Kristin S.

The Dyrt Pro

Vista, CA

Joined February 2020

Traveling in our Airstream full-time 75% of the time. 🤙

First to Review
New name, new ownership

This spot is now owned by Yonder Escalante. They are opening this fall, 2020. We were able to check out the grounds as we drove through Scenic Byway 12. It’s a very convenient location along the highway, close to the towns of Escalante and Boulder. Great proximity to Grand Staircase Canyons unit, Bryce Canyon NP and Capitol Reef NP. The grounds have cabins and renovated Airstreams for rent as well as RV sites to “bring your own.” They’re building lots of amenities like a hot tub, pool, clubhouse, movie nights, breakfast offerings and (hopefully) powerful wifi. They were in the midst of building the clubhouse as we poked around. It looks like an awesome new addition to the area. “Hipster camping” might be a good term for it, but I’m into the vibe, 100%… looking forward to staying here once they open!

A destination of its own

I typically rate campgrounds as they fit into 1 of 5 categories. This campground will be rated as a Regional/Public Park — Grounds that are on public lands, and have a cost for entry and/or overnight stay. Ratings for this category are based on: Cost: 5 Allure of the park/lands: 5 Amenities as available (bathrooms, showers, hookups, etc): 4 Layout and privacy of sites: 5

Catalina SP is at the Northern end of metro Tucson. It’s about 30 minutes to downtown and 1 hour to either division of Saguaro National Park (East or West).

Reservations during January for a short-term (2 night) stay were surprisingly easy to obtain via their online booking tool. Longer stays should book far ahead of time, max stay is 14 days, I believe. Price of $30/night +$5 booking fee was very reasonable for RV Electric and water hookups for the stay.

Check in was easy with the attendants and there is no extra cost for park admission for campers, which is a nice bonus for AZ state parks (many states charge the fees outside of the cost of camping).

The sites were huge, very big-rig friendly, and private. Additional signage for numbered sites would have been helpful, but it’s not hard to find your spot using the power of deduction. Backing in our 25’ trailer was easy. Electric and water hookups were available at our site (30) in the B Loop. No sewer hookups and the dump stations were crowded when we left at 11:45am on checkout day. Restrooms were open, and require masks. They were spotless! Water pipes at the campground froze overnight on an evening where temps barely touched 32 degrees. They were defrosted and flowing by 8:30am. There were also dish cleaning stations outside the restroom.

Very nearby are grocery stores, gas stations and other shopping/eating spots, but the proximity to commerce doesn’t impact the natural feel of these grounds… night at the campground is very dark.

The hiking accessible from the campgrounds is fantastic with tons of desert landscape and saguaros dotting the skyline. Low mountains add to the scenic view and trees throughout the campground contribute to privacy from your (fairly distant) neighbors. Yet another fantastic reason to choose state parks for your camping/rving adventures!

Backcountry Camping at Enchanted Rock

There are two different backcountry options in Enchanted Rock State Park. Moss Lake sites are very near to the… wait for it… Moss Lake! The sites are the most remote and away from the more crowded and reservable drive-in section of the park. You have to carry your gear (all water and food) 2 miles in. The trail is fairly level with just some rocky sections but nothing terribly steep or difficult. Walnut Springs is just a little shorter of a hike at 1.5 miles from the parking area. Both are easy to navigate and very well marked.

They’re very scenic back country sites and the grounds themselves are soft sand clearings, some more shaded than others. As I mentioned, you must pack in all supplies including water and remember to pack everything out. The plus is that there are composting toilets near the entrance to both grounds.

It’s $14/night plus a $10 entrance fee per person to the park. The annual Texas State Park Pass will waive that fee and you can possibly get discounts on camping.

The grounds are on the back side of enchanted rock so you’ll have excellent proximity to make the climb in the morning before the crowds arrive! It’s scenic and quiet and so worth the short hike on the loop trail to access these grounds.

