Road Trip with John & Cathy

Full-time RVers Travel Diary

2017 – Campgrounds we have stayed at

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Rockin J Campground, George West, TX

Fredericksburg KOA, Fredericksburg, TX
Sonora RV Park at Stadium Park, Sonora, TX
Parkview RV Park, Fort Stockton, TX
Marathon Motel & RV Park, Marathon, TX
Prude Guest Ranch, Fort Davis, TX
Desert Willow RV Park, Van Horn, TX
Las Cruces KOA, Las Cruces, NM
Kivi RV Park & Horse Hotel, Bernardo, NM
Dancing Eagle RV Park, Casa Blanca, NM
Holbrook / Petrified Forest KOA, Holbrook, AZ
Flagstaff KOA, Flagstaff, AZ
Picacho / Tucson KOA, Picacho, AZ
The RV Park at the Pima County Fairgrounds, Tucson, AZ
Holt RV Park, Gilla Bend, AZ
Southern Mesa RV Park, Yuma, AZ
Hidden Beaches RV Resort, Blythe, CA
Route 66 Golden Shores RV Park, Topock, AZ
Preferred RV Resort, Pahrump NV
Tonopah Station RV, Tonopah, NV
Ely KOA, Ely, NV
Crossroads RV Park, Wells, NV
Rock Creek RV Park, Twin Falls, ID
Jerome / Twin Falls KOA, Jerome, ID
Bruneau Dunes State Park, Mountain Home, ID
Melheur County Fairgrounds, Ontario, OR
Burns RV Park, Burns, OR
Expo Center RV Park, Redmond, OR
Collier Memorial State Park, Chiloquin, OR
Dexter Shores RV Park, Dexter, OR
Clackamette RV Park, Oregon City, OR
Brookhollow RV Park, Kelso, WA
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup, WA
Ellensburg KOA, Ellensburg, WA
Spokane County Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Spokane Valley, WA
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Missoula, MT
Camp 3 Forks, Three Forks, MT
Hardin KOA, Hardin, MT
KC RV Park, Kaycee, WY
Deer Creek Village RV Park, Glenrock, WY
Riverview Cruise Inn Park, Loveland, CO
Pueblo Journey KOA, Pueblo, CO
Goodland Journey KOA, Goodland, KS
Cambridge City RV Park, Cambridge, NE
York KAMPground, York, NE
Sioux City North KOA, North Sioux City, SD
Rock Port Riversedge Campground, Rockport, MO
Riverside Park, Beatrice, NE
Salina KOA, Salina, KS
Wakeeney Journey KOA
Gunsmoke RV Park
Sportsman RV Park & Horse Hotel, Lamar, CO
La Junta KOA, La Junta, CO
Pueblo KOA Journey, Pueblo, CO
Alamosa KOA, Alamosa, CO
Durango KOA, Durango, CO
Dancing Eagle RV Park, Casa Blanca, NM
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Presidential Compound, Albuquerque, NM
Kivi RV Park & Horse Hotel, Bernardo, NM
Cedar Cove RV Park, Elephant Butte, NM
Rusty’s RV Ranch, Rodeo, NM
Butterfield RV Resort, Benson, AZ
Pima County Fairgrounds RV Park, Tucson, AZ

Rockin J Campground, West, George West, TX

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$20/night

There are 36 FHU pull-thru sites.  Lots of green space.  We drove through town and saw “Geronimo.”

Fredericksburg KOA, Fredericksburg, TX

Fredericksburg KOA

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$66.15/night

KOA Value Card

Once a week the campground does hold a potluck social where guests can meet in the clubhouse with the staff.

We based out of this campground visiting the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park that includes his birth place in Johnson City and his ranch at stonewall, Luckenbach, the National Museum of the Pacific War and the Admiral Nimitz Museum.

Sonora RV Park at Stadium Park, Sonora, TX

Sonora RV Park at Stadium Park

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$20/night

Passport America Campground

If you are going to stay at this campground, I suggest that you give them a call.  The owner will meet you out near the highway and drive you down to the campsites.  There are not attendants at this campground.  It was good for a one night stay.  The area was quiet.

Parkview RV Park, Fort Stockton, TX

Parkview RV Park

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$14/night

Passport America Campground

Campground was not fancy, but it worked for an overnight stay.  FHU Sites.  The bathrooms could use a little updating.

We took a drive around town checking out several historic sites in Fort Stockton.

Marathon Motel & RV Park, Marathon, TX

Marathon Motel & RV Park

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$35/night

Passport America Campground

Stargazers will like this park.  It is a dark sky park.  They also have a few spots like this in the park where you can setup your own telescope.   Any given night, someone is out with a telescope.  If you don’t have a telescope don’t worry, the owner was out every night we were there and he would let you look through his telescope and talk about the night sky.

