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08/2014
rating [ 3/10 ]
Major disappointment. Our site had low hanging branches that maintenance had to trim so we could get our slides out. They came promptly to do this, at least. The sites are somewhat level but narrow and hilly. We paid extra for a patio site. Waste of money. The swing on the patio was very close to the motorhome, so the view was our storage bays. Not that scenic mountain view I was expecting. Beware of this KOA if you need Wi-Fi, TV, or cell service. I felt anxious with no cell service. What if we had an emergency? I asked the arrogant manager about the lack of Wi-Fi and he blamed it on my iPad. Cable TV is a joke. No Verizon cell service until you get closer to town. The campground has the fire pits dangerously close to the RVs. I found this to be very scary, an accident waiting to happen. When campers light the fires, the air is thick with smoke. Of course, we saw many campers light the fire, sit around it for a few minutes, and then disappear, leaving the roaring fires unattended, probably because the smoke-filled air is insufferable. No KOA security personnel ever in sight. The campground is about 6 miles from Yellowstone, but the traffic makes for a slow go. The indoor heated pool sounded inviting, but it was packed with unsupervised kids, so forget about it. The crowded laundry facility was outrageously expensive: $3.00 to wash. I lost track of cost to dry since I had to keep feeding money into the machine. Leaving our site on checkout day was challenging. The lanes are narrow and clogged with vehicles parked past their site. The road was uphill with a sharp left turn. Once again, I had to walk in front of the motorhome, guiding my husband through the tight spaces. Many times we had only inches to spare. I never understand why people leave very expensive trucks parked so close to the road. I would never return to this KOA. It really disappointed. There are much better, more convenient, and cheaper ones in West Yellowstone.
07/2014
rating [ 6/10 ]
I was looking forward to this park because of all the stellar reviews. Once I got past the pretty flowers, I realized it wasn't that great. Our narrow site was not level.The cable was non-existent, and the wifi was a total frustration. We were parked across from the dumpsters, so the flowers didn't help with this unappealing sight. Leaving the campground in the morning was a challenge in that the internal exit road was very narrow. However, we've been in worse. I'm glad we were here only one night. It wouldn't make a suitable destination park at all. As a side note, the clerk who checked me in was very rude and impatient with someone on the phone. She was obviously talking to a potential guest who was wanting to know about the park. She made no attempt to step away from the desk to have the phone conversation. I thought if I'd received that attitude on the phone, I wouldn't have booked the reservation. Maybe she should find another line of work and let someone who really wants and needs a job have this one. She was a little nicer to me but not really warm and welcoming. Won't be going back to this campground.
08/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
What a pleasant find! Easy access from the freeway. Paved roads and sites in the park. We were only going to stay overnight, but the clerk told us about all the nearby attractions, so we extended for five nights. What a beautiful area! Of course, we visited Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse, but there are so many interesting areas beyond these. The resort is very clean and thoughtfully arranged. The amenities looked fantastic, but we didn't use any of them since we spent so much time touring the area. Wi-Fi and cable worked well. All hook-ups were well-placed. Gift shop and store were fully stocked. The staff was always polite and helpful. FYI: Be careful with your awnings! The wind is brisk and unpredictable. We felt the wind starting up and while we were retracting our power awning, a gust caught it and loosened the rear arm. This isn't the resort's fault, of course. Just be aware of the winds and act faster than we did. The only improvement I'd make in the resort is the addition of trees so awnings wouldn't be as necessary. Summer is very hot and sunny in the area. I'd definitely return to Elkhorn Ridge. After staying at so many less than acceptable campgrounds, I really appreciated this resort and the areas around it. I would highly recommend Elkhorn Ridge.
