I was prepared to love this campground. The grounds are beautiful and lush, the owners (the older couple) were really nice when I checked in, and it was in a great location. However, despite the fact that Wi-Fi is promoted on the website, after we checked in and paid, we found out it's only available in the office area. There's a lounge for guests to sit and use their laptops. This was a bummer, as I need internet access to work from the road. So my husband and I figured we'd just camp out in the lounge for a bit while I did my work. We took our five-pound, hypo-allergenic (i.e. non-shedding) SERVICE DOG with us and went to settle in by the fire with our computers. As we entered the office, some young guy who worked here, forbade us to come in with our little dog. Fair, there was a "no dogs" sign on the office door, but there were three massive dogs lounging inside where the guests were to hang out. I'm a dog lover, and was fine with this. They were really sweet, gentle dogs: but don't allow your huge dogs to lounge around in the communal space and prohibit my tiny, well-trained dog. And then give me attitude about it. Besides, she's a registered SERVICE ANIMAL, as her ID clearly stated. The guy was pretty rude about it. Plus the whole Internet issue was a total pain. So while we had planned on staying multiple nights, the whole scenario rubbed us the wrong way. We left after one day and went to another park, with an awesome site, instead. At least the prices were decent: $28 for water and electric. They offer AAA and Good Sam discounts.
I am SO tired of campgrounds promoting themselves as having Wi-Fi and then getting here and never being able to get connected. I was hoping Mountain Meadow would be better, but alas, the signal was terrible. That said, everything else about this campground was awesome. The owners were super nice and friendly and let us check in early. The grounds were beautiful. The bathrooms were some of the cleanest we've seen. The showers were scalding hot and the water pressure was great. The location was convenient, right in downtown Hungry Horse and really close to the entrance to the park and all the outdoor outfitters. If it weren't for the Wi-Fi issue (which is huge for us), I'd give Mountain Meadow a 10, which is a rating I've yet to give a park! There's a AAA discount, so we paid $35 for a pull-through, water and electric site on a weekend.
I really liked this place in terms of location (right down the road from downtown Bigfork), and the owners are super nice. There's a lot of foliage, and it's relatively quiet tucked away from the road. Opt for a back spot (they're cheaper and quieter). We paid $18 for water and electric. Internet varied; the first day it was super speedy--the fastest we've had at any RV park--and the next day it was slow as molasses. We figured either someone parked in front of the main office and blocked the signal or someone else checked in who was hogging all the bandwidth. I would give the park a higher rating if it weren't for the bathrooms. Our trailer has a tiny tank, so we tend to take showers at the parks if it's a possibility, but the bathrooms were a bit gross. They were dirty and had critters crawling all over the floors (worms, ticks, spiders to name a few). If you shower in your rig, then this isn't a problem but it was a bit of an issue for my husband and me. Still, the cheap price trumped all else!
This KOA is in a great spot--tucked away in a nice shady corner on the fringe of downtown Miles City. The owners are incredibly nice (they gave us ice cream bars when we checked in!) and offered us a discounted rate when we only wanted electric (that included cable and Internet, too). The bathrooms are nice and clean, there's a laundry to use that's cheaper than the laundry in my apartment building ($1.50 for a wash load, $.75 to dry), and the spots are much more spaced out than the other KOA's we've been to where you could shake hands with your neighbors. We had planned to go to Big Sky, as we had come across it on the Internet and it looked really nice, but websites can be deceiving: We got to town and it was not at all in a remote location like it implies, but just a stone's throw from the major interstate! Plus, it was a dump. So we were happy there was a back-up plan, a KOA in town, and made our way there. I would give this spot a 10 if it weren't for the noise factor. There's construction going on just to the back of the lot, and who knows how long that will continue (it was only loud in the morning, not in the afternoon or night) and b) there are trains that run nearby all night long and blow their horns pretty loudly. I would stay here again, though, no questions asked.
We've been camping across five states so far on this trip, and the Spearfish City Campground has been our favorite. The grounds are gorgeous, it's tucked away from the city so it's really quiet and has a nice little river that runs through it. There are also city playgrounds for the kids and a nice paved pathway for bikers/runners that's just being completed. We also drove by the KOA in town, as we usually camp at their grounds, but it was right by the interstate and SUPER noisy. Plus, the place wasn't nearly as nice as any of the other KOAs we'd stayed at, and spots were super tight. I'm glad we went with Spearfish instead. The cable TV came through crystal clear, but Internet was non-existent, which was our only one big issue with this campground, as it promotes itself as having Wi-Fi. The girl in the office just told us to bring our computer to the front of the grounds and use it on a bench if we needed to connect, but who wants to do that?? If it weren't for the Internet (and the fact that the women's bathroom had clumps of hair stuck to all the sinks, eww), I would give this site a 10.
Great location, but the execution was a bit off. The Wi-Fi was very spotty while we were here, though we did have access at very short interval (it came and went). There's really no excuse for having bad Internet in 2011! The bathrooms were really old and only repainted (versus remodeled) to bring them up to KOA standards. The shower was lukewarm at best, not hot. The grounds, though, were really beautiful and shady and in a great location: on the fringe of Hot Springs really near many of South Dakota's major attractions. The KOA is right off a semi-busy highway, though, so you might get some car noise if you're sensitive to that kind of thing. The owner was very friendly and just recently bought the place, so maybe he'll clean up some of the lingering issues the campground has from the previous owners. Also, he does daily all-you-can-eat-pancake breakfasts for $2.50 a person, which I think is a very nice gesture.
We stayed at this place because it promoted itself as $22 for full hook-up and it was convenient to where we were going during our stay in Longmont. We got here, confirmed that the price was $22 a night, then she rang us up for $58 for two nights. Um, what??? Should just be $44? Oh but wait, they conveniently don't tell you until you've already paid, it's an extra $7 a day for the state park access. Lame. As for the setting, we took a spot toward the backside of the lake, and it was really pretty with lots of wildlife like rabbits and geese. Being so close to a lake also meant a TON of mosquitoes. The big issue we had here though, was not the price or the mossies (we could deal with both) but the loud noises and honking coming from I-25 all night long. Neither of us slept a wink over two nights, and we picked the spot furthest away from the freeway. It seemed to be a really popular spot with fisherman, so if fishing's your thing, this is the place for you. If not, I'm sure there are nicer campgrounds for around the same price nearby.
Great location, beautiful setting, quiet spot. No hookups and no water to be found. This is definitely the definition of a primitive site. Our water tank is small, so even without showering, we were out on our third day. Bear that in mind if traveling with a smaller trailer, especially as the closest town Moab, is about an half an hour's drive. There are vault toilets, though, and a dumpster for trash. Location wise, Horse thief has great access to Canyonlands and Dead Horse. We didn't see a ranger the entire time we were here.
This place was our first KOA experience, and we were thrilled with the state of the park, as well as the management. Coming from California where people don't make eye contact, we were overwhelmed by the friendliness of the staff. They went above and beyond to make our stay a good one. We stayed for three nights during a monsoon, so we spent a lot of time indoors. The Internet was fast, the cable TV was good, and the bathrooms were in immaculate shape. The store was well stocked, and there's a big laundromat on one end of the property with a couple dozen industrial-sized washers and dryers. There's also a free shuttle service to Temple Square, which we didn't use, but which would come in handy if you didn't want to detach your rig. There was a ton of construction going on right here on Temple Street, where the campgrounds are located, but when it's all done, the KOA will be a straight shot to downtown (North Temple goes all the way to Temple Square). It takes 10 to 15 minutes. The only downside to this park is the proximity to the rail line. Trains were blowing their whistles all night, and it woke my husband and me up at times.