This is a nice county campground. Each shower and bathroom set is in its own room so there's none of the institutional, locker-room feel. The showers take quarters and have no controls. The water is a set temp. We got there about 4:40 PM and couldn't find a host, ranger, or security so we found a space and hooked up, expecting someone to come around. No one ever showed up by the time we pulled out the next morning. My wife is trying to contact them to see if they can accept a credit card for our stay but, at this time, we're probably on the FBI's Most Wanted List for campground scoundrels.
This is about as basic as you can get and still call it an RV park. It's a grass lot with utility pedestals along the periphery. The host was a nice guy and let me park perpendicular to several sites so I wouldn't have to unhook. There was just one other rig there. The grounds appeared reasonably level. There are no bathrooms, showers, Wi-Fi, or any other amenities. The train track along one side was a bit noisy but not enough to keep me awake after a long day of driving. They love to water the grass, sprinklers were going the whole time we there, about 12 hours.
Rate reflects PA for 1st night plus 3 nights at full $30/night rate. This CG could be a 9+ except for some minor nits plus 1 big issue. First, the positives. The sites are double width for large events where they cram them in. I would not want to be here then. During our stay, each rig had a double wide for itself. The utility pedestals are in good shape and set in concrete so everything is neat and tidy. The shade trees are neatly trimmed to avoid eating RV roofs and solar panels. The surface is large (~1/2 to 1 inch) gravel that doesn't track into the RV. The sites are canted, making it difficult to level without deploying blocks. They won't let you park facing the opposite direction. There's no grass anywhere. The bathrooms and showers are worn but clean except the moldy shower curtains. The laundry has good, clean washers and dryers. The primary host is a nice guy who seems to always be hustling around and getting things done. His underling is a major negative who needs a class on customer service. His first words to me, before I said a word, were, "That's the way it is. If you have to wait 10 minutes, so be it. I don't care."
This is a charming trailer park with a few sites set aside for transients. The best spot, across the street and directly on the water, was already occupied so we got the next best, at the end of the front row, facing the lake. The remaining sites are further back, nestled among full-time trailers and 5th wheels. The owner is a nice guy. Our 25' Class C and towed fit fine but anything larger would be a tight fit. The space was level and covered with patchy grass/dirt and a mature tree. A picnic table was on site. The utility fixtures were serviceable but covered with cobwebs, a personal "ick" factor for me. The bathrooms and showers were too dimly lit to fully assess their condition. We chose to use the facilities in our rig. The laundry room and machines were serviceable. The permanent residents were friendly, unique characters who keep their dogs on-leash, picked up after them and avoided loud, noisy activities. The local Sheriff's office seemed acquainted with some of the residents. Their regular visits to the park, at least, kept troublemakers away. Our Passport America rate was $22/night including tax.
Our $9 half-price rate was based on our Senior Pass (which I think is overly generous) but, at the same time, this was strictly dry camping so that's about all I'd be willing to pay anyway. This is a typical NPS CG with LOTS of people crammed in. The sites are reasonably level asphalt.
The one thing I dislike about NPS is the Reserve America (RA) system. At this CG, RA essentially owns Loop A. Even if there's an empty space in Loop A, park employees can't edit the RA system to show I'm in it. Bottom line, an RA customer can boot me from a site at any time. Otherwise, the CG is acceptable for a few days while exploring the area. The restrooms and showers ($1.50/3 minutes) are clean and the dump ($5 regular/$2.50 Senior Pass) is well maintained. We had zero signal on either Verizon or T-Mobile devices.
The rate cited is the Passport America rate was $16.50 per night plus $3 service fee. I wish they would just raise the rate instead of playing games. This campground is fine for 1-2 days while exploring the area but, for longer stays, I'd move to one of the numerous USFS campgrounds nearby. This place has all wide, reasonably level pull-throughs. Their Wi-Fi is strong and consistent at our site in D Row. The showers and restrooms are old but acceptably clean. The campground is within 100 yards of Rte 97 so it's a bit noisy but that tends to drop off at night. The trains run along Rte 97 but, again, the noise is tolerable. They're obsessive about watering the grass to the point a maintenance man connected a sprinkler to our spigot via a "Y" adapter. It didn't have an anti-siphon device and made me a bit uneasy. I don't like anyone messing with my water. We were told during check-in the campground is going to a membership model and will not accept "transients" in the future. I predict that will be a bad move for this campground. Now that we know about the USFS campgrounds, I doubt we will stay here again when we return next year.
