Previous reviews are correct about the frequency of trains passing in close proximity to the pull-through sites. However, the back-in sites along the lake are far enough away that the noise was not obnoxious to us, especially since they pass quickly and do not blow their whistles. Of course, we also live in a railroad town, so are quite accustomed to trains. The check-in staff were very pleasant, the sites well-spaced, with low usage on a Sunday. We had no difficulty backing in our 32 ft. trailer. There are lots of trees, but we easily obtained a satellite signal. AT&T phone & data service worked well. We'd have no hesitancy to return here.
Very rustic treed campground which is charming despite a somewhat run-down appearance. Some sites take a bit of leveling and can be a little tricky for a big rig. But there are plenty of big rig, level sites if available. Office staff are very helpful and try to select an appropriate site to accomodate big rig needs.
This brand new, nicely landscaped park is loaded with amenities including a free air station for tires, a dog washing station, on site propane, laundromat, and everything else you would expect from someplace that labels itself a “resort”. We were welcomed with a reusuable grocery-style bag filled with insulated water bottles and other goodies. Sites were spacious for a commercial park and there was a large grassy field where dogs could be taken, making it very pet friendly. We had originally made reservations for one week, but seeing how nice the park was upon check-in, we paid for two weeks. However, getting around Houston with the traffic, poorly designed freeways, and narrow potholed streets was a nerve-racking experience. The park is close to public transportation into the downtown museum district; unfortunately traveling with a dog with health issues who couldn’t be left alone in the RV all day left us unable to avail ourselves of that more preferable option. After a few days, we decided we’d had it with Houston and asked if we could go back to our original reservation for a one week stay. The park has a no refunds, no exceptions policy, but after contacting the corporate headquarters, they were nice enough to issue a credit on our bank card. We suspect this was a PR move, due to being a new park, which we would not have been able to get were they more established. As long as we have a dog, we would never return to Houston, but if we ever do, this is the place we’ll stay.
We stayed in the park a year ago and loved our stay. This year I am downgrading the park due to the "premium" site we were assigned. Our 32 foot 5th wheel barely fit so that we had to find a place to park our truck elsewhere, noting as we looked around that we weren't the only folks experiencing this problem. The site was far from level, making set up a challenge, and the sewer connection was placed on the uphill side. Fire rings were placed right in between units; fortunately neither of our neighbors had fires or our rig would have been inundated by their smoke. There were problems with the park internet (Tengo) disconnecting at times, although our AT&T LTE personal hotspot worked well. There are many nice sites in this park, and many that aren't, so you take your chances. This time we weren't one of the lucky ones, but there aren't a lot of options for staying in Petaluma where we visit family, so we'll probably return. Too dang much money for what you get, but what else is new about KOA.
Rate given reflects a weekly rate with Good Sam discount, plus metered electricity used. The power here is all green, from wind, solar, and hydroelectric. The park would rate a 10 except there are no shower facilities that I am aware of, just a “powder room” in the office. The owner is extremely friendly and accommodating. We stayed here two weeks waiting for mail and packages to arrive which the owner delivered to our door as they trickled in. The owner, an RVer himself, designed the park to make spaces easy for big rigs to get into, spacious, and many shaded without interfering with satellite dishes. Unfortunately, most of the people in the park are oil workers with the Eagle Ford Shale or Winter Texans, making only a limited numbers of spaces available for those of us just passing through. Despite the presence of primarily permanent residents, the park was very quiet, clean, and tidy. The owner walked through the park daily to clean up what little trash had blown in. The internet and cable TV included in the reasonable rate were both very good.
I can understand the previous reviewers comments. It is definitely less attractive and noisier in the section where they stayed. The gal who checked us in was very friendly and helpful. We ended up staying here longer than our planned overnight because our hitch broke when we disconnected. (Thank goodness Bakersfield has a Camping World where we could order a new part to fix it.) Upon extending our site rent, subsequent employees at the desk were more on the cool side, though not unpleasant, so maybe it depends on who you get when you check in. Of course, this park is all about the oranges, virtually nonexistent in either fruit or blossom during our visit. Apparently the season is December to March. We would certainly stay here again for that treat!
We stayed here a couple times two years ago on our way to and from other winter destinations when they seemed to be primarily a park for snowbirds. We planned on stopping here on our way to Texas last fall, but they were full with a rally. Previously, I would have rated the park a 9. But there was something about it this time which wasn’t quite as attractive, perhaps because the landscaping didn’t seem as sharp as our past stays. Has it changed ownership? The younger staff were friendly enough, but not as welcoming as the older couple who used to man the check in desk. Sites have nice spacing, the laundry still looked okay, and the internet worked well for us.