First to Review
Small grounds with peaceful atmosphere

These grounds are truly tiny. There are several spaces occupied by long term residents and others have visitors like us who are just passing through. The grounds themselves are well-kept with lots of mature trees around the sites providing shade and large shrubs and fences ensuring privacy from the outside.

The park has easy entry on N 18th, the park roads are quite wide and navigable and there’s an exit gate just on the other side. While the park accommodates large trailers, I believe all spots are back-in and there’s a couple tricky areas that would be best suited for small trailers. For $40, the price is reasonable for a level pad and full hookups. It’s very quiet, situated off the main road across from a cemetery and a funeral home. It’s a really great option if you want to pay a bit less than the large park down the street and be around far fewer other RVers!

Nice Municipal Park in Fredericksburg

Ladybird Johnson Park is one of the more interesting layouts of a campground that we've ever come across. When booking online, you'll notice the different "tiers" of sites with different loops for site selection. If this feels confusing, you're not alone. But the confusion continues once you enter thr grounds and are navigating to your site. The driveway is a series of loop sites, which is not unusual for a campground, but the lack of direction and signage makes for a bit of a wonky entrance. However, once you've got your location ironed out, the grounds themselves are quite pleasant. It's about 3 miles from downtown Fredericksburg and lots of wineries along the nearby 290 corridor of Hill Country, plus close proximity to LBJ Ranch and Luckenbach -- all worth a visit!

All the sites are quite different, so you'll want to do a little research before selecting a site that might suit your rig best. Some sites are rear-to-rear with other trailers placing them very close to one another while other sites are side-by-side with more space. Also, many of the sites did not look level at all and required a fair amount of blocks to lift one side of many of the RVs we saw. The RV sites offer 50/30 amps, water, sewer and even cable and wifi. There are garbage cans for trash all throughout the grounds. There are also primitive tent sites that are really not much more than a grassy yard with some picnic benches and access to small restrooms.

The park itself is quite large with lots of green space and trees. The price is a little high, but for the area, seems pretty on-par for FHU.

First to Review
Easy Access and simplicity in Fort Stockton

This site is just next door to Hilltop RV Park… similar name but very different parks. This spot does not have the amenities or the views of Hilltop (alas, they are on the side of the hill as the name implies, not atop the hill). Though it is more bare bones, the essentials are there -- reliable hookups, level gravel pads and easy access right off I-10. The lot is wide, open gravel, so you won't get much in the way of landscaping or privacy, but if you're just looking for a place to park overnight at a reasonable price, Hillside will suit your needs.

Peace in Hill Country

I typically rate campgrounds as they fit into 1 of 5 categories. This campground will be rated as a Basecamp — grounds that offer a comfortable home base that you’re happy to return to after a day of exploring the surrounding area. Ratings for this category are based on: Value to cost: 5 Overall grounds: 4 Utility of sites (hookups, layout, accessibility): 4 Local Attraction Proximity: 4 Reservation Process/Ease of Getting a Site: 5 Amenities: 4 Customer Service: 5 Cleanliness: 4

A really lovely spot in Dripping Springs, Sunset RV Park is a small park in Hill Country outside Austin (this is not the one near Lake Travis). It’s clear that this is a destination spot for snowbirds to the area as most everyone was set-up for a long-term stay and we saw very few folks come and go during our one-week stay. The park is very quiet with close attention paid to COVID precautions (this is the first park we encountered that was 100% contact free check in).

The park is built somewhat into a hill, so some of the turns are a little tricky and our spot was a bit uneven. The space itself was a very wide asphalt driveway with a picnic table and metal fire ring below a stone wall, perhaps a bit close to our neighbors as I wasn’t totally certain it was definitely ours to use.

The amenities are pretty basic- clean laundry and bathrooms and a good enough wifi signal to allow us to use the internet easily. There’s also propane available on site. I enjoyed the layout of the grounds and each site was afforded some privacy thanks to the set-up and tiered spaces. The weekly rate of $300 was very reasonable.

Excellent access to Hamilton Pool (make reservations!), Reimers Ranch and Westcave Discovery Center. Also about 30 minutes to most of Austin including SoCo, McKinney Falls SP and 6th Street.

