Campgrounds

On this page you may track our campgrounds we stayed-in and the site number we had. We will also show you, if available, the RV Park Map, a picture of the site, and give you some information on how we liked the campground and on our preferred/recommended sites for future travelers.

Criterias:
Overall important for us are…
– Safety and cleanliness of the whole campground
– Price-performance ratio
– Area nearby (within a nature park or at the beach or near a bigger city)
– Nice views and/or lush landscaping of the sites or completely within nature
– Size of the site (if possible not too near to the next site)
– Dog-friendly

Less important for us are club events or all amenities (including showers, as we use the one we have in our trailer).


TABLE OF CONTENT:
Alabama:
Mobile: Meaher State Park
Arizona:
Cottonwood: Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Phoenix: Usery Mountain State Park
Phoenix: KOA Mesa / Apache Junction
Tucson: Diamond Justins RV Park
Tuscon: Gilbert Ray State Park
Florida:
Bradenton Beach: Holiday Cove RV Resort
Carrabelle: Carrabelle Beach RV Resort
Fort Myers: Gulf Water RV Resort
Lake Manatee State Park
Pensacola: Navarre Beach RV Resort
Louisiana:
New Orleans: Ponchartrain Landing RV Park
Palmetto State Park
Mississippi:
Natchez: River View RV Park
New Mexico:
Lake Holloman (Boondocking Spot)
Texas
Alpine: Lost Alaskan RV Park
Austin: McKinney Falls State Park
Corpus Christi: Sea Breeze RV Park
Dallas: Loyd Park
Davis Mountain State Park
El Paso: Gaslight Mobile Home Park
Fredericksburg RV Park
Houston: Fallbrook RV Park Park
Houston: Space Center
Hueco Tanks State Park
Kickapoo Cavern State Park
Lost Maples State Park
San Antonio: Traveller’s World RV Park
Waco: Airport Park
Utah
Monument Valley: Goulding’s Monument Valley Camp Park


Monument Valley, Utah
Goulding’s Monument Valley Camp Park , site #48

Overall impression: This is a great location for a base camp to visit Monument Valley. We haven’t seen so many Campers in Rental-Class-C RV’s than here! And it’s also our first campground where we found lots of international tourists (our neighbor is Swiss!). The Campground is nestled between scenic rocks and it even has some nice short hikes starting from the campground.
Recommended Sites: We liked our site #48 – but it was exposed directly to the wind. The row with the sites #35 to 45 are nice, #60 to 66 are not as nice as we expected.

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Cottonwood, Arizona
Dead Horse Ranch State Park , site #72

Overall impression: Not a bad Campground in a state park. But a lot of the sites are quite close together. Our site was the last one available – so not the best one, directly by the restrooms.
Recommended Sites: We liked #18, 19, 56 or 62. They have lots of privacy and great views.

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Phoenix, Arizona
KOA Mesa / Apache Junction , site #43

Overall impression: Our first KOA – compared to all the state parks we stayed the weeks before, this was kind of a parking lot with full hookups and only little landscaping again. We didn’t stay at a very nice site, but fortunately we had no neighbors, so it was not to bad.
Recommended Sites: The back-in sites #5 to 15 are nice and have more space between each other.

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Phoenix, Arizona
Usery Monuntain State Park Campground , sites #54, 70, 74, 21

Overall impression: This is one of the most beautiful state park campgrounds we have been. We did stay 11 nights – and because it was quite full we had to move 3 times – so we lived in 4 different sites. It’s water electric – so we could drive to the dump station every time we moved. It has beautiful trails, even a outdoor fitness center and just very nice sites.
Recommended Sites: A lot of sites are really beautiful with great views, lots of privacy and a lot of space for outdoor-living. The outer sites in the 20ies is especially nice.

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Tucson, Arizona 
Gilbert Ray Campground (State Park), site #A1

Overall impression: This is a first come first serve campground only. So during peak season it is not always easy to get in. We went there 9 am and could even choose a spot. Very beautiful park, but a lot of the sites are quite close to each other, but still beautifully landscaped. Very near to Saguaro National Park. About 30min into Downtown Tucson.
Recommended Sites: Site A1 was great: privacy, shade and and a lot of space for outdoor living! A Loop has a bit more space than other loops.

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Tucson, Arizona
Diamond Justin RV Park, site #8

Overall impression: One of the best private campgrounds we have been on our journey – when you stay at a Mountain View (MV) site. Huge Sites. Our site had a electrical thingy box which did hide the desert view a little and wich was quite noisy. So if there is another MV spot than Nr 8 available – take that one! About 25min into Downtown Tucson, near to Saguaro National Park and tons of trails going directly from the RV Park into the desert.
Recommended Sites: Mountain or Desert View sites. The designated sites for short term visitors are not the best, they have no privacy, but it’s still good to be in a good park though… but ask for MD or DV.

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Lake Holloman, New Mexico

Boondocking Spot

Overall impression: Our first Boondocking Spot. So, it is free and there are no hookups. This was a really nice place to stay for the night and visit the beautiful White Sands National Monument. The entrance was quite narrow and the street a little bumpy. But no problem with our setup.
Recommended Sites: No designated sites… but you can guess, where you can park.

