About Jim Fulton

Since summer of 2017 I have been traveling the US and Canada photographing fossils.

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

Dakota Ridge RV Park, Golden, Colorado

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $58.00
Overall Rating:

Based solely on the tickmarks on a checklist, Dakota Ridge would seem to be be ideal. It has all the amenities an RV resort should have: reasonably sized sites, swimming pool, playground, and there are lots of things to do and see in the region. There is mild noise from nearby roads and a dog kennel, but it was never intrusive. Despite my site, and most sites, being completely unshaded in the July heat, it was quite good, once I got in. It was a back-in site, and a staff member had to guide me in while watching that the back of my trailer didn't grate on the pavement as I backed over the road gutter. The park brochure invites guest to enjoy a rocky ridge above the park that offers views of Golden and Denver to the east. There's a green iron fence and gate above steps leading to that ridge, with a big welcome sign on the top of the gate, and right below that, a big "Keep Out" sign and a padlock, emblematic of the park's inconsistency in its treatment of guests. They want your business and your money, but not at the cost of any inconvenience. I encountered another example of this attitude the second day I was there, when they snootily informed me that they didn't handle mail for guests, and that they would let me have my mail that just once. For a full-time traveler like me, not being able to get my mail at my campground is quite annoying. I remember having a mix-up in my reservations for Denver, and I didn't get the July reservation with Dakota Ridge until mid-May. By then almost everything was taken, and the park was nearly my last resort for a stay near Denver. If I ever return to the area, I will remember to book much further in advance, and Dakota Ridge will be low among my priorities. At nearly $60 a night, it's way too expensive for poor service. We camped at Dakota Ridge RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

RV Ranch at Grand Junction, Clifton, Colorado

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

The first thing I noticed about RV Ranch (after the two sharp turns to get to the park) was my sun-drenched site. There are trees in the campground, but the two next to my trailer are very young fruit trees that will take decades to provide shade from the summer sun. Oh, well, the dry June heat did not persist into the night. I never needed air conditioning to sleep, and sometimes needed a blanket. My paved site was on the end of the row, wide enough, with a picnic table, but not quite long enough to park my truck in front of the trailer, but there was a parking slot right beside it. It's a good campground for families: swimming pool and playground, and convenient to shopping. The staff was friendly and helpful. And there is ample opportunity in the region for the nature-minded: Dinosaur Junction Museum, Colorado National Monument, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, to mention a few. We camped at RV Ranch at Grand Junction in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
69
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Dinosaur Junction Museum, Colorado National Monument, Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

Fossil Valley RV Park, Vernal, Utah

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Fossil Valley RV Park is on the west side of Vernal, right on US 40/191, surrounded by suburban business. It's a little bit hard to see, and to turn into, coming, as I did, from the north. This is another campground that began life well in the outskirts and has gradually been engulfed by the town. It's somewhat old-fashioned, and by current RV resort standards, under-managed. The voluble, friendly, and helpful manager, Bruce, seems to be the lone jack-of-all-trades that handles all the needs of operating the concern. That said, everything seems to be well managed. And at a very acceptable price. The internal roads are paved, but the sites themselves are coarse, loose gravel, of the kind that jacks push down into for an inch or so before they begin to support the trailer. My site was a little under-sized: too short to park my detached truck in front of the trailer, and too narrow to wiggle into without a lot of back-and-forth adjustment. Sites have a picnic table and a large tree in the adjacent, grassy lawn, so the whole park is well shaded. I would have no reluctance whatever to return to the park if I ever travel back to Vernal. We camped at Fossil Valley RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Dinosaur National Monument (with both dinosaur fossils and petroglyphs), Flaming Gorge, and the Utah Field House Natural History Museum are all worth taking some time to see.

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

Riverside RV Park, Kemmerer, Wyoming

Date of Stay: May, 2019 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

The Riverside RV Park is small and old-fashioned, having been built by the owner's grandfather back in the 60s. It's located on the wrong side of the tracks, literally (I had to cross a long bridge that was under major construction, a bumpy ride for my trailer) and figuratively (the neighborhood was poorer and seedier); but it was satisfactory for a week's stay, and seems the best camper's option for visiting Fossil Butte. The office was not staffed when I arrived (I'm not sure it ever is). There was a note telling guests to park and put an envelope with their money in a slot. I picked one of the remaining pull-through sites and set up. I called and left a message with the manager, but apparently that message got garbled (the local cellular service was unusable), but she stopped by later and accounts got settled. My asphalt-paved site was wide and long enough to be easily accessed, but the placement of the hookups made me park so far forward that I had to park my truck beside the trailer. The space between sites is covered in river rock, with a table and a small tree, not an inviting picnic area, but eating outside is not my lifestyle. Guests are expected to be self-sufficient. The campground is not a resort; it provides no swimming pool, no playground, no store for supplies, not even propane. You're on your own in a small town with limited resources. With poor cellular service, I expected as well to be in another internet black hole for the week, since my wifi hotspot depends on that connection. However, it turned out that the campground does provide a good wifi system; it's unsecured, but my virtual private network worked, and (I think) kept my system safe. Moreover, the $185/week rate was welcome after the exhorbitant fees in Salt Lake City, and my visit to Fossil Butte definitely made it worthwhile. We camped at Riverside RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Fossil Butte National Monument is worth the trip to Kemmerer.

