16 Nov

Campground Review #107 Cody KOA Holiday in Cody, Wyoming near East Yellowstone

Cody, Wyoming was not originally planned as a stop on Kate Dunbar’s 2017 epic RV journey, but a change of plans ended up bringing the family to one of their favorite stops of the journey. On this episode of Campground of the Week, Kate shares all of the reasons why they enjoyed Cody so very much, and gives us all many days worth of recommendations for activities, food, and drink.

Campground Details

The Cody KOA Holiday is located about a one hour’s drive from the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park and a little over six hours from Jackson, Wyoming. The campground is branded as a ‘Holiday’, which means that it provides a great basecamp for exploring the surrounding area, along with family-friendly amenities and activities to enjoy after a long day of sightseeing.

The campground offers ample RV and tents sites, along with cabin rentals. Most of the RV sites are full-hook up and pull thru, and Kate particularly loved site #205, since it was an end cap and offered the family plenty of space to spread out along with a tree and fire ring with grill. Listen to the episode to hear her describe the various areas of the campground and which one might be right for your band of traveling RV pirates.

Campground Activities and Amenities

Cody KOA offered plenty of activities and amenities to keep the Dunbar family happy on this stop of the trip. The kids particularly enjoyed the pool, but other highlights include:

  • hot tub
  • sauna
  • bike rentals
  • communal fire pit
  • dog park
  • playground
  • jumping pillow

Kate also took time to rave about the staff at the Cody KOA, telling us that they were always offering service with a smile and looking to make their guests’ stay the very best one possible.

Visitor’s also won’t want to miss the FREE daily pancake breakfast or the FREE shuttle to the nightly Cody Wyoming Rodeo!!!

Regional Highlights

Kate really emphasized that this destination offered way more interest than her family had originally expected. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is huge and requires more than a day to take it all in. There are six parts: the Buffalo Bill Museum, Cody Firearms Museum, Draper Natural History Museum, Planes Indian Museum, Whitney Art Museum, Outdoor Education Center. One entrance fee gets you access to all the areas. There is also a café as well as a picnic area. The RV/trailer parking lot is large and easy to navigate.

Other area attractions that Kate recommends are…

And Kate’s awesome eats include…

A huge thanks to Kate for another great campground review. You can follow Kate’s RV adventures AND get some seriously yummy recipes at Katescuriouskitchen.com. You probably want to follow her on Facebook and Instagram, also!

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Stephanie + Jeremy

25 Oct

Campground Review #104 Dead Horse Point State Park near Canyonlands National Park in Utah

Utah has so many amazing national and state parks, and on this episode of the Campground of the Week podcast Brett Neilson reviews another one for us: Dead Horse Point State Park, just about 20 miles from Canyonlands National Park.

Staying at Dead Horse Point State Park is a two-for-one opportunity since you get to enjoy the on-site hiking, biking, and ranger programs plus all the nearby fun at Canyonlands.

Campground Details

The campground at Dead Horse Point State Park is about as small as they come with only 21 sites situated on the interior and exterior parts of a single loop. All are back in campsites except for four pull thrus. Only four of the sites can accommodate rigs longer than 35 feet, so if you have a larger RV double check before reserving.

Listen to the episode to hear Brett’s tips for booking timeframes and price points, as well as his insider tips for folks looking forward to a future visit.

Dead Horse Point State Park Highlights

Brett and his family really enjoyed their visits to the Pony Espresso, a small snack stand in the parking lot of the state park that offered coffee, smoothies, wraps, and sack lunches. They enjoyed the ranger programs even more, including the “Cloud Appreciation” talk with Dan from the maintenance Department. Seriously, it was a thing.

Other state park activities include…

Canyonlands National Park Highlights

There are two different sections in Canyonlands National Park: Island in the Sky in the north and Needles in the South. Island in the Sky is closer to Dead Horse Point State Park and Brett enjoyed the following hikes during his visit:

  • Mesa Arch (0.5 miles)
  • Upheaval Dome (2 miles)
  • Grand View Point Overlook  (2 miles)

A big thank you to Brett Neilson for sharing another one of his Utah State Park treasures. You can read more about his stay at Dead Horse Point State Park by visiting his blog at OurCampingAdventures.com.

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We’ll see you at the campground,

Stephanie + Jeremy

27 Sep

Top 10 Campground Reviews from the Campground of the Week Podcast

For the 100th episode of the Campground of the Week Podcast, we decided to look back and share the 10 most popular campground reviews from the show. When we looked back at the download numbers, the top reviews were a great mix of resort, national parks, and state parks from locations all around the country.

You can listen to us chat about the top 10 most popular campgrounds on episode #100 of Campground of the Week.

A huge thank you to all our campground correspondents for bringing such great RV and camping content to the RVFTA community!

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Here’s to another 100 campground reviews!

We’ll see you at the campground,

Stephanie + Jeremy

17 Aug

Campground Review #94 Crescent City/Redwoods KOA in California

The fourth stop on our epic Pacific Northwest adventure was the Crescent City/Redwoods KOA where we stayed while exploring the Redwood National and State Parks.

On this Campground of the Week episode you will hear our complete review of the KOA. If you want to hear all our recommendations for regional highlights including hiking, beaches, and good eats, listen to RVFTA podcast episode #155: Greetings from the Redwoods National and State Parks…

Campground Details

Crescent City/Redwoods KOA is branded as a Holiday KOA, which means it is an ideal basecamp for exploring the local attractions. The campground is only about five minutes from Crescent City and a short 10-15 minute drive to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, where the famous Stout Grove is located.

