This is a wonderful place - and perfectly situated within walking/biking distance from the wonderful restaurants/stores of Sisters proper to the west and the brewery/movie theater/restaurants just to the east. It is quiet and lovely, even when full of rigs and the $30 senior rate ($35 regular) includes full hookups. We barely used our car for four days - biked or walked to local concerts, restaurants, Sisters Coffee House, Three Creeks Brewery to drink great beer and watch Mariners games. Way better, we think, than staying many miles out and paying $50+ per night and having to drive everywhere!
Only rated this "9" because of no direct sewer hookups, though the dump station was very close and handy. This is a spectacular place: very close to Scottsdale/Phoenix, yet a world away. They put the sites far from one another, so you feel as if you are alone in the desert. The showers are huge, clean and hot, plus free. There are miles of trails for hiking and biking, and we absolutely loved it. The sunsets are 360 degree and the birds are everywhere: especially when you put out feeders. We had Gila Woodpeckers, Cardinals, Curved Bill Thrashers plus lots of finches and wrens within feet of us all day. The birdseed bills were high!
This campground is about 10 miles nw of Tombstone: but MUCH more appealing than the RV parks actually in that town. This is desert camping, with lovely sunsets, huge pull-through sites and a great staff. Has a central building a with library/WiFi site, a large area for visiting entertainers, a pool, etc. It was a great homebase for visiting local destinations: Bisbee, Tombstone, birding sites south of Sierra Vista, San Pedro reserve, etc. And we spent much of one evening listening to a very good singer with 60+ other park residents. Very good staff. When our cable TV connection was "snowy" they spent lots of time trying to fix it. Very good "central" location for us.
If you are a birdwatcher, this is an amazing place. You enter over about 1.5 miles of dirt road, but our 32' Class A did fine, as long as we drove slowly. You just pull in and camp for free (signs make clear it's OK). There are pit toilets, picnic tables and thousands of wintering Sandhill Cranes - if you arrive before mid/late February. It was magical - and though we initially worried about being alone overnight "in the middle of nowhere," it turned out that there were several other campers there both nights. Highly recommended in the winter months. There is no charge for camping here, but I had to list $1 so the site would post it!
We wanted a homebase for daytrips to explore the Chiracahuas and Cochise Stronghold, but were leery that this park might be too marginal, given the location in town and the low price. But it was just perfect, if you don't want a pool, clubhouse, etc. We were exhausted from our day's outings and just curled up inside the motorhome for the evening. The place is very quiet, clean, and the sites were level and well graveled. And there were lots of cable TV channels to choose from. All this for $18 per night. None of the competition in Willcox is elegant, but way more expensive, so we felt we really lucked-out to be at Sagebrush.
If you love saguaro cactus and mountain views, can live with electric hookup only (but with an excellent onsite dump/refill area), and the peace and quiet of the Sonoran desert, you'll love this campground. We explored all over Tucson during the days, but loved returning through Gates Pass in our toad to this lovely peaceful campground. And it has free guided desert walks at least twice per week. We won't camp anywhere else in the area - though there is, unfortunately, a one week maximum.
This is a wonderful, wooded campground: very private sites. We did find maneuvering our 32' motor home into the drive through sites required careful planning to avoid trees. And it's true that some of them are set up so your door faces away from the site (studying the map will help you figure out which ones to avoid). We stayed in a non-electric one the first night, but transferred the next morning to electric (same price - $13.50 with a Golden Age pass). Good thing, because it rained the next two days! One warning: if you are in a big rig, coming in from the north (which brings you around the west side of the lake and down a series of corkscrew turns) is very "white knuckle" driving. No shoulders at all and major drop-offs. Really worth it to continue on down 97 and come up from near Klamath Lake (the campground is just inside the south entrance). Probably the same amount of time despite longer distance, given that we went about 20 mph through most of the park.
This place was a pleasant surprise, given the low ratings it got in Trailer Life directory. No amenities, but we got full hookup for their "Recession Rate" of $16 per night. And though parked on grass, it was level with a spectacular view across the fields to the distant hills in the west. Lots of nearby birding (Klamath NWR) and Lava Beds also close by. Very peaceful and terrific for the price.
If you like birds, this is the place for you. Within 20 minutes of hanging out our thistle and sunflower seed feeders, we were besieged by gold and house finches, siskins and all manner of other birds. We camped in an electric site at the far east end of the campground, near the birdwalk starting point. Was very quiet, with a nice view of the lake and mountains. We arrived on a Monday and had choice of electric sites, but as the week went on, there were none available and people were forced to the dry camping sites. They have a nice little visitor center, evening talks, weekend pontoon boat tours ($3 apiece) and a perfect setting. You can get a (free) pass for hiking in the nearby natural area, and the nearly daily birdwalks are free. The Elegant Trogan is everybody's target, but there are tons of other great birds. We added five new ones to our list the first day! And restrooms are immaculate, showers very clean and spacious.
