The cons: Cash or checks only; no AT&T or Verizon phone or modem service. The pluses: Good security, major cable and 1.86 Mbps Wi-Fi. Some of the nicest sites I seen. They are spacious, bushes between neighbors, fairly level with gravel. Unfortunately, when I asked for a pull through, I was sent to site #89. What a joke – it was small hump; my 36’ fifth wheel would have been like a whale beached on a rock! Management said it was the only pull through left. At check-in, she should have suggested at that I check out any of the back-ins in the 60s. There must have been a 12 vacant. They are HUGE, easy back-ins for big rigs with no problem. With winding roads, plenty of large trees and great sites with privacy, it could be a great park if it had phone service and management caring more about their clients camping experience.
Start with a manager who was great. My wife got sick and he gave us every consideration. Give yourself a break, get away from resorts and get back to nature. Take a serene walk through Redwoods; see Redwood stumps larger than any we saw in the Redwood Parks. How about a campsite INSIDE a Stump? Sometimes pretty tame deer wander though. Large roomy spaces for big rigs. Thank goodness, No cable, No sewer (dump station), No W-Fi (Modems and Phones work fine; put them under the mattress.) Just open spaces, peace and quiet. Alas, then it’s back to the regular crowds in conventional parks.
We are full-timers and this is not a bad park, pretty much run of the mill. It is OK for one night or a short stay. The man who runs the place acts like he doesn't care if you stay or not. Let the wife check you in and tell you about the area. If the waters are right, both Hendry’s Fork and the Snake are world class fly fishing rivers.
The owners actually work in the camp, the store and its grill (the food is good and the prices are reasonable). VERY friendly and easy to interact with. Just enjoyable people. Each row in the RV Pk is terraced which gives more privacy. The wind break trees in the front will block most of the views. We were in the 2nd site, 1st row and could see the mountain across from us. They are well spaced apart and the back-in for my 36' 5th wheel was not a problem. Park is very clean and well maintained. The only downsides are no TV (not a bad break for a change) and the Wi-Fi was like most parks - not very good. We used our wireless modem most of the time. We checked out other parks on US 101 and this one was by far the best one. Granny's Café is close by - the food is fair and over-priced. In Port Angeles, KoKopells food is above average. In Port Angeles the Café Garden is in a beautiful setting and the food was EXCELLENT! We ate there twice.
Location, Location, Location – it is half-way between Jackson (don’t go there unless you like to be shoulder to shoulder with tourists) and Yellowstone. It is just six miles to the Moran Entrance to GTNP. The park is so unimproved that you feel like you are dry camping in a prairie overlooking the mountains. To call it a resort is a cruel joke. The pool is closed and weeds grow in it, the sites are on top of each other, ruts in the road, water pressure goes to 20 psi or less if other campers are using it – got the picture? Just a rundown place which – because it is the only park centrally located – they get the business at a high price. At least, as we looked out our back window, the Three Grand Peaks were a grand sight, changing all the time throughout the day. The staff was nice and helpful. When you go to Yellowstone, I recommend only taking the first inter loop trip. The longer one doesn’t have as much to see and makes for a very long day. My first visit to the Grand Tetons was in 1953 and again in 1980. It is our #1 place to visit. Jenny Lake is upfront and personal with the mountains; its prairies often overlook the river and vary as you drive. Antelope Flats are where the bison roam. In the evening, not far from the entrance on the road to Jenny Lake there were elk feeding across the river and bears wandering by the dam. Just look for parked cars. And there are so many other things to see. We spent two weeks and hated to leave. Of great importance is the fly fishing on the Snake River is first class. Also go down Buffalo Road to the Forrest Service camp and fish the Buffalo River. It is close by and there is a 26” rainbow waiting to be caught again. The first day –the guide at the Heart Ranch – guided and we had a great day. There is a restaurant a couple miles north with a friendly staff and good food. I would return because of its location – and hope the owner will improve it to at least a poor park’s standard. I don’t count on it.
We are full-timers, and this KOA has to be in my “Best Parks” category. It is one the owners – who are great people – have had for years and are continuing to upgrade and improve. They really take great pride in their operation. It has everything from older, small shaded sites, spacious big rig pullthroughs to beautiful landscaped cabins with large propane grills. Make reservations early! The #170’s sites (where we parked) are newer and prime for big rigs - plenty grass, space between rigs and fine for satellites. The only downsides are no TV (not a bad break for a change) and the Wi-Fi is like most parks - not very good, depending on how many people are logged on. We used our wireless modem most of the time. Rates are seasonally adjusted. Get a KOA card for 10% off any KOA park. You may pay $10-15 more than your run of the mill park ,and we found the experience was well worth it. It is not a resort per se; it is nestled in the woods. Their outdoor grill is reasonably priced, and “Dinner with Gene” is a real trip! If you have not tried a Flank Steak, his will have you coming back for more. The nature slide show is narrated by a world famous photographer who shares his experiences and insights. It is just a few miles from the Glacier Park entrance. ~20 minutes from groceries and other shopping. BE SURE to stop and stock up on flank steak at Perfect Cut meats (next to another RV park) in Columbia Falls. They are one of the few places that trim them just right and will freeze them for you. Check out their website for all the things to do in the surrounding area. We took the six hour bus tour - would recommend the shorter one – and unfortunately had a poor driver who mostly just said the names of the surrounding peaks. This park is the Real Deal.