|Above, Beaver KOA in Utah. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
There's an old saying, "You learn something new everyday!" That certainly applies to an article that I just read at Do It Yourself RV.
They have an article on "Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Camping At A KOA".
They start it with:
You may have seen them: the bright, yellow signs marking the popular KOA campgrounds. KOA – which literally stands for Kampgrounds Of America – has almost 500 private, beautifully maintained campgrounds across the U.S. and Canada.
|Above, Yellowstone/West Entrance KOA. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
I have stayed at several KOA Kampgrounds over the years, but what I didn't know is that they have three main categories of campgrounds.
According to the article:
KOA Journeys are conveniently located near highways and byways with long pull-thru sites, KOA Holidays are a little more luxurious with patio RV sites, premium tent sites, and deluxe cabins, and KOA Resorts provide a complete vacation with sites plus a swimming pool and other facilities.
|Above, Los Banos KOA. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
As each is a privately-owned franchise campground, some are better than others. To date, I have not been disappointed. Only one, Yellowstone/West Entrance KOA in West Yellowstone, Montana, had been a destination campground for me. Otherwise, the others were for overnight stops while traveling.
|Above, Elk City KOA. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Some RVers complain that KOAs are expensive. There are some that are, but on average, the cost per night is around $40 (give or take), the same as non-KOA campgrounds. I use my KOA Value Kard for a 10% discount. Some are Good Sam campgrounds, which will get Good Sam Club members a discount. I have also accumulated points that, when "cashed in", saved me $10 at the Needles KOA last November.
|Above, a typical KOA A-frame campground office building. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
To read more, go here.