If you want the fuller family experience, I would try the park across the highway. But if you want a great park that is clean, well manicured, and with wonderful landscaping, then this is your place. There are spaces in the open with grassy areas, and spaces in among trees but they are all very spacious in both width and depth. The TV and WiFi were fine. When we were here, we hired the son of one of the staff to walk our dogs while we took a day off from them. You might want to ask if there are any other pet care services they can provide. Now there is a train track close by, and the one or two a day could be loud for some, but we didn’t mind them at all. While the laundry here is spotless, if you want heavy-duty equipment you might try the Mullan Station Bar and Casino. (Yes, that’s right!) Located at 3420 Mullan Road. Also check out Rods and Dogs (Majestic Dr) to wash your truck, RV or dog, believe it or not. Finally, Wheat Montana has a deli and bakeshop in the Muralt’s travel plaza down the street at the I-90 interchange, with outrageous cinnamon rolls and great sandwiches. In addition to these, we also visited the farmer’s markets on Saturday morning (other days in season as well). Missoula is wonderful and this is a great park to use as a base. I could go on and on.
This park was designed for an era before slides and awnings. There are few sites more than 15 feet wide and so little depth that they need to take up some spaces to allow people to park their tow vehicles or toweds. They advertise walking access to the river and that is technically correct but you have to scramble down a weed-covered dirt slope and across many yards of scrub area to reach the “river walk.” Access to downtown is possible if you have a bike (and take it down that path) or are a fast walker. Otherwise, I recommend a car. The Wi-Fi is erratic and the cable is noisy analog service. Most people we watched spent nearly 30 minutes fitting into a space. The spaces are not level or flat so be prepared to bring lots of “lifting” material. To top it off, this place seems to be for sale so they are trying to squeeze as many customers in as possible to make it look profitable. This spot is not worth the premium!
This is one of our favorite parks. Reservations are necessary in the summer but the expanses of grass and location on the Columbia River make the planning worth it. There are some trains that come through a quarter of a mile away but I sort of like the sound and it does not annoy me. There is a mix of full hookup sites and tent sites and a boat launch area in the adjacent marina. We stayed in the B loop away from the river, where there are some spaces with nice shade. There is not much to do beyond what is based on the river but it is nice for a few days of relaxation when you are in Oregon.
This is a large, open park with full hook-ups plus a few tent sites. We were here for an RV rally and then again to visit the region a bit. This is a park that needs some additional gravel at the sites and some additional shade (there are many small trees planted). It is a great place for a rally or a base for travel but a bit isolated for local access (about 10 miles from town). Some people complain about the trains (a mile off) but I like them. We did not use the shower and bathroom facilities but they were clean if minimal. The staff is great but you feel sort of lonely when there are more than 150 sites but only 10 or 15 visitors. The sites were level and spacious.
Most sites are less than 40 ft. long and 20 ft. wide so be careful, as they are all mixed in together. There is a dump station and some sites have water, electricity, or nothing. Again, be careful. While it was once covered with gravel, the park is now mostly dirt and this would be a problem when it rains (not during our visit, though). However, given that there is little alternative between here and Golden to the south if you are visiting Boulder, it is your best choice. Be aware that being next to the fairgrounds, there are times when events make the park crowded so be sure to check the schedule. You can make reservations but the variation in site amenities could make this tricky if you have not been here before (E1 is good as is F5 as far as a bit of shade and extra space is concerned). The shower and bathroom facilities are well care for and you can see a selection of dogs up for adoption being walked along the front by volunteers from the Humane Society shelter down the street. We had to park our truck in a vacant site because there was not room for it on our site.
We were making our way from Denver to Tucson and decided to take US 285. This place is a nice little surprise and we will return. It is about 12 miles west of Antonito and was a KOA spot at one time. The owners are friendly and helpful and there were a number of longer term campers there when we visited. The river is about a half mile away across the field behind the park and is a good place to fly fish as far as I can tell. If you want quiet, this is the one for you (also dark - you will rarely see the night sky like you do here when it is clear!). There is a very clean laundry and Wi-Fi service. Be warned: cell phones do not work here but the owners will allow you to make calls on their land line if necessary. The national forest is right up the road toward Charma (the railroad is not running all the way there these days due to a mysterious fire that damaged a trestle on the route). There are pull through sites but they can be a bit tight for larger trailers.
