A lovely, spacious campground set high above the Colorado River, just a few miles from the Hoover Dam.
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Overall Rating: 4.3/5
Price per night / Discounts: $50 / None
Campground website: Willow Beach Marina and Campground
Our Site #: A7
Privacy Rating (how spacious and private do the sites feel):
5/5: As private campgrounds go, this was one of the best we've seen. Sites are arranged around loops, but are set off from one another with plenty of space between the RVs. There are also trees and tall grasses that provide nice natural barriers. We enjoyed sitting outside both in the mornings and evenings and never felt like we were too close for comfort with any of our neighbors. It is an incredibly well designed campground.
Location Rating (accessibility to points of interest or to major highways):
4/5: This park is located about 20 miles south of the Hoover Dam and 50 miles from the Las Vegas strip. It is located within the Lake Mead National Recreation area (so you'll need to show your annual pass or pay a fee to get in). As the name suggest, the campground is part of a marina which offers all kinds of boating and paddling rentals as well as guided trips. So, if you're looking for a beautiful place in a national recreation area right on the Colorado River, the location is fantastic. If you're looking for an RV park that's close to other area highlights - Las Vegas, Valley of Fire, etc, it's a bit far, but certainly manageable. All in all, we really enjoyed our stop here and thought it was a nice location for a couple days of downtime.
Site Quality and Big Rig Accessibility Rating (utilities and accessibility of campground hook ups):
5/5: Sites are on large cement pads with plenty of space for your tow vehicle. The utilities were well placed and worked well. We had a huge cement picnic table at our site as well as a large square sitting area with a built in fire pit. Big rig accessibility was easy with wide roads and plenty of space for turns.
Technology and Customer Service Rating (online resources, reservations, and staff):
3/5: I was able to book my own reservations online which was awesome and customer service was friendly and efficient. I am deducting points, however, because they jacked up their prices to the point of gouging. We paid $35 per night because I booked our stay before January 1, 2018. After that date, however, they increased the per night fee to $50 per night. While we liked the park, it's a bit hard to justify $50 per night for a campsite in that location, and to increase the per night price that much in one day is just ridiculous.
Internet Availability Rating (Verizon coverage or campground wifi):
4.5/5: This was another nice feature of this park. Their campground wifi actually worked pretty well. There were times it would go down, but for the most part, it was solid. And this was an important feature because we had no cell service on our phones inside the Recreation Area. Had their wifi not worked, we would have had zero connectivity.
Other than this campground's abrupt and huge price increase, we highly recommend it. The sites were beautiful, spacious, and private, and the location was excellent for checking out the Hoover Dam and enjoying time on the water.