Reservations were made by phone with a very friendly woman and, as I mentioned, check in was contactless, so we really didn’t encounter anyone else aside from a friendly wave from folks maintaining the grounds in golf carts. The place is a nice find outside Austin and very close by to family for us, so we’re happy to have found it and will return!

First to Review
Perfect Solitude in Marfa

I typically rate campgrounds as they fit into 1 of 5 categories. This campground will be rated as a Basecamp — grounds that offer a comfortable home base that you’re happy to return to after a day of exploring the surrounding area. Ratings for this category are based on: Value to cost: 4 Overall grounds: 4 Utility of sites (hookups, layout, accessibility): 4 Local Attraction Proximity: 4 Reservation Process/Ease of Getting a Site: 5 Amenities: 3 Customer Service: 4 Cleanliness: 5

This campground is very small with just 8 covered RV pads available with a limit of 32' length. They were "designed with the Airstream in mind" but they seem to be open to any type of trailers as there were 2 non-Airstreamers during our stay. They have their own Airstreams available for rent through AirBnB or else you can bring your own trailer and pull into one of their paved slips. Reserving a site was easy via email and texting with the owner. It was completely contactless and they gave us thorough instructions on how to access the grounds and where to find our site.

They offer 50/30 amps, full hookups, and WiFi. For $50/night right on the outskirts of central Marfa (about 2.5 miles from the center of town), we found the price to be mostly reasonable for the paved, covered spot. We understand the town can be a tourist hot spot so prices are a little higher reflecting that. COVID prevented use of any shared areas, but they seemed to have a common grilling/patio area. They offer two Adirondack chairs at each site, which adds a nice touch. The grounds are on a large open lot and surrounded by ranch lands. The views of the night sky are bar none. Access to the grounds is via a graded dirt road that was very muddy when we left as we had rain for 3 days straight. It did not make access to the grounds difficult, though. Make sure you heed their instructions on how to access the grounds as one of the access roads shown on Google maps actually takes you over high-clearance railroad tracks that could cause RV damage.

A perfect spot for home base to visit Marfa and take in the night sky reserve!

Nice stay atop the hill

I typically rate campgrounds as they fit into 1 of 5 categories. This campground will be rated as an “along the way” stay — grounds that you seek out for a night or two as a place to simply stay the night along your journey to regroup and get some sleep. Ratings for this category are based on: Cost: 5 Overall grounds: 4 Utility of sites (hookups, level ground, accessibility): 5 Noise: 4 Reservation Process/Ease of Getting a Site: 4 Layout: 4 Customer Service: 5

What they say is true: this is an RV Park on top of a hill. We didn’t have high expectations knowing a Walmart is 2 miles away, but the views were actually quite nice! Staff are so, so friendly and helpful and the overnight stay is $30 (with GoodSam) for full hookups (many spaces are pull thru).

We thought it was really a nice spot to unhitch for the night. Fort Stockton doesn’t have a ton of draw but we were able to run a couple errands, do laundry and wash our tow vehicle in town!

The layout of the park is fairly standard. Gravel spaces, somewhat close together and no privacy in between, but they do have a small patio and picnic table. Hookups were reliable and easy to access.

The pool looked really nice though we didn’t use it. The wifi was very solid, though they ask you don’t use it to stream. The laundry room was pretty clean.

There is some road noise from I-10 as it passes immediately by the campgrounds, but we didn’t find it a nuisance overnight. Their website is pretty primitive so you have to call for reservations but they have a limit on how far out you book… I think it’s 45 days. A good stop as you make your crawl across the massive state of Texas.

Fun in the summer

A surprisingly neat little gem in an otherwise unassuming town. These grounds are right on the Llano River, below the truss bridge across the river. The location makes for excellent swimming, kayaking and tubing in the river. Junction isn’t a big town, but South Llano State Park a couple miles away is an excellent spot to spend the afternoon hiking and watching armadillos.

