I left my previous county-run campground (Mission Hills in San Diego) in distaste a day early so we could spend our final night camping at a REAL resort. I'm glad I did. We arrived after hours to a locked gate, but the phone number was clearly posted, the management answered promptly, and checked us in with no more delay than most open park offices. The clerk was extremely nice. Though the park was mostly empty, their pull throughs were both full, so she gave us our choice of other slots. We didn't unhitch, and hooked up to power and water only. The pool only went to 3.5' deep, but was lovely to just sit and soak in. The spa was absolutely heavenly, and just hot enough in the native Indio heat to be comfortable. The showers and toilets were very roomy and very clean. The park even provided shaving cream, shampoo, and cologne for guests (as well as stick deodorant, which I thought a bit disturbing, but it's not like anybody was forced to use it). The Wi-Fi was serviceable and capable (no problem with VPNs). Best of all, it was beautiful and peaceful, the perfect final night away. And it was worth the price, which was significantly LESS than the government-run "non-resort" we had fled. If I ever have need to camp in the Indio area again, I'm back here in a minute.
These folks now call themselves Mission Bay RV "Resort," but that's hype. There are NO amenities other than two concrete block toilet/showers, a laundry, a dog run, and a 9-5 roach coach with snack foods only. The park is an asphalt expanse of cheek-by-jowl slots with parking only directly in front of your own rig, making the lanes narrow (backing in was a challenge). On weekends, you couldn't walk from point A to point B without colliding with a tween-aged skateboarder or cyclist. The hookups were first rate, though everybody's water, power, and TV were located directly behind their neighbor's rig. The beach was unusable (70° and damp in mid-August, go figure). Management aren't very effective at enforcing quiet hours. The Wi-Fi was pervasive but balky, and routinely disconnected VPNs. If you arrive after 5:00, the guards tell you you have to get the Wi-Fi password from another camper, because the management won't tell the guards the password! That's rinky-dink. When you pull in, they make you sign a sheet of park rules, among which is a prohibition on the possession of any firearms. At that point, what do they expect you to do with any you have? Since the park is run by the county, this is a direct violation of both Heller v. DC and McDonald v. Chicago (an RV is an abode), so I signed with a clear conscience. All in all, this is a park that may be worth paying $25/night to stay in. At $60/night (even with the Good San discount), I feel cheated.
Hurricane Ike really decimated this park. On the gulf side, instead of three oval loops of about 24 sites each, there are now only three blind alleys of 12 sites each. The inland (lake side) sites were relatively unaffected. Compared to what I believe was the only other RV park on the island (Dellanera), which is now a bare lot, the state park was fortunate. The restroom and shower facilities are replacements; not as large as before, but of average cleanliness for a public park. The gulf, thank heavens, is just as beautiful and fun as it was before. It's particularly nice to be able to let your pets play on the beach and in the water. As usual, this was one of the high points of our trip.
I believe this is the only park in Ozona, and Ozona is the only town in an 80 mile stretch of I-10, so if that's where you find yourself at the end of the day, you'll be here. It's a clean enough park, clean restrooms (paper towels but no hand soap?) and showers, full hookups, and good cable TV. Sewer hookups are sub par, being located on the raised hookup island, seeing that neither water nor you-know-what flows uphill. As others have said, very short pull-throughs (the roads are wide enough so that you can cheat a bit). I've stayed overnight here several times, and will happily come back.
Good discount for CampClub USA and Passport America members. Crowded but clean. Individual unisex rest rooms with showers. Took off a point for commercial (pay) Wi-Fi (so last decade). Friendly staff. Camp-owned diner serves breakfast & lunch. I've stayed here four times and it's always been pleasant.
Last time were here in 2006, this place was an adequate over nighter. Boy, has it glowed up! Huge expansion adding lots of new shady, landscaped sites; new pool, rest rooms, showers, common room. Luxurious individual unisex rest rooms with huge walk-in showers. Fast Wi-Fi with well distributed stations. Staff and residents we met were very friendly. I will be back here.
Resort-quality park, and at a phenomenal price for CampClub USA or PassPort America members! Laundry, rest rooms, & showers are clean and air-conditioned. Sites are immaculately groomed. Hookups are on the cutest little integrated pylons, very handy! No cable, but fine over-the-air signal. Free wi-fi, strong and nicely distributed. Absolutely gorgeous lake. Stayed here two weeks ago; liked it so much we came back on the flipside. This one is on my "must stay" list for future trips down this way.