This is a pretty campground that meets our needs for an overnight stay. Two issues drop the rating from an 8 to 7. Also, as I write more reviews, I find that I'm more discriminating between overnight campgrounds vs destination campgrounds. I tend to be more forgiving of 1-night stands. The grass sites are reasonably level and easy to access. There are about 24 full hookup sites and dozens more can be accommodated in various electric/water/dry combinations during major events. We were the only ones there during our one-night stay. The electric/water/sewer connections are new and in good condition. I liked that they are all set into concrete foundations and not just sprouting out of the grass like some weeds. The bathrooms were very clean but had no hot water. The regular rate is listed on Passport America as $30-$36 but the price posted on the "Iron Ranger" was $18 for both PA and the regular rate. We didn't bother to ask about it since we were only staying 1 night. Customer service is lacking and indifferent. They weren't rude, just didn't care. When asked about the hot water, the man replied he had used it last week and it was fine. I'm a stickler for customer service so that dropped their rating by a full point. The ranger and the intern at the Tule Lake WWII Japanese Internment Camp Memorial were both very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
This is an OK park for overnight when you want to dump and take on water. There is an electric and water area ($15/night) which we didn't see and the full hookup area ($20/night) where we stayed 2 nights while waiting for our toad to be repaired. My wife reports the women's restroom and showers are institutional but serviceable. The men's side was a mess with trash on the floor, broken fixtures, hole in the ceiling, and a commode that appeared to have been the site of a gastrointestinal event of Mount St. Helens proportion. In short, it was disgusting. The fairground is in town, off a major road, so there are people cutting through the area. Some are strange although none appeared dangerous. On a positive note, the young lady who checked us in was very personable.
This would be a 9+ park except for 2 minor issues. First, the positives. The hostess and maintenance guy are very friendly and super efficient. I've never seen a camp hostess work as hard as the young lady who checked us in. They keep the place in tip-top condition. The bathrooms and showers are among the cleanest and nicest I've ever seen at an RV park. The showers are spacious with lots of hot water and great pressure. Every space is a pull-through and has, at least, one shade tree and a picnic table. As a western landscape and wildlife photographer, the scenery is outstanding because it's inside an 8,000 acre working ranch. The hostess was kind enough to notify me when cowboys were preparing to round up cattle and drive them to another part of the ranch. I was able to make great photos. There are also eagles, osprey, deer, pronghorn, gophers, rock chuck, snakes, wildflowers and thousands of SCBs (small chirpy birds.) Two minor issues dropped my rating to an 8. First, the PA rate of $17.50/night is 1/2 the HIGHEST REGULAR RATE of $37 (also wrong on PA site) but does not include sewer even though it's advertised on Passport America as full hookups. The lower rate of $30/night is for electric and water only but includes free use of the dump. This is simply a matter of poor wording and can be easily cleared up. It didn't matter to me since we rarely connect the sewer hose but just dump when we depart. Second, they checked us in using a Wi-Fi tablet so their Wi-Fi must be working but I couldn't get any of our 6 devices to connect. I was told they're "working on it" since they have a new, shiny dipole antenna on the roof and I was getting a strong signal at my site. I'll give them the benefit of doubt and assume Wi-Fi will be working when I return in September 2014.
Nice, quiet, well maintained park with very nice light stanchions marking every space as well as good electric pedestals, water spigot and sewer connections. There's only one shower stall in each bathroom but it's clean and has lots of hot water. Best feature is free, strong WiFi signal. I didn't meet the owner but wife says he's a very pleasant man. There seem to be a number of permanent residents but everyone seemed polite and quiet. This is not a resort. Don't expect Disneyland North! This is a place to relax for a few days or a few weeks to get away from it all. $17 is our Passport America (PA) rate.
