Marnie G.


Prescott , AZ

Joined June 2020

Awesome State Park

This was one of the best days we had in all of Oregon. This state park is right on the Deshutes River and has an awesome network of hike/bike trails. Spaces were easy to get in and out of, all level, and had plenty of room in between sites. Bathrooms were clean and everybody was very friendly. The park was full on the weekend we were there but it didn’t seem crowded. We would come back and stay much longer if we could. Don’t miss this place if you are exploring Oregon.

Crappy in many ways

This is what Thousand Trails has become. Lots of permanent residence with junkie sites. Trash in the fire pit. Run down facilities. Lots of dust. At least this campground Has a little more space between sites compared to other Thousand Trails. The other good thing is that you are fairly close to Sunriver and about 20-30 minutes to Bend. We wouldn’t stay here again, but hey, it was free since our dealer gave us the Thousand Trails Membership.

One of our favorite parks

We've been RVing for about a year and have been in quite a few campgrounds so far. This one was our favorite! The park itself is in good shape with grass sites and full hookups.  But the best part is the view! Spring for a river view site and you'll have the most gorgeous view of the river and mountains.

The park is easily accessible from Highway 101 and in the center of all the good stuff offered in Redwoods National Park.  20 minutes or so to everything you might want to see and do.

We also loved meeting the owner, Gary, who was involved in everything going on around the park. Free coffee in the mornings and communal fire pits in the evenings made it even more welcoming. Laundry room was clean and $2 a load for wash and dry.  

We'd love to return to this beautiful setting for a few more days in the Redwoods.

Tight sites, great amenities

We've stayed at the Casa Grande RV Resort twice and both times enjoyed the facilities.  The daily breakfast is a great way to get the day started and to meet fellow travelers.  There are quite a few seasonal folks, so there's a strong community.  Everyone was very welcoming to us even though we only stayed a few nights. We were there at the time of the Super Bowl and had a great time at the community Super Bowl Party.

Sites are very narrow…we were right on top of our neighbors.  Not sure that would have been good for the entire season.

Great Stop When Passing Through

We stopped at this KOA for one night while passing through New Mexico.   We had a great view of the valley below and our site had everything we needed--full hookups. We were pretty close to others but that's not unusual for a KOA. Nothing wrong with this place but not a luxurious campground.

Conveniently located yet far away

This campground is right on the shores of Lake Waco and we had a site with a view of the water.  Lot's of space between sites and covered picnic area.  The best part was its proximity to the city of Waco. We were able to go into town to pick up provisions, do a little sightseeing, and then escape to the remoteness of the lake.  Would definitely return to this one!

High End Camping

This RV park is in an ideal location for exploring Austin.  It's located along the freeway, so there is some road noise. However, at night it was pretty quiet. There are full-timers but also plenty of travelers passing through. Sites are fairly close together. The amenities were great--nice pool, fitness center, and sparkling clean bathrooms. Unfortunately we were there when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the pool and fitness center were closed down after we only used them once. When we return to Austin we'll stay here again.

Beautiful setting!

We stayed at By the River for a week while we explored the Hill Country. While it was a bit out of the way for many of our explorations we were really happy with the setting. We had a site that backed up to the river. The view as well as the sound of the birds made it almost idyllic.  We loved watching all the turtles on the branches in the water just below us.  We also enjoyed walking through the property, which encompasses a lot of land with water all around.  

The park has also fostered a friendly community. Fellow campers greeted us, shared their tips for exploring the area, and we were even invited to a potluck in the community room.  It was a warm and welcoming place.

Love Love Love This Park

Blanco State Park is just beautiful. It sits right on the shores of the Blanco River and we had a gorgeous view of the water. The restrooms were in top shape and our site had a covered picnic table.  In our trip around Texas, this was one of our favorite state parks.  Easy to book online and very inexpensive with our Texas State Parks pass.  We were even able to walk into the cute town of Blanco and enjoy some fantastic BBQ at Old 300!  Would love to return.

Great State Park!

We enjoyed our one night at Corpus Christi State Park.  As with other state parks, it's a bargain, especially with the State Parks Pass.  We had a nice pull through site with a  view of the lake and the marina.  The covered picnic table was nice and we were able to use the grill to make a great dinner.  The sunset was spectacular. We would return to this quiet and beautiful setting anytime.

