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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Jack's Landing RV Resort, Grants Pass, Oregon

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

This is well-kept basic park with few amenities. I wouldn't call it a "Resort" since there are no amenities other than laundry and restrooms. "RV Park" would be a better naming choice. The park is very well maintained. We've stayed at about 40 parks in the past 2 years, and this may be best landscaped and maintained park we've been too. Very clean, tidy, easy to navigate. There is a lot of road noise, if that sort of thing bothers you (it doesn't bother us). We camped at Jack's Landing RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

There's a great park right along the river in downtown Grant's Pass with an excellent playground.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Redding RV Park, Redding, California

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a simple, clean, affordable stop. The staff is friendly, they offer a free basic continental breakfast (coffee, pastries, fruit), they do have a pool, pool table, and laundry facility as well. All sites are relatively level, paved, but a bit tight. We'd stay here again. We camped at Redding RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Lake Minden RV Resort - Thousand Trails, Nicolaus, California

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

Like many other Thousand Trails parks, this one needs a lot of maintenance. The putt-putt course is basically unplayable, the septic system that serves the full-hookups section is undersized or just broken and full-hookups sites can only dump every other day, all of the buildings show major signs of age and wear. However, we had fun here. A stroll around the lake is pleasant. There are two playground -- both very minimal and in need of repair -- but out kids enjoyed them. The family clubhouse has been updated and is nice and clean. We'd stay again, but good glory I wish they'd fix the issue with the full hookups sites. We camped at Lake Minden RV Resort - Thousand Trails in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

There's nothing within 20-30 minutes. You'll be driving down towards Sacramento if you need a grocery store.

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Yosemite Westlake Campground & RV Park, Coulterville, California

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

If you're tent camping, this is probably a really great stay. It's close to Yosemite, has nice grassy areas for tent camping, and reasonable (if somewhat dirty and outdated) bathrooms. However, if you're in an RV, you better hope it's less than 30' long. We stayed here in a 35' travel trailer and had fits getting into a site -- and we've stayed at nearly 40 parks in the past 2 years. This was the closest I've come to giving up and leaving. That's not a judgement on the park, which is ok. It's just the reality of the size of the sites compared to the size of my RV. We ended up getting into the 2nd site we were offered (first back-in site wasn't happening, ever). So, here's the bad: tight sites, hard to get into, unlevel, no cell reception. Also, there is no good way to get in or out of Coulterville if you have a bigger RV. Every road in/out of town is going to feel perilous in a large RV. Here's the good: the manager and owner were both great people. Friendly, welcoming, and helpful. There's a very nice shared greenspace in the middle of the park with a communal fire pit. Makes it easy to make friends with the neighbors. We'd stay again, but I'd be in a constant state of dread it until we got there, got one of the larger sites, and were set up. We camped at Yosemite Westlake Campground & RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 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

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Casa De Fruta RV Orchard Resort, Hollister, California

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We were just here for a two-night stopover so we could see Pinnacles Nat'l Monument on our way to Yosemite. This would be a very nice place to stay for an extended stay with kids -- just not in the summer (heat warning)! There is so much fun here for the kids: playground, pool, open grassy areas to run around, a miniature train ride (costs), a carousel, and more. If you have a few dollars to burn you could stay busy here for 2 or 3 days without leaving the park and not get bored. Sites are a little tight, but reasonable. Hookups are convenient. Bathrooms and laundry facility are very nice and clean. We camped at Casa De Fruta RV Orchard Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Pinnacles Nat'l Monument is about an hour away and worth a daytrip. Also, visit Moss Landing State Beach ~ 1 hr away to see SEA OTTERS in the wild! :)

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Adelanto RV Park , Adelanto, California

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects the weekly rate. Adelanto is a rough little town. I don't recommend doing too much wandering around the town itself. However, Adelanto RV park is clean, well-kept, and a great value compared to the other RV parks within a hour's drive. We used this is our homebase to explore Joshua Tree Nat'l Park and the So Cal beach -- not really that close, both were FULL daytrips. We camped at Adelanto RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Best nearby grocery option is Walmart. Take a right out of the park, take a right at the first light, and drive 10 minutes to Walmart on the left.

