Mountain View RV Park, Arco ID – RV Park Review

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When we decided to head to Craters of the Moon National Monument, there weren’t a lot of options on where to set up camp with the RV.  There is a campground in the monument, but it’s first-come-first-served.  Since we usually roll in late, that’s never a good option for us.  I searched around, and found Mountain View RV Park, and we’re happy to report it was an awesome find.

Mountain View RV Park

Spacious sites at Mountain View RV Park

My first surprise came when I called to make a reservation.  I had my credit card ready, but they didn’t want it!  Just your name is good enough for the friendly folks here.  Even when I called to let them know we’d be arriving after closing, there were no problems.  They told me our space, and we agreed to settle up in the morning.  You just don’t find places like this much anymore.

The next morning, we took advantage of the free breakfast.  I was expecting an apple and an Eggo, but we got cooked to order pancakes and eggs!  This is honestly better than the free breakfasts I’ve had at some hotels.  Score for Mountain View!

You can see from the picture above, the sites were gravel, and more or less level, and hooking up was easy.  Plenty of room between us and the neighboring sites.  Das Bus is short, and we only need 30 Amp service, so we were in row B.  It seemed like they put the bigger rigs in row D, which had longer pads and several large rigs staying there.  Row D was also the furthest from the not-busy-at-all highway.

Our plans the next day took us to Craters of the Moon National Monument, where we spent the whole day.  It’s 18 miles each way from Mountain View – so factor that distance in if your plans include it.  I suppose we could have ridden bikes, but walking to Craters would be out of the question.  We didn’t see any other particular fitness opportunities here, but in this respect, it was no better or worse than your average RV park.

After our day exploring Craters of the Moon (where we got plenty of exercise), we headed back for a quiet evening at camp.  We spent a little time chatting with some other campers, prepared our dinner, and the campground settled down and was peaceful all evening.  Very relaxing and very dark (which we liked).

Mountain View Mini GolfAs you can tell – I’m not much of a golfer…


Mountain View LaundryThe next day was Sunday.  There’s no free breakfast on Sundays, so we took our time getting up and about.  We did head to the (free!) miniature golf course for a bit of goofing around, and checked out the laundry and showers and restrooms.  The laundry is cute – they’ve decorated it.  And the bathroom and shower facilities were pretty nice and private as well.

I couldn’t complete this review without mentioning the Wi-Fi Service.  Normally, when a campground says it includes Wi-Fi, it means that the one or two sites right next to the office can get a signal and everyone else gets to complain.  Not so here.  It looked like they had actually installed a wi-fi repeater, and we were able to get a strong signal at all corners of the park.  It was so good, I was shocked, really.  Because my experience with campground Wi-Fi is usually “don’t bother”.

And all of this was only $27 per day on a Good Sam rate.  The only negatives I can come up with about Mountain View RV Park are minor.  Things like – the grass could use some sprucing up in places.  Well that and the lack of lots of entertainment in Arco.  Overall, I’d stay there again, and we certainly got our money’s worth.

But honestly, they had me at “Free Breakfast”…



  • Fitness Opportunities - 60%
  • Facilities - 80%
  • Value - 90%
  • Total Score 76%

Pros: VERY VERY GOOD WIFI reception. Nice, clean bathrooms and laundry facilities. Spacious sites. super friendly folks, and a Free Pancake Breakfast!
Cons: Not much to do in Arco (not really their fault). 18 miles to Craters of the Moon. Grass and outdoor areas could use a little sprucing up. All minor.

James is a former rocket scientist, a USA Cycling coach, and lifelong fitness buff. When he's not driving the RV, or modifying the RV (or - that one time - doing both at once), you can find him racing bicycles, or building furniture, or making music. In his spare time, he works for a large IT company.

    2 thoughts on “Mountain View RV Park, Arco ID – RV Park Review

    1. RVgeeks

      Hi James & Stef! So great to have connected with you on RVillage! Thanks for reaching out. We love your website, and we’re so happy to see your piece on Mountain View RV Park, as we designed their website! It was an early effort about 7 years ago, when we first started designing RV park websites, but it still brings people in all the same. Jackie, the owner, is as sweet as can be, and the pancakes really do seal the deal. – Peter & John

      1. James - Post author

        Hi back! James here –
        It’s kind of exciting to be part of a new RV forum when it’s starting up. Here’s hoping RVillage takes off!
        Like most RVers, we’ve checked out a number of your “How To” videos on YouTube. I have to say, we’re a bit jealous of the number of views you get! Awesome work.
        And… I still have dreams about the pancakes…


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