Using Passport America, this is an inexpensive campground ... and it should be ... but works well enough for a couple of night's stay. The fellow at the desk was cheerful and professional, which is always a plus. Scant gravel, mostly sand/dirt which is problematic when the wind blows. Noticeable road noise from I-40. The view to the east is of the backside of Camping World. When compared to campgrounds in the $35-$40 range, this one falls in the marginal category. Everyone has their own rating criteria. I consider the park on a one-to-10 comparison scale with other parks we've stayed in. From my point of view, ET is certainly not a "10".
We stayed here for a month and the nightly rate reflects that fee. We found it to be a great spot from which to explore Portland, Astoria and Mt. St. Helens areas. Easily accessed from I-5 and located in a rural area along the river, it was a quiet, pleasant park. The paved road along side of it provided a good walking place. A new Wal Mart is located a couple of miles away. Several reviews have mentioned excessive rules and a difficult owner. We found neither to be the case. The owner was always helpful and attentive to our needs and the regulations were not at all unreasonable. The one downside while we were there was dust that drifted over from the nearby sandy access road to a public beach. The owners are working the city/county government to try to address the issue.
As they say, all things are relative : true in the case of this park. Compared to others in the general area, Elma RV Park does indeed rank above average. However, in the broader scope of comparisons, I would rank it well below average. Delicious chocolate chip cookie providing friendly management aside, the park itself is downgraded by very narrow sites which are divided by a two foot strip of dead grass outlined with railroad ties. The more negative feature, however, is the significant number very trashy trailers settled in for the long term on the eastern half of the park. Compared to fine parks, this one is on the dumpy side. We utilized our Passport membership so the price was right.
We spent the month of October at Monte Bello RV Park. We had looked at available parks in Taos and chose Monte Bello because of it's roominess out on the mesa with great views instead of the crowded, traffic challenged ones available in town. The prices are reasonable and the spaces are large and level. The restrooms and laundry exceptional. While it doesn't have the amenities of resort parks, it met our needs very well. The park is an easy drive from town. The owners are wonderfully accommodating. There is a great walking trail that adjoins the park. We'll definitely stay there on our next time in Taos and would highly recommend it.
This park is located in a trailer park. If you're looking for the nicer amenities of the average park, you won't find them here. But if you're looking for a cheap stay that has electrical, water and sewer, it might be the place for you for a flat rate of $20.
We've stayed at Riverfront RV Park for four full summers, arriving in May and leaving in September. While it doesn't have the amenities of the higher end parks, it does have some superb qualities including a country setting, large shade trees, lots of green space between pads, a wonderful mountain view out the front window and a very attractive monthly rate. It sits at the confluence of the Little Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers. We would recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in one spot for a period of time.
We found the campground to be bit rundown. In its heyday, it was probably a nice place. Wi-Fi was advertised, but the signal was very weak. The fee was $35 including tax. A more appropriate charge would have been closer to $20 or $25 when comparing it to other parks.