Rating: ⭐⭐⭐+ (For an overnight stop)
Site Quality: Gravel roads and grass pads. Even though they had received quite a bit of rain the day before we arrived the pads were mostly dry and no major mud. There were a few muddy spots on the internal roads.
Access: Right off Highway 287 at College Dr. in Vernon Texas west of Wichita Falls. When coming from the West it is a bit difficult to turn left and go under the highway to circle back to the park because there was no traffic light at the intersection.
Staff: There is a husband/wife team who manage the park and they were both friendly and helpful. She checked us in and he escorted us to our site.
Amenities: Propane available on site. There is a playground and dog park for those who need these facilities. There is also a small store on site. In the summer a pool is available.
Cellular/WiFi: Both AT&T and Verizon were acceptable – for Verizon the signal level was only 2 bars but both upload and download speeds were in excess of 22 Mbps. WiFi was available at the park but we did not use it.
Restaurants: We only had an opportunity to eat out on a Sunday and due to that and the fact that many restaurants seemed to have changed their hours due to COVID, we only had an opportunity to stop at Fred’s Corner Grill. This place looked like it had been a Dairy Queen at one point and it had a similar menu. We both had a burger and they were good basic burgers.
What we liked: Access to the park was right off Highway 287 so it was convenient to our route. There was also a Walmart right next door to the park which was convenient for supplies. There are some nearby activities including a museum as well as some things related to Roy Orbison who was born in Vernon.
What we didn’t like: The park roads were somewhat muddy and could be a real mess if there was a lot of rain. The same situation could occur with the pads although they seem to be packed gravel with grass (or weeds) and they did not appear to have much of a mud problem.
Nearby Parks: We did not look into any other parks in the area this time although we did stay once before at Lake Arrowhead State Park in Wichita Falls about 70 miles further east.
Verdict: We would definitely stay here again for a night or a few if we are travelling through the area again.
Site Quality: Dirt/gravel pads and roads. Our site was long enough for our rig and truck.
Access: Easy access from Interstate 25 just south of the New Mexico / Colorado boarder.
Staff: The manager we checked in with was friendly and helpful although we had to wait for her to return from an errand. Once before we came here to get propane and the office was also closed during the day when it was supposed to be open.
Amenities: There were Restrooms with showers, laundry facilities, and a dump station but we didn’t use them. I believe they may have all been closed in winter when we were there. Propane on site.
Cellular/WiFi: Verizon and AT&T were decent. The park had WiFi but we did not use it.
What we liked: Ease of access along I-25. Full hookups during the winter. Nice views of the mountains west of Raton. Propane is available on site.
What we didn’t like: The park is mostly dirt and could be very muddy – luckily although there was still some snow on the ground the mud for the streets was not bad. There was some mud near the entrance to our rig. There is an alley that separates the front of the park from the back.
Verdict: The Raton KOA is good for a short stopover on the way to or from Colorado along I-25.
We stayed at Oasis RV Resort in Amarillo, Texas for a week in December as we made our trek west. There was a mall and some larger stores there so we could do some shopping for Christmas. This was a very nice park with lots of space, amenities and it was well maintained. There were no trees so staying here in the summer would be very hot but for this cold and windy time it was a good find.
The first day there we had to go to The Big Texan Steak Ranch! We had been there before when passing thru. It has a great variety of steaks and that was what we were hungry for. It advertises that if you can eat a 72 oz steak and all the sides in 1 hour then it is free. There is an elevated table set up with timers in the front of the restaurant for anyone who want to take the challenge. We did not even try! The whole ranch is a fun place to visit. There is a line of limousines with longhorns mounted on the front to shuttle people to and from the ranch. Inside is an over-the-top western decorated restaurant, a gift shop, western arcade and large desert counter.
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