Redneck chic. Haphazardly laid out, but many sites are beautifully scenic. Every piece of plumbing in the rest rooms comes from a different yard sale, but all are scrubbed clean and bright. Fully half the sites are 50A, which is overkill; we almost couldn't find a vacant 30A. The Wi-Fi is awful: spotty, slow, satellite-based, and collides with another nearby network. No cable TV at my site, though I saw some that had it. The "normal" rate is $40, (please -- full-blown resorts with pools, spas, and golf courses don't charge that much), and then they give anybody who breathes "50% off," so don't forget to ask.
Park has nice level sites. Check-in person was friendly and helpful. Hookups were the worse for wear, but worked OK. Clean campground, clean rest room. Has a dog area. Super-8's Wi-Fi from across the street was stronger than camp's own, so we used that. I'd stop here again.
We enjoyed this park 11 years ago, so we looked for it on this trip. Hard to find, as they had dropped their listings in the big directories due to the expense. The park is a ghost town compared to what it was in 1999, but for $16 it's a darn nice overnight! Has level sites, 30/50 amp, a clean shower and rest room, quiet residents and campers, honor-system check-in after hours, and a friendly "chief." Took off a point for no Wi-Fi. I'd do this camp again.
Pulled into the park, to find no check-in office. Small sign in the far corner of the park said check-in was across the highway in the gas station, forcing you to cross the highway twice more with your rig. Sites were pretty much all off-level, but clean. No cable TV. Promised Wi-Fi service was nonexistent: I saw a notice in the check-in office, instructing the clerk how to deflect complaints about the Wi-Fi. There was lots of out-of-control pet barking. Luckily, I was here for only one night.
This park boasts 258+ sites, but all but a few are occupied by permanent residents. The clerk had a tough time finding a vacant slot that would fit our 29' trailer (hardly over sized). The slot she assigned us had all the utilities on the curb side forward, so nothing reached. We called the desk to be reassigned, but she was closing up for the evening and shrugged us off. We finally ended up pulling forward into the space (trapping our truck) to access the power (skipped the water and sewer), and we wired our running lights on all night so no one driving by would hit the rear of our trailer. Even parked backwards, the TV connector was about 20' away from our inlet, so no TV. Since our truck was trapped, we ate in instead of visiting the casino restaurant, which we had been looking forward to. They had one rest room building for the entire park, with four bath/shower rooms. The rest rooms were clean and roomy, but stank of sewer gas (like a floor drain trap had evaporated). The Wi-Fi was so weak it wouldn't work with a standard laptop where we were. The final insult was that I paid a premium price for all this grief. We had planned to stay two nights, but we didn't even put down our stabilizer jacks. We were out of there early next morning and won't ever be back.
A longish trek from town, but breathtaking lake scenery. The most ubiquitous and voluble campground host I've ever encountered. Roomy sites, many pull-throughs with 50A service. Practically no shady spots. No sewer, free dump. Ramada with table at each site. Although there is no pool per se, there is a natural swimming area surrounded by a beautiful faux-mission rampart. Lake access elsewhere for water-loving pets. Dock with paddle boats in season. Restrooms and showers clean to usual high NM state park standards, with hand soap dispensers and paper towels. Grounds cleaned daily by convicts. Entire park is in a bowl, so no cell signal. Spent two nights here, just gorgeous.
County park maintains eight power/water/sewer sites, not all in good repair. Our water spigot sprayed continuously from the packing nut (tried tightening it and failed). Half the spots have wonderful shade trees. Two one-holer restrooms, no showers or other facilities. Soap and paper towels both empty, neither toilet bowl has been cleaned since their ADA retrofit. Large kiddie playground. Concrete table at each site. I would have rated this park as quiet and relaxing if it weren't for the train horns that blow loud and long every 60-90 minutes along the tracks one lot over (happily, not between 11 PM and 7 AM). Hungry mosquitoes. TV reception poor, channels are few (no cable, of course). Park has a "campground host" on site, but he doesn't do maintenance. The three commercial "parks" in town are more like parking lots, adjacent to busy highways. And still this is our choice for the best of a bad selection in Socorro.
Neat and clean, but not much in the way of services. Full water/electric/sewer/cable TV but no bathrooms, showers, laundry, shop, restaurant. Wi-Fi system too far away from RV area, especially when other RVs are between you and the motel (limitation is probably more the signal strength of an average laptop than signal strength of central antenna). Situated right on noisy major highway, bright spotlights all night. Water spigots in hole directly underneath sewer inlets (Yuck!). Staff courteous but often not intelligible. Clean, level sites, close but not tight. With all its deficiencies, it's still possibly your best choice in Snyder.
