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Review Count: 24
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.

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Review Count: 24
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: 24
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: 24
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: 24
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: 24
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: 24
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: 24
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: 24
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: 24
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: 24
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.

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Willits KOA, Willits, California

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a lovely little park with a nice pool area, decent general store, hiking area, mature trees and well-kept grounds. It's laid out kinda weird but everything is accessible so it works. The spaces are set very far apart and most look to be wide and/or long enough to accommodate a rig and a tow'd. Ours has a picnic table, fire ring and a small barbecue grill... all in the back of the space.

Customer service was fast and excellent. This is our first KOA experience and so far it's been very pleasant. The discount we got at the park for becoming KOA members actually paid for the membership itself, so I'll call that a win-win.

I will agree with previous comments that the sites aren't very level - so make sure you pack your chocks and blocks - but I'll disagree with some others about the noise. Inconsiderate neighbors just happen sometimes and they aren't necessarily a reflection on the overall quality of the park - it's been quiet as a mouse since we pulled in.

More on the site level issue: The sites are large-grade gravel (bigger rocks than usual) so if your rig is as big and heavy as mine you'll want to clear the space under your jack's foot pads of any larger stones... otherwise they'll slip-n-slide on you until they finally crush into the ground which can be a little nerve-racking. If you use those plastic pads under your jacks, I wouldn't count on being able to use them again; they're likely to get pretty chewed up.

I actually couldn't level up completely because our site is low in the back and to the right. My curb-side was up off the ground already (which is fine) but to level perfectly I would have needed to lift the rear off the ground as well, meaning that only my left-front tire could have been chocked, and in my opinion that's simply not enough braking support for this much rig. It wasn't so un-level that it was uncomfortable, but if you have a propane fridge it might be an issue. We camped at Willits KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The Mendocino coast is an hour away to the west; Clearlake is about an hour or so to the east depending on which side you go to. Despite the drought, Clearlake was completely full and beautiful when we drove by on 04/20/2016. Lots of wine-country options in just about any direction, though some of the best might be an hour and a half drive, but it's beautiful this time of year so it's worth it.

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Grand Sierra Resort RV Park, Reno, Nevada

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

GSR RV Park was actually a pleasant surprise for us. We just needed long enough space to park in overnight and it was so nice we ended up staying two nights. The park is not a resort by any stretch of the imagination, but the concrete sites are long, wide and level, the power and water are excellent (see "Tips" below) and the customer service was very satisfactory.

The laundry looked nice and clean but the "store" doesn't carry much, so come prepared to go shopping in town if you forget anything. Our site - #510 - was right on the end of a row so we had a fairly unobstructed view of the snow-capped Sierra's, which was nice, but I doubt everyone had the same view if someone was parked next to them.

There is a bit of road noise from an access road in the back (because our site on the end of a row was so close to it), and the park is situated near the near of the end of the take-off runway for the airport, so we did hear a few big jets flyover - but not bad enough to keep us awake at night.

All in all, a very good park to stay in for a few nights. We camped at Grand Sierra Resort RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
510
Site Surface
Concrete

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

We were warned when checking in that the water pressure is "about 100 psi" which is enough to blow the pipes out of any rig. We don't hook up directly to water - we fill out tanks and use our onboard pump - so it wasn't an issue for us, but if you do make sure you use a quality pressure regulator.

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Boulder Creek RV Resort, Lone Pine, California

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Much has already been said about this park, and I concur with much of it. It's a beautiful park, immaculately maintained and easy to navigate. The customer service is exemplary, the general store is well-stocked and the pool and club house are very inviting.

One reviewer mentioned something about being packed in like sardines and tripping over stuff to get out his front door. I walked the entire park and couldn't find ANY site that was this small... even the tent sites were spacious enough to park a car in next to or in front of the tent. Our site could have easily fit two of my rigs side by side, it was that wide and 70' long... as were all the pull-thru's.

The sites are compacted sand and gravel, fairly level with just a couple tweaks of our jacks. Pretty strong WiFi and good cell signal. The 50 amp power was clean and rock solid; the water pressure was good and the water itself tasted ok. There's zero antenna reception, as expected, but they do have cable - I didn't use it so I can't describe the quality. This park is easily #1 0r #2 our Top 5 list. We camped at Boulder Creek RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
65
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Del Valle, Livermore, California

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

The park itself is an absolute 10: It's gorgeous and expansive with lots of hiking areas to explore and wildlife to see. I spoke to several park personnel, both in person and on the phone, and all of them provided outstanding customer service.

Here's the catch: We booked our site online for our 42' rig. It was plenty long enough but it was so far out of level front to back that there was no way I could level out our rig. I would have had to lift my front tires off the ground 2'7"... that's not an exaggeration, it's a calculated fact. We suffered through climbing uphill to our bedroom in the back for one night and decided to cancel the rest of our 5-night stay.

Because of the way their computer systems are set up, once your stay has begun you Can't cancel the rest of your days. I spoke to a very nice woman on the phone and I told her about our problem and that I was thinking of moving. She explained the "can't cancel" issue and suggested that I write an email to her supervisor and explain the situation and that he "could probably do something to help." I called back an hour later to confirm that we would be moving and that I would just take my chances on getting some of my money back. The second woman I spoke to was extremely sympathetic to our problem, and she took it upon herself to speak directly to her supervisor after we'd hung up... I got a phone message from her a couple hours later stating that a refund had been approved and would appear on my card after our initial reservation dates had passed, which is exactly what happened. Now That's exemplary customer service.

The level issue described above didn't impact the long 5th wheels we saw there as badly as it did us, but they were using Lots of blocks and 2x4's to do it.

So the park deserves a 10-star rating as long as you can actually park there. There was one site I saw that was long and level enough for us, #5, but it was reserved. I was told there are pull-thru's in a section of the park that was closed when we were there, but they'd be the best option "next time." We camped at Del Valle in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Our GPS directed us down through town to get there, but the easiest way by far is to take South Vasco Road south from 580, right on Tesla, left on Mines Road. Otherwise, you'll be dodging low trees, narrow lanes and thick traffic all the way through the heart of Livermore.

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