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Old 08-07-2012, 10:02 AM   #29
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It seems like we have stayed at so many KOA's over the years, that we decided to get the card. KOA's are as diverse as each of us posting here ... but we have our good old stand-by's for getting TO our final destinations.
We think these are all nice, but then we might not have the same standards:

Pueblo KOA, was awesome (I wrote something in the TAC newsletter about that trip). It's kind of barren, but many trails, great thunderstorms, and close enough to town ... and the staff couldn't have been any nicer!
Salina KS & Topeka KS are both good, but tend to have mosquitoe issues. Duh, it's Kansas.
Steamboat Springs, CO - nice.
Canon City, CO - also nice.
KOA in Larkspur, CO is now a Jellystone, very nice!
Las Vegas, NM - nice.
I swear we stayed in a KOA in Ruidoso NM, but can't find it ...

In our upcoming trip to the south, we'll be staying at 2 KOA's during our road travels: Onalaska (Lake Livingston TX), Baton Rouge , LA and probably another on the way back, but who knows where. We'll be doing the same as w7ts ... googleing

For a safe, clean one-night-stop, we think they are reliable ... Wendy
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:15 AM   #30
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It seems like we have stayed at so many KOA's over the years, that we decided to get the card. KOA's are as diverse as each of us posting here ... but we have our good old stand-by's for getting TO our final destinations.
We think these are all nice, but then we might not have the same standards:

Pueblo KOA, was awesome (I wrote something in the TAC newsletter about that trip). It's kind of barren, but many trails, great thunderstorms, and close enough to town ... and the staff couldn't have been any nicer!
Salina KS & Topeka KS are both good, but tend to have mosquitoe issues. Duh, it's Kansas.
Steamboat Springs, CO - nice.
Canon City, CO - also nice.
KOA in Larkspur, CO is now a Jellystone, very nice!
Las Vegas, NM - nice.
I swear we stayed in a KOA in Ruidoso NM, but can't find it ...

In our upcoming trip to the south, we'll be staying at 2 KOA's during our road travels: Onalaska (Lake Livingston TX), Baton Rouge , LA and probably another on the way back, but who knows where. We'll be doing the same as w7ts ... googleing

For a safe, clean one-night-stop, we think they are reliable ... Wendy
Thanks for all the good info. I will keep that list.
Which Pueblo KOA are you talking about? The one north of Pueblo or the one south of Pueblo? We stayed at the one to the north, but I wasn't aware of the one to the south until I looked it up just now.

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Old 08-07-2012, 10:32 AM   #31
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Ken, the north side of Pueblo, we went last year for the State Fair ... We also have the Good Sam guide, and when not staying in State or National Parks we'll choose a KOA or a Good Sam camping place. We have learned that the internet lies ... big time, and photo's are not reliable ... err El Paso TX comes to mind ... most hideous campground ever, don't remember the name - it was private and an asphalt parking lot on a highway off-ramp not even remotely 'like' the website indicated.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:35 AM   #32
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oh, yeah ... then there was the Propane Fillin' Station between Salina & Wichita ... electric only - free gas smell all night - I thought we were gonna die ... they never cashed our check either, just as well - worst $7 we ever spent ROFL.

We'll stick to KOA's and Good sam's till we 'get there', wherever that is ...

That being said, there are some beautiful private camps in the mountains of Colorado, we stayed a super nice one years ago along the Crystal River ... I should go back through our ancient travel diaries and write about them ... hmmmm
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Pueblo KOA, was awesome (I wrote something in the TAC newslettte about that trip). It's kind of barren, but many trails, great thunderstorms, and close enough to town.
Great thunderstorms? You mean like far off in the distance, fun to watch thunderstorms? Or scary, flash-bang, electrocuting-trees-right-outside-your-door thunderstorms?
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Great thunderstorms? You mean like far off in the distance, fun to watch thunderstorms? Or scary, flash-bang, electrocuting-trees-right-outside-your-door thunderstorms?
Hey, we took the kids to Ft Wilderness and Disney World last spring (our last hurrah in our Coleman pop-up) and I swear it rained sideways every day we were there. Trees were down all over the campground and one missed a tent next door by less than six feet. They packed up and left......there was a hand-wringing Disney Rep there, though. I bet that family got upgraded.
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Great thunderstorms? You mean like far off in the distance, fun to watch thunderstorms? Or scary, flash-bang, electrocuting-trees-right-outside-your-door thunderstorms?

Cool fun to watch in the distance thunderstorms, they did rumble over in the night, but had petered out ... I personally like a good storm and train whistles ... oooh best train whistle: Thermopolis WY, echoes around the canyon walls. That night we camped under a motel sign that had a short - bzzz, bzzz LOL. Jim and I have more fun on the road .... can't wait to hit it again at the end of the month.
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... sorry, I think I hijacked the thread, I'll be quiet now Wendy
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... sorry, I think I hijacked the thread, I'll be quiet now Wendy
Me, too. Wasn't only your fault it went off the rails.
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If you like the sounds of trains all night long, the KOA in the Columbia River Gorge off I-84 on the Oregon side is made for you.
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Guilty also. Oops
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I, for one, have no problem with threads going east, west, north or south, makes for much more interesting reading.
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I, for one, have no problem with threads going east, west, north or south, makes for much more interesting reading.
There is that, but while I don't mind if a thread goes off at a tangent, I feel compelled to at least make a token admission of contrition, however insincere, at making it jump the tracks altogether.

So, here's a back-on-topic question… What perks come with a KOA membership?
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So, here's a back-on-topic question… What perks come with a KOA membership?
There's the 10% off and a points system. I found this

http://koa.com/value-kard-rewards/

Looks like they have deals with a few vendors like Coleman and cruise America. They keep your info and can check you in faster at the desk....


I personally don't see much advantage if you already have a good Sam membership. (I guess they honor good Sam, I can't remember)
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