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09/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very friendly and interesting. Check out the exotic bird enclosures! The pool was closed when we were there, and the pull through sites were a little tight. But everything was well kept, with large clean restrooms. Fair Verizon service and 22+ channels of free TV on the bat wing antennae. Our very reasonable price reflects the Good Sam discount.
09/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
We enjoyed this small, friendly park. The sites were small but manageable. Hosts very friendly & helpful; very good Verizon service. The bathrooms were small but clean, and the location was excellent -- you could walk or bicycle anywhere in town.
05/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
This place is like a dream. Beautiful park! Small but attractive campground, great little zoo with well cared for animals, a pretty river and lots of hiking. The newer restroom building is also the storm shelter, and very well-built indeed. For a county park this is good as it gets. Lots of antenna TV, fair Verizon reception. 8 miles to Rochester and the Mayo Clinic. We would definitely return if we had the chance.
05/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Beautiful park. Restrooms ok, (no hand soap), showers were great with fierce water pressure! Hang on to your toupee. Nice collection of TV channels with batwing antenna, including PBS. Verizon access good. Excellent nature trails and lots of wildlife. Another excellent COE park.
05/2011
rating [ 5/10 ]
Tough times here. The nice camp hosts tried very hard, but they don't have much to work with. There are little ponds and streams through out the park, but they are mostly empty because of the drought. Many permanent guests; few RVer's. Lots of roaming dogs and cats. Cable TV didn't work, but we had 12 channels using the batwing. Verizon coverage was fair. The laundry, toilets and showers were in a quonset type building, 4 unisex toilet/shower stalls had no sinks or toilet paper(?!) There was one sink near the end of the stalls, near the laundry. Unless you're pretty hardy, you might want a self-contained rig to stay here. The nightly rate is WAY too high.
05/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
A little dusty, as previously noted - but so is most of Texas in this drought. Decent sized sites. At $21.00 this place was a good deal at Canyon Lake. If you are towing & can't back up, you might want to park at the office and walk thru to check out the campground. We found a dead end street after we'd turn down it. Fair Verizon coverage, several channels of TV with the rooftop antennae. We would stay here again.
09/2010
rating [ 1/10 ]
Cash only in this RV park. Large, level sites. Like a big gravel parking lot. Full hook-ups. There was cable; we didn't use it. The washrooms and showers were locked at 5:00 pm, and management told us they were unavailable. Laundry worked OK. We would not stay here again.
09/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice park, but we drove by yesterday (29 Sept. 2010) and it is closed indefinitely.
09/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
A mile or so north of town, at the west end, this RV/trailer park is a good deal. Level sites with shade. Electric and water only as far as we could tell, but the hosts were very friendly and attentive. We were probably the only transients, but everybody was pleasant. They are not in Trailer Life guide, but the host said she is working on a website for the park. We would stay again.
09/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
A level, gravel parking lot, but it works. We had a picnic table and electric only for $22 with Good Sam discount. Free WiFi which we did not use. It's a few bucks more for full hookup (sewer and water) and more money yet if you want the cable TV: right around $30. We find this multi-tiered pricing aggravating. There is a tent area, and a 'no hookup' place for RVer's. Streets are big and wide, but once parked your neighbors are VERY close. A nice laundry room is near the office. The toilets are open 24 hours, but the showers are available only when the office is open; from 7-10 am and from 2 -9 pm. The park is convenient to many services, and close to I-25.
09/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
A very nice park with open, sweeping vistas. Big back-in sites. Lots of boaters and ATV's here, but everyone was courteous and friendly. Excellent dump station, near the park check-in. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset over the lake, (reservoir) which was just behind our motorhome, and the Black Hills are close by to the south. While there are some trees around the lakeshore, this is open, rolling prairie, but very pretty. The central bathhouse had excellent private showers, but no lights that we could find on the toilet side. Bring a flashlight. We would camp here again.
