This place was a hoot. We may have lucked out at getting space #21, but for hitting all the sights in the area, this is definitely a great base camp. The grounds are well-established, old, but the playgrounds are new and well-maintained, the pool is great, they do things for the kids, like ice cream socials and movie nights, kareoke, stuff like that, on the week-ends. The staff was top-notch. Highway 101 is just above the camp, which might make the east-side campsites noisy, but we were pretty much in the center of the grounds, and it was nominal. The redwoods were just too dense to let much sound through. The Eel River is below the campground, and we had a wonderful time there, just sliding down the smooth stones. The reason I say we lucked out with #21 is, despite being close to the center of camp, in a pull-through, we were uniquely isolated by a large fruit-laden blackberry bush. Help yourself, since blackberry is practically a weed in these parts. Some might be put off by the large number of permanent residents, and until 2010, when Caltrans expects to complete a re-alignment project on 101, there's a lot of construction workers also in semi-permanent residency. Still, we found the entire Redwood River experience top-notch, and we highly recommend it.
This was just overnight, of course, but they could have warned us that they have absolutely no water pressure to speak of. If we hadn't had water with us, I don't know what we would have done. An older operation, It's a parking lot, dirt and gravel. There's no playground, although there is a game room. I overheard the manager, who was a great deal of help, even tell someone on the phone that they "weren't especially kid friendly'. On the other hand, the staff was very helpful and friendly. I scored a screw in one of my trailer tires, and between the manager, and 'Jonathan', one of the grounds keepers, I got it fixed. The state park is just next door, but you can't walk to the beach from the park without potentially having a run-in with one of the rangers, since you didn't pay the day-use fee. What this place is really geared for is fishermen. The place was hopping at five in the morning as half the campground piled out to get out to the ocean. To sum it up, the staff is far better than the grounds they're obliged to work at, and the Pacific Ocean is still right there, although you can't see it.
My wife can list many complaints, no pull-throughs, gravel sites, freeway noise, the pool closes at 8 pm, but for my money, this was one of the best parks we've ever camped at. The lay-out is like a county park, mature trees that shade your site, wide-open grassy areas, big spaces between each site, a river at one end to walk your dogs. The playgrounds are well-maintained. The staff was helpful, and it's within 16 miles of things like Disneyland and Knots Berry Farm.
After pulling in after their office had closed, I discovered they wouldn't accept checks, only cash. That was a pain. Then there was no play ground, the jacuzzi was closed and drained. We parked where we could. Parking on the street would have been just about as good.
This has got to be one of the saddest little RV parks on the planet. The lady who runs it is sweet, her son is creepy. The parking is dusty, the whole park exists on maybe a third of an acre. The facilities are clean but worn and I keep thinking of the 'Grapes of Wrath'. The kicker is, its nicer than anything else in Tonopah. All the other parks in town are the parking lots of casinos. I don't even know if they have any kind of hookups at all.
This was the second time we've been to the KOA in Ely, and its the nicest RV park we've ever stayed at. KOAs tend to be nicer than most RV parks, at least consistent, standardized, but for amenities for a family, KOA #35 in ELy can't be beat. The picnic tables at each camp spot aren't for show, you can use them, as well as the barbeque. There's a nice dog run, the playground is new and bright, and they've got this thing going, on the grass that doubles as a volleyball court. At night, they open up this little cabin that houses a big-screen TV. The kids get the biggest kick out of sitting on the grass with a blanket over their shoulders and watching some family movie. They make friends with the other kids, and its just generally a good experience. We were there to ride the Ghost Train, the Northern Nevada Railroad Museum train, so we stayed for two days. Besides the train (we took both the Ruth steam train and the Highline train) we hunted garnets at Garnet Mountain, and checked out the Ward Charcola kilns, and even found the Ward cemetery. Like the wife told me, we could have spent a week in Ely, but we said that about Pahranagat NWA as well.
Elko itself is a good-looking little city, but at the Double Dice RV Park, the family traveler rolls snake eyes. The RV slots are stacked so close together, you can barely open your doors to get out. Forget barbecueing or sitting out, there is no room. The showers and laundryroom are very good, but the playground looked like something the school system dumped fifty years ago, in a hot dusty, remote corner of the property. What the Double Dice is first and foremost, is a slot lounge. My son complained the next morning that he could hear the slot machines going off all night. That's all fine and good, but it would have been nice to know that up front. Pity the poor tent camper that stays at the Double Dice, since the 'tent camping' area is a strip of grass out in front next to the busy highway. The only reason I scheduled to stay there was it came up on the internet. A billboard on the highway proclaimed a new RV park two and a half miles down (east) from the Double Dice. Though we never got that far, I would have liked to have seen that option on the Elko searches. If you're family Rving or camping through Elko, search out somewhere other than the Double Dice, or even maybe check out any National park camp spots in the Ruby Mountain area, or maybe Carlin, a town just a little further west.