Cody, Wyoming

Absaroka Bay RV ParkOther reviewers at rvparkreviews.com

June, 2016

The Lowe’s overall rating (based on value for the money,
quality of amenities and utilities, site suitability and what
we believe other RV’ers in our situation would be looking
for) = 4 out of 10 stars

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That’s the back of Betsy, and just beyond the hedge is a busy highway (see the trailer?). Think this place is noisy?

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Narrow interior roads with cars lining it because many sites are too short. They pack them in here…

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Our “highway view” from Betsy

 

Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
This campground was very busy and VERY noisy with major vehicle
traffic on the main road next to the property.  We could see on
Google Maps that it might be a problem, but we couldn’t get a spot
at the Ponderosa Campground even though we booked our stay
months ago.  Cody is a pretty crazy and busy place on the 4th of
July.  This is not a place for peace and quiet in a large site!

Road and site access?
Interior roads were paved, sites were gravel and fairly level.
Pull-through sites were available for large rigs, and some back-ins
for shorter ones.  Getting through the park was tight, as turns were
sharp and not everyone got their vehicles completely off the
roadways.

Condition of sites?
Sites were narrow gravel strips, and the length was tight – vehicles
had to be parked sideways in front of rigs, and even that barely got
them off the road.  Spacing between sites was pitiful, very tight.
Our site and some others had a small tree for shade, which helped
minimally on the hot afternoons.  A tiny patch of grass was
provided as a “front yard” for each site.  Utilities were located
adequately for access.  Frankly, between the noise and being right
up against our neighbors we didn’t enjoy spending time outside at
this place.

Utilities offered and their quality?
The 50-amp full hookup, worked well – strong power and water.
No cable here, and the WiFi was SLOW.  The signal to our Verizon
phones and hotspot was adequate.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
A decent table only, no fire pits.

Bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
The bathrooms and showers were simple but quite nice and clean.
The laundry room consisted of at least 8 washers, 8 dryers and a
couple of folding tables.

Pet friendly?
Nope.  A busy place like this in town with no large exercise areas
is not pet-friendly.  I don’t know where people took their poor
doggies!

Bicycle/walking trails nearby?
No trails out of the park, although one could run across the busy
highway and if they happened to make it there was room to walk
along the river.

Groceries & other services nearby?
Cody is a cool town with a great environment, full of restaurants
and a fun place to walk around.  There was an Albertson’s grocery
practically within walking distance of the campground, and
Walmart was a 10-minute drive.  There were also a couple of
small breweries that we enjoyed.  Fortunately the campground
was convenient to everything in town.

Comments:

Minus:
Most things, unfortunately.  Not a fun place to spend more than
a night or two.  Crowded, noisy, busy.  Not pet friendly.

Plus:
The plus is that the campground is located close to everything in
downtown Cody, because it is in downtown Cody!  The Ponderosa
Campground also appeared to be in a busy part of town, so maybe
there’s no way to avoid it.  But the town was fun and the drive to
Yellowstone and several other area attractions was convenient.