Despite being built on a hillside, the sites are easier to level than it appears at first glance. At night, there was a beautiful view of the lights of Deming. The campground itself was so dark that the city lights really pop out. There is a good visitor center with cactus garden and lots of trails to hike. AT&T data service was lousy. All in all, an excellent bargain and enjoyable stay.
I would have given this park a 10, except that it is built on a hill, so the sites are not level, and most were too small to accommodate our 32 foot 5th wheel. We arrived early on a weekday; there were lots of spots available but only two that we could get into. There was a wonderful cactus garden with the hedgehogs in bloom and at least two dozen hummingbirds hanging out at the the visitor center feeders, as well as some great hikes. With the proximity of Alamogordo, our AT&T personal hotspot worked well.
New Mexico state parks are a real bargain, and this is one of the best. The prettiest sites, pull-throughs on the lake with privacy foliage and trees in between, are reservation only. (Although some you can occupy for one night only if they aren’t already reserved when you arrive.) There is a lot of day use at the lake beach on the weekends, though, so these reservation sites are a bit noisier than the non-reservation, bleaker sites further back from the lake. There are some great hikes here, including a boardwalk out into wetlands with blinds for bird watching. It’s not terribly far into Roswell where the Roswell Museum and Art Center has some fantastic art. Of course, another must-see is the UFO museum which gives an interesting, if not convincing, account of alien encounters.
I’d love to rate this park higher because the staff on check in were exceptionally helpful and friendly. There are also amenities here, as other reviewers have pointed out. But it’s basically a gravel parking lot and way overpriced, albeit within reasonable driving distance to the Caverns which is primarily what you are paying for. The gravel on the roads was so thick in a couple places that we thought we would have to use 4 wheel drive to get through it. In the area where there were trees, the spaces were very close. We had a premium treeless site which was easy to back into, level, and more spacious. We had very little problem with burrs in either of the two dog areas.
We had two different campsites at this park. The first was an unpleasant experience. The site was unlevel and very close to neighboring sites. We were having a health crisis with our dog and were so focused on that problem that we decided to tough it out in the site. It was tolerable until our neighbors (a group of several families) decided to have their 6:30 am beers and chatter right outside our bedroom window. Then they lit off their fire in a ring the park had stupidly placed right in between sites so that the smoke inundated our living room. Fortunately we were able to move to another site in the peninsula area which gave us a level gravel pad, a peaceful lake view, with plenty of room to remain undisturbed by neighboring sites, their campfires, and late night conversations. Our rating reflects this second site. The moral of the story: ask to drive through the campground first to select a site here. There are lots of hiking trails in the park, as well as the boating, fishing, and swimming available in COE campgrounds.
We ended up staying almost 3 weeks here while getting chiropractic treatment for our dog. The area of the park with pull-throughs is pretty blah, and some of the back-ins can be a bit tricky, but the sites are spacious. This would be a great park kids with lots of activities, basketball and beach volleyball courts, shuffleboard, tossing games, 2 dog parks with agility courses, easily accessible hiking trails, catch and release fishing, heated pool. The staff were very friendly. The two laundries refreshingly clean. About a fourth of the machines were out of service and you have to go to the office for quarters because the coin machines don’t work, but they are reasonably priced. There’s not a lot to do in Montgomery, but the park is very close to a good WalMart Superstore and the vet we used. (Dr. Buchanan, a fantastic vet if you ever need one in Montgomery).
This is a large, meandering, park with lots of trees where you might want to ask to see sites before taking one. Our assigned site on the lake was occupied by someone else, which was okay because it was very unlevel and we wouldn’t have been able to back into it anyway. The sites away from the lake front are more spacious, easier to access, and still very attractive. Staff were friendly enough, although obviously very busy. All in all, a nice enough place to stay.
This made a great overnight stop for us, convenient to the freeway and supplies, yet still giving a feeling of being out in nature, although “nature” in this area is a bit on the desolate side. We had the campground practically to ourselves, possibly due to the low level of the lake. Our site was easy to get into. Staff was very friendly. Not one of the prettier Texas parks, but more than adequate for our needs.