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Thousand Trails Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $3.00
Overall Rating:      

So, on one hand, I really appreciate this park. We ended up in Vegas (baby!) with no place to stay after the park we had made a reservation at flaked out on us. No where had space for us, but I called TT Las Vegas and they did have space. So I jumped online, signed up for Thousand Trails (something we'd already been talking about doing for months), and headed for the park. They really bailed us out.

On the other hand, I want to be honest about this campground. It's just ok. The sites are very tight, but that's not unusual in a metro area. The sites are all gravel. The pool building had been damaged months ago when a tree fell on it, and had not been repaired. Amenities were quite limited with the pool closed.

Having said all of that. We'd stay again. It was pleasant, felt safe, was close to all of the Vegas attractions, and like I said, they really bailed us out, so I'm grateful for that. We camped at Thousand Trails Nevada in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Leeds RV Park & Motel, Leeds, Utah

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

A very nice little park. Sites are pretty tight but ok. Sites are level. Bathrooms, clubhouse, laundry facilities are all very nice. This is primarily a park for snowbirds, but our crew of 7 (including 5 in the under-10 crowd) never felt out of place or unwelcome. We camped at Leeds RV Park & Motel in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

This entire area is stunning. The short drive from St. George back up to Leeds is gorgeous. While there aren't any grocery stores in Leeds, St. George is close and has everything. Zion National Park isn't too far -- you can make it in a daytrip. There are many nice parks and outdoor spaces in St. George.

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Ballard RV Park, Thompson, Utah

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects the weekly rate for a 30 amp unit. This is a very bare-bones park, which is totally fine with us, but if you're looking for amenities and entertainment in your RV park, look elsewhere. A great value compared to the grossly overpriced parks 30 minutes away in Moab. The bathroooms are in a double-wide travel trailer that is also the campground office. The laundry consists of one washer and dryer also in the doublewide. We didn't use either so I can't say how they are. What makes this a fun place to stay is the Thompson Springs ghost town that's only been a ghost town for a decade or two and the Sego Canyon ghost town that's been a ghost town for a very long time (150 years maybe???). Make sure you explore Sego Canyon. I think we had more fun there than at Arches Nat'l Park. We would definitely stay here again. Nice folks, decent quiet park, reasonable rate. If only there were a grocery store closer than 30 minutes away. We camped at Ballard RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

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

Drive straight through the Thompson Springs ghost town and head into Sego Canyon. First you'll come to a lot of ancient native american rock art. Keep going onto the dirt road, take a right when you see the sign for Sego Canyon and go another mile or two to see quite a few structures dating back a hundred years or so.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Wild West Ranch and RV Resort (formerly John Wayne RV Ranch), Maricopa, Arizona

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed for two nights to visit a few spots in Phoenix. It's about 45 minutes from this RV park into Phoenix. It's one of the few parks in the area that is 100% family-friendly, which is why we picked it. Great value at the Passport America rate. Site was reasonably spacious. It just was just dirt, but that's pretty normal in this part of the country. Hookups were all where they should be and without issue. We'd stay again. We camped at Wild West Ranch and RV Resort (formerly John Wayne RV Ranch) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Woody Mountain Campground & RV Park, Flagstaff, Arizona

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

This campground is really just ok. However, for the money, it's probably the best value in Flagstaff. The sites are all thick, dark, dirt. You can imagine how much fun that is to deal with with small children. Some sites are quite spacious while others are quite small. The campground seems to may a strong attempt to place campers into the sites they are best suited to. Our site was perfectly adequate for our 35' travel trailer and Excursion, but there were many sites that would not have been adquate. The campground does fill up on the weekends, so make a reservation. The facilities are in poor shape. The laundry room has no hot water and many of the machines are broken. The bathrooms are clean but in need of a remodel. Rate reflects the monthly rate for a family of 7. We camped at Woody Mountain Campground & RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
50
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Walmart and multiple grocery stores are within 5-10 minutes as are two excellent laundromats. Take a drive down Woody Mountain Rd while you're here, we saw a large herd of elk about 10 miles down the road. The grand canyon is about a 1:40 drive from this spot - leave by 7 AM to get decent parking. Be sure to hike into red mountain while you're here. It's about 40 minutes away and a very neat hike. Don't miss Montezuma's Castle.