08/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is one of our favorites. Plenty of room with blacktop parking, all sites have full hookups including sewer. Mostly flat, open RV park but the trees are finally starting to grow! Pretty wetland area meanders through the park; a lot of water and lots of ducks and geese when we were here. Good fun. One large bathroom/showerhouse for a campground this big (287 sites) might seem a little dicey, but it works ok. We've never had to wait. Shower stalls during our last stay, were a little less than spotless, but it was a busy week. If you put up the little flag at the end of your site, the shuttle bus will pick you up for a 'free' ride to the big casino. Buses every 5 minutes, 24 hours. Several very good restaurants at the casino. Car wash and large RV wash on site, plus a service bay for motorhome oil changes. VERY helpful folks at oil change facility; a great deal. We brought our own oil and filter; they charged us $12 to change it! Gas rig, of course. The Hinckley fire museum in town (2 miles) is worth a visit. The casino/RV park is 1 mile east of I-35, and at the interchange are lots of fast food places, gas stations, etc., also a multiplex theatre about a mile from the resort. This is a class act and a good deal.
05/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Pretty, wooded sites with lots of amenities for a National Forest Service campground. Very nice bathrooms/showers, helpful folks at office. Many sites pretty tight for bigger rigs. Ok beach. Fall is a 'brown' lake (tinted by tannin in the water) with a very popular boat launch. Large, attractive group areas. Little or no TV service with antennae; Verizon broadband service mediocre at best. You are in the boonies here; stock up in Ely on the way out.
04/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
A nice, slightly out of the way state park. Has lots of big trees, many birds. Bathrooms need a little updating but were functional. Iowa arboretum is very close. Also, it's close to Ames, Iowa where there is plenty to do. Iowa state parks are a great deal and we would stay here again.
04/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
We're not sure which of the Tuttle Creek campgrounds we stayed in. It is confusing in the Trailer Life guide but here goes: a big, wooded park just below the dam, with many opportunities for shade. Pull through sites are 'arcs' off the park roadways, hook-ups are on the wrong side, no matter how you do it! No big deal if you've enough cord. We laughed about it. Bathrooms could best be described as 'institutional'. Reminded me of the penitentiary! Just kidding. Not the cleanest, and it took a LONG time to get warm water, but they worked. Rates are a little confusing, and you had to pay extra to unhook your tow vehicle. We chose not to unhook, and saved $50 or $60 by not going into town for dinner, groceries, and maybe a movie. Good for us, bad for the local merchants. Seems to be a case of spending a dollar to earn a dime, but hey. Let the state park people and the Chamber of Commerce battle it out, I guess. Next time I think we'll stay up north at the Tuttle Creek 'Fancy Creek' unit up north.
04/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Just west of Amarillo, this park is very nicely done. It is clean and neat, with roomy sites. Located close (a few blocks) from I-40, but little freeway noise. Right on the open prairie, with no shade but the amenities make up for it, we thought. Texas barbecue in the evening at the adjoining cafe, we heard about breakfast also, but didn't partake. Pool and spa were closed for the season when we were here. Has very friendly owners who know the area well. The $20 rate involved joining a RV club for free night at check in; I forget which one. We would camp here again.
04/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
A pretty, oasis-like park some distance outside of Roswell. We had heard bad things from New Mexico folks about Roswell, but found the town attractive and vibrant. Didn't see any aliens, though. The 'bottomless' lakes at the park have deep blue water and are in a small chain, with desert in between. There is good walking and bicycling. It was too cold to swim when we were here, but the beach at the campground was very nice. Some TV with antennae, plus ok Verizon broadband. We would certainly camp here again.
04/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
Decent park, with pretty trees. Pool was not open in the winter as it gets cold here! Right around 7,000 feet. Good location on US-70, (not too noisy), but while it's close to retailers, restaurants, casinos and the racetrack, you'll probably be driving. We prefer the lower campground: the upper one on the hillside, is a little grim. Bathrooms are ok, the laundry works well. The lady (owner) that greeted us was charming and helpful; the man that worked here (her husband?) was a grouch. We are thoughtful, quiet campers, and fairly knowledgeable about RV'ing after 3 years full-timing. Still, I couldn't do anything right, whether parking the rig or filling our water tank without the guy whining about it. I would not stay here again.
04/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Beautiful: now we see what the fuss is all about! Astonishing views in every direction, mostly roomy sites with good privacy. There is a very pretty botanical garden, and excellent (challenging) hiking. Not too many sites with hook-ups: we considered ourselves lucky to get such a site, even during these 'off-peak' times. Many gorgeous non-electric sites; lots of sun so good for solar. The rest room w/showers will soon be remodeled, and maybe shut down for some time. Pit toilets will still be available. Remote location 12+ miles outside of Alamogordo, so get stocked up before you arrive. We would be happy to stay here again.