As others have noted, there are two different RV areas in this park: one is excellent with spacious pull throughs, fire rings, and trees; the other is undesirable, basically a tightly spaced gravel parking lot. Our rating reflects a stay in the pull-through Karankawa area. Consequently, if possible, make reservations for this area, as these sites tend to fill up fast. We would have liked to stay here longer, but all sites were reserved after our week’s stay which we had reserved using the excellent Texas online reservation system. This park has no internet, but they are trying to get it. There’s lots to see around Goliad. Be sure to try the Cream of Jalapeno soup at the Blue Quail Deli and the Chili Petin Pepper, Wild Dewberry, and Wild Agarita jellies at Faye’s Texas Naturals in Goliad.
The rate reflects use of a discount coupon and Texas Pass. We stayed here for 6 weeks, so obviously we liked it, more due to the location than the park per se. As others have noted, the spaces are tight on one side with the design of side by side hookups, especially if both rigs have slides. The picnic tables with ramada on the other side are also placed side by side, leaving a cozy outdoor dining situation. In short, it’s basically a parking lot with a reasonably short walk to beach, though no view of the Gulf. The beach was great while we were there, although volunteers said it can get piled high with seaweed later in the year. Of course, rough seas bring in a lot of garbage, but provided us with hours of entertainment doing beach clean-up. A couple of companies deliver propane on site with a somewhat regular schedule and competitive price. There’s a laundromat conveniently located about 6 miles away. Grocery shopping is quite a bit farther away, but not a problem since we were making frequent trips into Corpus Christi (a great city!). Birding in this area is absolutely wonderful. There were ranger-led beach and wetlands walks which were tremendously informative and highly recommended. Staff and volunteers were very friendly, adding to the pleasantness of our stay here. The internet was useable, but not the best. Our only hesitancy to return here for a “winter Texan” stay was the salt air which wreaks havoc on everything metal.
The rate reflects use of a discount coupon and Texas Pass. As others have noted, birding is great in the wooded area, but the spaces can be tight to get into for bigger rigs. The wooded area also gives better protection from the winds, which can get wild on the bay. We stayed two weeks in the bay section where we had no difficulty backing our 32 foot rig into a site. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and probably would have rated the campground higher except that the numerous airboats frequently (sometimes constantly) coming in and out of the bay could get pretty obnoxious, especially on the weekends. Another irritant … the internet was out of service in our section. With a long hike down to another section along the bay, we could get internet, but it was extremely slow.
The park basically looks like a gravel parking lot with hookups, although there are trees and the sites are reasonably wide pull-throughs. The office staff was very pleasant, helpful, and friendly. The convenience of location right off the Interstate make it an excellent overnight stop. We didn’t use the on-site laundromat, but it looked very good. Our internet was pretty bad, but they are in the process of improving the park, so that may change. There are lots of places to walk a dog, but the abundant burrs, even on the gravel roads, made that walk unpleasant. Not a place we’d want to stay for any length of time, but we’d have no hesitancy to stop there again for an overnight.
A very pleasant park. We only needed an overnight stop, but this would be a great place to spend some time. This was our first stay in a Texas state park and we didn’t realize entrance fees would be tacked on to the camping fee, something which hadn’t happened in state parks in other states. The Texas park pass is expensive ($70), but quickly pays for itself in waived entrance fees and the coupons for a few reduced camping fees, a good deal if one is going to be staying in very many Texas state parks.
The facility is nicely landscaped with wide sites, foliage and a fenced in patio giving privacy screens from adjoining sites. Despite the number of obviously “permanent” residents, the overall ambience was neat & tidy. Although there were a limited number of machines at the on-site laundry, they were clean and worked well. The internet worked okay for us and the office staff were friendly. One irritation – we arrived on a Sunday and discovered the office was only open from 10am to noon. Self-registration required cash and wouldn’t allow the Good Sam discount, so we had to go to a nearby Taco Bell to get some dollar bills for the correct amount. The internet required special network setup instructions as well as a code which we were unable to get until the next day. We were able to get a refund for the Good Sam discount the next morning, but no discount for the unavailability of the internet our first night. If we had only been staying the one night, this experience would have substantially downgraded the park for us.
A thoroughly enjoyable campground. As others have noted, the sites here are nicely spaced, so it wouldn’t feel too crowded even if full. However, there was hardly anyone here when we stayed, giving an even greater sense of privacy. With deer periodically wandering through, it was almost like boondocking with hookups. Cell service was spotty, but antenna TV was okay. There’s a convenience store located not too far from the campground, but any major grocery shopping is a long drive. Burrs are a huge problem here for dog walks.