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Hueco Tanks State Park, Texas
Campground in State Park, Site #13

Overall impression: This was one of the most beautiful, quiet, private and scenic spots we had ever been. The views are fantastic, the sites are not really level, but with a smaller Travel Trailer (ours is 26 feet) no problem. Our site was water only. The only negative thing are the many rules this park has (you have to be back at your site by 6 PM, if you want to hike in the park you need a permit, which is difficult to get, …
Recommended Sites: Site 13 was great. 1-7 and 15-20 have water electric, the rest water only. 15 and 16 are a little close to each other. But all other sites are beautiful.

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El Paso, Texas
Gaslight Square Mobile Home Park, #D14

Overall impression: This was a pure parking lot. Only seasonal working guests, only one or two spots for short time visitors. People were parking their cars everywhere, no landscaping… but it was ok to be out all day and visit El Paso (20min away).
Recommended Sites: all sites pretty much the same…

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Davis Mountain State Park, Texas
Campground in the State Park, Site #33

Overall impression: We did expect a lot from this campground since it is in the awesome Davis Mountain Area. We were  a little disappointed: not a lot of privacy, crowded, close to the highway. But beautiful hikes in the park with wonderful picnic places. Do the Skyline Drive Trail (hike or drive) and us the picnic places up on the peak for your break.
Recommended Sites: 36 to 38

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Alpine, Texas
Lost Alaskan RV Park, site #13

Overall impression: This was not our first choice because a lot of campgrounds have been full during spring break… but it was a good base to explore Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Band National Park (one hour away each). It’s a nice quiet base camp with full hook ups. There is not too much space/privacy between the lots, but it’s very clean and well managed.
Recommended Sites: Row A 1-7  are the best in our view.

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Kickapoo Cavern State Park, Texas
Kickapoo Cavern SP Campground, Site #4

Overall impression: Very small and quiet campground in the remote State Park. 4 Sites with full hook ups, rest dry camping. No trash dumpsters. Good hiking trails in the park. Outside in the nowhere (no cell phone service), but beautifully quiet.
Recommended Sites: Only 4 sites have full hook ups, 3 and 7 have less privacy but still very good, 4 and 5 are the best.

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Lost Maples Nature Park, Texas:
Lost Maples RV Park, Site #17

Overall impression: Very small RV park in a lovely small state park. Good hiking trails in the park. Water-/Electric only. Outside in the nowhere (no cell phone service), but beautifully quiet. Sites/Roads are concrete, but not all places are level.
Recommended Sites: Only three sites have some privacy and are big (site 17, 16, 15), the rest is relatively close together for State Park Standard, but still nicely made.

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Fredericksburg, Texas:
Fredericksburg RV Park, Site #6

Overall impression: It’s more of a parking lot, but with a very short distance into downtown of Fredericksburg (Walkable in 10 minutes or by car in 2 minutes). Lots of permanent residents. Good amenities. Sites gravel, but level. Very convenient RV park to visit Fredericksburg, but will not win any beauty-contest.
Recommended Sites: Only the first two rows were available to short terms and there all sites are the same.

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San Antonio, Texas:
Traveller’s World RV Park, Site #120

Overall impression: It’s more of a nice parking lot, but with very good amenities and short distance into downtown San Antonio. Pull-Throughs are actually nicer than the back-ins and have more space between the spots. Sites gravel but level. Bus stop just outside the park. Direct access to River Walk. Very convenient RV park to visit San Antonio.
Recommended Sites: Pull-through sites.

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Corpus Christi, Texas:
Sea Breeze RV Park, Portland, Site #66

Overall impression: It’s a nice RV Park with some beautiful views of the sea. Lots of permanent residents, mainly “Winter-Texans”. Very strongly regulated park. Pull-Throughs at the entry are good and the places which they usually give to short timers. 25min drive to downtown or 35min to Padre Island.
Recommended Sites: Site 39A. Site 70 and 65 to 69.

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Houston Space Center, Texas:
Space Center RV Park, Site #106

Overall impression: It’s just a parking lot, a real over-nighter. Due to heavy rains, we had lots of mud. Very friendly personell. Lots of permanent working residents. Very loud due to the highway just next to the campground.
Recommended Sites: No special site recommendation. If you do not need to be near to the Space Center, we would probably recommend you to take another campground.

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Natchez, Mississippi:
River View RV Park and Resort, Site #99

Overall impression: Simple campground directly at the Mississippi River (small damn in between). 5min to Downtown Natchez. Well sized spaces. Not a lot of direct view on the river. Some concrete, some grass, relatively level. Nice Riverwalk. No wildlife besides squirrels.
Recommended Sites: No special site recommendation, first row.

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Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas:
Loyd Park, Site #56

Overall impression: Extremely beautiful and big campground directly at the lake Joe Pool. 25min to Downtown Dallas and Fort Worth. Hugely sized spaces. Beautiful views on the lake. All paved, very level. Some wildlife (rabbits, squirrels, birds etc.).
Recommended Sites: Merely all sites first row lake side or within the woods are very nice. You may not really go wrong in the outer circles/first rows.

