R.V. Parks Thoughts and Observations

Here are our impressions of the R.V. parks where we’ve stayed.

370 Lakeside Park – St. Charles, MO

All pull-through

PROS:

– Clean bathrooms

– Newer campground

– Several concrete handicap spots

– Pull-throughs (a little tight for a big rig, but we were not there for a long stay)

– Roads are good

– Near water – a river runs past the park and there is a nice paved trail that runs alongside the water. There is also a group area with a covered gazebo and lots of seating near the water

– Nice workers – the park rangers patrol often, and the site felt really safe.

CONS:

– Showers were ok. Only two on the grounds. If there were more people there would probably be a line.

– Roads are tight. Our 37 footer was tight making some of the corners.

Country Garden RV Park – Odessa, MO

All Pull-Through

PROS:

– Nice store with local cheeses and other foods

– Dog run! It was small, but at least we were able to let the dogs run off leash

– Game room and laundry – we didn’t use either of these, but the game room had a pool table and the laundry seemed clean and well-maintained.

CONS:

– REALLY narrow roads

– No signs to point you in the right direction. Not even ‘one way’ or signs pointing which way to go on the small roads. It wasn’t a big place by any means, but while pulling in it would have been nice for a sign or two to lead the way.

– Narrow outside roads. The outer road off the highway leading to the campground was narrow and scary at times. We left in the rain, and it was a nail-biting couple of miles.

– Only two bathrooms with showers in with the toilet, so if two people were showering, there were no other toilets to use. It wasn’t busy when we were there, but this might be a concern if it were more crowded.

On-Ur-Way RV Park – Onanwa, IA

All pull-through sites

PROS:

– Nice, new, clean showers. There were 5 stalls for showers with a separate area with toilets. Also a second shower area near the rear of the park, but we didn’t go inside that one. The showers were large and had room for a bench to set your belongings.

– Nice laundry facility – we took advantage of this amenity. Coin laundry was clean and well-maintained

– Large dog run. It had rained a lot before we got there, so the dog run was really muddy. We hardly used it because of that. It could use more grass to help it not be so muddy.

– Large sites -very roomy sites with picnic tables and grassy areas. Park is very well marked.

– Nice, helpful owners

– Convenient little store on property

– Great WiFi service

– Close to highway and many other amenities. Within walking distance of some fast food and gas stations. Even though it was close, it wasn’t noisy or felt unsafe

– Close to Lewis and Clark Museum – we highly recommend visiting it!

CONS:

– We didn’t find anything to put as a con. Great little stop in Iowa.

Sleepy Hollow – Wall, SD

All pull-through sites

PROS:

– Campground well-groomed

– HUGE dog park. We really appreciate when a campground takes time to set up an area for our furbabies. They really love to be off leash and run free. This dog run was the best we’ve seen at a campground. Our dogs had a blast.

– Within walking distance of Wall Drug Store, a really popular tourist attraction, and the best pecan rolls and donuts we’ve ever eaten.

– Small pool. It was nice to get it and relax one day

– Nice laundry. It was really busy at times.

– Nice bathrooms. We didn’t use them much, but what we saw they were spacious and clean.

CONS:

– Narrow sites and roads. Not terrible to pull our large rig, but a little squeezed

Grandview RV Park – Hardin, MT

Mostly back-in sites. We parked in back-in

PROS:

– Large sites. Large grassy area with small covered pavilion and picnic table on each site.

– VERY friendly and helpful owners.

– Large, clean bathrooms

– Close to gas station and grocery store

– 15 miles from Custer Battlefield – we highly recommend this attraction. The history is incredible

CONS:

– We don’t have any. This was a good short stop in Montana

Indian Creek Campground – Deer Lodge, MT

PROS:

– Close/easy access to the highway, but very quiet despite proximity

– Large bathrooms, clean, well-maintained

– Nice laundry facility

– Large sites with grassy area, picnic table

– Close to grocery and gas stations.

– Nearby attractions – Grant Kohrs Ranch, Phillipsburg, and Anaconda

CONS:

– Nothing to list! Great stop for a few days.

Timber Wolf Resort – Hungry Horse, MT

– We workamped at Timber Wolf, so of course the bathrooms were spotless and the staff was amazing. Lol.

