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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.
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).
The 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”…