We were surprised that our 1st choice for a nightly stop was filled. So we grabbed our old campground directory and picked the next available park to the west. The only good news was that their regular park, (Sunset Travel Park) which adjoins, but sits below I-40 was filled. We were directed to the overflow park Avalon RV Park. It is just a gravel parking lot with working W/S/E. No obvious trash receptacles, so I walked our bag to the nearby sister campground which had a trash bin. The nearby train added to the low rating. We'll add this to our any port in the storm list.
For the past five years, we have been wintering in the Texas Rio Grande Valley and have stayed at this park several times. The owners dogs can still be seen running free and theirs or other resident dogs can be heard barking on occasion. The lower river walk trail was muddy from recent rains. The Wi-Fi was not working. Beware of parking beneath nut trees in the fall. The CATV was good. The PA price keeps rising and no longer is a bargain.
A nice surprise. The pull through sites are long, wide, and paved. We did hear some traffic on the nearby road and the train in town could also be heard. The park offered several nice hiking trails and a large lake. The Wi-Fi had a strong signal. It had restrictions on streaming downloads (read Netflex, etc) that also restricted other sites we normally use.
Could not get satellite reception from site 66 moved to 72. CATV choices are limited. See their web site to check for your favorites. Trees are scattered so call ahead to see if the site is satellite friendly. Super sites are mainly concrete where you park but with gravel on the approach and departure. Each have a concrete pad to step out on and a picnic table. The raised concrete elevates you a little higher than the sewer connection.WiFi antennas are disbursed throughout the campground. The system was open and we never had to enter the password on any of our devices. Sites overlooking the river have a public road between the site and the river. The only campground exit road runs in front of the river sites. Aluminum cans are collected for recycling. Except for the barking dogs hear almost every evening (coming from outside the campground) it was quiet. Convenient location is the only way to justify the premium price
PA directions are accurate for arriving from the west. But, the county roads leading to the entrance are very narrow and have overhanging trees. RVs greater than 12 ft in height may need to stay toward the center of the road to avoid contact with the trees. The gravel/dirt interior roads although a little rough, are nicely trimmed back. From the park we exited to east-bound I-30. Those county roads were also very narrow, but not as treed. We were greeted inside the office by tobacco smoke from a recent cigarette. The price reflects the Passport America discount for site with electric only. Water and a dump station are available. The permanent residents have W,S,& E. Each of the pull through overnight sites has a small concrete patio with a picnic table. The sites border on a small pond that was home to a pair of geese with 4 babies. There was also three young ducks. The pond also supplied lots of other critter sounds that decreased after 10:00 PM as if they knew the quiet hours. Fifth wheel trailers with rear windows will enjoy the view. The permanent residents, started their truck engines on the way to their jobs at 6:00 AM Except for that, it was a very quiet and secluded campground. The area is lit by stylish lamp posts that provided lots of light. This would be a negative for star gazers looking for a real rural experience. No recycling is offered.
We called a day ahead to reserve a site. When we arrived, they no longer had the promised site. Instead, we were given a much shorter and very narrow site. A car parked along the gravel road made it very difficult to enter the site To leave our neighbor had to move her toad. The very slow WiFi did not work until later in the night. The sewer connection may have been under some boards we never bothered to check on. The owners? stinking of smoke, apologized and discounted the Passport America 50 amp rate to a 30 amp rate. MacGyver is alive and well and living in this campground. Old trailers are partially covered by roofs, residential AC units are stuck through the sides of trailers, and trailers are nailed into parts of a small house.. One truck camper even has a satellite dome sticking on a pole above it. No recycling is offered. We will not return.
Nice RV Park that is well cared for. We choose a non-lake side back in site for a little less. It included a picnic table on a concrete pad. Our motorhome faced the lake. So we still enjoyed the view. All sites are gravel and appeared to be as level as ours. Lake side sites add a swinging chair, a BBQ grill and a small table on a concrete pad. These back in sites would favor fifth wheels with rear windows. The gravel interior roads were a little rough and had several speed bumps across them to maintain low speeds. The laundry and rest rooms are clean and compact. The men's room was a little over heated. Price reflects a weekly rate (6 days at the daily rate and the 7th is free). There was a very acceptable (minimum amount) of road noise. . No recycling is offered.
Interior roads are gravel and narrow. Our narrow site was composed of gravel and a gritty dirt that when wet clung to our hoses and electric wire. The CATV was limited to about seven channels. We were able to move forward in our site to receive our satellite signal. Be aware that many of the trees have falling acorns.
We stayed here in May on our way to Idaho and returned on our way back to east Texas. The interior roads are paved, but are very rough and bumpy. The trees as you exit some sites were over grown and need to be trimmed. We were assigned site 45, but our surge protector warned us about an open neutral. We were quickly assigned another site. In the morning, we informed a work camper and left a note on the site 45 pedestal. We were not able to sign into Tengo Internet and use the supplied coupon.