– This is a nice campground 9 miles from the west entrance of Glacier National Park.

– We would stay here again if we were in the area.

Turah RV Park – Clinton, MT

Length of stay:  1 overnight in September 2015

PROS:

  • Easy access off highway 15
  • Small store with food, drink, and basic needs items
  • Dogs were able to run in fenced playground

CONS:

  • Narrow roads, tight corners for a bigger rig
  • Poor wifi
  • Many spots with full-time living RVers that were not well kept.
  • Property was maintained, but cluttered and not inviting atmosphere. (we have to admit that we almost kept going instead of stopping for the night because we perceived it as looking “sketchy”)
  • Did not go into bathrooms, so we can’t comment
  • We only stayed one night, so for an overnight stop, it wasn’t terrible.  We kicked ourselves for not realizing that we could have driven a little farther into Deer Lodge and stayed at the same campground we stayed at on the way into Montana.

Wakeside RV Park – Rexburg, ID

Length of stay:  10 days in September 2015

PROS:

  • Close to highway (actually the highway is visible from the park, but we didn’t think the road noise was too bad)
  • They have a small lake on the property with a small beach, water skiing, paddle boards, and other water activities
  • Close to the Grand Tetons (we recommend going to Driggs and Victor, Idaho to the Grand Teton Distillery and the Grand Teton Brewery – worth the trip, excellent craft alcohol)
  • An hour from Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, etc.
  • Great laundry facility
  • Clean sites
  • Large pull-throughs
  • Good wifi
  • Old, 1950s style drive-in movie theater close by
  • The town of Rexburg is stuck in the 1950s, but in a really cute way
  • The town has a Paul Mitchell School of Cosmetology that is well priced for a good haircut and color!

CONS:

  • No amenities on site
  • No set office hours – there is a camp host on site, but when we arrived our name was on a board with paperwork to fill out and they brought a receipt the next day to our RV.  If you like to have an office with a small store on-site, then this probably isn’t the place you want to stay.  They DID have a phone number that we called once about the water not working and someone did answer and was able to fill us in on the water problem (the water was off for a couple of hours while they repaired a broken pipe – not a big deal for us).

Lakeside RV Campground  – Provo, UT

Length of Stay:  2 nights in September 2015

PROS:

  • Large, easy to access campground with level, paved sites
  • Large dog park
  • They have a pool, but it was closed for the season when we were there
  • Small camp store with basic amenities
  • Trail next to a little river or stream
  • Within a mile of Utah Lake
  • Bridal Falls close by
  • BYU campus in town – they have a great Museum of Paleontology on campus for FREE!  We went and thought it was great.
  • If we were there in the summer, being so close to the lake would have been a major Pro.
  • We would visit again if we were in the area.

CONS:

  • Not really a con for us, but some RVers don’t like this – they had MANY full-time permanent living RVers.  They were well-maintained and not as run-down as some parks we’ve seen.

Desert Skies RV Resort – Mesquite, NV

Length of Stay:  1 month mid September to mid October

PROS:

  • We loved this RV park!
  • It is a mix between RV spaces and modular homes – basically a retirement community
  • Many full-time residents
  • MANY amenities – wonderful pool, jacuzzi, fitness room, billiards room, dance hall, card room, and miniature golf course – everything was VERY clean and well-maintained
  • Two small dog runs and a large desert walking trail
  • Pickleball court
  • Large, paved streets and paved sites with side by side parking spots
  • Close to two casinos with many amenities
  • A little over an hour away from Vegas, Zion National Park, Valley of Fire State Park and MANY other outdoor activities

CONS:

  • Our only con is that we couldn’t stay for the whole winter season. Lol.  There are many parties and activities throughout the busy winter season.  It would have been fun to stay longer and have fun with the residents!

Lake Mead RV Village – Boulder City, NV

Length of Stay:  1 overnight in October 2015

PROS:

  • Beautiful views of Lake Mead
  • Within 10 minutes of Hoover Dam
  • Large, level sites with a picnic table and paved sitting area at each site

CONS:

  • Men’s bathrooms were dirty and not well maintained.  Women’s bathrooms were okay.  The showers only had a curtain and no other privacy area.  If you wanted to get dressed after showering, you would have to stand in the shower stall or out in the general open area.  We did not need to use the showers, so it didn’t inconvenience us, but I would not have wanted to use the showers if I had to.
  • No great place to walk the dogs other than through the streets of the RV area or in a weedy, overgrown sticker bush area close to the lake side of the park.

