We had intended to stay here, but when we arrived with our Aliner popup trailer on the afternoon of 03/07/2013, we were informed that they didn’t want our kind (not entirely self-contained); this is not mentioned in their glowing ads and reviews online, some of which brag about clean restrooms and showers. Other places that may cater largely to self-contained outfits generally find ways to accommodate us non-self-contained travelers; this Best Western didn’t bother. In response to my next question (could they recommend a place in town?), I was informed that “maybe some other places don’t have rules like we do…you’ll have to look around.” I didn’t like their attitude, and would not stay here, ever. Further, I believe that if a campground allows only self-contained units, that fact ought to be clearly and prominently posted online and in ads, so that we don’t waste our time considering it in the first place.
This is a very small, (22 spaces) RV park in the tiny town of Kanarraville UT, about six miles north of the Kolob Canyon visitor center. Don’t look for amenities (kiddy playgrounds, convenience stores, etc.) in either the town or the campground. Those services are available 10-15 miles north in Cedar City. We stopped here because we wanted to wander around in Kolob Canyon in the evening, and because we like quiet, out-of-the-way places. The owners were very friendly and laid back. There was no freeway noise, and a nice view of mountain cliffs to the east. The spaces are nearly all small, this is not a campground for big rigs. Our concrete pad was perfectly level; we had our own lawn patch and picnic table. The campground has a small common room with lots of books, and we were offered use of the gas grill on the patio. I used the Wi-Fi briefly to deal with email, and it worked fine. The restroom facility is also small (the Men's had one urinal, two fairly small stalls, two showers, and two sinks), but more than adequate for a 22-space campground. The restrooms were clean and homey (rugs on the floor, pictures on the walls etc.) with plenty of hot water. We thought this place was great, and would stay here any time. We travel with a dog, and stayed one night.
This town is the gateway to Joshua Tree National Park.This RV park is an older resort/golf course, with a fair number of long-term residents associated with the big Marine base here. The main building is modern and in good shape. The Wi-Fi was free, functional, and worked pretty well. There is a huge indoor pool, a bit chilly, but very roomy. The restrooms and showers are nice (I am told that the stalls in the womens’ are quite narrow and small). The restroom facilities seem a bit minimal for the number of RV spaces; however, we experienced no delays. The staff were friendly, cheerful and helpful, as were the townfolk. Many of the available lots are fairly small, with concrete pads and gravel on the remaining surface. The place is relatively quiet at night, although since it is on one of the access roads to the Marine base, there is some relatively early traffic, including at least one 5:00 AM motorcycle. We would be willing to stay here again if we were in the area.
This park appears from the architecture to have many years ago been a KOA. The staff person was a little unsure of what he was doing. The computer system swore that our internet provider did not exist, so we didn't try the WiFi, which would have cost extra, anyway. The office seems to close relatively early and open late. We were put in a level, concrete-pad, “overflow” space with power and water. Water pressure is extremely high here, and you are warned when you come in to have a good pressure regulator to avoid blowing your plumbing system, so plan ahead. The restrooms (in the office building) had recently been refurbished, and were clean and well-cared for. The guests were quiet and most of their dogs were quiet. This was the most expensive (and probably the least desirable) spot we stayed in during our trip, costing $47 for one night.
This is an older park up a little canyon in rolling hills a few miles east of San Diego. The park is quiet, friendly, and safe-feeling. The guests were quiet and friendly. There are lots of social activities going on all the time. Space size varies considerably; the spaces in our area were a bit tight, so look at a campground map when selecting a site, and be aware that a big rig might be a challenge. Although the park has many long-stay self-contained units, it does allow non-self-contained for short stays, which we very much appreciated. The WiFi connection is through Tengointernet, and unlike some places in our experience, it actually works here. The staff were cheerful, friendly, extremely helpful, making it a pleasure to stay. If you set out a propane bottle to be filled, it is taken care of before you know it. The buildings and grounds are very well maintained. A cautionary note: the restrooms are cleaned (very well) between 6:30 and 8:30 every morning…this could conflict with your needs or schedule, so plan accordingly. The landscaping is lovely, the birding is good, the morning and evening light on the palms and surrounding mountains was spectacular. There is a good, simple Italian restaurant about a quarter-mile down the canyon road. We got a bargain rate of four nights for the price of three, paying $132 for four nights with a Good Sam card. This is the kind of park we prefer, away from town yet close to amenities, quiet, pretty, clean, friendly. We look forward to staying there again if we get back to the San Diego area.
