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Fulltimers living in a 43' RV with 4 Border Collies.

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Review Count: 82
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 40

Ute Mountain Casino RV Park, Towaoc, Colorado

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

An older, smaller casino rv park. Gravel pads are very narrow and long enough for our 43 foot rv, but leaving limited room for our jeep to park. Lots of trees and grass areas and we picked site 11 so had a huge side yard. Great place to overnight when passing through the area, but I wouldn't want to stay an extended period of time. Lots of trees overhanging the roads and sites which are in need of trimming. We camped at Ute Mountain Casino RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
11
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches
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Review Count: 82
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 40

Grand Canyon Railway RV Park, Williams, Arizona

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

While a decent enough place to stay for a few nights, we were not impressed. Very narrow sites with neighbors almost on top of you. Extremely high turnover so there were constantly rigs coming and going. Lots of road noise and loud trains so not very restful. Why visit? We'll, if like us, you couldn't get a spot at the Grand Canyon NP, this place isn't a bad option location wise. Dog friendly, but the dog walking path is very sharp gravel so our guys didn't use it. Good AT&T coverage and clear sky for satellite reception. We camped at Grand Canyon Railway RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
133
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
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
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 82
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 40

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Cannonville, Utah

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

Wow! If I had to pick a location, design, and build a state park in Utah, this would be pretty darn close to what I would come up with. The park itself is amazing, with many miles of dog friendly hiking trails, incredible views, and amazing rock formations. Super quiet and mostly super dark at night with the exception of light loving neighbors (there really should be a rule against lights on at night). Several full hookup sites are on one side of the campground and all are big rig friendly with plenty of length and width. A couple of the pull through spots are about 100' long. The back in sites are a bit shorter, but still plenty of room for the longest of rigs and are off the main road. We had a back in which was very nice, but next time we'll select a pull through so we get afternoon shade from our rig. The non hookup sites are much more mixed with some being just a wide spot in the road, to short back ins, to huge, super long pull throughs. Check the map to know what you're getting when making reservations. We loved this park and the amazing location. All sites and roads are newer asphalt, so no dust and no rocks tracked into the rv. Lots of amazing hiking around the area as well as in the park. We'll be back! We camped at Kodachrome Basin State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
K029
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby

Review Count: 82
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 40

Portal RV Resort and Campground, Moab, Utah

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our second stay at Portal and first time in the campground section. While not as nice and with smaller sites then the resort section, it wasn't bad. The sites are pretty narrow with very close neighbors, but no worse than most private campgrounds. It is a very convenient location to visit the many state and national parks in the area (and to do some jeeping !). There are two rows of full hookup 50amp pull throughs, one row of full hookup 30 amp pull throughs, and one row of full hookup 50 amp back ins. We preferred the back in sites as there was a bit more space between them and there was a grassy strip behind (the only non gravel area in the campground section). As before, the hilight for the dogs was the very dog friendly swimming hole with pretty clear/clean water. All sites are mostly level and long enough for big rigs. A couple of dings....the roads are gravel and drivers do not obey the speed limit so there is a lot of dust which gets kicked up. The owners are pretty fond of their plants, so don't let them see your dog peeing on any. This will remain our location when visiting the area, but mainly because of the swimming hole for the dogs. Reservations are suggested as they do host rally's and it is a popular spot. We camped at Portal RV Resort and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
39
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 82
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 40

The Riverside Ranch (formerly Riverside Resort & RV Park), Hatch, Utah

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

We were not as impressed as other recent reviewers. Yes, the 50 amp electric, water, and sewer were all good, but you expect that. The campground itself had limited patchy grass, but mostly it was all dusty gravel. You are next to a highway so there is a fair amount of road noise, but that does quiet down during the night. The sites were mostly long enough for big rigs and level enough (a few sites had some slope). They were decently wide which was nice. There is zero shade, and since apparently the sites were recently redone, I don't understand why they weren't oriented facing the opposite direction so the rigs could provide shade on the patio side. Very dog friendly and dogs are allowed to run free in the very large open field and swim in the stream which was great. Good Verizon and AT&T coverage. Open sky for satellite reception. We camped at The Riverside Ranch (formerly Riverside Resort & RV Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Cedar Breaks national monument is amazing and a must visit. Best Friends Animal Society is also very cool and we highly recommend a visit there.

Review Count: 82
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 40

James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park / Island Acres Section, Palisade, Colorado

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a really lovely park along the Colorado river with decent sites that are mostly nicely spaced, level, with two loops of full hookups. That's the good. Unfortunately, the bad list is much longer. Only poor 30 amp service which wasn't enough to run more than one of our ACs. You are right next to the interstate, so traffic is very loud and very consistent all hours of the day and night. There is a train next to the river that some folks complained about, but honestly, with the road noise, the train didn't bother us. The nice grass is watered, but the sprinkler heads need to be aimed better since our coach was sprayed leaving some very hard water deposits on it. Super easy on/off the interstate, so a decent place to spend a night, but I wouldn't recommend an extended stay. Due to the extremely hot weather and poor 30 amp service, we cut our stay short and will hopefully get a partial refund. No Verizon coverage, but we had very good AT&T coverage for our hotspot. Clear sky for satellite reception. Zero desire to stay here again. We camped at James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park / Island Acres Section in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
54
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

Review Count: 82
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 40

Ridgway State Park, Ridgway, Colorado

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

We spent two weeks at this park and enjoyed it more the longer we were there. Very large park with multiple campgrounds and multiple loops within those campgrounds. We stayed in the Pa-Co-Chu-Pu campground, so this review is specific to that one.

