Griff's Valley View RV Park & Campground

Altoona, Iowa



Altoona, Iowa
Phone: (515) 967-5474

Sites: 142
Recent Rate: $30 8/2016

Latitude: 41.677455558689
Longitude: -93.520324230194

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $3.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 3.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone yes
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen yes
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities yes
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities yes
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

55 Reviews

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

I don't understand any negative reviews about this park. This is one of the nicest parks we've ever stayed in. Extremely well manicured and there's plenty of grassy area between concrete pads. No tables or fire pits, so bring your on tables and gas grills. Check in was a breeze. With reservations (and you should have reservations) we just called the manager lady when we arrived and she gave me directions over the phone to the site. A first class experience. We camped at Griff's Valley View RV Park & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B-1
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the best laid out, cleanest parks we have ever stayed in. It is actually a reason to go back to Iowa. $30 is the best deal we've ever seen for a park of this quality.

Huge sites, vast grassy areas to walk dogs, wide paved streets, etc.

I'd give it a 10 if the WIFI was free (it is very strong) and if the utilities were positioned for motorhomes instead of 5th wheels.

We stayed in site C5, a pull through easily long enough for our 43' coach plus dolly plus minivan, but the utilities were in the back corner, so by the time I was fully in the site I had to run ~30' of cable and 25' of sewer hose. The site slope was such that the sewer would not drain by itself, either. Next time, we'll unload the dolly and put it and the car in front of the coach and the services will play much better.

There is no office. You have to call ahead for a reservation secured by a credit card. When you get there, you call the owner and she gives you very clear directions on how to reach your site. She charges the card and you leave whenever you are ready. We camped at Griff's Valley View RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C5
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Reservations are required, as owners office / management is off site and not overly friendly. The residents are mostly seasonal horse track and casino employees. Well keep units and full, level concrete pads. Wifi additional cost and not mentioned for a one night stay. Our receipt was placed on the windshield wiper after we settled in. Full service at site and friendly neighbors. Very nice club house with laundry, exercise, kitchen, tvs and a basement storm shelter. Sites have easy access for big rigs. Sites are pretty close. Traveling through spent only one night. We would stay again. We camped at Griff's Valley View RV Park & Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Concrete

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 91
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Reservations are needed as there is no office at this beautiful and uniquely designed RV park so call before 5pm as we did to determine availability. The park is in a very quiet location with spacious concrete sites and as website states, they prefer long term but have daily. Park is very clean and well maintained. Big rig friendly, great utilities, paved streets and concrete sites. Will definitely stay again when in the Des Moines area! We camped at Griff's Valley View RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete

Campground Details

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

15 minutes from downtown Des Moines and Smokey D's barbecue was excellent.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 6

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

Only spent one night here, but was very impressed with how clean it is. Spots are spacious, paved and grassy. If we're ever in Iowa again, we'll be staying here! We camped at Griff's Valley View RV Park & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

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

A hidden gem in the Des Moines area. Most interior roads paved. Most spots concrete (120 out of 142). Two beautiful clubhouses with immaculate bathrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Also has kitchen/large room facilities for gatherings. Pond w/walking trail around it. Park is well maintained. No free wi-fi but good wi-fi service is available for a nominal fee (I picked 3 days for $8.95 - 6 gig limit). Wi-fi was fast. Almost better to pay a small fee instead of frustration of slow/no service for free. A brand new paved bike trail (old railroad line) is right next to the park. Pull thru's and back in spots. Lots of room between campers. No fire rings nor picnic tables. Each spot does have a metal pole that allows you to mount a satellite dish without need for a stand. We will stay here again when in the area. We camped at Griff's Valley View RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
B5 - pull thru
Site Surface
Concrete

Campground Details

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

Very close to Prairie Meadows Racetrack/casino, Bass Pro Shops, etc.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

Park is clean, paved, grassy area for dog. Very nice. We camped at Griff's Valley View RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 112
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 10

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

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. We camped at Griff's Valley View RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 4

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

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. We camped at Griff's Valley View RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

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. We camped at Griff's Valley View RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful campground, spacious sites. Huge lodge with new bathrooms/showers/laundry room + kitchen facility, living room area with large screen TV & game room. Cleanest facility we've been in from MN to TX. Looks like more amenities, but just here 2 nights & too cold to look. Only RV park open in March near Des Moines that we could find, and what a treasure! We camped at Griff's Valley View RV Park & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Patio

Campground Details

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

Call for directions or use GPS. A bit off the beaten path. May have picnic tables in warmer weather.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an extremely clean and well kept campground. We spent several nights here and really enjoyed our stay. Most of the sites have concrete pads and are very spacious. The park is far enough away from town to be quiet, but close enough to shopping, restaurants, a small amusement park, and a casino with horse racing. It is also a quick easy drive to Des Moines. There's no office on site so you must check in at the residence a mile or so down the road or by phone when you arrive at the park. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Griff's Valley View RV Park & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 88
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is easy to get to from either I-80 or I-35 and is an extremely well maintained RV park. As previously noted, this park does cater to longer term campers, but welcome over-night stays as well. Make certain that you call ahead and reserve as this park has very few vacant sites available most of the time. The office is off-site but they will check you in over the phone and deliver your receipt to your site. We strongly suggest that you stay away from sites 1-64, 291, 293 and 322 as they are smaller, narrower, mostly gravel, and seem to be occupied by the longer term residents. Don’t be concerned about using a back-in site as the road ways and sites are very wide and properly angled for easy access. There is Internet available only for a fee, but we do not know how well it may work as we did not use it. Good Verizon and AT&T cell available. Though the park is in a rural farm area, good shopping is only a couple miles away as well as an amusement park. We had stayed at this park twice over the last couple years and will certainly use it again in our travels through the Des Moines area. We camped at Griff's Valley View RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects monthly rate. This is the first time we have stayed for a whole month in one campground, and it's been great. High quality campground, and the only place I'd like to camp while visiting Des Moines. Paved site, lots of room for our 40' and truck, plus some. Grass on the sides so not muddy when it rains. Breathing room between the RVs so you don't feel cramped at all. The CG is surrounded by fields so it got REALLY windy a few days. Not a lot of tall trees in the area where the larger paved sites are so no shade. Very quiet here, and many campers keep to themselves which we are fine with. Hookups worked as they should. Did not purchase their internet; our ATT & Verizon air cards both worked fine. Lots of areas to walk a pet if you have one. You can tell they take pride in their CG as it's nicely landscaped and maintained. Only used laundry facilities once and they were fine. The two community buildings are very nice, and comforting to know there's storm shelters on site. Owners seem like considerate folks. One thing to note is the mowing - constant, constant mowing this time of year. If you work in your RV during the day like we do, be prepared to hear that mower going each day for a few hours. Book ahead as this is a popular place and there's many long-term residents. We camped at Griff's Valley View RV Park & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Really nice park-w/cement pads & streets, pull throughs & back ins, great bath houses (2) w/exercise equip. & laundry reasonably priced, and meeting/gathering rooms to reserve that have kitchens, pool table, a shuffle board table, TV. They prefer long term, which most were, but the place is very clean and neat with rolling beautiful hilly grass, trees, water features, and statues of animals, and small trees. The check in is by phone, never saw the owners..there is no office except for their business office about a mile away next to their home so owner sounded curt on phone about some of my questions as she kept saying she was at the office and would have to drive down. (How would I know it was so far away?) So, if you're parking short term, don't expect warm fuzzy...they really want long term and have extremely long pull thrus for truck/trailers etc. We camped at Griff's Valley View RV Park & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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