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11/2009
rating [ 4/10 ]
It is good for an over night or two. The sites were close but not as close as a KOA. You need a 90 degree to use their sewer. There is no WiFi and no Cable. Our Verizon card worked great. The campground was close to full but was still very quite at night. The showers and restrooms where old. Concrete floors with concrete block and wood walls. Here’s something interesting I’ve never run into before. There was only one restroom for everyone! No men’s or women’s side. Yep, community restrooms. You could be in one stall and it’s your guess as to who might be in the next! We arrived in the late afternoon and the mosquitoes were horrible. They were on my like…well you know what. I never set up the trailer that fast in my life! Thank goodness the site was level and I did not have to unhook the tow vehicle. About an hour later the temp dropped a couple degrees and the skeeters took off. The people at the office were extremely friendly and helpful.
11/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
We stayed at this park for two days. Wanted to stay more! What a great park and only a couple of miles off the Interstate. The second night there we were visited by a couple of raccoons. Before we realized what was going on the little bandits made off with a package of graham crackers! We had one of the premium lake view sites. Our site was a back-in and VERY level. However, looking at some of the other sites it looked like leveling could be a challenge. Also the water and electric were at the front of the site. The sewer was mid site. I was talking with one of the rangers and she said that the park is booked full on most weekends even in the winter. There is a lot to do here, you can rent canoes, paddle boats or pontoon boats. They are trying to cover the park with wireless Internet. The first I’ve experienced with State Parks. It was pretty weak, worked sometimes and not others. My Verizon air card filled in the gaps. As a side note, I noticed that one of the tires on my trailer was bad. I called around and spoke to Clay at the Tire Barn in Tyler, TX. He told me to bring it in and he gave me a killer deal on a new tire. He had the old tire off the rim and the new one on and I was on my way in less than 5 minutes.
11/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
What a great park. A real treat and worth the extra time to drive to. We only stayed here one night as we were just passing through. Gave serious consideration though to staying another day or two! We stayed in Hickory Hills Loop. It had full hook-ups including sewer. A first for me in State Parks. The site was a back in however, it was level and I did not have to unhook my vehicle. Within 10 minutes a couple of deer came down to our site and welcomed us. Soon after that, the camp host came and collected our money and gave us a Good Sam discount. We arrived after the park office closed however, there where maps of the park by the front door of the office. The views are wonderful and it was great to breathe in the clean air and not have to hear the sound of passing cars and trucks. One of the reasons I rated this park a little lower is that they charge you for the shower in 3 minute intervals. Also the sites are a little closer than in most state parks. Not a problem for us because we are traveling in the off time, however, I can imagine it would be quite tight in the summer months and on weekends. Verizon air card worked great.
11/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
First of all, let me say that all the staff here were very friendly and helpful. It was a surprise as I was not expecting much after reading some of the other reviews. I found the restrooms and laundry area to be older but clean. How come those shower curtains are never wide enough? I thought the laundry was a little expensive at $2.00 per load. The dryers worked extremely well though. I took some points off for the size of the sites. Our picnic table was over the sewer of our neighbors. Boy, KOA’s love to pack them in, don’t they? Planes, Trains, and Automobiles this place has them all! If you like the sound of crickets, this is not the place however, it does make for an easy trip into Denver and that is what we were after. They have a great playground that my daughter loved. Wi-Fi was usable. They also have a Hunts Brothers Pizza on site. Not the best pizza and wings I’ve ever had but after a long day driving and not wanting to cook it was passable.
11/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
People were friendly. I hope the new owners can fix this place up. It really does have a lot of potential but is really run down. I only saw three older permanent campers but they were in good shape. Don’t know if we stayed here on a bad night or what but the restrooms and laundry area were not all that clean. We stayed right by the office and the Wi-Fi was still pretty weak. You could hear some of the noise from the highway however the campground itself was quiet. Rate reflects Good Sam discount. Sites were EXTREMELY level. I just had to pull in and that’s it! Did not have to unhook my vehicle. Made for a really easy start in the morning. Cable was great. I did not have enough cable to reach the center pole however the campground provided extra cable on the center poles so I could just use their cable.
10/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
We stayed here for 3 nights and wanted to stay more. However, they were totally sold out for the weekend. This is, by far, one of my favorite campgrounds. Easy access in and out of the campground, and we used it as a base to check out the area. Took an afternoon trip to Plymouth and a day trip to Provincetown. Also found plenty to time to relax. Canal has a wide cement sidewalk for easy walking. Campground and surround area is flat for easy walking or biking. Beach walking was great, and we found plenty seashells. Great atmosphere with all the boating, fog horns, and boat horns. Loved the smell of the early morning ocean air. Restrooms were clean and showers were good size with plenty of hot water. Sites were good size with good distance between them. Verizon air card worked OK for internet. We definitely plan to come back and hope to spend much more time here!
