wash. I lost track of cost to dry since I had to keep feeding money into the machine. Leaving our site on checkout day was challenging. The lanes are narrow and clogged with vehicles parked past their site. The road was uphill with a sharp left turn. Once again, I had to walk in front of the motorhome, guiding my husband through the tight spaces. Many times we had only inches to spare. I never understand why people leave very expensive trucks parked so close to the road. I would never return to this KOA. It really disappointed. There are much better, more convenient, and cheaper ones in West Yellowstone.

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What a pleasant find! Easy access from the freeway. Paved roads and sites in the park. We were only going to stay overnight, but the clerk told us about all the nearby attractions, so we extended for five nights. What a beautiful area! Of course, we visited Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse, but there are so many interesting areas beyond these. The resort is very clean and thoughtfully arranged. The amenities looked fantastic, but we didn't use any of them since we spent so much time touring the area. Wi-Fi and cable worked well. All hook-ups were well-placed. Gift shop and store were fully stocked. The staff was always polite and helpful. FYI: Be careful with your awnings! The wind is brisk and unpredictable. We felt the wind starting up and while we were retracting our power awning, a gust caught it and loosened the rear arm. This isn't the resort's fault, of course. Just be aware of the winds and act faster than we did. The only improvement I'd make in the resort is the addition of trees so awnings wouldn't be as necessary. Summer is very hot and sunny in the area. I'd definitely return to Elkhorn Ridge. After staying at so many less than acceptable campgrounds, I really appreciated this resort and the areas around it. I would highly recommend Elkhorn Ridge.

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Somewhat a history buff, I was looking forward to seeing the first ever KOA in Billings. What a mistake! First, they don't answer their phone. Instead, I got a clerk at the 800 number who couldn't clarify the directions for me. She said to just follow the map. The map wasn't clear which is why I called. She said no one could answer the local number because they were too busy! Luckily, my GPS was correct. Entrance to the park is through narrow residential streets with a really tough turn into the park. Next problem was a very narrow, short site even though I had booked a reservation for a 38 foot motorhome with a tow car. Another problem was limited cable and very poor Wi-Fi. Next problem: the shower. It was actually nice until the hot water turned cold. However, the worst aggravation was the next morning when were leaving. The road was too narrow and crowded to make a right or left turn out of the site, so we went straight, passing by the cabins and onto a dirt road intended for cars only. Of course, the road was crowded with cars that had spilled out well past their parking spots. Throw in a very low wire coming off a pole, and we had a major challenge. I had to walk in front of the motorhome, guiding my husband as he tried his best to avoid hitting anything, sometimes with only inches to spare. This exit route was definitely not meant for a motorhome, but at least we could leave this very disappointing KOA unscathed. The only historical aspects of this park are its archaic roads and sites, its poor phone set up, and its lack of hot water. Never again. Rest stops and Walmart would be less stressful and certainly cheaper.

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This KOA is easy to find from I-75, but the road into the campground shakes everything in the motorhome. Really rough and needs to be fixed, although I doubt that will happen. The queue area is a challenge in that it is on a steep hill. Make sure your foot is securely on the brake. The clerk at the front desk seemed very rattled because several people were checking in. She had forgotten to give me my KOA discount and was peeved when I asked to have the amount corrected. The site was level and shaded and not too tight since nobody was next to us. The cable wouldn't connect and the Wi-Fi was slow to nonexistent. Once again, campground owners who promise amenities but don't deliver. Road noise was terrible, as we were practically on the freeway. However, with both air conditioners going full blast, it became less noticeable as the evening dragged on. This is OK for an overnight or if you are taking in the many Chattanooga attractions for a few days.The park is scenic and has potential, but the negatives need to be addressed. KOA parks certainly charge premium prices for less than acceptable conditions.

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I was looking forward to this park because of all the stellar reviews. Once I got past the pretty flowers, I realized it wasn't that great. Our narrow site was not level.The cable was non-existent, and the wifi was a total frustration. We were parked across from the dumpsters, so the flowers didn't help with this unappealing sight. Leaving the campground in the morning was a challenge in that the internal exit road was very narrow. However, we've been in worse. I'm glad we were here only one night. It wouldn't make a suitable destination park at all. As a side note, the clerk who checked me in was very rude and impatient with someone on the phone. She was obviously talking to a potential guest who was wanting to know about the park. She made no attempt to step away from the desk to have the phone conversation. I thought if I'd received that attitude on the phone, I wouldn't have booked the reservation. Maybe she should find another line of work and let someone who really wants and needs a job have this one. She was a little nicer to me but not really warm and welcoming. Won't be going back to this campground.

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We didn't see the entrance for the park and ended up going the wrong way into the park. Not sure if the sign was clear enough. Don't take the first entrance! The owner helped us get into our pull-through site by guiding us a back way. His wife even came to our site to register us. Nice touch. The gravel spot was level and hookups were well-placed. Cable and Wi-Fi worked. Beautiful setting on the river with mountains behind although not too much landscaping in the park. Sunset bouncing off the mountain was a spectacular sight. The park is small and not too many spots are available, so you'll need to book well in advance. I think there was a cancellation which is why we were able to stay one night. We asked about another night, but they were booked. I appreciate owners who take pride in their facility and genuinely care about their guests.

