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10/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
We felt it was overpriced, but on the other hand, we enjoyed staying here and would not have liked to drive into Tombstone both days and find parking. By staying at the Wells Fargo, we never had to think about parking, because all the attractions were right around the corner. We had a really good time here, and the convenience was very important. We have two young children, and we were able to trade off and each go exploring on our own because the campground was so close by. We love shopping for southwestern decoration, and this place was great. The campground itself was a bit lacking, but friendly. I was out walking the dogs and one of the owners came out to warn me about some type of weed that could get painful burrs in my dogs' paws. It seemed a little rundown, but again, the location was perfect. We sat out and cooked out both nights. The church bells across the street are a bit annoying, but only play during normal daytime hours. You can also hear the shooting from the OK Corral reenactment.
10/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
I like this campground a lot. It is obvious the new owners have worked hard to make improvements. The playground equipment is older, but surprisingly my toddler loved it, fading paint and all. The only problem we had here was that I purchased two nights over the phone on the way in (when I learned there was only one site left!) and we came in late. The next day we assumed our site was secure, since we paid with a credit card. But when we came back from sightseeing, they had moved someone else in and collected our mat and dog tie-outs. They found us a new spot though. Our fault for not checking in in the morning, I guess. The extras were great. It was cold and blustery while we were there, and we ended up in the park office with both little ones, playing checkers. We also took advantage of the book exchange to trade in our WalMart specials for something new.
10/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice enough place. If we could have used Passport America for more than one night, we probably would have stayed two nights. It was raining when we got in, but the work campers manning the office walked us to the site. They also told us places to visit. We aren't mall people, but it was raining and we needed to get out of the RV, so we went there and picked up a cable TV connector to watch a football game that night. The campground is up on a hill. I walked the dogs on the nature path in the morning, which was nice, and the view was beautiful. This was the place that made us think it would be nice to own an RV park. If you are going to downtown Hot Springs, be advised there is dedicated RV parking in one of the downtown lots. If you ask a police officer, they can direct you. The park's marketing is quite good, such that my high expectations were probably not quite met. But it seems like it would be a nice place for a long-term stay. There seemed to be a friendly community there.
10/2006
rating [ 10/10 ]
Very large park, big sites. Reminds me of a state park, but run by the city. Nice picnic table and fire ring. The restrooms and showers were rustic. They were clean enough, but the type of thing that reminds you of scout camp. It was a great jumping off point for sightseeing in Little Rock. We stayed two nights. Very private. Extremely good for the price.
10/2006
rating [ 6/10 ]
This KOA park was a good stopover halfway between Vegas and the Grand Canyon. It had good points and bad points. The good outweighed the bad, but the bad were annoying enough to leave a bad taste in our mouths. NEGATIVES: The woman running the place had a lot of good ideas and welcomed our pets with complimentary treats. But she was just a little -- how shall I say? -- mettlesome. Like having your 5th grade teacher watching over you or something. She acted like she was concerned this was our first time staying in a campground, but we were on a 6,000-mile trip. We were not doing anything uncouth or against the rules. The park advertises WiFi at all the sites, but unlike at most KOAs, the WiFi is not free. You are supposed to be able to purchase a 1-day or 3-hour card at the office, but they didn't have any. So we had to sign up for an account online with our credit card and purchase some Internet time. The outdoor pool seemed okay, but looked a little iffy. It was too cold to use. Our site was supposed to have a picnic table, but someone had moved it, so my husband had to haul it across the lot. There were quite a few loud trains coming through. There were some middle-school aged kids running around unsupervised. POSITIVES: This is one of the only campgrounds we visited in six weeks that had a preschool playground separate from the big kids playground. There was some Little Tykes plastic equipment with slides and doors. My daughter enjoyed it and I was relieved to have somewhere safe to play with her. It was a good place to stop between Vegas and the Grand Canyon.
09/2006
rating [ 10/10 ]
I can't say enough about this place. We were worried five nights would be too long. We ended up extending our stay. Trailer Village is a bit tight, but not nearly as bad as some other places. There is plenty of green space interspersed with the sites. We parked our Class C here and NEVER MOVED IT. The shuttle bus service and trail system is amazing. Even with two kids under two, we never had to drive anywhere. The shuttle took us to different points on the Rim Trail. We could hike and not worry about getting tired, because every mile or two there was another shuttle stop where we could board. We took the shuttle to a ranger program, too. We also used the Greenway Trail for longer hikes from Trailer Village. The campground is also just about a half mile of easy walking from Market Plaza, where the post office, bank and general store are located. The store was great. We expected it to be overpriced, but were pleasantly surprised. Since many of the park employees live in or near Trailer Village, there was always someone around to answer questions. Deer and elk walked through the campground at dawn and dusk. The only negative things I can think of are: We could have used a little more space to tie the dogs out, and the sites were a bit dusty. Otherwise, we were enamored with the place. We were wishing we had brought along some babysitters so we could have hiked down to the Colorado River and back.
