Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Campground Review: Riverside RV Park in Bellevue, ID

There are only two RV parks with full hook ups in the Ketchum/Sun Valley area, which includes Hailey and Bellevue to the South. One is just South of Ketchum at $45/night and the other is in Bellevue, 15 miles South of Ketchum, at $27/night.

Our criteria for this stay was: full hook ups, reasonably close to the mountains...yet far enough away that if the temperature dropped suddenly we might not freeze at night, reasonable price, and decent walking close to the park.

We chose Riverside RV Park in Bellevue, ID based on all the above, plus it is a couple blocks off Hwy 75, whereas the more expensive park closer to Ketchum is right next to the highway. The park does not have its own website so I linked to the RV Park Reviews page.

This is a no frills RV park. Except for the sweet little grassy picnic area at the entrance, everything here is gravel and there is no landscaping. That said, the sites are fairly well spaced, each has a picnic table, full hook ups (30amp), and the laundry (two washers/dryers) and shower building were fine.

Even though the rules state 90 days max, it looks like there are a handful of folks who live here, all were neat and tidy. It was very quiet at night and the park was about a third full during our week long stay. There are approximately 30 sites, with the perimeter sites being back in and the center pull through, most are very level. The Host was very friendly upon arrival.

The parks wifi was fine, our 3G Verizon and Millenicom services worked well as did our satellite.

The Big Wood River passes just outside the RV park and there are lovely river side trails to walk or bike from camp. The Wood River Trail system is just a couple blocks away; it's a 33 mile paved trail connecting Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley.

This park was well located, very quiet, and a good price for our needs in the area. We would stay here again as the park in Ketchum was too pricey and looked to be too close to the highway. Next time we come through the area we are likely to head for Stanley, ID, higher in the mountains; weather permitting.

Entrance with picnic area behind sign

Picnic area, shower/laundry building at back right

Looking down the first 2 of 3 rows from the entrance.
We are on the left, 2nd rig in.

Our site, between our two closest neighbors