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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Rio Grande Village Campground (NPS Campground), Big Bend National Park, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2018 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Rio Grande Village Campground: PROs: CG is well-maintained, inexpensive, safe, and mostly quiet when RV generators are turned off. It has easy access to several hiking and nature trails, and it's pitch-black, night-time skies make for wonderful stargazing. In addition, the CG's low elevation means daily temperatures are almost always pleasant from Nov thru Feb. CONs: In this older, mixed-use CG, not all sites are engineered for today's larger RVs; not all parking pads are perfectly level; not all sites have shade trees; there are no electric, water, or sewer sites; and there is no cell service. Note: About a two-dozen, closely-spaced, back-in, side-by-side, full-hookup sites are available in the narrow parking lot that's adjacent to the CG's small general store. Bottom Line: The CG has a 14-day limit - try to stay as long as possible. We camped at Rio Grande Village Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Lost Alaskan RV Park, Alpine, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

We camped at Lost Alaskan RV Park once before. The PROs: Well-managed; friendly and accommodating staff; extremely safe; nightly rate is reasonable; moderately-space pull-through sites; dependable electric/water/server service; older, but well-maintained shower/bathroom and laundry facilities; and a convenient hub from which to explore the area: e.g., Big Bend NP and Fort Davis NHS. The CONs: WiFi didn't work for us. Note: Popular destination CG that has more long-term guests than overnighters during the winter months. Alpine doesn't have a wide-variety of restaurants or shopping opportunities to justify a long stay - but it is a certainly a small town well-worth a short visit. We camped at Lost Alaskan RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Van Horn RV Park (formerly Van Horn KOA), Van Horn, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

We have camped at Van Horn RV Park once before. The PROs: Well-managed; friendly and accommodating staff; extremely safe; nightly rate is reasonable; on-site cafe; small store stocked with basic groceries and camping supplies; dependable electric/water/server service; and quick access to Interstate #10. The CONs: Few if any shaded sites; most sites are closely spaced; and, because the CGs is set on a flat desert plane and its interior roads are gravel, expect that there be times when the wind kicks up a bit of desert dust. Note: It's our impression that CG gustes are pretty evenly split between over-nighters and long-term residents. We camped at Van Horn RV Park (formerly Van Horn KOA) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E6
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Rusty's RV Ranch, Rodeo, New Mexico

Date of Stay: December, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

We camped at Rusty's RV CG once before. The PROs: Well-managed; friendly and accommodating staff; extremely safe; nightly rate is reasonable; spacious campsites with dependable electric/water/server service; quick access to birding and hiking opportunities in the nearby Chiricahua Mountains; and fantastic stargazing most every night. The CONs: Few, if any, shaded sites; some sites offer side-by-side utility hook-ups and that will place your camper within a few feet of your immediate neighbor; and, because the CGs is set on a flat desert plane and its interior roads are gravel, expect that there may be times when the wind kicks up a bit of desert dust. Note: Rusty's has a small store with a limited groceries and camping supplies, and the CGs visitor's center/building provides a wonderful place to sit, read, and visit with fellow campers. We camped at Rusty's RV Ranch in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona

Date of Stay: December, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We've camped at Catalina State Park several times, and we rank it as one of the best state parks in Arizona. It's campground is huge, safe, well-kept, and offers access to miles and miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. Yes, the CG's spacious sites only offer water and electric service, but that's a small price to pay for sites with unobstructed sunset views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Notes: (1) Once inside the park, it's unlikely that you'll notice any noise from busy Hwy #77 that borders its entire western border. (2) Surprisingly, our Verizon cell service was just 2-bars inside the CG. And, (3) the park recently added free internet, but expect access to be slow and limited. Dump Station is on site. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B71
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Cattail Cove State Park, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

