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This is a nice campground, very clean and well-kept with enough space between sites so that it has a good spacious feel. There are small trees, but the sites are open with no shade. Most of the sites do not appear to be level and I think most will require some blocking. Many tilt toward the road so that the front of your rig in back in sites (which most are) will be lower than the back unless you block it. The restrooms are bright, clean,. and modern. I did not use the shower, but my husband said it was one of the best ones he has ever used and we've been full-timers for two years. There is free wi-fi at the visitors center and supposedly at the campground but it didn't work at our site. It's about a 10-15 minute walk to the Visitor's Center and the start of the cave tours if you do not want to move your rig. I wouldn't hesitate to stay again and probably will so that we can take the second tour they offer.

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This place is very similar to a lot of fairgrounds where we have camped. Basic camping at a value price. It is just a big open area with full hookups in rows. Sites were level with decent room in between. There are clean restrooms and a small (3 washers, 4 dryers) laundry room. There are supposedly showers somewhere, but we used our own and didn't go hunt them down so can't comment. The pros were easy access to I-10 and a super bargain especially at the weekly rate of $125 for FHU. It's quite a ways outside of downtown Tucson, but there is all sorts of shopping (including a Walmart and Frys) just up the road a mile or so. The only real con was the wi-fi was pretty much worthless. Verizon data was strong enough to get 'er done though. The other thing I really liked was the big dog parks. There is one for the big guys and one for the little fellas and they are connected so you can go from one to the other which my pup enjoyed doing especially since there wasn't another dog there the whole week we were here. There's also several patches of thick grass which is pretty rare to find in this desert area. Very dog friendly park. We would absolutely come back.

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This was a quick overnight stay but seemed like a real nice park. Check in was quick and very professional. Almost all the sites are pull thrus, pea gravel, and ours was very level (most of the rest appeared to be as well). There were actually two sewer hookups to choose from and the water & electric were in good shape and conveniently places. There was also a small patio with a picnic table. The sites are fairly close together but not as bad as a lot of parks we've been to. The roads are paved and easy to maneuver And the free wi-fi actually worked! Didn't use the restrooms/showers but checked them out and they were very clean, very bright, and modern. Didn't get a chance to check out the laundry room, but judging from the restrooms I would expect it'd be pretty nice. Also didn't get to use the dog park, but nice that they have one. In my opinion, $32 and change (Good Sam) for a full hook up 30 amp site is a good price for such a nice clean park easily accessible off the Interstate and close to town. Would definitely stay again.

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When they say that this campground is limited to 29 feet, BELIEVE IT! In fact, at 25 feet we found it tight. It's a nice little campground in the trees that is an adequate place to stay in order to explore the beautiful Chiricahua National Monument. We had some trouble finding a site that we could both fit in and that was level. Luckily there was almost no others there at the time. Quite a bit of shade which would be nice if it was hot out, but not so good for the solar panel. No hookups, but water was available. The restrooms were clean and modern, much nicer than I expected. Verizon signal was very weak. I'd stay again if visiting Chiricahua.

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Only stayed overnight here and didn't use any of the facilities so can't comment. Electric and water hookups worked well. This place has the most confusing set up of any place I've ever been though. There are some sites in rows along the outside, but there are circles in the center and it's very difficult to figure out exactly where you are supposed to park. Some are pull throughs, some are "pull ups", some are back-ins, and it's hard to decide what hookups go with which sites sometimes. Other than that, it's a clean, wide open, desert campground just a mile or so from the border and most of the sites appeared to be nice and level. Good dump station too. Not sure why you would want to stay in the area, but it makes a fine overnight stop or place to stay if you want to visit the town south of the border.

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A year ago when we were here I said how it was one of my favorite parks after 10 months on the road. Now, after 22 months on the road, it still is. Yes, many of the sites are very close together, there's no cable, the wi-fi is sporadic at best, it's a fair drive to shopping and town, and it's not real fancy schmancy. But if you are looking for a beautiful, clean, quiet desert campground in the Tucson area this is it. AND, at $29/day (under $25/day based on weekly rates) it's a steal IMHO. The place is kept spotless as are the restrooms/showers/laundry rooms. There are three separate laundry facilities and you can use credit cards so there's no need to hoard quarters, and the dryers can be set up on the card machine to run for a short time only if you need extra time so you don't have to pay $1.25 if you only need a few more minutes. At 50 minutes for $1.25 though everything including the jeans and towels were dry with one cycle. All machines actually worked and they are modern and in good condition. There are at least two bathhouses plus more restrooms in the TV lounge, craft building etc. There is a large library and TWO dog parks, one for all sizes and one for just the little guys. There's even a dog wash. And there's a free ice machine. That's something I've never seen before. There are all sorts of activities and entertainment as well, but my favorite is the food trucks on Sunday and Wednesday...no cooking and delicious inexpensive food right on your doorstep. There are lovely little cactus gardens scattered all around and the landscaping in general is wonderful. Lots of birds too including the resident Great Horned Owl. If you don't like the desert, well, you better go elsewhere, but if, like me, you love the beautiful desert vegetation and the phenomenal desert sunsets, this is the place for you.

