Call me a romantic, but this was just a perfect little getaway for the two of us. It certainly wasn't the spectacular amenities -- the sites were gravel and not too level (1/2 bubble left-right and front-rear), no trees and no grass; It couldn't have been the nearby attractions, although the town of Bodega and the harbor area were the locations for Hitchcock's "The Birds;" It wasn't the solitude or settling aroma -- a lot of small watercraft with loud motors, squawking gulls and barking sea lions. It had to be the fact that we got site 38 on the tip of the land with plenty of room to swing our little trailer so we could sleep with the door open and look out onto the bay with its twinkling lights and the moon shimmering on the water. Heck -- it was hard to find, fairly crude in its arrangement and not anything resembling a "resort," but dang it: it was great. No cable, but who watches TV here?! Look outside! Ask for any of the water's edge sites -- they cost a few bucks more but are well worth it.
This was our first "real" outing with our travel trailer after an overnight "shakedown cruise" near our home. This place was a five-hour drive away, so we were really RVing this time! This place advertised it was "on the beach (Pacific Ocean)." I suppose technically it was, but there was a lagoon between the site and the beach. One either had to wade across or walk about 1/4 mile either way around it to the beach. The sites were pretty close to each other and it seemed crowded to us. This was our first real outing, so we didn't know what to expect and accepted a lot of things as "normal," but learned later that wasn't necessarily the case. Fortunately, we are a rather gregarious couple and seemed to fit right in to the convivial atmosphere. Plenty of trees, spots of grass and gravel sites. The streets within the park were pretty narrow and made for some difficulty maneuvering into our spot, but we wrote it off as our being "newbies." We did witness one "cornering" accident where a long trailer was backing in and caught the corner of a parked pick-up truck. We spent 4 nights and we'd go back.
This was the destination of our "shakedown cruise" for our new (and first) travel trailer. It was less than an hour away from home, in the mountains and among the tall evergreen trees. The front of the place is deceiving: it looks like a gas station/convenience store with a concrete block wall behind it. Once we drove beyond the wall we were delighted to find spacious sites with water, sewer and electric hook-ups on relatively flat (about 1/4 bubble off) areas. One thing we encountered and haven't seen since: the sewer hook-up was way toward the front of the site. We just moved forward the next morning and dumped -- we didn't know any better and improvised! Dutch Flat RV Resort isn't near anything except I-80. That was a good thing for us, because we weren't looking to do anything except play with our new toy. What a great way to start our RV experience: amongst the tall pines in a very quiet place! The nearby restroom was clean, but not a marbled Taj Mahal.
Too bad this is essentially in the middle of nowhere (Sorry, Elko). This resort was beautiful and truly was an oasis in the desert. There appeared to be many long-term or permanent residents in trailers and motor homes, but the place was beautiful. Little grassy patches here and there, plenty of trees (in a few years there should be a virtual shade canopy) and wide, paved streets within the facility. The sites have concrete slabs for outdoor living and some sort of rolled rock/dirt mixture that was like cement. The site was level and easy to back into. The office staff were friendly and helpful. Too bad this was just an overnight stop between destinations.
Our first KOA experience, so we didn't know what to expect. Despite the pea gravel throughout (sites, roads and everywhere in between) and the lack of shade trees or any greenery, we were impressed! The restrooms and showers were sparkling clean and everyone in the office was friendly and helpful. We have paid less and got more ambiance, but this was the perfect place to spend a night between destinations.
What a great experience, even if we never saw any staff! We arrived after the office closed, but an envelope with our name was taped to the office door. Inside was a map to our site and plenty of extra information. The site is paved with spacious concrete pads, plenty of grass and big trees everywhere. Quiet but just off the main boulevard through town where stores and restaurants were located nearby. We really enjoyed this place and will be back to use it as a base for Bryce and Zion tours. At checkout, I STILL couldn't find any staff, but there were instructions to leave a check for the agreed-upon amount ($33.12) in a mail drop in front of the office. Never got a chance to say thank you, but "Thank You!"
This place may be out in the middle of nowhere (about 4 miles into town) and it was sand and gravel nearly everywhere, but it was very well-kept, shady, and quiet. Very nice people in the office and, although we're not "desert people," we enjoyed our overnight stay. We had a pull-through in the rear section of the park and the space was fairly level. No sewer connection, but a nice dump station conveniently located. Cable TV was $2 extra.