We were going to spend the winter at Colonia, but found the "Winter Texans" to be so snobbish and cliquish we looked for another park. Getting a seat at the pot luck dinners is hard because "the group" save seats for their buddies and even save seats for friends who don't even live in the park! The cable TV is below par and the Wi-Fi is on, off, weak, and not dependable. The management raised the rates this year and probably will again next year. It's an adequate park, but the snobbish winter Texans ruined it for us and I'm sure many others, too. The rate shown was for a month.
First of all, if you have Verizon, stay clear as there is no Verizon connection at Bay View. No phone or internet for two days. Restrooms and showers were old and needed updating. Showers were the bare minimum, and since I am on oxygen 24/7 I had a rough time taking a shower. We stayed in the old section and wished we had had 4 wheel drive on some of the "trails." They advertise Wi-Fi which is non-existent. It wasn't strong enough to make a connection. We didn't care for Bay View and will not be returning.
I ranked Hidden Valley as a 5 and my wife said it was a 7 even though there were no restrooms or showers. The roads are gravel and everyday a man on a tractor was filling and grading them. The road from the highway to the campground is a washboard nightmare and will literally shake your RV apart if you travel too fast. The management is good and helpful. Verizon is weak in the park, but their Wi-Fi was quite strong. We stayed for a week, but wouldn't stay that long again. Maybe a day or two would be better.
We were quite a distance from the laundry so the staff stopped by and drove my wife and our laundry to the laundry room. When she was done they brought her to our site. The laundry room was neat and clean. We would definitely stay there again. Very easy in and out. Great staff, very helpful.
What we liked about this park was it was one block off the toll road, easy to find, pull through sites. It was just plain convenient. We needed a safe, economical place to park for the night, and they delivered. We will stay there anytime we go through the area.
This place is OK if your RV is 4 wheel drive since every road is on a slope. Pull through sites are very narrow and we barely had room to step out of our motor home. We were here for the Balloon Fiesta and this place is not near the action. We don't tow a car so we were out of luck. We are retired and in our late 60's. My wife had a hard time walking on the gravel roads because of the grade, so doing laundry was out of the question. The management would not give us a refund after having decided to leave an hour after we arrived. The dumpster was a city block away, no picnic tables. We are full timers and this is one of the worse places we have ever stayed. Don't waste you time, money, or sanity on this "resort."
Nice park, great management. Very neat and clean. Very scenic. My only problem was getting to the park. You have to go down a number of narrow, poorly maintained city streets to get here. But, it's worth it. Discount to all military. Crushed gravel streets and sites, no concrete.
This is a great campground. We have stayed there twice. Big, level concrete sites with concrete patio. Each site has a cast picnic table, grill, fire ring, and pad for a tent. Sheriff patrols campgrounds. Dump station and handicap accessible bath and showers.
This is not a deluxe campground. If you are a Passport member and need a place to spend the night around the Missouri/Arkansas border on I-55 stop at Grizzly's. Nothing fancy at all, but the owner's son was very polite and helpful. The bath and clean, nice showers although we didn't use them. It's quiet and a quick on/off I-55. We will stay there again if in the area.
I thought I entered a time warp when I pulled into my site. Many old and antique trailers and motor homes dot the campground. Most are dirty and run down and the surroundings made my 28' Class C look like a new Diesel Pusher. I don't know where the shaded lots are because it's an open field lined by trees. You also see and hear the chickens roaming the campground and an occasional freight train rumbles very nearby. No, it's not a luxury resort, but it has an unmatched southern charm. For the $12.00 PPA fee we would stay here again. The manager is a good ol' boy and the campground is OK.
This was a great site we happened to stumble upon. It's a little tight getting into a few of the sites, but the view is spectacular. We woke up the next morning, laid in our bed, and looked at the beautiful lake and woods. Paved roads are nice. We will definitely stay here again if we are nearby.
The biggest problem, was the roads inside the park. They were red clay (dirt) and very rough and rutted. You could see where water had run down the roads and eroded the roads. They say they have WiFi but we were told it didn't work. Sites were leveled, but crowned. I will drive further the next time, and do not plan to stay at this park again.
I wasn't impressed. We had a reservation. Office was closed with note on window with envelope for payment. Restrooms were OK, but toilet paper was scarce. The WiFi didn't work even though I was just down from the office and I had two bars with Verizon. It wasn't bad but previous reviews had me thinking I was in store for some great landscaping, which was not the case. There was no landscaping. I would stay there again if I were driving by, but I wouldn't waste the fuel to deliberately go there.
In the summer this might be a great place, but in December it was desolate and cold. We happened to drive by it and how we ever happened to be on that road is beyond me. It may be OK in the summer for a family, but being retired seniors I probably wouldn't go back. It was too expensive for the 8 hours of electricity we used.
I liked the park and how easy it was to park and hook-up. There are nice paved roads, level sites, clean laundry, restrooms, and showers. The owners were nice although we were there around Christmas and they were busy. It's quiet, although a train occasionally goes by.