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Date of Stay:
September, 2018 -
Stunning location right on the American River, 1 mi from Sutter's Mill, where gold first discovered. Otters, ducks and geese on the river. Friendly, helpful staff. Only gave it a 7 because sites are narrow and overcrowded. Our slideouts ran right to the edge of the space (we're not that wide) and our neighbor's awning overlapped into our space, within 6 inches of a nonslideout wall. Water and 50 amp only in most. We camped right on the river (section H), premium space, $5 on top of free Thousand Trails membership. Over weekend it was like a parking lot, crowded with trailers and trucks. Better on Mon, when everyone pulled out. Also, Rt 49 in from I-80 is a nightmare. 7-1.2% grade, 15 mph switchbacks up and down Auburn Canyon. Best route is from the south, Rt 50. Get off at Cameron Park Rd N to E on Valley View to N on Lotus. Left where Lotus Ts with Rt 49. Campground is right over bridge. We camped in a 35 ft motorhome. Not suitable for anything larger. We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Motorhome.
Be sure to visit James Marshall State Park, site of Sutter's Mill, where the gold rush started. Some original buildings including the town, reconstructed mill, great visitors center museum. In the fall, visit Apple Hill's orchards, east of Placerville off I-50 for the apple harvest. Pies and everything else apple, plus music and crafts. Ask for brochure at Ponderosa check in. Placerville has a charming, historic downtown.
Date of Stay:
August, 2018 -
We stayed at Pony Soldier campground with our 35 foot rv. All sites were back-ins, but we were able to select a site that was easy to back in. The sites in this campground are generally well spaced apart around a big loop. We did drive around and saw the barn campground, where the sites, are in lines. There is also third campground with no services. (Ours had full hookup.) We took a chance without reservations and did a walk in. The park has a policy that it will not accept walk-ins until 2 pm, which gives current guests a chance to extend their stays. Despite this and it being a busy summer weekend, we had our choice of spaces. The park keeps a lot of walk-ins available. The site was quite long, but the sewer hook-up is situated along the middle of the site, which meant that in order for our sewer line to reach, we had to park forward in the site. This meant that there was not quite enough room for our toad to pull straight in. Fortunately, there was plenty of room to park it crosswise, but with the heavy rains that weekend, it would have been preferable to be able to take full advantage of the asphalt drive way, rather than on person having to step off in the grass. Sites were very level. At $26 per night, this would have been an excellent value, but the Park insists that each vehicle carry a Nebraska State Parks pass. At $8 per vehicle per night, the $32 added to our stay pushed the price of our stay into the expensive range for us. We camped at Fort Robinson State Park in a Motorhome.
The showcase of the park is the old military fort, which operated from the mid-19th century until the end of WW2, being at various times in its history a cavalry fort, the central supply for the region, the national's largest cavalry remount station (with up to 12,000 horses there at a time), a K-9 training center (with up to 3000 dogs at a time) and a German POW camp. Be sure to take the wagon tour. At $7 per person for an hour-long tour, it's a real bargain.
Date of Stay:
August, 2018 -
We stayed here for two nights in our 35 foot motorhome while visiting Fort Laramie, 5 miles up the road. The hostess, was friendly and accommodating and the park clean and well laid-out. We didn't have any trouble getting into our pull-through site with our 35 foot RV, but a big rig (40 or 44 feet) might find not enough room to park their toad. We camped at Pony Soldier RV Park in a Motorhome.
Definitely visit Fort Laramie! Historically it was at the center of things during the Sioux Wars of the 1870's and 80's, as well as having been a major trading post and wayfaring stop for travellers on the Oregon and California Trails. The buildings have been either reconstructed or restored to give you a complete idea of what the fort was like, and the presentations by the park ranges (4 a day) are full of fascinating information.