04/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Cozy, friendly little park. Has a nice laundry, and small but clean rest rooms. Lots of trees for shade; after it rained our coach was a mess. But that's the case in many of our favorite RV parks! Close to downtown: you can walk (1 block) to a grocery store, not much farther to restaurants, banks, etc. Friendly park people know the area well. 6 or 8 touring bicyclists came through, and set their little tents up on a grassy area to the rear of the park. We enjoyed meeting these adventurers, and appreciate the park allowing them to tent here. We would stay here again.
04/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Very pretty park, if you can find it. Set in big pine trees, with some gorgeous lake views. It's a few miles to town. Sites are well spread out, with picnic tables at each; full hook ups include sewer! A rarity in state parks. We have stayed here several times, always enjoyed it, and would have given a rating of 9, but $30 per night is just too high.
01/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
We like this park, which may soon be closing due to the fiscal mess in Arizona. Very pretty desert sites, with decent privacy for some. Easy walk (1/2 mile, slightly uphill) to the spooky Superstitions, which rise up right at the south edge of the park. Bathrooms were ok, it's no Catalina, but it works. No hookups, which we found clear going in. It's a few miles up the Apache Trail from the Junction; do your shopping on the way in. If this adventurous little park closes, it'll be a shame. Lots of volunteers would be happy to keep it open, and how tough (or expensive) can it be to do so when there are no hookups? Shame on you, Arizona legislature.
03/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice, newer park. No park models, but many (friendly) snowbirds. Beautiful pool and spa, and a great billiard table. Good laundry with many newer machines, but the card required to use them was confusing and expensive. We like coin machines. Has a decent library. Was a large equestrian park a few blocks to the north, great walking. Friendly office staff, helpful, too. Good sized gravel sites with patio and no table. Rate reflects weekly price. We would stay here again.
02/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
OK campground. You can walk to the grocery store. Single toilet is like a outhouse but flushes, and with a sink. Shower stalls good, but require quarters to use. Laundry works - just. Cable TV requires special converter box, which is provided free of charge by the park. We didn't use it for our 1 night stay. Fellow campers were a mixed bunch, but friendly. Very nice campground hosts.
02/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Excellent RV park. Some greenery, nice bathrooms & showers. Good laundry. Next door to gas station offering Mexican auto/RV insurance. Many campers here are going to or just returning from Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point). Cable TV works well but has modest selection of channels - no PBS! Great campground hosts and check in folks. Very reasonable weekly & monthly rates - our rate is for overnight stay with Good Sam.
01/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
55+ resort, many well-cared for amenities. Nice pool & hot tub, great billiard room, good laundry. Other winter guests very friendly, a most sociable place. Office very business-like. Small shower stalls, but plenty of hot water. Decent sized sites, concrete patio. No picnic table. The park is a little out of the way, but not too bad. We would have given higher reviews but the other guests all let us know immediately that the manager (and the owners) were VERY difficult, and that they treat their 'camp host' employees (seniors all) poorly. This doesn't work for us, and for that reason alone we would not stay again.
02/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
A favorite; the other reviews are right on. Big & beautiful! Serious hiking trails at the foot of the Catalina mountains. Bathrooms called the 'Taj Mahal' with good reason! Excellent. Large sites, lots of wildlife. A great oasis in the middle of the rapidly growing Oro Valley area. Very friendly (and fun) camp helpers. Gorgeous dry camping area also; we spent a few days there waiting for electric site.
10/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
Beautiful. As good as it gets for state parks in Arizona, or anywhere for that matter. Very busy except for 'off' season, we have managed to camp here once in 3 efforts. Very pretty lots with lots of shade, gorgeous river frontage. Excellent (hilly!) hiking trails. Friendly camp people with very nice 'cactus' walk near gate. Bar and store, beach for those that can brave the chilly Colorado River. A wonderful park by any standards.