This is an asphalt parking lot with full hookups in the middle of downtown Pahrump (in this part of the world, spaces are going to be gravel, dirt, concrete or asphalt; lawn and tree county it ain’t). The RV Park is about a hundred yards away from the casino. The lot slopes for drainage, so be sure to carry 2-3” of leveling blocks. Select your space carefully (the host can help) if you want your front door closer to the ground, rather than higher. There is some landscaping and lamp posts around the perimeter, and the restrooms/laundry room, an ice machine in the laundry room, and a sand dog walk area with a bag dispenser. The spaces are big enough for a big rig plus ample parking for the tow vehicle or the toad. There is a full-time host onsite, and I never saw any part of the facility dirty or unsightly. The spotless restrooms are among the best we've seen for availability, cleanliness, and maintenance; they are cleaned in the middle of the night, so you are unlikely to encounter any “down time” if you are on a schedule. The Wi-Fi is superb, simple, fast, dependable, and free. The guests are quiet and courteous, and we noticed very little road noise, although helicopters sometimes fly over after dark but before about 9:30 PM. The town in general seems friendly, with reasonable prices (gas here was nearly a dollar less than over the border in California). If your interests run to the out-of doors, Pahrump is pretty centrally located to reach most of Death Valley, Ash Meadows, several sand dunes areas, Red Rock Park, Las Vegas, and a ghost town on day trips. The rates were $25/night, or $152/week (or $375/month, and there are some long-stay residents). I can only rate this park as a nine compared with some parks in more glamorous areas, but I'd give it a ten for western Nevada and eastern California parks. Although we don’t typically stay in parking-lot type sites, or in the middle of towns, this will definitely be our first choice when we come again.
This older campground is just coming into the KOA system. It is actually located in Leeds, UT, a few miles north of and above St George, where the days and nights aren’t quite so hot. The fairly level gravel sites are arrayed in tiers up a slope. Although all sorts of rigs were present, some of the spaces might be a driving challenge for big rigs. The comfortable restroom/shower facilities (the Mens’ room had 6 showers, 8 sinks, 2 stalls and 2 urinals) are clean, and have recently been repainted. The staff was cheerful, friendly, helpful, efficient, and gave good advice on local places. We did not try the WiFi. The guests were quiet and friendly. There is a little night time traffic noise from the freeway about ¼ mile across the canyon. One caution: the campground is not exactly “on the shore of Quail Creek Lake”, but there are plenty of other things to do. Photographers will enjoy the abandoned historic stone buildings, and the Silver Reef Café on the other end of Leeds is a very good soup/salad/sandwich place (my salad had lots of big chunks of blue cheese in the blue cheese dressing), with some neat western art. We travel with an Aliner popup trailer and a dog, and will definitely stay here again if in the area.
This campground is adjacent to the Green River in an area of upscale industrial parks; a Starbuck and a barbeque place are a mile or so east. Although located on a major thoroughfare (212th street), the park is fairly quiet at night. The location is handy for exploring the Seattle/Tacoma area. There is a handy dog boarding kennel about a quarter mile away, across the river. The sites are grassy and shaded, but the sites we stayed in were rather small. The staff was very helpful and accommodating. The restrooms and showers were clean, but not sparkling. The rate (we paid $42 with a KOA card) seems a bit steep, although we've found that Seattle in general seems expensive. We would not be averse to staying here again, but next time we might look also around for alternative campgrounds that fit our plans.
