We stayed at this park over 1 1/2 years ago, and it was exactly as we remembered. The entrance is odd as you feel like you are driving into a farm field, but as soon as you drive up to the place it comes to life. The ranch also has a riding stable, but the biggest draw is you are literally 20 feet from the dunes (not the ATV dunes, the preserve area) and there is a path to go out and explore. We took our 2 dogs and went out for a long walk. The views were incredible, and the sunset was to be remembered. The sites are mostly level gravel/dirt pads with sand drifting over them, but they are very clean and well kept. There are some seasonal sites; RV resorts but without the cost. We love this place and will continue to come back whenever we pass the way of the central coast. This place is far better than those south in Buellton or North in San Luis. Worth the extra 20 mins on the road to enjoy the peace, quiet, and extraordinary views.
Amarillo RV Ranch should be called pack in the over nighters onto a gravel lot while we provide the seasonals extra wide shaded spaces, this is just a former mobile home park that obviously was never occupied and now is primarily "seasonal" year round occupants with a few spots for over nighters. We were extremely disappointed with the property. The pool closes at 8 PM, which is not that early except it is still light out and hot as hell in Texas in July. We have stayed at Oasis before and the two parks are completely different. Oasis has truly wide pull through spots, here at the "ranch" we have less than 7 feet between us and our other 40 overnight neighbors we actually felt bad having our slides out as we were at the edge of their picnic table, in addition the freeway noise is very loud, compared to Oasis which is set back well from the freeway and fairly quiet. We decided to stay at Amarillo RV Park based on location to The Big Texan, I would have rather driven the 10 minutes that stay here had we been able to see the sites before checking in. The sites are NOT as advertised, yes they are level, but VERY close together. The playground is nothing more than a swing set with monkey bars, and a slide. Overall a big disappointment and we would recommend staying at the Oasis at the end of town if you want wide and long pull though, nice clean grounds, and Wi-Fi at your coach.
This park is extremely nice, well taken care of and well shaded. The spots are wide, and mostly level. This is a family park, and if you like crowds the weekends are perfect for you. I would recommend that for any family traveling to the Chicago / Milwaukee area this is the place to stay. Our kids enjoyed the pool with water slides, the cartoons on the big screen, seeing the characters, etc. The park has a lot to offer to kids and families, however, there are a few drawbacks. First, they have cable on the pedestals, but do not offer any cable TV, and you can not get satellite due to trees, but you get some over the air stations. The other main drawback is the weekends, we went into Chicago Friday morning, upon our return to the park it was PACKED nearly full, and every single person was at the pool area. You can not check out on Saturdays as they do not allow it, and Saturday mornings the pool opens at 10AM and there is a line to get in. The pool was absolutely packed full with people to the point you had to stand in one place. Overall a very very nice park for families, but be aware of the weekend crowds.
The campground is now a KOA as the owners wanted to increase business, can't blame them for that, but now as is the normal with KOA the fees Keep On Adding up. Extra fee for 50 AMP, kids, dogs, etc., by the time I paid it was almost $50 for one night. The park itself is nice enough, seemingly long pull through, but very close together. In addition we wanted to get an early start in the morning due to weather, and due to the width between sites we could not pull out of our site because of the packed in sites next to us and across that made maneuvering a 40 foot motorhome with toad impossible. We ended up having to disconnect the toad, back up out of the pull through site, pull up to the main road and reconnect just to leave by 9 am. The folks that work there were extremely nice, the owners have made that decision right. Overall a decent place is you need to stop for a night and want what you know you can expect from a KOA
The property seemed nice, the pool was nice, clean, and refreshing. The sites are very tight, less than 10 feet between rigs on the overnight spots, and the "lake" is a mosquito breeding ground. I felt very uncomfortable in the office, there is obviously a nice family who owns/runs the campground, and they have an elderly woman (mother) in the office, however, the office/store reeked of urine/fecal matter and I hate to say it was stronger near the elderly woman at the cash register/entrance. As usual KOA = Keep On Adding as we had the normal KOA extra fees for kids, dogs, 50 AMP, etc. The other campground in town looked just as nice, but without the extra fees would have been a better choice for those with families.
