Big Rig Friendly9.8/10
Park Road Conditions9.3/10
- FHU Pull Through Sites Available
- Cabins/Tent Sites Available
- 30/50 Amp Available
- Camp Store/24 Hour Laundry Facility/ Rec Room
- Dump Station/Propane/RV Storage
- Pool/Playground/Cable TV
- Pet Friendly/ K-9 Park
- Bicycle Rentals Available ($)
- Free Hay Ride
- Free Shuttle Service To The Big Texan
- WiFi Spotty
- 2 Section of Sites Open On Each Other
- No Wood Campfires Allowed
This KOA sits in the panhandle of Texas so hold onto your hats. I spent 6 months workamping here and had an absolute blast. In that time I saw all sorts of weather. Besides some amazing sunsets, one of the coolest sites I saw while staying at this campground (maybe all of Texas) is it’s so flat that you could see storms coming in for miles. It made for some amazing lightning shows that we could watch sitting outside until they got close that is.
KOA Amarillo is your basic overnight campground with a twist. The twist being they have a couple of things to do onsite and off that could make you want to stay a bit longer. Some of the overnight parks we have stayed at were only good for a spot to park with some adding a pool. This campground is both a safe place to park and has a pool. In addition, they have bicycles for rent, a hay wagon ride (in season), a playground for the kids, and my favorite, a free Limo ride to a local steakhouse called “The Big Texan”.
The back in spots are angled in such a way that makes backing into them a breeze. The pull-through sites, well, they’re pull-through. Those are always easy…lol. There is a twist to some of the pull-through sites. 2 sections of them are set up in such a way that your door will open onto your neighbor’s door. Good if you are traveling with friends or would like to make some. Not so good if you are a loner…lol. All guests get an escort to their site.
There is a train station on one side and an international airport on another. Wait, don’t write it off yet. You would never believe that this is an international airport. There are very few flights and almost none of them overnight. We were parked in the row facing the airport and never heard anything at night. During the day, you will sometimes hear the Air Force practice what is called “touch-n-go’s”.
Those are always during the day. Some of the planes and helicopters are fun to watch. My favorite was the Osprey Helicopter. Bell helicopters are located on the airport grounds. They put the Osprey together at their facility. Once together, they test fly them.
Now for the train. This is the weirdest thing ever. If the wind is blowing one way, the train is fairly loud. If the wind is blowing the other way, you will barely hear it. I found that amazingly strange. Either way, between your A/c (it is Texas after all) and a fan (we always use a tabletop fan) you will not even notice the train whistle blowing.
The one exception I will make when talking about the noise is this. While you will not lose any sleep if you are in an RV or cabin, a tent might be a different story. Tents are much harder to block the noise. Maybe drink a little extra wine before bed…lol.
The campground is maintained meticulously. The bathrooms and other facilities are spotless. There are 8 “rustic” cabins and 1 “lodge” By rustic I mean no running water, kitchens, or bathrooms. The Lodge does have a bathroom with a shower, fridge, and microwave. The camp store has a large selection of both gifts and some food, beer, and wine. Yes, I said wine. Local wine at that.
One of the most popular features of this campground has got to be the Limo service to “The Big Texan”. The Big Texan is a local steakhouse that has the 72oz steak challenge. If you can eat the 72oz steak meal, it’s free. If not it’s $72!!! I hope you’re hungry!!! It is also somewhat of a tourist trap featuring a gift shop, goofy displays, and a coin-operated shooting gallery (arcade style guns, not real). We went several times and even took my daughter there when she came to visit. We always had a blast. Most people that stayed at the campground for an overnight stay used this to their advantage as they did not have to unhook. The office staff will arrange the free limo pick up at your site. You pick the time!!!
Overall all, this is a quiet no-frills park that is great for either an overnight stay or longer. The one thing about this location ( and all others in any panhandle location), is the weather can change quickly so pay attention to your weather apps. You might not want to put out your awning or set up a screen house either. Remember the wind…lol.
Date Of Stay: Spring/Summer 2017