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Old 06-12-2014, 09:21 PM   #1
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Having completed 8 stays in various KOA's over 3 weeks, I'd like to share some observations. Kansas City East has been recently remodeled and is spotless with owners present on site and there is a B-R-BQue available with KC ribs. Highly recommend. Next up was Limon, CO, avoid this one, absent owners and the place was a mess. Next is Lava/Hot Springs, UT which was right on the CB&Q rail line and if you like trains, nice, otherwise noisy. ALso there are no hot springs, they are located in the nearby town. NkMip CG in Osoyoos, BC was really nice, clean and the spots were nice and level and big. I can see why ETI stays there.
Missoula, Mt was a disappointment, needs to be remodeled and really small spaces. Billings, MT, the first ever KOA is really nice with big spots, an on board restaurant with dinner and breakfasts. Too bad the other KOA's did not follow in this one's footsteps. Next up is the Badlands/White River KOA, SD one of my favorite places. This is my 4 th stay there and still has the wow factor, driving thru the Badlands NP. Another nice place is TerraHaute KOA, IN with on board dining and nice level spots.
All KOA's had a pool, other than Limon, which should be spelled with an "E"!!
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:01 PM   #2
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Any chance you mean Lava Hot Springs, Idaho on the Union Pacific mainline?
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:46 PM   #3
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CPH you should visit Oregon and stay at State Parks.
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I'll add to the list:

Wendover NV/UT - eh reminded me of a gravel parking lot with knee high weeds. Nothing there. Only of you have to..stop. Should have continued onto SLC but it was our last chance to gamble.

Cheyenne, WY- was very windy, but apparently the entire state is! Nice facility. I would stay there again. lots of room, grass trees and level spots.

South Bend, IN- was absolutely our favorite! Staff was wonderful! Grass, trees, very nice well kept dog area. Staff was very active making sure everyone was satisfied with the facility.

LaSalle Peru IL- another nice place. Lots of trees. Level spots.

Erie NY. Right on the water-beautiful. Trees, lots of grass.

We were very impressed with 99% of the KOA's and wouldn't mind trying just KOA's as a trip!
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Old 06-13-2014, 06:40 AM   #5
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Any chance you mean Lava Hot Springs, Idaho on the Union Pacific mainline?
Yes, my mistake. Very busy and impressive trains.
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Hi:cpaharley2008... Just sat out a thunder storm in Great Falls MT. KOA... Any port in a storm I always say!!! Heading for Yellowstone before crossing the great plains. Be home in a week or so. Always looking for good reviews of one nite stands. Alf
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:05 AM   #7
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Hi Alf, We really like the Billings KOA, it is the first KOA and they have a real nice little restaurant there for dinner and breakfast, spots are shaded and far apart. There are alsoa couple in Wyoming, Buffalo and Cody that are nice. TRy to stop in the Badlands/White River KOA on the way home, right of #131 off I90 at Badlands NP, a really spectacular NP and the KOA is right in it!
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Old 06-13-2014, 01:44 PM   #8
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It's interesting to read a first-hand review of the Billings KOA. We were looking for a place for 2 nights in that part of Montana, and couldn't find any good reviews of that KOA. Looking at the site on Google street view, we decided against it because the neighborhood looked ugly.

Just goes to show there's nothing to replace word-of-mouth and first-hand knowledge.
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Just goes to show there's nothing to replace word-of-mouth and first-hand knowledge.[/QUOTE]

Or maybe some chorus lyrics from Kacey Musgraves' My House - "Water and electric, need a place to drain the septic, any KOA is A-OK as long as I'm with you…"
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:14 PM   #10
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I've only stayed in a few KOAs and that was a couple of years ago.

Went to Carlsbad, NM and stayed in the one there. Got a cabin (no trailer and too windy to tent). It was nice, and the park seemed nice and well kept, as did the clubhouse. The smell of the oil refinery wasn't so nice, and when I asked the management what it was, they said, "It's the smell of money." Won't go back because of that money smell.

Stayed in the one in Holbrook, AZ near Petrified Forest NP. It was OK, but nothing to write home about. Part of that was the setting, as it was well kept and the management was nice. Just too close to the freeway.

Flagstaff, AZ was OK and would recommend, but nothing to write home about. Spots kind of close to each other. Very busy (in March).

Keep in mind I stayed in cabins in all these.
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