The campground property is large with ten acres of Redwoods right onsite. The number of sites is limited though, so we recommend booking in advance of your arrival. During our stay we saw quite a few campers without reservations arrive only to find a fully-booked campground.

The campsites are a mix of pull thrus and back ins. If you are tenting or have a smaller rig (and don’t require full hook ups), we strongly suggest requesting a spot in the Redwoods grove which was remarkably beautiful. Listen to the episode to hear more details about recommended sites and areas of the campground.

Campground Activities and Amenities

The campground was comfortable for a five day stay, offering basic amenities without a ton of bells and whistles. While there we enjoyed…

  • Game room with ping pong table and foosball
  • Campstore/gift shop
  • Pancake breakfast
  • Clean laundry room
  • Bike rentals
  • Small playground

Additional Information

The cell service was strong during our stay, but the wifi connection was limited, depending on the time of day. One of our favorite features of this campground is the ample information provided about the region by the owner, Kevin. He helped us craft our itinerary every day and offers detailed self-guided tours with maps in the camp office.

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See you at the campground,

Stephanie + Jeremy

03 May

Campground Review: Anaheim RV Park near Disneyland, California

On this podcast episode of Campground of the Week, we are very excited to have Brett Neilson of OurCampingAdventures.com on the show reviewing the Anaheim RV Park near Disneyland, California.

Anaheim RV Park is under two miles away from Disneyland, so if you want to stay near the theme park in your RV, this is definitely your best bet. Anaheim, California is 30 miles south of Los Angeles and about 250 miles southwest of Las Vegas.

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05 Apr

Campground Review #75: Badlands/White River KOA near Badlands National Park in South Dakota

On this Campground of the Week episode, Kerri Cox of TravelswithBirdy.com reviews the Badlands/White River KOA outside of Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

Kerri and her family didn’t actually plan on staying at this KOA. They had made reservations at the Cedar Pass campground in the national park. Well, weird things happen, and when they showed up to claim their site, there was no record of the reservation.

Enter the Badlands/White River KOA.

In retrospect, Kerri is quite happy this mix up occurred. Her family loved staying at the Badlands/White River KOA and weren’t thrilled with what they saw of the Cedar Pass Campground. You can listen to the whole story and find out why the KOA was such a hit on Episode #75 of Campground of the Week.

You can also read Kerri’s own blog post on the Badlands/White River KOA, and find all her recommendations for activities in and around Badlands National Park.

Many visitors simply make a day trip out of the Badlands, stopping by on their way to Mt. Rushmore, or driving out for the day. Kerri recommends staying at least a night or two and really enjoying the unique and stunning beauty of the region.

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We will see you at the campground!

Stephanie + Jeremy

22 Mar

Campground Review #73 Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming

On this episode of Campground of the Week, our Colorado Correspondent Scott Elias reviews the beautiful Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming. Located a mere 2.5 hour drive from the Detroit Metro area, Curt Gowdy State Park is a beloved weekend escape for many campers in Colorado. This campground is the place to go to get away from all, relax, and enjoy the natural landscape and wealth of outdoor activities.

But you will have to plan ahead if you want a reservation or electric hookups. This state park is an example of one that allows a small percentage of sites to be reserved in advance, and only a small percentage of sites offer hook ups. Scott will talk about the booking window and how you can nab a great site with shore power in advance.

If you are on a tight camping budget, Curt Gowdy is going to give you a ton of bang for your buck. Site fees are only $10 for residents, and $17 for non residents. Best part? That site fee includes a pass for the rest of the state park. That is a serious camping bargain!

Scott also talks about all the great activities to enjoy while staying in the park. Most of the activities center around the two bodies of water, Granite Reservoir and Crystal Reservoir:

  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Visitor’s Center with wildlife and geography exhibits
  • SUP Rentals
  • Mountain Biking

Bottom of line? Curt Gowdy State Park offers families the classic camping getaway: a remote location, natural beauty, and plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities.

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15 Feb

Campground Review #68 Grand Canyon Trailer Village RV Park, Grand Canyon National Park

On this episode of Campground of the Week, Kerri Cox of TravelswithBirdy.com reviews Grand Canyon Trailer Village RV Park. We are calling this a Campground Smackdown, because Kate Dunbar reviewed the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park back on Episode #28. Listen to both episodes to get a complete picture of your camping options when visiting Grand Canyon National Park.


Kerri Cox was happy that her family decided to stay at the Grand Canyon Trailer Village RV Park, mostly because of the location. The Grand Canyon is notoriously difficult to navigate during peak season because of the crowd congestion, and Kerri felt that camping in the park made it easier to get in and out.

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29 Dec

Campground Review #61 Ventura Beach RV Park in Ventura Beach, California

On this episode of Campground of the Week, Kate Dunbar returns to her old California stomping ground and gives us a great review of Ventura Beach RV Park in Ventura Beach, California.

This campground is a short 15-minute walk to the beautiful beaches of Ventura (or just 10 minutes along the gorgeous and well-maintained bike path) where you will find opportunities for surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bird watching, scuba diving, and sand castle building. It is also within biking distance of downtown shopping and dining.

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22 Dec

Campground Review #60 Colter Bay RV Park in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

On this podcast episode of Campground of the Week, Kerri Cox from travelswithbirdy.com shares a review of the Colter Bay RV Park in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Kerri loved this national park campground, and highly recommends that visitors take the time to truly enjoy the epic beauty of the Grand Tetons.

Colter Bay RV Park is one of the national park campgrounds run by a concessionaire, which means you will find amenities like water and electric hookups, but the prices will also be higher than many other public campgrounds. The most important thing you need to know? This campground books out long in advance and if you are planning on staying at Colter Bay RV Park, then you need to make your reservations today.

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