RV Ranch in Keene Texas has the dubious honor of being the best of the three worst RV parks we have stayed at while traveling through Texas. The park is fairly large, over 250 sites, with both back-in and pull-thru sites. While I am not sure if all the sites have full hookups, we did at our site. The WiFi signal at the park was decent and cable TV is not offered.
Finding the park was no problem, however, there is not a designated staging area for RV’s while checking in. Randy ended up blocking the parking lot while I register. The owners seem to have their business fingers in quite a few operations. There is a pizza place, a tanning salon and a movie rental store in the building. Plus, it looked like they were getting ready to open a gift shop as well.
While the park is large, most all of the sites are filled with permanent residents in all sorts of rigs. From the looks of the decks that have been built onto the RV’s, the lawn ornaments and such, these people have been there for a while and intend on staying.
This is one of those parks that has pull-thru sites where the center sites of each row alternate the direction the coach comes in. I loathe those kind of pull-thru. That means, unless we were given an end site, our door would be facing our neighbor. Since the sites were very close together and we didn’t want to get to know our neighbor, I made sure that we got an end site.
As far as cleanliness goes, the park was okay. There is a nasty pond in the center of the park (did they really have to post the ‘no swimming’ signs?) with a bit of grass around it. The grass needed mowing, but this area was our only option to walk Roxy and Otis.
The pool area looked nice, and even though the weather was warm enough, I never saw anyone using it.
This is one of two laundry, restroom and shower facilities. From what I could see, they looked to be decent on the inside.
RV Ranch could be suitable for an overnight stay. It just won’t be on our list of places to stay.
The second worst RV Park that we have visited in Texas is the Texas RV Park in Big Spring.
The first clue was the condition of the office inside. It was a dilapidated mess. While the young lady in the office knew what site we had been assigned, she did not know how to register us or take my money. I was to come back in fifteen minutes when the owner would be back.
I knew that Randy and I probably would not be comfortable at this park, but decent RV parks in this area were few and far between. We had some daily life things that we needed to catch up on and was forced to stay in Big Spring for a couple of days.
The first site that Randy and I were assigned was swimming in water and mud. Also, there was no faucet attached to the water supply pipe. The park is large and spread out. Since I didn’t feel like hiking back to the nasty office, I called and asked the young lady what was the water situation at our site.
I should have known that the young lady who wasn’t versed in taking money would not be privy to information about the water issue. After a few phone calls back and forth and a bit of confusion and frustration, I just told her that we were going to take the site next door to us.
Well, that site may have been free of mud and water and had a faucet on the water pipe, but the water was turned off. Randy and I got everything else set up and then I walked to the office to pay and ask about the water. I was told that they were waiting for something to dry and then the water would be back on.
Six hours later in upper 80° temperatures in West Texas, that something had not dried because we still did not have water. Nor did the people from Denver who pulled into our original site.
Roxy and I ventured out on a walk of exploration and ended up near the office where the restrooms and showers were located. Apparently, the entire park had a water situation as there was a sign on the restroom doors that the water was off.
The RV Park has about 100 sites and 99.9% of those were filled with Texas oil field workers. The pull-through site that we had was at the end of a string of five. Those sites are obviously saved for people like us who are just passing through.
Those sites are somewhat level gravel, big-rig friendly with a bit of grass, a dreadful picnic table. The WiFi is not good, but cable TV was included in the price of the site. The signal for the TV was good.
This is dry, windy and dusty West Texas and no outdoor fires are allowed.
Texas RV Park is pet friendly, though there isn’t much for nice areas to walk the dogs. The bulletin board stated that no aggressive breeds are allowed and that dogs could not be over twenty-five pounds. When I checked in and told the young lady that we had two dogs with us, she asked no questions about them.
The picture above shows the combination tent / on-leash dog area. It was as nasty as the rest of the place. I really didn’t understand the wisdom of combining a dog walk with the tent area.
It does look like the owners have put some money into an outdoor fire pit, but either ran out of money or desire to finish the job before the fire pit was completed. It was filled with nasty water.
At least some place in the RV park had water.
The fence in the above picture marks where a nature trail starts. Ummm … I think I will pass on that walk.
The RV park does sell propane.
The Cowboy Hall which sleeps up to four.
The Texan which is a four-apartment dormitory.
The two cabins that are for rent.
The water had yet to be turned on by the time we left after our two-night stay. While we lived through those two nights, Big Texas RV Park is not a place that Randy and I would recommend for anybody.
The worst in Texas, by far, has been La Vedera RV Park in La Mesa. When Randy and I pulled in, we both got the impression that the park was in some sort of ownership transition. The park offers a multitude of amenities … a convenience store, small RV repairs, and a meeting hall for events.
I did find it interesting that if you book the meeting hall for a dance, the hiring of security is mandatory.
All the sites are level gravel pull-throughs with full hookups. All sites are big-rig friendly. WiFi is only available at the convenience store, not at the individual site. No cable TV is offered.
While the park is right off of the highway, there isn’t much for traffic through La Mesa at night, so it is quiet.
The park is pet friendly. However, there isn’t much for nice areas – grassy or otherwise – to walk a pet. There have been few places where I didn’t feel comfortable being out alone walking Roxy or Otis and this part is one of them.
The RV park is a garbage filled mess. There is every kind of refuse littering the park.
There are a few full-time residents at the park. Those rigs are in various states of disrepair.
Restrooms and showers were advertised, but trust me, I did not check them out.
Roxy and I both agree that this place isn’t even suited for a single night stay.
Even the rabbits were begging us to take them with us when we left the next morning.