New campground opened in August 2013.
Dyess AFB FamCamp
Type of site
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July 10-11, 2015
We stayed here two nights on the way from southern New Mexico to Dallas, TX. Small campground, but spacious enough sites. The campground near the hospital and close to the Arnold Street Gate so don't have to drive through the base to get to it. The road to the campground is currently torn up for construction. We were warned about this when we called the office to get our site number. The road is narrow and parts of it one-way. We left before the road crew had their machines on the road at 7:00a as otherwise it could have been a tight fit, or even require the crew to get the equipment off the road for us to pass. Helpful people in the office. Free wi-fi, but we found the speed extremely slow. Rated the amenities as 3 based on average ratings from previous reviews since we did not use them ourselves; would be nice to have an option that allows bypassing this particular rating. Overpriced IMHO, but probably comparable to or perhaps less than private campgrounds in Abilene.
I thought this was MWR funded. Since when is $35 a night with bare minimum hookups worth that. I can get a full hookup beach front site at Del Mar Beach CA on Camp Pendleton for $40 a night with a ocean view and sand. If you plant some trees and get wifi it may be worth the $35. Oh they have over-flow with 30 amp, water and no sewer for $30 on the street. LOL Come on Dyess MWR do some research and see what other Famcamps have to offer their guests.
Positives about this campsite - on a military base and near facilities; clean bathrooms and laundry room; level sites and good hook-ups.
Negatives about this campsite - no trees - in the summer, this place would be extremely hot; several long-term campers - some were neat and tidy, one or two were not; needs more signage for where the check-in office is located. The biggest negative comment about Dyess campground is the price - $35 per night. We traveled from NC to UT, and Dyess was the most expensive campground we stayed in - and it is really just a parking lot with hookups, nothing fancy.
April 23, 2015
Called ahead, reserved a site for 4 nights, paid for first night with cc. After a long, hot drive we arrived to find our assigned site occupied. Camper claimed to also have paid for the site. Called office and was told there had been a mixup. No kidding. Gave refund and allowed us to use dump station. Fortunately, my wife had spotted an RV park at the VFW across from the main gate. They were very accommodating.
Mar 1, 2015 - ??
The customer service is unbeatable! Staff very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Bathroom/shower house, and laundry facilities immaculate. Very nice level concrete pads, with a sizeable side yard. Nice picnic tables and grills provided. Large pond full of catfish with a fountain, nice walking trails and playground area. Very close to the BX and commissary. We will definitely stay here again! Highly recommended!
Oct 29, 2014
I have to agree with the other reviewers on the lack of management for this location. We called twice on our way into Abilene to ask about availability, etc. The calls went straight to voice mail and we did not receive a call back. We arrived at 1500hrs and found the park completely full. A simple return call to let us know they were full would have been very much appreciated! As far as the campground - it looks like a nice place for a short stay. I agree that the pads are a bit short if you don't want to disconnect. However, the dedicated parking spot for your toad are a nice touch (how many times have you set up and then tried to figure out where to park it?).
May 28, 2014 - Jun 5, 2014
Although others have complained about the lack of attention they received by the manager when they arrived, I didn't count that as a negative. When we arrived there also was no one at the office to sign in with, and no indication of where I should park, I just selected a site, parked, and went to sign in the next morning. No problem. I agree that $35.00 daily is high, but we stayed for a week for $130, which figured out to be $18.57 a day;hence the 5 rating for value. If we had had a Frequent Camper coupon the average would have been even less. That park was the last for us to complete tier 6 of our book, so we bought a new one to start again. They do have the books, and promote the program; some bases don't have the books. The campground is new and therefore looks nice, and the sites are concrete and level. As noted, the sites are short. Each site has its own dedicated parking spot for a tode. Satellite works at every site. The base has hardly any amenities,including no club, and the dining hall was closed for renovation. The restrooms and laundry were neat and clean. As you drive toward the main gate, suggest you stay in the left lane, as it appears to be wider. The barriers were not a problem. I'd stay again, but not at the daily rate. There are some homesteaders, but there were still sites available.
19 May 2014
Spent 1 night in motorhome arriving Sunday. As noted by other reviewers, for a new FamCamp this is the worst managed military CG I have ever stayed. There were no instructions and no one around, we drove to Outdoor Services, closed, no instructions posted, so we drove back to CG and picked our own spot. Many homesteaders. There are pull thrus but our 38 ft with tow had to be disconnected to fit. The next morning Outdoor Services didn't open until 9am so we left after leaving a message. Tuesday they called for a credit card number. The only positive is that the location is close to interstate. Won't stay here again. Management needs to find out how to run a military campground.
