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Monday, August 30, 2010


Office and entrance road at Roughrider Our Opinion: Recommend. This spacious, shady park worked well for our short stay in Minot. Easy access to Hwy 2, but far enough away to limit traffic noise.

Date of Stay: August 29 and 30, 2010.

Weather During Stay: Warm sunshine on arrival, rain all day long the next day, some quite heavy.

Site Description: Eighty-five sites in this campground are a combination of FHU and W/E. More than half are pull through sites, all reasonably spacious with room for slides and awnings. All but the half-dozen or so newest sites are in the shade of very large trees.

Roads are paved or graveled; sites are gravel and grass, with picnic tables. All sites are reasonably level, and some of the sites are exceptionally long.

We were in site 83, one of the newer sites at the back of the park. We requested a site with no obstacles for our TV satellite dish; these newer sites are the only sites without trees.
Site 83 in sunshine 
The park has wonderful, grassy expanses next to ponds for tent campers, and mown trails wind through a forested area next to the ponds. The owners live on-site. The office has a small and very well supplied RV supply store. Dump station on site.

Rate: We paid $55.80 for two nights with a Good Sam discount and taxes for a 50 amp FHU pull through, around $28/night.

Phone/radio/TV: Strong Verizon signal for phones and aircard. No obstacles blocked our roof-mounted satellite TV, but this would be a problem in most sites. The air antenna pulled in a few networks. WiFi is available, but we didn’t use it because Verizon worked so well. NPR available on 88.9.

Elevation/landscape/terrain: This a flat, shaded campground at 1600 ft. elevation. Views are of huge trees, shaded sites, lots of grass, ponds, and a neighboring farm.
Long pullthrough 
Lighting/noise: Quiet and reasonably dark at night.

Favorite Sites: If you have roof-mounted satellite dishes, request one of the newer sites at the back - 81 through 85 or so. If you want to beat the heat, the shaded sites look enticing.

Hiking/Walking: Mown paths skirt the ponds on the south side of the park (accessed through the tenting area) - not long, but pleasant and scenic.

Comments: We came to visit friends staying at another of the RV parks in Minot, a gravel parking lot within sight of Hwy 2 that looked quite unappealing to us. Roughrider’s easy access and green, spacious grounds were a far better choice for us.

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