Typical KOA, with RV sites right next to each other, but pleasant enough in the off-season. It's close to the highway, but there's not much noise. The sites in the back are nice and dark. Wi-Fi good. Tenting sites nicer than the average KOA, with actual grass, a rarity in that area of the world. Big playground area right near the bathrooms, with some fun equipment and big trees, But, and what IS it with KOAs? it's as if corporate headquarters mandates that every KOA playground contains at least one piece of really unsafe playground equipment, in this case a home-made climber that offered a wide variety of ways to accidentally fall six feet to the ground. And I'm not an over-protective parent! This KOA is quite convenient to Petrified Forest National Park, and the town of Holbrook is a delight to anyone who likes rock shops, as there are a whole bunch, all featuring legally-gathered petrified wood, so you can take home all you want without stealing from the park. Be sure to check out the great tourist-trap rock shops right outside the park on the Holbrook side. The campground is also close to a lot of fast food, but avoid the KFC, unless you want some edgy entertainment and bizarre stories to take home.
Delightful in off-season - close walking distance to town, right next to the wonderful North House Folk School. The town is charming, and has everything you need - check out the great Co-op (that's a natural foods store up here). Many sites are right next to the cobblestone beach, and there's lots of great trails to follow up the bluffs and down to the lake. There are a wide variety of sites, from hookups in a grassy field to sheltered tent sites in the trees. Bathrooms and showers were clean, with plenty of hot water, which was really nice for chilly May! And for that reviewer who thought he wouldn't come back until the lake got warm, he's going to wait a long time. Superior never gets warm - it's way too deep!
Mather campground, Grand Canyon National Park. Dark and quiet, despite being very big. (Of course, it is off-season and pretty cold at night.) Convenient via 15 minute walking trail or shuttle to Market Plaza with large grocery store, deli and post office, and to the canyon, but you still feel like you're deep in the woods. Bathrooms clean, with flush toilets, but the showers are pay, and a hike. They have nice-looking dish washing stations, but were closed for the season. The campground is very pretty, with well-spaced sites and sites and lots of big trees. Vehicle traffic is limited to rigs of 30' or less, which makes sense; I wouldn't want to try it with anything bigger. Sites are level, with paved parking or pull-through pads, and the rest grass & dirt. There is so much to do here, walks and hikes and lectures – it would be easy to spend the better part of a week and still not do everything.
Campground owners could not be more friendly, and are very knowledgeable about the area. The campground is a typical KOA – a big gravel lot with hookups and sites right next to each other, right off the highway, though pleasant enough when it's not full. The best feature of the place is that it is surrounded by lava fields, so if you get a space on the back or edge, you have a pretty view of a really unique landscape, and you feel like you're a bit farther from civilization than you are. There's also a nice little walking trail through the lava field. Clean bathrooms and a huge laundry room. Free cookies when you check in, and a free cold breakfast of cereal, coffee, doughnut holes, and fruit. Free Wi-Fi is intermittent, and they don't always know when it needs to be rebooted, but when it is up, it's strong. Tenting sites look remarkably unpleasant; they're inside a little stockade separated off from the RV sites. Everyone using the bathrooms walks right through that area, and it's pure, sharp gravel. We didn't use the playground, but it's typical of what I've seen of KOAs – playable, I suppose, but not in great repair and not particularly safe. The two camp cats were a better distraction for the little ones.
Oddly boring state park. Not much in the way of trees or charm. Very quiet in off season. Each picnic table has its own adobe shelter. The campground map is absolutely dreadful, and bears little resemblance to what is there, so be sure to drive around, and ascertain that your site actually has the hookups that you want – our site, clearly labeled electric, had no electric that we were ever able to find. Plenty of room for big RVs, and sites pretty level. Water was off on March 29th. Pit toilets that were quite clean, but the doors were coated with some odd spiky asphalt surface, guaranteed to take the skin off your knuckles if you're not careful – all three of us had scabs by the time we left. The saving grace for us was the big, new playground, right next to the so-called-electric site we chose.
A smallish gravel patch right in the middle of the tiny hamlet of Capulin. Friendly owners, clean but dark bathrooms. Laundry room and camping cabins available, though I didn't go exploring either one. No picnic tables. Campground has an excellent view of Capulin Volcano National Monument, which is probably the main reason folks would be through here. We did not see tenting sites anywhere. Hookups available. It's only a couple blocks from the entrance to the park, which is a great place to spend at least half a day, with some great hiking trails up and around the top of the volcano (long extinct, don't worry!) Not a place to hang around for a long time, perhaps, but fine for a night or two.