The first thing to note is that "Best" is in quotes even on the RV park's own sign. The park's roads are uneven, bumpy, and narrow. We had to drive over the front part of the sites on the left to swing wide enough to get into our assigned site. The WiFi is sketchy. It worked well for my husband, but worked only sporadically for my iPad and laptop. There was a definite smell of manure when the sun was out. A lot of long term residents with ill-maintained RVs and barking dogs. On a positive note, the lady at the office is as friendly as could be, and it's pretty centrally located.
We stayed because of the Passport rate, but here, you get what you pay for. The long driveway into the park is riddled with near unavoidable potholes. Tree branches overhanging the road are not cut back, so you have to choose between the potholes or branches scraping your roof. The office was closed even though it was midday. Roads within the campground are also unmaintained, and debris was embedded in the ground at our site. When we parked and plugged in, we found a well-established hornet's nest in the junction box. It was fun plugging in with them buzzing angrily around my head. We went to the pool, which looked inviting, but on closer inspection revealed leaves, dirt, and scorpions lurking at the bottom, with dead frogs floating in the water filters. The women's restrooms were dark and uninviting; we peeked in, but didn't enter. Would not stay here again for the $12.50, and certainly not for full price. If it weren't for the deer and farm animals, which were fun to look at, I would have given a lower rating.
This park was very nice and well kept. The pool and hot tub were beautiful. There is no cable at your site, but there is a 24 hour game room and lounge with satellite TV and a comfy couch. Internet was fast, though they ask you not to stream movies. Individual bathrooms in the laundry building were very clean. Office staff were helpful and friendly. Propane is expensive, so go somewhere else if you can. If there were shaded sites, it'd be pretty near perfect! Passport rate.
This is a nice, quiet, pretty park 15 minutes from Ruidoso. There are three mobile homes for rent in addition to the RV and tent sites. I give it high marks for the owner, the free laundry, the single unisex bathroom, and the wonderful hummingbirds that frequent the park. Low marks for Internet, which is sporadic at best. If that were fixed, I would give the park a 10.
We were very pleased with this park. The couple managing the office were very sweet, and the sites were very pretty. I think some bigger rigs might have a bit of trouble because it is a smaller park. Site 40 is nice and wide, though. Internet service was good, and there are delicious pears and apples growing at the park. There is a nature trail as well. We didn't hike it this time, but we plan to next time. Some of the facilities are outdated, and they don't accept credit cards, or I would have given it a higher rating. We'll be here again.
This park was clean and spacious. The staff were welcoming, helpful, and friendly. They took extra time to point out local attractions and places to stop on our way east. Yes, we also got free ice cream on check in. I am usually disappointed by KOAs, and we have a tendency to avoid them, but I'm glad we came to this one. We would stay here again.
When my husband called after reading the other reviews on this site, the park's answering machine claimed that the park itself was "100% open". When someone on the staff called us back, he assured us that we would love the campground and would be happy to pay more than they asked to stay here. In reality, they charged us full price for a fairly level, muddy, incredibly buggy (mosquito) site; bathroom and shower areas closed because of more flooding; and a park staff that didn't answer the phone the three times I tried to call. The sewer connections are placed towards the end of the sites so you will need an extra sewer hose if you still plan to stay here. How a park can claim to be "100% open" when the bathrooms and at least half the sites are still underwater I don't know. Maybe for the privilege of having a train blow its horn for at least a full minute at 4:30 in the morning.
This park is a prime example of "you get what you pay for". Wireless internet broadcast is very weak. We did laundry here, and while it's cheap ($1.25 for 28 minute wash and $1.00 for 44 minute dry), the laundry room smelled like a cat had gotten locked in there for a week! On the plus side, staff is friendly, the lake is pretty, our site was level, and there are plenty of shade trees. Good for a short stay, but do your laundry elsewhere.
This was a great little park. The roads were a little narrow, so though we didn't have any problems negotiating turns, we were worried that we would. However, the park is clean, quiet, and pretty, with two playground areas and a small swimming pool. Our rate of $39 was for a full hookup, $3 child charge, and KOA discount. WiFi was available at our site, which was about 300 feet from the pool. We leveled using one board.