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Temperate Zone RV Park, Deming, New Mexico

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

I love this park. It may be the most peaceful place we've ever camped. The couple that owns/runs the campground is as kind and helpful as they could be. The campground is almost 2 miles down a dirt road and more than 10 miles from the nearest town. While we were here the park was never even half full. Not great for the owners, but we loved it. We had the club house to ourselves and used it pretty much daily. It has a Wii, which our kids love, a pool table in poor repair (not that I'm complianing) and a kitchen. While the clubhouse is not kept very clean, there are also two restrooms with showers that are kept very clean. The laundry room consists of 2 very large washers and 2 very large dryers. You can do 2 or 3 loads of laundy in one of these massive machines which are paid for on the honor system (use them, keep track of your loads, and pay at checkout). That's really all that there is to the park. It's neat, simple, cheap, and peaceful. If that's what you're looking for, you'll love it. If you're looking for a resort-style campground with loads of amenities, keep looking. We camped at Temperate Zone RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

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

City of Rocks State Park is about 20 minutes away and is very very cool. Rockhound State Park is about 30 minutes away and is ok, though not nearly as much fun as City of Rocks. You're also less than 1 hour from Mexio and less than 3 hours from the Gila Cliff Dwellings when you stay here. If you like the outdoors, there's plenty to do.

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

MacMillen RV Park, Fort Davis, Texas

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

It's worth pointing out that as far as I can tell this is as good or better than any other private RV park in the Fort Davis area. If you can't get into the state park (of if you have to have cell service), I don't think you'll do any better than this park in Fort Davis. Having said all of that, this park is nothing to get excited about. Gravel, dirt, and weeds are interspersed to the point that's it's hard to tell exactly what is a site and what is a yard. Each site does have a small patio with a picnic table, which is nice. The building with the bathrooms is in poor repair, but the bathrooms themselves are clean and adequate. The laundry facility is limited to just one washer and dryer. While we've been here no one has ever worked in the office. Campers have been checked in by the host who's customer service skills leave a little to be desired - nice enough guy, but sure likes to point out what you're doing wrong. In addition, we made a reservation over the phone / email and when we arrived were informed of the extra fees we'd be paying due to the size of our family (rates are based on 2 occupants only). If we're in the area again we may stay here, but only because there aren't many other good options. We camped at MacMillen RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

There's so much to do within 1-2 hrs of Fort Davis: Davis Mountain State Park, Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, the MacDonald Observatory, Mt Livermore, Balmorhea State Park, the Marfa Lights, etc. Take your pick.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Pioneer River Resort, Bandera, Texas

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

The staff were very friendly. During the winter this park is full of snowbirds, and there are activities nearly every night that are well attended by the long-term folks. We were there for two weeks and participated in a few of the events, and as a young family with children we were warmly welcomed. The playground is pretty great for kids and you can walk from the campground over to Bandera City Park. The park is right on the Medina river, which is crystal-clear and a great place to sit and read or skip stones. The only thing we did not care of is the layout of the sites. All of the pull-throughs are configured as "buddy-sites". If you're camping with someone you know, that's great. If not, you're counting on the luck of the draw that you'll have good neighbors. Also, the sites are VERY tight. I think there were about 4 feet between our slide and our neighbors slide. We'd stay again, but I'd request a back in site if we did. We camped at Pioneer River Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Lost Maples State Natural Area is beautiful and the drive over to it is stunning. Hill Country State Natural Area is nearby and worth a day trip or two for some good local hiking. From the campground you're less than an hour from downtown San Antonio, so a day trip in to see the Riverwalk and the Alamo are definitely worth it.

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Route 1069 RV Resort, Rockport, Texas

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

The couple that runs the park is great. Very friendly and helpful. The community of snowbirds is also very close-knit - they have events in the rec room nearly every night (potluck dinners, karaoke, etc) and get together to drink coffee nearly every morning. The park is kept in good repair. The only downsides are that the sites are very tight. We had a back-in and had a pretty hard time getting our 35' TT into the site, we had to ask a few other residents to move their vehicles so we had adequate space. Also, while there is a small swimming pool, there isn't much else here. If you want to do anything, you're going to be driving. We enjoyed our stay and would stay again if in the area. The rate is based on the weekly rate. We camped at Route 1069 RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Rockport Donuts is excellent. The Rockport beach is great - perfect for kids or those who don't want waves. If you want waves, head for Padre Island in Corpus Christi.

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