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03/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Streets are paved but sites are gravel. Most are fairly level. Hookups were very good. There are no amenities other than laundry here. No restroom/showers, picnic tables, cable TV or fire rings. If you need amenities the park next door (Desert Trails) is probably a better choice. We preferred Justin's because the sites next door were very small and you better like your neighbors. (We like space and a little privacy.) There were so many activities next door that it was almost too loud for us at times: so we liked that Justin's was quiet and peaceful. We could walk next door if we wanted to be social and hear noise, and then retreat back to Justins when we wanted quiet. Sites are very large (for Arizona standards), about 2,000 square feet and divided by nice mature plants. No tall trees (this is the desert) but not an issue for us since it was late winter/early spring and temps were moderate. We loved the beautiful views and the ability to find several desert trails right from the park. We actually liked the location. It is about 10 miles outside the city and about a 5 mile drive to get groceries, but you are surrounded by Saguaros and nature. (Plus most of the other parks that were closer to downtown didn't look too appealing) The owners are very friendly. The wife is SUPER sweet and goes out of her way to help you. We couldn't get Wi-Fi from our spot, but that didn't matter for us since we have our own internet source. If you depend on the park's Wi-Fi, a spot close to the office is recommended. They had a large row of pull throughs near the entrance, but most are back in spots. There are 3 or 4 back in spots near the office that can handle very big rigs (probably 70' deep), but the rest are only about 40-45' deep. There is plenty of room to put a trailer or tow dolly on the side on all spots and they do have a large storage area if needed. We loved hearing the horses and coyotes at night, it was fantastic!
03/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Arrived here after our first choice was full. Turned out to be the best thing after all! (Once we saw our first choice park in person we realized that we wouldn't have been happy there). While in town we went to look at all the other parks and realized that we found the perfect place for us. It was far away from the train noise and no dust issues like in the valley. The views are spectacular, and it's so quiet! The office staff are EXTREMELY friendly and helpful - almost going out of their way to help you. The overall feel at this park is that everyone is so happy and friendly. We felt it immediately when we got there - you just can't help but be happy there. Sites are very large (but gravel), water pressure was excellent, and the park is very well maintained. Be aware that the pull throughs are basically an asphalt parking lot - not ideal for a long stay. Get a back-in spot if you plan on being there for more than a night or two. Our back-in was deep enough to fit our 38' motorhome and tow dolly with room to park two cars on the side if we needed. They seemed to have lots of activities (although we didn't participate). We loved it so much that we extended our stay an extra week. Reasons I can't give it a 10: WI-FI is Tengo (pay for use) and has a weak signal. Pet area is just a dirt area outside the park (not a big deal for us because our spot was nearby). Otherwise - I couldn't find anything else wrong! We loved this park and will definitely return!
12/2010
rating [ 3/10 ]
We chose this place after seeing so many positive reviews. Our experience was nothing like what others have posted about. On the plus side: the road noise wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Spots were big and easy to get into and mostly level. Roads are paved and sites have a concrete pad: which is better than other places in town. Now here's why I couldn't give it a good overall rating. Our connections didn't work (water sprayed everywhere and there was no water pressure). There is dog waste EVERYWHERE in the grassy areas. There must be thousands of piles. I don't think anyone has cleaned up after their dogs in months. We were tired after a long day of driving and ordered a pizza from their restaurant. It was literally worse than a grocery store frozen pizza. It was nothing more than a cracker crust with bad quality cheese on top that was microwaved. The smell in the air on this side of town is just awful. Don't plan on leaving any windows open for ventilation. Wi-Fi didn't work at all (and we were in between the clubhouse and front office). Cable TV was fuzzy on most channels and some didn't come in at all. We ended up using our antenna because we had better reception than cable. Overall: you get a nice easy spot to pull into and that's about it. We've had better night stays at Wal-Mart parking lots (at least their food is better), and they're free.
12/2010
rating [ 4/10 ]
The spaces are very tight for most big rigs. With the trees and retaining walls you can't open your basement doors in most spots. It is EXTREMELY noisy. Roads are in poor condition and most sites aren't level. The Wi-Fi barely worked. There was dog waste everywhere. Traffic in and around the area is ridiculous. Be careful coming in from I-20: the branches on most roads are low enough to scrape.
