This was the last night of a trip we took for over a month and the most expensive park we stayed in. We stayed in parks on lakes, rivers, and beautiful forests and never paid so much! This park is the only game in town and they know it and charge for it. It was also wet and dirty. The so-called gravel sites which aren't level are now mostly powdery dirt and since they water everything every night, it's muddy and dirty. The pet area was dead yellow grass. We've stayed there before because we have family in the area - but wish there was a better place to stay. The trees do not allow for our satellite TV to work, but I'm sure give nice shade when it's hot. There are also a lot of junky permanents there who have 2 cars and park in the roadway so it was hard to maneuver our motorhome around them. With no TV, we wanted to use internet after driving 9 hours, but the front desk gal didn't bother to give us the code and the office was closed. We left first thing in the morning - after a fitful night of loud traffic. It may have been nice at one time - but it's run down now and not worth the expense. It would have been better if we stayed free in a parking lot somewhere, it would have been quieter and our satellite TV would have worked. The $45 we paid was AFTER a Good Sam discount.
I really would like to give this place a good rating. The park is cared for nicely and shows pride of ownership, but it was so noisy. We didn't get much sleep; even wearing earplugs, which we are used to. There is a train track on one side of the campground and a highway on the other. The train doesn't seem to honk, so that's good, but there is nothing separating the campground from the hwy except a block wall; AND the hwy is on a hill, so the trucks are in low-gear going up, and jake-braking all the way down. I wish we would have kept driving, but after extensive searching, I could locate no other campgrounds anywhere nearby which is probably the only reason why this one stays open. It is a good idea to stay on the Oregon side of the Columbia river and bypass this place all together if you're driving a large vehicle. The bridge at White Salmon is extremely narrow, charges a toll, and does not recommend motorhomes. If you're traveling north you have to drive down hwy 14 through some scary narrow tunnels to get to the next bridge in Cascade Locks. Yes, IMO better to stay on the Oregon side. The spaces are a bit tight, in fact roads are so tight, that we had to go turn around in the gas station next door in order to change sites when we couldn't get our satellite to work. Although, it is a clean park - asphalt and grass, so no dirt or gravel. The landscaping is neat and each site has a picnic table and Wi-Fi works great. There is a nice dog area, but it is down around the back by the Railroad tracks and there are signs in the landscaped area by the campsites telling you to take your dog to the dog area, which is kind of tough in your pj's before going to bed! The staff is accommodating - it's just too noisy to relax or sleep!
First of all, the fees vary depending on time of year. This place is CLEAN, no dirt/dust or rocks whatsoever. Paved roads, pads are paver stones, then lots and lots of grass everywhere, acres of grassy open area between rows. The pads are huge - over 70' long and at least 20' wide, then more grass between sites, in fact the park could easily put another space between the existing spaces. Each site has it's own trash can that is emptied by staff everyday. They have their own fenced dog park. Past the dog park, over the hill, you can walk in a huge 200 acre open area, although not part of the RV park. The grounds are pleasant, flowers and very nice landscaping, with nice buildings. No pool (okay with me), but a large jacuzzi in an open end of one building with a roof over it. There is a workout area w/equipment and even a tennis court! They have free coffee in the morning in a guest lounge area and some guests gather there and visit. I don't know if I've ever rated a park a 10 before, this one is definatley a 10+.
BEWARE - ENTRANCE, VERY CONFUSING. Our GPS brought us here, but then at a very busy intersection with no time to make a decision there was a very large sign saying "No Turn Around" "No Trucks" and the driveway was a one lane road, since we drive a large motorhome towing a car and didn't want to get stuck, we passed it up and then couldn't find the entrance - we called and were told THAT WAS the entrance and that 18-wheelers try to come in all the time, so they caused us a huge inconvenience just getting in the place! Anyway, the other reviews that say the freeway noise is minimal - are not right! It is on Hwy 5 - I sleep with earplugs and could still hear it! Although we are on the end of the park where it is less impacted by it - I can't imagine being on the other end. The spaces are dirt and what may have once been grass, but is now dried weeds. There are a lot of permanents, and somehow they have nice green grass (do they water it themselves?) Spaces are tight and we had to close all our blinds on both sides due to no privacy. We tried to sit outside at night, but the sites are so close that the RV next door's bright outside light ruined our experience. At first I was disappointed that they only had 2 nights available - but now I wouldn't want to stay any longer than that.
