Adequate parking lot camping. Full hookups. All back-ins, good width. But all sites slope to front of RV, difficult to level. Wi-Fi very weak and slow. Fresh water tastes odd. Some dry camping allowed (for fee) if hookups site not available.
Friendly, helpful management. Nice environment. However... Can be very noisy, adjacent to two high-speed highways. Park road is narrow, tight, one-way, so arrival and departure can be blocked by other RVers -- don't be on a tight schedule. Also, MANY trees and shrubs encroach on road and site width and height -- scraped us several times, and couldn't use slide on one side. Hookups are oddly placed for some sites. Plentiful trees so some sites not satellite-friendly.
Adequate parking lot for a short stay, IF you don't need water or dump. It has neither. Really a sorry situation, considering the Lodge is new and nice in every other way. Max allowed stay is 7 days but likely the RV's tanks will force departure sooner. Also, RV spaces are sloped and narrow. Sad that this appealing Lodge in excellent location, totally blew the opportunity to provide first-rate RV parking to fellow Elks. (Note that a few Bend gas stations allow dumping for $5, and a nearby RV dealer has an $8 dump, but not fresh water.)
Terrific potential, poor execution. It's a huge state park, deep in the forest. Yet sites are jammed very close together, spoiling the experience. Might as well stay in a parking-lot-style park. It's almost as if they used the layout of a different park, which doesn't match the site. There's a nearby river, but park is oddly some distance away, with just two official paths to the river, plus many of unofficial paths that go right through campsites. If sites were better separated, there could be lots more river access. And the entire park should be closer to the river, which is really the ONLY attraction. The park is truly in the sticks, a long drive from major city Bend (La Pine is also some distance away and barely a town). TV and cellphone service is mostly absent, and satellite TV is iffy due to many trees. There's no reason to drive so far to get so little in such a potentially wonderful place. I won't go back.
Two good things: Walk to the beach (long walk, very long beach). Watch TV; many cable TV channels (but no list so hard to find anything in particular). Many bad things: It's mainly a run-down trailer park with a few transient spaces for RVs and tents. Our resident neighbor hit me up to "watch" our motorhome for us; I didn't care for the implication, and we would have left at that moment but didn't have anywhere to go (busy weekend). Animal excrement everywhere, possibly because residents let dogs and cats roam, in violation of park policy, so don't know where they drop stuff. Lots of it around my site's hookups, I had to do things on tip-toes. Sprint cellphone did not work -- ZILCH signal. Park Wi-Fi did not work; I could see the signal come and go -- I never could connect. NOT GOING BACK!
Good facility with bad management. Info provided by park on phone was contradicted by staff in park office. During both check-in and check-out we witnessed arguments about site/price/terms. One camper claimed price jumped about $20 on arrival because the space he was promised was not actually available so he was forced into much larger, more expensive space. Also, it took us about 30 minutes to check-in, another 30 minutes to check-out, because of so much "discussion" going on in the office. It even was a big effort to get a payment receipt. RV park staff did not seem to care. Perhaps we hit them on their two worst days, but we have to rate customer service management as ZERO. Park is convenient, on US-101, lots of pull throughs (higher price) for overnight stay. Sites are good, paved, possibly wide enough for RV plus car. No tables. Park is on shore of Coos Bay (view only, no water access). Free dry camping is allowed in adjacent dirt field, requires RV park office check-in (don't know if this also requires arguing). RV Park is next to casino-hotel with (expensive) restaurants. We walked in and ran out -- cigarettes everywhere, place reeks of SMOKE. Next time through we might use dry camping area.
Nice park, spacious country setting, well-run, family operated. Seemed expensive for the area (and for KOAs in general) but didn't shop around -- not a lot of choices on US-50, "The Loneliest Road In America." Had two minor problems: At our site and adjacent site, cable TV signal was too weak for useful picture. Site manager tried to fix it, and vowed to continue to work on the problem. Good news is, cable provides many channels -- including what seems to be continuous episodes of sitcom "The Real McCoys" series from 50 years ago. After overnight rain much of my site and access road became muddy -- and so did my cables and hoses and pants and shoes while unhooking for departure. The park needs more gravel.
Typical KOA. Some sites seem to have terrific views, while others have, well -- we looked at a dumpster for 3 days. But we had a shade tree. Site wasn't especially level. Tight grounds. Pet area is poor. Wi-fi erratic, OK during day, sometimes not usable in evening (common problem with many campgrounds, we switched to our Sprint aircards). Campground located 4 miles south of Moab, but every major park/attraction we visited was several miles north of town. From drive-by viewing of other campgrounds (all closer to town), KOA might be better in some ways but price seemed high.
Nice spot, whether for quick I-70 overnight, or to visit nearby Arches National Park. Every site seems to be pull-through. Some cabins available if traveling with RV-less friends Excellent dog run -- actually a large doggie playground. Two minor negatives: Cable TV provided many channels but mostly with low quality picture (weak signal, probably). Wi-Fi had strong signal but intermittent connection. Nice bonus: Campground gave 3 cents/gallon discount at adjacent gas station that was already cheapest in town.
