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Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We managed to get the last available spot in the park and were a little chagrined to discover there were no hook-ups. When I called the office to inquire about potable water for our tanks, I was told there was water at the dump station but when we arrived, the signs said "Do Not Drink" so we didn't and couldn't locate any spigots close the road (even though we were told there were many). We ended up filling up from an empty campsite.

Our site, A-8, was a very nice pull-thru but was "backwards," i.e. the one-way street had us going the wrong way so our awning and door opened to the street. We ended up coming back the wrong-way so we could put out the awning and were promptly told by the host we had come in the wrong way but too late, we stayed. I noticed a number of other "wrong-way" sites with campers obviously doing the same thing we did.

After all that, turned out to be a beautiful site with a lovely view of the mountains (sunrises and sunsets were stunning). We were by the horse trail but it wasn't a problem and we had one neighbor within site. We missed having electricity but water and electrical hook-ups are available in loop B (also be forewarned those sites are closer together without much vegetation between them) and one part of the A loop (a much nicer loop with trees and bushes between sites).

Bathrooms were clean and large but the hand held shower head didn't stay where it should and sprayed the wall or the shower curtain and I ended up having to hold it during the entire shower, but it the water was hot.

Others have mentioned the huge new shopping center directly across the street from the entrance, and while it distracts from the "wilderness" experience, was pretty handy for the Wal-Mart and restaurants (especially In-n-Out Burger!).

A beautiful campground with lots to do in the vicinity, but make sure have reservations beforehand as the overflow campground is pretty dismal. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A-8
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Huge shopping center "across the street" but still about a mile away from the actual campground. Chain restaurants such as In-n-Out Burger, Olive Garden, a Mexican restaurant, and a big pub restaurant were all newly installed along with Wal-Mart, a sporting goods store and much more. A bike trail goes along the shopping center and believe continues through the valley.

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States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Laughlin / Avi Casino KOA, Laughlin, Nevada

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed twice, first in a site that backed up to a large grassy area and second in a narrow pull-thru site. The back-in site wasn't long enough for our truck and 24' trailer so had to unhitch but the green grass and no close neighbors were a plus. The second site was a horrible pull-thru that was so narrow the neighboring motorhome's slide encroached on our side and the home's inhabitants had to walk through our site to get to their front door. There was no room to sit on the side of the trailer and our outside sitting area was in the driveway by the park trashcan.

The entire park is gravel with no trees although the back/pull-in sites that border the golf course seem to be more desirable but inhabitants seem to be long-term campers. Showers were very well kept and constantly being cleaned. Internet (free) worked well the first stay as we were right by the router but the second time it didn't work at all.

The Avi Casino/Hotel is about 1/3 mile and has a nice beach on the Colorado River and a beautiful pool area that can be used by campers. They also have a dry camping area that can be used if no hook-ups are needed. Be forewarned that fireworks go off every night, which was no big deal if one doesn't go to bed before 10:00. We camped at Laughlin / Avi Casino KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

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

Avi Casino has a nice pool and beach that can be used by KOA campers. There are major grocery stores about 2 miles away in Mojave Valley. Stay away from Needle for gasoline; better off buying it at the casino station.

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States Visited: 2
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Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town (formerly Sam's Town Casino & RV Park) , Las Vegas, Nevada

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Roads are paved but all RV spots are gravel with a little space between RVs and the area is dotted with trees and a bit of grass. The first time we stayed in a pull-through, and be forewarned that the hook-ups are "buddy" with two units sharing one post. The second time we had a back-in which was long enough for our 24' trailer but had to unhitch although there was space to park our pick-up next to the trailer. The back-in spots are also "buddy" which means every other spot is a "pull in" rather than a "back in." Noise from road, especially at night so ask for spots in rear of park although sirens can still be heard.

Staff was nice and accommodating but the bathrooms are in desperate need of updating. I'm unsure if the grime was a result of not cleaning enough or just age (I didn't look that close), and water temperature would change (mine was too cold and spouse's was too hot).

Security is non-existent and we hope that changes. According to a security staff from Sam's Town, since KOA has taken over, there is no security presence at night and the first morning we were there a street guy and his wife tried to steal someone's wheelchair from their campsite by placing his wife in it and wheeling it out the park. The owner had to confront him to get it back.

Wifi works fine in the office but I couldn't get it to work in the pool area even though it was supposed to be available.

Used laundry facilities twice and they were fine. Sam's Town casino is an easy walk and the deli has great sandwiches and cake. There is also a Walmart directly across the street but it's not the nicest place to shop. We camped at Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town (formerly Sam's Town Casino & RV Park) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

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

Sam's Town Casino has a large array of activities and places to eat. Walmart SuperCenter is directly across the highway, and Walgreen's is a couple of blocks north. Also noticed a couple of Urgent Care facilities close by.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
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Picacho Peak State Park, Picacho, Arizona

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here twice, on the way to Tucson and on the way back. Beautiful setting on the slopes of Picacho Peak with large campsites with plenty of space between other sites, set among the saguaro. Park has a combo of pull-thru and back-in sites, and back-in sites are more than long enough so we didn't have have to unhitch our 24' trailer. Not much in the way of shade so keep that in mind if it's hot. Many have electrical hook-ups but no water or sewer although a dump station with potable water is available. The freeway and train tracks are in site about 1 mile away, and while some traffic noise was noticed, it wasn't bothersome. Bathrooms were clean and modern with hot showers. Lots of hiking and the sunsets and sunrises are stunning. This was one of our favorite parks of our trip, and if there were more to do in the area (we can't hike) we would have stayed longer. Weekends seems to be booked but we had no problem getting drive-up stops on the weekdays. We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B-8
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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