I was here for four nights, and thought it was okay. What I liked is that it was very quiet, especially at night, when I slept with my windows open with no problem. Also the sites are quite roomy, not crowded together. I also liked that there were many mature trees. There are mainly winter Texans and long term residents here, but none of the sites looked junky. The cable TV was a hassle; you get a box from the office when you check in, and you have to unhook the cable to your TV, and then rehook it up again with the cable box. It was a pain in the...neck, and then when I got it all hooked up, I got a message on the screen that said "Your smart card is expired; contact your cable company to get a new one". The office was closed, so I unhooked everything so I could use my antennae to watch the two channels available through it. Also, they overcharged me by one night, but they caught it before I brought it to their attention, and wrote me a check to correct it; not sure why they didn't just issue a credit on my card, but a check worked fine.
We've stayed in perhaps four dozen different RV parks in fifteen states over the past four years, and this is one of the top three we've seen. We originally had planned to stay here for two nights, but liked it so much we extended our stay, twice, and ended up staying a total five nights. As other reviewers have noted, the place is beautiful, well landscaped and immaculate. The Gulf coast is just a few steps away via a boardwalk over the dunes. Wi-Fi is strong and fast, and everything else works well. The one downside is that the locations is somewhat remote; limited dining and shopping options are ten minutes away in Port Aransas, and for extensive dining and shopping options one must go to Corpus Christi, about a half hour drive. I hope we have the chance to come back soon.
This is a fun and funky place, and we loved it. The good: it's a great location, with numerous restaurants, bars, and live music within easy walking distance; the residents (yes, there are quite a few permanent residents here) are friendly and interesting; and if you like shade on a hot day, the trees here are beautiful and numerous. The not as good: we didn't have getting in and out in our 31' Airstream, but we saw a large Class A that was having problems making a turn; it's cash or check only, no credit cards; they do not have a web site so getting information about the park is dependent on web sites like this one. I had heard that a stay required making reservations weeks or months in advance, but we only called ahead by one time and got a spot; maybe we just got lucky. We will be back (assuming we can get a spot).
Stayed here a couple of nights prior to the balloon fiesta. It's an okay place but nothing special. They do have some cool old travel trailers. The worst things about the place for me was that the larger stones used for the gravel streets and sites were very hard on my old dog's feet; she could barely get around. While they are happy to have dogs here, I would not consider the place dog friendly since there were not good places to walk the dog. In addition to the stones, there were some stickers as well that my dog picked up in her feet.
We stayed in the VIP West lot; there are several different RV lots, and they vary quite a bit from one to another. So you should read these reviews carefully to understand which area is being described. As has been pointed out, in the VIP West area there are no hookups, it's strictly dry camping. What I was told was that "friendly" generators were allowed, meaning those that are quiet like a Honda or Yamaha; unfortunately some of my neighbors used the very loud commercial generators. My dog had a very hard time with the asphalt surface, as it included some larger stones. Staying here is not inexpensive. Despite all these downsides, I have to give the park a 6, because the balloon fiesta is such a delightful experience. It was only about a five minute walk from our trailer to the balloon field. And on a couple of mornings hundreds of balloons came right over our rig. Unbelievable. I plan to return for the festival next year.
This is the way an RV resort is supposed to be. Lots of trees, grass, and water, and the place appears well managed. I loved this place, and was sorry I was only staying one night. The only reason that I didn't give it a 10 is that there is a little noise from the nearby traffic; however, it was not loud enough to keep me from sleeping peacefully all night.
We stayed at this park a year ago, and came back for a week this summer. PROs: Easy to bicycle into town with bike lanes almost all the way to the plaza; nice views of the mountains from most sites; trail to walk the dog (although it's not very long). CONs: Some sites don't have 50 amp, some don't have sewer; large rocks on roads and sites were hard on my dog's feet. We would stay here again, because we value the nice bicycle ride to the plaza.
We enjoyed our stay at this park. Nothing fancy here except the beautiful river, but it's a very pleasant park. We only stayed three nights, but lots of the folks there stay a month or even the whole summer. No cable TV and no channels available via antennae, so unless you have a satellite dish the Internet is the only possibility; luckily the Wi-Fi is good most of the time. We will be back to stay here again.
When you see the bright yellow Penske rental trucks lined up, or a sign for apartments called The Lofts, turn in, as the entrance to the park is very difficult to see. The sign on Cerrillos Road for the park is easy to miss. We have stayed in four different RV parks in Santa Fe, and this is our favorite. This was our first stay here, as in prior visits this park did not look inviting; however, we saw that the reviews have been much more positive lately, and it's apparent that numerous improvements have been made to the park within the last year. Evidently it's under new ownership and/or management. There's much to like about this park. It's spacious, and easy to get around, with paved roads (although the sites are gravel). There are some sites with shade from trees (we were lucky enough to snag one), but some sites have no shade at all. There is a great area for walking the dog, although there are some goathead stickers to watch out for. It's right in town, just minutes from the plaza. It's also right on the bus line. There are numerous shopping and restaurant choices within five minutes drive of the park. We found that we could access the nearby bike trails without riding on the streets too much, although many of the streets in the area have bike lanes, including Cerrillos Road on which the park is located. We will definitely be back.