While staying here we drove down to Big Bend National Park.

Prude Guest Ranch, Fort Davis, TX

Prude Guest Ranch

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$19.50/night

Passport America Campground

This is a working ranch that happens to have a small campground.

While staying at the Prude Guest Ranch we visited Fort Davis National Historic Site and the Mcdonald Observatory.

Desert Willow RV Park, Van Horn, TX

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$13.50/night

Passport America Campground

This is a good campground for an overnight stay enroute.  This is a small campground with only 26 sites.  There are bathrooms.  The Wifi was good.  The owner was very nice.

Las Cruces KOA, Las Cruces, NM

Las Cruces KOA

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View outside the motorhome front window.

$31.23/night

KOA Value Card

The KOA sits on a hill overlooking town below.  Typical KOA amenities.  At this KOA there were some monthlies.  This was a good campground for an overnight stay.

While we were here we visited the Recycled Roadrunner.

Kiva RV Park & Horse Hotel, Bernardo, NM

Kiva RV Park & Horse Motel

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$15/night

Passport America Campground

This is a smaller campground.  A bit dusty, but the whole area was dusty.  Good wifi.  They have space for your horse if you are traveling with one.  A little bit of road noise, but not bad.  Good for an overnight stay.

We based of out here for a couple of days – going to Salinas Pueblo National Monument, Very Large Array and the San Miguel Mission.

Dancing Eagle RV Park, Casa Blanca, NM

Dancing Eagle RV Park

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$11.36/Night

Basically a gravel parking area with full hook-up sites. Back-in sites and a few pull thru sites in the middle. Dancing Eagle Casino within walking distance from RV park.  Price was good.

While staying here we took a side trip over to Acoma Pueblo and Mesa Encantada.

Holbrook KOA, Holbrook, AZ

Holbrook KOA

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$40.76/night

KOA Value Card

Nice store.  Typical KOA amenities.  Good wifi.

From here we took a road trip to Winslow, AZ to see the Standin’ on the Corner park.

Flagstaff KOA, Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff KOA

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View outside our windows.

$48.92/night

KOA Value Card

This KOA has lots of trees and sites were not level.  The layout for the campground was kind of confusing.  The bathrooms closest to us were closed during our time here because they were working on them.  The wifi was good.

While staying at this KOA we took a couple of day trips.  The first one was to Walnut Canyon National Monument, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and Wupatki National Monument.  The other day trip was to Sedona to view the red rocks.  John visited the Lowell Observatory.

Picacho / Tucson NW KOA, Picacho, AZ

Picacho Tucson KOA

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View outside our front window.

$46.05/night

KOA Value Card

The colt in the photo was born just 2 days before we stayed here.  It was fun watching him try to stand and walk around.

This campground has pull-thru gravel sites, a laundry, wifi and a café.

We stayed on a water / electric site on the edge of the campground because we thought the site was more spacious than the full hook-up sites.  The down-side was we couldn’t connect to the wifi.

While staying here we visited the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

The RV Park at the Pima County Fairgrounds, Tucson, AZ

Pima County Fairgrounds

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$17.86/night

This campground is about 5 miles east of Tucson.  It is close to the Saguaro National Park.  The RV park was quiet.  50 amp service and big rig friendly.  They were just adding wifi to the campground when we were leaving.

While staying here we visited Saguaro National Park, Tombstone, Kitt Peak National Observatory and the Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory.

Holt RV Park, Gilla Bend, AZ

Holt RV Park

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Statues near campground.  

$13.52/night

Passport America Campground

The Holt RV Park is located be Holt’s Shell Truckstop.  There are 24 sites with water and electric. 30/50 amp service and wifi.  There is a dump station, laundry and propane filling station.  To register, you need to stop in the Truckstop first, before getting a site.

We based out of here to visit Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

Southern Mesa RV Park, Yuma, AZ

Southern Mesa RV Park

Suni Sands

$26/night

Passport America Campground

This campground is about 8 miles south of Yuma.  You can use the Passport America discount up to 14 days.  It is an older snowbird park in Yuma.  There were quite a few snow birds here when we stayed.

Hidden Beaches RV Resort, Blythe, CA

Hidden Beaches Resort

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View out our front window.  

$25.29/night

Passport America Campground

We loved the site by the river.  We thought it was more spacious than the sites not by the river.  The sites by the river had a concrete patio with a picnic table over looking the river.  This place does have quite a few monthlies.  There is a small store.  It is a good spot for an overnight stay.

While staying here, we drove over to Joshua Tree National Park to see the super bloom in spring.

Route 66 Golden Shores RV Park, Topock, AZ

Route 66 Golden Shores

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View out our front window.  

$20.39/night

Passport America Campground

Route 66 Golden Shores RV Park is a small park with three levels of sites.  The sites are gravel back-in with a small concrete patio.  There is a small club house and laundry.  The folks that worked here were nice.  There were a couple of monthlies staying here.

