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07/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is an almost-new campground, rebuilt after the Ameren dam breach of 2005 washed away the old campground. As someone else told us, "this campground is so nice you almost wish Ameren would trash a few more parks." Campsites are spacious, with good shade in four of the five loops (the loop right as you enter the campground has no shade, but would be good for someone who finds satellite access critical). Electric sites are 50 amp, with posts that still look almost brand new. Restrooms and showers were adequate, with good water pressure--my only ding is that they need more staff to keep them clean on busy summer weekends. The pride and joy of the park is the natural water park of the Shut-Ins, but take time to hit the Visitor Center, which has excellent exhibits on the geology and ecology of the park, as well as the dam breach. Also try to take time to visit nearby Elephant Rocks State Park--kids love it. One warning. This part of Missouri is The Land That Telecommunications Forgot. Our Verizon phones had no signal (voice or data), and neither did my work Blackberry (on the AT&T network).
10/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very nice campground with an extremely friendly owner who is working hard to make the place better. We stayed here during the Balloon Fiesta, so the park was pretty much full for the entire week that we were here. The sites are close together (typical of a KOA), but there are juniper and pinion trees throughout the campground, giving more of a sense of privacy than I'm used to at private campgrounds. The sites and interior roads are gravel, so the location is somewhat dusty (which is typical of a campground in the desert and not something I consider a big problem). For what it's worth, it did rain--hard--while we were there, and the dust didn't turn to mud. It turned more into clumps (almost like clumping kitty litter), so it didn't end up getting tracked into the RV. As mentioned before, the owners are very friendly and very helpful. Road noise from nearby I-25 is minimal (surprisingly so). We had no problem navigating a 27' Class C into our site, and we saw big rig Class A's all over the campground. Bathrooms and showers were clean--almost bordering on immaculate. My only complaint--and this is something beyond the control of the owners--is that the location is a communications dead zone for Wi-Fi and for Verizon. Since the campground is about 15 miles outside of Santa Fe (don't let the name fool you), the campground is served by two DSL lines, which is not enough to provide a workable internet connection for a large campground. We were able to connect to the Wi-Fi with no problem (signal strength was great), but we were able to do nothing at all online. In addition, our backup plan of "tether the iPhone" didn't work, as the nearest Verizon cell tower is 23 miles away, and we couldn't get a signal. My work BlackBerry (which doesn't allow tethering) uses AT&T, and it had a great signal, so it seems to just be a Verizon thing. Bottom line is that we were very happy with the campground for the week that we were there, and if the communication problems were solved (I need to be able to get online while traveling), we'd be quite happy to stay here again.
10/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This was a good place to stay for an overnight stop on the way to Santa Fe, and I'm not sure of why other campers have given it poor ratings. The sites were level and decent-sized (others have complained of the dust, but this is a semi-arid climate and dust is to be expected). Proprietors were very friendly, and restrooms were clean and serviceable. Playground equipment was somewhat "tired". Wi-Fi didn't work, but that tends to be the case with private campgrounds we've stayed at. Tucumcari isn't the middle of nowhere, but you can see it from there. Thus, I don't see someone wanting to stay here for more than a night or two, but this location is completely acceptable for that purpose. We'd stay here again if we needed a spot for the night.
10/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a clean and neat campground close to I-40 (although navigating through the parking lot of the adjacent travel center is a bit confusing). Pull-through sites for larger vehicles are extremely close together (you could probably hand things between your slide-out and your neighbor's slide-out window). For a single night, this wasn't a problem, but if I was going to stay for a longer period of time, I would suggest using one of the wooded sites in the rear of the campground. Although close to I-40, the road noise was not objectionable and we didn't have a problem sleeping (except for the severe thunderstorm that came through in the middle of the night, but that's hardly the campground's fault!). Wi-Fi was non-functional, but we're finding that tends to be the case in private campgrounds. The nearby travel center with resident bison and a souvenir shop was kitschy, but the kids liked it.
06/2008
rating [ 3/10 ]
The ONLY thing this campground has going for it is location, location, location. If you want to stay in the Park and require hookups, it's the only game in town, and Xanterra apparently runs it with that knowledge. The sites are small and rather unkempt. There are no showers or laundry facilities (they are at nearby Mather Campground, but the dryers don't work well), and no play facilities of any type for families (yes, this is a national park, but little ones can only hear "look at the spectacular scenery" so much before they want to play). The campground could be--and should be--much nicer for the amount you pay. By the way, the campground is adjacent to a trailer park, many of which are run down and somewhat scary looking. Granted, I'd stay there again, but only because this is the only option.
