Just a little south of Satus Pass and above Goldendale, set in Ponderosa pines, although about half the sites are out in the open and sunny. Greek monastery less than a mile downhill has a greek bakery with great baklava and other traditional Greek pastries. Goldendale Observatory is closed Monday and Tuesday but has 8pm to midnight programs all other nights. Lots of gray squirrels and Stellar jays. Very quiet although a little road noise at time from trucks climbing toward the pass. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park has RV and Tent areas. RV areas are easy access while the Tent areas have limited access. The front side gets highway noise while the rear area does not. We stopped for the bike trails (9 miles) which were in the park info. They were not as developed as we expected. Good overnight stop. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Off-Season Senior rate $6, full hook-up sites. This Brooks Memorial Washington State Park is scheduled to become closed with its gates locked by Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. So, just my closing tribute to one Brooks Memorial State Park, one park of the thirteen Washington State Parks scheduled for closing, gates locked, and soon to forgotten but for some memories past. If you can, and are in the neighborhood with the RV, visit this park soon, before it's closed and gone forever. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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This was a great spot to spend a few days. The park is far enough off the highway that the road noise wasn't a problem. Most of the State Parks are on a reservation system, but not this park. It's first come first serve. We're in a 35 ft. motorhome and towing. We had no problems getting into site #15. We would stay there again when traveling through. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you want a good place to catch up on some reading, Brooks Memorial State Park is it! You have no television reception at all unless you have a satellite. (I thought it was interesting that the small, privately owned RV park next door charged $1 less for full hookups with cable TV!) I came here hoping to escape a record breaking 95 degree heat wave in the month of May, of all things!!! The camp host told me that although Goldendale was suffering the same 95 degree heat that my home was, this park was high enough in the mountains that there would be an extreme temperature drop in the evenings. The host said, "You'll need blankets." I opened all windows, and woke up at 3:00 AM to a refreshing 50 degrees. This campground has a front side and a back side. Although the front side has shady spots, the camp host said the back side gets a breeze that does not hit the front side. In addition, the host suggested sites 19 or 20 (on the back side), "If you don't want the heat." The host was right, those two sites got morning sun, but afternoon wasn't too bad for the heat. The only downer is that spots 19 and 20 are real close to power lines. You wake up to crackle crackle crackle, and having crackle without the "pop and snap," well. According to the brochures, this park is popular in the winter with the snow-shoeing and cross-country crowd. I enjoyed my very quiet, two day stay here! There are tent sites as well as water/sewer/50 amp electric. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park is located 10+ miles north of Goldendale on US 97. Brooks is a, so far, undiscovered gem in the Washington State Parks system. Sits at the base of Satus Pass in the middle of a, largely, Ponderosa Pine forest. Great place to do a bit of hiking, exploring and relaxing. We camped here in a Motorhome.