Getting to the campground was challenging as the road that would have gotten us there was being resurfaced and was closed to traffic.  But all was good once we figured out the back way to get to the campground.

We based out of this campground visiting Lake Havasu to the south, Bullhead City and Laughlin, NV to the north.  Oatman is to the east, but having been there before, we chose not to visit this time.

Preferred RV Resort, Pahrump, NV

Preferred RV

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View out our front window.  

$17.99/night

Passport America Campground

This campground has a 24-hour staffed front gate.  The sites, while next to one another are staggered a bit.  There were quite a few monthlies here, mostly snowbirds.  While we didn’t use these facilities, the park has a swimming pool, spa and exercise room.  Shortly after getting set up in our site a gentleman stopped by with a packet of information on things to see in the area.

We based out of Pahrump vising Death Valley National Park, Goldwell Open Air Museum, Rhyolite Ghost Town, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Seven Magic Mountains.

Tonopah Station RV, Tonopah, NV

Tonopah Station RV

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$26/night

Passport America Campground

This campground is located right behind Tonopah Station which is a hotel / casino / café.  There are 20 FHU sites, of which 14 are pull-thru.  Basically you just pull into a site then go in and register.  The wifi was good.

Ely KOA, Ely, NV

Ely KOA

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$36.19/night

KOA Value Card

Typical KOA amenities.  Plenty of sites, but we noticed that they liked to put people next to one another as opposed to spreading them out around the campground.

While staying here we visited Great Basin National Park.

Crossroads RV Park, Wells, NV

Crossroads RV Park

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$20.00/night

Passport America Campground

Good little park for an overnight stay. Sites are tight, especially for big rigs. We tried to pull into a 50 Amp site, but we couldn’t put out our slides. So we went around again & backed in leaving plenty of MH forward. Then we could put the slides out. WiFi worked well. Didn’t use bathrooms. Had to self register as no one was around. There were 3 monthlies in the park, but didn’t see them at all. Cost: $15 for a 30 amp site & $20 for a 50 amp site.

Rock Creek RV Park, Twin Falls, ID

Rock Creek RV Park

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View out of our windows.

$20/night

Water / Electric sites only.  Some back-in and some pull-thru.  There is a free dump station about a mile away.  This park is beautiful.  Loved the wild marmots that scamper around the park, but they are skiddish around humans and will run away if you get real close.  We based out of this park to visit Craters of the Moon National Monument, Minidoka National Historic Site, Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Balanced Rock, Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, Cauldron Linn, Rock Creek Station and watched base jumpers at Perrine Bridge.

Twin Falls / Jerome KOA, Jerome, ID

Twin Falls / Jerome KOA

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$43.93/night

KOA Value Card

We stayed at this campground on the KOA Care Camp weekend May 12 & 13, where you pay full  price on Friday night and then stay Saturday for $10.  We also spent an extra night.  The campground was fine, but they were doing major work on their bathrooms as they were recovering from a major water pipe break.  In the interim, they have brought in full service portable restrooms with showers & toilets.

Bruneau Dunes State Park, Mountain Home, ID

Brunneau Dunes State Park

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$35.74/night

We stayed in the Eagle Cove campground in the state park.  The sites are water/electric only.  We were in a 50 amp spot.  There is a dump station that accommodates both campgrounds.

What makes this State Park so unique?  There is an Observatory with a 25″ telescope and offers astronomy programs on Friday & Saturday nights.  That is why we chose to stay here.

Also, the State Park has sand dunes.  Folks can rent a sled to slide down the dunes.

While staying here, we took a day trip over to Boise to visit the Old Idaho Penitentiary, Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, and the Idaho State Capital.  We also visited the Bruneau Canyon Overlook.

Malheur County Fairgrounds, Ontario, OR

Malheur County Fairgrounds

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$10 first night with PA, $20/night for more nights

Passport America Campground

 Grass sites with 50 Amp service.  Few water spigots available.  They lock the fairgrounds at 7:00 PM.  There is a dump station outside of fairgrounds.

Near here, we visited Malheur Butte.

Burns RV Park, Burns, OR

Burns RV Park

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$40.89/night

Good Sam Discount

This park offers pull thru and back in sites.  They have good WiFi and Cable TV.  Because the campground is right next to the highway there is road noise.  Also, because it is right next to the highway you don’t want to stop at the store because if someone else is behind you coming in they will have their back end out on the highway.  It is best to follow the sign that says “Park over yonder” for safety reasons.  Great for an over night stay or longer if needed.  We stayed here over Memorial Day weekend.  The owners were vary nice.  They even found a dark area in the campground where John could set up his telescope.

