Kristin S.

Pro

Vista, CA

Joined February 2020

About to be full timers in an Airstream

Beautiful Lake & comfortable space

There are a couple options for camping in Sand Hollow SP. We stayed at the Westside grounds with FHU. We really enjoyed our stay here as there’s plenty of your own space with neighbors behind and in front rather than side-to-side. Our site was mostly level with a grill (that was closed to use due to fire risk) and a shade structure with a picnic bench. The grounds were very quiet at night during our stay. We stayed in late June and the temps were hot so it was nice to have the lake nearby for swimming, boating, kayaking, etc. Swimmer’s itch is real but only affects a percentage of people. Thankfully, we weren’t affected. We drove to the other side of the lake to find a quiet spot to spend the day. Shade is at a premium, so bring your own. The dispersed tent sites around the lake seem nice and private but please pack out what you pack in. We carried out some garbage strewn at the site where we spent the day. Bathrooms are intermittent and nicely maintained. The lake can get crowded but we found it’s easy enough to find a private spot. The temps were near 100, so we were grateful to have the FHU at our site, though evening temps were very pleasant and we slept with windows open. Can’t wait to return with some shade, rafts and a SUP!

Get some sleep in your A/C

Barstow is a good mileage stop between Las Vegas and SoCal. The campgrounds are pretty quiet with only a little road noise (surprisingly, due to its proximity to the highway) and very easy to access. The Sites aren’t very private, being so close together but there are small bushes that offer some semblance of separation. The gravel pads are a bit different than most KOAs and don’t create that fine white dust, which is a plus. The full hookups worked well but there is no Wi-Fi and all amenities were closed aside from laundry and bathrooms (neither that we used). Pool was closed due to construction on it. The town doesn’t offer much in the way of amenities. You can grab some food at the diner across the street or head to the Calico Ghost Town 3 miles up The road. The biggest draw here is the electricity to keep your A/C running in the high temps.

Comfortable, quiet and accessible

This, as a KOA Journey, is a great place to stay “along the way.” Spaces are level and have a nice, grassy area between sites with a picnic bench & fire pit. The surrounding area is scenic with cows in pasture and a mountain backdrop. We only stayed a single night and did not use any amenities. WiFi was very weak but the hookups are in good condition. We really appreciated the grounds with trees and grass. The staff we encountered were very friendly. Fillmore has some neat gems to scout out. The freeway is close by so access is a cinch, but the grounds are far enough away to be void of any road noise. When we arrived, the wind was consistently 45+ mph…. not sure if this is an extraordinary occurrence but the map says wind picks up frequently and to store your things. Multiple gas stations nearby with excellent prices. Lots of ATV/OHV paths around the area. A single night allowed for us to explore a little and feel rested. Would definitely return!

Great location, variable sites

The location of these grounds is money. You have direct access to the bike path that leads directly into Old Town Park City and links you with lots of other trails. It’s right off the highway, so access is easy and there’s a Whole Foods, restaurants, gas and outlet shopping all less than a mile away. By car, Park City is about 15 min away, Salt Lake City is about 30 min. The star rating of these grounds can really be variable based on where your spot is located. There are 4 tiers of spots (the grounds are literally tiered), the top of which are reserved for newer, specific class vehicles. These spots have concrete pads and grass next to them and are available for ownership. You’re right on the road, so I’m sure noise can be a factor. The second tier still has full hookups but are gravel and have a bit nicer views, and road noise is blocked. The third tier, the one in which we were, are PHU. Half these spots are all gravel and very, very close. So close that our neighbor’s slide out prevented us from really using the picnic table. But it’s okay bc the picnic table was broken and gross. Some of the spots on this tier have meager plots of grass, a shaded structure and overlook the stream. They seem a bit nicer. Ours abutted the dirt wall and had a lot of wildlife (marmots? Chubby squirrels?) running around. They seem harmless, if just bold. The hookups were fine. The fourth tier has more PHUs and tent camping on nicer, grassy plots with the creek surrounding. I think we wound up with the crappiest location, but I’d still rate these grounds 4 stars. The pool/ hot tub was small but decent and has a lovely view. The other amenities are nice-to-haves. They have a lot of rules including no wood fires, though staff seemed friendly and not at all overbearing. We booked only about a week ahead of time, so we knew we wouldn’t have one of the better plots. The place was emptier on the weekdays and filled-up on the weekends. We enjoyed our stay as there’s a lot to see and do in the area and you’re barely at the campgrounds. Bring your bikes!