There is a sign stating Camp Comfort - but nothing whatsoever letting you know there is a campground there. We parked our rig across the street and walked in. All we could find were signs saying "Day Use", and the entry was very tight and curvy with large trees hanging down, so we figured that no way could motorhomes get in. We kept on driving and driving and driving (using up our expensive diesel fuel), then finally pulled over and called Ventura Parks & Rec., talked to a grumpy employee who said the Day Use area we were at was the campground! You have to pass the "day use only" area and continue on to find the campground. We went back and surprisingly were able to get our motorhome in. It turned out to be pretty nice, only 1-2 other campers and it's above a small creek and only a mile from town. Price a little steep for what you get, but we'd stay again.
Campground was easy to find and the staff is friendly. Would be better if they had Wi-Fi. There are no "permies," so that is very nice. Our spot is a row back from the river, but in front of us is the tent area and there is no one there so we have a nice view of the river. We arrived on a Sunday and it was very quiet. But Monday morning, the noise let us know there is a cement plant next door, there is also a shooting range across the river, but it must be far enough away to not impact too much. The hwy is slightly noticeable, but easy to ignore. Monday morning we went out to breakfast and toured around the area, then came back to relax the rest of the afternoon. However, there is a worker running a weed-whip that has been going nearby our campsite for the past couple hours. Hopefully he will be finished soon. There is a lot of grass and it is a pleasant place, other than the noise. We would come again, as this is the best you can get in the area.
Paved streets with cement slabs for your RV and nice trees - this is a nice park in itself. However, it is about 1/3 full of full-time residents that are young families living in RVs with 2 cars each (in addition to their RV) parked all over the place, most of the men have large trucks they must work out of that they start up very early in the morning. The kids kind of take over the park in the evening running around riding bikes and playing. Yesterday evening a teenager was playing a very loud, out of tune trombone! The park is located in an industrial area near Highway 101 - but you can hardly hear the traffic. Not a destination place, but good for a night or two. The Wi-Fi is not good, you get kicked off all the time and have to keep logging in over and over, then it's as slow as dial-up. Also, there is a strange yucky smell in this town and it's does not smell like garlic! I don't know what it is - one local thought it was from "Gilroy Foods" - kind of burns the eyes! The management here is tolerant of reasonable requests, as we had to have a wheel hub seal replaced on our rig and they allowed a mobile mechanic to come and do it there, which we appreciated because we would have had to take it somewhere and then back to the RV park again. So that worked out very nicely.
This park is set up for only self-contained RV's, so they do not have bathrooms or showers. It's fairly easy to find and easy to maneuver in. Roads/sites gravel and fairly level. Just a bare basics park, no grass, not a lot of privacy and lots of "permanent", but it's kept clean and the manager is very pleasant. The 5th wheel that came in next to us (when we were gone) parked backwards, so we felt like they were "in our space" because our doors were facing each other. The weather was cold and windy so we didn't spend much time outside, but if we did, we really would have felt encroached upon by the 5th wheel next door - I don't know why they allowed him to park that way, didn't seem right. There is just a 2 foot high white wooden one board fence between sites, no bushes or anything. Location was convenient, not too far out of town. Cash or check only, no cards.
We pulled our motorhome in front ways instead of backing in so that we could overlook the big ravine and saw lots of jack rabbits. The main problem we had was with the Wi-Fi - it doesn't work. They had a man that came to our motorhome and worked on my laptop for about an hour to get it to work. The Wi-Fi didn't work on my husbands laptop either. We were told the reason is that the park doesn't want to pay for more access security, so instead they have barriers to using the Wi-Fi. Someone in a nearby apartment hacked the Wi-Fi and downloaded illegal music or something and it was going to cost the park $200/mo to have better security, instead, they made it virtually impossible to access the Wi-Fi, that's why they have a guy who spends all his time going to peoples campers and manipulating their computers (doesn't he charge more than $200/month?) My husband said his computer didn't act right after that and he had to restore it back to work properly. The park was pretty windy, so we spent no time outside, roads are gravel, site fairly level, pretty private. Some strange "permanent" people in the site next to us with some kind of shrine and in addition to their trailer, they had a tent that they used like a shed to keep things in? Brochure said they do not allow tents. Met several men who live there while working, park was pretty spacious and private, but windy, maybe due to location.
When we arrived, we were surprised at how narrow the entry way is to a campground that is supposed to accommodate big rigs. Then we noticed all the roads are dirt - no gravel whatsoever. It was very tight getting backed into our site. After considering all the reviews for Santa Fe, I felt this would be our best choice - but it's very dusty and maneuvering around is tight. It's also a ways to town - at least 10 miles. The wifi is very strong, it's not overly noisy from the nearby highway, but I could hear it. The site is fairly level, hook-ups easy. My Att cell phone signal is full bars.