We are doing a coast to coast trip from CA to NY and when looking for a place near Niagara Falls, we only found the KOA and a state park. For our big rig 45' towing the KOA would only let us have a patio site at $110 night plus $5 per kid (3 of them), we found Branches on this site the night before our estimated arrival and WE ARE SO HAPPY WE DID!!!. This is an awesome park, big spots, super friendly people working here, and it is brand new and so meticulously maintained. The showers and bathrooms are very clean, the pool is very nice. Lots of space between spots, even the closer ones have plenty of space. Plenty of things for the kids to do, from playground to open areas, boccie ball, horseshoes, etc. I would highly recommend this park to anyone coming to the area. We drove by the KOA and saw them packed in tight as a drum, barely room for slides (we have 3) and we are so thankful to have found branches. Make sure to call ahead as they are being found by everyone looking for a good place.
This campground/resort is on the downhill slide. We have stayed here many times over the years and always found it to be very nice, nice people, nice sites with grass, excellent service. NOT ANYMORE! First we checked their websites for rates and saw it was $45 that was until December 28th, however, upon check in we were informed by the manager that due to have a lot of people come in for the Christmas holiday they raised the rate to $65 plus 13% tax. I told them that their website reflected a different rate, and was told to: "Take it or leave it." As we did not want to stay at Circus Circus and were only in town to visit my grandparents who live just over 1 mile from the park, we took it. We then had the additional fee for the dog, the additional fee for the kids, the additional fee for being a big rig, etc. After all was said and done it was nearly $80. Took it on the chin, but truly felt bad for a younger family with one child who was coming in for only 2 nights to visit family and were told at the time they checked in (with reservations) there was a new rate for their stay. We went to our site and found that they have taken out almost all of the grass at the sites and replaced it with rocks. After setting up we took the dogs to their dog runs, which were well kept. The overall facilities are very nice, nice level pads, and plenty of space for slide outs. To cap off our stay: at 3 am when my dog got sick and I took her out, the security driving around came to me and told me, "You must use the dog run for all pets. I informed him that my dog was sick and I was fine where I was and that I am leaving first thing in the morning and would make sure it was all cleaned up if there was any mess. Not less than 10 minutes later as my wife was with my dog outside, he came by and told her to: "Go to the dog run." Needless to say their staff needs serious help, and the manager is not very nice. PS: If the guard at the gate does not feel your rig meets his "big rig" status then you are not one. It took me showing the office person all 45 feet plus 4 slides and towed vehicle before they would believe me.
We called the morning we wanted to stay (December 26th) and was told they "would dig us out a spot". You can also make advance reservations from their website, it is managed by Xanterra. The man on the phone was extremely nice, and informed us they had recently received a lot of snow and that the roads were clear, but the campground did have snow. Upon arrival (after closing of the office) we found our site reservation on the board and went to the site. Upon driving in, we noticed ice and snow on the road in areas, but once in the campground all roads were snow covered. Arrived at the site to find since they plowed it, the man in the fifth wheel across the way parked his truck in it, went and politely knocked on the door and informed him we were told to take the site his truck was in, only for him to respond with a rude "whatever" and then took his sweet time to come move his truck. The sites here are not necessarily level, but they did the best with the over 4 feet of snow they had. The water pipe was frozen, which was expected that night, first thing in the morning, the same man on the phone was in the office and immediately sent someone over to "unfreeze" it, 5 min later, water was flowing. Overall the park is very empty in the winter, the staff is super nice, but due to the tight roads, and even tighter with snow I only rated it a 8. This campground is a real gem, in the park, with bus stop less than 5 min walk, great service from nice people (at least in winter), and again you cant beat the location.