We ended up here (at the intersection of Tangerine Road and I-10 northeast of Tucson) when Catalina State Park was totally full at 10 a.m. (despite having told us the day before that if we showed up then we would likely get an electric site, and if not, certainly a dry camping site: very frustrating). We were headed north from Tucson, so chose this place for a convenient morning exit. It's extremely basic, not much shade, but had nice staff and a good price. Since it's right on the interstate, there is plenty of traffic noise, but also frequent trains passing, always sounding horns, including several during the night. Unless you're a very sound sleeper, be prepared to wake up a lot! It was fine as a base for two nights so we could play some golf, go to the Desert Museum, etc. but clearly not a destination in itself!
This is a wonderful park right on the southern end of San Diego's Mission Bay, in Imperial Beach. The daily rate is $55, but we stayed for a week with Good Sam so it lowered it a lot. Lovely breezes off the water, and we had a clear view of the bay as well (not all sites do). Very neat and clean, hedges between sites, which are huge (big enough for two cars). Putting green and driving cages for golfers. No cable TV, but our antenna/digital converter got all the SD stations clearly. Very nice, modern laundry. They charge extra for wireless internet, so we used our aircard: 5 bars with ATT. Only small issue was they only collect trash twice a week, have no dumpsters and don't recycle. (We found recyclers in the nearby shopping center and cut our trash output by 75% by taking plastics and bottles there). Park is right by the bike trail that runs 8+ miles up the Silver Strand to the lovely Hotel del Coronado.
There are 25 electric (30A) hookups in this little park right on Saratoga Lake that one neighboring camper called "Saratoga's best kept secret." Bring your own water - the water from the faucet there is very alkaline, bad tasting. Absolutely beautiful views, quiet campground. Shade would be nice, but the electric allows A/C use on hot summer days. It's just one mile out of historic Saratoga, whose Wolf Hotel has fantastic Wyoming steak/prime rib dinners. And the RV-accessible sites (dry camping) in nearby national forest have been ravaged by bark beetles, so they are really not an appealing alternative, even though in the mountains. We took day trips for stunning mountain sightseeing, returning to "our lake" in the evenings. We hated to leave this place.
This is an excellent alternative to the private (tight and expensive) campgrounds in Casper. It's 28 miles SW on Hwy 220 and run by Natrona County. There are some full hookup sites (though not on the lake and crowded), but for a day or two of dry camping, there are many sites where you pull up right by this incredible lake, with a fire ring and shaded picnic table - for just $7/night. We camped on the west side of the lake - go beyond town of Alcova about 1 3/4 miles and take Lakeside Drive. Wonderful map available at the CR407 turnoff (Alcova) at Sloanes General Store. They have all the park info and were a great help. The views and privacy were absolutely wonderful - we wished we had more time to spend there.
As others have said, if you can dry camp this is a real find. It is so close to everything, but when you return from sightseeing, etc. you are in a quiet, green wonderland. Very safe, very cheap (especially with our Sr. discount). And having such wonderful hiking trails (and biking) right there was an extra treat. Given that the nearest private campground (albeit with full hookups) was $55 per night, we were VERY happy here. And we got good TV via our digital antenna box, both had strong cellphone signals, and even got "three bars" on our air card for computer internet. The only complaint was that the restrooms are very plain - pretty clean but very basic.
We wanted a public campground within easy driving distance from Memphis sites, and this was great. The area you drive thru getting to it makes you a bit nervous (pretty run down), but the campground itself is lovely. We were there in March and it had only a few other campers - very peaceful, lots of birds, great dog-walking spaces. We also did some bike riding - roads were mostly traffic-less. Only about 15 min. to downtown Memphis. Very helpful campground host. Overall much better than we had expected (despite the occasional heavy rains and thunder storms).
After staying in wonderful state parks for way less, this was a disappointment. High percentage of permanent/long term residents, and the site was distressingly barren - a few grass tufts, very small concrete pad. And since we had a dog, very problematic - signs directed you several blocks along paved road to a drainage basin where dog could relieve himself - but sometimes it's hard for an older dog to "wait." We met some nice people, but there was no "ambiance" whatsoever - for the price, it was very minimal. Definitely not a place where you would want to spend the day - just a base for local sightseeing.
We camped here for a week and loved it. The springs are lovely and great for a peaceful swim. The boardwalk to the river is a lovely walk, and the vulture roosts stunning. Manatees were there, but hard to see. It is a great location for day trips - bike trails, Lower Suwanee Wildlife Refuge, Cedar Key - all fascinating. But just sitting/walking around the campground is lovely. Many, many birds and very friendly people. We hated to leave. Only very small problem was no washer/dryer so you have to go to a local laundromat.
We stayed here for a few days in Dec 08 and liked it so much we decided to return for a week in Feb 09. Very helpful and friendly staff (including a resident "fix it guy" who helped us reconnect our mis-installed converter boxes so the cable would work). Very dog-friendly - and how nice to walk just a few steps onto a lovely beach that goes on forever. We opted for the waterfront sites, where you are about 20' from the water line - spectacular views. It's close to Carrabelle, interesting nature sites in Tate's Hell State Forest and, a bit farther, wonderful historic Apalachicola. A great, restful, lovely place to settle in. And very reasonable prices.