Campsites Year 3

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.