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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Monument Valley KOA, Monument Valley, Utah

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $58.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very new campground that they're still working on, but it has a lot of potential and the owner is a really nice guy. Our site was the most level site we'd ever parked on -- I only needed to put the jacks down to stabilize the rig in the wind, and man does it blow out there this time of year! The park is in a good central location for exploring much of the Monument Valley, though it's a bit of a drive to get to Gooseneck SP, Valley of the Gods and Natural Bridges, though they're all totally worth it. I'm very much looking forward to visiting this KOA again and seeing how it matures. We camped at Monument Valley KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Page Lake Powell Campground, Page, Arizona

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

The pull-thru site we had wasn't at all level... in fact, none of the motorhomes in pull-thrus near us were level. We each had to practically lift our rear wheels off the ground to even come close, and that's a bad thing since that's where your parking brakes are. The site itself was shady with well-trimmed trees on each side. The utilities worked well and there was a lot of space between sites on both sides. It's a decent park and a decent value. Would I come back? Maybe, but I think I'd ask for one of their more level back-in spaces instead of the hillside pull-thru we had. We camped at Page Lake Powell Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Trailer Village (Concessionnaire Operated), Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

We had much higher hopes for Trailer Village before we arrived but, from the moment we parked, it was one disappointment after another. 1) The site was so out of level we never could get our 42' rig level front to back; 2) the 50 amp power had a weak leg (their own maintenance guy measured it at 104v) which kept triggering our EMS to shut down the power to protect our appliances from under-voltage; 3) The only good thing about the park is its proximity to the canyon itself, and we found a half dozen perfect boondocking spots on forest roads in the area that are far prettier, just as close and a lot more level than their site, so we'll be staying there instead next time. We camped at Trailer Village (Concessionnaire Operated) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Grand Canyon is, of course, spectacular... don't miss it!

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Hidden Shores, Yuma, Arizona

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

Pros: The sites were 50' long by around 38' wide - plenty of space for our 42' RV and out car AND boat on a trailer. The sites were ok level, coarse gravel parking with a large cement patio. The hookups were right where they're supposed to be; the power was consistent and the water pressure measured 65 psi. The boat launch was narrow but the surface was well maintained, though we were there at the highest water level possible... it'd be tougher to launch when the water level is lower, which it often is. The cons: There's nothing "pretty" about the sites themselves. Most of the sites are seasonal owners who leave their RV's, boats and golf carts there; they rent out the "empty" sites. The only real reason to stay at Hidden Shores would be if you're RV'ing boaters, which we are, but... The river is a challenge to say the least. We ran aground 3 times trying to get around the first bend past Imperial Dam. Thankfully, it was soft and sandy so no damage done, but it wasn't any fun either. I talked with many local boaters there and they suggested that unless you know the river it would be challenging all the time, and even then they have to re-learn the river when it changes... which it frequently does. Without being to reliably boat on the river without running aground on every turn, there's really no reason to stay at Hidden Shores. We couldn't even get a phone signal let alone a data signal on either our Sprint or AT&T services. The first Time Customer discount is nice, but the standard rate is way too expensive for what you get... we left after just one night and had to forfeit our $49.95 "discount" but there just wasn't any reason to stay. It's not a bad place... it has ok beaches and fishing on the river front, but that's not enough reason for us to go back. If you have a fishing boat or perhaps a jet boat with a very shallow draft, you night be able to enjoy more of the river than we could so it might be worth it for you. We camped at Hidden Shores in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
D101
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Santa Fe Skies RV Park, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

I'm not accustomed to leaving bad reviews for parks, so I'll just say this: I admit that I had pretty high expectations for this park based on the high price, previous reviews and recommendations from friends; my unrealistic expectations may very well be the reason I'm as disappointed as I am. Regardless, we will not be back. We camped at Santa Fe Skies RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Nearby Santa Fe and Albuquerque are nice, especially the Plaza in Santa Fe and Old Town in ABQ. By far, the most fun we had was at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe... more than enough reason to come back.