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At $41/night (Good Sam) for a FHU back in site, this place is a bit more than I like to pay, but considering the location and condition I think it's a decent value. The front desk service was fast, efficient, and very helpful with lots of information. The park was very clean as were the restrooms and laundry. There had been torrential rains for several days and there were lots of puddles all around, but the gravel pad drained well and the jacks didn't sink in at all. The showers are bright and modern, all tile with a tile bench in the changing area. There was lots of hot water, but the pressure was soft. Had to use a lot of water to rinse my hair thoroughly. Didn't use the laundry but it's pretty large with 10 washers and 8 dryers at $1.25 each and two folding tables. The park is only a couple miles south of the center of town and the River Walk, and there is a bus stop directly across the street that will take you right to the River Walk for $1.30. A great deal since the downtown area is quite congested and I wouldn't have wanted to drive our big truck around there and try to find parking. They have a nice little dog park too that the pooch enjoyed. I would definitely stay here again.

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This is a smaller, older RV park. It is tucked in among live oak trees and is very quiet. The owners appear to be trying hard to make the most of the place but it is showing its age. Mostly semi permanent residents. Sites are level, gravel, and utilities work ok. No picnic table though. Roads are dirt/gravel with lots of puddles after rain. There is no real grass, just sticker weeds and there is nowhere to walk your dog except around the loop. There are two bathrooms in the clubhouse each with a shower stall. They were clean but old and smelled very musty. Very unappealing. Decided to just move the stuff we store in our own shower and use it since it's a FHU site. The laundry room is pretty decent though. Two commercial size washers and dryers. $1.50 each. Also very well lit and with a good size folding table, iron and board, and rod for hanging clothes. Only complaint is that it took more than one cycle to dry anything except the lightweight stuff. Also a large library of DVDs to borrow for free which we enjoyed. At $175 including elec for the week it was the best buy in the area IMHO. We wanted to stay at the state park but it was booked solid until after Thanksgiving so this was where we ended up, right down the street. If I needed a place to stay here in the future and couldn't get into the state park I'd stay again.

     

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Goose Island State Park

Rockport, Texas

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We were here a year ago and loved the bayside sites. Came back this year and still love it but unfortunately discovered that they were totally booked for the following week and a half so could only stay one night. Still one of my favorite places after 20 months on the road. Each bayside site is right along the seawall and has E & W and a concrete picnic shelter and also a grill. There is a dump station so take care of that on the way in and/or out. Lots of great birdwatching and the fishing is free (no license required) as long as you stay in the park and don't wade. The showers are in completely private separate rooms. Utilitarian but clean with good pressure and plenty of hot water. There is a divider between the stall and a small changing area with a seat. There is wi-fi but it didn't work worth a darn. Strong Verizon signal though. We may even wait out the Thanksgiving holiday week and weekend so that we can go back for a longer stay again this year!

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This is a small county park right on the Arroyo Colorado. It is very popular with fishers and very busy on the weekend. We had the place pretty much to ourselves on Sunday night though. Most of the RV sites are right along the water but there are several that are on a short loop on the other side of the road that are in a treed area bordering a wetland. If you are a birder, these sites are the best. While walking the dog one morning I saw several green jays, five kiskadees, a black crested titmouse, an oriole, and several other birds I wasn't able to identify. Lots of pelicans and herons and egrets on the channel side of the park too. The site was level and E & W were fine, but the sewer connection was too far away and had no cap. Not good. We were only there three nights so didn't bother with the sewer and waited to dump at the next stop. The restrooms were utilitarian but clean enough. Didn't use the shower room so can't comment. No internet available. Verizon signal was enough to maybe make phone calls but not to use data. The park was pretty clean and the staff were friendly. As noted, not a quiet place at all during the day on weekends but otherwise ok. I would go back and especially stay in the wooded sites for bird watching purposes.