Mostly pull through sites and many had vegetation between the road and pad for an extra element of privacy. The pads are not overly long or wide for big rigs. We had to wedge our 43' RV in with some back and forth adjustments. We still couldn't fit all tires on the concrete, but not to worry since the rest of the parking area is blacktop. Sites vary a lot and ours was long and narrow, but with a really nice concrete sidewalk between the door area and the outdoor space situated at the rear of the RV.

You do get pretty consistent road noise from the highway, but depending on site, it's not horrible. When picking a site, the ones closest to the river are quietest and most of those offer more afternoon shade which is nice. This was our first time to this area and we loved it.

A couple of dings. There were dog bag stations, but no waste bags anywhere. A few plastic shopping bags crammed in them though. Sites are 30 amp only which wasn't enough to run more than one AC. It did cool off nicely at night though. Good AT&T signal, ok Verizon signal. We had clear sky for satellite. We will stay here again. We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
244
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

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

Ouray, Silverton, and Telluride areas are incredibly beautiful with amazing Jeep/ATV trails. Gorgeous hiking trails nearby as well.

Except for the Friday Farmers market (which is very nice) in Ridgeway, skip shopping there and instead drive to Montrose for better grocery stores and a nice selection of big chain stores.

Review Count: 82
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 40

Navajo State Park, Arboles, Colorado

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

Three separate campgrounds in this large CO state park. We stayed in the newer full hookup section which was very nice. Any of the pull through sites in the full hookup section are big rig friendly, mostly level, and nicely separated. The main difference is the view (or lack there of) and the fact that some sites had a shade shelter. Any site overlooking the lake are prime sites, but we think site 144 was the best of the bunch. A few short walking trails are available, but none are that great. Very dog friendly with bags and waste stations around the campground and park. We were able to let our guys run in the very nice grass with no complaints (and some compliments) about being off leash when actively engaged with us which is really appreciated. Being pretty far from any major towns, this is a very quiet campground except for the noisy cows next door :-). A couple of dings...the roads and sites are gravel, so can be dusty and can get muddy when it rains. The trash containers can get very smelly and attract lots of flies. While we were there, the neighbor cows got into the campground leaving many deposits around the sites and roads. Decent Verizon and AT&T coverage and open sky for satellite reception. Nice laundry facilities that we used since our washer was on the fritz. We enjoyed our relaxing stay here and would stay again. We camped at Navajo State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
144
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

Review Count: 82
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 40

Riana Abiquiu Lake COE, Abiquiu, New Mexico

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

A really lovely, quite campground with some incredible views. We stayed in the water/Electric area and while most all the sites were big rig friendly, most are not super level although we got pretty close. I'd recommend the back in sites over the pull through which are basically a wide spot in the road. Some of the sites are closer to each other than we'd like. We picked a site which had a close neighbor on the drivers side, but no neighbors on the passenger side so we had some privacy. Site 1, if you can book it, looked to be the best in the area. No neighbors on either side and an incredible view of the reservoir and mountains. My only complaint was that the water pressure was the worse we have encountered over the last three years. Not necessarily a bad thing though since there are no sewer hookups. Friendly staff, a gorgeous area of New Mexico with lots of outdoor things to do in the area. No access to the lake from the campground, but we were able to take the dogs swimming near the boat landing/day use area behind day use area 4. Sharp rocks though, so watch the feet. Surprisingly good AT&T hotspot coverage and clear sky for satellite reception. We camped at Riana Abiquiu Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

The earth ship community in Taos is very cool, but call ahead to make tour reservations so you can visit several houses. The views from the top of Cerro Pedernal are incredible and worth the effort.

