Wednesday, August 21 Through Thursday, August 22, 2019
The Missoula KOA is a hard park to characterize. It is an urban RV park surrounded by houses, mobile homes and businesses. A through city street, Tina Avenue, separates the park’s office/store from the campsites, swimming pool and other amenities. Traffic on Tina Avenue is heavy at times with traffic crossing through the campground.
The park store/office has two entrances and two counters. One entrance and counter for store patrons and the other entrance and counter for campers checking in. The check in process was surprisingly fast. Much faster than most KOA parks.
Two dog parks are located at the south end of the park. One, up against a Bus Barn provides afternoon shade.
The other dog park has no afternoon shade and shares a fence line with Elmer’s Park.
Elmer’s Park has a huge tree providing shade, however, Elmer’s Park doesn’t allow dogs. Elmer’s Park does look like a great place for kids to play.
The assigned patio campsite was as nice and shady as all the other patio campsites in the park. This park doesn’t appear to discriminate against truck campers signed up for the more expensive campsites.
I was walking around trying to find the park store and definitely looking lost. Out of the blue, a park host in their yellow KOA polo shirt stopped and asked me if I needed help or directions. That has never happened before. Some of that could be that the park’s layout is confusing and lots of guests end up lost. This wasn’t the only positive interaction with park staff. The park’s leadership team must be doing an excellent job of training, teaching, leading and empowering employees.
The bathhouses were spotless with recently updated fixtures. The bathhouse designs were old but they didn’t look or feel run down. Towels and soap dispensers were all filled. The only complaint is that the bathhouses tended to fill up during morning rush and flush hour. They need more shower and potty capacity.
The morning after the one night stay was raining. Low flying airplanes could be heard on approach to Missoula International Airport. While distant train horns could be heard on the 6:00 AM dog walk, the horns weren’t noticed inside the camper.
We would definitely stay in this park again.
Hope to see you on the road ahead!