Zach H.
Chapel Hill, NC
Joined May 2019
Loved it!

Beautiful campground near Mammoth Hot Springs and the surrounding village. Also an easy 10 minute drive to Gardiner which has an amazing little grocery store and quaint downtown with shops and restaurants. Some hikes within walking distance of the campground as well. We got there at 9:30am in mid-July and had no trouble getting a spot. There were still 40 available! Lots of history here: Ft Yellowstone is nearby as well as the original entrance arch. We also saw the most amazing double rainbow I’ve ever seen over our campsite!

Crowded and overpriced

We booked a deluxe site here because that’s all they had left. You could easily have paid the same for a decent hotel room. The patio for the deluxe sites was tiny, basically the size of a small sidewalk. The sites were really close together and didn’t provide any privacy. Bathrooms were ok. If you get a tent site or cabin along the edges of the campground then this could be a great place to stay. The store was really nice as were the staff. If you are a KOA diehard or have a huge rig then this might be a good option. Otherwise try to get a site inside Yellowstone to be closer to nature.

Great KOA, odd location

Our stay here was really good. The sites are large and wooded. Lots of amenities and activities for kids. The bathrooms were incredibly clean. Tip: showers in the bathrooms by the pool. They are huge and you can lock the door so no one else can come in.

The location was really odd through. It was sandwiched in the middle of a mobile home park and between an industrial area off the highway and the back of a strip mall. You could easily walk to shopping from here if needed. It wasn’t bad, just really unusual. If I was in the area I’d stay again despite this. Friendly staff and well kept overall.

Great base camp for exploring TRNP

Camping inside National Parks is always a treat. Cottonwood Campground makes exploring Theodore Roosevelt NP very accessible. The site is close to the river and you can easily walk to it from the campground. Very peaceful and secluded, it makes you feel like you are really in the wild. We saw bison and wild horses across the river from the campground. Some sites don’t have a lot of shade so get there early if you want a site with trees.

Nice sites and nice people

Great location if you are visiting the Badlands. The sites were all nice with lots of trees around. The pull through sites in the back of the park were huge. Modern and clean bathrooms and showers. The pool was over chlorinated but was clean and well kept. Friendly staff that you can tell really care about making this a nice campground.

Huge KOA with tons of activities

One of the largest KOAs in the US. It’s basically a small town with two pools, a village of shops and restaurants, tons of activities, and a large horse stable with trail rides. We had a nice back in site on the edge of a hill with plenty of privacy. However most the full hookup sites were really tight and had no shade.

Very close to Mount Rushmore and within about 30 minutes of most of the Black Hills attractions. If you want the resort RV esprit will be tough to find somewhere better.

Fun experience for the kids

The pool and activities at this campground make it great for kids. At the time of our visit I-90 was being rebuilt nearby so access from the interstate was more difficult, but this isn’t the fault of the campground. Some sites seem a little right but we had one in the end which was very close to the bathroom and pool.

Great KOA close to town

We were only here for one night but really enjoyed this campground. The back in site we had was very spacious and private. The bathrooms were in good shape and there was a lot of shade around the campground. This KOA has a nice pool area and is walking / biking distance to downtown Wis Dells. Only negative I can say is that the camp store was on the small side, but that’s a minor complaint. Wish we could have stayed longer!

Quiet small town campground

We had an electric only site here for a night. The sites in this section of the campground are very spread out and many have a view of the lake. The full hookup sites are a little more packed together. Nice beach and trail along the water but a lot of it was flooded when we were here. Bathrooms and showers are modern and clean. Not much to do in town but maybe worth a couple days stay if you want quiet and access to the lake.

Great experience !

We landed a great spot at the back of loop D. These sites on the outside of the loop have more privacy and trees. Our sit was huge and backed up to a lot of trees. Within an hour of arriving we saw a black bear and her 2 cubs about 50 yards behind our site! Then shortly after that a deer walked into our neighbor’s site.

The bathrooms are what you’d expect at a national park campground. Fresh water was readily available and tasted great. Close to the Apgar Visitors Center so you can easily walk to the shuttle. Very peaceful and beautiful, I’d definitely camp here again.

Beautiful grounds

I loved the trails around the campground. There were several trails that lead to the river and lake. Our site was very exposed but close to bathrooms. The shower was very nice but the bathroom was fairly small. Nice staff and camp store with a coffee shop inside. Very close to the East Glacier entrance.

Classically Fun KOA

We loved our stay here! The owners are so friendly and welcoming. They had so much for kids to do: a swimming pond with inflatables, gem mining, banana bikes, and more. They showed a movie at 9pm on a big inflatable movie screen outside. Lots of other families there to hang out with.

The only downside was that the tent sites are close to the interstate, so there was A LOT of road noise all night. Otherwise, it was a great camping experience!

Large sites and large bugs

We tent camped here for a night while passing through. It’s a basic KOA with a few amenities. The lots were really big and we had no one near us, so it was nice and private. Most of the lots near the front were occupied but the back was almost empty, which is where the more wooded lots are. Only 1 bath house and it’s not close to most of the tent sites.

Staff was nice and helpful. It has a small pool and game room but not much else for kids. The bugs are aggressive here, especially near the tent sites which are located near a swampy area. Definitely more of a place to stay as you are passing through, not really a destination campground.