09/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
We stayed here for 5 nights and wish it could have been more. There are three different camping areas. We chose to stay on the bluff that overlooks Lake Ontario. You sit up pretty high and are a little more open but have a tremendous view of the lake. There are only two electric only spots on the bluff and we were lucky to get one. The water spigot was across the street so no problem filling the holding tank although it took awhile because of low water pressure. The sites in the other two camping areas look to be a little close together so not sure if we would have rated it as high if we had stayed in another area. Restrooms were very handy and the showers were just a little walk through the woods. Both were very clean. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy. There are two huge beaches, a mile long pier that you can walk on, several playgrounds, hiking in the woods, hiking on the beach, hiking along the coastline, fishing, boat rentals, canoe rentals, and best of all golfing! The park owns it’s own golf course and it’s very reasonably priced. You must get a least one coney at the turn in the pro shop. One of the best parts about the golf course is there are no houses along the fairways. The course is challenging and scenic too. We had a great time and would camp here again in a heartbeat. Verizon air card worked OK for internet.
09/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
This Park is OK. Sites are a little closer together than most state parks we’ve stayed. Double edge sword, it’s nice to camp in all the trees however, they make it harder to maneuver. Took a nice walk along the water’s edge. Staff was friendly, and firewood was reasonably priced. On the way to the park we stopped at a roadside fruit stand and bought some of the best tasting green grapes I have ever had! Restrooms and showers were clean. Verizon air card worked OK for internet.
09/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
What a beautiful park! After traveling around Chicago and all the traffic, it was just what we needed. Got set up in time to go to the beach on the shore of Lake Michigan to do some let stretching, photo taking, and watch an wonderful sunset. We could see the skyline of Chicago and with the sun setting it was a truly awesome. Nice level concrete pads. Sites were good size with good spacing in between sites. Wish we could have stayed longer and we would definitely like to return.
09/2007
rating [ 5/10 ]
Guess we stayed at this park at the wrong time. We stayed here on a Saturday night. Park was nearly full and we had to dry camp near the tent area. We had great views of the Lake and had room for the little one to roam. Lot’s of parties going on and the park seems to be very well used and a little worn. The restrooms and showers where horrible, very dirty, the most disgusting I have ever seen! I don’t think we would ever stay here again but it we did it would NOT be on the weekend.
09/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a wonderful campground. We stopped here as an overnight on our way East. Park is located 5 miles South of I-90 and well worth the time. Very peaceful and very clean park with great lake views and fresh air. Saw lots of birds and water foul including a ton of pelicans. Sites are big with a lot of room in between. Site was pretty level and I did not have to unhook my tow vehicle from the TT. After traveling all day there was lots of room for the little ones to run around and stretch their legs. We would definitely stay here again.
09/2007
rating [ 6/10 ]
We used this campground as a base camp for checking the area, such as Needles Highway, Mt Rushmore, and Crazy Horse. It is centrally located for easy access. It’s basically located on the side of a hill in the woods. Loved the views, wildlife, and atmosphere. Also, my daughter loved the playground and play area. Their water has a lot of minerals in it. Clogged my water filter after two days. WiFi is a no go. Staff did their best but kept saying my computer was not compatible, but neither was anyone else’s because everyone was having the same problem. Staff was friendly and helpful with directions and area information but they did seem defensive with the WiFi. Seems they get quite a few complaints. Verizon air card and cell phone were both no go’s. Ended up traveling to Hill City and sitting in the lobby of the Comfort Inn to get internet and cell service. Not sure if we would stay here again. Glad we camped here in the off season, I would not want to stay here in peak season. The price was good for the area.
09/2007
rating [ 6/10 ]
We have stayed at this park several times. It is a perfect distance from our home for our “first day out” when heading east. Easy access from I-90. Has good views of the city especially at night when the derricks are lit up in red lights. Good paved walking path close by for exercise with plenty of geese to keep you company. Room to roam for the kids as well. Has a small deli with good fried chicken and sides. Staff is hit or miss you never know if you’re going to get someone extremely nice or extremely crabby. Park says they are not open year round however if off season and water is turned off you can get electric only for $10.00 per night. There are several permanent residents and their area looks pretty run down. Have never had any issues though. Verizon air card worked well for internet. This is by far not our favorite park, but because of the location I’m sure we will be back.
09/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
Great for just an overnight. Sites are very close together. Meeting Peter D alone is worth the stay! Restrooms and showers are very clean. On Peter D’s advice we ate at the Rib and Chop House. The food was extremely good and a ton of it. Biggest baked potato I have ever seen! Here’s a tip, we got a menu from Peter D and phoned in the order. We then picked it up and brought it back to the campground. The restaurant is almost always crowded with most people having to wait 45 minutes or more for a seat. We had our food and eating it back at camp before most people were even getting seated. No problem with Verizon Card for internet. We would go back again because of Peter D and the Rib and Chop House food.
