Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Limon KOA, Limon CO

Stay Date:  May 2015
Our Rating:  GOOD –6
We almost never stay at a KOA, but our route took us through the area and this was the only park in the area.  It’s a cookie-cutter KOA – A frame, small sites, tight turns, and overpriced.  Nice folks in the office with a good recommendation for dinner (the Chinese restaurant on the corner).  Gravel roads and sites, with medium-sized trees and a small grassy area.  Verizon cell/data were good, and park WiFi worked well.  It met our needs, but $40/night for an overnight is overpriced.   We can’t imagine why anyone would stay in this depressing little town for more than an overnight.  Limon KOA

Cabela’s RV Park, Sydney, NE

Stay Date:  May 2015
Our Rating:  GOOD – 6
The park is adjacent to Cabela’s corporate headquarters and store and while open year round, is not staffed until June.  Trying to use the self-service kiosk, we found that there were no forms, so we wrote out the information of a piece of paper and enclosed a check.  Most sites are full hookup, but there is a row of electric-only for a reduced price.  We opted for the electric only, but since those sites were too short to keep the tow hooked up, we picked a full-service site and only hooked up the electric.  The park is fairly nice, with gravel sites separated by grass strips with table and a small tree.  No WiFi, but Verizon cell/data worked well.  We watched as RV pulled in all evening without appearing to pay, but since no one seems to care it’s Cabela’s loss.  Plenty of dining options in the area, and a Super Wal-Mart is just down the street.  OK for an overnight, but not much in the area to warrant a longer stay.  Cabela’s RV Park

Roadrunner RV Park, Espanola, NM

Stay Date:  May 2015
Our Rating:  GOOD – 6
Roadrunner 1Not so much an RV park as a gravel parking lot with RV hookups and railroad tie dividers.  No restrooms or facilities, this park is all about location.  Roadrunner2Convenient to Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Bandelier National Monument, and across the street from two large casinos.  Sites are wide enough to park the tow vehicle next to the RV with room to spare, and there’s no table or grill to get in the way.  Friendly host and the permanent residents were quiet.  WiFi didn’t work well but Verizon cell/data were good.  No Roadrunner3trees, so clear shot to the TV satellites.  Not a destination park, but convenient to many area attractions with easy access to the highway.  Not a bargain at $27/night, but it’s all about the location.  Roadrunner RV Park.

Kiva RV Park and Horse Motel, Bernardo, NM

Stay Date:  May 2015
Our Rating:  GOOD – 8
Kiva RV Park1All by itself along a lonely stretch of I-25, this park surprised us with it’s facilities for such a low price.  Kiva RV Park2A friendly host at check in escorted us to our site in the back row, the farthest from the interstate and with large trees and privacy barrier.  Kiva RV Park3The interior roads and sites are all gravel, but our site was level and the hookups worked well.  No cable, but the park WiFi worked well and Verizon data/cell worked well.  Kiva RV Park4Surprisingly quiet at night even though close to the freeway.  A comfortable stay for a low Passport America rate of $14/night.  Kiva RV Park and Horse Motel

Monday, May 18, 2015

Cochiti Lake COE Park, Cochiti NM

Stay Date:  May 2014
Our Rating:  Bad – 4
Cochiti Lake 3We were looking forward to this park; it had high ratings, looked scenic, and had a great price for 50A and water.  On arrival though, we were disappointed by our site.  Although a long back in with parking area and sheltered patio/table, the site looked like a ski-ball ramp. Cochiti Lake1 Sloping downward and towards the driver’s side, it was impossible to get close to being level, even using blocks.  Everything was covered with pea gravel, including the patio and table, and there was trash stuck in the weeds around the site.  We also found that being high above the lake meant incessant winds.  Cochiti Lake2On the plus side, the scenery was wonderful and it was quiet and dark at night.  Verizon cell/data worked well even though we were 15 miles off the main road.  We decided to leave early, and told the host couple, who acted like we were bothering them.  So we left early, disappointed in our experience.  Since you have to reserve the site on line it’s difficult to determine if your site is level, and there are a few that were.  Rate with Golden Access pass was $10/night. Cochiti Lake COE

Coachlight Motel & RV Park, Las Cruces NM

Stay Date:  May 2015
Our Rating:  GOOD – 7
Coachlight1This has become our stay of choice in Las Cruces.  Since we’re usually only here for an overnight, it’s fits our needs.  At first glance, not the best looking neighborhood, but we’ve never had a problem here and the people are friendly.  Coachlight2The RV park is in the back of the motel, and is gravel/dirt with level pull-thru sites and small trees.  Hookups all work well, and Verizon cell/data were very good.  The sites are long enough that you don’t have to unhook the tow, and there’s a diner out front for breakfast and lunch (we haven’t tried it).  Coachlight3Old Mesilla is just down the road, and we always make time for a visit to La Posta, our all-time favorite Mexican restaurant.  The park is quiet at night, and although it has easy access to I-10, the road noise is minimal.  Restrooms are in the motel, and we haven’t tried them.  Much cheaper than the $45/night Hacienda RV park at the Passport America rate of $18/night.  Coachlight Motel and RV Park

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Rusty’s RV Ranch, Rodeo, NM

Stay Date: Apr 2015
Our Rating:  GOOD – 10
Chiricauhuas from EastWe can’t visit this part of the state without a stop at Rusty’s.  Huge sites, wonderful owners, and a view of the Chiricahuas – what could be better?  There’s been a few improvements since our last visit a year ago, but nothing significant to warrant new pictures.  Always a great stay, even without the Passport America discount that brings the price down to $16/night for full hookups including free WiFi.  Rusty’s RV Ranch