Jack B

Home Base: 
full-time rv'er
Type of RV: 
gas motor home towing pick-up
34 Reviews
14 States Visited

Recent Reviews


Not Typical KOA

This is unlike any KOA we've been to, except everything is yellow and begins with a "K". It is off the beaten path, not near a highway. You won't see advertising signage, use your GPS, we did and it worked.
The park is unbelievably quiet no games, no jumping pillows, no hayrides, or nightly movies, and no traffic noise.
The campground is literally cut into a piney woods, the Loblolly pines have been cleared from the rv sites, they are notoriously unstable. The grounds have been replanted with shade trees. This heavy pine forest totally surrounds the park. It is deep and dark. If we hadn't heard owls at night, we would have heard nothing. There are street lights and each electrical pedestal has a welcome light atop.
The sites are very big and spacious. We never unhooked our tow.
Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. The deluxe sites have a poured patio and table and chairs. There is lots of grass on all sides.
There are a lot of Kabins. There are four Log style Kabins that have been cut deep into the woods. I have never seen such a cool setting for these ubiquitous Kabins. There is also tenting in the woods.
Larger cedar sided Kabins with porches and decks are set among the rv sites. They resemble KOA styles but look a lot like Park-Models.
The office is clean and neat with lots of camping stuff for sale.
Bathrooms and showers are sparkling and cleaned daily. They are new and very well equipped. There is also an enclosed dog area. A very nice looking pool and a small equipped playground for family fun.
The managers here are very nice. Even bought us milk when they went to the store. This has been a very welcome respite after seven hours of driving. We stayed two days to just relax. KOA doesn't use the word, but this park could be a KOA Retreat.

2012, 32' CLASS "A", on Ford F-53, Towing Ford Ranger

Date of Stay:
 May, 2016
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Home again!

Not too many reviews and I'm reviewing again, but it has been a year and I'm glad to be back.
This is our Winter home and my opinion is admittedly biased. We like the town of Junction and this park.
The "Junction" here is the junction of the North and South branch of the Llano River. This Rv Park, as the name implies, is on the North Branch of the river. Watch for the opening, in 2016, of a new park constructed by the same family ownership as this park. This park will be on the South Branch of the Llano, called the South Llano River Rv Park. This is a bigger, wider river with more water activities.
This park remains a premium park with beautiful grounds that are maintained daily. The sites are well placed with lots of room. All sites have a grill and picnic table. The bigger sites also have a patio and pergola with furniture. The bigger sites will accommodate a 40+ rv unit and a tow. These sites are in the highest demand and filled almost every night, definitely call first for these specific sites. There are many smaller sites; smaller rv's can almost always be accommodated. The roads and sites are hard packed river-rock gravel which is dragged on a weekly basis. Sites are leveled when available. The utilities are convenient. Cable tv is occasionally snowy but otherwise good. Wi-Fi can be a struggle when the park is full. The park does not have a lot of bandwidth allotted. Better times are coming fibre-optic cable is being laid along I-10.
The park lies along the North Llano River and is very accessible for fishing, water fun, or just a nice walk. The park has the river on one side and mountains on two sides. It is a beautiful area to just sit and take it all in.
As arid as West Texas is they manage to have green lawns and mature pecan trees for shade.
The typical KOA style A-frame office also contains the bathrooms and laundry. The office is very friendly and efficient, staffed by workampers, who are well versed on reservations and procedures. This is a very comfy office with rv supplies; take a look around. The laundry is new with four of each machine. The bathrooms/showers are KOA style and could be updated but are sparkling clean and very comfortable. They are cleaned daily and monitored by staff during the day. We used them every day without a problem.
This park is 1/4mi from the I-10 interchange with US83 and US377. There are six big interstate style gas stations catering to trucks, each has its own fast-food franchise. It is a dangerous and very busy interchange with a lot of air brakes and the occasional "jake-brake". Not much you can do. The noise is not overwhelming because it is not trucks at high speed, but rather the noise of jockeying for pump positions. Actually I find the light pollution more disappointing. All said, lets face it, the gas and diesel are handy as is all the fast food opportunities.
This is a great park in a wonderful little town, my only disappointment is that no one stays long enough to enjoy it all. Everyone is always passing through on their way in a hurry, too bad for them, their loss.

