Beautiful grounds, exceedingly well maintained, in a convenient location that is fairly quiet (there is some train noise and some animal noise from nearby farms). Staff swoops in and cleans every newly vacated site immediately. Our trash was picked up and newspaper delivered (such a treat) every morning at 7AM. Our 25' Class C looked a bit ridiculous in the very large pull-through site, but our large dog loved having the huge grassy space to relax in (and the small-ish off-leash area to play in). Apparently this place was built as a manufactured home neighborhood, which explains the enormous sites and lack of loops in the layout. We enjoyed seeing all the creative ways that pavers were used (every site had a different pattern), but did not enjoy having to level every time we came back in. Excellent Wi-Fi; always strong and usable. Good cable TV hookups, too. We did not end up using the tennis court, although we wanted to, because we didn't have the required footwear. We didn't use the hot tub because it was always full. Didn't use any of the concierge services or the laundry because we didn't need them. Given the $82/night price tag, we were perturbed that the site next to ours was used for 2 days of our 3 day stay to display 3 35'-45' Class A motorhomes for sale (and tours). As for the neighbors on the other sides, there were lots of folks here for the summer season, but everyone kept to themselves, for the most part. Not many folks outdoors (except for those watching their outside TVs). Also be aware that they've recently instituted a very restrictive pet policy, banning outright a large number of breeds and mixes of those breeds (which is utterly foolish). We were grandfathered in because of our reservation, but we won't be back again because of that (and the hard-to-justify price tag, which we've paid for sites in urban areas but not places we have to drive to/from).
This high desert campground has two new camper cabins and nicely spaced back-in and pull-through sites for all sizes of rigs. Despite the warning sign about sequester-caused cuts in maintenance, the campground was fairly well manicured and very clean. The camp hosts were active (a little bit too active, in our opinion, as they were out at 6 AM talking in their outdoor voices) and sold ice and firewood. Views of the lake were probably once very nice, but the lake is very, very low and mostly muddy shored. Most folks were there for the rainbow trout fishing; not anything in the way of boating or swimming. One little half-mile trail and that was pretty much all there was to do here. No services in the area, either, so arrive stocked up. Do note the dump station, though. We've never seen one landscaped quite like this before.
Nice older park with a pond, the dunes to hike/play upon, and an observatory. (Check the website for programs; we were there during a full moon, so no night sky viewing.) We stayed in the older section, with the trees and shade, and once the day cooled off, enjoyed a peaceful stay. Not very dog friendly, given the burrs and other prickly things, but there was an area of the desert with a rather homemade sign that said "Off Leash Dog Area." Not on a bet would I let my dog loose there, given that we'd just walked the nature trail and read about the scorpions, badgers, and other native creatures that the off-leash dog could encounter! Again, seems like Idaho state parks are kind of over priced at $28.32 for a night, but an interesting place we might stay at again if we pass through this way.
We chose this park because of its unique history and easy on/off the highway for an overnight. The easy on/off always comes at a noise cost, so if you're sleeping with your windows open, definitely choose a site in the lower loop, farther away from the highway noise, which is noticeable. We had lovely views and enjoyed all the hiking trails, but felt that $28.32 was pretty steep for an older state park without many activities or Wi-Fi. There were supposedly boat rentals, but that was not open when we were visiting. Loved watching all the pelicans and other birds, though.
Just hated this place. You aren't given any choice in site selection. The site we got (O loop) was the farthest away from any services, and we were located directly across from the bathroom and dumpster. Note: sites aren't "sites"--they are simply pullouts on the roadside. This means any slideout you may have protrudes onto the road, and walkers (or unruly wild children) are mere inches from where you might be sitting in your dinette. And you're sitting inside because the aforementioned unruly children are riding their bikes THROUGH your campsite, despite your stern warnings not to. That's early evening. Wait till after dark when the teens come out and holler until 1AM or so. And then the babies start screaming in the bathhouse at 6AMas you're try to get some sleep. We asked the ranger the next morning if they ever patrol the campground. She stared at me blankly. Screw that; we forfeited our second night payment and skedaddled. We would never, ever stay here again. Ever.
Loved this campground. See previous Aug 13 review for details; I won't repeat that person's great review. We got one of the sites that aren't in the loops (#5) because we asked for a quiet place where we wouldn't have to deal with noisy people, given our previous night's disaster at Colter Bay. We got exactly what we asked for: lots of room and no one around. Our only complaint was that we had no shade, but that also meant we had gorgeous views of the Tetons. Some early risers (6AM) leaving the park, but that was the only noise. Great location near Mormon Row, near the National Forest lands (where you should take your dog), and not far from Jackson. We will definitely consider coming back here (if we don't stay at the National Forest campground at Lake Atherton, which was really wonderfully quiet and peaceful). Boondocking at its best, since we had plentiful sunshine to charge our solar panels, delicious fresh water to fill our tanks, and a very good dump station to, well, you know. And friendly office folks who took pains to make you happy. We most definitely were.
Such a treat, this little state park. Interesting trails and visitor center, very quiet campground (except for the lovely roar of the river), and some of the most unusual geology you'll ever camp next to. This is our idea of camping. But it's tiny. We have a 25' Class C and arrived at 4PM mid-week to find pretty much one of the only spots we'd fit in (and the CG was pretty empty). Not a big-rig friendly place, but there was a very skilled 5th wheel driver pulled into one of the sites. Come early, find a site, and enjoy the scenery.
Mixed feelings about this place. On the positive: we enjoyed having access to the lake for our dog (National Forest folks are very dog friendly) and lots of area to walk. Pretty sunrises and sunsets and a very nice drive north to reach this campground from Colorado. On the negative: no water at sites, no apparent enforcement of quiet hours (boat people seem to be party people), and since we were there Monday and Tuesday, no restaurant (it's open Wed-Sat) and no clear boat rental services that we could find. We would check out other area campgrounds first before staying at this one.
Our second visit to this beautiful park (with a beautiful drive up Elk River Valley). We concur with with previous campers about great activities, well-maintained facilities, and lovely views and sites. We lucked out this summer with the gorgeous profusion of wildflowers, as a result of all the rain. Our only complaint is that we had a site pretty close to the camper services bldg, and there is a mighty loud fan in the showers whose sound carries. Otherwise, a pastoral paradise.
Even in 45 degree rainy weather, this is a beautiful place. Small, scenic, and quiet. Odd, though, that we never met the camp host or "checked in" or anything remotely official, but we paid our honor system $6 for firewood, claimed our reserved site (while our friends claimed and paid for an empty site that did not have a reservation sign on it). We even had 1 bar of AT&T service, which was a surprise. We wished there had been better signage for trails, but given the steady rain, I guess it all worked out.... Sure wish that the reservation fee wasn't 50% of the nightly camping fee--that is such a ripoff ($18 site, $9 reservation fee).
We managed to snag a walk-in site for 2 nights (before the fully booked weekend) and really enjoyed the campground. Very clean, very conscientious camp hosts, huge sites with fire rings and tables and wildflowers/views galore. Yes, there's a bit of highway noise, but this just means it's convenient to get to town (walking or driving). Wish there was water to fill tanks and a dump station, but we'll get that handled down the road. We would definitely stay here again.
A park that was once a destination, I'd imagine, in its heyday, which was a very long time ago. We enjoyed our 3-day stay here, though, because of the trees and the short hiking trail--good for the dog (and not much in Taos is)--the proximity to town, and the good Wi-Fi (no AT&T phone reception, though). Can't rate it higher, though, because of the road noise and general disrepair of the place (overflowing recycling/trash, no groundskeeping, some out of order restrooms, no laundry or other services). But, as I said, we'd probably stay here again if we wanted to do in-town activities, since it's only 10 minutes to the heart of things. Just be realistic in your expectations, bring cash or check (no credit cards) and, on a Saturday night in the summer with your windows open, use earplugs.
Lovely location--beautifully set next to the red cliff walls. Enormous dog area; although this could be made better by having it split into large dog/small dog areas and fencing off the swampy water-filled ditches. We appreciated greatly (but didn't use) the dog walking service they provide.(If you want to take the narrow gauge railway or do a rafting trip or whatever, the campground folks will walk your dog a few times per day for an extra fee. We didn't use the pool which all the kids seemed to love, or the chuck-wagon breakfast. But we found restrooms, laundry, and propane services to be good. We had three major complaints that really impacted our stay. We were situated in the back, among the shaded, and very small sites, not out in the newer, front area where the big rigs were. We had a very unlevel site as did most of our neighbors. We all were amazed at how eager the work campers were to give folks extra boards. Even then we were all off level by a lot. These unlevel sites were also vert close together, as in cheek to jowl, which was not what they appeared to be in the website photos. In the back area there was no WiFi, nor could we get any AT&T or Verizon service (phone or internet) back there. The web site promises "WiFi at your site." This required walking to the office area and sitting out with the many mosquitoes to use a telephone or go online. Very inconvenient. Overall, it's a nice park. It's just that for $40/night, I'd like to have a little more elbow room in a level site (bare bones for a commercial park) and for sure the promised WiFi.
New Mexico state parks always offer such great value. For $14, you get hookups, a dump station, tons of elbow room around your rig, a nice ramada fire ring/table, and as much nature as you'd like. Our site was right by some nesting osprey. The lake is severely low right now, but we really enjoyed watching the daily monsoons build over the mountains and then let loose with a very beautiful lightning show every night we were there. Be sure you stock up on all your supplies. This place is a drive to anywhere over some pretty bumpy/poorly maintained roads. Once you get here, relax and stay a while. Very nice, on-top-of-things camp host, too.
This park makes it into our top 10 weird camping spots. We loved the location. Close to town, in the shaded woods, and near walking/hiking/biking trail. And $16 was a nice price, too, but that's the end of the good. There are no discernible roads and barely any obvious site. It's really tough to figure out which are tent sites and which are RV sites. We like boondocking, but when paying money for a site, I do like to have a "site." Tons of ruts which is non-trivial in monsoon season, but these turn into arroyos rather quickly. No clear ways in/out. No facilities beyond portapotties. Only a few sites with any hookups. Park happened to be pretty empty, but it was still noisy. No real supervision/camp host presence outside of office hours when the nice fellow checks you in. It's an adventure sorta like the ziplining business next door to the campground.
This is a very popular park in the summertime--very crowded! We rated the park pretty high because we had what seemed to be the best site in the park--#12--an end spot with a view to Monument Valley. If we'd been in one of the tiny back-in sites crammed in between all the rental RVers, we would not have been as pleased. We liked very much the ability to book and take a guided sunrise tour right from the park--perfect. Not a great place for dogs, though. No good dog walk area, and lots of stray dogs and cats, so beware if you've got a reactive dog. (Our current one isn't--he had a blast playing with a little puppy.) And be sure to stock up on groceries/supplies before settling into the campground--the grocery store is a bit of a hike down the hill and the campground office carries very little.
Beautiful sites, with lots of room side to side, but kind of tight across the street. Very well maintained park that offered many bathhouses and dumpsters (with recycling). Nice camp host came around to deliver firewood and ice at night. Wish there'd been hiking trails. As it is, the area seems to require a tow vehicle or other way to get somewhere else to do something, but nice spot to stay put. Our only other complaint is the ridiculously high ReserveAmerica fee of $9. It makes no sense to have $18 campsites with a 50% markup for a reservation.
What a lovely spot. Our second time overnighting (we make the trek down off I-40 specifically to stay here,) and we still love it. Very well-maintained, good reservation system, nice sites (many with shade, which is amazing in the desert), and a dog beach. We love that feature and stay here because of it--our dog hates when we have to traverse the desert, so the least we can do is provide a swimming opportunity. We'll be back!
