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Old 06-14-2014, 12:07 AM   #11
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Old 06-14-2014, 09:25 AM   #12
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I have not stayed at too many KOAs over the years. Most were not much more than a parking lot with services. A couple were nice. Lava Hot Springs that Jim N spoke of was one we really liked. Yes, there was a train track nearby, but they rarely ran at night, and the sound of the beautiful Portneuf River we camped alongside more than made up for it.

The Lava Hot Springs are one of the best commercial hot springs I have been to, with temps reaching 110°F in the hottest pool. Lots and lots of room too. I sure helps cure what aches you.

Here is a shot of my buddy fly fishing right from our campsite.



We are hiking up the hillside here across the river to the south of the campground.



We found an abandoned mine on our hike.



A view of the townsite from near the top.



A telephoto shot of the section of the campground we stayed in. We are about 3 trees to the left of the bridge.



An old irrigation ditch we saw part way up the hillside.

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Old 06-14-2014, 09:45 AM   #13
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Hi: Jim Bennett... We have found the typical KOA is not located in a towns prime real estate.
Nice pic's., and I don't see any trains... just the tracks. We are now in a new KOA parking lot at West Yellowstone. Going into the park today. Alf
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:08 AM   #14
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Alf, say HI to Yogi and Boo Boo for me, would ya?
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:18 AM   #15
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Similar experience as others. KOA's are all over the place. You really can't go by their guide. Agree, Flagstaff was ok, great location. Amarillo had barbecue dinner delivered to your trailer! Albuquerque is a gravel parking lot. Brigham City, UT was not clean or well kept (that was several years ago, maybe they have improved). Deer Lodge, MT looks great in the pics but the neighborhood it's in didn't feel safe. (We didn't plan to stay in Deer Lodge but the Grant Kohrs National Historic site is worth a stop). West Yellowstone is a destination campground, pool, hot tub, basketball, free bikes, outdoor cafe, large store but costs $$. We even had a swing at our site with views of the mountains. It is actually a bargain for families visiting the area. We don't stay at KOA's as much as we used to but usually can depend on them having a laundry and small store for supplies.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:30 PM   #16
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We stayed in our first-ever KOA in Twin Falls, Idaho. The park got "so-so" reviews but only because, in late summer, the flies are a problem. However, when we were there, there were no flies, the owners/staff were very nice and they had a cute little "cafe" where you could get dinner (delivered to your RV if you wished) or breakfast (pretty good size breakfast at that). Plus, the view from our door was pretty spectacular in the evening. Joined their club (for $27/year, why not) and got their directory. However, from some of the posts here, the directory descriptions may not resemble reality.

Since we're rather new to the RV circuit, we have fun looking at all the other rigs and listening to others talk about their favorite spots. But one thing that never ceases to amaze us is how many people "camp" in these RV parks and you never see them!! They sit in their 40+foot units and never come out. Check out the one that rolled in and caught most everyone's attention ...
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Old 06-20-2014, 06:47 AM   #17
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Boy, that first step is a killer….I have belonged to KOA for almost 10 years now, started out with their cabins and now just sites. They are the "Howard Johnson" of campgrounds, they seldom turn you away. Majority are clean with clean restrooms. Just a couple I would not return to. You also earn "points" which can be used for camping.
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Old 06-25-2014, 02:54 PM   #18
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We checked out a KOA in Levenworth WA but did not stay as they were asking $65USD, we are not fussy campers and do not require all of the amenities so went elsewhere.
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Old 06-25-2014, 05:18 PM   #19
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Call me a camping snob, but I would choose a national park or a state park or a state forest over a KOA any day. Camping isn't the same experience in a privately owned campground. Give me a state park any day.
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KOA's are like what Howard Johnson's Motor Inns used to be, a nice place to stay while traveling, not a destination, but enroute stops. I too prefer nature over a private cg, but sometimes when nature calls, all one has to choose is something at the "Next Exit" for a stop.
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