What a find! The owner is the most friendly, helpful host we've ever encountered. The sites are huge for an RV park and there were so few people here that we almost felt like boondocking, except with the comfort of hookups and Wi-Fi. The park is very pet friendly with an enclosed run and walking paths freshly graded so that desert stickers are not a problem. As other have stated, gas, groceries, and supplies involve a drive, but it's worth it to stay in this peaceful place. The owner has been upgrading the Wi-Fi, which worked great for us. No cell service (at least for Verizon or T-Mobile) which is typical for remote areas. We didn't get to see the night sky that others have mentioned, since our stay here occurred during the full moon, but without the moon there are so few lights that it must be awesome. We'd stay here again in a heartbeat.
This is the second time we have stayed here, in order to take the cavern tours. The first time, we were only able to take one tour since we didn't have reservations and the other tour was booked. This time we made reservations. Both tours are spectacular and well worth the money. The campground is pleasant with good sized spaces. Even with it completely full, we didn't feel cramped. On both stays, the camp hosts have been very helpful and friendly. There isn't a lot to do here other than the cavern tours, a nice visitor center and one moderate hike.
It’s hard to know how to rate this campground. Joshua Trees is a must-see gem in the national park system. There are fantastic hikes through the dense joshua tree forests around Black Rock and unbelievably beautiful rock formations with hikes to spectacular vistas in the rest of the park. Yet our stay here was miserable due to snow, rain, and below freezing temperatures inside the RV, as well as outside. The campgrounds inside the park are a 10 for tents, truck campers, and small trailers, but are not big rig friendly with small unlevel sites and potholed roads. We chose the Black Rock campground as one more likely to accommodate our 32’ fifth wheel. The ranger was very friendly and helpful in directing us to the few sites where we could fit. With a smaller rig, our choices would have been huge as there was almost no one else in the campground. The spot we knew we could get in most easily was reserved for later in the week (a weekend reservation), even at this time of year with the rotten weather. So if a bigger spot is needed, make reservations early. Driving around the park the next day, we found a few spots in other campgrounds (first come, first served) that we might have gotten into with a lot of cursing and stress on the marriage, but they were taken. We had planned to stay longer than two nights, but couldn’t take the cold. Lessons learned for a return trip: (1) go in the spring or fall and (2) try the BLM area on the other side of the freeway from the Cottonwood campground/South Entrance which is supposed to be better suited for bigger rigs.
Passport America says this park can accommodate RVs to 70’, but we sure didn’t see any spaces fitting that description. There were only a few sites available in this older, cramped park filled mostly with what appeared to be permanent residents. We might have been able to fit our 32’ fifth wheel lengthwise, but trying to make the 90 degree back-in turn from a narrow roadway seemed like more trouble than it was worth, so we motored on. But an acceptable place with a cheap price if you have a smaller rig.
We are normally not a fan of KOA campgrounds, but this one is special. We had a beautiful shaded site among redwoods with plenty of space away from neighboring sites. The fenced dog area had actual grass, instead of the typical gravel and weeds, with an agility course. This is a great place for kids with playgrounds, bouncy thing, petting zoo, activities, etc. The staff was extremely friendly, courteous, and helpful. The laundries (and everything else) were immaculate, always a welcome experience. Of course, one pays through the nose for all this luxury, but the Bay Area ain’t cheap anywhere, so bite the bullet and enjoy. Monthly rates are available, but still pricey. Staff said they are usually pretty booked from Mother’s Day through Labor Day.
Call this park first. Do not drive into this park to see if they have any vacancies. You can’t tell from the roadway what you are getting into. There were no sites available in this older, cramped park filled mostly with what appeared to be permanent residents. The streets are so narrow that we didn’t know if we would be able to make the turns to get our 32’ fifth wheel back out without hitting something. One of us had to get out of the truck to watch for trouble all the way back out, unusual when you are going forward. The desk staff was cool, but not rude. Probably an okay place for smaller rigs, just due to the price (Passport America) in an expensive area.
Despite decay from its heyday, the Salton Sea still retains a unique charm. The campground is basically a parking lot with hookups, but serves as a great home base to explore the area including other attractions such as Dos Palmas, the San Andreas Oasis, and Painted Canyon. It's sad that the campgrounds and other site improvements are still slated for closure, even with a concerted efforts by dedicated volunteers to save it. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week stay and would return were that possible.