Date of Stay:
 December, 2015


Older Park But Suitable

This is an old KOA that has expanded explosively with the oil boom in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico.
There have been two additions to the park that still look like a work in progress though occupied. There are a lot of oil field workers and other long term or permanent residents here, maybe close to half. Their sites are not overtly messy but contain the clutter that is associated with long term trailer living when your "stuff" won't fit inside. We also saw feral cats and many dogs that might have been barred at other parks. Just a lot of growth that happened very fast. I guess control will have to catch up.
Travelers are put in what was the old KOA park of the park, so there are trees and some grass between the sites.
The interior roads used to be blacktop but most of the asphalt is gone leaving just the gravel aggregate behind. There are many potholes. The sites are long enough for most rv's with a tow, we didn't unhook. The sites are old gravel with utilities placed close enough. Sites are close but not unlike many parks; there is a picnic table and a bit of grass lawn at each site. There is a large fenced dog park.
The Wi-fi worked well for us and was consistent all day. Cable tv was good also.
The park is generally maintained and certainly not dirty or junky, but there seems to be a lack of attention. Just not really up to par. The park looks old and tired, but is certainly serviceable.
There are two bathroom locations: one at the office and a free-standing bathroom/shower building out on the grounds. Both are clean and comfortable. We used the building in the park and found it to be clean, but in need of minor repairs or replacement of small missing or broken items. Again just a matter of keeping up with a lot of traffic. There is also a laundry that was workable even though a couple of machines were down.
Everyone mentions the cafe'. It is nice with good home style food.

Date of Stay:
 October, 2015


Big surprise in a little package

This park is really small, only 15 spaces, but is neat and prim, almost homey. All the sites are back in, full hookup and quite level. The roads and sites are gravel with lots of grass all around and between sites. The whole park is very attractive with obvious constant care by the owners who live on site. The owner is very helpful and takes the time to be sure you are settled in and if you need anything. She'll also tell you where you can walk your dog. It is rather like camping in their backyard.
Besides the grounds, which are well cared for, the park is surrounded by big, mature trees and a white board fence. And it is all easy in, easy out to the highway, US380 east of Roswell. The sites are a little close, there is room for a picnic table but not much else. Chances are you are here to see Roswell, this park is not the destination. This park is an easy and comfortable base to start your alien UFO search.
The office/store building is very nice and interesting too with odds 'n ends on display that are just fun to investigate. This building also houses the laundry and the men's and women's bathrooms. The bathrooms are very clean and obviously monitored and cleaned as part of the office.
The cable is really amazing there are probably more than 80 channels, and all clear. Wi-fi is also a pleasant surprise, steady and consistent.
The park is well lit at night and all-in-all a very comfortable and secure stop on your way.

Date of Stay:
 October, 2015
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All the basics, done well

This is an rv park that offers a safe, clean, and comfortable stop for visiting Albuquerque. It is an easy exit off
I-40, and though close road noise is minimal. This is a very clean and orderly park, it is obvious as soon as you pull off the road. The roads are asphalt, the sites are long, level pull through hard packed gravel. Utilities are convenient and hook up is easy. Long pushers will probably have to unhook their tow. The sites are not crowded and each has a picnic table.
The park is very attractive with desert landscaping that appears to be professional and consistently maintained.
All the sites are tidy and well kept. This is a well managed park with an office that is always manned.
This is not a resort, it is an RV Park and they do that well. There is no pool, or playground and yet there are three, yes three, big fenced in dog parks. One in each corner of the park.
There are rules regarding dog breeds, and age of rv units accepted (none built before 2000) it would always be a good idea to check. Other rules regarding aesthetics make it an enjoyable place to stay.
Wi-Fi is through Tengointernet, a park provider, the office gives you a code. Registration and log-in was not easy but can be successful after multiple tries. Once on, you'll find the wi-fi is just slow to impossible and very irritating. Better coverage is needed for such a big part.
The office building is also a recreation room, and a meeting room, and men's and women's bathrooms, and a laundry. This is an attractive building that looks new. In the rec area there is a big screen tv, and also two high end professional pool tables. There is also comfy furniture with couches, chairs, and card tables and chairs.
The office also has a small store with some treats and rv necessities. The laundry looked well maintained.
The bathrooms and showers were very clean and sparkling. The facilities looked quite new and are obviously monitored and cleaned. These would be the bathrooms to use.
There is another bathroom facility on the grounds about half way into the park. This is a free standing building with unisex bathrooms. They are probably clean and safe, and yet a person is not as comfortable as they would be in the office bldg bathrooms. These bathrooms look just a little unkempt and ragged, clean but not that clean.
It appeared that some of the fixtures needed repair or updating. I would go to the office.
At night the park is lit by municipal style pole lighting. You won't need your flashlight to walk the dog.
This is a safe and secure stop for a night or a couple of days. It is a competently run park for your comfort.