There is no other campground in Taos and the owners know it!The prices were outrageous for this dusty dirty park. We did not want to pay their highest price for a pull-thru with 50amp service, so we elected to get a back-in with 30amp. The woman at the desk wasted our time going over all the sites available, because she didn't bother to ask the length of our rig - turned out there was only one that we could fit our 36' motorhome in. When we backed in, there was exactly enough room for the coach, but none for the car and the hook-ups were on the wrong side by the picnic table. Also, the bottom step was 23" off the ground (my husband measured it!) The site was very far from level, in order to get the coach level we had to have one of the front wheels about 6" off the ground. I had to use a ramp so that my dog could get in and out. It was so dirty and dusty, the dirt was fine like talcum powder and got into everything. There was gravel, but it was very sparse. We had wanted to stay in Taos a couple days and explore - but we left early in the morning after only one night. On the positive side, the wifi was strong and it was quiet.
We really liked this campground. Although they did not have sewer or a dump station, it was very nice. The pull-thru sites are very narrow, only about 15' wide with posts around the hook-ups. In fact, we took up 2 spaces because we had to park our car in the one next to ours. If there was another RV next to us, we may not have been able to put our slides out - but there were very few campers there and we would recommend going. The back-in sites appeared wider. There is a gift store, but it rather sparse. They have free dog kennels, which is a nice convenience, but one person left their dog in it for over 2 hours and it barked the whole time, we could hear it from our campsite. It got very hot and we stayed inside with the A/C during the day, took the 8am tour. Went for long walks down the road at night. Really enjoyed the prevalent deer, birds, and beautiful pair of peacocks that roam the grounds. They also have guinea hens roaming around and one lone female turkey. There is a huge manmade gourd nest facility for the purple martins being used by several types of birds. We stayed 3 days. They don't offer wifi, but we got in on their unsecured wifi signal from the office and it worked pretty well.
This campground is adequate for overnight. The sites (gravel) were a bit short for our motorhome and tow car (36' + toad). The roads are extremely narrow and if the campground had been more full, we wouldn't have been able to maneuver around. We were told to pull up through the site in front of us to get out, as the turn would have been too tight. There were a few permies, but most were tidy. As far as campgrounds, there isn't much to choose from, only one other campground, but the reviews were so bad, we passed it by. WiFi was fast with a very good signal. The highway is right here, but not that noisy.
Would have rated 10, if only they had full hook-ups and WiFi. There are 3 spots on higher ground with full hook-ups, but the rest only had electric. The roads were excellent and it was easy to drive our motorhome around. The clerk at the office said it is a "dwarf" forest and the trees don't get more than 12 feet, although I saw a few that I'd say were pushing 20. Our campsite was on a bluff above the lake. The site was gravel and quite level. Easy satellite access since the trees were not too tall. Very open private sites, neighbors 30' away on all sides. Quite, beautiful and clean. They are strict about dogs always being on leash. I would have liked trash cans more available, as they request you use the dumpsters near the campground entrance which was a ways away to carry the "doggie bag" every time! I did have very good internet access using my ATT i-phone tether, with a full signal and 3G. The campground was very peaceful and beautiful, we loved it.
This is a "no frills" park. Since it was going to rain we planned on staying 2 nights. The majority of the sites are pull-throughs, so we didn't have to unhook our tow car. There are signs all over the office that electric heaters are not allowed. This caused us a huge pain as our coach doesn't warm-up very well, so we have electric heaters to help. Unfortunately we were stuck freezing cold and blowing through all our propane because we weren't supposed to use the electric heat. The signs said full price would be charged anyone caught using electric heat and since we used Passport (we paid $16 instead of $32) it would have cost us $16 extra per day to be warm. I would say that this park would be okay in the summer, but they probably charge extra for A/C. I also noticed that the park claims to be in Meridian, but they are actually located in Marion which is about 9 miles east of Meridian. If we had known we couldn't use our heaters and had to be uncomfortable and freeze for 2 days, we wouldn't have stayed here.
We decided to join Passport America because of this campground and got our site for 1/2 price. We stayed 3 nights. We've been traveling for over a month across the U.S., and this is the best campground we've stayed in. Not only are the owners very friendly - our campsite is spectacular! We have a 36' class A motorhome and a tow car, and the site is more than big enough. Our site also has it's own private deck overlooking the lake. It's very private and quiet. The owners guided us into the spot, and we felt quite welcome. There are bird feeders attracting a variety of birds, as well as a huge deck near the owners home where fish and turtles are fed daily. They also have free coffee on the deck when the mornings are nice, and everyone sits around and visits. I would love to come back during spring or summer just to see the blooming plants that have been lovingly planted throughout the campground. I strongly recommend a stay at this park - they treat you like family here!