We have overnighted at this park many times and have given very high marks; however, this trip has had us take off a few points for these reasons. While overall park is well-maintained, that darn maintenance started at 7AM right under our windows (mowers, edgers). We sent in a reservation request weeks ahead of time and were confirmed by email. So far, so good. But the confirmation email neglected to remind us of the summer office hours and that we'd need to call for the gate code if we arrived late. Thank goodness we arrived before the gates closed. Office staff needs to include this information (and the total cost) when confirming reservations. We had to wait till 9AM to pay because we weren't sure of the exact price (not sure if $33 was total, or if they'd add tax). Physical plant is wearing out; our picnic table was cracked and unusable. Big contrast to when we first started coming here, and everything was pristine. We hope that management reinvests in front office processes and maintenance (and at decent hours) and brings the park back to its previous good quality.
Dry camping that cannot be beat! There is a darling, new, little "visitor's center" cabin at the entrance that offers travel literature and strong, free Wi-Fi (how often does one get THAT while boondocking in the mountains?). We were just passing through on our favorite road, US 60, and had planned to stay in Pie Town, but locals recommended this place and we were very grateful. Very quiet, large sites. We stayed at the top of the loop, right by the hiking trail access, and enjoyed a 2-mile hike in the afternoon we arrived and then a different 2-mile hike in the morning. Spectacular views of the Plains of St. Augustin. Very well-marked trails on which we encountered elk a few times. And the water from the springs is delicious. Best $5 we've ever spent. We will be back.
We enjoyed our stay at this groovy, work-in-progress place, but can't rate it very high on any kind of objective scale. We were the only souls in the place, never met the owners, but we did admire the cute/retro trailer office and the really cool architecture of the bathhouse, which was clean. We weren't keen on the price for such a bare-bones place next to the railroad tracks, though. Not sure if it'll improve with the heavily watered but odd landscaping. I know you can't escape goatheads in this area, but it seemed like that's what they were growing. All that said, we might stay again, though, as this seemed much better than another place.
Our second time visiting this park, and we stayed in a different loop (the one with lake view). While we enjoyed walking down (and down and down) to the very low lake and letting our pup have a swim, we did not love the camping here this time. Our loop was crowded and full of campers with poorly trained dogs who barked and growled and generally made a nuisance All. The. Time. (This happened to us the first time we stayed here, too.) If you can get one of the end/corner sites that has room around it, that might be better, but we shan't stay here again. Will find somewhere closer to TorC, which we love visiting.
This was our second time staying at this beautiful park, which is probably the best maintained state park we've ever stayed at (and we've been to a LOT). Lovely sites, nice trails to walk, and a very peaceful setting. A bonus for travelers with dogs is a great city park not too far away: The Deuce of Dogs Bark Park. My only beef is the $5 reservation fee, which we got tricked into incurring during the off season because we mistakenly thought that the park was nearly full when, in reality, lots of loops were closed already. We learned our lesson.
Great value for the money--very pretty river/city/mountain views. Back in sites pretty tight between the palm trees. Nice for an overnight (even though we had very high winds), but we were sorry that the big grassy fenced in field could not be used to exercise our dog. There were "hazardous" flags all over that grass.
Rate reflects Good Sam/AAA discount. This is now our 5th time staying as we head across CA to go back East. Clean, tidy, safe, easy to arrive after hours (call to get the code first!), nice areas to exercise the dog, and easy place to launch out over the Tehachapi Pass in the morning.
None of the web sites/books we use showed this park as having camping, nor were there blue RV signs along the highway. However, a ND Dept. of Tourism brochure said this park had RV camping, so we took a chance because we needed to escape the high winds (50mph sustained!). We traveled down a washboard-y dirt road, wondering what we were getting into, then we saw it--gorgeous badlands and a very tidy horse camping park. Lots of corrals and horse trails. The camp host could not have been friendlier or more helpful. Fee is $12 to camp plus $5 ND day use/vehicle fee. Not bad. And the views are just spectacular. There is a picnic pavilion, a fresh water pump (not threaded), a dump station, and lots and lots of trails. They are currently building what looks to be a very nice showerhouse/bathroom. Until that is completed, come self-contained as it's primitive. And bring leveling blocks--just grass lawn to park on. With all those caveats, though, we really enjoyed this little park. Very quiet and highly unusual. We would stop here again and next time rent a horse to go on more of those trails! (Please note: Number of campsites is just a guess. None of the ND literature or web sites says how many sites there are.)
A serviceable campground. Check-in was efficient. Campground not crowded, so lots of elbow room. Laundry room clean; machines dated, but serviceable. Pretty quiet, as it's off the main road by a bit, but rather a funky drive in. Dump station not well-designed (don't put the drain UPHILL, people). Expensive for what it is, but there's not a lot of competition in this part of the state. Water and electric hookups worked just fine. Probably would not stay here again, as we will not take US 2 across the state again.
Very nice park. We had the place almost to ourselves (overnighting, midweek), so we chose a spot overlooking the lake/dam and had a nice surprise--huge orange full moon rose right over the lake for us. Good trails, but wish there had been one over to the marina/store. We would definitely stay here again, and stay longer so as to enjoy the beach (it was a bit chilly to use when we were there).
Nice state park with historic CCC buildings and memorial. We were only overnighting and didn't find a lot to do here, but it was a nice spot to stay, close enough to the road to be easy to access, but far enough away to be quiet. Not my favorite kind of sites, though--pull-throughs without vegetation "screens" so everybody is looking at everybody. It was a quiet summer mid-week night, but it looked like a great spot for families on the weekends.
Pricey, but very nice. So nice that we are scheming about how to get back here (we are from California and don't tend to get this far north very often) for a longer stay. This state park felt like a national park with so much to do: bike rentals, all kinds of boats for rent, a really nice 4+ mile walk to/from the headwaters from the campground, nice sites. (Yes, a bit unlevel, but there are precious few state parks that aren't.) Well-maintained: I suppose that explains the $$ Dogs are allowed on all trails, which was nice, too.
Very pretty park. I agree with other reviewers that these folks have the check-in process down! Nice facilities all-around. We enjoyed being able to walk to the Big Manitou Falls--were they ever running after a week of rain. Sites are excellent--huge, landscaped-for-privacy pull-throughs. That helps one swallow the costly camping: $20 something for the night, $9.70 ReserveAmerica fee (it was a Friday--we had to), and then the $10 vehicle fee. Holy Toledo. But we did enjoy the park quite a bit.
Mixed feelings about this park. Sites are unusual--at least ours was. We were promised a water/electric site, but there was no water post at ours, and posts at other sites were very oddly placed. Take an extra as an extension, just in case. These folks have clearly had issues with dogs. We counted five different types of No dog signs: no dogs in office, in park (they meant playground), on beach, on grass, in pavilion. And these signs were everywhere. They did provide an unfenced, right next to the road but along the water, "area" (they called it a dog park) right outside the park boundaries. If your dog's recall is good, have at it. But don't risk the traffic otherwise. Our site had a really pretty view of the lake, but many sites are pretty far away. Overall, we enjoyed our overnight, but probably would not return.
Fee includes $8 day use fee. We really enjoyed this very basic state park. Our site was perfectly fine, but the views of the bridge were gorgeous. It was especially lovely as the sun set. Not a terribly dog-friendly park--no good "official" exercise areas (and no dogs on the beach--too bad we didn't see that sign until after we'd been once). Bridge traffic is audible, but not bad at all. We would return, but wish campers were not assessed the additional day use fee.
Tough park to rate! The pluses: easy to walk to the charming town. Close in enough that the restaurants will deliver, if you'd like to enjoy the pretty views of the lake. Big sites, with water and electric, plus dump station. $23/night is a reasonable fee. The minuses: No visible security or gate. Pickup trucks went through last night very late. Today two semi trucks pulled in and have partially blocked our view (thank goodness they stopped idling). Are they paid campers? Who knows. There are no windshield tags to identify registered campers. No paved/gravel pads means muddy sites after a rain, and generally unlevel to begin with. We've used up both bags of leveling blocks. Sewage plant on one end (we didn't smell anything) and hospital on other end (we could barely hear the noise as we were far away) ignorable, but definitely present. So, a real mixed bag. If we were staying longer, we would probably go to the state park and get a rental car (we don't tow), but because we were only here two nights, we focused on enjoying the very nice walk to town and ignoring the rest.
This is the kind of KOA where you take the kids and stay for a while. Because of a last-minute glitch, we needed a place to stay for one night in the middle of the busy Memorial Day weekend. We felt lucky to have snagged a spot at this place, but overwhelmed by the crowds. Very friendly camp hosts, efficient check in, but the crowds overwhelmed the limited restroom facilities. Our site was pretty muddy after the rain and was the cut-through site for everybody and their brother to the restrooms (no clear path). Kamp K9 was nice, but small for the big dogs (and crowded, too). Some highway noise. Nice enough place, but not in our opinion the kind of location or facilities that rate an 8 or better.
We were lucky to snag a spot here over Memorial Day weekend, as we had been traveling without reservations and a dozen calls had turned up nothing. And I really have no complaints--it has served us well. However, sites are all over the map crazy in terms of levelness (we wished we had a Sportsmobile to back up the berm into our site), tree-dodging (to the sides and overhead), rigs and tents are just crammed into every available space. If you have children, this is a very family friendly place--pool, arcade, softball field, fishing, boats. If you have a dog, you might luck out and have some empty greenery around your site for play/exercise (no dedicated doggie exercise places). Not sure what the place is like during the week, but it's a-hoppin' on a holiday weekend--camp(bon)fires, fireworks, shrieking children, etc.
Nice location along the lake, but older park. Some "real" sites (paved parking), but many just back-in on the grass spaces. Only a few sites have vegetation separating them from adjacent sites; most are fully exposed across the entire park. Great location for visiting the falls--it's just down the adjacent parkway. Found the park overall to not be a favorite, though, because of the odd sites, no access to the lake, terribly inconvenient garbage disposal (which they billed as "convenient central location" which really should be "convenient DISPERSED locations, near you!"!), no water hookups, and rather off-putting police signs everywhere (one is near the border, so I suppose the "report suspicious activity" signs and red flashing lights are appropriate. Just not welcoming.) I'd stay again, but not have my hopes as high as a 9 or 10.
Terrific state park. Gorgeous lake views from many sites. Sites have plenty of space and vegetation around to feel private. Showerhouse (including laundry) was top notch--better than a lot of commercial campgrounds and certainly head and shoulders above other states' parks. Very friendly staff. Pretty easy to stay in as an overnighter, too.
Very well-maintained park. We were here for a pre-season rally, so none of the water park activities were open and I can't comment on those. Our group used all the sites (most had great shade) and the pavilion (very nice group space with great restrooms)--everyone thought the park was great. We all really gobbled up the Amish family's baked goods, and our dog appreciated the grassy places to play (on leash). Great value for $24 and very convenient to so many interesting places.
Agree with the others--very nice park. A great combination of state park (leafy, green, "elbow room") with commercial park amenities. We were only overnighting, so we did not avail ourselves of anything but the dog park, which is definitely for the little dogs. Note: Just a few minutes down the road (by the marina) is a BIG off-leash dog park, suitable for burning off lots of steam.
We needed a home base for visiting family, since we were traveling with our 8-mo-old puppy and we didn't want to stay in their house with the rambunctious pup. Indy-area campground options are very poor. We had planned to use the fairgrounds, but learned that pup wouldn't be able to exercise there. So someone recommended this place. Oy vey. So much awry, from the mix of really trashy vehicles, poorly maintained sites, and brown "drinking" water (seriously brown) to site assignment. Why assign a short-term visitor to the site farthest from the entrance (the place is HUGE), smack-dab against I-70 when there were so many open sites during our visit (mid-week, before "the season" began)? Noisy, unlevel, too far from Wi-Fi to get signal, and way overpriced at $35. The only ray of sunshine is that we discovered an enormous meadow, surrounded by trees, where no one was looking and we could break the rules and throw tennis balls for the pup. He loved that. I imagine if you are there "for the season" as many seem to be, you might be happy with the leafy trees. But that interstate noise just ruins any state-park feeling that might arise. I will add that we were politely accommodated at our late check-in (after 9 PM), but sure could have used an escort in the dark across that huge property.
