We decided to stay at this RV Resort because we wanted 50 amps for our electric-hungry rig and the only other park in the area offered 30 amps. This is a time-share park with about 50% of the sites individually owned (some on the rental pool and some not) and 50% of the sites owned by Management. Each site has a covered wooden cabana with a picnic table, large deck and a full-sized BBQ with propane tank on the patio. We had asked for one of their largest sites because of our big rig with four slides. The site we were given had three fir trees opposite the cabana and we couldn’t fit our rig into the site unless we backed toward the ridge onto the grass. Then, we couldn’t fully open our door without hitting the wooden cabana roof, which hangs over the deck. Because we were on the grass, at 5 a.m. the sprinkler came on and every 10 seconds hit the rig with great force. As soon as the office opened we requested a different site and were very pleased with the change. The CEO personally came to talk with us and explain how they “mis-stepped” in assigning our site and apologized. The park has tall firs, which provide shade for most sites. There was no extra charge for BBQ (that was last year, management said) and the indoor pool, spa, workout room were spotless. It was an easy 90-minute drive East to Banff and Lake Louise, a must to see. While we were here a caravan of 22 rigs headed for Alaska stopped and the staff said they always make this a two-day stay-over because of the beauty here. A steak fry including drinks and dessert was included one night for a $15 charge (US $). We hiked the mountain trails, visited the Radium Hot Pools and dined at a wonderful Austrian restaurant, all within 2 miles of the park. Although our stay began negatively, with our reassignment we really enjoyed the park and the area and will return another year.
Eagle Nest RV Resort is the best in the area. It is a small, well groomed, locally owned park with wonderful hosts who are very friendly. Everyone is invited to a DAILY social hour at 4:30 at the gazebo. This is where you get all the information about Glacier National Park and other areas of interest. We are professional musicians so we offered to do a show the last night we were there and everyone turned up to sing along with us. Probably the best aspect of the park is the two Pickleball courts. We played every day. There are paddles and balls in the office if you forget yours. The location is great for getting groceries or going to Glacier. This is a place one could spend a few days or a summer. We loved it and will try to get back at the end of our summer travels.
We had seen some of the comments on this review site about a smell at Pony Express RV Resort so we were reluctant to stop there but I am very glad we did. There was no smell that we could detect. The office says the smell is the Great Salt Lake not the refineries. And when the Lake smells all of Salt Lake notices. This park has a gated entry, young trees and bushes but it is beautifully laid out and when the landscaping matures, it will be shady. The noise from the freeway was tolerable; the individual restrooms with shower and toilet all in your own private room were spotless. There are 10 little cabins on the far West end for those who do not have rigs. The office said they were booking fast for many family reunions this summer. It is easy to see how they could accommodate families, as there are many picnic tables that could be put together for potlucks in the cabin area. We would definitely stay there again as it had all the amenities we enjoy.
Kaibab Camper RV Village (formerly Jacob Lake RV Park now managed by Canyoneers, was a real disappointment this time. Although we have stayed there many times in the past, we have not had this rig there. Our 37-foot coach should not have been a problem for the park but it definitely was. We parked very slowly and carefully between tall pine trees and large lava rocks, hooked up sewer, water and 30-amp electricity (there is no 50 amp). Within 30 minutes our electricity had gone off and it went off 16 times over the next 2 1/2 days. Sure, a trip to the office got the maintenance man to come to the breaker box for the four coaches on that line that on either side of us but when this happened in the fierce thunder and lightning storm the first night it wasn’t fun to get help in the pitch black of nighttime. Our coach has an automatic shut down if inadequate power is coming into the system. Apparently, four 30-amp sites were on the same 70-amp line. We were charged the same fee for overnight camping as everyone else who had consistent electricity but we only had electricity for about 1/2 our stay. Sure this park was built in the 1940’s, but they have not made any of the basic improvements needed for a comfortable stay. My advice? Any modern coach who wants to run anything beyond basic lights should stay away from Kaibab Camper Village. Primarily the tent campers use the less than clean showers and they cost $2.25 for five minutes. The chemical toilets are chemical toilets. Nuff said.
