This site was the last night of a 12 night trip. Relative to all the other sites we stayed at in WY, MT and SD, we thought we could spend 2-3 nights here easily as there was a lot of stuff for the kids to do. The site was very nice, with shade and grass. Hookups were easy, and the restrooms/showers were an easy walk. While we didn't use the pool/hot tub, it looked pretty inviting. We were going to swim, but the kids wanted to chase and catch fireflies instead. They gathered up a bunch and had a great time doing it. The showers were pretty clean with very nice water pressure. The water was a bit soft and smelled a bit coppery, but plenty of hot water.
This was our first night in the RV on a 12 day trip, plus we were new to the RV lifestyle. When we pulled in after hours without reservations, the available spots were designated with rates on envelopes...it was pretty easy to find a site and pull on it. Hookups were plentiful...just a lot of gravel without grass. The bathrooms were okay...nothing spectacular but usable. The ladies and kids decided to stay in the RV and use the RV shower vs use the public restroom. I used the men facilities and found them to be okay. Light traffic noise and train noise, but we soon found out this is pretty common at most RV sites along I-80 going west. The train was 1/2 mile away with the interstate between it and the campground.
We enjoyed our stay at Whistlers. The "heated pool" was pretty cold when we jumped in at 7:30 PM on a hot day, but the kids loved it anyhow. The sites were okay...the bathrooms and showers were in excellent shape. Plenty of water pressure in the showers. Overall we enjoyed our one night stay.
The best thing about this park is the view of Chimney Rock at night. The monument is lit from all sides and is just stunning. To offset that view, you have to look at it from inside the RV...the mosquito's were just horrendous. They usually don't bother me too much, and they drove me inside in a matter of minutes at dusk. The lot is pretty open with large pull throughs, and hook ups were easy. However, you have to pay extra for showers and the restrooms. There is also a UP main line about 1/5 of a mile away and trains were running all evening and night. While that doesn't bother me too much, some others may not like it. The site is pretty basic, but it does get you a wonderful view of Chimney Rock that can't be beat and was a pretty good value overall.
The site was okay. You can't beat the location though to see all the park. The plus's: location, location, location. It was easy to access all four corners of the park from Fishing Bridge. The newly restored power made all the difference in making the stay very enjoyable. The general store and the ranger station were very close and access to the gas station was very easy. However, the pay showers were a minor annoyance. The minus's: no picnic tables and the sites were pretty cramped. We thought we had reserved a pull through, but everything was a back in. While not a big problem, for us as first time RV'ers, it was a bit of a challenge to back in continuously, especially late at night and in the middle of a torrential rain/hail storm. Pay showers also were an annoyance as were the prolific mosquito's. Overall, the grandeur of the park made up for any minor issues, and we liked our stay.
We loved this campsite...while it is a bit desolate, it is far enough away from the highway and the trains where they are just slight background noise. Our kids learned to play horseshoes in the games area and then jumped into the sandbox to release some more energy. We all then took nice long hot showers in the meticulously clean restrooms and had a great nights rest. The only minor drawback was the 6 mile round trip drive off the exit when the campsite is only about 1/3 mile from the interstate.
We really enjoyed our stay at Ponderosa. The site was grassy and shaded, and the bathrooms were very clean. The showers were outstanding. Access in and out of the park was easy and the owner was extremely helpful in telling us all about the things to do in Cody.