Review Count: 82
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 40

Boyd Lake State Park, Loveland, Colorado

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

All sites are short pull thoughs, electric only and very close to neighbors. For a quick overnight stay, it was fine, but I wouldn't want to spend any length of time here. Really nice walking/biking trails around the park and into surrounding communities. We camped at Boyd Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Cottonwood 126
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient

Review Count: 82
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 40

St. Vrain State Park, Longmont, Colorado

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in the newer, full hookup section, so this review is specific to that area. First the good. Very nice large sites with nice spacing between them. The way the campground is organized in large loops mean you aren't looking out toward close neighbors and have some really nice views from your patio area. Long, very wide, and flat concrete pads which also include concrete around the electric pedestal and water/sewer hookups (no mud!). Really decent price for full hookups. Any of the sites in the full hookup section are very big rig friendly. You can't go wrong with any, but when selecting your site online, try to find one further from the highway and off the main gravel campground road. Also, during warmer months, take into account orientation so you get afternoon shade from your rig. The bad...close to busy highway so you get consistent, pretty loud highway noise. The roads in the newer section are all very, very dusty gravel so there is a lot of dust kicked up any time anyone drives through. No shade other from your rig or site shelter. A few more dings...the dumpster and recycling can were always full. No dog waste stations anywhere in park. Nice short walking paths around the ponds. We camped at St. Vrain State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
85
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 82
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 40

Keyhole State Park, Moorcroft, Wyoming

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

First, the dump station is right outside the park entrance, so we dumped and disconnected the jeep while dumping. Then, when we get to the check in station, about 50 yards away from the dump station, they wanted us to pay for an extra vehicle since it wasn't towed in!!

Several campgrounds in the park, but we stayed in the Tatanka loop, so this review is specific to that loop. Hilly campground, but while the gravel pads had some degree of levelness to them, there wasn't a lot of level areas anywhere. Depending on your location and wind direction, you may get to "enjoy" the stench from the pit toilets.

Very crowded on the weekends and most people seem to come for the water access as there were a lot of boats on the reservoir. Don't wash your rv before arriving. The roads are all gravel and very dusty so when cars go by, they kick up a lot of dust which coats everything!

About the only positive thing I can say is that the park is fairly close to Devils Tower which is awesome. Oh, and the long concrete walking path is very nice. It also is pretty quiet at night once the noisy neighbors turn in.

A few sites in the Tatanka loop are big rig friendly and offer water and 50 amp electric. We had open sky on our site (11) for satellite reception, but I suspect most sites are too tree covered. Useable AT&T for internet and decent Verizon coverage.

If your main motivation for visiting the area is Devils Tower, I'd suggest a private park closer to the monument. If you enjoy water sports, don't mind the dust and smell, you may enjoy it here. We camped at Keyhole State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
T11
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
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, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Obviously, Devils Tower is a must visit, and spend some time off the main blacktop trail around the base. Take a random drive through the Bear Lodge Mountain range (mostly narrow gravel roads) for some spectacular vistas.

Review Count: 82
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 40

Tilly's American Travelers RV Resort, Oronoco, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

After staying in several of the Rochester area parks, we were pleasantly surprised with Tilly's. A new low daily rate of $35 (flat fee), with cheaper rates available for week and month long stays. Sites were mostly decently wide, especially in the back row furthest from the road, and especially if you get one of sites on a corner. They also no longer charge for shower use, although the showers could use a good cleaning. There is road noise from hwy 52, but not as bad as other rv parks in the area, and it does quiet down at night. Another plus for us is the park is on the north side of Rochester, so closer to the twin cities, but you are further from downtown Rochester and I don't believe there is a shuttle service. No fire rings (another plus for us), and very few picnic tables may bother some. The back in sites looked to have larger side yards than the pull through sites, but it varies by location. Big rig friendly, but that may change as the trees get larger. Very dog friendly with a large unfenced dog exercise area that we let our guys run on. For a full hookup park in the Rochester vicinity, we don't think you could do better and this will be our "go to" location when visiting the area. Good Verizon, at&t, and clear sky for satellite reception. We camped at Tilly's American Travelers RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Back row 6
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 82
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 40

Chester Woods Park, Eyota, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

See my previous review for additional details. We stayed two weeks during this visit and mostly really enjoyed it. While not a lot of dog friendly trails, there are a few (nicely marked) with bag and waste stations. The grass trail through the meadow and along the tree line is loaded with ticks, so avoid that one. Very peaceful and quiet during the week with a very friendly crew. The weekends however, are horrible. Crowded, screaming kids, noisy neighbors, and smoky fires made it less than pleasant. There is some noise from the highway and an occasional train, but it didn't bother us. We won't hesitate to stay here again during the week, but will be looking for alternatives for the weekend. A $5/day pass is required for visitors, but campers pay $5 for their entire stay. If this park had full hookups and they trimmed the trees along the road, it would easily rate an 8 or 9. We camped at Chester Woods Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2 and 8
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
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, Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 82
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 40

East Harbor State Park, Lakeside-Marblehead, Ohio

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

A very large, decent Ohio state park on the shore of Lake Erie. Unfortunately, it really didn't do much for us as sites are close together, there are limited trails, and while the entire campground is now open to dogs, I certainly wouldn't call it a dog friendly park. We had one of the few full hookup sites, which was nice (I understand they are new in the last 2-3 years), but be sure and make reservations if you want full hookups. The vast majority of sites are also not suitable for big rigs so choose your site carefully (all full hookup sites are big rig friendly). We'd stay again if passing through the area, but we certainly wouldn't go out of our way to visit. Decent, but not great AT&T signal and open sky for satellite reception. We camped at East Harbor State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A172
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
Yes

Campground Details

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

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