Craig J.


San Marcos , TX

Joined October 2019

Rough and ready

Church parking lot packed in with RVs, several lived in by members of road crew working on main route through town. Dusty surface. Hook-ups fine. Shower area clean but rough around the edges. Convenient and cheap in the middle of Nevada. Did I mention that we were packed in like sardines? Staff available, responsive by return phone call, and friendly. All that said, the drive on Highway 50 through Nevada was austerely gorgeous, and we were happy to have hook-ups mid-state.

Another spot might have been better

Well-kept, parking-lot style RV park with full hook-ups. Nicely landscaped around edges and very clean. We were in a premium back-in site along the main route through Blanding, so we heard road noise on the 2 weekdays of our stay starting early in the morning. Shower was closed (due to Covid outages of cleaning staff per check-in person). Very nice little grassy area available at premium sites, but we would have traded that for a narrower site (no lawn area) along the back of the property away from the road and better able to view amazing sunset views. Not a bad option an hour away from countless of Southern Utah's splendors.

RV park review

This is a typical parking-lot style RV park sprinkled with poplar trees and located on the main route through Escalante, tho' we didn't hear any road noise. Bathrooms and showers excellent and spacious. Laundry expensive ($3.50-4.00 per load; perhaps due to water cost). Would have appreciated signage requiring masks in shared areas especially coming into another Corona spike. Owners were friendly. Surface was dusty. Hook-ups were fine for our 17-foot Casita trailer. The Escalante area has tons of great hikes (slot canyons, petrified forests, petroglyphs, views, etc.); park is a good, centrally located option for access.

Clean and adequate but uninspiring

I would add a half star if I could; if you like funky, then maybe 4 stars. This is a typical parking-lot style RV park sprinkled with elm trees. Very convenient to Great Basin visitor center and national park, which offers great hiking and views. RV park surface was a mix of dust and gravel. Hookups were fine. Laundry was excellent: reasonably priced and very clean. Nice to have shared clothesline available for use. Bathrooms / showers were very clean. Would have appreciated signage requiring masks in shared areas especially coming into another Corona spike.

Sweet spot during a dry, smokey time (Oct 2020)

We stayed during the pandemic and CA wildfires, so the lake was low and the amenities were deserted (e.g., bathroom with shower rough and no hot water). That said, we reserved in advance and had a large site for our RV under a huge shade tree; other full hook-up sites, while ample, looked much more exposed. We enjoyed watching the bunnies and squirrels from our camper window and ducks and birds on the lake.

Area Amazing, Pioneer RV Park Not So Much

Gorgeous area set in mountains covered with mature pine trees and huge granite boulders just 10-minutes off I-40. The Pioneer RV Campground consists of about 10 sites terraced into a hilly area accessed via a steep, one-way but well maintained road. The sites were way too close together for privacy. It is a good think we liked our neighbors, because we essentially camped with them for 3 nights. All that said, it was worth it to have immediate access to the Potato Patch Loop trailhead and the area in general. A nearby bathroom was a porta-potty, but there were reasonably clean pit toilets at the trailhead. We were happy to have full hook-ups in our 17-foot Casita RV. We arrived on Sunday and a nearby group area was noisy (music, talking) until about 9PM. We were happy to have access to the town 20-mins away, where we were able to get parts for an rv plumbing repair.

Rough but Serviceable Campground in a Spectacular Location

I visited Spider Rock and met the proprietor Howard Smith 20 years ago. He is still there maintaining this spacious campground on his own. It is rough around the edges but you will be very close to the rim of the canyon and within a short drive of amazing access points via car and foot. The campground has no amenities and is covered with a layer of fine red dust, but we did just fine in our 17-foot Casita RV. Call before you go to find out about limitations as the Navajo Nation has been hard hit by Covid. Don't miss the hike down into the canyon to see the White House (named after the large cliff dwelling ruin cut into white rock). The canyon is breathtaking: red cliffs surround lush-looking pastures cared for by Navajo inhabitants but off limits unless you access via Lighthouse Trail, which offers limited access to the canyon floor, or arrange a guided tour.

Easy RV camping on paved site nestled in the pines

Don't miss this national monument! Not only are the archeological treasures there well worth the effort, the campground is pleasant, well groomed, and easy to get to. We camped in our 17-foot Casita RV. While there is no water or electricity at the sites, we conserved by using the centrally located flush toilet and double-sink wash station for dishes. Sites are well spaced and private. Staff at the visitors center were friendly and masked.

Great Camping in a Dramatically Beautiful Canyon

The area of Texas around Palo Duro is flat and uninteresting almost until the rim of the canyon, at which point you drive down a well maintained, winding road to a campground at the bottom of the canyon. The road and several buildings on the site were built by the CCC. We were in a 17-foot Casita RV parked in a loop with other larger rigs but had reasonable privacy due to well designed spaces with picnic tables set in low-growing junipers and other greenery. We had 30-amp and water hook-ups but dumped at a dump station on the main road just outside our loop. Central bathroom with shower was clean. The rangers and staff and about half the guests we encountered masked in public spaces i.e. restrooms. Strongly recommend hiking through the canyon - trails we hike were relatively flat but accessed interesting and beautiful terrain.