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

Salt Lake City KOA, Salt Lake City, Utah

Date of Stay: May, 2019 - $57.00
Overall Rating:

The KOA in Salt Lake City is huge! After the last two mini-KOAs I've stayed in, it's humongous! Big enough that a trek around the perimeter is a decent walk. It's a well-established, well-maintained park, with a variety of tall trees, right in the center of town. Nonetheless, the nearby traffic is fairly light. The park is laid out well. The lanes are wide enough that access is easy. The sites are paved and wide, though the length of mine didn't let me disconnect and park in front of the trailer; I had to park on the grass. The staff is helpful and friendly, but maybe a little more business-like than in smaller KOAs. The but is the price. At $57 a night after my KOA discount, this is well above my comfort level, and made the difference in my staying only one week rather than my previously planned two. Oh well, cities aren't my thing anyway. We camped at Salt Lake City KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

Pendleton KOA , Pendleton, Oregon

Date of Stay: May, 2019 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

The KOA here is located on a ridge, overlooking the wide valley south of town. May's sunny weather showed it off to beneficial effect. The park was relatively small for a KOA, a single loop of paved sites, most designed for smaller trailers to back into, with a large number of long-term residents. It was clean and well managed; the staff was friendly and helpful. My site was quite large enough to accommodate my trailer and truck. A grassy lawn separated me from my neighbors. My internet during my stay was slow, indicating some distance from the nearest cell tower, but it was adequate. We camped at Pendleton KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

Pilot RV Park, Stanfield, Oregon

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

The Pilot RV Park, in Stanfield, Oregon, is right next to a big Pilot truck stop, like you might have seen regularly if you drive the interstates. I don't know whether the Pilot Corporation is looking to expand into the campground business, or whether a local campground owner was looking to take advantage of the Pilot brand. In any case there was good news and bad news. The good news was that on that last night of my trip, when I was only going to stay for that one night, having shelter, fuel, and food I didn't have to cook there, all conveniently in one place, made things easy. The bad news was that it was LOUD! Trucks were coming and going all night long. We camped at Pilot RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

Boise / Meridian KOA, Meridian, Idaho

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $46.00
Overall Rating:

is a radically different kind of KOA: it's set right in downtown Meridian, an oasis in a sea of urban franchise stores, for people who like the camping lifestyle but without a hint of wilderness. Actually, they've done a good job of giving it a resort feel: Although it was mostly sunny, there were trees all around, most of them in the autumn fashions of red or gold. The campground is surrounded by a wall to hide the city bustle. Like other resort parks, they've packed the sites too tightly, but I've stayed at worse. I chose thia campground because it split my hurried drive back to Olympia into nice chunks. If I return to visit this part of Idaho for an extended period, I shall probably select one in a more rural setting. We camped at Boise / Meridian KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

Laramie KOA, Laramie, Wyoming

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

I have one thing to say to the owners of the Laramie KOA: Shut it down! I have one thing to say to you who are bringing a big RV rig to Laramie: Go Elsewhere! In a sea of marginal campgrounds, Laramie KOA sets the bar below acceptability. Oh, it's clean and neat, and it has all the requisite facilities. But there's no beauty, no life, no soul! They didn't even provide on-site management when I was there. Just a remote reservation service, and some mysterious messenger to put check-in instructions in the late check-in box. The campground is just a gravel parking lot, laid out in the regular KOA pattern of diagonal pull-through sites. But the space between sites is barely wide enough to fit a picnic table and the adjacent site's utilities. Then there's the noise! Laramie KOA is barely 50 yards from busy I-80; the road noise is constant. And they put me in the row closest to the traffic. Their map shows a "Green Belt" dividing the interstate from the campground, but that consists of a few scattered firs and a row of newly planted baby trees that might offer a sight and sound barrier in twenty years. What we have here is a typical monopoly situation. There are few campgrounds in the Laramie area, and I saw some on the way into Laramie that are far worse. Nonetheless, KOA management is exploiting the fact by charging upscale prices ($43/night) for minimal investment. They're getting by with it because customers still come, though not many to judge by the the campers here in late October. It's time to show KOA management that resort pricing requires resort quality, and that we won't stand for less. If you have to come to Laramie, don't bring your RV! Go to a motel! We camped at Laramie KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
103
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

Indianapolis KOA, Greenfield, Indiana

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $46.00
Overall Rating:

Indiana has one of the largest RV industries in the nation. It is fitting, therefore, that Indianapolis should have one of the best KOAs in the nation. It's not a perfect 10, mind you. It has its problems. For one thing, the office is rather challenging to get to. You have to follow a long winding road, and then pull your rig between two buildings. That done, however, the large sites are easy to get into. Moreover, they've instituted a practice that I'd like to see more frequently: They alternate the entry direction from site to site. So if I enter my site heading west, my neighbors on both sides will enter heading east. Why do I like this complicated practice? Because when I open my door to get out of my RV, or simply to enjoy the scenery, I'm looking at my neighbor's front door, not at his sewer hookup. I suspect that it also increases the social interaction between neighbors, but I have had enough experience with the practice to be sure. The campground as a whole is huge and well shaded, with a creek running down the middle. There are ample play areas for the kids, and lots of space for walking. The freeway is nearby, but the noise is not intrusive. We camped at Indianapolis KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

Madison / Pittsburgh S.E. KOA, Ruffs Dale, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $46.00
Overall Rating:

This KOA was a challenge to get to from the north. Poorly chosen options in my GPS caused it to take me through Pittsburgh, and then routed me along state route 51, winding around narrow, poorly maintained roads during crush hour. It took over an hour to cross town. Then to enter the campground, I had to negotiate a very sharp corner. (If you're going to this KOA, be sure to come in via I-70 to exit 54. The campground is less than a mile from that exit, and you avoid the sharp turn. However, that turn impedes watching for traffic to the right.) Once there, I found the campground pleasant. It was hilly and well wooded, but the lanes were still easy to negotiate. My particular site was too short to park my truck directly in front of the trailer, but there was plenty of room to the side. Getting into Pittsburgh to see the museum was a difficult as getting to the KOA in the first place. There is just no easy route. They all meander slowly through long series of little towns. Although I liked my time in this park, if I ever return to the area, I will investigate options that might offer easier access. We camped at Madison / Pittsburgh S.E. KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

Montreal South KOA, St. Philippe de Laprairie, Quebec

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Yet another KOA. I find I gravitate to them, since for the most part they are reliably satisfactory, and often quite attractive, though I notice that at least in the eastern states and provinces, they are not quite the value that they once were, as owners add features (that I do not use) to compete with the upscale resort campgrounds. Montreal South KOA, at $34 a night, was a good value. A large, attractive, well-wooded park, reasonably spacious, although my particular site was a little too short. It had all the standard amenities, including a swimming pool. It was not set up to replenish propane bottles, which September is beginning to make demands on. It has installed KOA's wifi system, but it does not issue passwords. Not only is this not secure, but it is quite inconvenient, since a user has to reconnect every 30 minutes. Annoying! We camped at Montreal South KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

Camping de Carleton-sur-Mer, Carleton-sur-Mer, Quebec

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

The campground at Carleton-sur-Mer is sun-drenched in the summer, and therefore very popular among sun-starved Québécois. Like a number of campgrounds I saw in Florida, it is laid out on an almost tree-less peninsula, a narrow triangle of land that extends from the east to form a protecting side of the city's harbor. The campground is large. It runs about a kilometer along the peninsula, with loops of campsites, three or four rows deep, all along, and all of them full of the full range of campers, from young families in tents to retirees in their giant motorhomes. The sites themselves are ample in size, thus distinguishing this resort from their tightly packed Florida counterparts. There was plenty to do, from the beach along the south, to the bike path along the north, to the huge playground in the middle. They don't have a swimming pool, but that seems not to deter campers. Only three problems marred my stay: First was the all-too-familiar lack of adequate wifi. I could connect to their wifi, but couldn't get to the internet. Ah well, only four nights. Second was a problem with my reservation. I had to alter my original reservation to come in a day later. When I arrived at the campground, I found that they had double-booked my site. Exactly what happened never quite got through the language barrier, but they had to put me into one site the first night and into a second for the remaining three. They gave me a discount, but it was a nuisance. An that brings us to the third problem, which is the language barrier itself. I had naively expected a higher level of bilingualism in a province surrounded by the English speaking, especially in a resort area. As it is in the real world, everyone can muddle through a normal course of events. But when a problem pops up, the communication needs exceed capabilities. We camped at Camping de Carleton-sur-Mer in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The museum at Miguasha National Park has a collection of local fossils from the Carboniferous Period (300 million years ago) that is well worth seeing, as are the cliffs where those fossils are found.

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

Loch Lomond RV Park, Amherst, Nova Scotia

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Loch Lomond was a comfortable campground a couple kilometers west of Amherst, and about half an hour's drive to Joggins Fossil Cliffs. The park is laid out on an undulating, lightly wooded hill beside a small lake. My particular site was oddly placed in the center of a doughnut, with RVs all around. In order to get to my site in the first place, I had to drive through another site that happened to be empty. In order to leave, I had to drive through what appeared to be the yard associated with another RV. Everything worked out all right; it just felt weird. We camped at Loch Lomond RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Joggins Fossil Cliffs are a must-see!

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 14

Woodhaven RV Park of Halifax, Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Woodhaven RV Park is very pretty: large, gravel sites, well wooded, with trees separating the sites. And the wifi is good, at least for my computer; my tablet and phone are having some difficulties. But the water system was under a boil ban, indicating a failure of maintenance, and I had to rely on my fresh water tank. Had the water been clean, I would have rated this park a 7. We camped at Woodhaven RV Park of Halifax in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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