Great value for the money and the owners were terrific. As their website states, it is family managed and it feels that way, friendly and personal. They don't give the Good Sam discount but they let all active military persons stay for free and I'll gladly give up my Good Sam discount for those serving our country. There are a lot of full timers living there but unlike some full timer communities, they are very friendly people. We became friends in just a few days with several of our neighbors. Some of the nicest people around seem to live at Ron's! When we started on our way to Moab, we started looking for an RV campground on the internet. Pretty much everywhere else was in the $40 range and a bunch were already booked up. We tried calling but there was no answer (one thing is because it's just the husband and wife, they seem to not always be able to cover the phones and man the office and attend to all the other things they need to do, it seems) so we decided to drive up and hope we'd get lucky. They weren't in the office but there was a sign on the registration door that said "Find a spot without a yellow tag and come settle up later." We got lucky and found a spot with full hookups and ended up staying a few extra nights because it was such a good price and let us hike more days in Arches and Canyonlands. In terms of amenities, the sites are close together but level. The showers and bathrooms are clean and the laundry was a good price. The WiFi was pretty reliable. There were lots of families and tent campers on the weekend. It is off the beaten path of main street Moab but the neighborhood was fine. Someone else said it wasn't a great neighborhood, I disagree. I walked my dogs around the neighborhood and it's not wealthy but it's not a bad part of town or anything like that. For us, this was a great place. Inexpensive, nice owners, nice neighbors, onsite laundry and near some amazing national parks.
Centennial Campground is a nice little park, conveniently located on a frontage road right off I-90. The staff/owner couple were very helpful. For example, when I asked if they knew where we could drop off the recycling we'd been collecting for several days, the lady owner went above and beyond by calling around town to try to find us a drop off center. And the man owner came out to help us level our RV. Very friendly owners, super nice. The campground itself is a big, grassy, flat field. Very pretty. There are a few full timers here but it was 90% empty when we were here. We were the only non-full timers when we stayed. The laundry is fine and was clean; 3 washers for $1.25 each and $1 for 50 minutes for the dryers. What I especially love is the way the owners have an honor system for using their laundry supplies. There is a little cup and they ask you to pay "20 cents for a cup full of detergent, 10 cents for a dryer sheet" etc. Just very home town and thoughtful. The bathrooms and showers are clean, maybe a bit old style but the owners add paper towels and nice smelling soaps to make it nice. This is a no-frills type place but very reasonably priced at $24 when we stayed. They don't take Good Sam at such a low price, I can't blame them. We stayed 2 nights while hiking nearby parks.
Occasional train noise, though not too bad} Pros: The park is adjacent to a 1000-acre desert state land trust, which is great to hike and let dogs run. There is a self-serve RV wash ($5) and car wash ($3). The shower is hot and clean. There is a nice clubhouse with big-screen TV. The staff is friendly. Cons: There is lots of dirt and dust and no shade, though not a problem in cool February. There is only one shower, but we never had to wait. There is occasional train noise, but it's not too bad.
Pros: Amazing view of the Dog Canyon mountain and the moon rising over it. There is a great, strenuous hiking trail into Dog Canyon, which is peaceful and isolated. We could hear the fighter jets taking off each morning from White Sands and the occasional sonic boom that would shake the RV (though some may consider a con). It's close to White Sands National Monument. It has an incredible low price, cannot be beat. The sites are large, ours was flat, but a few we saw were quite uneven. Cons: The showers are pretty useless. There is no temperature control on showers, and you have to keep pumping it for water. The water was cool to lukewarm, and the room was chilly. Also there were only 2 showers, and the nozzle was broken on one in the men room. Also, there are only a few sites you can reserve, all the others are first-come, first-served, though there were plenty of sites available when we visited.
Pros: The showers were hot, and there was a nice warm heater in shower room. The Cable TV was excellent, just in time for the Super Bowl. Having at-site sewer hookups was handy. There is a 1-mile interpretive nature trail and bird-watching hut. There is a big area to walk dogs along the creek. And the price is right. Cons: Back-to-back RV sites, put our bedroom window within a couple feet of the RV behind us. And all the RVs are packed close together, not much space between them.
Pros: The sites are next to beach the and Gulf of Mexico. FREE laundry with modern machines. Many hot, clean showers. Nice hiking trails around saltwater marshes with wildlife. There is a long pier over the Gulf and a lookout tower w/360 degree views. And you cannot beat the price. Cons: There is a loud, low rumble from fishing boats nightly from 10pm - 1am just as you are trying to go to sleep. The night sky is lit up from nearby oil refineries. And though this was likely a glitch, the 30 amp fuse was broken at our site, so we had to move.
Pros: Lots of amenities including a jacuzzi and heated outdoor pool that was warm even in February. There was an inexpensive $5 delicious hot buffet breakfast with eggs, pancakes, french toast, potatoes and many other items. It had the hottest shower we've had so far on our trip, even had to turn it down. There was a nice dining room (though pricey) and a full bar. There was a no-leash dog park where dogs could run and play. There is a large laundromat, where you can pay by credit card, and get a text message when your load is complete. Cons: The place is expensive. There is lots of city noise, a constant low-hum from I-10, fighter jets taking off early each morning from the nearby Air Force base, and the sounds of trains. It was a long walk to the dog park which is locked from sundown to sunrise, and otherwise no grass to walk pets.
Pros: Amazing view of Santa Catalina Mountain range right outside your window. There are multiple warm, clean showers centrally located. It has a good price. Lots of hiking trails with Saguaro cacti, pretty desert landscape. And it's close to shopping & a mall right across the street. Cons: Shower rooms were chilly. The hiking trails were crowded, full of horses and bikers, and the hiking trails had city noise and constant bang from a nearby gun range (though the park itself was quiet).
Pros: There is lots of green space between the sites. The park is very quiet, full of nature sounds at night (owls, coyotes, frogs and crickets). We saw 120 alligators on our hike! There are numerous great, long hiking trails, marshes and lakes, with plenty of wildlife everywhere. The showers were hot and clean. We didn't want to leave this wonderful place. The only con was a daily entrance fee was tacked on to the camping price.