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01/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
We stayed here because of its proximity to Carlsbad Caverns, and it was a great overnight stop. It's right behind a shopping center that has a nice general store with a friendly manager and an attached store that sells fudge. There are some cool souvenirs in the general store like Navajo pottery, carved bears, etc. There is a restaurant across the street that looks nice from the outside, but when I went inside (it had just closed) it smelled bad and didn't seem clean or as nice as I'd thought it would be. The manager of the general store (where you check in to the RV park) explained that there were only 50-amp connections and that I could borrow an adapter if I needed one. He gave us a map and directed us to some spots to choose from, but I must have turned a little sooner than I should have (I think I should have gone another level up) and ended up in an older section of the park that hadn't been upgraded, because it was 30-amp. We decided to stay, anyway, because it was nice and quieter than the upper level (when I walked my dog up there to check it out, someone was playing music loudly in their motorhome). The spot we stayed in was level and had a good water and electrical hook-up. There were trees and a picnic table, and a laundry room and restroom with a shower. Maybe I'm not too picky, but I thought it was great. Just a heads up--there is a ton of construction going on in Carlsbad proper right now, according to some fellow tourists we met who said it was a real nightmare in their motorhome. If you're leaving the area and heading North you'll want to go around the city of Carlsbad if you can--just check with one of the people in the general store or the attached shop with the fudge and they will give you an update on the status of the construction and good directions to circumvent the city.
01/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
I really liked this little RV park. I called a couple hours before arriving and the owner recommended I take one of two pull-through sites when I arrived. It was a level site that allowed us to exit onto the highway through a gate--very convenient. The restroom and shower were clean and the shower was hot and had great water pressure. I really liked the honor system for the laundry and snack store--so nice not to have to look for quarters. The owner was extremely helpful and friendly and always answered the phone after hours (in the evening when I first called to say we were coming, then when I called back to ask for the Wi-Fi password, and again in the morning when I called to say I had some difficulty getting the sewer cap open). When I called in the morning about the sewer cap she came right over with a tool and opened it for me (the previous camper had apparently screwed it on much too tightly and mis-threaded it). This park is right on the highway, but I heard hardly any traffic. It's just a few miles from the "International UFO Museum and Research Center," which is worth a visit; although it's not first-rate in terms of how it's put together, it's still really interesting to look at all the newspaper clippings and signed affidavits from UFO witnesses. A nearby shop owner told us that the owner of the museum is planning to revamp it within the next couple of years. If in Roswell I'd definitely stay at this RV park again.
01/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
This was a good campground. We arrived late and there were some camp workers in a golf cart to help us find a spot; they led us right to a level, pull-through site. I have a 23' motorhome with one slide-out and had plenty of room. When I was disconnecting my hook-ups the next morning one of them came by and asked if I needed any help. There are lots of trees and a nice path to walk your dog. Wi-Fi worked great and I was able to get connected without a password which I really appreciate when I get in after hours. It's about 5 miles from a museum called "Frontier Texas!" that I can't recommend enough. It's a fantastic museum that covers frontier history from 1780-1880 using state of the art life-sized holograms of real people from that time to show you what it was like from different perspectives. The acting is fantastic, not cheesy like some educational program acting can be. The Abilene KOA is right off the freeway and a good stop-over spot to see the museum.
12/2011
rating [ 4/10 ]
This park might be okay under different management. The woman who started to check me in when I arrived was extremely surly and seemed bitter and angry. I had read a review before arriving that said the manager of this KOA seemed unhappy and communicated that to customers, but figured maybe the manager had just had a bad day. (I don't expect people to be happy and friendly all the time, just polite.) The manager's grandson was there and was actually very nice, but when he tried to say something helpful she yelled at him. When she quoted $40 for the night I said that was a little high for me and left, mainly because of all the negativity. The park looked fine, with level spots and nice trees (I drove through the park before beginning to check in) but it wasn't in a great part of town and was much further from what I wanted to see (Fort Smith) than I'd expected.
01/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
This was a good overnight stop. The manager and all the people in the park were super friendly. I called right before showing up, around 8pm, not thinking anybody would answer, but someone did and he waited until I showed up when he knew I was on the way and was unsure how to get there. There was no password for the Wi-Fi, but unfortunately I couldn't connect for some reason. I think the signal was too weak. We went to the Riverbend Hot Springs nearby, right down the street, and it was wonderful. The hots springs have a beautiful view of the mountains and stars, and you can choose from 3 private rooms or use the public hot springs. When I called a couple days in advance about reserving one of the RV spots there at Riverbend Hot Springs, they said they only had one available hook-up (this sounded like a permanent or semi-permanent situation) and it was first-come, first served. When we got here I asked if we could just stay overnight in the RV parking lot without a hook-up (there is a small parking lot with several RV spaces across from the hot springs), they said that wasn't allowed. I think they would have called the owner to double-check, to see if I could pay a small fee to park here, but I didn't push it. There was also a fantastic restaurant (DELICIOUS!), called Bella Luca, just a few minutes from both the RV park and the hot springs.
