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Post following this one covers the park info well. The rate is with Good Sam. The park is located several miles east of Ft. Stockton at exit 264. The chicken fried steak continues to be a favorite. It is a large portion with ice cream for desert. Reservations might be suggested. We came in on a Thursday night when Texas schools were open greatly reducing families on vacation. There were very few spaces left by 5 PM.

     

Ballard RV Park

Moab, Utah

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As noted by others, this park is in the middle of nowhere. It is a nice park with very long sites but no extras. You need to be self-contained. While here during the week, there was limited traffic in the park. There are times in the spring and fall when this park is full. Your site is on a gentle slope, so a little effort is required to level the RV. The sites and roads are gravel. The power was recently upgraded providing strong electrical service from new 120v, 30a and 50a pedestals at all sites. Our Verizon service was 4G/3 bars. We stayed a week (reduced rate) to explore the area and chill out. They have 5 new cabins that appear to be used regularly. We did not hear the I-70 traffic, but there is a RR crossing close. Many trains are over 100 cars long, but the sound is quickly ignored. There is one gas station at this exit and then nothing for 65 miles traveling east or west unless you go south 35 miles to Moab. We had good Verizon service. Dish service comes from Salt Lake City. We would return to this park.

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This is a small, old park dating back likely to pre-1980s in the middle of nowhere. The one lane road in from the highway warns you what is ahead. They have dirt and deteriorating asphalt roads with tight turns and desert gravel sites. The power was 113-volts and the park was basically empty. Water pressure was equally weak. This is a winter retreat for people escaping the cold in the north. The park is full of dated 5th wheels, park models and mobile homes, some of which might be as old as the park.. The sites are narrow, separated by some bushes and just long enough to park a 40' rig. I looked at the pool because it was 105-degrees, but it did not appear a healthy choice. The park advertises Passport America off season at $25, but there is an added $10 if you happen to be 50-amp. We would not recommend this park even if Good Sam and AAA will.

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We used this park to visit Page, AZ while traveling west vs. driving east to Page only to return through Kanab. The park is small with gravel sites and about 6 tent sites. The park is quiet and most sites are shaded by mature trees. The staff is very friendly and informative about the area and sites to see. They discount your rent if you pay cash or check. When we were there, they offered a free day (#8) if you stayed 7 nights. We did not use the restrooms / showers, but we know they were popular with many guests. Their internet was good and reliable. Our Verizon service was good in town with mostly 4g service. Dish service comes from Salt Lake City. We would stay there again.

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This is a GS park. It is also a PA park except the summer season is exempt. Take I-70 west from Denver to exit 26. Turn right on Hwy 6 & 50 1/4th mile to 22 Road at a signal. The park is a short distance on the left. This is a well-designed park with wide gravel roads and wide level sites with a picnic table. Your toad fits nicely beside the RV with the picnic table or at the back. Many with 40 + foot motorhomes did not unhook the toad while here. Most short term sites are very close to the office. The WiFi was very good. Verizon service was strong. There is a little road noise, but it is not bothersome. There are some activities for kids at the park. There are a few trees that might block roof mounted dome service, but they do have cable at your site with many channels. "Local" Dish service comes out of Denver. The sites have 2 dump locations depending on where you want to connect. Power was a bit weak in the afternoon when the temp went over 100-degrees. We would return to this park.

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This is a park that has been around many years with many additions during that time. It has been under new ownership for about 3 years. The general condition of the park is falling off under the new owners. Many of the guests who have stayed all summer no longer are returning. The owners are very nice but are very short on follow-through. It is reported they leave the park as much as 2 weeks leaving with no one in charge or able to handle immediate issues. They have multiple workampers on the grounds, but there is no sense of pride in their work. Any issue that comes up the owner must find and figure it out. One workamper has a bad dog where many people walked their dog resulting in some close calls. A small sign was posted, but you are within that dogs attack range when you could read it and your pet is even less. Some of the park is many years old when sites were commonly designed for two small RVs sharing a pedestal. There is a 50a plug at each site, but it appears the first person at that pedestal gets the 50a service and the next only gets a 30a plug. These sites share a small grass area that might be as little as 9' wide. There is a newer area that has a single pedestal for the guest as well as a large grass area. They have Internet, but it is slow and unreliable. In our case, it kept kicking us off after about 5 minutes. Verizon and ATT phone service is weak, but texting seems to work better although ATT seems to take much longer to send. Their restrooms are clean, but old and small except in the clubhouse where the 2 showers are much larger. The trees have grown, so many guests use portable satellite dishes on the ground. They have elected to discontinue the recycling activity of the past. We would question whether to return if the park continues to become rundown.

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Very nice park as others have noted. This is also a Passport America park. It appears most of the guests drop in needing to get off the road for the night. We arrived in the afternoon and there were no rigs. By 8 PM, the park was almost full. They have a great laundry we used. The sites are so level, we didn't bother putting our jacks down. The only disappointments were very unreliable Internet and the cable at our site that was so fuzzy on the lower channels we couldn't use it; however, they charge for both reflected in the rate. We would return here.

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This is a Passport America park. A nice park populated mostly by RVers coming off the road for the night. We had a reservation, but it appeared most of the rigs arrived without one. When we arrived there were about 3 rigs, but by dark the park was almost full. Good laundry and sites were so level we did not bother to deploy our jacks. Water pressure was okay but our cable was not worth the extra expense. The WiFi was also not worth the extra expense. There is a nice little museum called Oil Patch Museum across the street. For those interested, it chronicles the history of the local oil industry. Many large pieces of old equipment are on display. There is no cost and it is open late afternoons Memorial Day through Labor Day. Passport America rate was $23/night, cash or check. We would definitely use the park again.