The grounds are spacious and tidy. Very close off I-10 but far enough that road noise is no issue. Easily navigable for our medium-sized trailer. Nice for a night or two stay in Junction but not a whole lot to keep you there for long.

Closest Park to Marfa town center

This place is right next to El Cosmico which is the well-known (and high-priced) option in town. These grounds are very basic, with lots of older trailers and full-timers in most of the occupied spaces. While not the most luxurious place, the real draw is the fact that you can walk into town and explore Marfa from your campsite (and the Chianti Foundation is very close by, but closed during COVID).

Basic amenities are available including a laundry room and sites have full hookups. It's not the fanciest, but if you're looking for location over luxury, this is a great spot to park in Marfa.

Misses the Mark on the Basics

I typically rate campgrounds as they fit into 1 of 5 categories. This campground will be rated as a Basecamp — grounds that offer a comfortable home base that you’re happy to return to after a day of exploring the surrounding area. Ratings for this category are based on: Value to cost: 3 Overall grounds: 3 Utility of sites (hookups, layout, accessibility): 2 Local Attraction Proximity: 2 Reservation Process/Ease of Getting a Site: 5 Amenities: 3 Customer Service: 4 Cleanliness: 4

I was really looking forward to visiting this park. I had come across this spot in my search for a unique Houston campground and was excited to see a brand-new campground with cool branding in the metro area. Unfortunately, this new campground misses on some of the more necessary experiences: communication, check-in, wifi and site layout, but does a lovely job for some of the nice-to-haves including a lovely pool, hot tub and pool table.

Before arrival, we received a welcome email. I usually scour these types of emails for info about check-in and activities to do in the area. There was no info about check in aside from our dates and even though they direct you to an "activities" section in the email, there was none. Upon arrival, we used the address provided and it led us to a locked gate that required a code. We had no code and the driveway was so short, it had our trailer sticking out into the road as we tried to figure out how to check-in. A large truck had to navigate around us to enter in her code to access the park. Luckily, she let us follow her inside the gates. There was no clearly designated place for guests to park while checking-in, so we pulled over in front of some already parked trailers, blocking the flow of traffic. I had to assume we entered in the wrong place, but nope… that all went as planned. The check-in team was friendly and said that most people wind up calling the office to get let into the gate for check-in, so prepare your phones as you pull-up. They didn't let us or our travel companions know about this prior to either of our arrivals.

Moving on, the internet situation had us scratching our heads. They have a “no wifi” slogan, and the campground wifi is rendered obsolete within the confines of your designated space, instead favoring a hard-wired ethernet connection to your router, which you will leave outside your trailer. We experienced 4 days of rain while we were in Houston. Not ideal to leave a router with a standard electric plug outside. You can rent theirs for $15 but make sure it has the instructions in the box on how to set it up. Ours did not and we were not told what to look for, so we wound up returning it because (surprise) we couldn't figure out how to get it working. It took us over an hour to get it all set-up and somewhat protected from rain, but once we did the connection was solid. If you have a Cat5/hard wire port on the outside of your trailer, you will be very happy!

This is a brand new park, yet some of the concrete slabs are unlevel. Perhaps the most unlevel that we've experienced in our travels. Looking around the park, not everyone has 3 inches of chocking blocks, so it seems to vary. Our back-in spot was also very narrow with hardly any room to walk between the picnic bench and trailer once we were pulled-in. At $65, we chose the cheapest back-in site. Perhaps we should have upgraded to the extended back in for $72 but length wasn’t our issue. The access to the dumpsters is locked and the code to access the amenities does not work for this lock.

The pros include a fire pit, a pool, a shared grilling area with a green egg and small workout area. The showers and bathrooms are immaculate and the showers are very spacious and nicely designed. There is also some grass around the back of the trailer which is nice. Also, some of the larger premium sites have bigger grass plots between sites. These are all nice to haves and it's the basics that we think are the most important.