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Waco, Texas:
Airport Park Campground, Site #20

Overall impression: Wonderful campground directly at the lake Waco. 15min to Downtown. Hugely sized spaces. Beautiful views on the lake and small gravel beaches. All paved, very level. Some wildlife (Deers, birds etc.). Noise from Airport is minimal.
Recommended Sites: All lake sites are beautiful, the ones we liked most are 9, 10, 12, 14, 22, 24, 60.

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Austin, Texas:
Mc Kinney Falls State Park Campground, Site #72

Overall impression: Beautiful campground in a very nice State Park, with lots of hike and bike trails and of course the water falls. 20min to Downtown. Hugely sized spaces. Merely within the woods, gravel or paved, quite level. Some wildlife (Deers, birds etc.).
Recommended Sites: Site 3, 27, 45, 46, 53, 55, 56, 63

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Houston, Texas:
Fallbrook RV Park, Site #124

Overall impression: Clean RV Park. Normally to small sized concrete spaces. No landscaping, besides some litte lawn between the sites. 20-30min to Downtown. Lots of longterm RVers.
Recommended Sites: Sites around the lake (121 – 145 and 147).

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Palmetto State Park, (near Abbeville, Louisiana):
Palmetto State Park Campground, Site #18

Overall impression: Very lovey campground within a beautiful state park, with several lakes, hike trails and canoe trails. Hugely sized spaces. Within the woods, all gravel, quite level. Lots of wildlife (wild pigs, armadillos, black bear, alligators, birds etc.). Far from everything – pure nature.
Recommended Sites: Quite all sites are beautiful, we especially liked 7, 9, 14 (most privacy and nicely landscaped). Around the numbers 31-38, there is less shade and they are more closely together.

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New Orleans, Louisiana:
Pontchartrain Landing RV Park, Site #26

Overall impression: Very good RV Park with views on Marina/Yacht Repair. Normal sized spaces. Nicely landscaped, all gravel. Restaurant/Bar. Very friendly personnel. Nice Pool. Shuttle to New Orleans available by RV Park. Well situated in a short drive to New Orleans French Quarter.
Recommended Sites: All lake front sites, but also second row pull-through’s are nice. Avoid the sites 128 to 153. You cannot choose the slot when you book, only the category (see legend).

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Meaher State Park (near Mobile, Alabama):
Meaher State Park Campground, Site #33

Overall impression: Small unimportant State Park with beautiful views on Mobile Bay and nice spacious concrete level sites. Well situated in a very short drive to Mobile.
Recommended Sites: All bay front sites, especially 25-33 but also second row is nice (6-34). You’ll hear the traffic from the interstate and the highway slightly, depending on the wind.

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Navarre, Florida (near Pensacola, Florida):
Navarre Beach RV Resort, Site #D174

Overall impression: Key West-style RV park. Not a real beach. Sites very small, merely not landscaped and close to each other. All gravel. Narrow streets within the park.
Recommended Sites: D167-D178 were the most shaded and spacious sites. B50/C51 and A2-A10 are not as fancy as they seem.

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Carrabelle, Florida (near Apalachicola and Gulf Breeze):
Carrabelle Beach RV Resort, Site #52

Overall impression: Slightly landscaped, spaces ok-sized, but close to each other. Situated in a 30min drive to Apalachicola. Very nice pool area. People come here because of the beach, not because of the RV Park. You do not see the beach from your site, but it’s just a 1 minute walk across the street and it’s absolutely gorgeous and very dog friendly.
Recommended Sites: None is perfect, none on the left side of Beacon Street is really bad, but 20, 21, 53, 54 are probably the best sites. Avoid The New Haven Retreat.

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Lake Manatee State Park, Florida:
Lake Manatee State Park Campground, Site #028

Overall impression: Beautiful State Park, nice trails and huge common picnic areas. Very big sites, all packed in nature, you’ll sometimes do not even see your neighbor. All with fire pit. Gravel.
Recommended Sites:  You may choose all sites, they are all beautiful, but: 4, 14,16 and the ones in the 40/50ies outbound are especially nice for us.

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Bradenton Beach, Florida:
Holiday Cove RV Resort, Site #76

Overall impression: Well maintained RV Park, nicely landscaped, but relatively small sites. Pool good. Well situated in a short drive location to Bradenton Beach (and Tampa). Tight streets within RV Park.
Recommended Sites: The Marina front sites 37-18. 82 -85, 97 and 11-15 are good too. You’ll hear the traffic from the road, but it’s bearable.

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida:
Gulf Waters RV Resort, Site #925

Overall impression: Very luxurious RV Park, nicely landscaped and huge sites. Well situated in a short drive location to Fort Myers Beach.
Recommended Sites: All lake front sites, especially 902-930 and 642 -678. Due to the landscaping all sites of the park are very nice. 733-659 you’ll  hear some traffic from the street.

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We hope, this helps you choosing these RV parks if you are traveling in the area.
Happy Camping 🙂

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  1. Just looked at these pics from your RV sites–some of the views are amazing, from just outside your RV. Great trip, Ulla & I wish you many further interesting, safe, sites and road trips for you & Dominik.

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