Fellow at the desk was friendly and helpful. Sites really tight, but I looked at it as a "challenge" to get in/out. Water/electric/sewer hookups all-good, site we had was only a bubble-off - others (mostly seasonal/long-term) not so much. All gravel - not dusty. Facilities well-maintained and seemingly clean. Right on highway, so is noisy if your windows are open - don't count on using your awning/ground-cover/lounge chairs. Decent park for an overnite, or a few days if you're visiting Manitou Springs / Pikes-Peak / Garden of Gods / etc. - if you don't have expectations other than a level spot and hookups. Drive-by of another campground just up the road convinced us we'd made the better choice.
I always describe "value for cost" from my own perspective, and what we found at Raton Pass is a heck of a "value." Views from 7850' and to the south are outstanding! Sites no more than half-a-bubble off from level. Pea-gravel clean, and not dusty. Power also clean (50 amp), and the water tastes good, with good pressure. Upper-level sites have plenty of maneuver room (they lead you to site and help position), with no overhead obstructions; yes, it's a little close, but plenty of room for slides and the provided picnic tables. Wi-Fi really strong, although the up-link is satellite, so don't expect to do high bandwidth activities (watching movies, etc.), and try to be considerate of other users. Restrooms/showers look brand new - tile walls/epoxy floors; plenty of room even for old fat guys (me) to shower with ease. Yes, there's a bit of road noise from the adjacent over-the-pass 4-lane, but it's really negligible compared to other places we've stayed. And yes, the incline between the office and the main area could be daunting (steep) for flat-landers, however it's well-maintained and should be no issue for anyone's equipment. Can't say it's "kid-friendly," particularly if you're looking for playgrounds and games and typical activities into which to dump your kids, but if they enjoy being able to sit on a bluff and watch wildlife and weather (up close)...(you have exceptional kids). And a meal at the office is an added (unadvertised) bonus - albeit seemingly hit-or-miss schedule, i.e., the cook's choice to cook or not that day. We lucked out on our morning - breakfast was great! If you're staying in the local area, it's only six miles from Raton and only fifteen miles from Trinidad, and it's worth camping up here. Otherwise - it's a great one-night stop-over, or a planned overnight on any other trip up/down I-25, which is what now is for us.
Older campground (once KOA). Brand new "rehab" management; lady at desk was very nice - explained some of their issues with rehab. Park itself is pleasant - plenty of room, many trees, grass cut, power good, water good, sewer had pipes at ground-level (good!). Gravel sites less than half-bubble off-level; gravel roads in pretty good repair. Bathrooms / showers seemed fairly "clean," however they were in poor repair, to include ceilings and fans. Typical of this part of the country, temporary workers (gas/coal/RR/oil) keep many of these parks going; there are some long-termers, and even a couple park models with a shed-roof; all are neat and in good repair. Nice setting, infrastructure is good, facilities need work. If you don't need the restrooms/showers, and full hook-ups will meet your needs, this is a decent little campground for the price. And you'll pass Sam's Club on the way in. If our trip/schedule dictates, we'd definitely stay at this campground again.
Older campground - (recognizable KOA office building) but still in good repair. Plenty of trees and grass. The sites were level (jacks needed for stability only), water quality/pressure good, same for 50 amp electric; sewer had new flip-caps throughout. Quiet, even though it's next to Rt 287. WalMart right next door. Ladies at the desk were most friendly - escorted us to our site. Work in many parts of the country requires mobility - Vernon is no exception; there were several long-term sites, but all were neat and tidy. This was a stop-through for us; Rocking-A was convenient and easy to find, and we would stay there again if schedule accommodates.
Not a "resort," but an outstanding RV park. Concrete pads and patios - paved roads with curbing; plenty of parking for cars. Irrigated trees. Nice folks in office. Well maintained. Sign up for propane delivery on Tuesdays - saves a tear-down headache. 75-80 psi water pressure, so be sure to bring regulator. Showers are individual toilet/sink/shower 3/4-bath type arrangements - 5-ea., with four washers/driers in same building. Hot water is usually "luke," and showers could use some maintenance, but are usually reasonably clean. Biggest feature is SECURITY; it's behind the hospital - inside 24/7-manned gate - and adjacent to base housing. 6-month maximum stay, and judging by the number of empty slots, and the number of full ones in the "overflow" area, a reservation is likely mandatory. The usual big-box stores are close by, a truck-wash is about four miles away (for those of you who may be inbound, and in need of a wash - and no washing in the park), as is a medium/heavy truck repair and service shop just south of the truck wash (Allison-certified). It gets a bit windy - and office will remind you to furl your awning before you leave your coach unattended. We enjoyed the stay - hope to be back for a 6-month trial the next time.
FRIENDLY! Seasonal campground, and really nice. Heated pool (82 degrees), picnic / party pavilion / plenty of grassy areas for kids to play, playground, clean restrooms/showers, hardwood shade throughout the park, activities e.g. tag-sales and parties. Plenty of seasonal campers - folks escaping the sweltering south. One guy rides herd on this re-managed / re-stored campground, while another keeps the grass neat and tidy. The office lady runs the office/store with a great smile and an iron fist, and the do-what-needs-done guy is just across the gravel street (and invites newcomers for a BS session over a cold Froshingschlosh). The rules and guidelines are reasonable, and enforced - it's quiet and peaceful after 2200 hrs. The manager is getting the place back on its feet - and doing a great job. Some folks may be put-off by the bumpy gravel road coming into the site, or the many of the electric/water-only hookups (with a pump-out when needed) for most of the sites, but the grass-everywhere sites, nice people, cool weather (warm pool), and great facilities were just right for us. Kane (15-18 miles away) is a nice little town in which to spend an afternoon (check out the Texi-Hot - been there for decades, and Bells Market - outstanding Leek-Loaf, Leek Sausage, and Leek Dip), Smethport is the "quaint" little town, the Kinzua RR Bridge is not to be missed, and Bradford has the usual big-box stores. If you have a motorcycle, be prepared to spend weeks on the by-ways...state parks, Kinzua dam and lake, museums, bars, and ice-cream stops. This is the Pennsylvania "outback" at its finest! We WILL be back to see the gang at Idlewood!