Just a parking lot, fine for overnight stay -- EXCEPT... Oasis RV Park is at defunct Oasis casino/hotel. It is managed by Casablanca casino/hotel that is a couple of blocks away. You must FIRST go to the Casablanca registration desk to pay and be given a site at Oasis. However, it can be difficult to pull into Casablanca to do this, since the entrance and obvious parking areas are for cars; a big RV might have difficulties. We felt it was too risky. One option is to somehow get into the large Casablanca parking area on the east side, go in and register, then drive a block to Oasis RV Park. Instead, we pulled into Oasis, found a space we liked, then called Casablanca registration desk to verify. They argued about this approach, but accepted it. We then walked to Casablanca to pay (and ended up eating in their restaurant). The attraction of Oasis is pull-through spaces for a quick overnight, but we found them shorter than average. Our coach+tow length is a few inches under 50 feet, but the spaces are more like 48 feet. Fortunately, Our overhang on both ends didn't quite block the roads, but longer rigs had to unhook to use a pull-through.
Nice park, especially compared with the others in town we looked at. Sites a bit close together, but workable. No cable, but excellent over-the-air TV reception using our crank-up antenna, got major networks and other stations from Salt Lake City. Wi-fi worked fine. The only problem is that park's web site says rate is $30 but when registering by phone they disavowed this and insisted on $33. They seemed to not grasp (or care) that advertising a lower price ON THEIR OWN WEB SITE is a poor business practice. So they get a 5 rating.
Nice park -- dramatic Santa Catalina Mountains, quiet grounds, secluded, yet Wal-Mart Super center 1 mile away -- but several things to know and consider. No sewer hookups, and main dump station is only unlocked a few hours a day. Another dump seems to be always open but awkward to access. Minimal shade sites because trees are spindly and sparse. Over-the-air TV reception is limited to one station in English, local CBS. Park trails allow dog-on-leash (compared with California State Parks which mostly ban dogs). Signs around the park warn of RAIN: Campground access is via a road through a wash (riverbed) that, when it rains, can quickly fill with water and mud FOR SEVERAL DAYS. When that happens, there is NO access, not by RV, car, or foot. The campground doesn't flood, but everyone is stuck in (or out) because the road closes. The park warns that this happens several times a year. There will be no notice from camp management, so watch for rain, especially in the adjacent mountains. The park tells campers to have several days of food and supplies if trapped in camp, which also means be prepared to live somewhere else if already out of camp when the rain hits. During our 10-day stay, there was an overnight rain; it didn't seem like much, but two rangers spent the next day shoveling mud off the road through the wash (which didn't actually close that we know of). Scary, especially when we leave our dog in the coach while we venture out in the toad for a few hours. It's a serious situation: the park office has photos of Jeeps and RVs stuck in the wash, trapped or destroyed. Campground is several miles north of Tucson via slow SR-77/Oracle Rd, and several miles east of I-10 via slower 2-lane Tangerine Rd, so not ideal for quick stop.
Low-key campground, nice sites. Some have distant view of lake (reservoir). Some might come for the "lake" but our purpose was to visit Carlsbad Caverns. Campground is almost an hour north on US-285, and several miles east of US-285 (6 or more) on crude road, lengthening the trip. That's the downside. But compared to reviews of other Carlsbad area campgrounds, it seems like a good choice. Campsites each have metal pavilion, picnic table, grill, lots of space. Trees, good site separation, far better than commercial RV parks. A few sites have sewer, must be reserved. We just drove in to first-come area, probably better sites but lacking sewer; dump station just outside campground. No cable TV, but our pop-up antenna picked up all the major networks, most in high-def (need to rotate the antenna in different directions to find them).
RV park is not in Santa Fe, it is more than 10 miles east of I-25 Santa Fe exit, which itself is several miles from center of town. RV park is on I-25 frontage road, so there is continuous freeway noise. Nice setting in the hills, with lots of shrubs and trees separating sites. But the sites are still close together. Many sites are not especially level. Apparently, many sites (including mine) do not have sewer hookup, must use park's dump station, yet this is not reflected in a site's nightly rate. KOA reservation system is a problem because it implies all sites are equivalent, just specify RV length, yet we ended up with a non-sewer site. When we learned of this and wanted to move, park staff said no other sites available. When we then wanted to cancel, park staff blamed us for "choosing" the non-sewer site, even wanted us to pay a $10 cancellation fee, yet lack of sewer was not disclosed when we made reservation. Either KOA lacks full information about this park's sites, or park management doesn't know how KOA reservation system actually works. A big negative, either way. Because we learned of the "no sewer" situation just the night before we arrived, we ended up at this park anyway, and practiced our partial "dry camping" skills, annoying when site rate is $37.50/night. (New Mexico state parks that also lack sewer hookup are a tiny fraction of this price.) TV cable had very poor picture on most channels (and not many of those). Park probably needs more cable amplifiers. Wi-Fi worked OK but got very slow in evening when everyone uses it. Our Sprint data aircards would NOT work at this location, though our Sprint phones worked. Pet area is nice, but it and west end of RV park are stinky due to adjacent park sewer system. Beware of possibly smelly campsites. Park's "4" rating is because of site hookup limitations, lack of info about this, and bad customer service. There's another large park a mile west on same road, that I would consider next time.