J and H RV Park has made some important changes for the big rigs that travel East and West on I-40 or are headed to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. In the past two years, they have removed 30 sites and made huge open sites. With relocated utilities in the rear, it makes entry and exit very easy without unhooking. This park has a pickle ball court so you can get some exercise on the road with this new sport phenomenon. A basketball hoop is also available. Because of schedule, we stayed only one night but will definitely plan on more time there on the way back. Harvey and Joann, who own and operate this park, have won many awards for their management style and it shows. The restrooms and showers were spotless. Probably the park’ finest attribute was appreciate by the small Minpin who travels with us. An enhanced dog run, over 500 feet, was a shady and pleasant place to spend time. Although we have stayed in this park many times in the past, this was the first time in the past five years and the improvements really show forward thinking and were greatly appreciated by this RV enthusiast.
We highly anticipated our stay at this KOA park as the reviews and the price suggested a peak experience. However, we were very disappointed. The site we were given was muddy but that was not the most disturbing aspect of the park, the cottonwood trees were shredding and it rained cotton day and night. It got onto all our screens and into the rig. Probably the most difficult to see was that In the tent area there were several campers that appeared to be homeless individuals and families camping with all their possessions, animals (four dogs in one site) and children's play equipment. Their possessions were scattered everywhere. Another disturbing aspect was unsupervised children, age 3, 4 and 5 (I asked their ages) riding around the park in motorized plastic cars. They mixed it up with incoming rigs. it was amazing that no one was hurt. The only redeeming aspect of this park was the nightly BBQ and breakfast for a good price, of course. I agree with one of the previous campers when they said that this park may have just priced itself out of the market. You do not get enough value for $60 plus a night.
After the last four KOA stays in the past few days I was pretty discouraged. Most of those parks had the usual dirt interior roads with overused and under subscribed enhancements and facilities. They are old. The Bozeman KOA was a nice change. It appears there is concern for the environment which is evidenced in flower beds and lush green grass and trees. The tandem parking for big rigs was unusual but it worked. There was a rig in the front park of our 150 foot site and we pulled in behind them. The 50 amp hook-ups were at the rear of each rig and convenient. When we left, we had to back out but with our walkie-talkies we managed because the paved roadway behind us was wide. The pool was highly used by the kids and there was an unique water feature that I had never seen before. There was a delightful two-foot wide stream that flowed through the center of the park and one of the planned children's activities was to drop their ducks into the stream at the top of the park and have a ducky race to the bottom. They seemed to have a great time watching their ducks move slowly down the stream. This park is about 10 miles off I-90, but on the road to the West Entrance to Yellowstone about an hour's drive away. With the price of fuel, leaving your rig here and driving down in the towed car makes sense. We would stay here again.
This is a typical KOA. We had no problem getting our big rig into our site and there were trees and bushes between sites for some privacy but the interior roads were formally gravel now dirt. It rained very hard and the interior roads had huge mud puddles and there was mud everywhere even around your rig. For a one-night pull-through it was barely passable. We would not stay here again.
There are few RV parks West of the Twin Cities. We wanted to be near Avon to visit friends so we chose this park for two nights. As mentioned in past reviews, this is an older park in a rural setting although within biking distance from Clearwater on a nice paved bike trail. We did not have a problem parking our 40 foot rig in the site given us as they have many pull-throughs that are of good length. The problem with this park as with so many KOAs is that the interior streets are gravel and they do not re gravel often enough so that in actuality, the interior streets are dirt. If it is rainy, the streets are muddy, if it is dry, the streets are dust so your rig, your car, your feet and your puppy's feet get dirty every time you are out and about in the park. The tall trees provide nice shade and did not hinder our movement and the many kids in the pool seemed to be having a wonderful time. We would probably not stay here again if there were any other park nearby that was cleaner.
