Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sunrise Campground, Bozeman MT

Stay Date:  April 2008
Our Rating:  GOOD – 7
Very friendly hosts; great check-in and escort to site. Sites were gravel, but level; hookups convenient and worked well. Free WiFi worked well, no cable TV,  but most sites have a clear shot to the satellite.  Verizon cell and Aircard worked well. Road noise a bit of a problem but probably not as bad during summer when trees would block some sound. A wreck of an old RV (permanent camper) next to us, otherwise a well kept park. Woke up to 4" of unexpected snow and owner was helpful in getting travel information.  Reasonably priced at $28/night.  Sunrise Campground

Monday, April 14, 2008

Indian Campground, Buffalo WY

Stay Date:  April 2008
Our Rating:  GOOD –7
A very nice campground; on arrival we were greeted by the friendly and helpful owner & helped with refilling our propane tank. Sites are level gravel with large trees and convenient hookups. Free cable and good free WiFi. Satellite TV will require a portable dish due to the trees.  Verizon cell and Aircard worked well. Next to the interstate but not too much noise. Close enough to walk to restaurants in a beautiful setting.  $38/night is too pricy; we’ll look for another place next time.  Indian Campground

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Peregrine Pines Famcamp (US Air Force Academy), CO

Stay Date:  April 2008
Our Rating:  GOOD – 9
A beautiful park in the tall pines at the AF Academy.  See the web site for driving instructions, there’s a lack of road signs and it’s a fairly lengthy drive through the base.  Although the park layout is confusing, the gravel sites are fairly large but  not too level.  Very friendly host.  Ask for a site with satellite access; most sites are heavily treed.  Some train noise and dust in the summer months.  Good free WiFi, good Verizon cell and Aircard reception.  A great place to stay in this busy area, at a bargain price of $25 a night. Military or DoD ID required.   Peregrine Pines Famcamp

Friday, April 4, 2008

Las Vegas, NM KOA

Stay Date:  April, 2008
Our Rating:  BAD – 6
Kind of what think of as a typical KOA – overpriced unless used as a destination park for a family with kids during the summer (nice pool).  Friendly manager, but she was probably glad to see us, there wasn’t much business this time of year.  Gravel, sorta level sites, poor water pressure, all in all nothing special.  Convenient to the interstate but fairly quiet.  It’s the only place to stop for miles and miles…..and Las Vegas is certainly not a tourist stop.  We drove around town for an hour looking for a place to eat and finally found a forgettable steakhouse. Too bad they charge so much for a simple overnight stay; it wasn’t worth the $36 and in the future we’ll plan better to avoid a stop here.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX

Stay Date:  April 2008
Our Rating:  GOOD – 9
A one of a kind, magical place!  After a steep descent (10% grade for one mile) RV @ Palo Duro into the canyon, you enter a world of red and orange rock.  It’s a few miles to the campground, but well worth it.  Sites are spread out, have 50A, water, and incredible views.  Maybe not so level, no cell phone, WiFi, or broadcast TV………but who cares?  We were surrounded by wild turkeys, one of which beat on our door for food.  Desert Bighorn were visible on the canyon walls, and deer were everywhere.  It’s a large park, with a nice visitor center, museum, and small restaurant.  For $20 a night, it’s a bargain!  Palo Duro Canyon State Park