Railside RV Ranch and Campground – Williams, AZ

Length of stay:  1 week in October 2015

PROS:

  • We really enjoyed this park
  • GREAT owners – friendly, warm, inviting
  • Free breakfast every morning with waffles, boiled eggs, coffee, cereal, and oatmeal!
  • Free dog sitting service if you traveled to the Grand Canyon for the day!  We LOVED this and our dogs LOVED the people walking them!
  • They also have a small dog run off-leash area.  Not big enough for our big dog, but good enough for the small one.
  • They have a sauna and TWO hot tubs!  We took advantage of these amenities and were so relaxed after steaming in the sauna! Especially since the weather was cold and raining for most of our stay.
  • Close to the Grand Canyon (about 45 miles from the south rim)
  • The town of Williams is wonderful!  Go to the Grand Canyon Brewery – some of the best craft brew we’ve tried on our journey.
  • The staff will set up your train ride for the Grand Canyon Railway – we had a rainy day the day we were scheduled to take the train and the owner called the railway and asked about switching our tickets!  She was so wonderful to help us out!  We had already packed our gear and dressed for a cold rain when she offered to call about getting another day.  We did not expect to be able to change it and were grateful that we didn’t have to ride the train and see the canyon in a rainstorm!

CONS:

  • We have NONE.  This is a great stop and we highly recommend it!

Meteor Crater RV Park – Winslow, AZ

Length of Stay: Overnight in October 2015

PROS:

  • Easy to access park
  • Level sites
  • Good roads and well marked
  • security gate, if you want that.
  • A nice store and gas station on site.
  • very clean restrooms
  • Amazing views and especially sunset views

CONS:

  • can’t really think of any.

American RV Park – Albuquerque, NM

Length of Stay: Two Nights in October 2015

PROS:

  • very well organized
  • breakfast for all guests (OK it was minimal but still).
  • very clean
  • level sites and well marked roads.
  • close to the highway but minimal noise
  • many amenities.
  • good access to many local sites

CONS:

  • Weak WIFI and very strict rules on WIFI (Not really a big deal)

Bottomless Lake State Park – Roswell, NM

Length of Stay: 1 week end of October

PROS:

  • The camp hosts and rangers were very nice.
  • large level lots.
  • excellent picnic area for each RV spot.
  • roads were OK.
  • AMAZING views of the night sky.
  • Short nature/hiking trails nearby
  • A nice beach on the lake.  Would be good for summer use if the bugs don’t carry you away.

CONS:  We would have left after a day but had made plans with friends and stuck it out.

  • 30 minutes from the nearest shopping… or anything.
  • VERY buggy.  We dealt with swarming wasps, mosquitos and flies
  • Close to Roswell, but the sites in Roswell were disappointing to say the least. This might be a great summer spot, but late October was too buggy, too swampy, and too smelly – there is a cattle ranch close by and when the wind shifted, it smelled like manure.

Boot Hill RV Resort – Alamogordo, NM

Length of Stay: Three days in November 2015.

PROS:

  • huge sites!!
  • Sites were gravel but as level as we have found.
  • Roads and sites are well marked. Each site is clearly numbered and has a split rail fence section to designate parking, etc.
  • Two nice, large dog runs
  • Near the hwy but minimal noise.
  • Very close to all the attractions.
  • Nice office and store.
  • Very nice restrooms and shower area.
  • beautiful views all around

CONS:

  • Minimal night lighting…  A con if driving in after dark, but it is another amazing night sky view.

Santa Rosa Campground – Santa Rosa, NM

Length of Stay: One night in November

PROS:

  • On site store and restaurant
  • Large sites
  • Paved roads (Nearing poor condition in several areas).
  • Off OLD HWY 66 and good access to 40.
  • No road noise

CONS:

  • Roads were getting questionable.
  • The dog run was a small, not fenced area by the restrooms.
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