Welcome to our (very personal) reviews of the campsites we have visited. If you arrived here from a link on our travel blog, Semi-True Tales of Our Life On the Road, you can click here to read all of our campground reviews.

If you would like to know more about me, or contact us, click on "Who are We?" (to the right). For more information about what you can expect to find in these reviews, click on "About These Reviews". Finally, a note about the photos: hover your cursor over a photo to read the caption, or click the photo to enlarge it.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Our Opinion: Neutral. Nothing special here. Another similar RV park, Western Hills, is right next door - we’d probably give it a try next time.
Date of Stay: June 17th, 2008.

Weather During Stay: Low 80’s and quite breezy when we arrived. Low was 46 degrees.

Site Description: For an overnight, we took a pull through site with water and 50 amp electric. Electricity is excellent. Water pressure is high, so they advise use of a regulator. Sites are level, on dirt, dust, gravel and a bit of grass. Our site has a picnic table and there is a dumpster nearby. Site width is average; the roads and our site were sufficiently sized that we didn‘t need to unhook the jeep. The faint smell of a stockyard wafted in on the breeze occasionally, but was not too objectionable. 88 sites total, but many look like they hold permanent residents and several others look unused/unusable. Photo shows site 88.

Rate: For water and electric only, $24/night. They give SKP’s a 15% discount, so we paid a total of $22.08 with discount and tax.

Phone/radio/TV: Strong Verizon cell signal; aircard on Broadband. WiFi is available at no charge for those who need it (we didn’t try it). No cable TV, but we picked up Fox and a Wyoming PBS station on our antenna. Nothing to obstruct TV satellite signal. No local NPR station.

Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: Not much to say about this part of Wyoming, just off of I-80. Mediocre park located at 6,700‘ in rolling hills. Scrubby flora, few trees. Views are of other rigs, some homes, commercial buildings, the freeway, and hills and buttes in the near distance.

Lighting/Noise: Since we are about ¼ mile (if that) off of I-80, there is a lot of road noise - we had to close the windows at night to sleep. Railroad in the distance. Lighting was very low at site 88, which is in an out-of-the-way corner of the park... don't know about sites closer to the office.

Favorite Sites: None. All are essentially similar except that some are FHU, some W/E, and some E only.

Hiking/Walking: Around the park.

Comments: We weren’t expecting much from Rawlins, or from the park. The staff made us feel very welcome and I am sure they could recommend whatever sights there are to see in the area. We’re not sightseeing, though… just passing through and this park meets our needs for an overnight.

We did pony up $1 each to play the hilariously bad miniature golf course, good for way more than our money’s worth of laughs. The advertised swimming pool was dry. The very nice laundry facilities shared a large room with a small book exchange and lounge.

1 comment:

David, Sheila and Stella the Beagle said...

There are no nearby stockyards, bet at the site you were parked you were getting occasional odors from the treatment pond. There are no permanent trailers or coaches there, but Sinclair and BP frequently hire through contracted employers a lot of welders, pipefitters, and construction workers. These folks have to work & live somewhere, all of there come and go frequently, some with longer contracts ... all spend a lot of time away from their families while trying to keep paying their mortgages back home. Without these guys diesel fuel would be a lot higher in cost. The big companies don't "place" workers, they are simply at the mercy finding available space at local RV parks. Some motel rooms are charging $800/mo for a bed with 6-8 guys in a room, the RV parks at least give these guys a fair chance at a little comfort of home for around half the price of the motels. Many of these guys work 10-12 hour days 6&7 days per week, but often they have traveled 1,600 miles to find their work only lasted less than a month due to some problem at the plant. Not an easy thing to deal with for sure!