Good stop for “along the way”

This is a “Journey” KOA and is being rated as such. The spaces are very close together and they pull neighbors in alternating directions so that you’re facing a neighbor’s front door when you come out of yours, minimizing privacy if you want to eat or cook outdoors. There are some premium spaces with fences and patios but they were all booked. The tent sites look very private with nice grass pads. The trailer sites are all gravel and dusty, but it’s pretty standard. Easy access off the highway and we didn’t experience any noise. The back of the property is very scenic with some off-roaring and hiking trails. If you’re in partial hook ups in the front of the grounds, you’ll be abutting the petroleum factory. The community showers and restrooms seemed pretty clean and well maintained. The laundry was basic and mostly functioning (a few out of order machines), but we did our laundry with no issue. The pool is small but clean and a good temperature. Staff is friendly and the office store is stocked. The area is very nearby to the Northern end of Flaming Gorge NRA which is pretty awesome. Plenty of other things to do nearby, though the towns of Rock Springs and Green River are a little lacking. Guests are mostly transient and, though the park filled up each day, it mostly cleared out by the following morning. Very convenient along the way stop but also nice for an extra night or two to explore the area! Ask in the office for some tips on places to explore.

Location is key

The sites at Ponderosa are fine. They’re mostly level, if a little torn-up, and our hookups were solid. Access is easy enough and the office/common spaces seem decent (laundry looked good but we didn’t get around to it). We didn’t use any amenities aside from (attempted) WiFi. You won’t be surprised to learn it barely existed. The campground’s proximity to the Cody Rodeo & Buffalo Bill Center for the West can’t be beat. We walked to the museum and could have walked to the rodeo. Main Street Cody is within a mile or so and there’s plenty of amenities and tourism options nearby. The front office is friendly but quite disorganized. They only take cash or check, almost (very accidentally) overcharged is $50 and almost put us in the wrong spot. Everything seems to be done via pencil and eraser. All good, just be a conscious guest when you arrive. They’re sweet people. They really stack guests into some tight spots. Our spot was fine but we watched some smaller rigs get backed into the shadow of huge coaches. During rodeo season, I suspect it’s always crowded. It was quite full for our 2-day stay, for rodeo kick-off. Also, through no fault of the campgrounds, there was some bad camper etiquette happening during our stay. Tons of dogs off leash and crazy barking all day, cigar smoking right outside windows, people staring into trailer windows and our neighbors kept their dirty water/sewer items on our picnic bench for their entire stay. All very bizarre. We’d return just based on proximity alone.

Location is key

The sites at Ponderosa are fine. They’re mostly level, if a little torn-up, and our hookups were solid. Access is easy enough and the office/common spaces seem decent (laundry looked good but we didn’t get around to it). We didn’t use any amenities aside from (attempted) WiFi. You won’t be surprised to learn it barely existed. The campground’s proximity to the Cody Rodeo & Buffalo Bill Center for the West can’t be beat. We walked to the museum and could have walked to the rodeo. Main Street Cody is within a mile or so and there’s plenty of amenities and tourism options nearby. The front office is friendly but quite disorganized. They only take cash or check, almost (very accidentally) overcharged is $50 and almost put us in the wrong spot. Everything seems to be done via pencil and eraser. All good, just be a conscious guest when you arrive. They’re sweet people. They really stack guests into some tight spots. Our spot was fine but we watched some smaller rigs get backed into the shadow of huge coaches. During rodeo season, I suspect it’s always crowded. It was quite full for our 2-day stay, for rodeo kick-off. Also, through no fault of the campgrounds, there was some bad camper etiquette happening during our stay. Tons of dogs off leash and crazy barking all day, cigar smoking right outside windows, people staring into trailer windows and our neighbors kept their dirty water/sewer items on our picnic bench for their entire stay. All very bizarre. We’d return just based on proximity alone.

Fantastic, rain or shine

Bozeman hot Springs campground

The sites at these grounds do vary a bit. We were in Row C in a back-in site with fhu. We were very close to the path to go to the hot springs which wound up being a nice feature for us, even though it meant a bit of cut-through from other campers. The lawn behind the sites in C Row were immaculate with green grass, nice stone-lined fire pits and large decorative rocks. While the sites are close together, the space on the grass gives it a sense of openness. The share facilities looked nice & clean but we didn’t take advantage of any laundry, bathrooms or breakfast offered as amenities. However, the main focus for us were the use of the hot springs. Campers are given bracelets for access to use the Hot Springs 12 pools which are… incredible. The indoor and outdoor pools vary in temperature from 106-56 degrees, with most comfortable temps. We had inclement weather for most of our 4-night stay and visited the hot springs at least once/day. For $5/day, you can also use their large gym. The campgrounds are about 15 min from Downtown Bozeman and from University of Montana campus. There is a little bakery/coffee shop about 100 yards from the camp that serves a great breakfast burrito.

Peace & quiet at Redrocks

The journey out here feels like you’re approaching a special place. It’s isolated and quiet yet still so close to the action of Yellowstone NP & West Yellowstone. Every employee we encountered was so friendly and helpful. Most spaces are pull-through with full hookups and seemed mostly level. We saw all size rigs coming through. RV Life shows an unpaved road leading up to the grounds, but we approached from Rt 20 and didn’t experience any unpaved roads. We used their laundry facilities… very clean with 4 washers & 4 dryers, reasonable prices. They also have a small Shave Ice truck parked out front (hours vary) that was an added treat! Slightly small spaces if the grounds are full, you’ll be close to your neighbor if you’re in a smaller rig. Lucky for us, we didn’t have a close neighbor. The surroundings were scenic and there are lots of places to explore outside of Yellowstone. We stayed 4 nights and could have easily stayed longer. Check out Big Springs during your stay!

