The scenery in Monument Valley is so amazing, it's hard to even care about the campground. That said, here's what we found in October of 2008. Pros: reservations available online; campground and restrooms very clean; view of the world from the upper campground sites; lots of campground kitties who come around to visit. Cons: the showers can only be reached from insdie the store, which means they are only available during store hours, starting at 7am. As you may imagine, during the morning hours it is almost impossible to shower due to the crowds. We got smart and showered late in the afternoon, otherwise we would have been two dirty campers! The spaces are narrow and have no privacy. But since the view is so amazing it's hard to care about any of the above. We put our camp chairs up facing the valley and had our drinks while the sun went down. Fabulous. The next best thing about this place? Go over to the actual lodge and have breakfast - it's the best breakfast we've ever had on a trip - huge portions, great cooking (homemade biscuits and sausage gravy that is a miracle), and a view of Monument Valley while you are chowing down. Hard to beat.
I have to say we loved this place although it has absolutely no services whatsoever. The only bathrooms are outhouses and we did not check those out. They do have water available at the camp office, but none at the campsites. It really gives you the feeling of camping, in case you've forgotten after staying in all those paved RV parks! The ground here is the same red color as the rocks in Canyon de Chelly, and it is real dirt. The campground is set in the scrub on Canyon de Chelly's south rim and owned by a Navajo man we never saw. He has a resident camp host, a woman, who is quite a character, but checked us in efficiently and then came by later to see if we needed anything. We stayed here in October and we were told it would not be a problem running our generator as they did not have any tent campers then. I don't know what the policy would be during the summer. There are two friendly camp dogs, and a one mile hike you can take to the canyon's edge. My husband did the hike and said the scenery was spectacular. So, if you're in for a little bit of roughing it, this may be the spot for you. We loved the feeling of truly being out in the middle of nowhere.
As with so many KOA's, the sites here are quite narrow so there isn't much privacy. However it is a very pretty campground with lots of pine trees, and it backs up to a Forest Service area where you can take a nice morning walk if you're so inclined. The campground is right off a very busy boulevard, but once you get up inside it's quiet enough. The folks who work in the office are nice both on the phone and in person. We will probably stay here again on our way east from California.
Another KOA out in the middle of nowhere and just the thing for a one night stopover. The two folks who run it are a real hoot - leftovers from the sixties - who were very kind and funny too and made a point to give us a lovely site. There is direct access to the Colorado River here but the water runs fast so care is advised. Most sites have grass underfoot and trees overhead, which is nice, and when we were there in October it was very quiet - also nice. A number of people live here year round but the campground is extremely clean and well-kept - the camp hosts are doing a great job. We would definitely stay here again. But watch out for the fat Weimeraner - he's a pizza mooch! :)
This is a great overnight spot if you're on your way to Las Vegas or the Grand Canyon. We stayed here twice in the last year. The first time we had a terrific site in the rear of the campground where there is a great open desert area out back. The second time, even though we made reservations two months in advance, they stuck us in a crummy little site up near the freeway which was very noisy and had no privacy because there was some kind of to-do going on nearby and the campground was full. They have a nice little swimming pool here, but the best feature is the huge open area behind the campground where you can run your doggies to their hearts' content. Not a place you'd want to stay more than a night, but great to have it there in the middle of pretty much nowhere.
Pros: fantastic location on Highway 1, with direct access to a beautiful small beach enclosed at both ends by cliffs (dogs allowed OFF LEASH on the beach!). You can walk up a long wood staircase to get to the quaint small town, with grocery store, restaurant, etc. Cons: campground can be very wet and dank because of fog. We had drug dealers come up to us on the beach and ask us if we wanted to buy - Yikes! - one guy actually hung out in one of the beach-side camp spots nearly every day, waiting for customers and chatting up the campground guests. The assistant camp hosts are noisy - they had a huge fight the night we were there and went on all night. Regular camp hosts are friendly, especially the woman, but they live in a house overlooking the campground, and they were noisy too. However, you can't beat the beach here, if you can live with the rest of it. Also, they will keep your money if you need to cancel, no matter how far in advance - no refunds, no how.