by Carmel Mooney
Over the years we’ve stayed at many RV campgrounds and resorts of all types and sizes. Many RV parks we’ve stayed at have been mediocre and among the things we’ve found annoying at some have been the noise, lack of things to do or see, unfriendly staff, and just a blah overall experience for the kids.
Well, we finally had our expectations met, exceeded, and then some, at the beautiful Red Bluff KOA, formerly Durango RV Resort in Red Bluff, California, situated on the lovely Sacramento River, between Sacramento and Mount Shasta.
The caliber of this outstanding resort was unlike any we have ever had the pleasure to experience. A true resort, this is a top-notch property in every regard.
Cleanliness, friendly staff, meticulously maintained grounds, and peace and quiet were just a few of the many things that made this little gem stand out from all the others.
While the resort is peaceful and pleasant in every way, there’s plenty to do. We enjoyed bocce ball, basketball, swimming in the huge, gorgeous heated pool, relaxing in the pristine spa, and at night we chatted with other campers around beautiful, huge, gas fire pits.
We discovered, thanks to the suggestion of the kind and very attentive staff, some wonderful cycling trails along the river. And this resort was so pet friendly, that even our elderly Labrador retriever felt loved and pampered. They even have a doggy wash and pet exercise areas.
One morning a pancake breakfast was enjoyed by all and local sausage (the best we’d ever had) was served with the melt-in-your-mouth pancakes, served up by happy and friendly staff. It was my husband’s birthday and the staff even bought him an ice cream cake for us and the other guests to enjoy and celebrate.
This RV resort has it all. They offer internet, things like Cowboy Poetry, cooking demos, local historian speakers, massage therapy, bingo, and so much more. In the area, there’s bowling, winery tours, olive and wine tasting, countless museums, art galleries, birding, riverboat rides, and the list goes on and on.
The property is flat and safe and great for kids to enjoy some safe freedom while mingling with other kids bicycling and shooting hoops or playing bocce with their RV neighbors.
Trash pick-up is done every day from each campsite, fresh coffee and tea are offered in the office all day along with smiles and great hospitality, and a great little shop is on-site for any incidentals you might need or have forgotten.
A supermarket is only a block away if you need something less common but surprisingly the way the resort faces the river, you feel like you have a secluded little abode away from the busyness of the city.
It’s hard to believe such a pristine and beautifully appointed RV resort could offer such reasonable prices but they do, even for the riverfront spaces.
Red Bluff KOA, formerly Durango RV Resort is truly a special place where you can unwind, recreate, and enjoy a home away from home. Visit koa.com/campgrounds/red-bluff/ for rates and more information.
Carmel is the editor of Road Trips for Couples.