Sundermeier RV Park could probably be considered the worst of the "Best RV Parks in America". Though they belong to that group, there are no activities save those you create yourself. Given the price, I would expect at least a swimming pool or a shade tree. They have none of these things. Check in is a slow process as they have not computerized their systems, and use appointment books for reservations. On the positive side, the staff was friendly and helpful. This quiet campground is very clean, including the bathrooms, sites are level, internet is good, and there is a park with a playground next door. St Charles is a picturesque town, and there is an inexpensive water park a mile away. Of course, children are allowed here, but we only saw two during our stay. I say that the park is not family friendly simply because no family features are included in the park itself. I give this park a 5 because it fails to meet the expectations of the price per night.
This park could be really nice. The staff and guests were very friendly, the pool was great, and the lake is lovely. Internet is fast, with three towers to insure a connection, and a 192/80 speed. However, there are ants. Lots of ants, which would keep me from staying here again. I felt that it should be the campground's responsibility to spray for them, not the guest's.
This park has friendly people and a good location. The driveway to the park is a little steep; we had to put our truck into 1st gear to inch up the slope to the office. A nice feature of this campground, since it is a bit unlevel, was the built-in deck at what seemed to be every site. There are trails down to the lake where you can fish or boat. I would have given the campground a higher rating save for the lack of Wi-Fi, a little upkeep, and that the dumpster was full both days we stayed. It was emptied the morning of our departure. The pool is always open, which increased my rating of this park.
This RV park is now under new management and a new name: Hanson Hills Campground. This is a nice park about 2 miles off the highway on a gravel road. The staff are friendly and helpful, our site was level and easy to pull into. For activities, the park offers fishing in a small, picturesque pond, swimming, horseshoes, a playground, and a kitchen serving breakfast and lunch. I would have given this place a higher rating except that the hot tub advertised on their billboard wasn't actually open yet, and no Internet. We would definitely stay here again if passing through, and for more than one night.
We saw this park from the highway and decided to stop. Though it is located next to the highway, traffic noise was negligible. The owner lives on site and was very friendly and helpful. The park itself is very attractive with cottonwood trees, and grass level sites. It's really a meadow with hookups. Fire pits are located by the river. We saw a beaver, and moose are regularly spotted within the park, and on the 70 mile bicycle trail that runs by the front of the park. Internet was fast even with a poor signal. There are only 5 sites with sewer hookup, but there is a dump station. My rating was lowered because of this and the lack of pest control. Mosquitoes are rife! A nice relaxing place to camp. I would stay here again, and for longer than one night.
This is a small park with some train noise at night. Sites are a bit unlevel. The wireless Internet signal was strong, 160kb/20kb just on my computer. Cass, who checked us in, was extremely helpful and friendly. It's a good place to stop for a night.
This is an average park with some good points and some bad points. The staff is very friendly, but not very flexible. We extended our stay for two nights, but had to move sites for someone scheduled to check into our space for only one night. Though the park comes with a fairly scenic fishing pond with many ducks, the spaces close to it are taken by residents. The majority of spaces are a bit narrow and have a parking lot feel, mitigated somewhat by some hedges planted on either side. The dryers give you a whole hour of drying time for $1! The wireless Internet at the park is a hobby of one of the residents and costs $3 per day, fast even with a poor signal.
We drove past this park on the highway, and it looked so inviting that we stopped immediately. This is a beautifully landscaped park with tall trees and lush flowers. The pull through site we were first assigned was picturesque, but a little narrow for our 35' fifth wheel. We were able to change sites with no problem. The staff and campers here were extremely friendly, and a manager lives on site, so any problems can be dealt with at any hour. Laundry is still as cheap as it was in the last review, and the machines operate well. There were no river sites available, but a walkway/boat launch led to the water and more incredible views. I would have given this park a higher rating if they had WiFi. Absolutely lovely quiet park.
Jantzen Beach RV Park could be a great place to stay. The park is very well-maintained, neat, and easy to navigate, and though the staff isn't exceptionally friendly, they weren't particularly rude. They have a very reasonable weekly rate which we paid right away. We quickly regretted that decision for these reasons. The first is the incredible amount of noise here. You are nestled right between the train tracks and an air force base, so you get train horns all night and fighter jets flying over in the afternoon, impossible to ignore. Second, this park is on an island, and the only way to get there is on I-5, which is also the only way to get across the river to Washington. If you travel during rush hour, you will be trapped with all the commuters; no way to avoid it. At one point I was in park for 15 minutes 1 mile before the exit. Third, there is no beach at Jantzen Beach, not anymore. It is a huge mall space with Best Buy, Michaels, etc. Many of the sites (including ours) back up to the road behind the mall, with no fence separating the two. This led to a feeling of insecurity and additional noise from car traffic. If you plan to stay here and get a good night's sleep, make sure to pick up some earplugs.