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

Cattail Cove State Park is quite literally an oasis in the Arizona desert. Its Lake Havasu beachfront location is a big draw for campers and boaters. There is a 14-day CG limit. Many RVers return year-after-year for a full 2 week visit. Park employees "ALL" make a point of explaining and reminding guests that they take great pride in managing a safe, generally quite, and exceptionally neat and squeaky-clean facility: i.e., where every guest knows and actually follows the posted rules. Campsites located in the lower CG loop seem more closely spaced and shaded than sites in the CG's upper loop. All sites offer electric and water service. All sites seemed level and adequately deep and well-spaced. There is an onsite dump-station. Verizon cell service was generally 2-bars. As for activities - the big 3 options seem to be - fishing and boating on Lake Havasu, hiking the parks numerous trails, and relaxing on the CG's white-sand beach or in your campsite. Two Cautionary Notes: This is absolutely NOT a weekend or holiday "party" park. And, for those RVers requiring satellite access, the park's shade trees may offer respite from the afternoon sun, but they may also make acquiring satellite TV service a bit of a challenge. We camped at Cattail Cove State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Bakersfield River Run RV Park, Bakersfield, California

Date of Stay: December, 2018 - $44.00
Overall Rating:

Bakersfield's River Run RV Park - isn't on an actually flowing Kern River - but it is an attractive, well-managed, safe, and moderately priced CG - with a mix of overnight and long-term guests. Interior lanes are wide and paved. Our outer-ring, back-in site was level and had a hard-packed gravel RV pad. It also had a large concrete sitting area and a wide swath of green grass that separated us from our neighbors. Park provided cable TV had a decent list of channels and our internet connection was adequate. We didn't make use of the parks's clubhouse which has a recreation room with TV and Internet access, exercise room, and pool with spa. In addition, an on-site store sells basic RV supplies, propane and groceries. Cautionary Notes: Just behind our outer-ring site, across a bone-dry riverbed, busy Hwy 99 roars by 24/7, and some RVers will not like that the CG is located in a rather dingy industrial area of town. However, we enjoyed our 2-day stay and will not hesitate to return again, if we are passing through Bakersfield. We camped at Bakersfield River Run RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
57
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Marin Park, Greenbrae, California

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $83.00
Overall Rating:

This is our 2nd stay at Marin RV Park, and our impression is that the facility is well-managed, safe, fairly-priced for a Bay area RV park, and seems to attract an ever smaller number of over-nighters and a growing number of long-term residents. It's located a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge and a short walk from the Larkspur Ferry terminal - which has direct service to the San Francisco waterfront. The CGs PROs are singular - it has NO competition - if your goal is to secures a safe CG - with direct access by HWY #101 or ferry to SF and less than a 30 minute drive to Muir Woods and Point Reyes. The CGs CONs are 24/7 freeway noise and most sites are so narrow that deploying RV slides may be difficult and sitting outside is a NO GO! Park provided internet was adequate. Our site's cable TV connection did not function, but we were able to deploy our DISH satellite. Surprisingly, our Verizon cell service only had 2-bars. YES, despite the CONs we will return again when visiting the BAY area. We camped at Marin Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
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: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Mountain Gate RV Park, Redding, California

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

Our impression is that Mountain Gate RV Park is well-managed, safe, fairly-priced, heavily-treed in spots, and seems to attract a mix of over-nighters and long-term residents. It's located a few miles north of Redding - adjacent to busy I-5. Traffic noise is 24/7 for sites near the entrance to the park, but somewhat subdued for sites - up the hillside - at the park's rear. Interior lanes are blacktop and parking pads are concrete. In most instances, sites are adequately spaced - but not overly generous - with a bit of lawn between many sites. CG amenities include an outdoor pool with spa, on-site laundry building, and a welcoming front/office/store - with tourist/visitor info and a small selection groceries and camping supplies. Cable worked well. Our Verizon signal was 2-bars. We were able to use our DISH satellite, but heavy tree cover will limit satellite use at many sites. We camped at Mountain Gate RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
98
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Big Hole River RV Park, Wisdom, Montana

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

After spending the afternoon visiting Big Hole National Battlefield, Big Hole River RV Park, in nearby Wisdom, MT, was a convenient - not scenic- place to spend the night. The RV park is small, safe, well-maintained, and professionally managed by its on-site owners. Interior roads and parking pads are gravel. There are a mix of back-in and pull-thru and sites, all full hook-up with 30/50-amp service. All sites are full-sun. Sites are closely spaced. Restrooms and showers are housed in a new bath house. The rear edge of the campground is bordered by a field/pasture that's occupied by a flock of sheep and a few junked vehicles. A small pond borders the front of the CG. Park wifi worked well. No Verizon cell service within the CG. The CG is a short walk from Wisdom's tiny business area. Weather permitting, the CG is open May-November. We would stay again if travelling through the area. We camped at Big Hole River RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, 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
Tips for other Campers:

A visit to Big Hole National Battlefield - about a 20-minute drive from Wisdom is a must!