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Homolovi Ruins State Park, Winslow, Arizona

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

A nice park just outside Winslow, AZ. Sites were spacious and all had good views of the valley and surrounding mountains. We had to move from our reserved spot because it was so far out of level and a tree prevented us from positioning the rig close enough to the water and electric connections. the second spot was a little more level, but at least we could reach the hookups. There's a convenient dump station at the exit of the campground. The camp hosts were extremely friendly and cooperative. They know the spots can challenge for longer rigs so they're pretty flexible about which way you drive through the loops... it was easier to drive the "wrong" way on the road to get into our second site, and they had no problem with that. It's a good spot to spend a few nights if you're passing through. We camped at Homolovi Ruins State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Winslow is kind of a sad little town, but you have to at least see Standin' on the Corner Park, especially if you're an Eagles / Glenn Frey fan. Some fun souvenir shops to browse through if you have the time to kill.

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Los Angeles / Pomona / Fairplex KOA, Pomona, California

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

The sites were clean enough with nice trees and some grass...some, not much. I wasn't terribly impressed with anything about the park, but it's a clean, safe enough place to stay if you need to be in the area for whatever reason. I ran into some resistance from park personnel about having guests visit us for dinner one night - they're VERY strict about parking though I was able to "convince" them to relax their rules a bit for one night. There was quite a bit of noise Friday and Saturday nights from the Fairplex next door... if there's an event going on while you're there, expect some noise. We camped at Los Angeles / Pomona / Fairplex KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Zuni Village RV Park, Kingman, Arizona

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

This is a decent park, though there are a few too many permanent residents who don't care what their sites look like for my taste. The sites are wide and level, though not long enough to keep the towed connected - plenty of space to park it on the side of your rig though. The pool is small-ish and uncovered, but clean and well-maintained. The rest of the grounds are relatively plain, though most sites do have large, well-manicured trees for greenery and shade. The roads in are easy to maneuver, the staff are friendly and helpful. A nice place to spend a few days doing nothing. We camped at Zuni Village RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
52
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Distant Drums RV Resort, Camp Verde, Arizona

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

A clean, well-maintained park. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The roads inside the park are a bit narrow - I witnessed several folks with longer 5th wheels having a difficult time backing into their spots, but the escorts are pretty good at directing you into the spaces. This was our first experience in a "pull-in" spot where you pull-in forward instead of backing in or pulling-through. The view outside out windshield was worth the minimal challenge it was backing out. The pool is nice, all the facilities are clean and well maintained. The hookups are just about the easiest we've ever had - they're right where they're supposed to be, not stretched out from one corner of your rig to the other. One thing I will say - I don't understand a park pouring concrete pads so out of level. Our front tires had to be about 3" off the ground to level front-to-back, and every other site I looked at around us was the same. Oh well, it was a small price to pay for such a nice park. We camped at Distant Drums RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

So much to do and see in the area. Sedona speaks for itself, but Jerome and Cottonwood are also must-sees. Lots of great food and shopping in both, and quite a few wine tasting rooms as well. One word of caution: Jerome has extremely steep, twisty and narrow streets to navigate. Fine if you're in a car, but a big dually might have some issues parking and anything larger might have an issue just getting through town.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Leaf Verde RV Resort, Buckeye, Arizona

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

A good place to stay if you don't like driving your rig through Phoenix - which we don't. The sites were wide, long, and level enough. The facilities were clean and well-maintained. The staff was friendly and very helpful. We'll be back next time we're visiting friends in the area. We camped at Leaf Verde RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Blake Ranch RV Park & Horse Motel, Kingman, Arizona

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

I'm really quite surprised by this little park. It's simple, not a lot of amenities, but it's very clean and well cared for. The pull-thru sites are long and spacious, relatively level with a pea-gravel base. Power is consistent, water is decent, sewer is really close and the WiFi is probably the best in any park we've ever been in... though it is pretty empty here this time of year so that helps free up some bandwidth. A good place to stay for a couple of nights while we fixed up the family wagon. We camped at Blake Ranch RV Park & Horse Motel in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Kingman is just 15 miles down on I-40 for all the shopping and supplies you could ever need.

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

We were pleasantly surprised by how nice this "casino RV park" is. We weren't expecting much more than a glorified parking lot, but it's very well landscaped and maintained, the sites are all 70' pull-thrus with full hookups and fairly level pads (though ours was pretty low in front... I had to lift the front wheels off the ground an inch or two to get level). The check-in was easy, finding a spot was even easier and you simply can't beat the price. It's very quiet, very clean and very easy to find and access from I-5.