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This park was easy to find from the freeway. Pull-through was level and long enough but not overly wide. Wi-Fi was an issue. The clerk said it was fine, but I couldn't connect and called her. She went to reboot it, but I never could connect. No cable either. Lots of shade in our section, so that was welcome. The campground is very rural, but somewhat scenic and peaceful. OK for an overnight but not a destination. Even without Wi-Fi and cable, this campground was better than the franchises.

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Easy to reach from I-70. Campground entrance was clearly marked. The owner greeted us and had all of our paperwork ready, even the Good Sam number. She escorted us to our wide, pull-through site. Very scenic, level, and quiet. All hookups were very accessible and worked. This is a privately-owned park, and the owners obviously take great pride in it. Quite the refreshing change from the franchised parks that only care about money and packing in campers. Only thing that could improve the park would be cable, but we didn't miss the TV, enjoying, instead, the tranquil setting. We wanted to stay more days, but we had to keep driving home to Florida. Highly recommend this gem!

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Very hard to reach the campground from I-25. The KOA map is confusing, and the clerk I spoke to was no help. The road to access the park was winding and narrow. The park was no better. No trees, dusty, and very unattractive. We were escorted to our narrow pull-through site,at least. The sites were gravel and somewhat level. After we had hooked up, we realized the cable and Wi-Fi didn't work. Although we had paid extra for the cable, I was too exhausted to walk to the office to let them know. Never could connect to Wi-Fi. Once again, empty promises from campground owners. I mentioned this in the morning before we left. I wasn't trying for a cable refund, and none was offered by the morning clerk. I simply thought they might want to fix it. I wrote a KOA review, and the owner e-mailed me, suggesting I was reviewing the wrong campground. Very insulting since there are no other KOAs nearby. I was astounded! She offered me a refund for the cable, but I told her to donate it. Never heard back to see if she did! I'm just chalking this up to another overpriced, sub-par KOA. Skip this one. It's not worth the challenging drive from the freeway, the dust bowl look, the lack of cable and Wi-Fi, or the rate charged.

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Absolute perfection. This class A resort is small but beautiful. Each site is individually owned and landscaped. Extra clean bathrooms and laundry. You have to call the individual owner to book the site. This was somewhat difficult in that many phone numbers were no longer active, but I managed to get a very helpful owner on ones the calls. We were only going to stay two weeks and extended because we loved the peace and quiet. All hookups worked exceptionally well most days. Verizon service was strong. It's about a 45 minute drive to Glacier, but staying in Bigfork was worth the drive, especially after seeing some of the marginal campgrounds near the park. Would return gladly. Many restaurants and one grocery nearby. Flathead Lake is very scenic as is the rest of the area. We were still seeing snow capped mountains in early July. Future RV resorts and areas that we visit may never compare to Bigfork Motorcoach Resort.

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The ONLY good thing about this park is the location, close to Golden and Denver. There are few options in the area, and the owners at Dakota Ridge know it. For starters, they have a ridiculous reservation policy, requiring a non-refundable half down deposit. Things happen while traveling, so this policy isn't really RVer friendly. The list of disadvantages goes on. There wasn't a really good place to disconnect the toad after we had endured the inefficient check-in. The escort took us to a hard-to-reach "back alley." Although she waited for us to disconnect, I could tell she was getting impatient because we like to be careful and took our time. Then she took us to our site. UGH! It was uphill, narrow, and not level. In addition, the space to hook up the utilities was on a narrow slant. Very dangerous. An accident waiting to happen. No cable TV. The park owners obviously want to cut expenses but not the cost per night. Wifi was terrible. I called to ask about it, thinking I might not be doing the log in/ connection correctly. The clerk told me to try different times when it wasn't so busy. How insulting! I went the next day to the office to let them know I still couldn't connect. The clerk assured me they had sufficient band width but blamed the other campers for being on the wifi. Perhaps more band width might help. I never could connect/stay on in five days. Again, owners cutting costs but not price. The water pressure was low. Then on check-out day, one of the worst possible things imaginable happened. We went to retract our slide, and it stuck. The site was so unlevel the slide was pitched out. My husband had to pull on it while I pushed the button. After repeated attempts, much coaxing and pulling, and lots of tears and fears, it finally came in. He's stronger than I thought. Adrenaline, perhaps? We left via the very narrow in-park roads, vowing never to go back to Dakota Ridge ever again. I'm surprised so many people rate it so highly. Perhaps they have smaller coaches, are inexperienced with not many points of comparisons, or are relatives of owners/managers. Major disappointment for such a terrific area.

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After a brutally windy drive westbound on I-70, this park was a welcome relief. Easy to find from the freeway. Gravel sites were level and hookups were well placed. At least the manager told me on the phone that the Wi-Fi was only available at the office during his hours. Other campgrounds lead you to believe Wi-Fi works at the site. More often than not, it doesn't. Sites were long and wide enough. We didn't use the restroom, pool, or laundry so I can't comment on it. All we wanted to do was drop the jacks, hook up, and unwind from the challenging driving experience.

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All RV parks should be this good. Check-in office was clean, attractive, and not cluttered. Staff was very efficient, personable, and helpful. We were only going to stay overnight, but stayed an extra two nights to see some of the Topeka sights recommended by the staff. Topeka was an unexpected bonus on our trip. Concrete pads, well-placed hookups, Wi-Fi that worked, and decent cable. The barbeque restaurant at the front of the park was outstanding. If the park only had some shade, it would be a "10." We were there in May, and the weather was cool, but summer heat would be a problem. Put this one on your list if passing through the area.