Took advantage of a special web offer, code YBB12R, whereby the nightly RV rate includes two free breakfast buffets per day in the hotel, so this was an excellent deal and I didn't mind paying for the Wi-Fi on top.
We arrived here on a Saturday afternoon, having tried to make reservations elsewhere by phone on the way and finding very little available. That IS the downside of going where the mood takes you rather than planning weeks in advance. So when we arrived, there was little to choose from and no chance of a 50A pull-through. The staff went to some length, for which I give them full credit, to not only find us a site (#101)that turned out to be satellite-friendly (our dish being at the rear of our coach, it might not have worked with a dish at the front), but they did some shuffling of bookings to enable us to stay a second night, rather than having to leave the following day without seeing much of the area. BUT this is an old park, and the site they did manage to find us was short and cramped, no chance of leaving our toad attached and impossible to get it properly off the road; our slide was nearly touching our neighbor's awning on one side and on the other, the tatty picnic table had to be right under our other neighbor's windows to get our luggage bays open. And for this 30A spot we paid what I think is an extravagant $59 a night, even after our KOA Rewards discount. The park was full, and they seem to be one of the few parks with good access to the city, so you can't blame them for charging what they can get away with, but next time, I'll be planning ahead and finding somewhere more reasonable, even if it's a bit further out.
I was almost put off by the previous reviewer's description of the steep terracing but we dropped off our toad near the office and easily backed our 34 ft motorhome into a space backing onto to the washrooms. The receptionist was professional and friendly and gave us good information about going up to Mt St Helens itself and the restaurant at Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Centre, both of which we can also recommend. We had no trouble using our satellite dish on site G5 (water and 30A, no sewer) and had Sprint mobile broadband and AT&T 3G coverage. The $1 extra wifi charge was not mentioned (we were given a code anyway) and the Passport America rate of $15 plus tax is excellent value (limit one night, you can switch to Good Sam after that for a rate of around $26).
I did wince a bit at paying KOA's rates. You'd think they could throw in a free coffee in the morning at reception but no, they want to sell you one. However, the park is spotless, especially around the pool area, and the staff are friendly and helpful. The shop seems well-stocked and they have good info on local places to visit. I would say most of the sites have tree shade but #13 is satellite friendly. Wi-Fi is free and excellent. We visited Jack Daniels' Distillery and Cumberland Caverns from here, both well worth a visit. There is a new-looking, clean and welcoming Huddle House a 5-minute walk from the park. Their omelettes were superb. The only reason I don't score the park higher is the steep fees.
Used this for an overnight stop. A bit pricey but that's KOA for you. Reception staff were friendly and Hunt's pizza is available from the office/store. The pull-through sites where we were were rather close together and so I wouldn't choose this for a long stay but 50 amp, sewer, etc. were fine and we didn't need to unhook our tow. The office serves as a tornado shelter and the park information sheet has helpful emergency procedures which was reassuring since a storm passed through during the night. Can't comment on the on-site facilities as we didn't use them. There is free WiFi, we didn't use that either, though. Site was satellite-friendly. We would stay here again for an overnight.
The sites don't give you a lot of extra space, and we are experiencing moderate to heavy noise from the road over the fence. The welcome was friendly, though, including escort to our site; the pool and lounge area look very nice and they offer some free refreshments. Having just come from rural, alcohol-free (or nearly) Utah, we enjoyed having restaurants and shopping near here.
We came here with low expectations, thinking this would be the best of a mediocre bunch, based on reviews of Elko campsites on these pages and elsewhere. However, we were pleasantly surprised, and the welcome could not have been more friendly. In fact, we found it hard to understand earlier reviewers' remarks about the sites being cramped - we opted for a back-in as we planned to use our tow vehicle anwyay, so we saved ourselves about $10, and there was plenty of room. It's a bit of a stretch to say they have a 'swimming pool' because, as the last reviewer mentions, it is only really a spa, but the facilities at the Hilton next door (including indoor pool, fitness room etc) are all available free of charge to campground guests. Finding decent venues for dinner was hard in Elko (Star and Dos Amigos were okay but not outstanding), but we enjoyed breakfasts and lunches at Ruby Station restaurant and there is a well-stocked Albertsons supermarket nearby, with other stores including WalMart and K-Mart at the next interstate junction going west. The museum in town is worth a look ($5) and has large displays of handguns and stuffed animals, and we also enjoyed a ride out (20 miles?) to Lamoille Canyon. The entrance to the campground itself is easy to miss, but as as you start to go up the hill (Idaho Street) get in the right-hand lane. You go past the front of the EconoLodge (on your right) and that right hand lane takes you straight into the campground entrance.
Echoing other reviewers, this has to be one of the best sites we’ve been on. It’s rare to find the hosts and management so spontaneously friendly, completely committed to customer satisfaction, and the park is neat, tidy and well-maintained with nice concrete pads and patches of lush grass alongside. We came here having read dodgy reviews of the KOA at Boomtown (thank you for a lucky escape, fellow reviewers!), and decided to extend our stay for a week ($169) after our three days at the $14 Passport America rate. We don’t tend to use campgrounds’ facilities like restrooms and showers so I can’t comment on those but I can confirm the wifi was working fine. The owner is aware of some earlier glitches with the wifi reported in these pages and seems determined to prevent a recurrence. Of interest to Sprint customers, Sprint’s coverage map shows no Sprint cellphone or mobile broadband internet signal here but we found both to be working perfectly, which was a bonus. We aren’t gamers, but the local Pioneer Crossing casino (2 miles west?) has excellent breakfasts including a senior breakfast for just $2.22 and evening ‘daily specials’ (if you can cope with the typically low casino lighting). Brits will feel at home here - the town of Fernley 4 miles to the west has two roundabouts! (That’s a ‘traffic circle’ for our American friends!) It also has a Scolari’s supermarket, a new Wal-Mart superstore and two truck stops (one with a truck wash and a Pilot) and good diesel prices. We would definitely return. This is the standard we will be judging others by…
One of the best-run KOA’s we’ve been to, ideal for our typical usage, as an overnight pull-through. Like another reviewer, we were delighted to have the option of a freshly cooked hot meal delivered to our door within a few minutes of getting set up - good food, good value and no dishes to wash! The cookies on arrival and treats for your pets are little touches which help to make you feel valued and welcome (other parks take note!) - there was also free basic breakfast and coffee when we were there. We don’t tend to use campgrounds’ facilities like restrooms and showers, and we didn’t use the wifi here so I can’t comment on those but we would definitely use this again as a stopover and maybe explore a bit more on a future visit.
This is probably great if you're camping with kids (the price is based on up to 8 people) but at nearly $60 a night for two adults, we felt it was poor value and not what we have come to expect from a KOA. The staff in reception were friendly enough, but all very young and (I felt) devoid of any practical RV'ing experience. No-one showed us to our site, their site map is confusing and the compass rose is wrong so complicates lining up your satellite. (I wish I had looked at the imagery on Google Earth as part of my research as then I would have seen all the trees, too). Although I had specifically asked for a satellite-friendly site (i.e. one where we can point our roof-mounted dish at a patch of unobstructed south-facing sky), we were unable to get a signal at either of the two they offered us. Another review I read mentioned the trees being adequately trimmed - I don’t agree, we had difficulty avoiding overhanging branches, the turns are tight and the spaces are too short to leave your tow vehicle hooked up, which defeats the object of having a pull-through. They must be doing something right as they claim to be full every weekend, but I don’t think we would go there again…