The park has dirt roads and pads. It has lots of trees, so satellite reception can be challenging, as well as the "free wi-fi" they advertise. There is a public road between the park and the lake, and there is a city park and dirt dumping area on the other side that requires large city trucks and equipment to be driving by a lot as well as cars. There is also an airport nearby that has loud jets doing constant "touch & go" training. The staff enforces the rules; you get a printout of the rules with your receipt - but those are not all the rules. There are more rules listed on other paperwork which we did not discover until we were reprimanded for breaking the additional rules - so read it all or you will get in trouble from the park employee who inspects your site several times a day. Other campers seem to be able to do things without getting reprimanded. Don't let it lead you to believe you can do the same; the others must have special privileges. We did not feel comfortable under such scrutiny and wanted to leave early. We discovered that they will not refund any prepaid monies if you leave early for any reason.
I'm glad I called for directions, even though I had a GPS unit in my motorhome because the nice gal told me to be sure to use the Truck Route. I would have not made it if I hadn't known that. The campground was small: but nice. The only thing I didn't like was that when I checked in, my husband was waiting in the motorhome and the gal at the counter was the only one in the store, so even though I was there first, she kept taking people buying things ahead of me. I had to wait and wait and wait. One woman bought something, left, came back later and bought something else and I was still there waiting while others were being served before me. Finally the gal decided to allow me to pay and had a whole bunch of brochures (that I had no interest in) that she wanted to open up and go through each and every one with me! Horseback riding, (I have my own horses and don't want to ride rental horses), golf cart taxi's (I have a car I tow and am not interested in that) and so on and so on. All the while, my husband waited in the motorhome. I figured the gal meant well, so didn't say anything. We stayed 2 nights and had a great time: Virginia City is so wonderful with the old beautiful buildings and Lake Tahoe isn't that far away. We took a day trip over there. Everything worked fine at the campground: Wi-Fi, TV, all was great. Price was pretty good too! By the way, be sure to go to The Ponderosa and visit "Pondo" the resident Saint Bernard puppy! Also be sure to avoid the Delta: the bartender is a jerk. The campground gave us a "buy one get one free" drink pass for the Delta, when we presented it we were charged $5 for the beer that was $4 on the menu and couldn't believe anyone with an attitude like that could be allowed to work with the public. It was so bad that we didn't even use the other coupon we had. Then we went up the street and found The Ponderosa, where the owner let us bring our dog into the bar to visit with Pondo. It was great. The "Pondo-drool" beer was the best! Said he'd accept the coupon from the Delta: but he was so nice we didn't use it.
We specifically chose this campground because it was listed in our Auto Club campground book as having Wi-Fi. We passed-up other nice campgrounds, but needed to use our computers, so continued to this one. When we got here we went into the office and noticed "No" signs everywhere. No discounts, we reserve the right to refuse service, etc...this made us a little uncomfortable. Even though it was during the week, they said they only had one spot that would accommodate our 36' motorhome, but we wanted to stay 2 nights and they only had one, unless we wanted to pull up stakes and move for the 2nd night, which we didn't. We decided to take the one night and shorten our vacation a night. The women in the office were not very nice: we figured they must be "burnt-out" dealing with the public. Even though the campground was listed in the Auto Club book, they did not give discounts for Auto Club or Good Sam. Before leaving the office I asked if they required a password for the Wi-Fi and was told that they had no Wi-Fi where my site was. I would have left if I wasn't tired and hadn't already paid: there were so many other campgrounds to choose from. We had to disconnect our tow car in order to get into the supposedly pull-through site. I do have to say that the campground was very nice; with beautiful trees and the sites were large and private. The problem with the place was the attitude of the employees and lack of Wi-Fi that we specifically chose the park for. The next morning as we walked over to the restaurant for breakfast: we could see a large bus pull in and stop, then about 100 people got out of the bus and all went and got in line for the restaurant we were walking to. This turned out to be a good thing, as the 2 women in-line in front of us said they had dinner there the night before and it was "lousy and expensive". My husband went and looked at the buffet and said it didn't look good and the price was $11.00 each, so we left. We drove down the road and went to a wonderful restaurant on hwy 12 called Bryce Canyon Pines, it was worth skipping breakfast at the lousy place! We did go to the Ruby gift shop and found it is large and has alot to choose from at reasonable prices. I felt a little like I was being herded around like cattle at Ruby's. They seem to have the monopoly at Bryce Canyon. Maybe that's how they get away with lousy food.