The location of the park is about 15-20 minutes from downtown Houston and the Museum district (without accounting for any traffic). There's not much nearby, but it is relatively quiet save for the occasional traffic noise. This place could be a gem among mediocre RV parks in the area, but they need to do some work to get the basic stuff right. You could do much worse for a place to stay in Houston, and I'm confident they can figure it out with a little feedback, but our experience just fell short.

Central to San Antonio

I typically rate campgrounds as they fit into 1 of 5 categories. This campground will be rated as a Basecamp — grounds that offer a comfortable home base that you’re happy to return to after a day of exploring the surrounding area. Ratings for this category are based on: Value to cost: 4 Overall grounds: 3 Utility of sites (hookups, layout, accessibility): 4 Local Attraction Proximity: 4 Reservation Process/Ease of Getting a Site: 5 Amenities: 4 Customer Service: 5 Cleanliness: 4

Solid option just a 10 minute drive to most of the best of San Antonio — the Pearl, The Alamo, Riverwalk and Brackenridge Park. The immediate area doesn’t have much to offer but it’s a very quick drive to anywhere you want to be.

The park is a bit on the expensive side, but pretty consistent with the area and they offer some discounts including Good Sam. The grounds are pretty standard with paved roads and gravel sites. The gravel is packed nicely and the sites are mostly level. Some of the “higher end” sites are paved pads that you can specify when booking through their online form. There is no privacy between sites aside from a slight staggering of trailers which allowed for plenty of room On either side.

Hookups are reliable and positioned well. The wifi is super inconsistent and weak, we were positioned very close to the office and could barely use the connection. They have a lovely heated pool and patio area plus communal grills in a bit of a clustered area. Laundry facilities accept quarters and credit cards. Security is excellent and everyone is given a unique code for the car gate.

Customer service was exceedingly friendly and we really enjoyed our stay. If you’re looking for a great running/biking path nearby, there is the Salado Creek Greenway with a trailhead just a mile away on Belgium Lane. We would definitely return for future stays in San Antonio!

Not the place you’re looking for...

This spot seems to be temporarily closed down due to COVID. It's right on the western edge of town and easily accessed directly off Route 90. It's a super short drive (about a mile and a half) into the center of all that Marfa has to offer. There are virtually no amenities - not even an office to check-in -- just a small attendant booth that I'm not totally sure is ever occupied.

There are full hookups available within the small, uneven lot. The views are quite nice in the area, but you're going to have trouble finding other "perks" of these grounds. It'll work in a pinch (if they ever re-open), as I'm sure Marfa has some busy weekends during festivals. Otherwise, there are multiple better spots in town if you look a little further East of this stop.

Beautiful grounds close to Downtown SA

I typically rate campgrounds as they fit into 1 of 5 categories. This campground will be rated as a Basecamp — grounds that offer a comfortable home base that you’re happy to return to after a day of exploring the surrounding area. Ratings for this category are based on: Value to cost: 5 Overall grounds: 5 Utility of sites (hookups, layout, accessibility): 4 Local Attraction Proximity: 5 Reservation Process/Ease of Getting a Site: 5 Amenities: 5 Customer Service: 5 Cleanliness: 5

These grounds are massive and beautifully kept. The spacious grounds allow for wider spaces and plenty of room between larger RVs. There are smaller RV spaces, several levels of cabin rentals and tent spaces on the outer edges of the grounds with many different options for hookups available. The park is easily navigable with paved roads and packed gravel spaces. Our space was slightly uneven and did not have the small brick patio of our neighbors, but this was inconsequential to us.

As a KoA Holiday, the amenities are appealing with nice patio spaces, a pool, a stocked catch & release pond, a massive clubhouse with a cafe and lots to explore nearby. The front office has a pretty large marketplace as well as a small pizza/wing counter. The wifi is very decent with hubs scattered across the park, making working from a computer very easy and streaming mostly reliable. They also offer ice for sale, propane AND they have recycling bins near the garbage dumpsters (swoon). We came during one of the coldest winter weather storms in Texas history, so use of the amenities was limited and they had to shut off the water during our stay, but this is not a fault of theirs and they were highly communicative during this time.

