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Date of Stay:
December, 2013 -
Oddly, for such a beautiful part of the world, RV parks that offer anything beyond overnight stays off of I-10 are pretty slim on the ground in this region. Sadly, so are safe and free overnight parking opportunities. For those not wanting to get snarled up in El Paso traffic and crime, Van Horn is the obvious stopping place in the region. Happily, this park is very pleasant for an overnight stay. The management is very friendly, there are plans to update the showers and baths, and the views of the desert mountains are lovely from the campsite. Unfortunately, plants with vicious stickers are indigenous to the area, particularly in winter, so keep your dogs out of any foliage and grass! I spoke with the management about this, and they discussed their plans to develop a dog park area that can be fenced and maintained sticker free. I look forward to that development. Camp sites were nice, level pull throughs with trees, there was ample light to hook up in the dark, and overnight guests came and went very quietly. Without prompting, the manager charged me less than the advertised fee for my size motorhome, since I obviously only needed 30 amp hook up. However, she also mentioned that many obvious 50 amp rigs regularly attempt to pay a 30 amp rate. Come on, you big guys: pony up! Don't be cheap skates and nickel and dime RV park owners over $10 when you're driving something that may cost more than they'll earn in the next 25 years. These folks have to earn a living too. We camped at Mountain View RV Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
April, 2013 -
I have absolutely no idea how this park (and I use the term loosely) ever made the PA book. What a spooky place. I arrived after dark, and even with a lantern and two dogs in tow, I did not feel safe while roaming around looking for the mythical bathroom and shower that were apparently located somewhere within a derelict and partially demolished motel. Finally, I decided "No way,Jose! I've seen this movie, and I know how it ends!" Best to scurry on back, lock the trailer door, and just use my porta potty and a baby wipe instead of waiting to stumble upon the axe murderer that surely was hiding behind the next darkened and abandoned motel room door. Ye gods, what a place. There were plenty of very expensive rigs at this park, and it looked like some of them were there for an extended stay. But for the life of me, I can't understand why unless there just isn't another choice nearby. The park is right next to the highway and quite noisy at night. The manager was very friendly and helpful, but boy oh boy, he sure doesn't have much to work with. I hate to say it, but the only thing that is going to improve this RV park is the judicial use of a bulldozer and a couple of dump trucks. The creepiness factor is just off the charts after dark, and there's too much old equipment and masonry lying around when the sun comes up. This park looked and felt like the sort of place where children go missing. I was not comfortable camping alone, not even with my trusty hounds on board. It wasn't the manager, and it wasn't the other guests, who were actually very thoughtful. It was location location location, and this park looks like the location for filming a low budget slasher movie. If this post-apocalyptic dump meets the standards of Passport America, then Passport America does not meet MY standards. I won't be renewing my membership. We camped at Sun Valley RV Resort (formerly Root 66 RV Park) in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
April, 2013 -
Okay, this quaint little place sort of breaks my heart. It is ALMOST so awesome. When I visited, the manager was out of town and his sweet and helpful elderly parents were looking after the place. It was readily apparent that I was visiting preseason. There was quite a bit of stacked up outdoor furniture lying around, and I'm betting there were only two or three other parties on the whole place. It was quite a hike from my campsite, which was just behind the cabins available for rent at the front of the park, to the exceptionally clean and well-heated bath house on the back of the park. However, it was certainly a lovely walk. The mountain air is delightful,there are glimpses of snow capped mountains beyond the creek, and the landscaping in the park itself is quite nice, though the folksy little pond trail needs only a couple of obnoxious garden gnomes to achieve serious kitsch status. Two big problems: 1) there's an immense amount of rusty old trashy stuff just beyond the chain link fence separating the park from the back of a warehouse or some sort of retail area. I would highly recommend a shrub border to hide that trashy view. It really ruins the ambiance and the sense of the little park as being a place apart. Second, the address gave my GPS all kinds of problems, and I ended up on the wrong side of the highway stuck on a narrow mountainous road that I would never have been able to get turned around on if a lovely local person had not stopped and helped me back my rig up. Be careful, and be sure of your directions or you might end up spending the night with the mountain goats and bootleggers until someone can come along and rescue you. If Questa Lodge can get its neighbors to clean up their act, help GPS to figure out where they are, and possibly mark their campsites a little better for those who may be coming in after sunset, it will be, as Mary Poppins says, practically perfect in every way. We camped at Questa Lodge in a Travel Trailer.