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Riverside Campground is one of those wonderful treasures that you accidently run across. We first discovered it on our way to Yellowstone. We’ve stayed there on two different occasions and would do so again.
While there is nothing fancy about this little park, it is peaceful and quiet. Located on the bank Niobrara River, outside of Valentine, NE., it’s an easy walk to get to the river. Tent camping is allowed here for any that are interested in roughing it. 30 amp electric and water hookups are available with room to get a moderately large rig in. A sewer dump is situated on the way in/out of the park. There are also several small cabins on the premise for those who want to go the RV-less route. A drop box is provided in front of the office for after hour arrivals.
The owner, Mike, is extremely helpful and friendly. The second time we stayed, we realized that the electric was not working so we called the number posted on the door. Mike informed us he was 200 miles away but would call his daughter to come over and check things out. She was there within 15 minutes and had us electric in another 10. Guess this is what happens when you’re the first people to stop in for the season.
Riverside is a small campground with 20 sites, restrooms and shower house. It provides a small playground and volleyball net. If you chose you can spend the day relaxing in the shallow water of the river or throwing some horseshoes. I believe they offer WiFi but we have not used this perk.
Rates for a hookup site are $20 for 2 adults and children under 15. One drawback of this park for us was that they charge $5 for any person over 15. I can’t verify this just reporting what the sign says. Firewood and ice are available to purchase at the office if required to make your stay more exciting and The town of Valentine is a short drive away for groceries and other services.
Local attractions include a historical bridge and railroad trestle, a still-active cowboy trail used for herding cattle along the river as it’s been done for a hundred years, and several wildlife preserves in the immediate area for great photo ops and birding.
May I suggest you consider making…
Hidden Valley RV Resort in Tijeras, New Mexico YOUR “home base” for your stay.
Hidden Valley RV Resort is located literally two minutes off I-40 (exit 178), on the side of a hill, and despite its convenient proximity to the Interstate (and the Mother Road Rt. 66), the park’s setting is secluded and quiet.
I stayed here for a time both before and after repairs to my 5th wheel by Rocky Mountain RV in Albuquerque. Incidentally, I highly recommend their repair department – highly professional, and attentive to detail!
Hidden Valley is situated literally 15 minutes from downtown Albuquerque. Driving to Hidden Valley from the city, the first thing you notice is a significant climb towards – and that is a good thing! Tijeras is comfortably cooler than Albuquerque! Hidden Valley is located near some great things to do –
The Turquoise Trail (Rt 14) is just minutes west of Hidden Valley – this is the OLD Rt. 66 stretch (pre-1937) to Santa Fe. Don’t worry, the road has been improved since then! Just minutes up Rt 14, you’ll find “Coffee At Dawn” – a “homey” coffee shop with a friendly crew offering at least 5 different brews each morning! Cedar Crest, the first town you encounter along the Turquoise Trail also has several quality eating establishments – offering everything from healthy salads to ribs and tap beers. Need a market? There is one of some size there too!
Farther up the trail, you’ll encounter the road up to Sandia Peak. Your first “attraction” along the mountain road is Tinkertown. (Click the link to see what Tinkertown is.) Continuing up the access road, you will pass numerous hiking trails before reaching Sandia Peak Ski Area, a ski area in the winter, a mountain biking center in the summer – with a great cafe and high altitude views, and even a tram to ride to the top of the 10,300 ft. mountain peak!
Returning to Hidden Valley, the resort itself has all the amenities you would expect. You can see details here on Hidden Valley RV Resort’s new Facebook page.
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Just a few notes about what to expect when visiting…
The full time employees are very friendly and helpful, they take care to insure you are positioned in the best spot for your rig
Most sites are pull thru, but the backin sites are wider because the park is on a hill, your experience will be different from “cookie cutter” parks! (bring wood or other tools to level your rig)
The park actually has a library – stocked with books, videos, games and information travelers will truly appreciate
When you visit Hidden Valley RV Resort’s website, “like” their page and then email them, they will return the favor with a special rate for your first nights stay! Just remind them when you are making your reservation.
Final thoughts – and one more way to save… Hidden Valley RV Resort accepts Passport America – locate and click the banner on the right side of this page to get a Passport membership and save on your stay at Hidden Valley and at hundreds of parks across the continent!
Hidden Valley RV Resort is a unique RV park, offering everything you would expect onsite (pool, hot tub, pull-thru sites, wifi, 50A power, modern rest-rooms) at most modern RV parks, but with the added ambiance of its location and the nearby attractions.
This is a guest post written and published by Alan Skills at http://alansills.com/
On this episode of KurpeDiem, we take our RV south toward the Everglades and stay overnight at the Trail Lakes Campground in Ochopee, Florida.
The campground features a wildlife center where we came face-to-face with some exotic critters, like a 170-lb reticulated snake, a 70-lb albino ball python, and a variety of birds and tortoises.