This is an older park. I should have been warned when we phoned to find out if there were RV sites available and the lady replied "Yes, there are only about 20 RV down there." 20 RVs in a park with 300+ sites during the summer. We paid $40 because we wanted 50 amps. There are very few 50 amp sites. The first one we tried did not work. Some of the sites are not level. The roads are narrow and one way. The sites are narrow. The road layout and the map were difficult to follow. With the one way roads and maze of roads we had to drive around 15 minutes before we found a suitable site.
The Gestapo is still here. But I had driven the wrong way on the one way camping loop and parked my car head end to my RV like I prefer to do. Rules are for the benefit of all campers. But the park is 80% vacant this time of the year. I only drove 1/3 of the way around the loop. I had just parked and within 2 minutes, I was told that I should not be parked nose to nose with my RV as that would encourage other campers to drive the wrong way on the camping loop. Then he took off in his cart to nab another miscreant. No swimming on the adjacent beach on the Gulf. The pier has been closed for repairs since hurricane Ike. The sewer connections are located conveniently only if the RV sewer connection is in the middle of the RV, not if it is at the end of the RV like most of our RVs. I will have to move my RV forward in order to dump. Many sites are too short to be able to park both the RV and your tow vehicle on the pad. There is off-site parking if you can't locate both on your pad. Upon arriving I was told to stay on the paved pads. The angle of the pads off the two campground loops can make this difficult sometimes. No trees except for some scattered palms that give little shade. Lots of birds. I consider the $25 (30 amp standard site), $30 (30 amp premium or 50 amp standard), and $35 (50 amp premium) rate pricey for this park.
The RV sites are narrow, 16'-18' per camping guide. Not much room between slide-outs. Owners live on the premises, but were not there when we arrived at 4:30 in the afternoon. The next morning we rang the doorbell and after four minutes were ready to give up when we heard a door open. She took our money and picked up a check someone else had slipped under the door. Credit cards are not accepted. WI-FI and cable TV is free. The nightly rate is $22 plus a 10+% Utah state tax. Park is located right on the highway across from a motel. We would stay here again if we needed to stay near Monticello. Better parks are about one hour down the road.
The park now has free WI-FI. Staff was friendly and helpful. 50 amp sites are more expensive. The train is the reason we are here, but this is a nice park to stay at with or without the train. We arrived at 2:30 in the afternoon on a Monday without a reservation. There were only a couple of sites available. During June and August the park is full of members of the Friends of the C&TS RR who are volunteering to work on the railroad. Reservations may be a good idea.
We stayed here last in 1997. This former KOA park was old then and is older now. We were put off by a reference in the rules to unisex restrooms. We don't know if this refers to European style restrooms, or bowing to the new trends in such states as Massachusetts and California.
The best thing about this park is that it is the closest park to the entrance to Rocky Mountain NP at Estes Park. Despite advertising the availability of wifi, I was told when we checked in on Sunday that it was not working. I was told that it would be fixed on Tuesday. I asked at the office on Tuesday morning and was told it would be fixed Tuesday or Wednesday. It still was not working when we left on Thursday. Obviously, wifi is not a priority item with this park's management. The park is built on the side of a hill. An attempt was made to level the individual campsites, but ours was not level. It seemed that each site was also occupied by a ground squirrel den. The squirrels were enjoyable to watch.
I called ahead to verify that the wifi was working and was told they would give me a site with a good signal. The signal shows 4 bars out of 5. People/personnel are friendly and helpful. The front of our RV is even partially shaded by a tree - pretty good for the Kansas prairie. That's the first thing my wife noticed when we pulled into the campsite.
A sign at the entrance says to disconnect any towed cars before entering the park. The interior roads and campsites are narrow. The sewer at our site was at the end of the site, so we would have had to disconnnect anyway in order to take advantage of the full hook-ups. Park is an older park. The office personnel were friendly enough. This was our second visit and we would consider staying again when we are in the area.
The biggest problem with this park is that it is too far off the highway and too far from the beach. The directions in the camping guides are either incorrect or hard to follow or both. Even though the park was listed as honoring Passport America, we were refused the discount. We will not stay here again, even though we have stayed here several times previously. I am a train affiliate and love the trains at this park. Tuesday nights, except during the summer, there is a bluegrass concert in the club room plus a train ride. Some of the bands are better than others. On this visit, I left the concert early. Cost is $5 and includes popcorn and soda pop.
We stay here once or twice a year and have done so for several years. We liked it much better under the previous ownership and management. The free continental breakfast on weekends has not been available on our last two stays. There is a charge for the WI-FI. Formerly a local newspaper was delivered to the site every day. On our last stay we received a newspaper only one day out of five. We never come to Florida during the peak winter season, but during the fall or spring shoulder season. Without the Passport America discount, the park rate is too high except during the peak tourist time.
This is an older park that looks like it was built as a mobile home park. Still has several mobile homes in the back. The spaces are long since they were designed for mobile homes. Our "pull-thru" site was piggy-backed behind another RV that was leaving the next day as we were. We were supposed to wait until they left before we left. The free WI-FI was available only in the clubhouse. We were told that there was a charge for WI-FI access from the RV sites. We found two unsecured WI-FI connections from our campsite, one being the same as available in the clubhouse. I was unable to send email from the park's WIFI connection. We enjoyed the roadrunners and rabbits in the park. We would stay here again as long as we could get the Passport America rate. Without the PA discount, it is too expensive. The PA discount is not available to walk-ins, but only with reservations.