Campsites Year 3

KOA – San Antonio

KOA – San Antonio, TX

Pros: One of my favorite KOAs so far. Beautiful pool and meeting hall. Clean bathhouse with good water pressure and hot water. Cute little fishing pond and right next to a biking trail. Good size pull through shady spots with full hookup. Close to all things in San Antonio. Good WiFi and cable stations. OK air tv stations. Cafe served Breakfast Thursday- Monday.

Cons: Nothing comes to mind.

McKinney Falls State Park

McKinney Falls State Park – Austin TX

Pros: Very Large shady and private level spaces. Quiet. Water & electric. Clean bathhouse. Great trails and falls. Great Air TV. Close to everything, especially my nephew. Best BBQ and even had a good Cajun restaurant

Cons: Showers had weak pressure. No WiFi or sewer hookups.

Escapees Rainbows End

Escapees Rainbows End – Livingston, TX

Pros: Escapees Headquarters. Super prices for members. Spacious sites with some shade. OK showers. Laundry very reasonably priced. Livingston boasts 2 great Cajun Restaurants. Very helpful staff – especially for establishing TX domicile. Great mailing service. Ok Verizon service. Full hookups.

Cons: pretty small town. Needed to drive about 45 minutes to get major stores/services. No cable or Wifi. No air TV.

Pilot Knoll Park

Pilot Knoll Park – Highland Village, TX

Pros: Village park with big shady sites. Right in the heart of Highland Village on the shores of Lake Lewisville. Some sites have places to park a boat. Good Verizon Coverage. Biggest bonus: a few short miles to my Aunt & Uncles house. Great air TV stations.

Cons: almost the worst bathrooms/showers yet. Absolutely no ventilation in the building. It was dirty and no privacy in the showering area. my site was almost impossible to back into because the turn was so tight. Thank goodness I had help. No cable or WiFi. No sewer hookups.

By the Lake RV Resort

By the Lake RV Resort – Ardmore, OK

Pros: Full Hookups. Looks like a brand new resort. Level, spacious concrete sites overlooking a cute little lake. Super clean shower house. Lovely pool that I actually used. Great Verizon service. Nice Cable channels.

Cons: couldn’t get the WiFi to work. 9 miles from any stores or services. Office and pool a good hike away from sites. Got my first fire ant bite since last time I was in this area.

All Seasons RV Park

All Seasons RV Park – Goddard KS

Pros: shady level spots. Super cute clean showers. Free WiFi. Weak Verizon, but enough to stream. Very quiet. Super close to everything. Found another great Cajun place. This one I liked better than in Lincoln.

Cons: had the configuration where you are parked either back to back or front to front. Super skinny sights. The guy behind me, blew a fuse so plugged in to my electric box, which then caused me to blow a fuse. Then he chose to hook his water up to my double spigot, ignoring his own water source. (The owner cleared this all up happily and efficiently). The people in front of me opened their awning and totally covered mine. Not much of a store and office.

Camp Away Campground

Camp A Way – Lincoln NE

Pros: Nice Shady level Spots. Pool and Hot Tub! Very friendly staff, the came to find me to tell me they were closing the hot tub early that night. Super clean and well maintained. Free WiFi and Cable TV. Plus plenty of air TV stations. Lots of stuff for kids to do. Very cute watching them pull little trains of cars behind a tractor. Close to everything. Even found a good Cajun place near by.

Cons: nothing comes to mind.

Timberline Campground

Timberline Campground – Waukee, IA

Pros: large pull thru spots with full hookups. Clean bathhouse. Close to Des Moines, IA. Good WiFi. Great Verizon coverage. Nice looking pool and rec hall.

Cons: No Cable. Could use a few trees planted around the campsites. I was parked pretty far from the pool and rec hall. Most sites facing full west – hot hot hot in August.

SW Minneapolis KOA

SW Minneapolis KOA – Jordan, MN

Pros: full hookups. Nice indoor pool. Super friendly staff. They helped me with a clogged sewer pipe. Nice patio with furniture. I liked Chaska, 8 miles away. Cute Mini golf course.

Cons: weak WiFi, no cable tv, no air tv!, very weak Verizon signal. Not really close to anything. Super hard to get on/off highway 169.

Worth Noting, I took 2 side trips while here, leaving Bob behind.

Lake Elmo

Lake Elmo Regional Park – Lake Elmo, MN

Pros: Large wooded sites in a county park. Water and electric available in Modern campground. Loon sounds can be heard morning and night. Cute little swimming pond on site. Clean spacious showers. Great recycling efforts. Close to absolutely everything. Plenty of air TV stations.

Cons: Weak Verizon connection. No internet. No sewer hookups at sites. Can only stay 2 weeks in any given month.

Worth Noting: this is my 2nd and 3rd stay at Lake Elmo. It is a wonderful spot to spend the summer.

Sioux Falls KOA

Sioux Falls KOA – Sioux Falls SD

Kennebec KOA – Journey

Kennebec KOA Journey – Kennebec, SD

Pros: Easy on off exit from I-90. Friendly staff, you can tell they care about the campground. Standard KOA Journey campground. Nice pool and wading pool for kids. Bathhouse clean. Full service, pull thru, level sites. Scattered trees provided shade. Free WiFi.

