Hand's down one of the coolest campgrounds for kids and families. Our kids loved this place. The included activities for free: ice cream social, bounce pillow, water slide, two pools, mini golf, bounce houses, and I am sure I am forgetting something else. The sites are a little cramped, but we didn't spend that much time at our site anyway. We had room for our rug and to put the slides/awning out. It can be crowded. We planned on utilizing this park as a "base camp" to visit Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, etc., but we barely left the park. Our kids were having too much fun. It's dusty and dirty because hardly and of the roads are paved. That's on bad thing. The pools were heated well and most all the facilities were clean: including the laundry rooms. We would recommend this park to friends because of the location and amenities. We would probably stay here again.
We liked this campground because of the good location close to the west side of Yosemite National Park. Some of the sites are tricky and close together. But overall, I think the people who work at the place truly care about it and try to take care of things. The shade was nice, our site was fairly level. My only complaint is that when I called about reservations, I was told they only had one site left that night. When we woke up the next morning, there were only 5 campers in the park. So the "only one site left" story was definitely a lie. I didn't even go in the bathrooms, so I don't know anything about them. They only have a couple of washers and dryers, but they did a great job on the loads we needed to do. There really aren't any amenities like a park/play ground for the kids, but we basically used this as a basecamp for Yosemite so we didn't miss it.
It's hard to know how to rate this campground. There are some really great points and some so-so points, but even the so-so ones don't seem so bad to really discount it. What we liked about the park: larger sites compared to almost ever other KOA we have ever been in; the pool, and most of all the staff. The people that work at this park, most notably, the manager lady, are just great. You can tell they truly care about this park. During our stay I was doing laundry, when the manager lady came in to tell me they had a water leak and I needed to stop. I asked if they knew the source of the leak and how long it would be. She said it shouldn't be too long, but the washers had to stop and she would refund my money or pay to start them over. She just truly cared about the place: way better customer service than some other CGs we've stayed at. The bad: the roads are not in good shape around the campground, not really paved, they are more dirt or sand. We were also told the beach was 3/4 mile. I swear it was more like a mile and a half. But all in all, we would probably recommend this place again. They have tons of amenities like bocce ball and frisbee golf that we didn't even take advantage off. They also have a group fire ring and other group activities. The Kamper Kitchen was extremely nice, if you need that.
This was our 3rd trip to this campground and will be our last. We asked for a spot with privacy and were put on the end of a row facing the busiest street in the park and the propane tanks. Who doesn't want to be on the busiest street in the park when you have small children? Our kids couldn't play outside at all. We asked about moving but they said the whole park was full. The lady in the office didn't even go to the computer to see if something was open: just said, "No we are full." The next morning there were at least 6 spots open that we could have fit on: and I didn't even walk through the whole park. The pool was dirty. One of the laundry rooms had no machines. We learned this park is under new ownership. The only improvement we saw were some new picnic tables. We had been on the road for a month: staying in at least 15 parks in our trip. This was by far the least impressive. We have such fond memories of our first trips here. It's really disappointing now.