Expo Center RV Park, Redmond, OR

Expo Center RV Park

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$37.67/night

While the campground looked like nothing more than a parking lot, the price was less per night than other campgrounds in the area.  This campground even has a laundry for guests.  It is mostly quiet, but  once in a while you might hear a train or an airplane.

While staying here, we day tripped down to Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

Collier Memorial State Park, Chiloquin, OR

Collier Memorial State Park

Collier State Park

$28.67/night

Pretty state park with lots of pine trees.  Paved roads & paved sites with picnic table and fire pit.  Carrying around your recyclables?  This campground offers dumpsters for them.   Fish in two streams – the Williamson River and its Spring Creek tributary.  Heard both were good for rainbow and brook trout.  If you get a chance go across the road to visit the Collier State Park Logging Museum – it is free – checkout on of Oregon’s best collections of antique logging equipment.  It was pretty cool.  We based out of this campground to go over and visit Crater Lake National Park.  Which was beautiful.

Dexter Shores RV Park, Dexter, OR

Dexter Shores RV Park

Dexter Shores

$37.06/night

Good Sam Discount

This is an older campground and it appeared that there were monthlies staying here, but their sites were clean & tidy.  There is a clubhouse in the campground, as well as a guest laundry.  The Wifi was spotty.  Occasionally you can hear a passing train.  Andy in the office was a hoot.  She & her husband Tom are the managers.

Near the campground is the Dexter Lake Club, home to scenes in the 1978 comedy “National Lampoon’s Animal House”, it’s where Boon, Pinto and Flounder, from fictional Faber College, found their favorite music group, Otis Day and the Knights.  Also with in driving distance are several covered bridges.

Clackamette RV Park, Oregon City, OR

Clackamette RV Park

Clackamette RV Park

$20.00/night

This campground is at a small city park along the Willamette River.  There are only 20 sites close together.  Sites our first come, first serve.  The sites are water / electric only.  There is a dump station at the park entrance.  There are no bathrooms near the campground.  We got here on a Sunday afternoon and the campground, plus park were quite full of people.  The park was muddy, but that was to be expected because it had been raining.  At times the campground was quiet, but occasionally trains and sirens could be heard.  They do lock the campground and park gates at 10:00 PM.  If you are out you need to park your car in the overflow parking lot and walk in.  We would stay here again because we did not want to stay in Portland and the price was right.

We based out of here to visit Portland, the St. Johns Bridge, Latourell Falls, Vista House, Multnomah Falls and other sites around the area.

Brookhollow RV Park, Kelso, WA

Brookhollow RV Park

Brookhollow

$44.75/night

Good Sam Discount

This campground offers pull-thru and back-in sights.  Sites have access to cable TV and WiFi.  Sites are not right on top of one another and does offer a little bit of green space.  The is a little patio on each site with a picnic table.  The campground does not allow camp fires.  There is a laundry.  Along one side of the campground is a berm with a walking path on it.

We based out of this campground visiting Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, the City of Astoria, OR , Lewis & Clark National Historical Park, and Astoria Column.

Washington State Fairgrounds RV Park, Puyallup, WA

Washington State Fairgrounds RV Park

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$27 / night

Grass back-in sites.  RV sites are first come first serve.  RVs need to be self-contained as there are no bathrooms.  Some FHU sites and some water / electric.   Entrance into the campground is off a busy street.  If you call and make a reservation the price is $27/night and if you just show up the rate is $32/night.  Occasionally can hear trains, planes and automobiles – but it is not too bad.

We based out of here making day trips to Mount Rainer National Park, Recycled Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park and Olympic National Park.

Ellensburg KOA, Ellensburg, WA

Ellensburg KOA

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$39.39/night

KOA Value Card

Campground offers Water/Electric sites and FHU sites in both 50 and 30 amp.  Free wifi and cable TV.  Laundry, pool, and small store.  Road noise from I90.  The campground layout could be confusing.  Our biggest issue were other campers walking thru our site to the bathrooms.

While staying here we visited the Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center and Dick & Jane’s Spot.

Spokane County Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Spokane Valley, WA

Spokane County Fairgrounds & Expo Center

Spokane Co fairgrounds

$26.00/night

Not sure many folks know about this campground.  When we got here there was a horse event going on in the fairgrounds so there were several horse/campers in the campground.  The next day after the event they all left and we had the place to ourselves.  We stayed here over the 4th of July holiday.

The campground has 35 grass sites with Water/Electric.  50 amp sites available.  There is a dump station on site. Bathrooms available.  Sites are first come-first serve.  The campground was fairly quiet with the exception of some train noise periodically.  There is a train yard nearby. No one on site to register with.  You need to stop into the fairgrounds office to register.

