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We are full-time RVers traveling the country in a 39' Keystone Montana fifth-wheel (front living!), along with Snickers, the traveling doxiepoo. We are homebrewers and try to brew a batch in each location, unless, of course, we're only in one place for one week or less. DH still works the full-time job and I am a writer, copy editor, and jewelry designer. You can follow our adventures on www.simplymobetta.com and/or @simplymobetta!
Date of Stay:
July, 2015 -
This appears to be an old, not well kept park. It's located on a huge piece of property and has several sites, RV and tent, but with many being unusable. When we arrived, we were given a map to our site and, when we went to plug in, the polarity was reversed. We called the office to have someone come out and look at it. The staff does not maintain the grounds, i.e., tall grass, weeds, etc. We had a significant storm during our stay and many of the sites were flooding. There were also huge ruts because of the wind and rain.
Although the picnic tables are new, they won't last long; very poor quality. We saw a few staff members, but we couldn't figure out how they know when people are leaving; we never saw anyone come by to check on a site. Also, our neighbor took our fire ring, after a staff member moved it to our site, and set it in an area that was not safe for fires. He went into the woods and took several branches, doused them with lighter fluid, and proceeded to create an inferno. Again, no staff to enforce the rules.
They have a new reservation system and our reservation was 'canceled' three times. (I took care of it the first time around, but it was canceled two more times.) They also didn't have a record of our prepayment, so when we checked in, the person in the office tried to charge us again. (This, too, was rectified rather quickly.)
We did not go to the May Museum, which we understand is a huge attraction. I don't particularly care to look at bugs, so it didn't interest me. We did fish in the supposedly stocked pond. No luck. Daily fishing license is $6 per person. If you catch anything, you are supposed to take it to the office for sizing and recording. We weren't sure how that worked if you caught something after the office closed.
Overall, it was an okay park. Somewhat primitive, lots of full-time residents. The best part is that it is very quiet. We won't stay there again. We camped at Golden Eagle Ranch RV Park & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
This park is pretty far away from downtown Colorado Springs, so if keeping busy is what you want to do, this isn't the park for you. We were there for the Fourth of July and spoke with several guests who stay there for a quick weekend getaway.
Date of Stay:
June, 2015 -
DH and I had high hopes for this RVC resort, since we enjoyed the Hot Springs, AR, location. Unfortunately, the park was a huge disappointment. We had a 'deluxe' gravel site that backed up to a tree, with barely enough room to park our truck. The sites are very small and RVC packs everyone in like sardines. The main factor for my overall rating is how they handle personal mail. We are full-timers and use a mail service for our everyday mail. Other items, such as what we purchase online, are delivered directly to wherever we are staying. We received five parcels/envelopes during our stay; only once did we receive a phone call informing us of our mail. Our first package was opened up to the shipping label - either someone in the office began opening it, or they delivered it to the wrong person. We had been tracking one of the packages and saw that it had actually been delivered one day early - no phone call from the office. Instead, after having been at the park for more than two weeks, there was a note on the package that said, "Who is this?" Hmm, my thought is that if you receive a piece of mail, you check your reservation system to see if they are a guest. Must have been too difficult to do that. There are no stop signs in the park and lots of children. The speed limit is not followed and, from our site, we witnessed several close calls involving vehicles, rigs, and children on bikes or skateboards. One driver was texting while she was approaching the intersection and slammed on her brakes to avoid hitting a child on a bike. The best part about the park is its proximity to Garden of the Gods and downtown Manitou Springs. Other than that, a huge disappointment and we will not return. We camped at Garden of the Gods Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay:
April, 2015 -
We stayed for one month, left for a few days to visit Grand Canyon, and came back for another week, so our nightly rate actually reflects the monthly rate. Distant Drums is, by far, at the top of the list of our favorite parks. The roads are not as wide as the website would lead you to believe; it gets pretty tight when you're backing into a site, and, while the staff does their best to direct you, if they are not familiar with your rig and how far out the slides move, then you may find yourself too close to a tree or power outlet. Overall, though, the park is immaculate - very clean and well groomed. The pool and hot tub are very nice and not crowded. The staff is wonderful, friendly, and knowledgeable. The sites are paved with great outdoor space and room to park your tow vehicle. During our stay, the park hosted several events, including a cookout, Mother's Day treats, and taco night. The park is located across the highway from the casino and, upon check-in, you receive a coupon for gambling. (The casino provides a free shuttle service.) It's close to I-17 and can be a little noisy at times. However, we loved Distant Drums RV and would definitely return. We camped at Distant Drums RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.
Great location for visiting Sedona, Jerome, and Cottonwood - all a short drive away.
Date of Stay:
March, 2015 -
We stayed one month, which is reflected in the daily rate. Sundance 1 is a destination. It is huge and a beautiful place to stay if you are going to be in and around Casa Grande. The drive to Phoenix is close to an hour, so if being close to Phoenix is your goal, stay further north. The sites are very large with lots of outdoor space near your rig. There are a lot of park models (very nice) and its winter visitors are regulars, with some having been at Sundance 1 for over 15 years. There are activities every day (at least during fall/winter): cards, pool, games, quilting, sewing, book club, knitting, crocheting, etc. They have newly added pickleball courts, a great indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub, (a very well organized) lending library, etc. However, there are three reasons we won't go back: first, as stated above, it's not close enough to Phoenix for us. Second, there are several train tracks nearby and the trains run and blow the whistles all night. DH counted 22 blows from one train at 2:00 a.m. While some might not be bothered by this, it kept me awake most nights (thus the reason I didn't rate it excellent). Third, it's not pet friendly. We have a ten-year old dog who can't always hold everything in before she gets to the designated spot. I had requested to be close to the doggy area, but we still had to walk quite a ways to the open space. We camped at Sundance 1 RV Resort (Active Adult park) in a Fifth Wheel.
Definitely visit the Casa Grande Ruins - it's very interesting. Also, drive to Eloy to watch the skydivers.