What an experience in this campground. And it is definitely a campground, not an RV resort. There are tents everywhere with towels and swimming suits hanging on makeshift clotheslines. It’s full of kids and dogs and it is unbelievably noisy most of the time. The roads are narrow and the sites close together. The rear of our coach was barely three feet away from our neighbors and there was barely space on either side to open our slides. Big wooden posts that are meant to define this narrow space were a real hindrance for backing in. Close living: Kids ran and biked across sites, over hoses and under windows. Our neighbors had electrical problems one night and conversed below our bedroom window well after midnight, shining flashlights in all directions and talking in loud voices. Dogs: Although there were strictly stated rules on the checkin brochure, we had barking dogs on every side. Occasionally, someone would shout to the dog, which was a bigger intrusion than the barking. Some dogs barked off and on all night long. Firepits: Fires are allowed in designated firepits, which guests can move wherever they want. Firewood must be purchased only from the park. A layer of smoke permeated the entire campground much of the time. The two units on our right also smoked an illeagal substance each night around their campfire. Security: There was none. I never saw any monitoring of the campground to provide security or to remind campers about the rules. I felt anything on the coach could be taken or damaged without anyone ever noticing. Garbage: Although there were frequent cans in which to deposit ashes from the omnipresent campfires, one had to drive a mile to the front of the park to deposit garbage in the proper area. Water pressure at our site was generally a trickle. Too many waterlines and too many people. Quiet hours: They were stated, 10 p.m. until 7 a.m., and they were totally ignored and certainly not enforced. Would I return? Never, never, never. It is overpriced, oversubscribed and undersupported. It is rustic if not outright primitive. The only thing it has going for it is a beautiful view of the Straits and proximity to all the Mackinac attractions.
This is a warning about Machinaw City KOA's cancellation policy. We had reserved the campground several months prior to our arrival. A week ahead of our arrival, we were camped about an hour away and decided to visit this campground in our towed car. Upon viistation we found the campground not suitable for a big rig. The sites were not level, the roads muddy and there were low branches everywhere. Upon returning to our rig I called and cancelled our reservation. My phone call was 12 hours less than one week before our arrival. Apparently, hidden in the "fine print" on page 3 of the on line document there was a clause that if you cancelled after a full week before arrival you did not get your deposit of one full day refunded. This is a warning to all campers to read the fine print carefully.
Argosy's Empress Casino RV Park is barely passable as a stop going west to east around the south park of Chicago. We wanted to stay two days and move out on Sunday morning but after one night we decided to leave (and found that traffic was just fine on Saturday morning). We got up early and were ready to roll when I waited at the locked office which said it opened at 7. When no one arrived I walked over to the hotel and complained I had not received my credit card receipt since "it is given at check-out". The reply is that the RV office is really not yet staffed after winter break. I suggested a sign would be helpful for campers. If there is any rain, this park becomes very muddy and the restrooms degrade in cleanliness. There is no sewer, nor cable nor internet. It is high-priced for value received but it is really the only public park in the area. We would not stay here again.
This Eastern New Mexico park is typical to most KOA RV Parks, with one important exception: the manager actually cooks meals and delivers them to your site! What a nice surprise to receive a dinner and breakfast menu upon check-in. We had dinner delivered for under $15 and never had to unhook! Our site was long, wide and paved with 50 amp for our electricity-hungry rig. Although there were four tents in front of us, it was quiet. And, although it is near I-40 there was little if any truck noise. There are many mature trees and they are working hard on keeping the grass green even in a severe water shortage area. This RV Park is located in a rural setting with horses and cattle in surrounding fields. For exercise after dinner, we walked for two miles on a paved rural road next to the park. It was very peaceful as the sun was setting and we commented that this was what the RV lifestyle is really about. We stayed one night and would return.
I had called about reserving a site about a week ahead of our arrival. When we arrived the manager was not available so the person behind the desk directed us to the top level of three levels "where the big rigs park" she said and indicated we could select any site we wanted to park in. We went up a short hill and there were about 10 slightly slanted sites and we picked the one we wanted. About two hours later the manager came by the for nightly fee for the three rigs parked near us. Pretty laid-back. On the phone, the manager had said that we would like the big spacious sites after dark when the city lights came on and she was correct. It was beautiful. The showers were small but serviceable and clean. There were trees on the two lower levels but none on the third level. The roads were mostly paved and the sites gravel so I had to wipe my puppy's feet each time we came back into the rig. Frankly, we were not impressed when we arrived but it sure grew on us as dusk arrived. It was a great pull-through for a one-night stand. If we had wanted to, we could have walked into town for Mexican food and groceries. We would stay there again.