Killer Spot

Smoky Mountain campground is very close to the entrance of City of Rocks NR and just slightly further is Castle Rocks SP, however, the grounds are managed by the state park. There are some RV/equestrian sites that have 30/50 amp power and water hookups. There is a dump station on the road to the grounds but it was closed for repairs when we visited. There are plenty of pit toilets around the area and the ones we used were quite clean. Spots are mostly back-in but pretty easy access. The camp hosts were very friendly and the camp reservation includes a parking pass for the State Park ($10 value). The RV sites are very private and nicely spread out with pine trees in between. Great views of City of Rocks. Plenty of biking and hiking trails around and TONS of climbing. The visitor center is about 2 miles away and a general store another half mile beyond that. There’s opportunity for gas and food on the way to the grounds (both Albion and Almo have options) but best to get what you need before you leave the major highway. Having hookups at a State Park with such awesome views was sweet and the grounds are very well maintained. Reservations seem hard to come by during the high season.

Full service and full comfort

Everything about this RV Park is well-planned and fluid. From the arrival greeting to the spaces themselves, the facilities and the landscaping… it’s all warm and welcoming. They take great care of this park. The spaces are level, the grass between spots is large and manicured, and all the facilities are clean. We didn’t use the restrooms or showers but were told they’re in excellent condition. The sites are very easy to access and the picnic benches are spotless… which is borderline weird. There is a dog run, heated pool and spa, laundry, tetherball and more. Mountain Home RV Park is about 1 hour from Twin Falls and 45 min from Boise. In between both cities are tons of opportunity for outdoor adventure. Less than a mile from you RV spot is a Walmart and a Pilot station. They have propane refilling on site at the park. We would have stayed here for a month if we had the time. We will definitely return.

First to Review
Solid 3.5

Buck’s is a decent, comfortable spot in a great area. The price is good and they honor Good Sam discounts. They’re about an hour+ outside of Jackson, WY and about 1.5 from Grand Teton. There are some great restaurants, hikes and water activities nearby (right along the Snake River). The gas station has great prices, propane refilling and sells fly fishing gear. The full hookups were good and reliable from what we experienced. The place is no frills, quiet and right along the main road with very easy access. WiFi is spotty at best and the sites are a little wonky. Don’t expect a map or really any information when you arrive to check-in (rules, bathrooms, WiFi password, where garbage is located, etc). There’s a cool food truck that is open in the gas station lot every day. Food looks awesome, but we didn’t have opportunity to try. Come to this place for the surrounding area and good price for full hookups. It’s quiet and you’ll be left in peace.

All the basics you need

It’s a KOA Journey, so, close to a “major” road (RT 93), which was very quiet despite proximity. It’s got nice views across the street, so if you’re on the first row of campsites, you’ll get front row seats. The spaces are quite close together, so privacy is minimal, though everyone was very respectful and quiet during quiet hours. Nice spot for access to Great Basin NP (which is a jewel, btw). Lots of options for fishing, kayaking, and other outdoor activities nearby too. We went to Cave Lake and were not impressed but… maybe it was just the wrong time of year (end of May). Sites are mostly level and big-rig friendly, hookups on site were reliable!

Easy & well-planned

Oasis is a great location to spend a night or two if you want to jaunt into Vegas for bit. It’s also very central as an overnight for heading into Utah or Nevada from SoCal. We spent a night here along our journey and appreciated the ease of every step, they’re very thoughtful about the process of check-in. It’s all very accessible and navigable. The resort amenities were largely closed due to COVID19 but everything looked nice! They took decent precautions for social distancing as well. It’s close to the freeway and not exactly scenic but for proximity to Vegas, gateway to other locations and amenities, it’s a good option!

Quiet, private and unique

A great spot away from the main Joshua Tree strip. We visited for one night during the waning height of COVID and staff was taking all the necessary precautions. There were some restrooms and dish cleaning station available, though we didn’t use them. Spaces were clean and tidy and, although close together, were separated by beautiful bushes that kept it feeling private. Lots of birds around and great views of the desert and mountains. Fire ants were everywhere, so wear shoes. Most of the spots don’t have individual sewer connection but access to shared dump station. Everything was in great condition. The art installations and theatre looked so cool, but were closed temporarily. The lake was super cool and teeming with wildlife. Very reasonably priced for 50 amp & water hookup per night. Very easy access with 25’ trailer. We will definitely return.

Great spot in the desert

At this moment in time, we are visiting during the increase of COVID 19 precautions. As a result, this location is taking diligent steps to avoid exposure and transmission. All common areas are closed and they’ve created a social distancing system for their business. I cannot comment on any of the amenities that are closed, but the layout of this place is great. Everything is in good, working order. While not an expansive layout, trailers are not on top of one another, you have a little personal wiggle room (relative to the places closer to PHX). The hostess that met us (Laura) is lovely and very friendly. There are a couple small spots for food and incidentals 2 miles away and a couple travel stops, too. We’re looking forward to returning once the pandemic has passed!