We stayed at Sula Country Store on the way back home from a 10 day trip to Colorado and Wyoming. I stayed here before in 2009, enjoyed it, and wanted to try again. This is a smallish campground. There are a handful of pull-through sites, back-in sites and cabins (the campground is a former KOA). There is a fish pond for the kids, though it seems to attract mosquitoes. I unchecked "waterfront" from the review. Although the Bitterroot River is on the other side of a berm from the campground, there is heavy brush so access to the river is not great. The sites are shaded and a decent size. Bathrooms and showers were clean. They are secured by a punch lock with 4 numbered buttons. We arrived after hours and got the combination from a neighbor. If calling ahead, make sure you get the combination from the ladies who run the campground. There is a restaurant in the well-stocked store that serves excellent breakfasts, and lunch as well. All in all, a very nice campground for an overnight or extended stay. (When we were here in September 2009, a couple in a 5th Wheel had been there for several weeks fishing the Bitterroot.) I'd definitely stay here again.
Let me start with the good. The hosts were very friendly on check-in. The site we were assigned was grassy and it was fairly easy to level the trailer. Now for the parts I didn't care for. It looked like we were going to be arriving after 8:00 pm so I called at 6:00 pm to double check they had my reservation for one trailer site and one tent site across from the trailer site. The woman I talked to was confused and befuddled and could not find my reservation. It didn't give me much confidence. When we got here, they had located the reservation, but check-in took an incredible 20 minutes, despite there being three people in the office. The gentleman who was doing my reservation stopped several times to take money from kids buying candy or ice cream. Their fee includes two people per site. Extras are $3.00. I was there with my daughter and 3 of her friends to take them to the Silverwood Amusement Park on Saturday, so total of 5 people. I took a tent site and let the girls use the trailer. By rights, I should have had to pay for 1 extra person, since we had a total of 5, but they charged for 2 extras, since the girls were using the trailer. The bathroom facilities are totally inadequate for a CG of this size. I can't speak to the women's bathroom. The men's room had only one toilet stall and two showers. No toilet paper in the men's room toilet at 9:00 am Saturday. Two Honey Buckets at the west end of the campground were not very clean and smelled like they needed to be serviced. I got a good WiFi signal sitting outside the office, not at my site. Finally, the CG is quite noisy. It is on the Frontage Road, that being a road running parallel to I-90. There is much traffic noise from trucks, cars and motorcycles: bring ear plugs. Also, many seem to use this campground as one-night stopover. Friday night we had people pulling in and setting up tents right next to us at 11:00 pm. In the future, I will not be staying at this campground.
We stayed at Difficult Campground for two nights while visiting the Aspen area. This is a typical National Forest Campground with vault toilets, no showers or other services. The bathrooms were clean and well cared for. The camp hosts were helpful and accommodating on check-in. I was there over the weekend following the 4th of July and had reserved in advance, which turned out to be a good thing as the campground was full. We were in a large pull-through site that left ample room for the trailer and truck. The campsites are relatively isolated from each other and are quite large. Due to fire danger in Colorado, no fires were allowed, though each campsite has a firepit and picnic table. We were very pleased with the campground and its proximity to Aspen.
We stayed at this campground for one night on our way to Colorado and Wyoming. The staff was friendly and accommodating on check-in. We were assigned a pull-through site. I'd hoped to leave the trailer hooked up to the truck to speed our departure the next morning. Unfortunately, the site was not long enough to accommodate both the 27' trailer and my Toyota Tundra. There was a large field behind the row we were in, where people parked their trucks and that's where we put ours. The campground has mature shade trees and grass. Traffic noise was not a problem. However, the sites are very close together, and I stress very. We had a motorhome in the site to the left and their awning came within 2' of our rig. Also, Wi-Fi is secured, which is not ordinarily a problem, but we were given a "coupon" with a code on it. At night I logged in using my iPad and got a connection. When I later tried to use Wi-Fi, it would not connect. In the morning, I attempted to use my netbook and got a message that the coupon had been used on another device and could not be used. As a result, I was not able to use Wi-Fi at all. In my opinion, the campground should not restrict which devices are used, but perhaps have a policy that only one device (iPad, computer, phone, etc.) per site can be used at any one time. Due to the small sites and Wi-Fi problems, I am giving only an average rating to this campground.