10/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a tiny little spot not many people know about. It was a great place for us to stay while visiting friends in Phoenix/Goodyear. There is no building. No showers. No office. There is a campground host who runs the little campground that is basically in the rodeo arena's parking lot. You choose from one of the seven remaining sites. You cannot come in after the gates close on your first night, because you won't be able to get in. The campground host is a good half-mile walk from the main road if you are locked out. (Once you register, you will get the code to the padlock on the gate.) The site were beautifully landscaped with desert plants, and a concrete patio was poured for each site. There was a lot of open space and virtually no other campers, so we were able to let our dogs run for a few minutes. There are many hiking trails and bridle trails. People bring their horses in trailers for trail rides here. It in in the Estrella Mountains, and the park is run by the county. There is no WiFi or phone, and the cell phone reception is somewhat spotty. You will have to drive into Goodyear to find a laundromat and grocery store. Still, a great campsite for the money, and a nice launching spot for touring Phoenix.
09/2006
rating [ 1/10 ]
The "campground" in a parking area behind the tavern. Everything there seemed extremely sketchy, from the folks staying in the "Inn" to the bartender. Although it was interesting as a tourist spot, we had planned on camping here and opted to drive another 150 miles to the next campground to avoid staying here. We did have lunch inside. The restrooms were gross. My Pepsi was served in the can, no glass. My chips were served in the bag. My sandwich was served on a styrofoam plate. Even the alien paraphernalia was not too impressive. The souvenirs were cool but pricey. The staff was good at giving directions to those who wanted to drive up to the gates at Area 51.
09/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
This campground was probably just OK, but we were so relieved to have hookups after being in Yellowstone for several days that it seemed like the Ritz! The showers were roomy enough to take a toddler in without much problem. There was a playground there, too. The setup was a little strange, with several pull-through sites in a row along little lanes. It was tight, but we had a picnic table and space for the grill. The WiFi was free and worked well. The laundry was good. Pocatello seemed like a nice place.
09/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
They really squeezed us in to the end site here, but the staff was so friendly and helpful, I have to give a good review. We asked where to get air in our tire, and the owner told us to pull up to his personal garage, where he supplied an air compressor. The woman at the desk gave great advice on getting into the campground, then also gave great advice on sightseeing. If not for her, we would not have known about the lighting ceremony at Rushmore, nor Wildlife Loop Road. Convenient location. Picnic table at the site. At the time we were there, the pool was under construction and the playground was in the construction area, so not too good for the little kids, but it was a nice place. The showers were clean, but I had to wait in line. The laundry facility was nice, but expensive.
09/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
Pros outweighed by cons at this place. We did not intend to camp here, but stopped to see the Corn Palace and were tired. This campground took Passport America, so we stayed. PROS: Fantastic joint setup with the Days Inn to provide good WiFi, an amazing indoor pool/water park, and great showers. The pool had a large hottub, a waterslide, a big pool and also a baby pool with a small slide. Our almost-2-year-old had a fantastic time on the little slide. CONS: The roads are in terrible shape. I thought we were going to roll the camper once when we hit a washed-out section on the way to our site. The red dirt makes it hard to judge the depth of the huge potholes. The trees are tiny. It was difficult to see the entrance, behind the Days Inn. I would stay here again, but I would drive MUCH slower on the camp roads. Like 1 mph.
09/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great site with plenty of space and a steady stream of friendly neighbors. It was difficult to cope with the lack of electricity and no generator between 8pm and 8am. It certainly did preserve the natural beauty, but being from the Midwest, we did not think to have more than one coach battery on board. As a consequence, the blower on the heater only lasted until 1am or so. We had to bring the babies into bed with us most nights. Not sure how the tent campers survived! It was a great experience, though. The hiking trails did not allow dogs, even down by the river. We hiked down there a few times (without the dogs) to see the elk. The sound of the elk at night was wonderful, and would have been drown out by generators, so we were grateful for the rules. Dogs are allowed on the campground roads, so we walked those a lot. Not a whole lot to do at the campground as far as hiking destinations. We took one day to drive the whole 100-mile loop in the park and see the sights. It was not too far to get to Old Faithful. One morning we drove there at 7am just so we could start the engine and turn on the heat! We were concerned by signs posted in the park about snow tire requirements. I was worried we would be stuck in the park. Snow was falling, and the signs said we needed snow tires to get out the east and west entrances. But the ranger assured us we would be fine, and that the ground was too warm to sustain any accumulation until late October. If you have friends coming to meet you for the day, be sure to tell them the site number. Our campsite neighbors had a problem because the campground staff wouldn't let visitors back there unless the registered site guests were there.