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground, Arco, Idaho

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Craters of the Moon Lava Flow CG sites sit in a field of lava, have no-hookups and offer no shade trees to protect campers from the often-intense summer sun. Temperatures drop significantly after sunset. Stars pop out of the park's nighttime skies. The CG has a few BIG RIG sites, but the vast majority of sites are better suited for RVs under 25/30 ft. All sites are first come - first serve. All roads are blacktopped. Restrooms are modern and clean, but do not offer showers. Drinking water is available (in season), but campers are not allowed to fill RV tanks - just 5-gal bottles from spigots spaced throughout the CG. No dump station. Sites #34, 35, 42 & 3 are fully accessible. Generator use restricted to daytime hours. Perhaps 1-bar of Verizon service in the CG. Park's visitor center is well-worth the short walk from the CG. Overall, a fantastic CG to spend a night or two while exploring the park's unique geology. We camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument/Lava Flow Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Fuel-up and bring all required supplies. Nearest city 25/30 mile drive.

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Ruby's Inn RV Park and Campground, Bryce Canyon, Utah

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $51.00
Overall Rating:

This is our 2nd visit to Ruby's Inn RV Park and Campground. Ruby's is located just outside Bryce Canyon National Park and has been a preferred destination for park visitors for nearly 100 years. For us, the CG's proximity to Bryce's shuttle bus and paved bike path; its full-serviced sites and amenities (e.g., free-wifi, on-site laundry, on-site restaurant, etc.), offsets the CG's often closely spaced sites. Very high demand RV park; reservations suggested. Fees are high, but similar to fees charged by other full-service parks in the area. From mid-May thru mid-Sep, book a site several weeks in advance. We camped at Ruby's Inn RV Park and Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, 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: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Castle Rocks State Park, Almo, Idaho

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

Lovely Idaho State Park adjacent to City of Rocks National Monument. Su-Th the CG does not typically fill to capacity. Yes, it's an unserviced CG, but its spacious and almost private sites, surrounded by tall bushes and trees, make this a peaceful place to spend a night or several days. Some sites are on the small side, but we found many sites that would accommodate 35/40 ft RVs or trailers. Bathrooms and showers were clean and well maintained Lots of nearby hiking trails. This is a no generator CG. Dump station has easy access. Campground hosts were friendly and available if guests had questions. Too bad our schedule allowed for only a 1-night stay. We will return! We camped at Castle Rocks State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Make sure to drop by the combined State Park - National Monument visitor center. The staff is friendly and informative - lots of info on hiking and climbing activities. Fuel-up and bring all required groceries.

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Antelope Valley RV Park, Delta, Utah

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

After visiting the Topaz Japanese Internment Camp Museum, in the small town of Delta, Utah, we needed a CG to spend the night, Antelope Valley RV Park, with its full-serviced, moderately priced, and well-spaced sites provided us with a safe and convenient place to stay. The RV park is set on the edge of town, has several dozen sites (about 1/3 are permanent residents), wide interior roads, and a surprising number of shaded and semi-shaded sites. Our back-in site was set on the far outer ring at the rear of the park, was spacious and had a row of tall trees that separated it from adjacent farmland. Free wifi worked ok. The park was about 20% occupied, so we enjoyed a quiet evening visiting our campsite. If available, request a site at the rear of the park, where nearby highway and train noise is minimal. The park has a friendly and informative on-site manager. If traveling through the area. We will definitely stay again. We camped at Antelope Valley RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

A visit to the Topaz Japanese Internment Camp Museum in downtown Delta, UT, is well worth your time.

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Wonderland RV Park, Torrey, Utah

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

We spent 2-nights at Wonderland RV Park. The CG was well managed by on-site owners, who we observed spending hours each day maintaining the grounds. We spoke to several fellow campers who return every year - some because they enjoyed spending several weeks in the CG, others because its location allows them to visit Capitol Reef NP and then travel directly south to visit Escalante Staircase NP and Bryce NP. Yes, the CG is located at the intersection of 2 highways, but we didn't find the road noise excessive - particularly at night. We plan to return for a visit next spring, when we travel north from Arizona to Oregon. We camped at Wonderland RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

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