We stayed at the Jerome KOA for one night on our way to Colorado and Wyoming. The campground is located about a half-mile north of I-84 on US-93. Easy to find. The staff was friendly and accommodating. We were put in a pull-through site that was large enough to accommodate a 27' travel trailer and my Tundra with room to spare. Pads are gravel but there is grass as well and mature shade trees. The sites are fairly close together, but not as bad as in some other campgrounds I've stayed in. Showers and bathrooms were clean and located in the main building. The one drawback was the cattle ranch across US 93. At times when walking around, I got a whiff of cow manure. Luckily, with the trees this didn't affect us at our site. Wi-Fi was unsecured and worked well.
We tented at this park one night on Labor Day weekend. We were meeting friends who were arriving on motorcycles, and had three sites reserved. My friend who made the reservations was told the office closed at 6:00 pm so be sure to get there before then (arrival was Saturday). I arrived first, around 5:00 pm to find a sign on the office saying "Saturday we close at 4:00 pm for the barbecue." Luckily I found a woman who worked there and she checked me in. I was told to select any open sites "in the woods." Although the main RV sites in the park were quite nice, though a bit close together, the woods was a different story. The roads were dirt, not gravel, and would likely turn to mud with any rain. A number of the sites looked like they had been carved out of a berm with a D8 Cat. No picnic tables. The bathroom was a very long walk and had two stalls each in the women's and men's rooms. Oh, and I was stung by a wasp after I inadvertently stirred up a paper wasp nest in a rotten stump in the middle of the campsite. My left arm is still swollen. The one redeeming thing was breakfast: $3 for biscuits and gravy, same for scrambled eggs and sausage, same for pancakes and sausage. Coffee and orange juice included. The hosts I encountered were friendly. As a place to set up a tent on a crowded Labor Day weekend, it will do, but there are nicer parks out there. If I had my trailer, I'd try to get one of the RV sites in the main park area, but be prepared to be cheek by jowl with the units on each side of you.
This is a decent municipal campground, approximately 40 miles East of Sioux City SD. They have cable service at some sites but no Wi-Fi. Site was large and grassy but the grass was not being watered due to a drought. A washer and dryer are located in the office area, which is open from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. The bathrooms were clean but had such a strong odor of mildew that the wife and I decided not to use the showers. Close to I-90 so there was a fair amount of road noise. There is no pool, but a municipal pool is within easy walking distance. Not a destination, but a decent place to stop off for a night.
This campground is a bit pricey, but is the nicest in this area of the Black Hills. We stayed in the Ranch Camp, which is a distance from the office and pool (they have parking for those who drive to the pool). The entire Ranch Camp area is treed with pines, and is very shady. Our site was a water/30 amp back-in site, and was very spacious. There was enough room for our screen, then room on-site. Bathrooms were clean, and a there was a laundry facility in the bathhouse. The pool is large and there are no restrictions on kids in the hot tub (a mixed blessing, I guess). The location is ideal for a drive on the Needles Highway through Custer State Park, or to access Mt. Rushmore or the Crazy Horse memorial. Hill City is 3 miles away, with a number of restaurants and a decent grocery store. The Wi-Fi signal was very weak - I had to walk down to the area around the Lower Ranch Camp to pick up a signal and even then the connection was so V-E-R-Y slow as to be almost unusable. The only improvement I can think of would be to upgrade the Wi-Fi.
This is a well maintained former KOA campground. The owners are trying to sell the campground, and their son told us a sale recently fell through. Perhaps as a result, the pool was not operational, and the camp store was not well stocked. Friendly staff. We were escorted to our site, which helps keep speed and dust down. The pull through site pad was gravel, with the rest of the site grassy. Our daughter informs us the cable channels were limited. Overall a pleasant place to stop on the way through North Dakota. The gravel road was not a major issue, but then we don't tend to get overly excited about a little dust on the rig.
This was a pleasant campground with very friendly hosts. We called ahead the day we arrived and they had a site set aside for us. The campground is shaded with numerous mature cottonwood trees, although there is not any screening between sites. The bathrooms and showers were clean. Although we did not use the pool, it appeared to be the standard-issue, smallish KOA pool. The city is doing road and bridge construction nearby, and we were informed off this when we called ahead to reserve a site. Strong WI-FI signal and fast internet connection. They host an evening social with ice cream each night, and gave us some ice cream the next morning for our daughter, who was suffering from strep throat. All in all, a pleasant place to stop off in Eastern Montana.