09/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a huge park. I could not believe how large it was. You had to follow their instructions on pulling in or backing in so that each rig was facing the opposite way. This allowed people to put their awnings out. Otherwise there would not have been enough space. The pool was nice. We were able to take our toddler in there and swim. The restrooms looked new. The "shuttle" only runs from the campground to the Circus Circus casino, which is not that far. It is a golf cart. But I was able to engage the cart driver on a moment's notice, and she took me as close as she was allowed to go to the strip. It saved me a couple blocks when I was in a hurry. My husband stepped out of the camper and sprained his ankle coming down the step. The staff was very helpful and provided free ice. The overnight maintenance guy was just getting in, and said to use the page button to reach him if I needed more ice, even in the middle of the night. The campground hosts were friendly. I had to enlist their help as I had a hard time locating one of the dog-friendly grass islands in the dark. The location is great, and I believe it's the only place you can RV-camp right on the strip. The prices are high, but they accept the KOA discount card and promotional deals. That is how we only paid $56. Also, if you reserve over the phone, you get a better rate than if you walk in, but they don't tell you that on the phone. There is an extra fee for registering when you pull in. All the people at the park were friendly, and we felt safe.
09/2006
rating [ 10/10 ]
This was the most beautiful place we stayed during a 6-week tour of the United States. The campground was obviously designed by an artist. Even the signs were beautiful! The sites are not extremely far apart, but they are designed in such a way that you can't see from one site into another. There were also handicapped accessible sites, and accessible restrooms as well. Everything was extremely clean and designed to blend in with the pink-orange rock formations. It was such gorgeous landscape. Each site has a water spigot, but not "water hookups" as the spigot is not threaded. Our site was gravel, had a picnic table and water spigot. The site was not really level, but we didn't care. We were exhausted after a long, long driving day, but this place was worth the wait. We played and hikes and exercised our dogs. Once the sun set, it was very dark, right away. The next morning we awoke to amazing views again. We did some hiking and spoke with the friendly ranger. She advised we should watch where we walk because of snakes and scorpions. The sites and entrance fee were paid by putting money in the envelope, so having the correct cash amount is a good idea. I highly recommend stopping here. I imagine the scenery is comparable to Red Rock Canyon, but this place was very quiet and private. Also it's a state park, so it was clean, affordable, well-staffed and well-funded.
10/2006
rating [ 2/10 ]
Beggars knocked on our RV asking for change at this park. (More on that later.) This was a very cramped park, and not the place for pets. There was plenty of space to walk our dogs, but we usually tie them out during the day while we are at camp. Even with them tied on a 6' leash, they could reach our neighbor's slideout. We didn't want them touching the neighbors, so we couldn't leave them out. It was very tight quarters and the site we were in was far from level. The park backed up to an apartment complex, and there was a lot of noise from the residents there. It was a bad area, but that is what you get if you want to be near Graceland. It was an easy walk to all the tourist attractions. Our first night, we got in and the manager actually drove around with my husband and let him choose a site, which was very nice. Still, the choices were not great. I think the KOA Circus Circus in Vegas had more space between sites than this place. Also the utilities were located awkwardly, which took up a lot of the space. We got up the next morning and walked to the attractions, which was nice. We came back to the camper. We were not able to cook out, because there was no where to stand or sit outside. Then after dinner, our two children were asleep when we heard a knock on the door. We assumed it was the park management or a campsite neighbor. Actually it was two female panhandlers asking for money. On our 6-week trip, we had never experienced anything like that. My husband told them no and we put one of our dogs outside to guard our site. The next morning we complained, and then moved on.
04/2006
rating [ 10/10 ]
Wonderful park. All the people we met were so friendly. There is currently a repaving project going on, so half the campground was closed (the older half) and the newer half (off to the left) had all new paved roads and sites. The road up the hill from the registration office to the campground was a bit windy and narrow and steep and we didn't want to take our Class C back down the hill in the morning just to check in our site number, but dh went down on a bicycle and it worked out fine. The playground on the left side of the campground is spectacular, and near there is a dirt path down to Rose Lake where they have built a wildlife viewing blind. It's very nice. You can also reach the Old Man's Cave hiking trails from the campground. Our site was very nice, though not quite level. Plenty of trees. It was completely full by Saturday evening - not a single site available in the part of the park that was open. Typical state park quality - underground electric, paved sites, nice showerhouses.
04/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
Minimum 2-night stay in Ohio state parks on weekends. We joined the Cardinal Camper club to save money throughout the year. Dillon was a great park. We stayed here with our 16-month-old daughter and two dogs in a Class C. The other folks were friendly and nice. My only complaint would be that there is a big dirt patch at almost every site right where you step out of the camper. It rained the first night, and the mud was a problem. The playground was nice - check out each area. Some of the playgrounds at the other areas were more "deluxe" than ours. We stayed at or near site 116. The bathhouse was clean - my daughter and I went down for a shower. It has a curtained-off space for clothes and towels in each shower. We had a couple mature trees on our site. Usual state park quality - underground electric, paved pads. Also a short drive to Blackhand Nature Preserve, which is a really nice long paved trail great for cycling or hiking with a stroller. Nice camp store with lots of snacks. Laundromat. Also good mountain biking trails. The beach is nice and there is a kiddie pool at the beach.
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