Pleasant park, taking into account that it is EZ-on-off I-27 and across the highway from an international airport, so noise can be an issue. Sites are level, park is clean. Common building is button-locked to keep out the uninvited. Four huge individual unisex bathrooms, each with private shower big enough for three. (No soap for toilet users, though... ew.) Workout room with modern equipment. Laundry room bright, clean, and economically priced. Game/meeting/TV room with board games and puzzles, huge library. No cable, but great analog & digital broadcast reception. Staff is friendly and helpful. Only annoyance: permanent residents with 2, 3, even 4 vehicles and nowhere to park them except encroaching on the roadways and other people's sites.
A typical clean New Mexico state park. Separate areas for primitive, dry, and powered camping. Most of the powered camping slots have no water, though some do. Most of the sites (including all of the ones with water) are reservable; if they are not reserved on a given day, the ranger puts a green tag at the site that means you can use it, but for one day only. I thought the entire system was biased against the tourist (as opposed to the local who is savvy to the system), especially since my Good Sam guide said the park didn't take reservations at all so I hadn't made any. I was set up before I realized I should have filled up my onboard water tank on entry. Well, live and learn. The rest rooms and showers were very clean and comfortable. The park grounds were beautiful, and my dogs enjoyed swimming off the lake's boat ramp. Some mosquitos at dusk. I would stay there again, now that I understand the system.
What a comfy little park! Payment was run pretty much on the honor system, with arrivals and departures any time it was convenient for you. The sites were roomy. The restrooms were concrete but very clean, with soap and paper towels provided. The Good Sam guide says there are no showers, but they are wrong. The water and power connectors are at a four-foot height, which is so logical that more parks ought to take the hint. The prairie dog compound in the middle of the campground was free entertainment. The only negative: the payment process was very "manana," with a single employee handling payments who took three phone calls to completion before she finished a simple one-day stay transaction for the person who was physically there. Nevertheless, I'd stay there again.
When we first saw this park, we wondered what we had gotten into. There were only six RV spaces, side by jowl, tacked on as an afterthought. But... location, location, location! We were the only RV in the park for several days. It was crisp, rustic, and quiet, except for the rushing Madison River about 50 feet down right under our rear bumper. Every morning we'd get up to fresh piles of deer and elk scat in the campground (to us, this is actually a positive thing). My retriever would jump out of the trailer and bound down the rocks to the chilly water, where he would swim against the current for five minutes and then come back refreshed. We'd drive into Yellowstone for the day, and return to have a great meal at the steakhouse next door. The toilets/showers were clean and spacious -- they actually belong to the on-site rustic furniture and souvenir store, which is a beautifully built log cabin. One day, we saw an actual cattle drive just across the river from us. I'm not a fisherman, but if I were, the place would have been even more fun. The sites here have absolutely no presence at all -- but the surroundings and the experience are spectacular. This is on my list of top five all-time favorite camping experiences. You can be sure I will go back to this camp if I ever get up to Montana again.
This park is actually a small "dude ranch" with a handful of trailer slots as a side business. The two close to the ranch house have water and 30A power, or you can dry-camp on several others farther out on the property. There are no sewer hookups or rest rooms. There is a clean outdoor stall shower near the pool, which we used since we were the only guests here. The WiFi system worked fine -- the owners give you the WPA password to connect, and you're off and running. The pool was huge and warm. There was no cable, but we got about 20 stations over the air. The park is very private and quiet and the native desert scenery is spectacular. We signed up for an early morning trail ride and we stayed over an extra day to use the gun range (first time we've seen one of those at an RV park!) It was a novel campground, and if I am back that way (hopefully in a cooler season) I would definitely stop there again.
Very friendly (in fact, loquacious to voluble) reception staff, very helpful in picking out just the "right" slot for you. Hillside sites with truly impressive views. Well-placed hookups, clean sites. Ours had very good shade. We were just "passing through," so we didn't check out the pool, the showers, and so on. We did use the WiFi, which was somewhat weak (at our site) but usable once we found the "right spot" in our trailer. The staff was very generous in allowing us to slide our check-out time so that we could do some shopping in Boerne. I would stay there again, and almost certainly will.
Our experience with camping in the I-10 corridor between Houston and Tallahassee has generally been one of swamp mosquitos and sand fleas. We try to plan our trips to be out of that area before stopping overnight. But it's a long stretch and we usually end up having to stop SOMEWHERE. This trip, we stopped here -- and we were so pleased we came back for a second stay on the return trip. Sunset King was clean, friendly, uncrowded, and had cable and WiFi. The shower and toilets were clean and roomy (no A/C) with a minimum of mosquitos. The pool was good sized, clean, and pleasant. Our only complaint: the WiFi is free, but requires a name and password to be set up in advance -- so if you arrive after office hours, "no WiFi for you!" So call ahead. From now on when I have to travel this route, I will plan my trip to overnight at Sunset King.
