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Helena Campground and RV Park – Helena, Mont.

Convenient, but lacking necessary features
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 2 stars
$30 to $38
  • 40%


Summary:

Helena, Mont., may be the gateway for a lot of recreational activities in the northwestern part of America. It's between Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park, and surrounded by forest property, and near the Lewis and Clark Trail. There aren't enough campgrounds to support the demand for spaces.

That could explain the Helena Campground and RV Park. The site of an old KOA campground, it would be better described as a mobile home and RV park, although there are a few tent sites at the campground. There are no amenities outside of a bathroom and showers.

The manager is super nice and very accommodating, although the park is owned by a company in Texas. The $36 per night rate is way high for a park in its condition without an Internet connection, cable, pool, regular office hours and just about everything else you'd expect to find in an RV park in 2015. However, the manager did say they were making headway in upgrading the park.

The drive into the park is marked by craters and potholes, but it doesn't compare to the bone-jarring exit onto the main road. Half the trees in the park are dead, but the weeds offer some greenery. The mobile home park is between the road and the campground, but most of the RV clientele appeared to be people working in the area.

The site was large enough to accommodate my 35-foot motorhome and Jeep, if the Jeep was parked sideways behind the RV. The water outlet is at the front of the site on the passenger's side and the electrical outlet is at the back of the site on the driver's side, although buried in a bush. A poorly maintained, rotting picnic table is located in each site.

There are no regular office hours, but you can find the managers phone number at the door. The campground has a website, but no online reservations. Cell reception is poor with Verizon getting about 1.56 mbs download and 0.99 upload. Of the eight washers in the laundry room, only four work. Of the 10 dryers, only four work. But those that do work operate effectively for $1.25 per wash and $1.25 per dry.

The park has a lot of potential and, if the owner ever wanted to make any investments to improve the park, I am sure his effort would be richly rewarded.

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Pros

  • Convenient to major roads and Interstate 15
  • 50-amp and 30-amp service available at same site.
  • The park is quiet and little noise could be heard at night
  • On site managers are very friendly and accommodating
  • Site was relatively level, but could barely accommodate a 35-foot motorhome and towed Jeep
  • Lodge area includes TV room where people can watch TV or borrow VHS tapes and DVDs. There are more VHS tapes than DVDs
  • Restrooms are clean
  • Onsite dump station
  • Small exercise room in lodge area

Cons

  • Park is in poor overall condition
  • Half the trees are dead, and much of the park is overgrown with weeds or dead grass
  • No internet and no cable
  • No recreational amenities at all
  • Water hook up is in front right side of site, while electrical is at back left side of site.

  • Verizon connection is slow, but not uncomfortably so at about 1.56 mbs download and 0.99 mbs upload
  • No campground map and, thus, no campground rules provided to guests
  • Most of the washers and dryers do not work
  • No online reservations. I had to followup an online form request with a phone call to make a reservation.
  • Picnic table at the site was rotting and paint peeling
  • Road leading into the campground is pitted with potholes
  • Dilapidated shelter area
  • Store caries

About Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is the editor of Let's RV and the editor of RV Daily Report. A Wisconsin native and father of three grown daughters, he is now based out of Arizona and travels the country in his Winnebago Adventurer motorhome interviewing industry professionals and interesting RVers alike. He can be reached at editor@letsrv.com

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