The grounds are just 5 miles from the center of San Antonio including the Alamo and Riverwalk. Also, there's a beautiful & long walking and biking trail connected to the grounds, along Salado Creek. The whole park is secure and clean with good security at the front of the park and a code needed to enter the grounds after hours. Upon arrival, the gate will automatically open.

The nearby roadways can get a bit noisy, depending on your space, but many of the sites are set back away from the street, so tractor trailer noise is typically at a minimum.

Bring your bike or rent one from the KoA office to explore the area with all the bike trails nearby, including the trails through all the Historic Missions.

Excellent State Park close to Austin

This park is a great option for nature camping very close to all the attractions of Austin. The sites are spacious and they all have electricity and water hookups (some sites have 50 amps, most have 30 amps). All are reservable and very affordable at $24/$20 respectively, with greater discount if you’re a Texas State Parks Pass holder. We are out-of-staters and found great value in the parks pass! Second nights at campgrounds are 50% off and free admission to all state parks.

The sites are very private and spacious and have nearby hiking trails accessible from the sites. There are several camping loops in the park, most of which have easy access to the Onion Creek hike & bike trail. Booking online is straightforward and check-in is virtually contactless.

We spent time hiking the Homestead and Flint Rock trails and really enjoyed the peace and solitude, knowing we were so close to the metropolitan area. A perfect spot for enjoying the city during the day while staying surrounded by nature at night!

First to Review
Private and primitive

Just down the street from Williams Bottom, these sites seem to be very buggy in summer months thanks to the quiet section of the Colorado River across the street and a natural spring nearby creating marshy conditions. It can be quite experience-ruining at the wrong time of year. Across from Colorado River on potash road, the scenery is incredible with high red cliff walls. A bit close to the road with the threat of cars and OHVs creating noise all the time. The grounds are pretty small and sites are walk-in (tents only), but there is some privacy between sites. A good option for access to everything Moab has to offer including proximity to downtown Moab, 2 national parks, a state park and tons of BLM land, mountain biking and OHV trails.

Popular & central spot

Very primitive, has toilets. It’s a popular spot, right along the scenic route and the Colorado River. It’s pretty Quiet at night even though it’s along the roadway however, a tractor trailer or ORV at an odd hour can be disruptive to the peace. Perfect for tent camping but smaller spaces, so larger trailers wouldn’t do well here. Though there are some spaces that fit decent sized trailers. It’s a great spot so close to Arches, Canyonlands and tons of hiking and mountain biking trails. During the high season, these spots fill up so you’ll want to arrive early to scoop a space. The good news is that if you don’t find a spot here, there are lots of other options in the area that are first come first serve in which you might find availability… plus the surrounding BLM land.

First to Review
Average spot for RVers

This park has excellent location relative to “downtown” Kanab but more importantly to everything the area has to offer. The BLM office is just a short walk across the street where you can find everything you need to know about exploring the nearby parks and BLM land.

There’s nothing terribly special about this spot, but also nothing bad. The spots are close but not on top of your neighbor and have picnic benches. The driveway is paved and easy for big rigs and the sites are gravel and level. There are showers and clean bathrooms plus a small dog run and laundry room (see photos). It’s not the best spot in town, but it’ll work because you’ll be out exploring anyway! For about $50/night, you’ll have reliable hookups in a very convenient location!

Beautiful grounds

Currently closed, this campground is In the mountains of the Dixie National Forest. It’s a nice spot right across from Navajo Lake. 11 sites are walk-in and another 12 are drive-up. There are also a couple of double sites. The spots are surrounded by natural beauty with easy access to fishing, kayaking, canoeing, off roading, hiking and more in the area. Also great proximity to Bryce, Zion and Cedar Breaks. Take a drive up Brian Head Peak in the warmer months. The towns of Hatch and Duck Creek Village are both very close by. I’m not sure if they’re closed seasonally (it was end of Sept when we arrived) or due to COVID and couldn’t find any information on it so make sure you check the USFS website before trying to camp here! We will try again in the future as this area is beautiful.