A VERY nice campground. Terraced spaces on the side of a hill: can see over the rig directly in front of you. Was pretty easy in/out, however some might be kind of tight for larger class-A's or trailers. Has 30'+ wide spaces, table and fire ring, mostly hardwood-shaded sites. Bath house was 8/10, laundry has three washers and two dryers, also 8/10. A few seasonals, but no "permanent-looking" rigs. Friendly folks in the office. Shuffleboard and mini-golf, goats/geese/chickens for the kids to feed. A LOT of work goes into flowers/gardens/grounds. Had large closely-mown fields out front, if kids want to play baseball or football. Surprisingly quiet, considering I-80 is about half a mile away. Easy on/off I-80, and I-99 dead-ends at this intersection of I-80, becoming SR-26. Groceries one exit south on I-99, in Bellefonte. Wal-Mart is about 20 minutes. Watch out for buggies on the secondary roads as this is edging on Amish country. No Good-Sams or PPA discounts, but they do have 10% off for active/retired/former military: which, when compared to local State Parks, beats the a la cart fee system (fee for shower, fee for parking, fee for electric, fee for...). We'll definitely be staying here next year.
Wow! Wasn't expecting much, since it was right off the interstate, but it was VERY nice. Little to no noise from interstate, sites pretty level, and paved (albeit old asphalt), hookups were in good shape. Bath-house 6/10. Sites kind of close, but had room for slide-outs and tables. Nice folks at the office. Mostly long-termers, but it was a very quiet campground: no tricyle motors making a racket, or boom-shakalaka stereo's going on. Great place for an over-nighter off the interstate. Definitely stay here again, if the schedule works out that way.
Very nice park near Amish country. Well maintained. Level gravel sites (a little narrow though), and many all-grass sites for tents. Playground for (grand)kids, horseshoes. WiFi intermittently "on," has WEP code. Didn't use TV cable. Only drawback is I-76 about 300 yards south, and old Rt 22 immediately adjacent on the north side; much motorcycle traffic (nice roads for biking). Quiet at nite. Cabellas is 13 miles west on I-76. Will stay here again.
Outstanding! This was PPA rate for full hook-ups, and included TV and WiFi. Large sites, heavy gravel, paved streets where steep grade would allow wheel-spin if only gravel. Well maintained overall. Plenty of room for backing in - nose-to-nose, sites were about 70' apart. Didn't have chance to see rest of park, as weather went bad, and staff came around to collect everyone after tornado warning - sent us to showers and laundry room (concrete block building). Excellent staff and facilities. Couldn't ask for better. Will definitely stay here again.
Great moneymaker for volunteer fire dept (back parking lot). Sites are gravel, fairly level, good water. WiFi is new, and manager not certain how it works yet. TV and WiFi are at no extra charge. Mostly long-termers; gas-field workers, etc. Quiet, comfortable, safe. Clean restrooms/showers. Good for overnight or short-term stay. Ten minutes from I-79. Manager less than half a mile away; very responsive. Bridge on Rt 188 is out for several months, but can get there via Rt 21-Haverhill Rd-Pine St, turn right on Jefferson Rd. Will stay here again.
PPA restrictions, other than "cash," were not mentioned in PPA book. PPA discount only for two (of six) days, even though the park was nowhere near capacity. Cable TV is extra. WiFi only in "store;" signal weak, and only one IP available at a time. Ticks were everywhere, had to close all windows and vents, and even covered ceiling vents with duct tape and plastic film to keep them out. Rabbits - and their droppings were problematic. Iron in water stained sink/tub, and left odor on body after showers. Could not drink water, even with "cleans- everything" filter. Signs in laundry room warned of possible iron stains. Sites had little gravel, resulting in mostly mud; could not put out rugs or mats. Sewer pipe nearly a foot above ground level made dumping problematic. Central dump station dirty and oder-iferous (did not use, but was four sites away). Many long-termers. Many RV's stored here. Biggest objections were ticks, water, site condition, and bait-and-switch on PPA rates. Will not stay here again.
We have been to this campground several times - last time about two years ago. Little about the facilities have changed in last ten years, except Wi-Fi (likely 64K DSL going off-site). Don't know their cleaning schedule as men's showers looked like something at gas station; women's were clean. Campground host played music LOUDLY during daytime, as well as on Friday night; partiers came in on Friday night and host did not instruct them to tone it down. Forestry worker started his leaf-blower at 08:15 in the morning for a tank and a half worth of pointless rearrangement of oak leaves. We came to this campground, during the week to find some solitude. The American flag was improperly displayed, as well as tattered, torn, faded, weathered, and unsighted. We've become too tolerant of this level of intellect in the South. We DID enjoy watching the alligators transit the lake during the evenings, their presence annotated by their wakes reflected in the glare of security lights from the opposite shore. Campground hosts can have a great impact on experience. We will likely visit some other Blackwater park, or Open Pond (just up the road in AL) the next time.