I'm sure this is a great place for a family outing/weekend, but I have to point out (as an overnighter, just passing through): 1. Reservations fee $7.25? Really? Fee above reflects base camping fee. With reservation, it's $32.25. Too much for a park with only electric hookups. 2. Web site says there is an off-leash dog park. Nothing listed on map. 3. No warning until arrival that park has a no alcohol policy. Just would be nice to know. (You have to sit through all kinds of warnings about cancellations, etc. when you call for a reservation. You'd think this would be in the list.) 4. When you click on "Get Directions" on the web site's camping page, it gives you directions to the west end of the lake. The campground is on the east end. It's a big lake. Then when you call, the person may not even know how to give directions. 5. When the park is empty, why would someone assign an overnighter to a spot farthest from the lake? I guess I should've pulled up the map to pick my own spot, but I was on a poor Internet connection, so I relied on the phone reservations fellow's advice. Bad idea. Pick your own spot. 6. And when you do have a reservation, it'd be really great to move the heavy picnic table out of the site pad, so when tired travelers arrive in the evening, they don't have to do the heavy lifting themselves. Harumph. End of rant. Think I'll put on my shoes and go for a walk. It IS pretty here.
We were just overnighting, and always prefer a state/county/local park to a commercial one. Well, until now. Very friendly (but rather too chatty) host apologized for the state of some of the campsites when we got here. Then he proceeded to place us (in an otherwise empty park) smack-dab in the middle of a 3-RV party group. Our site was literally inside the party lights circle. So, back we went to ask for a different site. Took that one and, after 2 tours of the very leafy campground, realized that there were a number of homeless families living here. So, that's what he was referring to when we checked in. We were left counting our blessings. You are not allowed to leave water hose hooked up, so fill up before you get settled. We ended up not taking a hike in the morning, and just leaving, but it did look like there were trails. But everything is very overgrown and any kind of height (over 10') will scrape the trees. Price is right, though.
If you can find a better run state park, I'd love to know about it. I give this one a 9 because it doesn't really have that much in the way of "attractions", but it's just about perfect in every other way. Really great shower house (with a nearby laundry facility--50 cents per load!), very well-maintained, spacious sites, easy access to the highway, very proficient camp hosts, just a great stay. This is our second visit as we are traveling through MO to see family in IL, and we'll be back!
$18 electric (plus $5 more for day use fee--g-r-r-r) = $23 for an overnight. Very pleasant park, easy off/on I-80, but far enough away to feel like one is really in a wilderness. Sites varied greatly in terms of maintenance and degree of levelness, but we enjoyed the large amount of space/elbow room.
We just overnighted (and on a cold, rainy night, so that might color things a bit) and can see the potential of this place. We needed hookups and laundry, so we got a spot that's usually reserved for a permanent resident that happened to be open, right by the laundry room. So, we didn't experience the big sites. Laundry was really small for such a large park, we thought. There is a fenced in dog run (small), which we used and appreciated. Nice folks at check in. Great location for us, coming from US 50 and heading up to Denver area.
Just be sure to bring your own water (and leveling system!), and you're good to go. Lovely location, with a nice trail to the Visitor Center from the campground that is also dog-friendly. (All the overlooks and 2 of the trails are--a rarity for National Parks!) Lots of elbow room and privacy. Great place to stay, rather than make the drive in/out and stay in town. Did not see any wildlife (except scat), but there were tons of warnings about bear proofing, so heads up on that front.
We ended up here because it was a weekend, and all the state/national parks were booked. Loved the location--easy walk to town, to the nearby off-leash dog park, the Moab Brewery just down the street--but did not love the park itself. Very, very tight front, sides, and back due to all the Jeeps, ATVs, tow cars, etc. Crowded pool and other facilities, too. And rocky and dusty. Our poor German shepherd had to be dragged along to get out of the RV park to visit the dog park. Not sure I'd stay again, unless I wanted the town experience.
Nice park, great location (we tried but couldn't get into the NP campground at Fruita), and decent price. Good for an overnight, and the lush grass was a nice treat for our pup, who isn't terribly fond of the typical rocky campsite in the desert. My only complaint was the road noise--we were backed into a site that was a stone's throw from the 2-lane highway. And ladies, what about the unusual configuration in the restroom? (Guys, you'll have to peek.)
I was just checking comments from my last visit (June 2009) and I wouldn't change a thing. Great, scenic park. Very relaxing after driving across the state on US 50. One thing I wish for: better marked trails. We have a dickens of a time finding trailheads ;-) Otherwise, worth the 7-mile drive off of 50 for the beauty.
We had planned to stay at Donner Memorial State Park, but it wasn't quite open for the season, so we returned for a 2nd visit to Coachland. This is a great park for a dog, as the adjoining forest land is perfect for exercise. Staff very friendly and competent, and they gave us a perfect spot for overnighting (easy in/out). My only complaint is the price--it's definitely monopoly pricing. There are no other nearby commercial parks. Also, since this was our first night on the road, we didn't need to dump, but they lock up the dump station around 4 for the night. Not exactly convenient if one is pulling in for the evening. Just something to be aware of.
I generally tend to inflate my ratings (I'm pretty easy to please), but this place was an overpriced disappointment to us. Deferred maintenance, crowded sites, no real view. We were just really, really tired after a long day driving and this was about the only site available. We likely won't stay again.
Very clean and level sites, most with great shade (necessary in the summertime!). Very scenic drive to reach the park, too, if you're coming down off I-40. Nice wineries and scenery in the area. We just overnight, but loved the location.
Agree with previous campers: a lovely state park! We really enjoyed the lovely shade trees and the water views. The ducks love campers. They followed us around almost like pets. Nice and level sites. Very friendly office staff.
Lovely park. Our second stay here, and we continue to love the large, private (nice vegetation screen) sites with easy boardwalk access to the sugar sand beach. Very well maintained park with mighty friendly rangers. This time, we did check out Grayton Beach SP and think we might try that park next time, but there's nothing wrong with scoring a site here. Easy provisioning nearby, but boy that nice beach.
Nice national park campground. Basic but enjoyable for our overnighting purpose. We liked that it had recycling, shaded spots, and we really enjoyed the museum and its film. Gave us a new perspective on the national seashore. And for $16 can't be beat in the area, where most of the campgrounds have rigs packed in like sardines, given the $$ coastal location. Caution: very active raccoons.
Very nice overnight stop off the interstate. Far enough to not have much traffic noise (although we had the windows closed because of the summer heat), but close enough to be very efficient. Lovely property. We really enjoyed the pool and hot tub after a long day's drive. Sites were level and quite tidy. We checked in late and left early, so we can't comment on the folks who run the place except to say that they seem to be good park managers! We will definitely stop here again!
Very tidy, very friendly, all-new hookups and good Wi-Fi (which is necessary in eastern NM where AT&T is non-existent). For $20, perfect overnight stop on the actual Route 66. No showers/restrooms, but no problem, as we prefer to use our own rig. Walked out tonight to take pictures of the cool neon signs all around. Last time we were through here we stayed at the Flying J for free. Much nicer (and quieter) to stay in an "atmospheric" Route 66 park for $20. We really appreciated the care and attention of the staff. We will stop here again next time we pass through.
Kingman is our regular first-night-out stop as we leave California; we have stayed at the other park a handful of times. So, this time we decided to branch out, based on reviews on this site. This park is, indeed, very clean: gravel raked within an inch of its life, pool clean, restrooms clean (didn't use laundry room, but we checked it out, very nice). And there are indeed some "mature" (but not very tall) trees for shade when the western sun is setting. But that's it. Kind of expensive when there is still intense railroad noise. (Didn't hear highway noise because it was 100 degrees and the windows were shut, but those train horns come through just fine.) No Good Sam or AAA discounts any longer; we did not find $31 of value.
This is an outstanding state park. I cannot find a fault. We just loved the setting of the park as well as its amenities: trees/bushes between the hookup sites gave nice privacy, sites were level and just pristine with BBQ and fire pit and stone tables. The campground was within easy walking distance to so many things to do (restaurants, kayak rental, natural history museum: free for campers, hiking trails, beaches, and even golf). Lots of friendly rangers. Well set-up sanitation dump. We stayed on a sunny, warm winter (Super Bowl) weekend; I'd say about 75% of hookup sites were filled. There was lots of room in the non-hookup area. But I can see where reservations would be necessary as the high season approaches. AT&T 3G reception was OK; Verizon was non-existent. The Park offers WiFi for $7.99 a day.
This campground is 1.5 miles south of Headquarters Camp and is developed (i.e., paved, with picnic tables, fire rings, flush toilets and solar showers) but no hookups. There is a nice 1.5-mile trail to the Visitor's Center. Sites face right onto the lake. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2-night stay. The birds and sunsets were incredible! And the camp hosts very nice and very competent, too, as the restrooms and place in general was very well kept. A few things you should know when visiting this CG (or the few hookup sites at HQ camp, or the primitive camping spots right on the water a few miles further south). You need to be able to tune out the VERY noisy (and frequent) freight trains that pass by right next to the park. Once that's done, you also need to know that the Salton Sea can be quite odoriferous when the algae blooms and there is a fish die off. Pee-yoo! But the stunning setting with the millions of winter migrating birds makes it worthwhile. And $20 is a heckuva bargain in overpriced CA state parks these days.
First, the positives. Lots of wildlife to watch and listen to (singing coyotes, lots of deer, cottontails, ducks in the creek). Sites are huge, with tons of space in between. Lots of hiking trails (but not well maintained, unfortunately). Iron ranger takes credit cards! Friendly camp host. And, of course, the reason we came--the site where M*A*S*H was filmed. Now the cons: This is yet another victim of CA state park budget cuts. Roads, trails, bathhouses not well maintained. High price ($35) just to boon dock. No water for tanks and no dump station. Come prepared. We did feel pretty secure, though, as the park ranger did regular patrols and the camp host let us know that the ranger had both a sidearm and a rifle in case she needed help in rousting squatters (common here apparently) or rowdies (not uncommon on the weekends we heard).
As others have stated, GREAT PARK! Friendly staff, great location, and very nice facilities (we used the full hookup sites but used the very clean dump station even though our site had sewer--it was in an awkward spot). Our only complaint is that our site (and, most other sites from the look of all the leveling devices) was terribly unlevel, front to back. Other than that, nice site spacing and amenities. We don't tow, so we love it when we can set up and then walk to many things. Here, we could take the .6 mile paved trail to the gorgeous Visitor's Center. As we returned at sunset, we saw desert hares, cottontails, and a coyote right along the trail. You can also walk to a variety of other trails, too--the hike up Palm Canyon to the oasis is just phenomenal. This is one CA state park that is very well taken care of and worth the $35/night fee. (And, if you need it, you can get Wi-Fi at the Visitor's Center. Our Verizon card worked at our site.)
We had intended to stay at Lake Casitas, but learned about the 2-night weekend minimum the hard way. At the end of a long (but fabulous) drive over 166 down winding but gorgeous 33. The fellow at Lake Casitas sent us to nearby Foster Park, a teeny tiny park that is well past its glory days. Trails are barricaded, and for good reason. Tree limbs are down everywhere, no maintenance of any kind. The 10 RV sites are paved (back-ins) but pretty off-level. There is a fair amount of road noise, too. It's OK for a one-nighter, but we should have gone back toward Ojai and stayed at Camp Comfort, where we could have at least, walked the mile to downtown Ojai. Here, we're sort of stuck (no toad) on a highway with the bad trails. Oh well. Better luck tomorrow, as at least we have Internet access for better research.
First, let me say that we are state/county park kind of people. Love nature and well-spaced sites. This park has both. We also love off-season camping--no crowds. The park also offered recycling, which is always a plus. But we found this park to be way too expensive for its very rustic state. Un-level sites, crumbling roads, lots of deferred maintenance for $38 (or was it $40? Signs within feet of each other conflicted, so we opted for the $38). We enjoyed it, but doubt we'll be back, even though we only live 2 hours away.