This website forces location to be Albuquerque, but park is actually in tiny town of Bernalillo several miles north of Albuquerque, so a long drive to anything interesting or useful in Albuquerque proper. Check a map to be sure location is acceptable. Park is on frontage road of I-25, and near railroad, so not quiet but not too bad. Not many trees, sites very close together. Park seems to be well-run, helpful staff. Park provides free breakfast of coffee and 2 pancakes, with other cooked items for sale. Good dog area.
Essentially a large gravel parking lot on old Route 66, a couple blocks from I-40, a convenient place to stop and/or stay to visit nearby Petrified Forest (20 minutes east of park). Not many trees in the park, but then, not many trees in the entire town/region. Park offers some basic meals in outdoor dining area, convenient since not much else nearby to walk to or even drive to. Overnight a big storm came in, lots of rain, which created huge puddles in the gravel "park. We got quite wet wading around our coach to unhook and depart.
Excellent location on west end of town (and a fun town it is). Very helpful staff. Big-rig/pull-through area spacious, while older back-in sites seemed tight. However, some of the big-rig area gets muddy even with no rain. The problem is watering of site grass patches, with insufficient gravel on site pads/roads so water pools and mud forms. I knew this in advance from various forums but camp managers said they'd never heard of the problem. But even after being warned and asking for a non-muddy site, I had to walk through mud all the time. Maybe camp managers should take a walk and see it too.
Parking lot style: very tight, lots of trees that mainly got in the way. But for an overnight in Winnemucca, there are not many choices. It seemed mainly populated by transient/seasonal/project workers, with many, many trucks. The park's restaurant was pretty good... for Winnemucca.
Yellowstone's only RV camp with hookups can't lose, so they don't try to win. Extremely tight back-in sites, essentially a parking lot in the forest. But since there is nowhere else. Note that there seems to be no cellphone service at Fishing Bridge even though there is excellent service in some areas of Yellowstone. I use Sprint aircard for my laptop, plus a Sprint phone, and had to drive to Canyon Lodge or Old Faithful Lodge or a couple of other places just to get a connection. It's 2009: hello??? This all seems absurd, but the company that manages Yellowstone's concessions confirmed their level of performance by the food their restaurants serve. Suggestion: pack your own lunch.
A modest facility: essentially a field with hookups, though a few sites have trees. Good for visiting historic sites of Fort Laramie, Register Bluff, pioneer wagon ruts, etc. Owner has lots of sightseeing advice, brochures, etc. Wi-Fi worked. Laundry room was good to have. Light sleepers note that a major rail line is a hundreds yards away and many trains passed during the night, each blowing its air horn loud and long. Also note that this is a rural area, some distance from fuel, food, etc.
On the property of fairgrounds: but just a dusty parking lot with spaces marked in chalk on gravel/dirt. Wi-Fi was very slow and seems to block some sites/addresses (such as U.S. National Park Service ?!) Hookups are at the back of back-in spaces so some might need longer power cords and hoses. Only virtue is the location: one of the very few campgrounds in SF Bay Area, with a BART station a few miles away, plus a mall and all major retail chains. Several nice restaurants in quaint downtown Pleasanton. There's a ton of potential, but apparently the City of Pleasanton and County of Alameda are not embarrassed enough to do anything to improve their only RV park. I'll return only because there are no other options.
Terrific setting: meadow, trees, mountains, and a great location for the Black Hills. But management doesn't seem to know much about RVs, especially big rigs. Many very tight (90 degrees, one turn to/from main exit road more like 120 degrees). Then they have added posts and huge rocks to make it even harder to drive: guess they don't know that coach with attached toad can't back up. Their rules say don't drive on grass (actually just weeds) but this can't be avoided due to tight turns, narrow roads, narrow gravel pads, etc. Wi-Fi is seriously deficient: very slow when it works, but also poorly configured. It is easy to get totally locked out: had to get office helper to unplug the entire camp's Wi-Fi router so I could get back online. It requires frequent re-log-ins and upon connection displays the title of a different campground! They also have two of their Wi-Fi access points on adjacent channels (5 and 6) which should never be done as it messes up both. The camp's grounds have unrealized potential, degraded by silly things. The official swimming pool parking lot is next to pool, but there's no gate except on the other side of the pool! The pancake breakfast gets expensive fast. The only place to dump trash is hundreds of yards from the big rig area. If only the camp operators would try to do what their customers must do, they'd probably realize how annoying some of it is. I'd go back, knowing the frustrations, but still shaking my head.