Date of Stay:
 October, 2015
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Older Park, Great Stop

This is an older park and does show some of the years of wear, but it is a great stop for a day or a week. It starts at the office where everyone is super helpful and will get you registered an into your site.
This is a very big park, 100 sites or more. They are micro organized and if you follow their instructions exactly you'll be kicking back in your site in no time.
This sites are very long, more than twice the normal size and can be entered from either end. They are also rather close. So to give everyone some space and a patio with a picnic table, the rv's drive into their pull-through from alternating sides based on odd and even numbers, then pull all the way forward. Makes sense when you see it. The utilities are very easy hookups. There are multiple sewer hookups you can't miss. Wi-Fi is good with more than one hot-spot. If one bogs down, switch to another. Cable was very good with clear pictures and lots of channels. This park is obviously well managed and the utilities' convenience show it.
This park is typical Arizona, sand and rocks. There aren't grass and flowers here, but they do their best to keep their trees flourishing with auto-irrigation. The trees are welcome. This is a clean and neat park, maintained by a staff that are busy all day cleaning and tidying around the sites.
One unique feature I've never seen before is that the park is dissected by two Holbrook city streets. The park is annexed into Holbrook. They have city services, even lighting and police, but also two city roads: wide, asphalt, named and signed roads that turn the park into three sections. People drive the roads as they go about their lives in Holbrook. It is not terribly busy, nor dangerous or a distraction, but look both ways .
The bathrooms and showers are dated but very clean and functional. This isn't the Ritz but much of the wear in the bathroom is actually from daily scrubbing for years, as well as use. The fixtures could be updated but nothing that would prevent you from using the bathrooms or showers today; we did.
This is a very nice park, well run, and cared for by a husband and wife team that really put their hearts into making your stay all that you want it to be...not what they say it should be. I can't imagine anyone being unhappy about this park as their choice.

Date of Stay:
 October, 2015
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This is the real Grants KOA

I've read the previous reviews. I can't believe they were at this park. In fact the reviews seem a little loose and not very coherent.
This is a great KOA, and I've been at KOA's that missed the mark. It started at the office and staff. We had reservations, check in was easy. The staff was very helpful. There was even a treat for our dog and cookies for us.
The office and store are very clean, neat, and well stocked with rv supplies, groceries, and interesting souvenirs.
The grounds are neat-as-a-pin and obviously well maintained, lots of KOA yellow and all shiny clean.
This is a small park all hard packed gravel. The sites are long and level pull throughs. Utilities are well placed and convenient. Wi-Fi was good till the park filled to almost max, then slowed. Cable was very good, clear with many channels. The sites are a little close but not too bad, room for a picnic table and chairs.
This part of New Mexico is very High'n Dry and grass is a struggle. This park has done a great job at desert landscaping with prairie grasses, small flowers and shrubs that survive in this arid climate. They also are bringing along trees with lots of watering. This park looks as nice as it can surrounded by rocks and lava flows.
The bathrooms are older and rather small but very comfortable and obviously well cleaned. The showers looked very clean also. All the facilities looked newly painted and inviting.
As nice as this park is, there is yet another surprise, home cooked meals are available. The hosts cook a dinner meal in their own kitchen. There is a small menu, you can order and have it delivered to your site. We ordered turkey dinner with all the trimmings, delivered. It was a fun treat and not too expensive.
I'm not sure who the other reviewers met. The owner/managers here are a husband and wife team, two of the nicest KOA-ers I have met in a lot of years of full-timing. The maintenance "crew" is a really great Spanish man who took the time to explain to me about the Spanish exploration of this area and when Coronado encountered these lava flows. This is a great KOA from beginning to end, and at the end the park is well lit and secure for a good night off the road.