We're definitely bookmarking this park for our future trips through California. We camped at RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Crater Lake RV Park (AKA Prospect RV Park), Prospect, Oregon

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

The park is set inside a beautiful forest, with very tall, mature trees and landscaping. It's a gorgeous setting that is peaceful and serene. Nearby there are many hiking opportunities to gorges and waterfalls that will take your breath away... and Crater Lake is just a short drive away. We only planned to stay two nights; we stretched it to seven.

The WiFi is awful and data coverage is even worse. We didn't come here to surf the internet so it was ok, but still... some connectivity would have been nice just to look up nearby attractions.

The people are super friendly and helpful, the grounds are immaculately maintained and the sites are long and spacious. Hookups were very good... water is a little hard but tastes great, and the 50 amp power was rock solid.

We'll definitely be back. We camped at Crater Lake RV Park (AKA Prospect RV Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
43
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Crater Lake is a must-see. The park provides you with maps of local attractions that are also well worth the hike... waterfalls, gorges, bridges, etc. "The Rabbit Ears" is a gargantuan pair of granite monoliths that tower over a breathtaking landscape. The drive up Forest Service Road 6515 can get a little narrow and dicey but very doable when it's not raining or snowing.

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Silver City RV Resort, Minden, Nevada

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

It's not bad or horrible, but it is little more than a glorified parking lot with gravel yards that are uncomfortable to walk on and barely adequate pads to park your RV on. The pads aren't "pads" at all in the normal sense - they only cemented the tire tracks and left the center portion open, which they filled with the same gravel I mentioned earlier. That would be fine, I suppose, except that the "tire pads" are so far apart that the feet for my front jacks straddle the inside edge of the cement by exactly half - enough to have done some real damage if I hadn't noticed and put the full weight of the rig on them.

The noise from Hwy 395 is quite loud and there are a ton of full-timers who clearly have more important things to do than maintain their spaces. There is zero aesthetic appeal to any part of this "resort" - it's really just a flat place to park your RV.

At $40 a night with ZERO refunds for any reason, I expect a little more for my money. We camped at Silver City RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
35
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Nearby Minden and Gardnerville look like cute little towns with lots to explore. Historic Carson City is just up the road. The on-site fuel station had excellent prices for both gas and diesel.

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Tuttle Creek Campground, Lone Pine, California

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $5.00
Overall Rating:

Tuttle Creek Campground is a beautiful, rustic campground set in the Alabama Hills at the foot of the Whitney Mountain Range of the Sierras. It is a bare-bones facility - no hookups of any kind - but the 360` views make it worth being disconnected for awhile. I think most if not all sites have picnic tables and fire pits, and all of them are extremely spacious.

I just changed some of the basic information about the park: I added that this park DOES have big rig access. We're currently camped here in a 43' motorhome with a tow car and dolly and we have plenty of room in our space. As we toured all the loops of the campground yesterday, we counted at least 6 other sites we could have comfortably fit into. However, leveling can be an issue... there are probably a dozen sites or more that are long enough for bigger rigs but not level enough to stay in comfortably, but finding one that meets all your needs is just a matter of driving around a bit.

According to the ranger who came through here yesterday, the campground is rarely full - even in peak season. But there are a lot of day / tent campers here and they often take up the biggest sites with the smallest equipment, so even at only 50% capacity there may not be any big sites left.

Once you're here you'll marvel at the views. The sunrises and sunsets can be spectacular, and a short drive down Whitney Portal Road takes you to Movie Flat Road from which you can access some of the most beautiful topography on earth... and TONS of boondocking options as well, though very few for larger rigs.

Tuttle Creek Campground is clean, quiet, extremely inexpensive and pretty easy to access. There is a paved one-lane road into the park and they have very tall, angled speed bumps, but go slow and everything will be just fine. We camped at Tuttle Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

For such a tiny town, Lone Pine has a large assortment of restaurants and bars, most of which I'm told are at least 3-stars or better.

The views from Movie Flat Road are breathtaking... don't miss it.

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