Ruby's is the closest RV park to the national park you can get without camping in the park. It is a huge park with a lot of sites and variety. We stayed in the are of the 100's - 102 - 130 or so. The 200's are way in the back and are barren and desert like. 123 and 104 are great sites. Reservations for specific sites can be made and the office staff was very nice. We enjoyed our stay here and the access to Bryce Canyon is perfect! Buy groceries before getting here. Otherwise it is a 30 minute drive to the nearest grocery store. The laundry was the most expensive of all the parks we stay in. We would definitely stay here again.
For an overnight stop, it was acceptable. The lots are actually nice and large and we had no problems getting around. The park seems well maintained as well. The 50 amp circuit did not work at our site. We called the office and they said they would send maintenance over right away. No one showed up, so we plugged in on the next site (he was only using the 30 amp outlet). Check in had us going in and out of the motel office in front of which two seemingly intoxicated men were arguing aggressively. It was uncomfortable to go in and out of the office. We were also a bit uncomfortable with some of the tenants. The RV next to us was painted and one of the tires was shredded. They had a tube type TV outside and looked pretty permanent and not well maintained. In fairness, we had no incidents. The hosts/staff and even our neighbors were nice. It was just not relaxing. We were there simply for the overnight so it worked for our needs.
Carlsbad is a small desert town. Carlsbad RV Park is a little outside of town - toward the Caverns. It was perfect for us as we intended to visit Roswell 1 day (1.5 hours away) and the caverns another day. The park has no entertainment itself, but if you are in Carlsbad, you are here for a reason. Sites are large, hosts are friendly, and it was very quiet - even after the oil workers came in for the night. There is no grass to speak of so dogs cannot play well. We stayed 3 days and would do so again if we come back this way.
Keep in mind - you are in Odessa, TX. West Texas. Land of oil and sand. Now, with that in mind, we loved Mesquite Oasis. Hosts are super, facilities were clean, sites were large and easy to access and the long-term residents were friendly. We needed it for only an overnight and it was perfect. If you have to be in Odessa, don't hesitate to stop here!
Perfect for an overnight stay. It was a little off the highway, 8 -10 miles I believe, but it was clean, the host was very friendly, and there is even a Frisbee golf course. No shade, but easy in and out with easily accessible utilities were all we needed for the night.
RUSTIC ALERT! We love Devil's Den, but be aware it is sparse. If you are a scuba diver, this is a great place for training, practice, and the dive in the underground lake is pretty cool. During low water levels you may need to walk over a few rocks, but most days you swim in from the platform and it is a nice spring dive. There is a full service dive shop on site for rentals and fills. The campground is large, quiet, shaded, and relaxing. We go there with friends and have cookouts, campfires, and enjoy the weekend. The signs say NO PETS, but in the campground it is no problem and everyone there has a pet. If you want excitement and entertainment, this might be too quiet for you. If you want to relax and camp in the woods (even in a large rig), Devil's Den is for you.
This park serves a specific purpose which is providing access to local medical facilities. There is even a shuttle and they have special medical rates. We needed something close to the city and we got it so we cannot complain. However, this is a no frills park in a difficult location, with little to do unless you have a need to be in the city. If you have a need to be "in Houston", this park probably works for you. Otherwise, stay on the West or North side or in Galveston.
The facilities at this KOA are nice and the people were helpful. However, the pull-through site we were assigned for our 41' motorhome was TINY. The slide-out on the motorhome in front of us hung over the picnic table on our site. Seriously - I would post a photo if possible. Our RV door opened almost into the next RV. Otherwise the park was nice. There were other sites that were very nice. If you reserve here, be sure to ask for one of the larger sites.
Check in process was easy and friendly. The site we were assigned was terrible. It was in a lower lot behind an apartment building with a streetlight directly over the RV. We walked the park and found numerous other sites open large enough for our RV. I went to the office to move to another site. The attitude in the office changed dramatically. I was told the park is full and I could not move. I booked the site in June and knew there were open sites. The woman at the office told me I was not moving and I could just get a refund and leave. I ran into the owner as I was returning to my RV and explained the situation. He told me that the woman in the office handled all of that and he could not do anything to help. We got a refund and left. I have never met a rude person camping...until now. The campground location is not ideal. It is situated between 2 freeways and the road noise is intense. The facility id older and not being kept up very well. Good Sam rates this park as a 9.5/10 and we booked here based on that. I have no idea how they rate campgrounds, but I have lost faith in the Good Sam system after experiencing this fiasco.