03/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is our second trip to Gilbert Ray. Stayed for a week last year and liked it so much we decided to return this year. Most of the other reviews are right on. If you have ever wanted to camp in the desert, this is the place! One morning we woke to 3 coyote at our campsite. What a treat! We also heard coyote almost every night. My father-in-law has been coming to Gilbert Ray for over 20 years and not much has changed – And that’s a good thing in this case! The views and sunsets from the Campground are unbelievable, and even more dramatic if you travel up to the look out at Gates Pass. Also if you travel over Gates Pass there is a new big shopping center with an Albertson Grocery Store. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Old Tucson are must stops. We also took a day trip to the Prima Air & Space Museum, which was well worth the time and money. I would have given a higher rating if they would have a playground or play area for kids. There is not much available at the Campground for children. . I also agree that the closing of A Loop is frustrating. You may want to make sure you tie down your awning as the wind can pick up pretty good in the afternoon. Verizon Wireless card worked OK for internet.
03/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
Stayed here for two nights. We paid extra for the Lakeview site, and felt it is well worth the extra money. The Lakeview sites are newer with large concrete pads and angled nicely for great views of Lake Mead. The staff was helpful with area directions and friendly. Restrooms were clean and seemed OK although I did not use their showers. Looks like they are upgrading some of their other sites as well. Did not see much for kids to do. Did not see a playground or play area. Verizon wireless card worked great for internet. Not too crazy about the price because you also have to pay to get into the Recreational Area ($5.00) however, we would stay again.
03/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
We initially stayed at this park for an overnighter. We liked it so much we came back a week later, to stay for two more nights (We were originally going to stay in Phoenix but decided to stay here for those two additional nights). Sites are huge with lots of space in between. Views are good and park was clean and quiet. Water is available near the dump station. Restrooms where spotless and the showers had plenty of room and hot water. In addition to hiking we visited the near by ostrich farm and had a wonderful time feeding the animals and birds, well worth the $5.00 admission. The only reason I did not rate higher was because there was some road noise and a lot of train noise.
03/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
There are not too many places to stop between Las Vegas, NV and Jackpot, NV. This is a very nice State Park and a pleasant surprise. Great views and the sites give you room to breath. They also sell firewood – Just a couple of bucks for an arm load of pinion wood. One of the best smelling fires we’ve ever had! We would have loved to spend more time here but just passing through this time. We will keep this place in mind for a future extended visit. Not too many spots for big rigs. The campground was about ¾ full but several big rigs drove through and then had to leave because the could not find a space big enough. Restrooms and showers were nice. Did not try the Verizon internet card because laptop battery was dead.
03/2008
rating [ 6/10 ]
We stayed here for one night. I agree it’s a good spot when passing through. There are two campgrounds, one upper and one lower. The lower one seems to be the older and more developed with more trees. We had to stay on the upper because the lower was full. We arrived about 5:00 pm and it’s a good thing we got there when we did because the campground filled up and there were several people who had to camp with the semi’s in the overflow area. The water was not turned on yet and the only spigot available was in the lower campground. Had to do a little wrangling to get filled with water. We stayed in a back-in site and did not have to unhook the tow vehicle to get level. The lower level has a shuttle that will transport you back and forth to the casino. I did not see any shuttle stops on the upper level. Not too far of a walk though and after a day of driving did not mind walking to the casino. There are no restrooms or showers on the upper lot. You have to walk to the lower. It’s a little bit of a hike and the office was not open so we could not get the pass code to the restrooms or showers. We would stay here again if passing through however, we would try to get into the lower level. Well worth the price. Did not try the wireless. Verizon wireless card worked OK for internet but you may have issues in the lower level.
03/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
We stayed here as an overnighter. Campground is located 5 or 6 miles from the I-84 but well worth the extra time. No highway noise. Very quiet except for the occasional train however, the trains did not use their whistle so not that big of a distraction. We were traveling is off peak so we basically had the place to ourselves. The sites are about 90’ long and fairly level. I did not have to unhook our TT from the tow vehicle to get level. The views are good of the surrounding mountains. The office staff were very friendly and helpful. They challenged us to use all of their hot water in the showers. And speaking of the restrooms -- the restroom and showers were wonderful because when we stayed the temperature was in the 20’s but the restrooms were like saunas, even the tile floor was warm when you stepped out of the shower! Very nice to get so warm and toasty during cold weather. I agree that the Wi-Fi signal was weak. I switched to my verizon wireless and signal was good enough. Good rate with AAA discount.
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