This is a typical KOA park with all the expected amenities. The owners are helpful and seem to care about what you think (we had a small incident with a transient person and it was immediately addressed). The laundry and rest rooms/showers are clean and well maintained. A well stocked store, cookout breakfast and dinners are also available (we did not use these). The sites are a bit tight for a long trailer but fine for a brief stay. We live in Tucson so this may become our stopping place on our trips going forward. Access from I-40 is easy and Holbrook has everything you need to restock for a longer trip or just grab a rest day. Several tourist sites (e. g. The Petrified Forest) are an easy drive from here.
Several casinos have added specific RV amenities and this one is one of the best with easily accessible pull through sites with full hook ups. The only problem is that this park has not been maintained since it was built a few years ago. The sites are beginning to be over grown with weeds and the paving is deteriorating and some muddy pools form after rains. The shower/rest room building is also relatively new but unmaintained (we found cleaning materials lying around as if the people had been abducted by aliens right in the middle of their work!). You pull into a spot and then pay in the hotel lobby (not the casino) but I am not sure anyone actually cares if you pay or not. It is a shame that no one seems to care about this place because a lot of effort and money went into creating it. Nevertheless, it is a good place to stop overnight when traveling I-40 in NM.
Cherry Creek is a very big state park with just about as many features (extensive wildlife areas, a "family" shooting site, a model airplane site, marina, extensive bike trails, etc.) as you can imagine. It is right on the southern edge of Denver so access to the city is easy even though the roads are very congested. There is the standard $6 daily fee in addition to the camping fee so consider buying an annual pass if you will be in Colorado parks for more than a week or so. There is also $3 "water resources" fee (one time) you must pay. The campground has everything from tent sites to full hook up sites on several different loops. The areas are reasonably well maintained but when we were here mosquitoes were a real problem. The full hook up sites have cement parking pads and paved access. The camp hosts work to immediately clean up sites when one is vacated so it is well cared for in that way. The laundry is actually outside and has seen better days. The main shower/rest rooms are fairly new but heavily used. Some sites have some shade but many do not. We were in site #64 and had to bake in the sun all day. If you want a base spot for a visit to Denver, this could be a nice choice but it is not a tranquil place since there is traffic noise almost 24 hours a day.
This is a very popular park in the summer because of the large lake. If you want to stay over on a summer weekend you must reserve a space well in advance. We stayed two weeks in space 146 (F loop). I recommend the E or F loops since there is less traffic and if you are out near the lake end you still have a reasonable view of the lake. There are a couple of small shower/restroom buildings and one large one with a laundry but they can be heavily used and get a bit dirty even though the hosts work hard to keep them clean. This is a place to come if you have a bicycle as there are many bike paths that nor only cover the whole park area but also go all the way into Loveland. As with all Colorado state parks, there is a $6 daily fee to enter so consider buying a annual pass if you plan to stay in any of them for more than a week or so. This lets you come and go as you please. This is an electric only park so plan to manage both sewer and fresh water on your own for your stay. There are several fresh water taps on each loop and a main sewer dump at the entrance to the camping area. The sites here are all pull-through but were designed for an earlier era and are curved so it can be hard to position a large fifth wheel trailer (ours is 35 ft.) and still have room for your tow vehicle. Some sites are better maintained than others and the worse ones can be muddy when it rains. The A and B loops tend to be better maintained but more popular (the main shower/bath building is between these loops and that means lots of traffic by those sites). All sites have a fire ring and table and a few have some shade. Again, the A and B loops tend to have the most mature trees.
Colorado State Parks are often great and this one is good but not the tops. There are only a few sites with sewer hookups and the rest have just water and electricity. While they list access for up to 40 ft. RVs this can be a problem in many sites if you have to back in a long trailer (ours is 35 ft.). We were in site #15 and it was tight. The laundry and rest room building has been rebuilt in the last couple of years but there is some question about how often it is cleaned. We had no problems during our stay. There are nice hiking trails leading from the campground to the lake and the surrounding area. The boat launching area is at a different location but there are some parking spaces in the campground where you can leave a boat trailer over night. Colorado parks require a $6 entrance fee each day so if you are going to spend any time in them, consider buying an annual pass for $60 (out of state residents, lower in state). I-25 at Trinidad is being reconstructed and exit and entrance can be a challenge if you have a long rig or have never been here before.
You can't beat this place for convenience for an overnight stay but it is little more than an open, level gravel lot. You park at any available site, note the number, and then go to the casino welcome desk to sign in. Someone will come out to unlock the electrical box at your site. The RV sites are a bit away from the truck parking and fueling area but it is basically a truck stop. There is water available and a dump station as well if you need it.
This is one of our favorite state parks: we had site #7 this visit. Our only concern is that since the park does not take reservations, you take pot luck and some of the sites can be hard to back into. (We have a 35 footer.) Some sites do not have sewer hookups but there is a dump station.