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

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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Stephanie + Jeremy

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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08 Dec

Campground Review #58 Cheyenne State Park outside Colorado Springs, Colorado

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On Campground of the Week podcast episode #58, Scott Elias reviews Cheyenne State Park near Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is just over an hours drive from the Denver area, making it a great weekend getaway, or a good base camp if you are passing through the area. Listen to hear why Scott gives this campground a glowing review, and looks forward to returning soon with his family…

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Cheyenne State Park campground is not very big, with just about 50 RV sites and 10 walk-in tent sites. That means Cheyenne State Park fills up fast, so if you want your choice of sites and dates, book six months in advance at ReserveAmerica.com. That’s not surprising considering the full-hook up sites are an affordable $28/night. You will have to purchase a daily Colorado State Park Pass however, so consider getting an annual pass if you will be doing a lot of Colorado state park camping over the course of the year.

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10 Nov

Campground Review #54 Devils Tower KOA in Devils Tower, Wyoming

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, Kerri Cox reviews Devils Tower KOA in Devils Tower, Wyoming. Kerri was unsure if the stop would be a hit or a disappointment when they planned their epic summer trip to Yellowstone in 2016. They decided to visit Devils Tower anyway, and stayed in the area for two nights.

They really enjoyed the experience, and think you will, too.

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Devils Tower KOA is unique in that it boasts a fantastic view of the National Monument from most of the sites in the campground. If you are going to take the time to visit, than this is the definitely the campground that will help you capitalize on the experience.

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03 Nov

Campground Review #53 Mosca Campground in San Luis State Park, Colorado

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, we welcome guest correspondent Scott Elias to review Mosca Campground at San Luis State Park in the great state of Colorado. Scott Elias is a former educator who now works for Apple. He grew up camping, but his wife didn’t so it took some convincing to get her and the family on board with the RV dream. Scott must be convincing, though, because now they have a brand new Jayco Whitehawk and are spending as many weekends as possible exploring their beautiful home state.


Mosca Campground is located in the high mountain valley between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. It is only 15 miles west of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, so it makes a perfect base camp for exploring that NPS site.

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19 Oct

Campground Review #51 Buffalo Campground in Island Park, Idaho outside the West Gate of Yellowstone National Park

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, Brett Neilson of OurCampingAdventures.com reviews Buffalo Campground in Island Park, Idaho. This campground is a favorite for the Neilson family, and they use it as a base camp for exploring Yellowstone National Park, since it is just 30 minutes from the West Gate.

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Natural beauty and affordability are the stars of the show at Buffalo Campground. Campsites are surrounded by a dense forest of lodgepole pines, and the beautiful Buffalo River runs through the park. Fishing is said to be great here, but Brett can’t attest to that himself.

Ahem.

Individual sites are a bargain, running from $15-$20. There are a variety of configurations–pull thrus, back ins, double sites, and group camping areas. In this episode, Brett lays out the pros and cons of all of them.

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If you are planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park, you should definitely listen to this episode of Campground of the Week, along with our other Yellowstone episodes: Campground of the Week #39 and RV Family Travel Atlas #100. Both will offer fantastic help for your bucket list trip.

In this episode Brett also lets us know that there is a lot more to this area than *just* the well known beauty of Yellowstone. Here are the activities, attractions, and dining mentioned:

You can read more about Brett’s visits to this campground on his blog!

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08 Sep

Campground #45 Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale, Texas

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, we are so excited to welcome Kate Dunbar with our very first review of a Texas campground. Kate takes us to Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale, Texas.

This unique state park was first constructed during the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The crew of unemployed young men built the San Solomon Springs pool, which covers over two acres of land and is home to a variety of aquatic species. Over 26 million gallons of pure artesian water flows through the pool every day, and the water is a constant 74 to 76 degrees. This is truly an oasis of a state park during the hot Texas summers.

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Kate provides all the details you need to know about camping at this State Park, including her pick of sites and how much you can expect to pay. In addition to swimming, expect your activity’s calendar to be scheduled with star gazing, hiking, and photography. Oh, and you could also get scuba certified during your visit!

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04 Aug

Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone, Montana

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, Kerri Cox of travelswithbirdy.com reviews Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone, Montana. If this bucket list destination is on your future road trip list, you have to listen to this episode.

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Kerri’s family loved staying at this campground while they explored Yellowstone National Park, and she’ll explain why it was the perfect place to unwind and enjoy downtime when they weren’t busy photographing geysers and hiking to epic vistas.

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23 Jun

Campground #33 Devil’s Garden in Arches National Park, Utah

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, correspondent Brett Neilson takes us to Devils Garden, a peaceful and remote campground in Arches National Park, Utah.

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Devils Garden has no hook ups, no activities, and no amenities, but the location in one of Utah’s most iconic national parks more than makes up for it. Brett prefers the back in sites, and even shares his favorite one in the campground. He also talks about the amazing access to bouldering and rock scrambling that guests have when staying at Devils Garden.

Brett shares his favorite hikes, highlighting some of the easier ones with big payoffs:

  • Balanced Rock
  • Double Arch
  • Sand Dune Arch
  • Delicate Arch Viewpoint
  • Fiery Furnance–book online for ranger led hike

Moab is also a great place to visit while staying at Devils Garden in Arches National Park. There you will also find Deadhorse Point State Park and Canyonlands. There are also dozens of outdoor adventures to be found there, including rafting, 4-wheeling, and mountain biking.

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