Had the internet worked here, I would have rated the park a 10. Luckily we had tablets with 3G, as well as smartphones, so we were connected. The WiFi was totally nonfunctional during our stay. Other than no internet, this is a fabulous park. Citrus trees with fruit everywhere, great sites, excellent off leash area for dogs, and a restaurant on site.
This is not a pleasant place to stay, although it may be the best for many miles around. As others have mentioned, the entry road is horribly rough. We had a security streetlight right behind us that shined in all night. At 5am Tuesday morning, the dumpster (which was also right behind us) was picked up and emptied by an extremely loud truck. There was no grass anywhere near us, nor any concrete, only white rock gravel everywhere.
Rate reflects AARP discount. This is my second stay at this park, and I liked it much better this time. Great area for walking the dog, but according to the manager that rustic area will be developed soon, and 76 more RV sites added there. I plan to stay here again on my next visit to Austin.
This is always our overnight stop when traveling in this area on Interstate 40. The sites are huge, level, and concrete. The park is so large, and has so many sites, that we never need to make reservations, we just pull in. Check in is easy. Everything works. There is plenty of space to walk my dog. The only down side is that the few trees are much too small to provide any shade. We will definitely stay here again the next time we are passing through Amarillo.
Price we paid reflects the weekly rate with the KOA member discount. Like many RV parks, one's experience here depends highly on which site you're in. We were in a site with little shade, and the fifth wheel next to us was so close I could have leaned our the window and touched it. However, there are some excellent sites here, that are roomy, shady, and separated from the neighbors by heavy vegetation; it just happened that none of those were available on our dates. Unlike a prior reviewer, we had no problems connecting to and using Wi-Fi, and our cell phones worked fine. Also, there are at least three excellent restaurants much closer than 15 miles: Bobcat Bite (best green chile cheeseburger I've ever had) is about 7 miles away; Cafe Fina is about 4 miles away; and La Plancha in Eldorado is about 3 miles away. Park is well run and well managed.
We stayed for a week, and the rate we paid reflects the discount for Airstream WBCCI members. There's much to like about this park: very helpful and friendly owner/managers; mountain views in every direction; great area to walk dogs off leash; and nearby access for hiking and biking. Unlike some previous reviewers, the Internet worked well for us for the most part. We could easily pick up a half dozen TV channels with excellent clarity with our antenna. They organize BYOB happy hours and other similar activities. This is not a fancy place. It's all gravel, and none of the pull through sites have a sewer connection; only the back in sites have sewer. But I liked it here very much, and would happily stay here again.
We loved the location of this park, as we were able to bicycle to the plaza each morning via primarily bike lanes. The plaza is about 3.5 miles from the RV park. The views are nice and there is some vegetation that makes the park more aesthetically pleasing than some here in the high desert. The one watch out about this park is that in many of the sites you are facing the front door of your neighbor. We were here for a week, and the nights that we did not have a neighbor in the adjacent site were much more pleasant. When we did have a neighbor, they were just a bit too close for comfort. Otherwise a fine place, and we will be back to stay here again.
This park exceeded expectations. We especially liked the large dog park, the grass buffer between sites, the immaculate bathrooms, and the well-groomed grounds. We would stay here again, even though the drought has taken its toll on Lake Travis.
This was not a good park for us, for a number of reasons. Because we have an Airstream trailer, and not a Class A motor coach, we were put in one of the worst sites. We requested to move to a larger, shadier site, but were told those were "reserved" for larger rigs. We have a dog, and while pets are allowed here, there is not much room for walking a dog, and pets are not allowed on the grassy areas (of which there are few). On the plus side, it is an easy walk to a number of restaurants, stores, Starbucks, and a bakery. It's also on the bus line, but we typically don't use buses, and didn't during this stay. We usually stay at another park, but decided to try this one because it is closer to town. We probably would not stay here at Trailer Ranch again, unless we felt strongly that we wanted to be very close to shops and restaurants.
Nothing fancy here, but just fine for an overnight stay. There was plenty of room to walk my dog, and I really liked that. The bison burger at the restaurant was really good. They have an interesting store with a variety of goods. We bought propane, and they were fast and efficient filling it. I've stayed here twice, for an overnight each time, and would happily stay again, especially for the $18 price.
Beautiful park, new and clean. Unfortunately, it's against the rules to walk your dog on the trails, of which there are many. So, to follow the rules you basically have to walk your dog on the roads. Also, there are not many trees that shade the sites. If not for those two reasons, I would have given it a 9 or 10.
Overall a nice park. Unfortunately the management is not particularly responsive to requests. When I made my reservation, I requested a shady site. And when I checked in, I politely requested the most shady site that they had available. The guy checking me in replied, "When it's 105 degrees the shade doesn't matter." Well, maybe not to him, but to me it does. He put me in a site with virtually no shade, even though there were shadier sites available. Other than that, I enjoyed my stay, and would otherwise have given the place a 9 or 10. I loved the fact that there was plenty of places to walk my big dog.
Beautiful park located right on the river. The river was extremely swollen, high, and fast during our visit, because of recent rain, as well as unusually large snow melt. Fire ring available at each site, and the park ranger even delivered firewood to our site. Would definitely stay here again.
This is a rustic park. Nothing is paved, so when it rained, there were lots of puddles. As others have pointed out, there are three dogs that run loose in the park, but they caused no problems for us or our dog. There are many improvements and construction underway here, including cabins. The location is great (close to Grand Teton National Park, and city of Jackson too), but a little difficult to find.