We needed a place to stay close to Layton to have a mobile generator repair service fix our generator. We called a day in advance to check on the availability of a space. We left a message, but received no return call. Finally after repeated calls were made, someone answered. We were told that they did have space. We arrived to find a mix of mobile homes, RVs, and the largest speed bumps we ever seen in a campground. We had the pick of two back-ins and were able to get our roof mounted satellite dish to receive a signal. Each available space was a mix of gravel and concrete and looked as though it was at one time the site of a mobile home. The hookups were far to the rear. The Wi-Fi was good. The daytime sounds varied from military jets, barking dogs, children playing, and traffic. It was a little quieter at night.
We drove through another park and golf resort, and were shocked at how dilapidated and scary it looked. So we tried Elwha Dam RV Park and were very pleased. The price reflects a weekly rate. We stayed in the new section up a terraced hill. All interior roads are paved. The new sites are gravel and separated by pavers, stacked three high. Remember to park away from the pavers so you can open slides and have room to walk around your rig. This may put you closer to having to open your door and step on to the new sod. The sod in the new area is watered by "hand" daily by pumping water from the small pond in front of the sites. The noise from Rt 112 could be easily heard during the day. But, it was very quiet at night. Much of the campground sits beneath a high voltage power line. You can look up the transmission right of way and see, but not hear US Rt 101. We also got a great bonus by picking blackberries behind the new sites near the storage area. The WiFi although slow, was usable. They recycle glass, aluminum cans and plastic.
We arrived at 6:45 PM for a rare late arrival. Based on instructions left in front of their office, we were able to find a nice pull through site. Sites are terraced and the interior roads are paved. Our gravel site was level. Entree and exit roads were tight, but manageable. Our site was next to the off duty work campers who were friendly and helpful.
We wanted to explore the Sandpoint area, but found that all the RV Parks were close to one of the many railroad tracks in the area. Therefore, we settled on the Hope area. We ended up at Beyond Hope RV Park because the satellite friendly site we requested at Island View RV Park was surrounded by trees. It was a pull in and back out site that would have been difficult to enter and exit from. We moved to Beyond Hope RV Resort and got our satellite friendly site with 50 amp service. It was across the street on the east half of the park. All sites are on browned out grass and very unlevel. The 50 amp service came from a short pedestal with pull out fuses (instead of the usual 50 amp double throw breakers). The Wi-Fi signal came from the main section of the park across the street. We managed to pick up the signal with our external USB antenna. The signal was OK most of the time. There were no sewer hook ups. The closest train tracks were about 4000 ft away and not too busy and not loud enough to be a problem. So, the nights were very quiet. The "rest rooms" on the east side were portable potties on a small trailer. They were clean, but had a slightly objectionable smell.
We had high expectations based on previous reviews and a recommendation by a friend. Interior roads are paved and easy to get in and out. Many side roads and sites are gravel. Our gravel site was slightly off level. Getting the better locations in this park is critical to how good a stay one has. Our site was in the most northern row, closest to US Rt 95 and heavy, noisy ,high speed traffic. Also, that row is on the edge of the Wi-Fi antenna's 270 degree pattern. Even with our 15 ft external USB antenna, we were only able to receive the Wi-Fi for a few hours during our week stay. Taking our laptop to the office or closer to the northern antenna helped a little, but the signal comes and goes there, too. Our contact with the staff varied from rude to helpful. All the staff, including the owner's son had reasons for the Wi-Fi problems. Cable is very basic.
I agree with previous reviews that this is a very nice RV Park. There are several pull in and back out river view sites at the lower level. Other upper level sites are mostly pull throughs. There are also a number of pull through sites forming a square. Each RV door opens into a large shared area. This would be great for groups. I had two complaints. One, the park's location is very close to the McCall airport. Each morning a plane or two would take off shortly after 7:00 AM. Two, we were promised a satellite friendly site, but trees blocked reception. The price reflects a weekly rate. The daily rate is about $4.00 more.
You pay at the entrance by dropping cash or a check in an envelope. We picked our site first. We never saw any park employee. The width of the gravel on the sites needs to be increased. There is not enough to place our wheels on. Generally the RV sites and the park itself is clean and very well maintained. However, some sites need to have nearby trees trimmed back. The sites are located close to the road. But, traffic decreased overnight.