07/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
We didn't see the entrance for the park and ended up going the wrong way into the park. Not sure if the sign was clear enough. Don't take the first entrance! The owner helped us get into our pull-through site by guiding us a back way. His wife even came to our site to register us. Nice touch. The gravel spot was level and hookups were well-placed. Cable and Wi-Fi worked. Beautiful setting on the river with mountains behind although not too much landscaping in the park. Sunset bouncing off the mountain was a spectacular sight. The park is small and not too many spots are available, so you'll need to book well in advance. I think there was a cancellation which is why we were able to stay one night. We asked about another night, but they were booked. I appreciate owners who take pride in their facility and genuinely care about their guests.
08/2014
rating [ 1/10 ]
Somewhat a history buff, I was looking forward to seeing the first ever KOA in Billings. What a mistake! First, they don't answer their phone. Instead, I got a clerk at the 800 number who couldn't clarify the directions for me. She said to just follow the map. The map wasn't clear which is why I called. She said no one could answer the local number because they were too busy! Luckily, my GPS was correct. Entrance to the park is through narrow residential streets with a really tough turn into the park. Next problem was a very narrow, short site even though I had booked a reservation for a 38 foot motorhome with a tow car. Another problem was limited cable and very poor Wi-Fi. Next problem: the shower. It was actually nice until the hot water turned cold. However, the worst aggravation was the next morning when were leaving. The road was too narrow and crowded to make a right or left turn out of the site, so we went straight, passing by the cabins and onto a dirt road intended for cars only. Of course, the road was crowded with cars that had spilled out well past their parking spots. Throw in a very low wire coming off a pole, and we had a major challenge. I had to walk in front of the motorhome, guiding my husband as he tried his best to avoid hitting anything, sometimes with only inches to spare. This exit route was definitely not meant for a motorhome, but at least we could leave this very disappointing KOA unscathed. The only historical aspects of this park are its archaic roads and sites, its poor phone set up, and its lack of hot water. Never again. Rest stops and Walmart would be less stressful and certainly cheaper.
08/2014
rating [ 6/10 ]
This KOA is easy to find from I-75, but the road into the campground shakes everything in the motorhome. Really rough and needs to be fixed, although I doubt that will happen. The queue area is a challenge in that it is on a steep hill. Make sure your foot is securely on the brake. The clerk at the front desk seemed very rattled because several people were checking in. She had forgotten to give me my KOA discount and was peeved when I asked to have the amount corrected. The site was level and shaded and not too tight since nobody was next to us. The cable wouldn't connect and the Wi-Fi was slow to nonexistent. Once again, campground owners who promise amenities but don't deliver. Road noise was terrible, as we were practically on the freeway. However, with both air conditioners going full blast, it became less noticeable as the evening dragged on. This is OK for an overnight or if you are taking in the many Chattanooga attractions for a few days.The park is scenic and has potential, but the negatives need to be addressed. KOA parks certainly charge premium prices for less than acceptable conditions.
07/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
This park was easy to find from the freeway. Pull-through was level and long enough but not overly wide. Wi-Fi was an issue. The clerk said it was fine, but I couldn't connect and called her. She went to reboot it, but I never could connect. No cable either. Lots of shade in our section, so that was welcome. The campground is very rural, but somewhat scenic and peaceful. OK for an overnight but not a destination. Even without Wi-Fi and cable, this campground was better than the franchises.
07/2014
rating [ 10/10 ]
Easy to reach from I-70. Campground entrance was clearly marked. The owner greeted us and had all of our paperwork ready, even the Good Sam number. She escorted us to our wide, pull-through site. Very scenic, level, and quiet. All hookups were very accessible and worked. This is a privately-owned park, and the owners obviously take great pride in it. Quite the refreshing change from the franchised parks that only care about money and packing in campers. Only thing that could improve the park would be cable, but we didn't miss the TV, enjoying, instead, the tranquil setting. We wanted to stay more days, but we had to keep driving home to Florida. Highly recommend this gem!