It's great to find a nice state park this close to an interstate (only 5 miles). We stayed here off season, and were happy to find that both water and electric and restrooms were all open. Nice trails, paved back-in sites (pretty level, too), and those scenic red rock canyon walls. A great find that we'll revisit the next time we're trekking I-40. This is another park where we have to wait for the ranger to come by to collect fees; sure wish they'd use the iron ranger approach.
When the price is free, everything looks pretty good! Perfectly good overnight stop; however, we wished we had known that they turn off the water for the season (all of it). Some highway noise, but having a secure, patrolled spot with electricity was sure nice. We didn't use the casino facilities, except for going in to register. (You can pull around to the bus drop-off site while one person runs in to do this.) There are grassy areas in which to walk dogs, and dumpsters, too, but that's the extent of the RV facilities.
Great old Indiana state park campground. Note that the CG entrance is down the road from the main park entrance. We remembered to fill our water tank on the way in, before we got set up for the night. (Not having water at each site is understandable, since the park stays open all year. We were glad for that!) Staying off season also meant that we were out there almost by ourselves (just one other camper). It also meant that the bathhouse (and storm shelter) was closed for the season, and we were in a tornado watch. In off season, the ranger comes by to collect your fee (our was, to be precise, $17.42!) after 5PM. I'm not a fan of this practice, as who wants to open their door at night? But it worked out. He showed us where the alternate storm shelter was and told us he'd come get us if the tornado watch turned into a warning. That provided some peace of mind. The next day, we intended to go for a hike, but the soggy ground and downed branches from the storm made that a bad idea. We will definitely be back, though.
OK overnight stop but expensive for what it is. We stopped here off season, so that meant self-check in. Had to search for water hookups under the hay and drive around a bit to figure out where overnighters were supposed to go. Interstate noise is fairly muted, good amenities nearby (Wal-Mart, Bass Pro shop, etc.), but when you check yourself in at night, it's a bit dodgey feeling. We opted not to try to figure out the bathhouse, but the WiFi worked fine.
You've seen the phrase, "Pride of ownership shines throughout" in real estate ads, perhaps? Well, that phrase certainly applies here. Sparkling restrooms and the cleanest laundry room I've ever used, very tidy grounds/sites, and all kinds of amenities (treadmill, other exercise machines, pool table) that one doesn't usually expect at an off-the-interstate campground. Great place to stop for a Mammoth Cave visit with hookups. We were so pleased we picked this one, instead of the other choices, after we drove by them on the way to the national park. Yikes. Loved this place. We had to dock a few points for no shade trees (but nice landscaping otherwise) and the very nearby train noise, but otherwise great. Excellent Christmas decorations, too. We would stop here again.
We were just looking for an overnight stop, after visiting Atlanta on a Sunday, that was outside of the morning rush hour and on the west side of town. Not too much to choose from, so we ended up here. Not really set up for over nighter. Wi-Fi works great, but the grounds are pretty run-down and full of permanent residents, most of whom appear to be single fellows from the looks of the bathrooms. Really pricey for the condition of the grounds, but guess we'll hunker down and enjoy the nice cable TV and Wi-Fi in the rainstorm.
Great park in a very convenient location for visiting Universal Studios (only 4 miles away). Also a super value: $16 for w/e hookups. (There is a dump station if needed.) Scenic park with friendly, helpful staff. Park is gated, but the code gets you in/out whenever you'd like. We'd stay here again, definitely!
We agree with the previous posters: this is a very convenient overnight stop for $25 cash on the barrelhead. Sites are tight, but the grounds were tidy. Bathrooms were old and cold (no heat on the chilly morning we were here), but clean. Perfectly fine stop, no complaints, but I sure can't give it a 10.
Excellent park: friendly and knowledgeable service people, good security, many sites feel state-park like with the trees and grass, transportation to DC is phenomenal (who would want to drive?!?), and activities/grounds are very well done. Bathhouses and laundry were great, too. Can't ask for much more, really; the "ding" in one point (9 vs. 10) is only for traffic noise from I-495. But proximity to the interstate is also a big plus. Easy in and out.
Fabulous place. We stayed here as the Christmas lights were being set up (boy, they look great!), but be forewarned--if you stay between November 12 (this year's start date) and the end of the season, you must be back in your site by 5PM. That would've been a surprise if we hadn't known it. Now, on the other hand, the park offers a shuttle: 9AM to Charleston and 4PM back for $10 round trip. Great deal. Leave the RV and the toad behind to enjoy walking this historic and beautiful city. But back at the park, enjoy the large, leafy/grassy sites, the convenient recycling program, and the clean bathhouse/laundry. Good camp store, too. There are walking trails and what looks to be a great off-leash dog park, too. We stayed in the cool weather, but folks who stay here regularly said that the lazy river/water park is a blast in the summer (and they were 50+). We would stay here again, especially because of the shuttle. (Note: A taxi ride is only $12 one way, too, FYI.)
Pros: Secure gate, full hook-ups, easy on/off I-95, great photo opportunities of neon. Cons: Really depressing. Ghosts of what once were are everywhere. Noisy starting at 7AM--construction, trucks at the next-door apartments, etc. We will not stay here again (even though we were really looking forward to staying here as grown-ups after all the trips past here when we were kids).
Historic area, close to beach, but actually kind of disappointing for the amenities and site maintenance. We had a decent, level site, but we were there off-season, mid-week, and had our pick. So many sites were very narrow and terribly off-level (and deep sand). Visitor center was nice; boardwalk crossing over the dunes to beach was also nice. Staying off-season without crowds and bugs--the thing to do. But pricey for what was offered.
Beautiful park. We've been to some run-down national parks in the past, but this park is NOT. Very well-maintained grounds and sites--large, scenic, and level. We stayed in the Bayside Loop because it was windy and chilly and other reviewers suggested that this area was less windy. True. We had site 46--water view and very nice. And to have the wild ponies just walk by your site...priceless. Toilets are of the pit variety (but clean); showers are cold. But if you're set up for boon docking, this is the place. Lovely walks (dunes, forest, marsh), too.
Perfectly acceptable overnight stop. We arrived 10 minutes before closing and left 10 minutes before the office opened, and everything got handled OK. Very easy for over nighting. Some traffic noise, but just fine. Not a destination stop, but the Flying J is right there and travel can easily continue.
We trusted the reviews on this site, and were not disappointed. The walking trail was just the ticket after an all-day I-40 drive. The front office was very friendly, and our site was big enough and level. Great overnight off I-40, especially since we were heading east. We got through the city and to the east side before rush hour. We would stay here again. (Sorry, the rate is approximate. Receipt is not handy.)
Out of the dozens and dozens of places we've camped, this one stands out as the best and the worst. Let's start with the best: 1. Totally off the beaten path. 2. Easy to find a spot. 3. Glorious natural beauty. Swimming in the icy cold, clear water of the pools is a delicious treat on a hot day. Great views. Lovely lake to paddle and fish in. 4. Many huge sites; great for groups (of which I was a part). 5. Affordable--$18 beats th3 $35-50 of CA state parks. Now, the worst/weird parts. 1. Never met the camp host. Never got checked in. We did see the young man making rounds once, but he never met with any of our group (we had 4 sites). 2. Pit toilets were a disgrace, according to the tent campers we were with. No supplies, nothing cleaned. 3. Bears were about every night, but there was not one warning sign nor any bear lockers for food. Be forewarned. Dumpsters were raided, coolers tipped over, bear scat everywhere. 4. Dogs ran loose and lots and lots of noise on this holiday weekend because of the huge group sites and lack of active "hosting." We did see one sheriff car drive through once in 3 days. 5. Only a few of the sites are RV appropriate. Most are terribly narrow and very short. We have a 24-foot Class C, so we fit in lengthwise. We could get the slide out, but not the awning. And with 3 blocks under the front tires, we were still 3.5 degrees off level in one of the best sites. But, all in all, if you're self-contained and can get one of the good sites and if you don't mind hiking steep trails down to the water, this place was a real backwoods adventure.
Our first time stopping here, and we'll be back, especially since there's not a lot of attractive alternatives for miles. Convenient location off I-40, pretty large sites that are well-spaced, 2 large dog runs, store and restaurant and fuel, excellent showers/restrooms (spacious, clean, and private), security gate, and it's pretty quiet given the freeway proximity. There is also a laundry, which we didn't use. Only downsides, but it is the desert: low water pressure, very little shade, dusty (gravel and dirt, although there is some grass for the dog to at least cushion his paws for a few steps). Friendly/professional front office. You get a $2 discount to see the crater, which we didn't use, and they accept Good Sam or AAA for 10% discount (reflected in price I listed).
Contrary to the January reviewer who asserts that those of us who like this park are either shills or ignorant hicks, I continue to find this park to be the best and most convenient in the Albuquerque area. The park is so well run and maintained that it gets a high rating from me, and others, who appreciate the dog run, very nice showers and laundry, breakfast (my better half loves the free popcorn), views of the Sandias, paved sites many with grass around them and shade trees (to keep the dust down--a rarity in ABQ). Now, there are certainly quieter parks, but the high rating I give is for the Albuquerque area, not in relation to an absolute standard, which I think the other reviewer must be doing. There are just a lot of dusty, uncomfortable dumps around ABQ, and this one stands out as a gem.
This is our third time staying at this park. What keeps us coming back: 1) 2 dog runs 2) the site we keep getting (P-1) has a grassy, fenced corner area for our picnic table--lots of room to sit outside and enjoy the mountain views. (Note: the price we list reflects w/e only, but there are FHU's available. Propane service is available and well-done, too.) 3) very friendly staff every time 4) the most excellent pancakes 5) proximity to The Range restaurant (as well as 550 and I-25, neither of which can be heard much, tho) Laundry and bathroom facilities are A-OK, too. Haven't stayed here when the pool has been open. The other potentially appealing thing if we could avail ourselves of it is its proximity to the Rail Runner station, which runs downtown to ABQ and then up to Santa Fe. Very handy. Great place.
Just about the only thing this place is missing is shade trees, and those are planted. Give 'em time to grow. And a dog run would be gravy, too. But boy did we find this to be a very nice port in a storm. We had been driving too long (our two other places we were going to stay didn't work out, so we had to keep driving), and we had been on a run of state parks. We needed civilization and the Internet. This place offered Wi-Fi (stay close to the building if you need it), laundry, very tidy and well-spaced sites, a wonderful lazy-river-type swimming pool and hot tub with towels (no wet towels to hang in your rig!), a variety of restaurants, and a fitness center. We used and enjoyed all of these things. There was also a large bowling alley and miniature golf course that we didn't use. Looked like the kids were having a blast, though. Rate is $25, but $22.50 with Good Sam. A deal around Durango, where other sites are $35 and up and where many places are closed during the winter/spring.
We are big fans of NM state parks, but this one is, unfortunately, suffering from lack of maintenance. Terrible roads and sites (off level and very rutted), very poorly laid out sites that would be very crowded if the park was full (which we understand does get in the summertime. There is even an overflow parking lot with numbered sites for boondocking). There are nice, new toilets and showers down by the ranger station, but up at the campground, only a pit toilet and not terribly efficient dump station. (Nice note: there is aluminum can recycling.) Don't miss the trails up to the coal mine town, very interesting history. We won't stay here again, though.
Great state park. We visited in the spring, so it was 90 degrees when we got here in the afternoon, and 50 at the canyon rim the next morning. Bring layers! Sites vary quite a bit, but we got a nice level one with lots of trees/bushes sheltering us. Turns out we were on the deer trail and the deer are quite tame. Thank goodness our German shepherd has gone deaf. We had time to get him inside before he smelled the little herd! We were only overnighting, but would DEFINITELY come back again, especially to do the horseback riding that is available in the park itself. Don't miss the museum/gift shop: some of the nicest southwestern art and gifts we've seen anywhere. Also, if you need cell phone/Internet, our AT&T worked at the canyon rim but not, of course, at the bottom.