I was told that the site would be satellite friendly and that we could get Wi-Fi at the site. Trees blocked our rooftop mounted dish from receiving a signal. Wi-Fi was only available at the office. The sites were 300-400 ft behind the office. With our roof top Wi-Fi antenna booster, I could pick up the signal, but it was way too weak to establish a link. The iPad could not find the campground's signal from our site (only at the office). I was told that next week, they plan to have a roof top Wi-Fi antenna installed. Railroad ties border each gravel pull-through site. The sewer connections are at least four feet outside the railroad ties and are about 6 inches above ground. So your sewer hose has to go over the ties and up to the sewer connection. Even though the sites are behind the office, Rt 26 road noise could be heard. Plus the side road bordering the campground on the north side goes to the local garbage dump, so it is a source of additional traffic and noise.
Wi-Fi has good signal strength but is slow, very slow. You are limited to 200 MB of data per day (with some latitude). The Wi-Fi requires a sign in. RV sites are wide on one side and very close to your neighbor on the other side where utilities are shared. Three sewer connections are shared between sites. Two connections are angled upward and are several inches higher than ground level. Close side by side sites are terraced and our lower site sewer connection has very little drop from our motorhome to the sewer. You can pull into some sites, but cannot pull out due to narrow interior roads The sites and interior roads are gravel and dirt and prone to creating mini dust storms when the wind gusts. The wind gusts a lot. They recycle aluminum cans and have a can crusher. But, most folks do not crush their cans. Noisy ATVs and barking dogs are plentiful. Several neighbors who stay the summer let their dog run free on their site. The nights are quiet as advertised without planes, trains, or road traffic . I was told that monthly sites were taken. We stayed a month at the daily rate. But were not taxed since we stayed a month.
This was a very comfortable park located between Craters of the Moon Nat'l Monument and the EBR-I Atomic Museum. Sadly, there were lots of for sale signs along the main streets of Arco. We did not inspect the park's restrooms because they required a code that we were not given. The D row sites were wide and level and had a grill and picnic table. However, D-1 badly needed tree trimming. The RV park recycles aluminum cans.
Sites are very long and mostly level. The grounds, sites, and facilities are well maintained. One of the work campers must have been in the middle of a bad day because my wife described her as grumpy. I-84 is 3000 ft away and is slightly elevated from the RV Park. But surprisingly is not noisy. However, the train traffic, which is located in town one mile away can occasionally be heard. Price reflects a weekly rate. No recycling is offered. Wi-Fi was OK until our last day when it really slowed down. The park is adding at least 20 new sites. We had to exit through the construction area on a newly packed temporary gravel road.
A very well laid out park. There are 3-4 large pull-through spots to park when you enter to register. The paved interior roads offer a great improvement over the dirt and gravel roads we have been finding. Each long pull through and level site is 100% gravel with no dirt. Each site has a concrete patio and table and a perfectly groomed grass strip. Most sewer connections are at ground level where we prefer. The Wi-Fi system had multiple antennas and worked great. The price paid was at a weekly rate. There are many long-term year-round residents scattered about the park. Although many open spaces seem available, the overnighters and weekly folks were all spaced in a row.
I mostly concur with the previous positive reviews. In spite a leash rule, the owners let their own dog run free. So, naturally our neighbor RVers let their dog off its leash. The RV park is located between the 45 MPH sign and the 55 MPH sign on US 89. But, the highway noise was not a problem. The interior roads are dirt/gravel and turn to mud in places with the rain we had on our departure day.
Price reflects PA cash for a back in (site #27). This is the 3d time we have stayed here as we come and go from the Texas Rio Grande Valley. I agree with the previous comments. The check in lady is not a happy camper. The Wi-Fi and cable worked well for us. In the past, we have carefully used the pull through sites. We prefer RV Parks like this that are not on the main road. We'll be back.
This is a Mom and Pop park. When we arrived, Mom and Pop were unavailable. The campground sites are dirt, arranged randomly, and were difficult to drive into. Once we settled in, we found that the CATV did not work. (It finally came on at 9:00PM).
The staff was very accommodating. We indicated that we needed Wi-Fi, so they gave us a 30A spot near the office. We had very high wind gusts that blew two planters over. The sites are all grass and tree free, so we could receive our satellite signal.
We had to stay a second night here due to snow closing I-80. Wi-Fi was very good and we were far enough away from the highway. The interior roads of the campground are dirt. And during our stay, they were very muddy. Both the site and interior roads could use a layer of gravel.
Entrance is narrow and steep. The exit is also steep and the coach or our toad may have scraped bottom. The Wi-Fi had a strong signal and excellent speed. Our site was all concrete for a positive change.
I agree with previous posts, but had a major problem with high voltage. We winter in the Texas Rio Grand Valley and planned do use this park seasonally as we come and go. In May 6, 2011 the voltage was 130 and on October 17, 2011 the voltage was 134. Our Surge Guard would not allow us to hook up the electric at 134 volts! The host said the electric company sets the voltage to allow the campground to have adequate voltage during peak periods. This results in high utilization voltage during off peak, that exceeds the National Electric Code of 120V +/- 5% (114-126). Beware!