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A very nice park built into the side of a mountain. Downtown Colorado Springs is the view from most sites to the east and the mountains to the west. You are able to see Garden of the Gods from the campground. This park is both Passport America and Good Sam. Two very friendly sisters run the park. All sites are gravel on 3 tiers. The park has a large percentage of permanent residents. Easy satellite reception available at all sites. Good phone signals in all parts of the park. We would return to this park.

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This is a Clay County park on Smithville Lake, a large lake north of KSC. To find the park on your GPS, if you put in NE 160th Street, Smithville, MO, it will take you into the park. The park information does not reflect a physical address. Reservations are made through the county website that is hard to navigate. The next or accept button is well below the screen, so it requires considerable scrolling. The price is economical without frills. It is popular for boating and fishing. The easiest way into the park is from I-435, exit 26, then west on 92. Your next turn, about 9 miles away, is well marked. I would not recommend exit 17 because the road the GPS will bring you through has 3 narrow bridges, several sharp curves and multiple hills you can't see over until you meet oncoming traffic at 45 MPH. When you arrive, you are about 12 miles from stores. The staff is very friendly and helpful. We were in Loop G where the lake is close. This is a 30amp, no water area; however, the electrician I spoke with says plans to up-grade the area to 50amp for next season are in discussion. We were here on a weekend and the power was around 104. The lake is very large but quite shallow with a mud bottom that is easily stirred up by the boat traffic. The shoreline is sandy about 20' before you are into the mud bottom. None of this seemed to detour visitors. There are 2 shower areas in the park. Each loop has a restroom building. Loop C has 50amp and water, but the area is not near the water and many large trees may block a roof mounted satellite signal.

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This is a small park east of the interstate at exit 53 (not 54 where the GPS takes you). Traveling north or south, exit and turn left. Seventh Street is the first street east of the Interstate. The park has gravel roads and sites. Some sites are more spacious than others. Power in the park is average and the water pressure is good. Verizon phone service is good as is their free park Wi-Fi. They have a dog area, but it is not fenced. When we were here, only a few dogs used the area. Most of the park is shaded by large trees. Most of the open sites where a satellite would work, are occupied by full-timers. We would return to this location.

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This is a very nice Good Sam park on a rolling hill with lots of trees. About half of the sites are in the open, making satellite reception doable. The park has wide gravel roads with gravel sites and picnic areas at each site. The very friendly owners, who do almost everything around the park, have added landscaping and created many level areas for their guests to enjoy. TV reception is limited to 4 major network channels. The power and water were good. Verizon worked in the park, but with 2 or 3 bars. The only disappointment was the Wi-Fi that was weak and sketchy even though it showed 5 bars most of the time. We would have stayed longer had there been a better, reliable internet. The towns are scarce in this area, so bring your provisions. The park check out time is noon except on Sunday when it moves too 1PM allowing guests to attend one of the local church before leaving. This is very thoughtful of the owners. If we were passing through the area, we would return.

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This is a nice, convenient park on the west side of Interstate 65. It is very quiet even though you are able to see the Interstate if you park down past the office. There are some sites beside the office that are level and longer, but you will hear the highway. The roads and sites are all gravel. The power is very good as is the free WiFi. One caution is the 70# water pressure, so a regulator is needed unless you have a newer rig. It appears the park only serves self-contained rigs. The park is lightly used, so getting a space is almost assured. This is more a stop-over campground or a place to stay while visiting Huntsville, AL, 29 miles to the north. The park has one price; $30/night, cash or check. We would stay here again.

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Very nice Good Sam park with friendly staff and wide gravel spaces and exceptionally wide gravel roads. Be careful, as the roads have speed bumps which will rock a large motorhome. There is a very large fenced dog park with seating. All parts of the park are well maintained. Free WiFi and cable. All sites have a round metal picnic table but no chairs. Verizon 4G signal was average strength. Power was running 118 in the 80-degree afternoon; very good considering all the A/C units running. Your GPS may send you to the wrong area. It is on the east side of the road at a traffic light just before you cross the river if you are going north. You don't see the park from the traffic light as it is about 1,000' east of the light. We did not see any signs announcing the park direction. Most of the rigs in the park are well maintained newer equipment; we found only one exception. We have stayed at well rated Good Sam parks that obviously were improperly rated. This park should be the standard for a very good rating across the Good Sam system. We would return here.

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Nice small, quiet town city park. All sites are grass as well as the access to the sites from the paved entrance road. Power is 30 amp electric by the road (back in) with water and sewer. The other sites are electric with water. When we were there the park had only 3 other RVs and one tent camper. Finding the park can be a bit challenging because the GPS does not know the park by name; only address. Easy route with a motorhome is south from 319 intersection with gas station on the corner. Proceed through the 2 stop signs and turn left on Orange Street. You will see a large red brick church on your right as you make the turn. Continue through 2 stop signs to the end of the street. Turn right and follow this 2 blocks until it dead ends. Turn left and the park will be a short distance on your right. There is another park facility before you reach this park. The park name is Myron B. Hodge City Park in memory of one of the residents who was a large promoter of public recreational facilities. The only negative might be the sharing of a pedestal for FHU requiring extra hose for one camper. There is no TV or satellite signal due to trees, but Verizon was no issue. There is a boat ramp on site into the river. We would stay there again.