I reviewed this CG in Nov 2013 and gave it a 9. This time it's an 8 because we're here for Mule Days, a week long town event that attracts upwards of 30,000 attendees, many in RVs. We're in a dry camp area and it's quite pleasant but, and this is a big but, there are only two shower facilities. Of course, we can shower in our rig but that quickly depletes our 35 gal fresh water and fills the holding tanks. To have the "honey wagon" service our rig costs $55 ($20 fresh water, $35 to empty tanks.) Next time, we'll know to reserve a FHU site. To be fair, we should have asked about the water/sewer situation when we made our reservations. The $16 rate is a weekly rate of $115 divided by 7. Big plus for Bishop residents, they're very friendly and welcoming of tourists.
When I first found this place 8 years ago, it would have rated an 8 due to convenience and low price. Now that I have solar, a towed, and more experience with different CGs, it falls to 5. First the good: There are 8 water/30A sites and all are level with good electrical pedestals and good water pressure. The shade trees are huge. The bathrooms and showers are reasonably clean. Now, the not-so-good: Prices have increased to where it's no longer competitive with my other favorite CGs in the area. It doesn't have an on-site dump so you have to drive 10 miles to the concessionaire's main CG where they "let you" dump for an extra $5. It's also right off Highway 395 so the noise can be bothersome. The people who pull in to walk their dogs without cleaning up are Very annoying. A host may or may not be on-site. Bottom line, it's OK if you want to be near Big Pine.
This is one of the better campgrounds we've experienced. We're not too concerned about amenities. We're looking for a place that has competent, friendly and helpful people, working site and clean bathrooms. The people we met at Quail Ridge were 10+. The fixtures (power pedestal, water spigot, sewer connection and level) were very good. The bathrooms fixtures were old but clean. There was no mold or other creepy things on the shower curtains, tile or grout and the water was hot and plentiful.
The Cochise County Fairground is a great park with level sites, water, 30A electric and an on-site dump. (This is NOT the City of Douglas RV Park by the golf course.) This CG is along Leslie Canyon Road and is protected from the road by a 6ft rock wall. It's nothing fancy but is a good staging point from which to explore the area. The staff are friendly and very helpful. If you stay 4-6 days, it's better to pay the $50 weekly rate. We stayed for 3 days after photographing sandhill cranes at Whitewater Draw. It has bathrooms and showers but we didn't use either because they are about 100 yards from the RV sites.
We only stayed here because we met friends staying at Sam's Town Hotel. To be perfectly honest, I dislike Las Vegas in general (attended too many conventions, conferences and symposia here) but this RV park is like an old, tired trailer park. The laundry room is the best feature. I was afraid to hook up my dump hose because the TT next to us seems to be leaking around the common sewage connection. I tried to route my power cable around the wet mess but I'll be sure to use gloves and spray it down with Clorox before disconnecting. Pet rules seem to be regularly disregarded. The restrooms and showers appear marginally clean but old, rusty and tired. Next time, we'll go to one of the nearby Passport America parks.
Hard to beat $6 rate for us old guys. Since we have solar, water and a dump are all we really need. There are overpriced ($5) showers available at the motel across the road, but we passed. What I love about this CG is the total lack of any cell or data signals (except satellite.) The only downside is the fine layer of dust and grit that covers everything but, if that bothers you, don't camp in the desert! The host is a great guy.
Great park for the price. Best, cleanest bathrooms and showers I've seen/used in a long time. No odd, picayune rules. It would be a 10 if it had laundry facilities. No Wi-Fi or cable but we use Millenicomm for internet and have never connected or used cable TV in 7 years.
This is an outstanding BLM campground with water and a dump ($5 fee), both of which were closed as of Nov. 5th. Being older, our Senior Pass reduced the campground fee to $2.50, no discount on dump. I almost felt guilty. The scenery is spectacular! The campground is at the base of the Sierras to the west (by base, I mean within spitting distance.) Owen Lake shimmers off to the east. Our Verizon MiFi receives a strong signal and even our TMo cell phone has service. Lots of tent and car campers this week, but the spaces are dispersed enough to avoid crowding.
Used to be free but they're now charging $15 for nothing. I used to refuel at their gas station but now, with savings from my Safeway/Vons gas rewards, I'd rather park overnight for free at the Safeway in Bishop and get up to $1/gallon off my diesel purchases. The service and attitude at Paiute Palace has also declined significantly over the past few years.