The campground was located about an hour from the closest main attractions in Yellowstone. We got stuck here, because Fishing Bridge would not allow us to camp there because we had a hybrid trailer. They have a no soft side trailer policy. Xantera did not tell us this when booking or re-booking. We were told that all of Yellowstone was booked and that we had no place to stay despite our reservation. I instructed the employee that this was their issue, not mine, and that they needed to find a place for us. After 30 minutes of calls, they sent us an hour back from where we came to Grant Village at the South end. We had a pull through site, but it took us 45 min to get into the site due to other campers encroaching on our site. The campground did not have showers in the bath house. We had to drive to a large bathhouse near the entrance that was $2 a shower. We have a family of 6. I wish the campground has showers in the bathhouses and charges $12 more. I really was not all that impressed with Xantera or the campground, but I did enjoy Yellowstone.
We stayed here the second weekend in November. This was the only campground within an hour radius of Allentown, that was open, had water, electric, and sewer. I was very thankful for that after calling 30 campgrounds, 27 of which were closed. The others didn't have full hook ups. The positives were that the campground was definitely making improvements. Our site was large and spacious, with a fire ring, and new picnic table. The site was gravel and very close to level. I explained to the owner that I was new to fifth wheeling. He didn't have any pull through sites, but he put me in what must be the easiest site to back into of all time. The downsides were that most of the sites were annual, the sewer pipe was un-threaded, and our water line was broken. The manager allowed us to hook our water to the site behind us that was not in use. Fortunately/unfortunately, the campground roads were being re-graveled. Although, the crews worked extremely fast, there was constant truck and tractor noise for our entire stay including 7am on day 2 right outside our trailer. I kept the campground rating high because I was thankful that this campground was still open, I can't fault a campground for doing work in the off season, and the roads were greatly improved as a result of the work. I would definitely like to return here in season and see how I feel about the campground then. The owners, manager, and annual campers, were all helpful and friendly.
My family and the group we were with loved this campground. It was full of surprises, like the free all you can eat pancake breakfast every morning and free firewood delivered to our site everyday. We actually felt like we got our money's worth. There were tons of planned kid activities: ice cream socials, movies in a real theater, trick or treating, and pumpkin carving with free huge pumpkins. The campground features were very impressive. A 24 hour campground store, and large arcade, a Civil War Museum, a brick civil arsenal replica which doubled as a wine shop, and a large pool and bouncy pillow. This was my first time camping with our 5th wheel. 4 KOA employees helped guide me patiently into my site. The only things that could be improved would be: to level the sites better. My site was off by over a foot from site to side, update the old bathrooms, and provide Wi-Fi that actually works. The last 4-5 KOA's I stayed at have advertised free Wi-Fi, but none have had Wi-Fi that actually worked.
First the good- sites were nicely shaded, with concrete patios, fire rings, and adequate spacing between sites. The pool was beautiful. There were plenty of campground activities throughout the day for all ages. The campground had plenty of staff. Now the bad. $70 a nite for a site. You have to pay for Wi-Fi, for showers, and $3.25 per load of laundry. My friend visited our site for the afternoon and was charged $16, 8 for the car, 8 for him. I camped at over 20 campgrounds this summer and this campground charged for everything, and twice as much as any other campground. The only reasonably priced item was $5 for a bundle of firewood. An older staff member seemed to follow my 9 and 10 year old around all day and yell at them, but he ignored the 15 teenagers that kept running through our site and the bathhouse at 10:30 pm, waking up my kids. Also, the CG was dog friendly, but the pet park (which was very nice) was a good 10 min walk to the back of the CG. Overall, the campground is nice, but their prices are way out of balance, and the staff needs to let the punishment fit the crime when it comes to youngsters.
Our site had a partial view of the Grand Tetons and was 75 feet from the lake. The site had a fire ring, picnic table, and bear safe. We were very happy for a fire ring. This was the first campground with one in 3 weeks. This was a first come, first serve campground. The ranger was at the sign-in kiosk and helped us with the registration procedure. The campground entrance was adjacent to the lodge, general store, restaurant, and gas station. Hiking trails leave from the campground. Although the bathroom was very clean, there were no showers on location. Only ONE site in the campground has hookups. The rest have nothing. The sites were very difficult to back into with my 21ft trailer and not close to level. My trailer hitch ball was almost touching the ground, that's how steep it was.
The positives of the campground were the incredible mountain views, a nice pool and hot tub, the proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park, and a cool restaurant/ bar on the premises. The negatives were the very high cost, limited camp store, no fire rings, smaller campsites, a very potholed filled road, a not particularly friendly staff, Wi-Fi that did not work one day of our four days, and they cleaned the bathhouse at 9 am the one day I tried to use it. I would stay here again if I couldn't find a better campground.
The bathhouse, playground, and pool were nice. This KOA's close proximity to St. Louis was excellent. I have given this a 3 rating for 2 reasons. 1. The campground is located in the center of a working industrial park. Tractor trailers were getting loaded and pulling out in the wee hours of the morning. 2. A freight train line borders the property. Unfortunately, the train horn was constant throughout the night. It was very hard to get a decent night's sleep. Our home is located on a highway. We are heavy sleepers and we still had trouble.
This is a very nice campground in a quiet area. The grounds reminded me very much of a nice town park. There were lots of trees but the sites weren't overly wooded. Sites had fire rings. Annual campers sites had some very nice gardens. The pool was nice and clean. The host was friendly. We could not get Wi-Fi at our site, however, the Wi-Fi was very strong and fast at the campground store.
This KOA is really making improvements. At the rate they are going I would imagine in a year I would be changing my rating to an 8. Despite being located right on the highway, the campground was very quite. We just finished a 42 day cross country trip, and this KOA by far had the nicest bathrooms out of the 17 campgrounds at which we stayed. They also featured a $2 a person pancake breakfast which was excellent and a nice way to start the day. The owners were very friendly and working hard to improve the campground. The pool, playground, and dog area were all very nice as was the view of the farm fields located behind the campground. The sites themselves were very barren and dry and our picnic table was very deteriorated to the point of not wanting to sit at it. These were the only negatives. The campground was very good for what it was, a nice place to stop for the night while driving through Kansas.
This campground was located in the heart of Manitou Springs alongside a town park. Although it does not have a playground or pool, the park had both and was so convenient that it didn't matter. The owners were the friendliest host we've met yet. They met us at arrival and helped us back into our site. We only stayed four days but they knew us by name. They were the only campground that allowed us to use their printer to print tickets for a Rockies game. They made wonderful suggestions of where to go and what to see. The bathrooms were older but very clean. The only negatives were that the campground had spotty Wi-Fi and was like a gravel parking lot with very close sites, but this didn't bother us. We were there to see Colorado, not the campground. The campground did have partial views of Pikes Peak and was situated on a small river. Despite being located on the main road through town, it was very quite. We wish we could have stayed longer.
This campground was a pleasant surprise. The sites were all paved and level, with a lawn. All hook-ups were located in a tower. No dust and dirt here. Each site had a new picnic table and barbecue grill but no fire rings. The pool and hot tub, which had a nice view of the KC skyline, had very long hours and always had a lifeguard. The pool also had plenty of recliners and umbrella tables. The location was great, 20 minutes from downtown KC and 10 minutes from the stadiums. Our 1 night stay here, ended up being an 8 night stay due to our towing vehicle needing a new engine. The employees were very helpful and flexible. The grounds were always being cared for and there were lots of employees. My only complaint was that they did not have a playground.