Always a pleasant stay here, and you can't beat Galveston seafood. Park charges an extra $10/night for the "waterfront" slots. This is somewhat capricious, because the intervening sand dune makes the Gulf equally invisible from all the slots, but for once it's nice to see the government not being stupid about exploiting the power of the free market and "voluntary" user fees to pay its bills. I think it's a relatively new policy, because I don't remember this price differential from 2003. There is "no swimming pool" only if you don't count the Gulf of Mexico. :-) The water is warm, the beach is sunny, and the bathing is fine. Every site comes with a little two-wall ramada and picnic table. The showers are clean and private, two-room high-wall affairs. (No A/C in showers/toilets.) Check-in at the office is often slow and unorganized, but that is the only low point about this park. The scenery and the environment is just gorgeous, including all the colorful kites being flown on the beach and in the park areas. We always spend at least two night here, even if we're just "passing through."
This "park" is really a field with hookups at the rear of a motel. Every site is pull-thru. They advertise a WiFi system in the Trailer Life directory, but it doesn't actually reach the park -- you have to sit in the lobby to use it. The receptionist sits behind bulletproof glass, which gives the traveler in an aluminum-skinned RV a warm feeling. They have no restrooms or showers for campers, much less a pool. Campers can use the laundry room, which is a small, mosquito-infested closet (one washer, one dryer, and the dryer actually vents INSIDE the room). It was an adequate and economical "place to park" for a single night on the way to a better destination, but that's about it. Next trip through, I'll be looking for somewhere else.
A nice park at a stiff KOA price. All pull-throughs. Good utilities, good placement. A small but nice pool that "technically" closes but in actuality stays open all night. Reasonably quiet. Free WiFi was nice, and the park was clean, but you can find plenty of non-KOA parks with equivalent features for $10/night less.
I have stayed here whenever I was in the New Port Richey area for the past 10 or so years. No more. I spent a week there recently and the staff was utterly incapable of finding me a single site that worked properly. The first had no electric. ("The power company swapped the meters out recently and if the slot was unoccupied they left the power off. It'll take then 24 hours to turn it back on." Do these people understand the concept of travel?) The second had no utilities at all within reach. We commandeered a third, which had working water, power, and a sewer connector that someone had tried to "repair" with duct tape. On one side of the meter box, the spigots were installed so close that you could use the spigot or the outlet, but not both. In the pool bathroom, a disassembled toilet had leaked unsanitary water under all the stalls, making them all unusable. Their website claims that WiFi is available, but it isn't. There is a minuscule hotspot near the entrance that serves maybe a dozen of the permanent residents and reaches none of the transient spots. On the good side, the pool was open all night, though technically "closed." One of the residents quipped that this was one of several bones thrown to the residents to keep them from complaining about the other things that weren't working. This park has severely degenerated in the past three years. In fact, I see they are no longer even listed in the Trailer Life directory. I have made my last visit there.
We camped in the northern campgrounds (Eagle's Pass) because the Trailer Life directory said it was cheaper than the southern campground (they lied). The rate I quoted (approximate, from memory) includes their "per-person park entry fee." I was pleasantly surprised to find 50A service at a state park. The gate attendant was very helpful in steering us to the perfect spot (and later, told us some fine stories, plus where to get the best BBQ in town). The imported prairie dog town was a nice touch (my dog sure appreciated it). Long walk to the toilet/showers but pleasant with a full moon. Nice quiet campground, too. I will definitely stay there again if I am in San Angelo.
Very friendly staff. Very clean campground, nicely laid out, sites are large gravel and grass with very clean borders (don't know how they can keep that gravel off the grass!). Restrooms/showers very clean though not A/C. Observatory on site, operated nightly at 8:30, very friendly operator. Good WiFi, though comparatively pricey (Tengo, $4/night). Cable selection OK. Short walk to major grocery and many restaurants. Only complaint: pool hours are office hours, 8-8, which is pretty early to close a pool. I would definitely stay here again!
The park appeared to be clean and well laid-out, but we never got to explore it as it was infested with blood-hungry mosquitos. We got one jack down before our skin lit on fire and we dove for the repellent. We managed to get power and water hooked up (forget about sewer) and then dove into the trailer, where we spent the rest of the night taking care of indoor duties and swatting vampires. We dearly wanted to shower off the repellent, but didn't dare. It was a very itchy and uncomfortable night, and the morning departure was only slightly less uncomfortable. If the owner would spray his campground my rating would surely have been a lot higher.