Cons: Not much in Kennebec. Drove 25 miles to find a place to eat. No cable, only a few Air TV stations. Verizon 2 bars, somewhat functional.

Worth Noting: I only spent 1 night here to break up the longer drive from Rapid City to Sioux Falls. It was hot 105! I mostly stayed in my air conditioned trailer and watched PBS.

Happy Holiday RV Resort

Happy Holiday RV Resort – Rapid City, SD

Pros: super friendly staff. they were able to accommodate my last minute 2 week reservation. Shady with Full hookups, pull through site. Free Cable (which worked great the first few days before a rain storm – then nothing) and WiFi. Pool finally opened. Bathhouse had hot water with good pressure. Nice laundry facilities. Close to all the Blackhills/Badlands attractions. Close to Rapid City.

Cons: this is an older park that could use an influx of cash to fix. up the old infrastructure. The bath house needs sprucing up. Need more dumpsters, garbage over flowing in a few days. The water pressure was just a trickle. The cable in my row stopped working after a rainstorm. . I was in a WiFi dead zone. Verizon barely functioned despite 2 bars. First time I was camped next to someone who turned on their Motorhome engine at 4 in the morning and ran it for 4 hours. I assume to heat their RV. FYI- Almost impossible to make a left turn onto Highway 16 out of the park.

Worth Noting: With 3 nights left to my stay, I asked about switching sites, the cable didn’t work, there were only 4 air stations, and my Verizon service was barely there. They did let me move, and everything improved immensely. Note to self – speak up earlier.

Laramie KOA Journey

Laramie KOA

Pros: Very nice staff, very organized. Great site, lots of open space. Full hooks ups. Flat level sites. Free WiFi and Cable. Great Verizon Coverage. Clean spacious bathhouse with great water pressure and plenty of Hot water. Easy access from I-80, Great recreation center. A few blocks from the Laramie Greenbelt.

Cons: My spot was on a busy corner, there was some street noise

Worths Noting: I was delighted to visit and reconnect with a friend I’ve know since 7th grade.

Colorado Springs KOA Holiday

Colorado Springs KOA – Fountain CO

Pros: Right on the creek near the dam (love the rushing water sound) Close to all the local attractions and conveniences. Easy access to I-25. Heated pool and Hot Tub for adults only. Water slides. Lots of activities for the kids on the weekends. Cafe open on the weekends. Full hookups, cabins and shelters for tents. Large pull through level sites. Great Verizon coverage. Good air tv channels. Clean showers with good water pressure and hot water. Nice community center. Free WiFi

Cons: Right off highway, loud traffic noise. Shower/bath house awkwardly laid out. No bathroom/changing facility at the pool. No cable.

Worth Noting: very close to Fort Carson. You can hear artillery and tank exercises day and night.

Taos Valley RV Park

Taos Valley RV Park – Taos NM

Pros: Charming campground just minutes from downtown Taos. Large level nicely landscaped pull through RV spots. Great view. Full hookups at an affordable price. Clean well maintained bathroom and showers with hot water and good water pressure. Walking distance to several restaurants. Free WiFi.

Cons: Electricity is metered and your credit card is charged when you leave. Verizon service weak. WiFi weak at times. No cable TV. Only a handful of air tv stations.

Worth Noting, Office, store, and sitting area were closed due to COVID

American RV Resort

American RV Resort – Albuquerque NM

Pros: Easy access from highway. Very secure – gated. Grounds are very clean, but the grassy spots need some work. Lots of trees. Large level concrete sites. Affordable rates. Easy access to Albuquerque. Free WIFI and cable. Good air tv coverage. Lots of birds visited my feeder and bird bath.

Cons: Very. weak water pressure had to fill up my rank, and use my water pump to compensate. Verizon coverage was painfully slow to almost non existent expire have several bars. The park was not filled, but they put me right next to the children’s playground. It was locked due to COVID but that doesn’t stop kids from jumping the fence. I felt like I was intruding on their fun.

Worth Noting: Everything was shut down due to COVID. No washrooms, showers, pool, hot tub or store.

Holbrook / Petrified Forest KOA

Petrified Forest KOA – Holbrook, AZ

Pros: Easy walk to several restaurants. The staff is friendly and helpful. Nicely landscaped front entrance and around the office. Cute little store with gifts, food, and RV basics. Dog Friendly, several places to run your dog. The pool was clean and the water was heated. The restrooms/showers were clean and cutely decorated. The showers had hot water, good pressure, and nice shower heads. Cabins look nice. Good free Cable service. Long pull-thru sites. I was happy to hear train whistles in the distance. Free WiFi.

Cons: Basically a gravel parking lot. Services are set up in the middle of the site, so my neighbors sewer was right at the door of my little airstream. The sites I was in were pretty narrow. Verizon reception was very slow, but it worked.

Zuni Village RV Park

Zuni RV Resort – Kingman AZ

Pros: Easy going shady RV Park, friendly staff, large gravel pull thru spot. Clean restrooms and showers. Super reasonable prices with Passport America. Large Laundry room. Close to dining and shopping. Great Verizon Coverage. Plenty of air TV channels to chose from.

Cons: Sketchy neighborhood, no gates, anyone can come and go. Dog park is all gravel. Pool was closed but looked clean. No Cable. Road close by a little noisy.