Location! Location! Location! Very helpful proprietors doing business the old fashioned way - cash or check only, contact the manager via phone only (no website), his word is golden. Old, funky, and fun. Tons of great dining options within a short walk or bike ride. Plenty more options if using Austin's great bus service. Zilker Park is a 5 minute walk. Watching evening bat departure from Congress bridge is a 10 minute bike ride. Couple of block walk/ride to trails along Lady Bird Lake. As others have stated, most spaces occupied by full time residents. This is now our third day of five day stay. Every resident we have encountered has been friendly and helpful. One minor caveat - low hanging wires in many spots along Park's interior roads. Our 12'-9" high coach only tickled one wire though and that was in the middle of our space at the far back end of the Park. The manager lead the way to our spot and was very helpful in watching out for wires and tree branches along the way. This is our first, but will not be our last, trip to Austin. We would gladly stay at Pecan Grove again!!
This is our second trip from AZ to TX. We have stayed at this park three times in last year, so we obviously like it. As others have stated, it is just far enough off I-10 to be quiet. Very helpful folks. Noticed they go around after campers check out to confirm, before they rent out that space again, that the departing party did indeed turn the power circuit breaker off. Just shows how attentive they are to little details that make staying there a pleasure. We have eaten BBQ from both Lum's and Cooper's. Lum's is only about a one block walk so we have eaten their 'cue twice. Both are good. Far better IMHO than any fast food joint that would be the other dining options in Junction. We are in Austin now. Who knows, maybe we will stay at Junction/North Llano on our way back to AZ next week!
Friendly staff. We chose a wide and long pull-thru. Really nice private lav/toilet/shower rooms. Pool. Full access to all Lajitas Resort facilities(trails, golf course, riding stables, etc). We do not pull a towed, but were able to rent a Jeep from the Resort for the day to tour Big Bend National Park. Jeep rental rate is $99/day with 100 free miles. Not cheap, but we preferred seeing Big Bend this way instead of sitting on a local tour company's shuttle van. Being our first trip to this area, we only spent two nights. We are now considering coming back to spend a month (only $425) next winter. Tons of things to do in the area, IF you like spending time outdoors in the desert (which my wife and I do). Contrary to reports on some websites, Maverick Ranch does accept advance reservations over the phone.
We had a riverfront site the first three nights, then a standard site for two more nights. Very clean campground and restrooms. Fire rings in each site. Most sites have shrubbery between them to offer some privacy. Easy walk to the Visitor Center, which is also stopping point for the in-park shuttle buses. In-town shuttle buses can be boarded just across the Virgin River pedestrian bridge adjacent to the Visitor Center. The only word of caution would be about low hanging branches in some of the sites. We were told the park's goal is to keep branches trimmed to about 12' above the ground, but some of the sites did not look like they fully meet that goal. Our coach is 12'-10" high so we pay close attention to height restrictions (so, no, we did not enter the park from the east via the tunnel!). There is a water fill and dump station after passing through the gate but before entering the campground.
Immaculate grounds. Bathrooms/showers cleaned daily. Roads and pull-throughs are paved. Areas not paved are covered with crushed rock, so no dust when wind blows and nothing to track into your motorhome. The on-site astronomical observatory is a real treat for about 12 or so campers each evening when skies are clear. Safeway and Ace Hardware right next door. US Post Office and Trailer Supply are across the street. WalMart a couple blocks away. Restaurants nearby too. Convenient base from which to visit Sonoita/Elgin wineries, Willcox wineries, Bisbee, Tombstone, Kartchner Caverns and other southeast Arizona attractions. We will stay at Butterfield again. One word of caution though about Benson in general - a couple dozen trains pass through each day and night. There is no place in Benson proper to get away from train noise. We got used to it. By our third (of five) nights at Butterfield we hardly paid any attention to the trains.