06/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
There was a very friendly staff, nice pool, good playground for the kids. Great proximity to Petrified Forest National Park, and there are numerous eating establishments nearby. Campground also offered a "chuckwagon dinner" with live music, at a reasonable price. There aren't a lot of camping options in this part of Arizona, and we'd gladly stay here again. The only drawback is that the campground is essentially one very large gravel parking lot, with almost no delineation between the interior roads and the sites. This doesn't help the dust, which already is omnipresent due to the desert location.
06/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
The location for this campground is nice, set amongst the Ponderosa pines. It's close to Flagstaff Mall and a Safeway grocery store, but is surprisingly quiet given its proximity to busy Route 89. The roads are paved, but somewhat narrow and windy (not a problem for us towing a popup, but could be a problem for someone in a big rig). Staff was friendly, Wi-Fi connection was good, and proximity to the dozens of sights in the Flagstaff area is good. We'd stay there again.
05/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is an outstanding resort if one is looking for a place catering primarily to the big-rig motorhome crowd. Our pop-up was a little out of place! Sites were very nice (pebblestone instead of the dusty crushed rock you find in a lot of places), great pool and hot tub. Laundry facilities were excellent, and the on-site restaurant had good food at a reasonable price. The staff were very friendly, and were very helpful in quickly fixing a broken stabilizer jack at the on-site RV dealership. Given the paucity of places in Tucson that will even accept children, we'd stay here again. Wi-fi connection was excellent.
05/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
Campground was clean and quiet, with spectacular views of Las Cruces and the Organ Mountains. It's several miles outside of LC on I-10. Pool was great (even had a true "deep" end), playground was typical KOA. There was no hot water due to a gas line break, but they were working on it (or at least they said they were). We would stay here again if we are in the LC area.
05/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
Park is nicely laid out, extremely quiet, and very clean, with friendly staff (despite the Memorial Day weekend crowds). Bathrooms were clean. Kids loved the roadrunners and rabbits that wander the grounds. Pool was far too small for a park this size; although the listed capacity was 22 people, there always were far more in the pool (could be dangerous for small children). Wi-fi connection was non-existent at our site. Be forewarned that the campground is well north of Carlsbad but that many mapping software programs still list it at the old location in the city itself.
05/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
Friendly front desk, immaculate grounds. Only minor noise from nearby I-40. Wi-fi connection was very spotty, and very slow. Pool and hot tub were great and bathrooms were clean and in great condition. On western outskirts of Amarillo, about a mile from the Cadillac Ranch.
05/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
Owners were very friendly and obviously are working hard to make this a nice campground. Sites were shady. Although the campground is near I-44, the noise from the interstate is negligible; there was some noise from nearby truck stops. Our kids loved the fish pond and duck pond; you can catch and release in the duck pond.
09/2007
rating [ 6/10 ]
Sites are good size and in a forest of tall-trees, providing excellent shade. Some sites would be difficult for someone with slide-outs, due to trees close to the pad. Bathhouse (toilets and showers) were run-down and decrepit. Mosquitoes were a problem once the sun went down, but not bad during the day.
06/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
As is typical of Missouri state parks, the campground and sites were excellent. The shower and restroom facilities were adequate, but in a little need of repair. Swimming pool was large, clean, and had both a shallow play area for kids and a deep area for grown-ups. I would stay here again.
07/2006
rating [ 2/10 ]
Restroom facilities consisted of a filthy, unlit, unvented outhouse. Shower facilities were no better. In addition, Lake Minatare had the worst mosquitoes I have ever experienced (and I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay). If I ever go to Scottsbluff again, I'll stay in a hotel before I stay at Lake Minatare.
04/2006
rating [ 5/10 ]
Campsites are very narrow and often not level. The campground is next to Rt. 265 and traffic noise is a big problem. Staff was friendly and the firewood was reasonably priced and dry. Restrooms were spectacular and must have been recently renovated--ceramic tile floors and walls, very nice fixtures, spotless clean.
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