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Benton KOA, Benton, Illinois

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $36.00
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This KOA was not like most that we had camped in. Upon entering the KOA, you are greeted by a row of what were obviously long term campers (or renters). Almost immediately, I found this off-putting because of the quality of and unsightliness of the trailers and vehicles. A fairly steep gravel road leads to the majority section of the campground, after the small hill, the camp opens up to approximately 35 or 40 pull-through and back-in sites. One can quickly see another row of long-term rigs lined up along the edge of the park that borders the highway fence. None of the campground is paved, but the gravel is level and dried out quickly after a brief rain. The spots are KOA close, but there was enough room for my 4 kids to play and not encroach on the other campers. The staff was like all other KOAs - helpful and immediately attentive to my questions and drowsiness-induced noob "there's a problem here" (there wasn't a problem). The bathrooms were clean and the pool was great. We really like the pool because it was 9 feet deep on one end and 3 at the other. A real adult use pool. Had I written a review after my first couple hours at the park, I would have told you it was the worst KOA that we had ever graced with our presence. But, that would have been incorrect. Upon researching the local area, we found some of the nicest, albeit far off the highway, Corps Of Engineers campgrounds we had ever seen. Also, there were many other campgrounds significantly closer to Rend lake - the local attraction. Taking all that in, the KOA is perfect for what it is - a great spot to overnight or spend a couple days. The pool is great, the camp is close to town and has easy access to the interstate, local big box stores, and restaurants. The KOA is open year round and there is a significantly sized underground coal mine close which I learned explained many of the long-term campers. 7 out of 10 stars for the gravel roads, shared fence line with the interstate and awkward/tight dumping station. Staff was great and can't beat a real pool. We camped at Benton KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Taos Monte Bello RV Park, El Prado, New Mexico

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $30.00
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This is our absolute favorite park. Family owned and operated and you could immediately tell, the staff was first rate. We really enjoyed the size of the park - not too big, in terms of number of spaces - and not too small. The owners own all the land around the park, offering many acres in which to run (we did) and play with the dog (we did). Another awesome feature of the park is its on the north side of Taos and away from all the traffic and noise. It takes a couple minutes to get into the touristy areas, but the quiet is worth the drive in. Park security by way of electric gate was awesome, no getting in without management approval - we liked that. For a very rural desert area, the camp ground was meticulously maintained; the groundsman worked like none I had ever seen. Our site was very level and offered one of the nicest views we've ever had of a sunset. We loved this place and figured the only way it would be made better is if the family matriarch was making and feeding guests traditional New Mexican/native American food. Our stay was wonderful. You won't be disappointed. We camped at Taos Monte Bello RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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