Rate is what we paid Nov. 2011 - $9 senior plus $4 for 1 dog. In mid-March, the base rate doubles to $22 plus $4/dog, which can get pretty expensive for dry camping with pets. There is no way to self-register; you wait for a ranger to come by to collect the fee. In April, no one came by so we stayed for free. In the fall, we were told that rangers quite often don't come by during the week, especially in the off-season (Oct. 16 - Mar. 14). We only saw them twice during our week's stay in November. We were also told that the campground can get pretty loud and wild during the summer, with lots of drinking, partying, etc. We had the place practically to ourselves in the fall with a lovely spot on the river. In the spring, all the river spots were taken, but our site away from the river was quiet and secluded. All of the sites are pull-through, half-circles which could get tricky with a big rig, but was fine for our 32' fifth wheel. Watch for low hanging branches. The campground is about 10 miles east of Bakersfield. Don't follow Google directions to get there; we ended up having to back out the road to the county dump before we could find a place to turn around. Use the map view and plot your own route. Although dry camping, there are lots of water spigots and a dump station. Cell service is good. Didn't use the rest rooms, but they looked adequate. If you bicycle, you'll love this place with a paved trail all along the river and lots of other side dirt trails. We thoroughly enjoyed both stays here and definitely would return in the off-season.
Rate reflects senior discount given through the week. Other reviewers cover the campground pretty well. We were happy with our site, but there weren't a lot of people so we were able to get one of the better ones. There aren't that many full hookup sites which our 32' fifth wheel could get into easily, so we felt very lucky. Our only complaint about the Ghost Town was they had really nice Christmas lights, but when we hiked up to view them after dark, we were told we couldn't be in the town after hours. The only place you could really see the lights was from the town at night ... doesn't make much sense to have the lights if no one is allowed to go see them. The terrain in the area is spectacular with many thoroughly enjoyable hikes and the town was fun as well as a lot less "touristy" than we were expecting. While here, be sure to head down to Peggy Sue's in Yermo. It's a trip, with really great milkshakes.
This was our third stay in this quiet campground, and as before, we had it practically to ourselves. It is so convenient to I-5 and so pleasant with wide (albeit short) spaces, lots of trees, a rural ambiance, and easy river access; it's amazing it isn't used more. Perhaps because the spaces are difficult to back-in for bigger rigs. Tents are not allowed during the week which probably cuts down use by the locals. This time we had one of the few pull-throughs which just about fit our 32' fifth wheel, and saved a lot of stress with tricky back-ins. In the fall, we had our fee check stolen out of the deposit tube; the ranger gave us a free night to cover stop payment on the check. When we returned in the spring, the deposit tube had been fixed to make theft difficult. There was also a new camp host, much friendlier than the one on our previous visits. The restrooms/showers are pretty funky, but we don't use them. All in all, one of our favorite stop-over places.
This is the fourth time we have stayed here in the past two years and agree with other reviewer comments. The staff is extremely pleasant, the facility clean and well-cared for, pet-friendly, and has great TV and Wi-Fi. The sites are level, easy to access for big rigs, reasonably spacious, and nicely landscaped. It's a short stroll down to the river, so we don't pay the extra for a premium river site. Monthly rates are available.
The park itself is nothing fancy. Spots facing the bay are reasonably spaced pull-throughs resembling a parking lot, but there are treed sites available a few rows back. What makes it worth the price for dry camping is the spectacular view of the bay, watching the boats and birds, with an ocean ambiance. The sites are easier to get into with our 32' fifth wheel than some of the other campgrounds and the camping fee gives free access to other (better) county beaches, so we would definitely come here again as a first choice.
Rate reflects a senior discount for a site with electric and water. Charming, quiet, treed, rustic park with friendly greeters (peacocks) and helpful camp host. Some spots could be difficult to get into for a bigger rig, but we were able to find a perfect one for our 32' fifth wheel which was an easy back in. We only needed an overnight stop, but would have loved to stay longer.
The rate reflects the monthly fee of $275 which includes electricity, water, thrice weekly honey wagon service, free Wi-Fi (much improved), and limited antenna TV. This is definitely not resort-style living, but a charming park for snow birders seeking value, pet-friendly surroundings, friendly neighbors, helpful staff, loose rules, some group activities (lawn bowling, potlucks, ice cream socials)and spectacular sunsets. It gets rather crowded and cramped in January with folks staying here rather than nearby Quartzsite, Arizona, but thins out nicely as activities wind down there. We stayed here 6 weeks last winter and 3 months this winter.
The rate reflects use of a Senior Pass at this BLM campground. We loved the beautiful scenery, great hikes, and solitude with only us and the campground host using the campground during most of our week-long stay here. We would have loved to stay longer, but it became too cold and windy (explaining why we were the only ones crazy enough to be there). Even with higher occupation, though, this would still be a great place to stay and you can't beat the price.