11/2010
rating [ 4/10 ]
While there are some concrete pads: it appears only the long term people get them. We were given a gravel site near the office. The most annoying thing is that even though there were only about 10 long term people in the back of the park, the amount of trucks flying by our RV every 3-4 minutes going way over the speed limit and blowing up dust and rocks was beyond annoying. I don't know where these people keeping coming and going from. The sewer connections are very far back and if you don't have an extension you may not be able to reach it. Lots of dog waste everywhere. People aren't picking up after their dogs and nobody working here bothers to clean it up either. Lots of very loud dogs barking from the farm next door and gunshots heard regularly. Roads in and around area are very bad and will shake your RV like crazy. Internet was at an additional cost (Tengo) and service was very poor. Cabins are quaint and nice and the views during sunrise and sunset are lovely. Didn't get to fish (too cold) so I can't comment on that. Rate was PPA. Probably would not stay here again.
11/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Lovely park - spaces are far apart (50-100 feet). Free laundry is a nice plus. Convenient to the city and tourist sights. I would have rated this higher if it hadn't been for a lack of sewer hookups and the construction noise during the day.
10/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
If you're tired of hearing highway noise at almost every campground you go to and just want some quiet and the chance to view wildlife: then this is the place for you. No amenities or activities (which is fine with me) but you'll be camping in a breathtaking valley surrounded by pine trees and incredible wildlife. In the evening you can hear the elk (we've heard they sometimes walk within viewing distance of the campsites). Lots of deer and birds that come to the campsite. So tranquil and serene. If you don't mind a 10 minute drive, you can be in the center of Cloudcroft: a very quaint town with great gift shops and eateries. It's about 1/2 hour down the mountain to major shopping in Alamogordo so try to stock up before making the trek. Also be aware that many things you buy in Alamogordo will expand (or burst) by the time you get back up to Cloudcroft because of the change in altitude, so be prepared and keep watch on things. The only reason I can't give it higher than an 8 is that the water pressure was very low (almost unusable), sites were very tight and close together and the entrance to the campground is not for the faint of heart (very narrow and steep). The only more appropriate name for this campground would be "Starry Canyon" because you can see more stars than almost anywhere (including the milky way). One more thing to note: be aware that the main way to get here is via 82. From Alamogordo, it's a 17 mile climb up the mountain and could be difficult in a gasser if you're close to tow capacity. I personally wouldn't want to leave going this way if I had a gasser because going back down looked like it could be very difficult without air brakes. It's over 14 miles of 6% grade or more. That being said, 82 to and from Artesia is a much better route if you don't have a diesel with air brakes. We will definitely be back! (We just hope the water pressure is better next time.)
09/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
Nice clean park with lots of shade. I would have given this a higher rating if a) the highway noise wasn't so bad and b) the sites were a little bigger and more level and c) the price was more reasonable. For $51 a night it just didn't impress me. I haven't camped at any other KOA's - so maybe this really is nice compared to other KOA's. But compared to other places I've stayed - I just don't see what the hype is all about. (If the nightly rate was $35 or so I would have been more excited and would have given it an 8 or 9 rating)
09/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Basic park behind an RV dealer. Easy access. Had several big pull through spaces. The positives were that it was clean, inexpensive and had what we needed for an overnight stay without kids (e.g. full 50 amp hookups and Wi-Fi). The negatives (beyond their control) were highway noise and the loud trains passing through (one was REALLY loud at 3am). I personally don't mind the trains, so that wasn't an issue for me. I would definitely stay here again as long as the rate isn't higher than $25/night.
08/2010
rating [ 3/10 ]
I thought they were pet friendly but realized when we arrived that they are far from pet friendly. The campground itself is OK, but because traveling with pets is key to us I can't give them a better rating.
08/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
We are currently staying here for a month. We checked out all the campgrounds in CT and based on a visit here liked it the best. Now that we're actually here and have spent over a week we couldn't be happier. It's very pet friendly (which helps because we have two greyhounds and lots of places restrict dogs based on weight). We love the quiet atmosphere and the people around us have been great. The owner has been super friendly and helpful. The person who wrote the negative August review was here last week while we were here (we could tell by the review who it was because one individual kept going to the office to complain about the cable boxes). I guess there are some people who you just can't please but it's unfortunate they had to post such a bad review over it. If you're looking for a fancy resort type place with a ton of amenities and attitudes to boot, this probably isn't it. But if you want a clean, fun, tranquil place to stay surrounded by nice friendly campers, this is it. We were invited to a pot luck that some of the full-time summer people were having and it was fantastic! Good food, great people. The only reason I'm not giving it a 10 rating is that there is a tiny bit of room for improvement (e.g paved roads would be nice).
08/2010
rating [ 1/10 ]
If you have a nice class A do not even consider this place. First, you won't be able to make it in the drive without either taking off your back end or worse. The road has so many big holes from RV's scraping the pavement. If you're in a small trailer, class B or class C rig you might be able to get in without problems. Second, the place is a dump. With all the other places in CT to camp, this should be a last resort.
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