While staying here, we took a day trip over to see Cataldo Mission in Idaho.  We tried to go downtown, but got really frustrated with all the road construction going on.  Maybe next time.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Missoula, MT

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park

Yogi Bear

$45.48/night

Good Sam Discount

This was a nice campground.  There was a store, laundry, and swimming pool.  The bathrooms were clean.  Free Wifi.  Full hook-up sites.  Cable TV.  There was a little bit of road noise from I90, but not bad.

When we stayed here, we got woken up  at 12:30 AM when Montana got a 5.8 earthquake.  That was the largest earthquake in Montana since 1964.  It was the bus around the campground the next morning.

Camp 3 Forks, Three Forks, MT

Camp 3 Forks

Three Rivers MT

$40.66/night

This is an older park with quite a few sites.  There is an office, restrooms and playground.  No Wifi or Cable TV.   The park has a lot of trees that provide shade.

There is some road noise.  Some trees need to be trimmed.  Some sites are difficult to get into.

While staying here we visited the Trooper David DeLaittre Memorial Park and the Missouri Headwaters State Park.

Hardin KOA, Hardin, MT

Hardin KOA

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$40.89/night

KOA Value Card

This is an older KOA Campground.  Sites are closer.  There is a little store.  There is a laundry, however it is not open 24 hrs a day.  The restrooms could use a little updating.  There is Wifi.

When we stayed here we visited Battle of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and Pompeys Pillar National Monument.

KC RV Park, Kaycee, MT

KC RV Park

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$30/night

This is a basic small campground.  There are 18 FHU sites.   We never did see if there were restrooms.  There is good wifi.  The campground has quite a few cabins.  It’s kind of a small working campground.  There were llamas, ducks, chickens and ostriches.  They even sell eggs (chicken, duck & ostrich).  It was a quiet campground.  Good for a one night stay.

While here we visited the Chris LaDoux Memorial Park in town.

Deer Creek Village RV Park, Glenrock, WY

Glenrock WY

$17.87 / night

Passport America Campground

While this campground doesn’t look like much, they offer pull-thru FHU sites.  The wifi was good and there is cable TV.  The campground has a small store,  laundry facilities and bathrooms.  The managers were friendly.  The campground was quiet.  The North Platte river runs along the campground.  We stayed here a couple of days and we saw deer and wild turkeys in the campground each day.

There is a nice dinosaur museum – The Glenrock Paleontological Museum in town that is worth a visit.  Admission is $5 and the volunteers where wonderful.  Nice little gem.

Riverview Cruise Inn Park, Loveland, CO

Riverview Cruise Inn Park

Loveland CO

$44.20/night

AAA Discount

This campground offers FHU sites with cable and wifi.  The Big Thompson River flows along one side of the campground.  There is a small store, bathrooms, laundry & playground.  The campground sells propane.   We were happy to see that they also offer recycling so we could off load recycling that we were carrying around.  The campground is quiet.  The only downfall was when it rained we had a 3 inch puddle around our motorhome until it subsided.  The layout for the campground was a little confusing.

While staying here we visited Benson Sculpture Garden and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Pueblo Journey KOA, Pueblo, CO

Pueblo Journey KOA

Pueblo KOA. Pueblo CO

$0.00/night

We were comped our site as we campground sat for 3 weeks for the owners so they could take a little break away from the campground.

This campground offers full-hook up pull-through sites.  Both 50 & 30 amp.  Sites have cable TV & good wifi.  Leave your trash in a bag at the end of your site and someone will come by and pick it up.  There is a nice store, clean bathrooms with showers, 24 hr laundry, hot tub for adults only, swimming pool, fenced in dog run, jumping pillow for the kiddos and bicycle rentals.  If you like to go for a walk, check out the nature trail at the campground.  This KOA offers 4 cabins, tent sites and a few nice  patio sites as seen in the photo above.

They offer food service here – pizza, wings & salads delivered to your site.  On Saturday & Sunday mornings you can get breakfast for $5 (all-you-can-eat pancakes, 2 sausage, coffee & orange juice).  If you have a sweet tooth check out the ice cream where you can get a bowl or a waffle cone of the flavors for the day.  On Saturday evenings they host a shake or float social.  We tried all the food offerings except the wings.  Everything was very good.

The cons to the campground – traffic & train noise.  Also, if you are interested in staying here call and make a reservation.  They filled up every night we were here.

Goodland Journey KOA, Goodland, KS

Goodland Journey KOA

Goodland Kansas KOA. Goodland KS

$32.40/night

KOA Value Card

This is an older KOA with some pull thru and a few back-in sites.  There were more 30 amp sites than 50 amp sites.  Most sites were FHU, and a few water/electric only.  We had a W/E sites.A small store, swimming pool, playground and mini-golf that they were working on.  The campground has 4 cabins and some tent sites.   We did not use the bathrooms or laundry.  The owner told us that he usually fills up every night and we saw that the night we stayed.