This rustic campground is adjacent to orchards and Maryhill State Park, on the north bank of the Columbia River, across the bridge from Biggs, Oregon. There are several fruit stands in walking distance. The place was good for bird watching, and has some nice photo opportunities. We stayed on September 16th, and liked it so much that we came back on October 1st. All the spots are shady, some with river frontage; there are gravel parking slots and large, grassy lawns. The restrooms are not fancy, but are clean and handy, although the dressing area for the showers is open to the whole restroom (get over it...you had to share at school, didn’t you?). There are no laundry facilities. The hosts spent a lot of time out on their lawn visiting with guests and answering questions. The campground is remarkably quiet considering that it shares the canyon at this point with the Columbia River, an Oregon freeway (84) and truck stop (Biggs), a major highway (14), and railroad tracks on both sides of the river. We were aware of occasional night train noise from the tracks on our side of the river. We really liked this campground, and would go out of our way to stay here again.
This park is under large trees, just behind the Packwood town library. There is a good little coffee house right across the street and a good burger place (the one with the skis) just down the highway to the south. The elderly campground operator (anyone who looks older than I is elderly) was initially taciturn, but a nice fellow. We had two rigs (my son was traveling with me) and wanted to have spaces together, so the operator set us up in a grassy, less formal area with hookups, where my son had an elk follow him to the restroom. This park is older, rustic, and has some minor maintenance problems. The restrooms are clean, and are sufficient if not luxurious (the mens’ restroom had two each shower stalls, toilet stalls, and sinks, no urinals and no soap, but the showers had plenty of nice, hot water under good pressure.) The regular rate seems a bit high, but I paid $15 with a Passport America card, and considered the park a good value for that price.
We picked this campground after reading online reviews of others in the area. Close (ca. 5 miles) to the town of Port Angeles and the entrance to Olympic National Park, this is a nice, clean, quiet, rural RV park built on a slope, with wildlife, birds, a garden, and a duck pond. A pleasant lady who is one of the owners has posted lots of signs and rule sheets prohibiting activities that any idiot ought to know better than to do. Admittedly, a lot of idiots don’t seem to know better. The restrooms and showers are clean. The rate we paid ($36 with a Good Sam card) was not too unreasonable for a campground that close to the National Park. We would probably stay here again if we were in the area.
We picked this park after driving around Long Beach and looking at the available campground options, most of which either looked pretty run-down or were quite expensive. It has good-sized, dry, gravel and grass sites with open shade. The grounds were neat, the restrooms and showers nice looking, clean, and in good shape. The staffer on duty was very pleasant and helpful. We paid $18 with a Passport America card, and felt this was good value for the money. If we were to stay in the Long Beach area again (not likely), this would be our "go-to" park for at least the first night.
This KOA is quite reasonably priced, considering the landscaping, concrete aprons, street lamps, and other amenities. Some musicians had a jam session going in the clubhouse. One of my pet peeves about KOAs in general is that their (outdoor) pools are almost always closed during the season we travel, but they still are charging relatively high rates. The Boise/Meridian KOA has an indoor pool and hot tub, open all year, that are accessible from outside or from within the clubhouse. The clubhouse, restrooms and showers were all in excellent shape and sparkling clean. The staff was friendly and helpful. All things considered, the park is a good value for the $33.50 we paid (with a KOA card.)
We arrived late on Saturday afternoon towing an A-liner Classic. The park was quite full, since 19 spaces were occupied by an Airstream owners get-together and an antique car show was also going on in town. We were offered (and gratefully accepted) an unshaded gravel site with water and electric located against the back fence, with a nice view across open pastureland to the Snake River Canyon. The Hagerman RV Village is a smaller, older, shady, quiet, clean park at the edge of town. I especially liked the showers. The rate was $22.50 with a Good Sam card. We would definitely stay here again if we were in the area.