This park was a major disappointment. The KOA directory and website note that the park has permanent boat moorage, which gives the impression the campground is right on the lake. In reality, the lake is at least 1/3 mile away. The campground is sited in a large, open grassy area, adjacent to an RV storage facility. The trees are immature cottonwoods that provide no shade. With 100 degree heat, the lack of shade was a real drawback. Drives and site pads are crushed rock that left a chalky residue on the trailer. Bathrooms are new and very clean, but they are kept locked. A $5.00 deposit is required for each key to the men's and women's room, and we were not informed of this when we checked in, and we had to walk back to the office to get restroom keys. The campground has wireless internet, but the signal is weak and available only near the office. The staff was quite friendly. We called ahead to make sure they had a site available, and they booked us in, but for the preceding day. Luckily, they had a site available when we arrived. As a result, they put us into a full service site, even though we did not require sewer. This was good as the dump station has a sign that indicates a $4.00 charge. There is no pool. On the plus side, the store is the best-stocked KOA store we have encountered.
We stayed one night at the Coeur d'Alene KOA. Called ahead about 4 hours before arrival, and they had a site available. The park is at Exit 22 on I-90, with the nearest services 9 miles away in Coeur d'Alene proper. The park is in a beautiful location, with mature pine trees and much shade, particularly in the tent area. RV/Trailer sites are in a terraced area, with the back-in sites quite small. Our site was barely large enough for our 14' trailer and Suburban. Contrary to the opinion of an earlier poster, we believe both the pull-through and back in sites were quite close to adjacent sites. The site had no cable TV and only 20 amp power. The site next door had an extra 30 amp hookup, but our cord was not long enough. The pool is on the small side, but adequate. The major downside to this campground is the bathrooms. They were clean, but are in serious need of updating. No wireless (or other) internet. But for the out-of-date bathrooms and the lack of internet, I would rate the park as an 8.
This campground is conveniently located near both I-90 and I-25. There is some highway noise, but we were located at in a site furthest from the highway so it was not that annoying. All sites are pull-through and are well-shaded with mature cottonwood trees. Showers and bathroom facilities are located in the office which was a short walk from our camp site but is a ways from the outermost sites. They offer free wireless internet, although I had a problem with signal strength initially. There are a number of other Wi-Fi hot spots that I picked up, including a signal from the nearby Best Western. The shower/bathrooms are open 24 hours and are well lit. The pool is large enough to swim laps in and is 8' deep in the deep end. The owners are very friendly and accommodating. Our daughter enjoyed the cable tv hook-up. Very quiet campground, aside from the sounds of traffic.
Spring Creek Campground is located approximately 3 miles off I-90. To get to the campground, you have to drive through town. The campground is well taken care of and is adjacent to the Boulder River. There are two trout ponds stocked with rainbow trout. No catch and release. They charge $0.45/inch for fish caught. We asked for a riverside site, but were disappointed with the site, if you could call it that. Although the river was 10' from our site, we were wedged in between two 5th wheels. The area we were assigned was all gravel, and became quite dusty when the wind came up. Because the campground is located on the river and has several ponds, there are quite a number of flying insects that come out at night. This made it all but impossible to sit outside the trailer once the sun went down. The biggest drawback was the bathrooms and showers. The bath/shower facilities are located at the office and at the far end of one of the camping areas. Each unit has exactly one shower each for men and one for women. Also, the office facility has just two private bathrooms with sink and toilet for men and two for women. The far facility has just one bathroom each for men and women.
This was our first visit to a KOA and we were pleased with this campground. The streets are paved, which reduces dust, and the sites are well shaded. They have a pancake breakfast and an evening ice cream social, neither of which we took advantage of. The pool is small, but was adequate to cool us down on a 101 degree day. The campground store sells limited food items and souvenirs. The campground is located right off a busy commercial strip, so there is a fair amount of traffic noise, but the campground itself was very quiet. Stores nearby include Target, Lowes, and a Super Wal-Mart. There is easy access off I-90, but Reserve Road carries a lot of traffic and the stop lights seemed to last forever.