The night we stayed here we visited the Van Gogh Giant Sunflower Painting.

Cambridge City RV Park, Cambridge, NE

Campbridge City RV Park, Cambridge, NE

$10/Donation

This little city RV Park is located in McKinley Park.  There are only 11 electric only sites – 50 amp.  Sites are all pull-thru.  Water and a dump station are available at the entrance to the RV Park.  Bathrooms are available in McKinley Park if you are not self contained.  Camping fee:  donation.  Pros of the campground:  right off the highway.  Cons:  some traffic & train noise.  One could live the noise for the price.  This campground makes for a good overnight stay.

York KAMPground, York, NE

York KAMPground

York KAMPground. York NE

$39.44/night

No discount was available while we stayed here because of the Solar Eclipse – but normally they offer Passport America, AAA, Good Sam discounts.

This is a new campground with 139 sites – mostly FHU sites and a few W/E sites.  Nice bathhouse and wifi.  They offer a laundry which we did not use.  The only downfall is the campground is close to I80 and you can hear traffic noise.  Of course, we could only get a W/E site because they were full for the Solar Eclipse which is why we made a reservation for here.  Our row of W/E sites were right next to the interstate.

Sioux City North KOA, North Sioux City, SD

Sioux City North KOA

Sioux City North KOA, North Sioux City, SD

$47.52/night during the week AND $48.75/night on the weekend

KOA Value Card

This campground offers FHU sites with 50 and 30 AMP,  about ten back-in FHU sites, tent site, 6 patio sites, 7 W/E sites and 5 cabins.  There is a nice little store, laundry room, and bathrooms.  Other amenities include swimming pool,  fenced in dog run, and a game plaza for the kiddos that includes mini golf, jumping pillow, gaga ball, water wars, gem mine and fun cycles.  The sites have cable TV and free Wifi.  On Friday night during the season  they offer barrel train rides for the kids, wine tasting and an ice cream social.  On Saturdays they offer an all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee for $3.  Saturday afternoons kids can participate in Sugar Dots Twister, Gumdrop Building Sculptures, Cotton Candy Slime, Candy Bar Bingo or ride the barrel train.  For adults, wine tasting is offered again and there is an ice cream social.  We went up for the ice cream social and got a one scoop bowl for $1.  We could put on any topping that we wanted.  The downside to this campground is the road noise from I29.

We stayed at this campground as Cathy had a doctors appointment in Sioux Falls.

While staying here we visited the Sergeant Floyd Monument and the Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve.

Rock Port Riversedge Campground, Rockport, MO

Rock Port Riversedge Campground

Rock Port Riversedge Campground, Rock Port, MO

$33/night

This is a nice rural campground.  The campground has a little office, laundry and newer bathhouse.  There is a dog walk, swimming pool, playground and recycling for aluminum & plastic.  There is very good Wifi and one can get about 7 TV channels over antenna.    They offer FHU pull thru 50 amp sites, FHU pull thru 30 amp sites, back-in FHU 50/30 amp sites, pull thru W/E 50 amp sites and pull thru W/E 30 amp sites, tent sites and one cabin.  The owners, John & Edna, are wonderful folks.  We have stayed at this campground previously in 2016.

Riverside Park, Beatrice, NE

Riverside Park, Beatrice, NE

$18/night

This is a city park with camping.  The sites are FHU with 50 amp and a concrete pad.  There are bathrooms near by.  It was a quiet campground once the young men got done playing basketball and being a little loud.  Would definitely stay here again.

Salina KOA, Salina, KS

Salina KOA

KOA of Salina, Salina, KS

$36.63/night

KOA Value  Card

This is a nice campground with trees.  We had a FHU pull-thru site towards the back of the campground.  The campground offers bathrooms, laundry room, and recreation room.  There is also a playground, pool and fenced in dog runs.  The KOA also makes and delivers pizza right to your site.  The pizza was very good.  Liked the few sculptures around the park.  The only con was a little bit of traffic noise.

Wakeeney Journey KOA, Wakeeney, KS

Wakeeney Journey KOA

Wakeeney KOA Journey, Wakeeney, KS

$37.35/night

KOA Value Card

This is a good campground for an overnight stay.  There are FHU sites with cable and good wifi.  Small store that was currently being remodeled.  The campground offers a pool, laundry room, fenced in dog run and playground.  While we did not take advantage of this, the campground offered a pancake breakfast from 7:30 – 9:00 AM and an ice cream social from 6:00 – 7:30 PM, both for a small fee.  The owners and workers were nice.

About 3 weeks prior to us staying here a hail storm went through the area.  The owner’s home had roof damage and driving around town we saw a lot of businesses & homes who sustained damage to their windows and roofs. On one side of the Super 8 motel all the windows were taken out because of the storm.