01/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
I liked the location of this park: only 6 miles to the entrance of the Grand Canyon and within walking distance of everything. There's a general store right in front of the park ,and in the same shopping center is a restaurant "We Cook Pizza and Pasta" that has good pizza and beer. Across the street is National Geographic's IMAX theater with an interesting show about the Grand Canyon: the RV park had coupons for that. There's also a nice little information center in the next shopping center over with really helpful staff. Our site was level and my only two complaints were the Wi-Fi connection and the showers. I couldn't connect to the Wi-Fi despite having the password they provided when I checked in. The signal was apparently too weak. As far as the showers: when we went to use them really early in the morning, we found that they required 6 quarters for 6 minutes!! I think this is ridiculous. (I'm new to RV camping so maybe this is normal and I just don't know it, but I've been to several camps and haven't seen this anywhere else yet.) But my main complaint is that I had no heads up about it, and no quarters. Also, I don't think I've taken a 6-minute shower since basic training. I can just see myself fumbling around with a bunch of wet quarters, paying $6 for a shower I thought was included in the cost of the camping site. Other than that, I liked the park, especially the proximity to the Grand Canyon. Just a warning: be careful when entering the Grand Canyon park entrance station that you have enough overhead room. My motorhome is 10' 4" total. The ranger indicated I had barely made it and told me he's had many motorhomes crash into the roof of the station and he's had to call law enforcement. I don't know exactly what the height of the station roof is. (Sorry I didn't think to ask.) Just be careful!
01/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
This park is very convenient for getting to the casinos. The seventh and eighth levels have a nice view of the lights and the spaces are large. Mine was level, but another I chose not to use wasn't. This is a basic parking lot RV park, but it does have trees at every space so it doesn't seem as bare as some do. There's a shuttle that comes by about every 15 minutes that will take you to the Riverside Casino. Inside the casino we went to the buffet restaurant because all the other restaurants were closed. The buffet was so-so, but it did have a beautiful view looking out over the Colorado River. I was unhappy about two things--first, that they charge for Wi-Fi. It was 8.99 for 24 hours. I didn't pay, so I don't know how the connection was. Second, you can't get into the restrooms/showers without a key, which you can't get until you physically check in when they're open. We got in after hours, so no restroom. I wouldn't say the restroom was really dirty--just a lot of bugs in the sink and an overall "not too clean" feel, but I couldn't really mark it off as clean, either. There was a camp worker driving around in a golf cart the night we got in and the next morning, and it felt safe. In the morning when the restroom key we had didn't work, he came over and was very nice and gave us a key that worked. If I wanted to be close to the casinos I'd probably come here again.
12/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This was a very scenic little park with lots of trees. I had a creekside site and it was beautiful and nice to listen to and walk alongside the creek with my dog. There's a great general store and cafe a short drive away, on Walden's Creek Road, in a little shopping center. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is about 30 minutes away, with lots of antique stores, shops and restaurants along the way. I highly recommend the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center outside the park, and Cades Cove inside the park. On the downside, my site was not level. I was able to get in touch with the manager of the park on the phone to answer some questions, but there was nobody there during the couple of days I stayed when I went to the front office.
12/2011
rating [ 3/10 ]
I didn't like this park. It has all the bells and whistles and on paper looks like it should be luxurious, but it left me cold. Maybe if I had had time to stick around for the train ride I'd have been left with a better impression. Basically, it seemed very overpriced. There was a shuttle to various places that came with the price, like a restaurant, hotel, and gym, but nothing was within walking distance. I was extremely unhappy with the showers--it was impossible to get hot water, and the water pressure was terrible. I get hotter showers with better pressure in my motorhome! There's a nice fire and seating area by the restrooms, where there are also phones where you can call to ask for a shuttle pick-up. My site was level and easy to pull into. There was a long list of rules to follow. Another reviewer called it "corporate," I think, and that's a really good description. I could hear the trains, but I kind of like that so it didn't bother me.
12/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
I was really happy with this campground. It's small and cozy and has a cafe, store, and art cooperative all right there. The Ancient Ways Cafe has delicious food, including organic and vegetarian options and yummy gourmet coffee and homemade cakes. The Inscription Rock Trading and Coffee Co is a great store with really neat and unique items, many made by New Mexican Indian tribes like the Utes and the Zuni Pueblos. The owners of this store were wonderful! The art cooperative is right across the street, and I heard good things about it, but it was closed when I was there. Both the store and the art cooperative have a winter schedule which is less than 5 days a week, so you may want to call in advance if you’re planning to be there in the winter to make sure they’ll be open. The El Morro National Monument is right down the road--about a 15-minute walk. All the people who worked at the campground were very friendly and helpful. The sites were dirt (no concrete or gravel) and mine wasn't completely level, but I had some levelers, and it wasn't too bad. There wasn't consistent wireless availability--the person in the cafe gave me the password to get online, but it only worked as long as he was online. There was a small restroom with one or two toilets and showers, but I didn't use it. No laundry facilities for campers. This is an awesome park if you want something quaint, warm, cozy, unique and within walking distance of what you want to see.
12/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This was a good place to stop for the night. The site was level and the wireless worked well. The store where you check in has some good RV-related items as well as souvenirs. The person who worked there was nice. It was a nice, clean park. They also had propane.
12/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
This was a great place to stay overnight. It was right off of Interstate-40 and easy to find. The sites were huge and level and concrete. The bathrooms were immaculate and there were private bathrooms, each with their own shower. The two camp workers I talked with were really friendly. There was a nice little store with some RV accessories, and a cafe with pizza and breakfast. This is not too far from town, but not within walking distance of anything. I guess you could hear the freeway traffic but it didn't bother me at all. The park had lots of RV's, including some long-timers judging by the camper next to me, but I never heard or saw anyone other than the camp workers.
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