Reviews written by cdrcos
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June 18-24, 2012
We stayed here for a week in a 29' Class C motorhome. The facility is great with the exception of the campground layout which is not great. For starters, there are no sewer hookups which is unfortunate for so nice a place. The sites are on a slight incline and are not graded totally level. They are somewhat small and the water and electric hookups are located together for two sites, so one of them is on the wrong side. Many of the motor homes, pull in head first so as to put the utility lines on the correct side. Also too bad it couldn't have been located on the water. Other than this issue, the resort is excellent, first class restrooms, laundry, fish cleaning area and front office. We found the staff attentive and helpful in giving advice and booking tours (at a decent discount). There is a grill and bar with an outside patio with good, but limited offerings. Far superior to the USAF campground located next door, albeit at twice the price.
June 12, 2012
We did NOT stay in the Eielson AFB trailers, but did stay, in our class C, for 3 days at the host RV park: Eagle's Rest. The park is located in the town of Valdez within easy walking distance of most of the town. There is a Safeway grocery and a Tesoro Gas/Convenience store within 100 yards of the park. Downtown Valdez and the waterfront stores and restaurants are within a couple blocks. The trailers looked new and were 28-29" bunkhouse models with the most common being a Jayco 29BHQ. There is a AF office trailer located with the rental units. The facilities at the RV park are nice with good showers and an excellent laundry. The park itself is, like many Alaska RV Parks we stayed at, a gravel field with little or no grass/trees. Otherwise it is a great location surrounded by mountains and we regularly see eagles flying over or resting in the trees that border the property.
Feb 15 - Mar 3, 2010
Nicely located park right on Choctawhatchee Bay across from Destin Florida. As noted previously, there is a toll bridge to get to Destin ($5 RT), which gets to be an expensive pain as most of the tourist attractions are in Destin. They have laundry, fitness area (small and 2 of the 3 machines were broken while we were there), and wifi at the "fitness center" location and one other. Would be an improvement if they could expand the wifi to the entire site. The rusty picnic table cover are annoying and need to be replaced. They don't keep the water off and preclude the use of RV awning. Staff at the campground were very helpful and friendly. Didn't stay in one, but the cabins looked very nice.
Feb 17 - March 3, 2009
Shields is in a great location and is very popular. They seem to always be full and folks sometimes need to move to different sites, if they don't have reservations, or aren't able to make reservations for the whole season. We were next to some folks who were on a non-sewer site and have moved 11 times in 2 months. The staff, especially Charles, do a wonderful job of juggling sites and trying to accommodate people. The biggest downside is the wind, which seems to be incessant, we had 3 nice days in 2 weeks. We experienced winds from 20 mph to 45 mph, so strong that folks only went outside to go to another building, get in the car or walk dogs. When (if) the winds subsides, it is fantastic, but we will not be returning due to the wind - it's no fun to be in the south for the winter and unable to sit/eat outside.
Bay Club (all ranks) next door was terrible (service and the buffet) for a evening meal, but great for the Sunday brunch. They are adding about 50 more sites which were due to come online Jan 15, but it looks like they could be ready any day - also new "clubhouse".
February 15, 2009
Once again, can't praise this park enough. Facility is great and the staff are excellent. Spent time with Bill, Camp Host, since we arrived on a weekend. He has some great advice, i.e., go to the nearby Walmart for diesel fuel where it was .20 less/gallon than on base, directions to base facilities, directions into the base, etc. Thanks Bill. Special thanks to Ms. Baker who went out of her way to adjust our reservation when we wanted to arrive a day sooner than our reservation, and then kept us current on her efforts - which were successful in getting us in a day early. Wonderful Park!
Feb. 3, 2009
Stayed here one night on the way to Big Bend National Park. A little tough getting in because the gate indicated on the link is shut down on weekends, however a call to the campground got us directions to an alternate gate and the campground staff came and opened the gate for us. It was very windy, but the park, albeit small, was nice and the restroom/showers/laundry was very nice and clean. They had cable, which we did not discover until the next morning, but we got decent antenna coverage. Didn't have time to see much of Ft. Sill, but it would be worth staying a few days to see next time.
Mar 8, 2008
Stayed for 3 days - wish we could have stayed longer. Great location on point of the base which juts out into the bay. Campground could use some work. The roads are in need of some repair and one of the women's bathrooms was broken the entire time we were there (and by the looks of it had been out of commission for awhile). We stayed at one of the sites that shares a covered shelter with another site and doesn't have sewer. This is a little close for comfort, especially if the other group is loud or overflows their space. The concrete pads with full hookups looked great and were spaced well apart. Base facilities seemed more than adequate. Diesel fuel is available on base, but the price is the same as in town. Fishing pier/jetty is operational and usually has folks fishing there. NEX and commissary were nice, although not a big as some larger bases.
Mar 16, 2008
Stayed for 2 days. Sites are great: roomy, concrete pads, full hookups. Staff are great - very friendly and helpful. Suggested we call before arrival for directions which were needed because the main road from the base proper is still flooded and not repaired. The post has opened and staffed a back gate which only provides entrance to the RV Park (seems like it would be cheaper to get the road fixed and use the main gate?). Trains were still there, but we didn't find them as bad as some places, although our site was as far from the tracks as possible. Staff advise that they are still working on getting wifi and that it has been given a high priority by the command. No diesel fuel is available on base. Although we only stayed a short time and didn't use many base facilities, "Ft. Sam" seems to have it all.
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