Gunsmoke RV Park, Dodge City, KS

Gunsmoke RV Park

Gunsmoke RV Park, Dodge City, KS

$38.00/night

Good Sam Discount

The layout of this campground is L shaped with the majority of the sites FHU pull thru.  The park overs a small store, laundry, game room, pool and playground.  There is good wifi and you can get some channels with your antennae.  Cute campground with all the rows named after characters on the old Gunsmoke TV show – Matt Dillon Drive, Miss Kitty Lane, Festus Parkway, Doc’s Blvd, etc.  The owners were nice and are new taking over in July.

While staying here we drove thru the town and looked at the statues and historic Dodge City.  We also drove over to Mullinville to see MT Liggett’s Political Art along the highway and the Fromme-Birney “Round Barn” and finally over to Greensburg to visit the Big Well Museum (world’s largest hand dug well).

Sportsman RV Park & Horse Motel, Lamar, CO

Sportsman RV Park & Horse Motel

Sportsman RV Park, Lamar, CO

$42.36/night

This campground would be good for an overnight stay.  Looks like it used to be a KOA campground at one time looking at the main building.  The campground could use some updating.  It did offer FHU pull thru sites, laundry room, bathrooms, a pool and a horse barn with 10 stalls in it if you are traveling with horses.  There was nothing in the store / office.  John used the bathroom and said that it could use a good cleaning as there were cobwebs.   Pros: right off the highway.  Cons: some road noise and the office isn’t always open.

While staying here we checkout out the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.

La Junta KOA, La Junta, CO

La Junta KOA

La Junta KOA

$51.12/night

KOA Value Card

This campground would be good for an overnight stay.  The campground has a small store, bathrooms and laundry.  There is good WiFi.  They are doing some improvements around the campground.  The owner was very nice.  The campground is located only a block away from Walmart.  The only downside is see the entrance to the campground.

While staying here we ventured over to Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site.

Pueblo Journey KOA, Pueblo, CO

Pueblo Journey KOA

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We stopped back at Pueblo Journey KOA for another week on our southwest.  When we were here earlier in the month we were campground sitting.  This time we wanted to do a little sightseeing and seeing family.  The site we were in this time also had a patio, but this patio was fenced in.  Inside the fence was a table with chairs, fire pit and green grass.  This would be a great site if you are traveling with pets.

Since we were here to do a little sightseeing we visited the Royal Gorge area and Garden of the Gods.

Alamosa KOA, Alamosa, CO

Alamosa KOA

alamosa koa

$43.65/night

KOA Value Card

This is a good campground for an overnight stay or to use as a base camp to do a little sightseeing.  The campground has FHU 50 amp sites, FHU 30 amp sites, W/E and tent sites.  The campground offers a nice store, laundry room, and bathrooms.  John only used the satellite bathrooms towards the back of the campground.  There is a rec room upstairs in the building, playground, swimming pool in season, fenced in dog area and good WiFi.  The campground also has several cabins.  They bake and deliver pizzas to your site.  As for TV stations, you can get about 8 with your antennae up.  The owners and staff were very nice.  Even suggesting places to visit while in the area.  The cons to the campground is that it is located just off a very busy 2 lane road.

What started out as spending 2 nights, ultimately ended up being seven.  While staying here we visited Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Cano’s Castle, Colorado’s Oldest Church, and UFO Watchtower.  John also attended free programs at the Zacheis Observatory – Planetarium at the Adams State University.

Durango KOA, Durango, CO

Durango KOA

durango koa

$46.14/night

KOA Value Card

This campground would be good for an overnight stay or to use as a base camp to see the area.  Durango is very touristy.  The campground is hilly with campsites everywhere possible.  There are FHU 50 amp sites, FHU 30 amp sites, W/E sites, sites with no hookups, tent sites and cabins.  There is a store, bathrooms, laundry, dump station, heated pool in season, TV lounge, fenced in dog run, Cable TV and WiFi.  They will bake & deliver pizzas to your site.  Cons to the campground – the site we were on could not access the WiFI and the campground is off a very busy 4 lane road.

While staying here we visited Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, Chimney Rock National Monument and Aztec Ruins National Monument.

Dancing Eagle RV Park, Casa Blanca, NM

Dancing Eagle RV Park

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$11.68/night

We stayed at this campground earlier this year.  See above.  We stayed here again for a couple of nights before heading up to Alburquerque for Balloon Fiesta 2017.