10/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
We have stayed here twice in 2 years, as the excellent Buckskin Mountain next door has been full. A good 'overflow' choice. Nice beach & river front, roads very easy to drive - it's a small park with big, mostly open sites. I'm not sure of the rate with electric; lets say $20-$23 a night. Bathrooms good; hilly hikes available above the campground and river. Buckskin (1 mile south) is the prize, but River Island will work.
10/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
Good RV park. Lots of snowbirds, + many year round residents. Room for some over nighters. Great heated pool, nice whirlpool which is usually empty, as are the clean rest rooms & showers. Small store. Excellent weekly and monthly rate. Folks friendly to transients like us - we stayed 4 nights. Mostly seniors here - we never saw any kids. Beautiful sunsets at the western edge of the park, which is on a little ridge.
10/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
Decent park, fairly roomy sites: not all of which have a water hookup. A little grungy; our campsite had cigarette butts and bottle caps laying around, and they had been there awhile. Soggy, partially burned plywood in the fire pit. Toilet/shower building dated as is in most New Mexico State Parks, but better than nothing. Never saw the park people. The campground is 7 miles or so from town. There is a good hiking trail. We would camp here again.
10/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
Nice sites at the campground nearest the Visitor Center, 'tiered' with good views of the lake. Neighbors a little close but otherwise very pleasant; covered picnic table, gravel neatly raked. Decent space for a tow vehicle. Toilets and showers were dated but functional; the hand dryer in ours was broken. No soap: ever heard of Swine Flu? How about Hepatitis? It is a windy place with lots of birds, and friendly park people. Great views, nice playground. We would definitely camp there again.
03/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
We lucked into a ocean side site here, which is unusual as this is a VERY popular park - with good reason. A little pricey (like all California State Parks) but beautiful, close to a great town, and as near the ocean as you can safely be. Reserve WELL ahead during high season - which pretty much seems to be all the time here.
07/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
We camped here over the 4th of July weekend, a very busy time (and BIG party) in Mandan. The state park system screwed up our reservations, which we had made months before - but managed to get us into a non-electric site for a couple of nights, after which we moved to a site with electric (30 amp) and water nearby. This is a nicely shaded, historical park right on the Heart River, where it joins the Missouri River. No swimming is allowed in the river, which would be dicey in any case. Riverfront sites are non-electric only. There is a nice playground for kids, and a volley ball court. Watch out for the poison ivy! Away from the river there is a fascinating historical site, including the calvary fort (from where General Custer and his troops rode to their doom) and an amazing cemetery, plus the Mandan Indian 'slant' village. Great walking and biking trails. We had stayed here the previous May, and had the place entirely to ourselves - with no water or electric; they were shut down till 'spring', whenever that is! There was still a little snow on the ground, but even without any services we were charged to dry camp. We would definitely stay here again.
04/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
We pulled in here with a HUGE spring snowstorm bearing down on us from the west, and were VERY happy we did. Wonderful staff/owners, neat and clean facilities, well sheltered from the 40+ MPH winds that swept through the area during our stay.
02/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
An oasis on the Colorado River, and very popular with folks staying awhile. Parking for the most part on the grass, with tall (Cottonwood?) trees all around for shade. Bathrooms not so great. Very reasonable weekly/monthly rates, friendly staff & campers - lots of folks there for the winter. A few miles to Blythe; nice desert town. Not too far to Quartzite, AZ (but a LOT more civilized) and the Arizona border is just a few miles away if you want to save $$$ fueling up.
02/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
If you like the desert, it doesn't get any better than Catalina. Popular, (with good reason) we lucked in to a hookup site and stayed the entire 2 weeks allowed. The non-electric side is a little more private (wooded?) and there were a LOT of rigs waiting there for a hookup site. Great hiking, stunning views, very friendly staff. Horseback riding was big. Bathrooms were amazing, referred as the 'Taj Mahals'. It was a few miles south (downhill) of the park to excellent shopping, a couple miles north (uphill) to a laundromat.
01/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
Beautiful park, not great for bigger rigs. We dry camped in a 30' Class C and although a tight fit, had spectacular views in all directions. Electric sites (only a couple dollars more) are few and were all taken except for our last night. Campers may stay only 5 days in a 30 day period. Great hiking and biking. Stunning photo opportunities. Bathrooms/showers so-so.
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