Great Community in SPI

This campground is a very crowded KOA but we were still impressed.  While it was a challenge to get into our site because of the closeness of each rig, the staff guided us in safely.  We weren't sure how it would be being so crammed in but soon we discovered that this KOA is filled with seasonal folks who love to have a good time.  Every night there were happy hours, parties, and gatherings and the regulars were very welcoming. They also had a full agenda of activities from morning to night put on by the KOA.  From morning coffee to bingo to ice cream socials, you can stay busy here.  It's also in an easy to reach location, right near the entrance to SPI.  Overall a great stay!

Nice Lake Views

This state park, like many in Texas, was easy to book online and was a deal with our state parks pass.  We had a site that was somewhat elevated above the lake which allowed us to have a nice view and great sunset.  The sites were well spaced out but not secluded. We didn't use the bathrooms as they were quite a distance from our site and we were self contained.  We did talk to other campers who said they loved the park and the lake and enjoyed the great fishing.

Decent Place to Stay at the Lake

We stayed two nights on our way south to Big Bend National Park. Because it was winter we were not interested in the lake (it was cold) but we appreciated the ample space between each campsite. We had a covered picnic table and fire ring.  Overwise there is no water, sewer or electric.  They do have vault toilets conveniently located throughout the campground.  It's a self-serve place. We just paid our $6 fee at the entry kiosk and that was it.  There was quite a bit of traffic in and around the campground as it appeared some people stay quite awhile.

Looks can be deceiving

We weren't sure what to think upon arrival. The park is very stark, sitting right off the road that runs through the Terlingua desert.  The laundry and restrooms are in an old mobile home. It didn't look like there were many services at the park. Once we got settled in, however, we realized it was a great place.  Great location close to the village of Terlingua and all the services, close to Big Bend State Park, and close to Big Bend National Park.  In addition, the people were great.  We even had a communal fire in the evenings and shared our day's adventures.  We will definitely be returning!

Good Choice in Alpine

We were on our way to Big Bend National Park and it's really out of the way! Alpine was a good place to spend the night before heading to the park.  We were able to get into the Lost Alaskan with a day's notice and had a nice pull through site on the end of the row. The park had a friendly staff, clean laundry, and a nice bathroom.  We will return to this park the next time we head towards Big Bend!

Aging, but still with a lot of value

We enjoyed a 6 night stay at the Temecula/Vail Lake KOA over New Years.  It's a great, yet remote location for exploring the Temecula wine country and a good jumping off point for some fun mountain biking. 

The KOA was pretty crowded during the time we were there with lots of families, kids on bikes, dogs, etc.  We didn't mind but if you are looking for solitude, this may not be the place for you.  The amenities are very worn. Bathrooms looked like they'd not been updated for a long time and decaying recreational facilities like the putt putt, motocross and pool area were unusable.  There was, however,  relatively new pickle ball courts which made it look like the owners are trying to maintain an old and very large property.

Staff was friendly and helpful. There were a number of activities for the kids too.

Overall this was a fun place.


The White Spar Campground is so convenient to the cute downtown area of Prescott yet remote enough to be in the forest.  Each site is well spaced from the others and has its own fire ring and table.  There are no hook ups but if you come prepared this is a beautiful place from which to explore Prescott's great trails.  One of the best trails in the area, 396, connects right through the campground.  We love biking and hiking right from camp.

It's All About Location

The Stovepipe Wells Campground/RV Park's strength is its location. It's in the middle of Death Valley National Park so you can more easily reach the more remote highlights compared to the Furnace Creek area.  However, if you want to be in the middle of the activity, head to Furnace Creek.  

The RV area of Stovepipe Wells is just an open field with hook-ups spaced with just enough room for a rig to fit in between. Thus, you are right on top of your neighbors, which is weird since there's so much wide open space here.  I think if you didn't need hook ups or had a tent you might be able to spread out more than we did.

While we were there in December 2019, the wifi was non-existent and the power was very intermittent.  In fact, we went two days with no power at all, which was really unfortunate since we paid for the hook up.  Also, restrooms are quite a walk away from the hook up area, so if you are counting on using the bathrooms, be prepared to walk a bit to either the gas station or across the street to the hotel lobby area.  

We were promised a refund for the days we didn't receive the services we paid for but they never followed through and the employees seemed powerless to do anything to help.  Kind of a let down. When we return to Death Valley, we'll probably stay closer to Furnace Creek.