An unusual state park, indeed, very 1960's era. Sites are nicely spaced and, as previous reviewer noted, complete with very tipi-like shelters. Our experience was shaped by the off-season nature of our visit, the place was almost empty and the wind was howling (up to 40 mph), so we just sort of hunkered down. We did enjoy walking the trails when the wind died down, but do beware the fire ants, which are all over the practically unused trails. If you have small children, the sad little playground won't provide much entertainment. Not sure if we'd stay here again.
We were just overnighting with the goal of staying at 4-5 state parks as we crossed Texas. This is a lovely park off season. I imagine it is packed during the summer, given its proximity to the Metroplex. Sites are paved with a picnic table and many have extra room for a tent. We had a gorgeous view of the water from our site, but there are many without views. We thought that the $25/night price was too steep for a state park, especially since we've stayed at ones we liked better for $14 or $17/night. But proximity to big city must be the reason. We would stay here again, though. The drive to the park through the horse country estates is something!
We stayed here last year for $10 at the boondock sites and this year for $24 at the full hook up sites. We love this park for its stream-side location and proximity to the national park hiking trails. However, there is considerable Highway 7 noise (logging truck during the week; motorcyles on the weekend) and when the park is full, sites can feel too close together. But, depending on the site, you can get lots of room behind you towards the creek. Restrooms and grounds are kept spotless by the camp volunteers, and park rangers cruise through regularly, so all feels secure. We will definitely come back next time we need to soak at Buckstaff Bathhouse (highly recommended).
Park has a beautiful lake, and well-spaced sites. Downside: oldy moldy showers and extremely unlevel sites. Ours was 5% off back to front. With leveling blocks, we got it to 3.9%, but it was hard to walk around inside. Some sites were off level side to side, which would even be worse. Nice park, but if you don't have a super duper leveling system, be forewarned.
Great park for enjoying the French Quarter without having to drive one's own vehicle. We have a small Class C, no tow vehicle, so this place was a real treat. We walked and walked (and took a cab back if after dark. The driver delivered us right to our site), and had a great time. Now, of COURSE it's noisy, but that's the price one pays for easy access off the interstate. I sure don't want to drive my motorhome very far on NOLA streets, so it was fabulous to just exit and get parked for a 3-day stretch. Just use some headphones at night, and have a daiquiri or two, and you'll sleep quite well ;-). We found the sites to be far enough in between to not feel like sardines (a rarity in most commercial campgrounds), and there was grass for our dog (plus a public park right next door). We enjoyed the hot tub and pool, but thought that the bathrooms needed more frequent attention. The laundry room appeared to be quite functional, and the front desk staff couldn't be nicer. If you ask for a lift, they will save you the .2 mile walk to the edge of the Quarter with their golf cart. Useful when one is walking for many hours a day. So, laissez le bon temps rouler!
Lovely old campground built by the CCC: flowing river, huge sites with all the amenities, strong and free Wi-Fi, walkable to town/restaurants, quiet. Free fishing (and loaner equipment), some good geocaches, convenient to lots of interesting touring. As we drove around the area, we saw a lot of parking-lot CGs, and we were so happy to be at this nice little state park. We will definitely stay here again next time we pass through Hill Country.
We like staying at places that are not like any other, and Stillwell fit the bill. We arrived at the end of spring break and stayed in the almost empty W&E sites ("The Strip"). Prefer the elbow room rather than FHUs and being packed in between Class A's. Loved the delightful musical entertainment, but be forewarned: your participation, at least on the Saturday night we attended, is required (singing or dancing). A lot of fun. We were happy we stayed here rather than moving into the park as spaces opened up. The museum is interesting; the outdoor cafe wasn't open; the store is pretty bare bones, so stock up ahead of time. The electric boxes in our part of the strip were brand new and worked well; water pressure was, indeed low, but it is the desert after all.
Interesting park--much more state park like than commercial campground. Nice, big sites with tables. Peaceful setting. We were just over nighting and didn't use any of the other facilities, but we did like the space.
Nice folks, lovely view, much quieter up here than the other RV Parks in Las Cruces that are right on the interstate. (This is only a mile off I-10, but pretty quiet.) We used the laundry facilities, dog walk and fenced dog run, and restrooms--all were in good shape. It's clear that these folks have pride of ownership. We'll stay here again, but we'll try to get one of the view sites or at least a site with a picnic table. As an over nighter without an advance reservation, we were in a middle section without much space between units and no table to enjoy the perfect weather. OH--and the sites are almost PERFECTLY level--that's a first in our experience.
We agree with the other reviews: a fabulous location and great views! We loved being able to walk to everything, including the mine tour. Friendly front office folks, too. We didn't use the bath/laundry facilities, but those were available 24/7. Nice spot for a visit to Bisbee. Cash only, FYI.
Great place. Very friendly front office (and propane guy). We just overnighted as we had wanted to be up at Kartchner Caverns, but it was overflowing with spring break campers. This was the best rated place in the area and the ratings were right. Nice dog run, swimming pool and spa, and sites weren't too close together. Hiking trails too, which we didn't use because the wind was howling, but they looked great. If we are ever in the area again, we would definitely stay here AND we would call ahead: we snagged the last spot for the night!
Now, I know lots of people love this place, but it just wasn't our cup of tea. We were staying 3 nights and there was no separate area for overnighters. We were wedged in between park models. Way too tight. Dog run area smelled to high heaven and the dog restrictions on walking (limited to only a few streets) were tight. Thank goodness we found the back exit and a place to walk the dog along a canal. My biggest beef is that overnighters need their own area. Trash disposal was over 1/2 mile away. Showers and laundry were too far away to be practical. Folks were so nosy as to be constantly commenting on our "late hours" (we returned 8PM each night because we preferred to be anywhere but that park). We would never stay here, (or in Mesa--very depressing area) again.
Our fourth overnight visit. Barely got a spot this time since the snow was flying. The one time we didn't call ahead! Luckily we got the last spot. Great folks, nice store, tidy grounds, fabulous private shower rooms, and two fun "Canine Corrals." One of the best interstate CGs there is.
Lovely campground in the fall, with the gorgeous old cottonwoods turning yellow. The sites are all pull-throughs, though, which we don't like. It feels like we are all parked right on the road. But restrooms are well-cared for, there's recycling, and of course, lots of birds to watch and listen to.
Another great NM state park. We stayed in Desert Cove with electric and water, but there are sites for every kind of camper. Beautiful views of the lake and nice loop trail for exercise. We liked the recycling program, but the camp hosts didn't do anything to enforce quiet hours. Family next to us left their untrained dog tied up outside all night. (Note that we saw a fox hunting a rabbit and a pack of coyotes in the campground!)
Fabulous destination: hot springs, spa, restaurant, wine bar. Terrible RV park. We decided it was worth the $20; very rough roads,and lots of untrimmed trees to enjoy the renovated spa facilities and the rare treat of an on-site wine bar. Without the spa facilities, this place would merit a 1 or 2: terrible roads, very few decent sites, no restrooms/showers/laundry. Just a weedy dump station; electric (only three 50 amps, if that's what you need), and water hookups. But who cares after a soak in the hot springs and a massage? Sites 1 and 23-27 are the popular ones. Stop by office to get a map and pick out your own site first before paying. Note the new rate (which their web site does not yet reflect): you pay $20 for RV site + $24 per day for access to springs. Old rate was $30 for RV site, which included 50% reduction in hot springs fee.
This is a no reservations campground 17 miles north of Abuiqui (10 miles north of Ghost Ranch) on US 84. It is an "iron ranger" set up. We camped here off season , so restrooms and water pumps were turned off. (No sign was posted to this effect, however.) Campground was monitored by a US Forest Service employee, who came round to empty the iron ranger in the morning. Very pretty, unusual setting and nice walk up to the amphitheater itself, which really does echo. After about 7PM, traffic noise from US 84 died down and it was very quiet at night. Beware very unlevel sites, though. Nearby Abuiqui Dam is a much nicer, developed campground, but this is nice in its own way. We heard from locals that dispersed camping in the Carson National Forest (just south on US 84, turn right at the monastery sign) is very nice, too.
We stayed off season for free. One loop is left open: in what might be the prettiest spot we've ever camped in, site #1. The view of Pedernal and the lake just filled our windows, and we had the whole place to ourselves. Well, there was the one coyote who kept getting into our trash at night. Be sure to dump and fill yourself with fresh water before arriving in off-season. No water, dump, electric, bathrooms or patrols in off season, but very, very pretty place. We stayed here, instead of another park, because dogs aren't welcome at that CG (plus the roads and sites are horrible). We would stay here again in a heartbeat.
We aren't big KOA fans, but had to stay one night here for two reasons: 1) a friend was going to pick us up and take us to The Range in Bernalillo for dinner (don't miss that place) and 2) the reviews about the breakfasts were intriguing (and, it turns out, accurate). The free pancakes are actually some of the best we've ever had, but that breakfast burrito, with green Chile? Terrific. We made another meal out of it later, it was so big. Off season, park wasn't crowded. Dog run was adequate. Owners are very hands on and their pride in their property shows everywhere. Very friendly staff. When in area again, we might stay here (if it's not expected to rain).
There are two campgrounds: Canyon View (very rutted roads, gravel sites, pit toilets, killer views) and Sunset (paved sites, flush toilets). This review is of Sunset, which is quite close to the very nice Visitor Center and the trails. We loved this free--and quite nice--campground much more than most fee-based campgrounds. Roomy, shaded sites with picnic tables and grills. Very nice bathroom with flush toilets and hot running water (no showers). Just a gorgeous park. We have a 25' Class C and fit perfectly, but there was a Class A with a toad that sort of fit. In high season, I wouldn't try to come here in a long RV, but off season, it worked.
Great location and, since we stayed in October, the leafy cottonwood trees were just gorgeously golden. Some bathrooms were closed for winter already, but there were some facilities, which we didn't use. Tight spots, but worth it after a day of touring the canyon.
We checked out several Albuquerque-area campgrounds, based on the reviews on this site, and--no surprise--the reviews on this site were right again! American RV Park is just great: friendly staff, very nice facilities (laundry, showers, hot tub, store), but the reason we stayed here? Rain was expected and this was the only CG with paved sites not dirt (mud). Plus, the dog run area was crucial, since we'd been subjecting the poor dog to lots of desert/rocky campgrounds of late. The only downside is I-40 traffic noise. We stayed in the first row of sites behind the main buildings (which front the freeway). Good proximity to facilities on rainy days but those trucks run 24 hours/day.
Great location. It's always a treat to be able to walk to restaurants and activities from the campground. The Colorado Welcome Center--and a very nice park--are across the street. We used that park for dog exercise, as the campground itself is pretty much all gravel and not very dog-friendly. Very nice restroom/shower/laundry facilities and very nice staff. Follow the recommendations of others and get a spot on the west side (we didn't and we had traffic noise at night). Overall, a pleasant spot to spend a few days. (This area merits more than the 3 days we gave it, but we headed south to miss a big--and early--snowstorm!)
Pros: New building to house office, store, indoor pool. Easy access to Walmart, highways. Good laundry facility. Price is certainly right. Cons: Extremely unattractive CG. Nowhere for dogs. Full of loud party people--on a Wednesday night in October, of all times. Extremely unlevel sites. Used up all our blocks and still we're off 2%+. Glad we get to take off this morning.
Beautiful park. Huge sites. Try for a site at the beginning or end of the loop--there is some road noise toward the back of the loop. All those diesel trucks pulling their OHVs, you know. But that's minor. Found the park to be very clean and well-kept. Can't beat the price, either. Walking trails on the dunes (with interpretive plaques) very nice. Nice picnic tables and fire rings. Great place for a dog, too.