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This is a HUGE park that I am told is 100% full most of the summer and 85% full in winter. I think it would be a zoo when it's full, but it was nice and quiet when we were here. The sites closest to the beach are $45/day. We took one in the second tier that was $35/day FHU and was still only a couple hundred yards from the beach if that. We stayed a week at $200 + $15 deposit for electric. Forgot to get a reading on the way out so forfeited a few bucks since I'm sure we didn't use $15 worth but oh well. The showers closest to our site were pretty disgusting. Water pressure and hot water were fine but there were bugs, peeling paint, horrible vinyl stall curtain covered in what looked like mold or mildew. Also no private changing area. Maybe other buildings are better, but I decided it was worth moving the stuff we store in our shower to use our own facilities for the remainder of the week! The other BIG complaint for us was all the sticker plants everywhere. We literally had to carry our dog from our door to the paved road in order for him not to get a paw full of painful stickers. At least you are allowed to walk your dog on the beach, but it doesn't make up for the horrible stickers for me. Can't even remember if there was wi-fi but if there was it didn't work worth a darn. Had to use Verizon data all week which did work well. The weather was horrible all week (killer heat and humidity and torrential downpours) so we were stuck in the rig most of the week. Loved being at the beach but didn't get to enjoy it much. Not sure if that weather is typical or not, but I would not come back because of that and mainly because it's a horrible place for dogs.

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This is a HUGE park that I am told is 100% full most of the summer and 85% full in winter. I think it would be a zoo when it's full, but it was nice and quiet when we were here. The sites closest to the beach are $45/day. We took one in the second tier that was $35/day FHU and was still only a couple hundred yards from the beach if that. We stayed a week at $200 + $15 deposit for electric. Forgot to get a reading on the way out so forfeited a few bucks since I'm sure we didn't use $15 worth but oh well. The showers closest to our site were pretty disgusting. Water pressure and hot water were fine but there were bugs, peeling paint, horrible vinyl stall curtain covered in what looked like mold or mildew. Also no private changing area. Maybe other buildings are better, but I decided it was worth moving the stuff we store in our shower to use our own facilities for the remainder of the week! The other BIG complaint for us was all the sticker plants everywhere. We literally had to carry our dog from our door to the paved road in order for him not to get a paw full of painful stickers. At least you are allowed to walk your dog on the beach, but it doesn't make up for the horrible stickers for me. Can't even remember if there was wi-fi but if there was it didn't work worth a darn. Had to use Verizon data all week which did work well. The weather was horrible all week (killer heat and humidity and torrential downpours) so we were stuck in the rig most of the week. Loved being at the beach but didn't get to enjoy it much. Not sure if that weather is typical or not, but I would not come back because of that and mainly because it's a horrible place for dogs.

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We've stayed in at least a half dozen TX state parks before and this one was rather disappointing mainly because the sites were full of trash. We picked up a garbage bag full at our site alone! Other than that it was ok. We had an E/W pull thru with a partial view of the water. No access to the lake I could see without driving. Sites differ in size and most look like they would need a lot of leveling although ours was ok. Utilities worked fine. Didn't use the facilities so no comment. Would stay again if we had to stay in the area but hated Laredo because traffic was awful, signage was terrible, the roads were all torn up and it was very difficult to find places to turn around.

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This is a decent place for an overnight stop to do laundry. Mostly all long-term & permanent residents but there is a line of pull thrus with FHU for overnighters. The laundry was clean and eight washers and six dryers all worked well. $1.75 per load for each and the dryer only needed one cycle even for heavy stuff. Good value. Large folding table too but no vending machines so be sure to bring your own products. There is a nice large clubhouse with bathrooms, but no showers. You must use your own. Cable is included but didn't use so can't comment. State parks much more to our liking but would stay again for laundry.

     

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Balmorhea State Park

Balmorhea, Texas

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This is one of my favorite places of the many we've been to after a year and a half on the road, mainly because of the natural spring-fed swimming pool. The RV park is spacious and well kept. About 15 E & W back-in sites and about an equal number of pull thrus with E & W and most with 50 amp and cable. Also about six NHU back-in sites. The back-ins are good size, but a big rig with a tow might not fit and the pull thrus were mostly full when we were there so you might want to reserve. No sewers, but there is a dump station. The spring feeds several small streams and there is a great viewing platform by a wetland area where I saw several species of waterbirds and turtles. The birding wasn't that great while we were there, but watching the bunnies and the road runners was great fun. There's lots of "grass" around but it has stickers so the dog stayed on the pavement. The showers are not great. The room is bright, but old with stains and peeling paint. The shower is a push button that runs for a whole 10 seconds unless you hold it in. I ended up backing up to it and holding it in with my butt so that I could have both hands free to wash & rinse my hair! Pressure was fair but there was plenty of hot water. The pool is the centerpiece of the place though and absolutely wonderful on a hot day. It's enormous (1.75 acres!) and there are tons of little fish that will follow you around and nibble on your toes. Quite a few catfish in the right hand arm of the pool. I had six of them swimming around me. Got some great underwater pictures. At $14 per night (we have a Texas Parks pass so didn't have to pay the rip off daily entrance fee per person), including entry to the pool, the place is a great value. If I didn't have a pass and had to pay $10/day extra for two people I wouldn't have rated this place as highly as I did. We'll definitely be back as long as our pass is still in effect.