Date of Stay:
 October, 2015
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Old But Not Down

Santa Rosa Campground and RV Park is obviously an older park, but it is not neglected or unattractive. They work very hard to keep the park up.
We had reservations and the registration went smoothly. Office staff couldn't have been nicer. Office was very tidy and had many interesting souvenirs for sale. The park is down a hill from the office and is immediately attractive in a New Mexico desert sort of way. The High Plains have been in drought for some time. The park struggles to keep some grass, but is switching over to native New Mexico grasses that grow taller and hold the soil. I thought it looked environmentally sensible and attractive. A maintenance man lives on site and we saw him very busy all day.
The roads and sites are gravel in some areas native sand has percolated up and softened the footing. Our site was long and level. Utility hook up was easy and convenient. Wi-Fi was good till the park began to fill, then slowed. Cable was ok, a little grainy but watchable. The sites and roads are bordered by cut timbers. The whole park was clean and well kept and fit well with the arid countryside.
There is a pool, in season, and looked very nice. But what was most cool was the restaurant on site next to the office. There was a short menu. You could order at the office and have the food delivered to your site or eat at the restaurant. We had a fun treat and had our dinner delivered.
There are two complete bathroom and shower buildings. One large block bldg is in the center of the rv park. The bathrooms and showers there were clean and well kept, very acceptable. The second bathrooms are up the hill at the office near the pool. These are terrific, big, bright, sparkling bathrooms with bight shiny tile and very clean facilities. Take the walk.
This park is well lit at night and a safe and secure stop at night. A place to rest off the road.

Date of Stay:
 October, 2015
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A safe, secure night off the road

Dalhart is a very big and busy city with many intersecting highways, this is a much needed RV Park in the right place to get off the road. This is a big park with permanent residents, as well as long term temps and nightly travelers. And yet with all this it is neat as a pin, very orderly and controlled. The travelers section is a little closer than the rest but still with room for slides or awnings. There are long pull through sites with full hookups. The nightly section is all gravel, the roads are black top. Wi-fi was Tengo Internet and very good, cable was over 50 clear channels.
The park is off US54 and across the street from the railroad, there can be some noise but most is buffered by park buildings and shrubbery. The park is actually very quiet for so many spaces, everyone must go to bed early.
The park is very well lit at night with individual lights at each site's power pedestal and street and walkway lights all throughout the park. Very comfortable!
There are plenty of dumpsters and just no mess anywhere. There are two bathroom buildings each with a single room bathroom, one for men, one for women. This same room also has a shower. Though small, they appeared to be very functional and were obviously carefully cleaned. There is also a small laundry.
There are some grass areas, including a grass dog walk and a small kiddy park with a basketball half court and swings. Good place to sit in the shade. There are shade trees scattered about throughout the park.
The management here is dedicated to offering a clean and orderly park that is safe and secure for a night off the road. I would say they have delivered 110%. Tonight they are full, the management will try to get everyone in and tonite they did, but a reservation wouldn't hurt.

Date of Stay:
 September, 2015
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Times Change, Work Needed

This park needs a lot of help and the new owners seem to have the spirit, but the means is another matter.
The idea of traveling with horses, finding an RV Park with stables and a full hookup, pull through for your rv, is it viable. Not in the condition this park is in now. It is old and tired and worn around the edges with months of simple daily upkeep not being done.
The biggest problem seems to be ground water that is percolating to the surface. There is standing water and saturated soil in wide spots all over the park. In rural Illinois the farm word for this is ponding and takes acres out of production. It means that drain tiles should be installed or replaced, and they should be here...asap.
The park is not dirty or unsavory but rather it is messy, unkempt, junky. It needs a lot of picking up and a big dumpster. The initial impression is not good, the park is not attractive. Even the flagpoles are empty.
The office was locked with a call number when we arrived at 1:00pm. We waited about 30mins for the owner, who, after registering us, left again. We picked our own site after a walk about.
Part of the clean up here would have to be some of the permanent residents and their trailers. They are right on the edge of scary, but they also seem to be very much entrenched.
The park has potential but will require daily hard labor by all hands to bring it around. I don't see it.
The bathrooms are old KOA style and basically cleaned and functional. The bathrooms and showers could use some updating and TLC but will meet minimal needs. There is also a small laundry. There is a pool that probably looks good in season; right now it needs to drained and covered It is an eyesore. Wi-Fi was very good.
This was an acceptable overnight stay, we didn't even think of leaving, but certainly were not impressed and probably will not be back.

Date of Stay:
 September, 2015
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