Gorgeous location, nicely designed sites, and hookups (which were necessary because we had hot temps AND wind, which necessitated the A/C). $24 for hookups; $14 for dry camping; the $6 park entrance fee can be subtracted. We stopped at noon to check it out (we were on our way to Utah), but we had to stop and camp here--beautiful!
Our second time visiting Tecopa Hot Springs (the first time we stayed at Delight's). We chose this place because Pastel's Bistro--a destination restaurant if ever there were one--is on the property. It's fabulous. Other pluses: they have their own labyrinth to walk and the views from the spaces up the hill are quite nice. The bathhouse for the hot springs isn't very good, though. Showers are separate from the small soaking tubs, so bring a cover up. Both tubs are fully enclosed. (Delight's are larger and one opens up to the stars.) Very nice management, though. We would stay again if soaking isn't our priority.
Very nice for an overnight stay: convenient to CA 58 (we're always leaving the state over Tehachapi) but also not much traffic noise. Not scenic surroundings (industrial), but very tidy, new park with decent space between sites, which is rare in a new commercial park. Bathroom facilities outstanding. We preferred this park to the Orange Grove park in Bakersfield for our over nighting needs. (Extra $2 per night charge for a dog; not great facilities for dogs, though.)
We camped here in order to attend an evening concert at the Kentucky Mine, which is 7 miles away. Worked perfectly for that purpose. This stretch of 49 is a good road to travel at night. However, the campground has seen much better days. Sites are not level and are very small, but our RV is smallish and we got our 1 slide out. There is fresh drinking water, but it is not possible to fill RV tanks with it. Too bad we were counting on that. Very good camp hosts. There is a hiking trail within the park, along the creek. Not well-maintained (wear your boots!) but pretty. Note that fee of $19 does not include $9 reservation fee through recreation.gov (ouch!) or additional tax. Fee is awfully high for pretty primitive camping.
In our spot (#168), was very quiet (far enough away from 101) and had great TV reception. Concrete pad was unlevel, though (4 degrees off). This park is very full (neighbors quite close) because all the others in the area are terrible. We were just over nighting and found the park to be nice, with especially great night registration. Dog walk was disappointing, though: just a rough, weedy field. Can't feature this as a resort destination, though.
I am submitting this in order to correct the Web site link. The last review linked to a terribly old and inaccurate Yelp.com review, not to the campground's web site. I fixed that but DID NOT stay here. (I had to put in an overall rating, so I chose a neutral number, 6.)
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A nice park with clean restrooms, private sites, and nice hiking trails. It is an odd location (call to get directions if you're coming from the north; there are only signs from the south!), but once you're in the park, you forget that it's surrounded by a neighborhood.
We agree with others: very pretty park, with all that moss dripping down. We were there mid-week and shared the park with only 2 other campers. We enjoyed watching the boats on the reservoir, but it gets pretty buggy (of course). We'd stay here again if in the area.
A beautiful park for smaller campers. Our camper is 25' long, and it fit lengthwise into the gorgeous, private sites. We barely fit with our slide room and steps out, though, but the squeeze was worth it. Cool nights in Nevada (and beautiful stars), very pretty lake, private sites with table, and fire ring. We are now convinced that US 50 is THE way to cross Nevada (rather than dull old 80 to the north) and we will definitely stay here again.
Not sure what bees were in the bonnets of the previous posters, but we found this to be a perfectly serviceable campground. We had wanted to stay at the Green River State Park (which is visible from Shady Acres) because we are state park people, but with no hookups and 103 degree temps, we opted for electric hookups. Shady Acres is between the state park and the KOA, so you can easily compare the 3. We liked the trees here, the enormous campground itself--very spacious. Our site was concrete (some are just gravel) and was level enough. Wifi worked GREAT, but we couldn't get cable TV to work. Folks at front very professional. Grass for the dog all over the place. You get coupons upon check in for the adjacent RV wash, fuel, and c-store, which is nice. We'll take 3 cents off a gallon of diesel, thank you very much. Restrooms, while old, were very clean. I'd stay here again on an overnight stop.
Lovely reservoir (but you can't go in--only dirty boats and jet skis can). Some very nice sites with electric hookups, but those are reservation only, even if they sit empty all night. If you are without reservations or aren't fully self-contained (no showers here either), don't go here. Unlevel, grassy "sites" (they really aren't proper sites) without any amenities. Oh, well, maybe a fire ring buried under weeds and a rickety, off-level picnic table. No signage (except for the "Reservation Only!") signs. We wandered around the VERY rutted roads and ended up just taking what looked to be a group picnic table spot right on the water. (There wasn't a sign saying we couldn't.) We then watched a guy with a pop-up camper spend the better part of an hour wandering around till he took the site we had determined was almost 10% off level. Then he spent quite some time leveling. This could be just a beautiful park if they improved the roads, sites, and signage. I'd give it a 5 except I give it bonus points for the site we snagged.
Very pretty state park with convenient (only 4 miles) access to I-90. We also wished we had more time here--the trails looked very nice. We also appreciated the clean (and pretty new) showerhouse and recycling program.
It is a serviceable campground, especially since park was pretty empty so no close neighbors. It is a convenient location off I-90 and near attractions. We were tired and needed to do laundry, so this was OK. The sites are not too level; bathroom and laundry facilities ancient and not too clean. The folks at front desk (owners?) very friendly. There's a cafe (we didn't try) and a store (modest supplies). We wouldn't stay again, though.
Even tho sites are electric only and there are no restrooms or showers, we give this park an 8 for price-is-right + lovely setting: I'm sitting here watching the golfers and fishermen and the trails are great. Grassy, level sites. And not crowded, either. Only a short distance away from our 7:45 AM (yikes) RV service appointment, too.
Well-kept state park. We arrived shortly after a major thunderstorm and the ranger was driving around picking up fallen branches. Camp hosts are very competent and friendly. We picked a site with lots of trees and shade and not close to neighbors (65) and were glad we weren't in the main loop--very close quarters there. Showerhouse is at one end of the CG--check the map if proximity is important to you. We were a bit of a walk away, but that's OK. Because of the rains, park was pretty buggy. Forewarned is forearmed. Fee of $19 reflects electric site, in high season, but you have to also add on the irksome $8.50 "reservation fee."
Agree with the May and March 2009 posts--awesome park, friendly people. A real gem. We loved our early AM walks through the loop and all the history. (This time of year, 6:30AM is the only bearable temperature time of the day!) A great value for $20, with all of the sites to see. The only reason we gave it a 9 is that there isn't much privacy (i.e., no trees or bushes) between sites. We parked in site 1, so we had one side to ourselves, and the park wasn't very full, so it all worked out well. Excellent base for exploring the area. Don't miss Port Gibson's Church Street, the Old Country Store in Lorman for fried chicken, and of course Natchez and the Trace.
Our second time at this park, and we echo the other recent reviews: nice site size for a commercial CG, nice shade, not lots of permanents, easy access to lots of things. Mixed reviews on the showers/laundry. Laundry OK (lots of machines), showers OK (great water pressure), but not the cleanest of restrooms. The park did flood when we were there (20" of rain in 2 weeks!) and the staff was very accommodating in moving us to another site for the remainder of our week when our site flooded completely. We will stay again since this is a good park and close to my elderly parents just 5 miles away.
Low rating due to the fact that we're not Disney people (we were there to see friends), plus exhorbitant cost for what you get: cheek-to-jowl parking, way too many people per site, lots of noise, swarms of mosquitoes (and a prohibition against "burning devices" so no Citronella candles for us), very tame squirrels which tormented our dog so that we had to keep him inside, and rules, rules, rules. The sites were level and we did enjoy the very convenient and extensive recycling and the very clean restrooms. Just can't justify the $100 per night. Can't. And then they charge $ for the ice, even though they make all these claims that campsites are just like resort rooms at the hotels, where, I think, the ice is free. I'm sure if you have children and are there to see the theme parks, you'll love it. But as a camping experience, ick.
Totally agree with the other reviews: it's a little gem. Our criteria for "gem" is whether we can sit outside (shade, grass, space between sites) comfortably and exercise our dog easily. Love the tall pine trees and enormous spaces (and empty sites) in this park AND the $18 fee. However, if you want clean, tidy bathroom facilities, this is not your place. That's why we appreciate having our own if the CG's facilities aren't up to snuff. But lovely natural setting--very state-park-like.
Um, an "adventure." Roads into/out of here are really awful, especially in a rainstorm. Sites are bare ground--no gravel, no pavement. Staff was friendly enough, but we didn't receive any printed campground info, so we don't know what all is available and it's pouring and sort of scary outside, so we're not exploring much. The plus side is that it's less than 1/2 mile from where we're getting service on our Sprinter chassis at the nearby Dodge dealership in the morning. That's why we're here. We're planning to leave in the morning by the entrance, since the exit road looked impassable to us. (Pickup trucks could do it, but not our little Class C--too many ruts!) It is pretty quiet here, except for the mosquitoes buzzing.
We didn't have anyone next to us (mid-week overnighting), so we didn't feel the crowded site plans. And yes, there were park models and permanent residents, but things were MUCH nicer and more well-maintained than similar parks we've accidentally stumbled into (we are state park fans, but there weren't any in this area). We found the park to be quite nice--friendly staff, very clean bathrooms, nice dog walk area, meticulously maintained grounds, and very quiet, after the children went to bed ;-) Lots to do here, if one wants to avail oneself of it--we were just overnighting and aren't Wallydockers. Nice spot.
We were looking for an overnight spot with clean laundry, after a long stretch of state park camping. This worked. Not as much shade as we had hoped (our site had none) and site was not level, but hookups and laundry worked. Laundry was only $1/load, but laundry room sure needed cleaning. We had really hoped to try the on site restaurant, but it's closed for dinner Sunday nights (and all of Monday). Lots of rather messy-looking permanents, so the place isn't scenic. If the park had been full, we would've rated it much lower as sites seem pretty close together. But, as is, when pretty empty, it worked fine for an overnight.
This is a great state park, although I wish they had more professional office staff. The two young people made a mess out of our reservation and basically said it was up to me to kick someone out of our reserved site. Yikes. (These folks weren't rangers, probably just college students in summer jobs.) Other than that, it is a gorgeous setting with lots to do. It includes a camp store, boat rentals, and etc. Many sites have shade trees and are on the water. The place does get busy on the weekends; we were here Tues-Sun and sure like Tues-Thurs best. I liked the place so much that we bought a Texas State Park pass, even though we don't live in TX. We do come through here a lot, so we'll get the use out of it.
We ignored the "1" review (rant?) and went with the two "10" reviews, and we were happy. This place is funky, but pretty well-maintained. Grass is mowed, sites are large and level, pool is clean, dog run was large and right next to a pasture full of beautiful horses and their foals. A nice treat. Gal who greeted us couldn't have been friendlier and the price can't be beat. We did a bunch of laundry, and it worked OK--machines aren't sparkling by any stretch but they did the job and were on the honor system so no worries about quarters. There are lots of folks living here, but we found it to be a very quiet and enjoyable park a bit off the beaten path. Don't know if there were showers/laundry. Oddly enough, we weren't given any instructions or papers or even a receipt (we paid online) upon check in. The only concern I'd have is if it rained a lot--you have to drive over grass to get on and off the concrete pad.
Note: $17 per night PLUS $3 per person day use fee. We snagged a spot on the busy holiday weekend just for an overnighter, so we didn't get one of the premium sites that others have mentioned. We were in Area 1--NOT recommended. Road and sites are crumbling, unlevel asphalt. Had to really work on getting somewhat level--we were more than 5 degrees off front/back AND side to side. Trails are unmarked (at least in our area) and in disrepair--there appears to have been a forest fire at some point. We are big state park fans, so this was a bit disappointing, but it's still in our opinion better than being sardines in a private campground.
