2 Parks near Altoona, Iowa
Jul 2015 - $30.00
We stayed at Adventureland Park 1-2 July and 5-11 July. Unfortunately they were not able to accommodate us on the 3rd and 4th of July due to the fact that waited too long to make reservations. They discounted the nights we were there because they were not able to accommodate us those 2 days. We also had to leave early due to a family emergency. The refunded our money for the days that we left early. I have never seen a park do that. Now for the park. This is an old park and therefore has some minor issues. Some sites are not level. This is not a huge problem. You just need to level your rig. There are many permanent guests there that work for Adventureland. Again, this is not a problem. They are very friendly and helpful people. The shower buildings are older, but they are also exceptionally clean. Whoever designed this park knew how to layout a park. Even with circular loops, each space is basically a straight back in. If I wanted to complain about anything, it would be that the sewer hook up should be to the rear of the sites. You need a long hose to reach the sewer drain. That is also something that is not a huge issue. A great plus was they added two fantastic dog run areas while we were staying there. Our dogs were the first to enjoy these and they had a great time! - Armyret99
Jun 2015 - $35.00
Overall a pleasant stay. Clean park, excellent staff (the desk guy was awesome), and great location (we were there to go to Adventureland). Kids had a blast, and enjoyed the pool. Lots of grassy areas for playing, but also good paved roads for bikes and scooters.
My only complaints are the site layout, and the requirement to rent a fire pit per night. We had a 30 amp spot, which were all arranged in small circles. This made getting the camper in and out mildly difficult and annoying. Also, none of the sites have fire rings. You either have to bring your own, or rent one for $5/night.
We would stay there again, but only if we have reason to be in the area, as it is a long drive for us. - David Johnson
May 2014 - $45.00
Large park with asphalt roads and pads. Entry to park very near to busy intersection making left turns into park hazardous. Most pads are very narrow and asphalt is cracked and uneven. Great park for pet owners, with lots of grassy areas, however, the grass is very infrequently mowed, so may be 12"-14" high. Site maintenance is severely lacking with muddy holes beside pads, little grass between some pads and very uneven pads. Lots of trees, multiple restroom/laundry sites. Was not willing to use the washing machines in the laundry as they all had a horrible odor. Motorhome owners would be well advised to unhitch the toad, then drive around and pick your own pull-through spot. Park caters to "workampers" who work next door at Adventureland, most of whom, are friendly good neighbors. Lots of families visit on the weekends for obvious reasons. Near to restaurants, grocery stores & Walmart. Casino & horse track a plus for some. From our experience, the park is a bit pricey given the maintenance issues. - SWFlaPhaeton
Aug 2015 - $30.00
Good CG. We had a long level site easy in easy out. Only stayed over night and it meet our needs. Convenient to RT 80, Utilities was good, bathrooms were spotless. Would come back and stay longer next time. - norootsnow
Jul 2015 - $30.00
What a pleasant surprise to find this gem of a campground very convenient to Des Moines. The park is out in the county so its quiet but very close to shopping and restaurant areas. The park is attractive looking and very well maintained. The roads are wide and paved and most sites in the rear of the campground are vary spacious with long level concrete pads and a large grass area between sites. Site 1-64 in the front are more narrow back in sites. There is typically one small tree on each pull through site so not any shade but we had no trouble getting satellite access. They have a very large, nice clubhouse, smaller rec building, small playground and a coupe of ponds. There is a practically new concrete biking/jogging trail right outside the campground entrance. Be aware there is no one at the campground office (it's located about a mile away). We called the office when we arrived, were told our site number and directions to site and they delivered a receipt to our site later. The only reason I did not give them a higher rating is there is no cable, no pool, no picnic table, no fire ring and a fee for WiFi(did not use). The fee was only $30 per night and we only stayed a few nights so did not mind these issues too much. - Tom Willing
Jun 2015 - $30.00
Well, we came in late and didn't use any services, so I cannot comment on those. However, the website is very misleading and even though I specifically requested a level site, the site we were given was a back-in and not only un-level, but low in the front too. Also, it may indicated that the sites are gravel, but trust me, not a lot of gravel there. It had rained and the site was pretty mucky for hooking up the utilities. I think when the price hits $30, the least we can expect is a level site. we don't need blacktop, but we also don't want to have to trudge through water puddles to hook up our electric and water. The only reason we stayed there was because most of the parks around are COE with no water or sewer at the site. I figure that since they openly admit they cater to long-term occupants, they only have the crap sites left for overnighters. I'm OK with it needing to be that way, but then if you don't want to have a nice, level site for overnighters, don't pretend you do and don't charge such high rates. Just be honest and say, "we have a couple of sites for overnighters at discount rates because they are of "average" quality and condition. One of the few parks in Des Moines that has full hookups and doesn't require a membership. Caters to long-term occupants. - chixs