06/2014
rating [ 3/10 ]
Very hard to reach the campground from I-25. The KOA map is confusing, and the clerk I spoke to was no help. The road to access the park was winding and narrow. The park was no better. No trees, dusty, and very unattractive. We were escorted to our narrow pull-through site,at least. The sites were gravel and somewhat level. After we had hooked up, we realized the cable and Wi-Fi didn't work. Although we had paid extra for the cable, I was too exhausted to walk to the office to let them know. Never could connect to Wi-Fi. Once again, empty promises from campground owners. I mentioned this in the morning before we left. I wasn't trying for a cable refund, and none was offered by the morning clerk. I simply thought they might want to fix it. I wrote a KOA review, and the owner e-mailed me, suggesting I was reviewing the wrong campground. Very insulting since there are no other KOAs nearby. I was astounded! She offered me a refund for the cable, but I told her to donate it. Never heard back to see if she did! I'm just chalking this up to another overpriced, sub-par KOA. Skip this one. It's not worth the challenging drive from the freeway, the dust bowl look, the lack of cable and Wi-Fi, or the rate charged.
05/2014
rating [ 1/10 ]
The ONLY good thing about this park is the location, close to Golden and Denver. There are few options in the area, and the owners at Dakota Ridge know it. For starters, they have a ridiculous reservation policy, requiring a non-refundable half down deposit. Things happen while traveling, so this policy isn't really RVer friendly. The list of disadvantages goes on. There wasn't a really good place to disconnect the toad after we had endured the inefficient check-in. The escort took us to a hard-to-reach "back alley." Although she waited for us to disconnect, I could tell she was getting impatient because we like to be careful and took our time. Then she took us to our site. UGH! It was uphill, narrow, and not level. In addition, the space to hook up the utilities was on a narrow slant. Very dangerous. An accident waiting to happen. No cable TV. The park owners obviously want to cut expenses but not the cost per night. Wifi was terrible. I called to ask about it, thinking I might not be doing the log in/ connection correctly. The clerk told me to try different times when it wasn't so busy. How insulting! I went the next day to the office to let them know I still couldn't connect. The clerk assured me they had sufficient band width but blamed the other campers for being on the wifi. Perhaps more band width might help. I never could connect/stay on in five days. Again, owners cutting costs but not price. The water pressure was low. Then on check-out day, one of the worst possible things imaginable happened. We went to retract our slide, and it stuck. The site was so unlevel the slide was pitched out. My husband had to pull on it while I pushed the button. After repeated attempts, much coaxing and pulling, and lots of tears and fears, it finally came in. He's stronger than I thought. Adrenaline, perhaps? We left via the very narrow in-park roads, vowing never to go back to Dakota Ridge ever again. I'm surprised so many people rate it so highly. Perhaps they have smaller coaches, are inexperienced with not many points of comparisons, or are relatives of owners/managers. Major disappointment for such a terrific area.
06/2014
rating [ 10/10 ]
Absolute perfection. This class A resort is small but beautiful. Each site is individually owned and landscaped. Extra clean bathrooms and laundry. You have to call the individual owner to book the site. This was somewhat difficult in that many phone numbers were no longer active, but I managed to get a very helpful owner on ones the calls. We were only going to stay two weeks and extended because we loved the peace and quiet. All hookups worked exceptionally well most days. Verizon service was strong. It's about a 45 minute drive to Glacier, but staying in Bigfork was worth the drive, especially after seeing some of the marginal campgrounds near the park. Would return gladly. Many restaurants and one grocery nearby. Flathead Lake is very scenic as is the rest of the area. We were still seeing snow capped mountains in early July. Future RV resorts and areas that we visit may never compare to Bigfork Motorcoach Resort.
05/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
After a brutally windy drive westbound on I-70, this park was a welcome relief. Easy to find from the freeway. Gravel sites were level and hookups were well placed. At least the manager told me on the phone that the Wi-Fi was only available at the office during his hours. Other campgrounds lead you to believe Wi-Fi works at the site. More often than not, it doesn't. Sites were long and wide enough. We didn't use the restroom, pool, or laundry so I can't comment on it. All we wanted to do was drop the jacks, hook up, and unwind from the challenging driving experience.