Great park! We dry camped there 4 nights at the $10 rate and while we were there the first batch of full hookup sites opened unofficially. The ranger said that the price for these, when officially opened, will be $24. We didn't move to take one of those, as they backed up to the busy road and our little dry camp backed up to the babbling creek. Much nicer sounds. Even after the improvements, this will still be a no reservations park, which is why we got there the Wed. before the 3-day holiday weekend and stayed! Excellent hiking trails and large grassy sites made our dog happy, and the peaceful, leafy green park with the water sounds made us happy. If this place offered showers, it'd be a 10, but the camp hosts sure do keep the bathrooms clean, given the heavy use by the tent campers.
Well, we didn't have the same great experience that others had. It's an OK place; glad we were just overnighting and appreciated the prompt email responses we got before we got there. First, we got assigned to the wrong spot. Got that corrected, but we had asked to be close to some grass for our dog and we ended up in gravel sandwiched between big rigs. Took forever to get change for the laundry machines, as the gal at front counter couldn't remember how to open the register. Since I had to go back a second time (all the dryers were $1.25, except for one, which was $1.05!!), she got faster getting me some nickels. Machines functioned pretty poorly and that was our main reason for staying at a commercial CG--to do laundry. A plunger sat right on the bathroom counter...ick. Hightailed it out of there first thing in the morning.
Nice enough county park--newish, so the trees are young and there's not much shade. Sites very "exposed" and open. Convenient location to access Independence and KC, which is good because there's not much to do here by way of trails, etc. County's web site is a true "experience"--very painful and inefficient, but it did work. The very nice camp host had our reservation all ready for us. Beware: Don't put the address that's printed on both the reservation and campground map into your GPS. We wasted many miles and about an hour chasing that address. Take I-470 and Bowlin Exit to get here.
Really nothing good to say about this park. It has such potential (it's huge and could be scenic), but it is in a state of decay/collapse. Internal roads are hideously potholed and steep--we thought we might tip over a few times. Sites are not even really "sites." Just poles to plug into and water connections without any pressure. There is a playground but all the other resort "amenities" (pool, snack bar, etc.) are just gross. Really. We didn't even want to use the dump station. We went there for a rally, and others who have been coming there for years said that it used to be much nicer.
Gem of a park. New showerhouse--clean and functional. Fresh water and convenient dump station. There's even a washer and dryer (cold water only)--50 cents a load! Nice nature trails lead to the lake. Very friendly camp hosts. Lovely trees and very quiet, as their web site advertises. So much nicer than most private campgrounds.
Old park, with poorly maintained grounds and roads. We stopped here because of the promise of fenced dog runs (which were really tiny). Helpful front office folks drive you to your site. We were happy to have a little grass alongside the site (well, the dog was happy), but feel that $33 (before Good Sam discount) is a lot. There is an indoor pool with hottub, which we didn't use. That may explain the price. Weather was poor, so we opted not to find a state park, but that might've been a smarter move.
Serviceable. Pros: close to I-40 without freeway noise. Inexpensive ($20.60 with discount). Quiet neighbors, which was good because we were jammed in like sardines. Cons: Terrible "pet exercise area" (a torn up ditch filled with cactus). No groundskeeping (overgrown with foxtails--again, not good for dogs). Pool was drained. Everything rather dreary. Horrible road condition. But, as they say, all parks look alike when you pull the curtains at night.
Third time we've stayed here and we will be back, since Kingman is a full day's drive from home for us andthis is a good first or last night out. Sparkling clean restroom/showers, friendly (and well-stocked) office, easy-peasy overnight right off I-40 The Canine Corrals at this place are great!
Great park. It'd be a 10 if reservations were possible and AT&T coverage were better (neither phone nor Internet strong enough). We arrived at 3:45 on a gorgeous Saturday spring afternoon and lucked out. Ranger said park was 75% full (although it looked more like 90% full as we drove around) and we snared a very nice spot. Tons of room all around; great picnic table, patio and firepit; full hookups! Park was built in 1994, so it's in really great shape. We found the ranger's directions + map + signs to be all we needed to easily navigate the park (and the brown state park signs--not GPS--perfectly adequate for getting us here ;-). Lovely spot. Just arrive as early as you can. We had a few backup parks in mind (NFS land or heading down the road to Springerville), but are very happy we could stay here. The other options in the immediate area certainly did not have this park's natural beauty or appeal.
Ridiculously expensive ($46 off season full hookups and not even in a destination area), but as my mother would say, "A port in a storm." We had been driving too long, had no reservation, and needed water and dumping, so the state park we had been headed for was out as it didn't have either. We, too, checked out Creekside RV and were grateful it said "No vacancy." Creepy. We settled at KOA because we were just too beat to drive further. Indifferent-bordering-on-rude staff. Given a site smack dab next to somebody else, even though the park was 75% empty. But, our German shepherd LOVED the doggy play area with its obstacle course. If you have children, this would be a great place to stay. As an overnight spot, too pricey, but we were glad for the safe, clean spot at 6 P.M.
Outstanding park. Agree with all previous postings (large sites, great trails, friendly hosts, well-run campground). Will add these notes: firewood available for sale ($5), outstanding showers and bathrooms, intriguing cabins (if you had friends or family to join you), and recycling (hooray!). We were heading for the private CAMP Blanco RV Park, based on reviews on this site, but came across this state park first. Once we checked it out, we knew that no private CG could compete. A jewel if you like space and natural beauty. Would've been a 10 if the dump facilities had been open.
Either the owners have changed or had a change of heart, but we didn't see what others (including AAA) saw here. Run down, rule crazy, and just plain sad. You can see from our other reviews that we're generally positive, but this place stinks. The worst part? All of the NO THIS, NO THAT rules everywhere, including NO REFUNDS, which I noticed after signing the credit card slip and then getting the CG map. Got to our site, turned the map over and saw the rules: No large dogs allowed. We told them on the phone and upon check in that we had a dog. No one asked the breed or size. We sort of crouched in fear all night hoping that we wouldn't be evicted (NO REFUNDS!) because we have a 75 pound dog. Argh. And the "pet walks" here are pathetic little bushes for the dogs to pee on. (NO POTTYING ANYWHERE ELSE! say the rules.) Geesh. Unless you're a serious ATV-er, find a nice state park around here. We wish we had. We were afraid of not having a reservation on a Saturday night. We shouldn't have been. We have drawn the shades and are awaiting morning when we can make a break for another state park. (And the Wi-Fi is indeed spotty, but working miraculously right now.)
A beautiful location right next to the beach. Excellent camp hosts: friendly and armed with good dog treats! They even drive a little cart around to sell you firewood--how convenient! It turned out to be too windy for us to enjoy having one, but handy service. This would be a great place to spend some time, given the proximity of the beach and the great little towns in the area. We picked up some of the freshest fish ever at Ecola Market in Cannon Beach (don't miss this) to have at our campsite. Perfection!
A nice park for an overnight. It was our second choice (Champoeg State Park was full), so we started out being disappointed by having to go here, but we were pleasantly surprised. We got a back-in site on the river, with plenty of grass for our dog (and we didn't see any dog waste, contrary to Sept. '08 post). Sites are close together, but OK for an overnight.
We are used to dry camping in state parks, so it felt like a real luxury to have water and electric. But the real bonus was our site (#12)--eastward view of the lake, so we got to see the sun rise over it. A little path from our campsite led us right to the lake. Sites are well separated by foliage and space, so we felt as if we had the park to ourselves (which we did, camping mid-week in early spring). Park management was pretty disorganized, but we got our reservation squared away eventually. The Park also offers recycling.
Re: Price--note that there are several levels of discount: cash vs. credit, regular vs. club (Good Sam, AAA, etc.), on the river vs. not on the river. Our price reflects on the river w/ Good Sam discount. Not on the river w/ discount = $30. LOVELY place. Get spot #19 if you can. Very private, right on the river. Train whistles at night (we like that) and faint I-5 noise. (Sites away from the river are closer to the interstate.) Very clean facilities and nice folks. It would get a 10 if there were more to do there, but it's a lovely spot.
Far enough away from Interstate 5 to be quiet and close enough to unique nature (waterfalls and a swimming hole!) to be unique. Sites are not, however, far enough apart or private enough to merit the 9-10 score, even though the bathrooms and shower facilities just sparkle. Gotta have some bushes and yards in between sites to get the high scores ;-). But beautiful place. Store open 8AM-9PM--such hours. And the folks running the place are very competent and friendly. Can't beat the price ($27 w/ Good Sam discount).
Right next to US 395, so you get traffic noise (our site was right smack dab next to road). Sites were nicely spaced and there were pretty trees. Dog walk wasn’t workable—there was a boulder wall and pine trees planted next to the wall and you and your canine were to walk between the two but there was only about 6 inches. Very puzzling. Nicely well-stocked store and lots of facilities for children—petting zoo of sorts, playground, pool. Coffee and muffins 7-9AM were included. Bathrooms were nice.
The campground of last resort in Death Valley: basically just a parking lot with some dumpsters and a few restrooms with flush toilets. It worked just fine for one night (the stars were awesome), but we had planned on staying two. Couldn’t do it. Lots of generators running (allowed 7AM to 9PM), but surprisingly kind of fun. Great location close to Golden Canyon and Badwater and Zabriskie Point.
We were just looking for an overnight, and that’s pretty much what we got. Sites are tight together, not much in the way of landscaping. Looks like a lot of long-termers. Facilities were old but clean. A strip of grass with a bag dispenser was provided for dogs, but this is not a doggie nirvana.
The novelty factor here is great--how often does one get to sleep with the perfume of orange blossoms wafting in one's RV windows? However, the easy access from Hwy 58 = road noise, and I had a picture of more trees separating and shading the sites. Sites are pretty darn close together and many trees are tiny. Certainly not a 4-paws up dog campground--just some area on the perimeter, in the dirt, with trash cans. No bags, no grass. Why is it that campgroundss have a "no dogs on the grass" policy? I get it when the off-limits grass is by the people facilities, but why can't they plant some grass for the dogs? I'm just sayin'. It makes a difference. There are big facility for groups here; lots of retirees and Class As, which is fine, but not our cup o' tea. We are partial to campgrounds with lots of kinds of people and vehicles.
What a funky, yet delicious, place. For $33, you get full hookups, desert views, serenades by the frogs in the lake (which, after very silent Death Valley, is a song to be savored), level sites, and 24/7 access to 100-104 degree private hot springs baths. You are allowed 30 minutes each time, but can go whenever. Some rooms are open to the sky, and the night sky is spectacular here. (Star parties at nearby Pastels Bistro--which you MUST go to--are held around new moons.) And how many campgrounds do you go to that have on-site massage as well as luxurious robes for sale in the office? Facilities are a bit worn, but still *delightful*. Dogs won't be too happy here--lots of gravel and mineral y ground--but they'll get over it and you won't mind after soaking in those yummy mineral baths.
What an oasis in the middle of the desert! In the middle of a 45mph dust storm, we pulled off the road at noon (noon!) to stop for the day. Just too much wind to keep fighting. Found this gorgeously landscaped, green oasis with tons of birds and didn’t want to leave. Stayed our full 24 hours. Paddeboats and kayaks are provided for use on the large lake. Great walking path around the lake (the dog loved the grass after the barrenness of Death Valley!). There’s also a beach area and swimming pool. Lots of friendly security people, a store, gas station with diesel, restaurant and small casino to walk to. And a bargain to boot, for such a nice place. Can't think of one thing to improve--sites were even spaced nicely, with grass in between.
A real gem of a park. Large sites, well-shaded, almost all with views of mountains and the lake. Can hear some US 395 noise, but it’s not bad. There were some flush toilets (some pit), convenient trash and recycling , picnic tables galore—some right on the edge of the water. Very pretty spot and a good deal. No hookups, no showers, but clean flush (and some pit) toilets, dump station, and fresh water were available.
