Date of Stay: August 2-9, 2016
3101 Wagon Circle Rd, Rawlins, WY
www.reddesertrose.com (307)328-1091 or (877)328-1091
$35/nightly; $175/weekly – FHUs plus Cable (rates also available w/o cable, water & electric only, & electric only)
Discounts Available: Good Sam, AARP, Excapees
(Please note, rates may have changed since our stay.)
In the middle of nowhere, in southern Wyoming is RV World!
RV World is in the process of changing their name to Red Desert Rose, hence the new website address. No matter the name, the campground was a disappointment.
To name a few, sites were really close to one another, there is little to no landscape and the WI-FI (which is indicated on the website as being available throughout the campground) is basically a joke. The sites are so close to each other that the slides of the RV next to us hung over our picnic table.
But with no trees to break the strong Wyoming winds and nothing but sticker patches on the ground, we weren’t enticed to eat outside anyway.
The park does have free showers, a nice laundry room, a mini golf course and a few other amenities including a courtesy vehicle. We did not use the showers/restroom or the courtesy vehicle, but we did take advantage of the laundry room. The rates were reasonable, but the room is connected by an open door to the office. At the time we were doing our laundry, we could not help but hear the manager yell at an employee for some time. Then another office member was talking on the phone rudely and loudly to a person attempting to make a reservation. I know that it must be a struggle to deal with the problems of running a campground, but I’ve never heard such disrespect displayed to both the employee and the person on the other line. I can’t believe that person didn’t hang up!
As for the mini golf course, it is not what it looks like on the website and it is close to the highway, so quite noisy and as mentioned before, it is just so windy it is hard to enjoy the outdoors.
Perhaps with the new name, RV World will also make some changes all around. We would hope they would plant some trees and grass, improve the WI-FI and have propriety training for management. The most important change, and I’m sure the hardest to accommodate, would be widening the RV spaces.
With all that said, there are very few RV parks in this region of Wyoming. Just down from RV World there is another park named Western Hills Campground and I believe a KOA is located a few miles down the Interstate. We drove into Western Hills just to check it out. Although it also doesn’t have trees or grass between the sites, at least the spaces are much further apart. Of course I can’t say anything about its amenities as we didn’t stay there, but I think if we need to stop in the Rawlins area again, we will try the Western Hills.
RV World simply did not live up to what is advertised on its website.