05/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
All RV parks should be this good. Check-in office was clean, attractive, and not cluttered. Staff was very efficient, personable, and helpful. We were only going to stay overnight, but stayed an extra two nights to see some of the Topeka sights recommended by the staff. Topeka was an unexpected bonus on our trip. Concrete pads, well-placed hookups, Wi-Fi that worked, and decent cable. The barbeque restaurant at the front of the park was outstanding. If the park only had some shade, it would be a "10." We were there in May, and the weather was cool, but summer heat would be a problem. Put this one on your list if passing through the area.
05/2014
rating [ 1/10 ]
Extremely hard to find this park. Clerk gave me the wrong directions and we ended up in a parking lot filled with water-filled holes. We drove through one accidentally and bent our exhaust pipe. I called again for directions. Luckily, this person helped me find my way. If I'd kept going, I would have encountered a narrow Route 66 dead-end bridge which is never good when driving a 38 foot motorhome with tow car. The campground is in an unattractive industrial area. I knew this from reading previous reviews. I didn't think the area could be all that bad. It was, but I had no other options nearby. Hook ups were ok, but the water pressure was low. Wifi was terrible. Cable was a joke. Throw in the barking dogs next door and the bus/truck engines behind and we had a terrible night. Luckily, it was just one night. Sadly, there were many permanent units, and I feel sorry for those folks who have to put up with this long-term. I'd stay all night at a rest stop before I would return here. Doesn't the KOA franchise have any standards?
05/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
Better than average KOA. Easy access from perimeter road. Near several Nashville attractions such as Opryland and Opry Mills Mall. Check-in office is busy and staffed mostly by teenagers who can't always answer questions. No escort to site but map is good enough. Sites are long enough but not overly wide. Grass between sites needs some work. A little weeding and fertilizer would help although management seems to be sprucing up other areas. Maybe our section will be next. Cable and Wi-Fi were decent. Pool and rec room looked good. No real problems with hook-ups. We didn't hear any road noise in our area. A real bonus was a group of performers in the small auditorium. Not too expensive to attend, but a great show with lots of "oldies." If back in the area, I would return to this KOA.
05/2014
rating [ 6/10 ]
Typical KOA with crammed sites and minimal gravel. When I booked the site over the phone, I asked for a pull-through, full hook up with Wi-Fi and cable. I was assured they could accommodate me. Surprise! The Wi-Fi wasn't available at the site they gave me, and the cable was marginal. The site was level at least, and the other hook ups worked OK. Entrance to campground was tight, but exit was all right. Diesel fuel nearby. It was just an overnight stay, so I didn't check out their amenities. No road noise even though we were fairly close to a main road. Would probably return but I'd make sure they gave me the Wi-Fi and cable as promised.
04/2014
rating [ 10/10 ]
Love Riverbend. It's on the river with a beautiful view. Sites are level concrete. Most are nicely finished with landscaping. Great clubhouses and pool. Very active social schedule in season.16 miles east of the freeway but on a four lane highway, so access is easy. We go back as often as possible.
05/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
I love Ft. Wilderness and have been going there since 1974. However, several things really vex me. The check-in is horribly inefficient. Long, slow lines even with on-line check-in. Next, too many rude, unsupervised golf cart drivers and bicyclists. No security car is ever in sight when the drivers almost run us over. Another problem: Campers also park their vehicles in the road in the loops making it very difficult to back a motorhome into a site. Again, security doesn't check/enforce the rules. Finally, the boat to Magic Kingdom doesn't run often enough. The boat returning from the Kingdom takes a back seat to the Wilderness Lodge boats. Many more Lodge boats are available, sometimes almost unoccupied. Despite these issues, I will only stay at the Fort as I really dislike any of the off property campgrounds.
05/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
Excellent paved, level sites. Water, sewer, and electric worked well. Beautiful pools, showers, and clubhouse. The reservation office is hard to contact. Clerk wasn't always in during posted office hours. Had to make four calls to reach her. Entry gates are problematic when entering with a motorhome and tow car. Overall, a great resort with attractive individually decorated sites. Easy access from interstate.
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