Beautiful sites--spaced far apart, lots of trees. Every site has a picnic table, fire pit, and storage cupboard. All are close to trash, recycling (yay!), and fresh water pump, as well as nice, clean bathrooms with hot showers. We stayed off-season, so park was practically deserted. Gorgeous flora (and scary fauna--skunks are about, so beware!). Loved walking the area, but dogs are not allowed on dunes, which you have to cross to get to the beach. If you have a dog, you'll need to drive north to find a beach where Fido is welcome. But we found plenty of roads to walk with our dog. Lovely spot.
We were one of 4 other RVs in this large parking lot (off season!). Can't beat the location. Great to walk the dog to town to buy wine, cheese, etc. But if this park had been full, we would've pulled our hair out. It's just a parking lot with side-by-side sites. So, consider your purpose in staying here. Want to walk to town or participate in fairgrounds activities? This is your place. Eager for Napa scenery? Not here.
For our purposes, the location was perfect (we needed to get to the Capitol and we could do so on surface road not nearby freeway). We camped here during major winter storms (rain, hail), so it wasn't terribly pleasant. Practically empty, but we had to be next to a decrepit camper that had to be jump started frequently and who had to run the genny all the time. Ick. Noisy. Also a lot of freeway noise. Convenient to downtown, safe, and clean, but not a resort site so pretty overpriced for what you get. Wifi works fine. Staff is nice. Just not what anyone would call scenic.
Easy access off I-40. Friendly front office folks. Neat "decor" (vintage cars/trailers as decoration). Bathrooms rather old and site wasn't very level. We were just over nighting and we'd do so again because of easy proximity to interstate AND to Freightliner service place down the street.
A very weird (but perfectly serviceable) campground. We read reviews on this Web site from 2007--Wild Country was new then, bathhouse being built, plans for exotic animals to entertain kids, etc. Well, I think someone's dream is a bit deferred. The bathhouse, a year later, is still in framing stage (two windows are in but just 2x4 studs for the rest of it). Grass growing up in the gravel for the sites. There were only a handful of us here. We met the owner and paid him our $23 in cash (which seems like a lot when there's not a bathhouse, but we're in the middle of nowhere and are tired, so). We wish Wild Country RV Park well. It served us quite nicely--no neighbors, lots of room to exercise the dog, and only 1/2 mile off the highway. It was easy to get an early start and hit the highway. It is a bit creepy in the dark of night when the wind howls and there is no on-site owner/attendant. (One review noted the "lovely cooling breeze." well, in November, it's a cold, howling wind!)
The relatively new owners (3 years) have made lots of improvements, from what we've heard. Hookups and concrete pad at site were all in good order. We loved the blooming oleander bushes that separated each RV site--nice privacy as well as the beautiful palm trees that lined the street side--lit up in the evenings. Nice for a stroll. We stayed overnight (on Thanksgiving day no less) and were invited to the resort's feast, no need to bring anything. We had a ball with the mostly snowbird crowd (there were a few other overnighters) in the Route 66 decorated clubhouse. We were sorry we weren't staying longer as they announced a trip for Monday after Thanksgiving to drive to the bottom of the Grand Canyon--sounds like lots of organized activities for the snowbirds. Very nice folks. There are not very many amenities at the resort itself (tiny pool), but organized activities, proximity to Laughlin, Vegas, and other attractions. While we've stayed at technically nicer (read: fancier) places, I give this high marks for friendliness, cleanliness, and overall welcoming atmosphere.
Wowee. From the concierge to the complimentary breakfast and newspaper, we felt as if we were staying in a hotel. Gravel sites are perfectly groomed (which does feel a little weird; we are, after all, state park campground fans) and the staff is most helpful. We were just overnighting, but lots of folks here for the winter. This would be a great place for a group. Outdoor fireplace/seating area. Nicest laundry (combo library) facility I've ever seen. Shower rooms were pristine.
Very pretty lake. Too cold for us to use the bathhouse (not heated) and the water pump froze overnight, but it thawed out quickly come sunrise. We enjoyed the remoteness and unique beauty of the place. Great CG host, as well. Can really see the appeal of this place when it's warm enough to swim--nice lake and beach and facilities.
This was our first night out, and we were just looking for a serviceable place but found a gem! Our German Shepherd LOVED the canine corrals. Nice, big, fenced, and lit dog runs that even had toys in them to chase. We visited 3 times in our very short overnight stay. The newish shower/bathroom combo rooms were just fabulous. Meticulously clean and laid out thoughtfully. The showers were great. There were nice folks when we checked in, too. This is a great overnight stop on I-40. We're thinking of stopping again on our way back home. (Please note that the nightly rate I noted is an estimate. Can't find receipt.)
These are the friendliest folks working here that I've ever met. They were very kind and helpful. The showers and laundry facility were fabulously clean (and new). There were level concrete sites. My only "dings": lots of early-rising, diesel-driving workers must live here (6AM departures). It was hard to find trash receptacle, and there was a fair amount of road noise. But great overnight stop. I felt very welcomed, and everything was just pristine.
This place has a beautiful setting, as others have noticed. There are good hookups and trash receptacles. There is noticeable security (which was probably needed as this looks to be a major party campground, with its large pavilion that had a big party the Fri. night we were there, despite the 30 degree temps). The showers/restrooms, while clean, were old, prompting my partner to encourage me to use the RV shower. Try to get a spot closer to the lake (and farther away from the LA-70 road noise).
This is a great place! There are huge, private pull-through sites with laundry lines (for swimsuits and beach towels) and fire pit and picnic table. There is a lovely shower/restroom facility (skylights over the shower). They recycle plastic and glass and cans! (We are Californians and have visited 20 states this year, and find the lack of widespread recycling facilities appalling! Such an easy thing to do.) There were very friendly camp hosts and other guests. There is a great nature walk and beautiful beach. It is easy access to US Highway 98 and the Emerald Coast sites. There is a Super Wal-Mart across the street. Only drawback: Proximity to US Highway 98 = traffic noise and proximity to 3 air force bases = jet noise. But surprisingly, the noise didn't bother us, since the rest of the benefits were so good.
Pros: It is a convenient location for outlet shopping and access to I-95. There are nice sites--shade trees and enough space between vehicles. Cons: We were there 5 days and every morning I never saw another soul in the restrooms/showers. This might explain why the restrooms/showers were not cleaned even once while we were there. The sand just keep accumulating on the floor, and someone's broken soap bar just stayed under the sink the whole time. which was kind of disconcerting. I like those places where the restrooms are closed daily for cleaning. It at least gives you the illusion of cleanliness. Another con: The lady who checked us in was very nice, but the fellow in the wheelchair who works there (and I only know he works there from reading these reviews) sort of "accosted" us on our THIRD evening there as we parked. He did not identify himself, even after I kept saying, "Hello! Hello?" He just shone a flashlight in my face and asked if we had been here before. Well, I had no idea (at the time) who this person was so I spoke generally, and he just wheeled away. No "thank you." No "I'm sorry to bother you, but I made a mistake." Nothing. He was very rude which left a bad taste in our mouths. But our dog did like the grounds, and the location served our purpose well. It was kind of expensive, though, for no real amenities (Wi-Fi was a separate charge).
This is a serviceable overnight stop off of I-10. I sure wouldn't want to stay any longer. It is just a lot with no trees or any other natural interest, filled with RVs (lots of full timers in various states).
I'm rating this a 6 only based on a very short overnight stay (arrived in the dark, left in the dark, given the time of year and the fact that we needed to cover miles on this trip). I'm sure the resort amenities are very nice; we didn't use 'em. The people were very nice at check-in, the sites were spaced nicely, lots of room to walk dog. But bathrooms/showers were old and in need of attention on the mold front. If in this area, we had been told to stay at the Tyler State Park just down the road, but we had a snafu and didn't arrive in time to get a spot. (But we did look around and it looks like a great state park.)
First, let me say that we are in a Class B RV. This is a park for big rigs and long-term living units (the kind with wooden panels built below--not mobile). The good things: very convenient location off I-80 and Donner Pass Road. Can get to everything easily using freeway or local road. I didn't find the highway noise bothersome--more like white noise in the background. Lovely shade trees--really feel as if you're in the north woods. Excellent laundry facility (as one would expect with all the long-term folks). Nice front ofice staff. Great wifi (which I'm using now to write this). The negatives: Quiet hours till 8AM--kind of late (we're early risers). Only one women's toilet and shower. We did experience a wait. And while it was marginally clean, it needs maintenance (water under the floor tiles, poor shower head, no storage for shampoo et al in shower) and a rubber mat in the shower area. Bigger problem for us is the dirt around the sites--no grass or gravel even. The dirt blows everywhere. The dog sits in dirt. Dirt covers your hands and feet. No way to avoid it. And finally--not much to do here. No where to walk, really, and no pool.
Gorgeous sites, lots of room between campers, great dog-friendly trails, lovely summer temps (hot in day, cool at night), beautiful scenery. Wish there were water hookups, but that wasn't critical. Negatives: showers/flush toilets weren't working in the central camper services building (water main break), the dump site was missing its hose. Made rinsing a little tough. Other negative: trash cans were a DRIVE away from campsite. Tough to keep bear/other animal-proof because I'm not storing my dog's "business" in my camper at night! Other than those minor complaints, a gorgeous place to stay. Plus the 26-mile drive north from Steamboat Springs has been the favorite 2-lane scenic drive of our so-far 6000-mile trip.
Very, very clean restrooms. Awesome showers AND a separate room/sink for washing dishes, which was helpful as we had filled our Grey water tank and needed to wash dishes before pulling out to dump. Great sites, many shaded. We especially liked having a whole row for smaller vehicles, like our Class B, away from the monstrosity Class A's. (Even though a very inconsiderate Class A driver pulled his rig right in front of our picnic table at 7:30 AM as we were having breakfast and spewed his toxic diesel gases all over us without a thought. Just a reminder to all of you who drive these 4 mpg wonders.) Overall excellent facility--free Wi-Fi in the office, where very nice people worked. Negative: VERY VERY noisy in early morning from nearby gravel or some such facility. Loud semis. Also highway noise along the back row. But great location. Close to a Trader Joe's--great for provisioning.
There are nice, large sites with plenty of shade. There is some I-90 noise.The bathroom facility is small and coin-op. For $30/night, I'd like a shower included. The staff was helpful at check-in and offered to bring us leveling boards (sites are not level). There's lots and lots of nice grass--our dog loved that. Our big criteria is site size, so this is a winner on that score.
Nice (but crowded) showers and restrooms. Beautiful, spacious sites with lots of room. Sites were not, however, level. Very friendly staff; nice office and amenities offered (but office is a good walk from campsites). Lots of wonderful shade trees and sparky mica gravel. We stayed two nights and now that we're up the road in Spearfish wished we had stayed a third.
This is the first campground of our trip that I just hated. Thought we'd love staying in the park itself, but we were squeezed on 3 sides by enormous Class As with their slideouts hulking over our rig, and listening to them running their heaters. Way too cramped. Nowhere to sit outside (probably because of bears). Very noisy, too, with tons and tons of children (and the aforementioned running of equipment). Bathroom facilities were barebones and unpleasant. Showers cost $3.25 and were a long walk away. We didn't hook up water (a regulator was needed) or sewer (as another device was also needed) and got out of there before 7AM as we were so miserable.
A lovely place to stay. There were campers of all kinds--motorcyclists with tents, families with kids, Class As staying all summer, vintage Airstreams, and our little Class B. Nice sites, views of mountains, extremely clean and nice bathroom, showers, laundry facility, and general store. We didn't use the pool or play area, but they sure looked nice.
Our preference is for campgrounds with more separation between RVs; this one was tight. The bathrooms were nice, though. Overall, a serviceable site for one night, but I sure wouldn't make it a destination vacation.
Lovely shaded pull-in sites that were very private. Sound of rushing river (Walla Walla River) was lovely to sleep through. Nice facility (kitchen with refridgerator) for family reunions, big gatherings. All types of campers were here--truck toppers, trailers, Class A, tents, and our Class B. Just a beautiful setting. No showers or dump station, though.