15 April 2014
So glad to see this facility open. We spent one night as we were traveling West on I 20. The staff was very friendly, looks like a few Homesteaders live here permanently. Cost was way too high for the amenities offered. $35 night. It was a bit confusing, having to pass the RV park to get to the registration desk and then turn around to got to your site. No written directions, rules etc. There was no password for the WiFi, which didn't matter because it was virtually useless from our site. Good enough for a one night stand.
22 Mar - 04 Apr 2014
Nice new facility with lots of potential. They still have that $35 daily rate and that's why I gave it a '2' for value - but $130 weekly and $350 monthly rate a '4', at least. Bathhouse and laundry room a bit small but clean and well maintained while we were there. Laundry, both washers and dryers, now $1.25 per load. As mentioned in an earlier review, the lots are a bit short. However, over-nighting big rigs can stay hooked up by cheating a little (overhanging a little) on each end. Otherwise, there are plenty of handy parking places for trucks and toads. We were able to pull in WiFi easily from our end lot near the bathhouse but those further in were having trouble doing so. Info for late arrivals, after office is closed, is nonexistent. Nothing on the bulletin board and no host. No printed rules/regs/info sheet or brochure available at the office when checking in. We had been told when calling ahead for reservations that there was a one month stay limit. Ha! A majority of the lots were occupied by homesteaders. During our stay we were told that the stay limit was probably going to change to one year. Directions to the main gate when coming from the south on US-277: Turn left (north) on FM-3438/Dub Wright Blvd southwest of town and proceed approx 2 miles to gate on left. (FM-3438 coming from the north is Arnold Blvd, name changes to Dub Wright at the gate as Arnold turns into the base.)
Dec 9, 2013
P.A. left this review using the Directory software: - This campground is the worst managed campground we have stayed at. For a place only a few months old they can't even seem to keep there registrations straight. We could not get the cap off of the dump without a pipe wrench so I figured I would use the dump station. It was pad locked so know one could use it. The bath rooms were cold and the hot water never did get above warm. At $35 a night they should do better.
21-22 Dec 2013
First off, I am really disappointed in the $35 price tag on the site. Abilene is a great little town, but we just stayed at Nellis for half the cost and well, it's Vegas. There are the normal amenities such as cable, sewer and level concrete pads. The parking spaces are very short, just in case you stay one night and want to stay hooked up, your truck will stick out the front. Second major gripe is the laundry facility. It cost $1.75 to wash a load of clothes and $1.75 to dry that same load. It might not seem expensive, but when you have a family of four, it gets pretty pricey. It was also the most expensive laundry stay of all other famcamps we've experienced so far. Showers and one toilet are extremely clean, but set up in a large room of wasted space and zero places to put down a bar of soap. I came in at 10 PM. There were no information desks, self pay or any clues as to where to pay. I used this site to tell me how much to pay and a contact number to call in the morning. There was no camp host during my stay, and really didn't see a person come around. Overall the stay was pretty decent, but could have been better on the wallet. I could have stayed in temp lodging for $30 more! I will not be staying here again, and probably will not recommend it to any of my camp buddies unless they are planning on staying for a week or longer.
9 Oct - 5 Nov 2013
Fam Camp just opened this past August. They had their formal Grand Opening while were there. They are still in the process of getting everything in order. Base Commander stated they had spent over 1 Million on the Fam Camp. Currently, you need to check in with Base Recreation which is just down the road about a block from the Fam Camp. Staff very friendly and open to suggestions. Will definitely return when in the Abilene area again. Directions to the Fam Camp are very accurate and easy to follow.
Oct 15 to Oct 25 2013
Stayed here while visiting my wife's mother in Abilene. Easy in and out and everything is brand new. The staff visit the camp a couple of times/day and were very friendly. My 10 day stay averaged $23/night. The WiFi signal is a little weak. Overall really enjoyed the stay here and will stay here anytime I'm in the area.
25 Sep 2013
Brand new, 18-unit park, with all concrete (and level) pads - right inside the gate. Everything is paved and big rig friendly.. Pulled in at 4:00pm, looked for the camp office - there is none. Went to the bathroom bulletin board to look for instructions on where to go to sign/-in - there are none. Looked for the camp host - there is none. Called the Outdoor Recreation number provided by this site - nobody answered. Park has the potential to be nice, but for right now, it looks like they have a few bugs to work out. Grass looks like it's never been cut. No up-to-date instructions for newcomers. No camp/base info at all. No wifi. Strange daily/weekly/monthly pricing structure. $35 a night? Seriously? That's more expensive than Military parks in San Diego and Los Angeles. Cheaper to pay for a week than it is to pay for four days? Interesting. One cheaper to pay for a month than it is to stay for only 10 individual days? Understand park is new, and they have a few things to iron out - but they may want to chat with a few other military parks to position themselves a bit more realistically!