Alburquerque Balloon Fiesta Presidential Compound, Alburquerque, NM

Alburquerque Balloon Fiesta Presidential Compound

Alburquerque Ballon Fiesta Presidental Compound

$191.67/night

This was a special treat for us.  We made our reservation a year in advance shortly after they went on line taking reservations and could only get 3 days.  Granted they weren’t the best days of the Balloon Fiesta, but we saw plenty of balloons in those three days.  The Presidential compound is rally style parking with water and electric only.  One can sign up to have your tanks emptied for $25.  They have a guy that comes around with a truck to empty the tanks.  There are no amenities in the compound and campers need to be self contained.  This campground sits on a bluff that over looks the balloon launch field.  At one end of the campground is a walking path that takes you down to the launch field and at the other end of the campground is a nice area where folks set up their lawn chairs to watch the balloons inflate and take off.  If you don’t want to walk to the launch field they do offer a shuttle service.  Sometimes the balloons when they launched would fly right above the campers.  Of course, there are other RV parks around the launch field, but all of them one would have to boondock.  It was so much fun to camp in the Presidential Compound and attend the Balloon Fiesta.  Met some nice folks and even the Board President of the Alburquerque Balloon Fiesta.  We would definitely attend the Balloon Fiesta again and would definitely stay at the Presidential Compound.

Kivi RV Park & Horse Motel, Bernardo, NM

Kivi RV Park & Horse Motel

Kivi RV Park 2

$35.00/night

We stayed at the campground earlier this year.  At that time, we could use the Passport America.  This time around it was their busy season and they didn’t accept Passport America.  This time around we were in a full hook-up site with plenty of privacy.  For more on this campground please see above.

Cedar Cove RV Park, Elephant Butte, NM

Cedar Cove RV Park

Cedar Cove RV Park Elephant Butte NM

$43.58/night

This RV Park has extra large level FHU pull thru sites.  The park offers a small store, clean bathrooms & showers, satellite bathrooms throughout the park, fenced dog runs and decent WiFi.  Each site has a nice concrete patio with a picnic table.  Able to get satellite TV.  There is a laundry room available 24/7 located in the clubhouse.  The town of Truth or Consequences is only about 7 miles away and has a Walmart.  The reason we stopped here was for the night skies and to meet up with a fellow amateur astronomer.

Rusty’s RV Ranch, Rodeo, NM

Rusty’s RV Ranch

Rustys RV Ranch Rodeo NM

$317.50/month + electricity (.14/kwh)

We stayed at this campground for a month.  This park offers nice long FHU pull thru sites.  There is a small store, laundry room, and a club house.  It is satellite friendly.  If you rely on your antenna, there are only a few channels.  The clubhouse offers a TV that campers can go and watch.  It really doesn’t have any bathrooms, except for one bathroom/shower in the club house.  There are a couple nice-sized cabins onsite.  The park caters to folks who like to travel with their telescopes.  Rusty’s RV Ranch is a dark sky park and everyone needs to pull their shades once it gets dark outside.  It also caters to birders as there are some wonderful areas nearby where those who like looking at birds go.

The valley is a pretty area, but Rusty’s RV Park seems to be in the middle of nowhere.  Lordsburg 45 miles north of the campground offers two dollar stores and a small grocery or one can drive 58 miles south to Douglas, AZ along the Mexico/US border to Walmart and three Dollar Stores.

On Friday nights in the clubhouse, Rusty’s RV Ranch offers a potluck dinner at 4 PM.  They provide the main dish, and campers bring a side dish, their own plates, silverware & drinks.  We didn’t go the first night we were here because they were serving grilled tilapia and neither of us like tilapia.  The first night we went they made grilled pizza and wings.  The second night it was cheeseburgers and chili.  Then it was sausage and rice.

On the campground grounds there is an aviary, garden with lilly pond, and a duck/swan pond.  There were 2 black swans named Cargo & Delta.

Rusty and her folks were very nice.

While staying here we visited the Geronimo Surrender Site, Chiricahua Desert Museum and the Cave Creek Canyon.

Butterfield RV Resort

Butterfield RV Resort

butterfield rv resort

$252.21/week

Passport America Campground

We spent a week here.  This campground is a nice resort with FHU sites with 30 & 50 amp on rock with a picnic table.  Nice wide paved roads.  Good Wifi.  The campground offers a laundry, club house with daily activities, fenced in dog runs, library with computers, wood shop, Ham radio room, pickleball court, fitness center, spa, putting green, horseshoes and a small shop.  The reason we stayed here was because they have an observatory on the grounds.  They offer nightly star gazing programs six days a week.

While staying here we visited the World’s Largest Rose Tree, Fort Bowie National Historic Site and Chiricahaua National Monument.

Pima County Fairgrounds RV Park

Pima County Fairgrounds RV Park

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$125.00/week

We spent a week here.  We previously stayed at this campground earlier this year.  At that time, they were adding quite a few new RV sites and were adding WiFi.  This time around we stayed in the new area which was basically a large gravel parking lot with FHU 30/50 amp.  There was a bathroom near by without showers and the WiFi was very good.  We also noted that the campground offers a small laundry and a fenced in dog run.  Please read more about our stay earlier this year.

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