KOA Pocatello

Brief History

KOA Pocatello is an older campground located on W. Pocatello Road in Pocatello Idaho. It’s surrounded by mountains from the Clearwater & LOLO National Forests. This KOA is considered a Journey park within the KOA system and is a short distance off Interstate 90.

How We Wound Up There

We have actually been here twice. The first time we were on our way to our work camping assignment at KOA Missoula Montana and the second time was leaving that same location in Montana. We usually don’t like to stay at the same place twice but given the time of year we were leaving Montana we were looking to get south as fast as possible and this campground was very conveniently located.

The Layout

As you pull in from W. Pocatello Rd you will park to the west side of the office building. Out in front of the office building is gas pumps and a propane filling station. The part of the park that borders W. Pocatello Rd contains the playground, a private residence, the office, and the pet park.

Typical KOA Check-In

Both times we stayed we had reservations so the check-in process was super easy. One incident that happened was that the first time we checked in there was some kind of water problem going on. We must have walked in right in the middle of it as the owner?/manager? was screaming at the worker. Doing this in front of customers does not sit well with me. Although she was nice to us when we arrived at our site we had no water. When we called to inquire she became upset and said “I told you we have no water. It will be on soon.”

Apparently, she was too consumed with yelling at her employee to realize she never told us about her little “water” issue. No harm done. They had the water back on within an hour.

Office Building

The office building also housed the sitting area, laundry room, game room, and restrooms/showers. All were neat and clean. The dump station area is located behind the office building. We felt that was a little odd because it would be tight for larger vehicles to get in and out of. You would have to be super careful that you did not hit the overhang of the building.

A Big Square

The best way to picture this KOA is to think of a big square. Along the outside western border is a line of tent sites or very small RV sites. Some sites have 30 amp service. The south side border houses 2 cabins and a couple of tent sites. The rest of the border is private residences. The east side border is made up of a line of bushes again separating private residences.

The Rest Of The Park

Now that we covered the borders let’s talk about the rest of the park. Since it’s a small park there is not all that much left. Basically, you have two rows of RV sites on the east side and two more rows on the west side. One thing I will mention about this park is that most of the sites are “buddy” sites. Only the sites at the end of the rows are not “buddy” sites.

If you don’t know what a buddy site is you can use the link provided below.

Buddy Site

Condition Of Sites

All the sites in the middle of this park are pull-through sites. The website site lists 85′ as the max length for RV’s but quite honestly I can’t see anything that long being able to move throughout this park. Between our truck and RV, we are about 60′ and navigating this park was tight. We were able to get into both sites without unhooking but just barely. We also found that most of the sites are unlevel. We had to use more than a few blocks to level. Some of the hook-ups were placed in odd spots including some uphill from a site.

Connectivity

You will need to get a wifi code for each device you are going to use. We found it to be a pain in the butt. We also found it to be very spotty. Our Verizon signal worked well. There was some road noise but it was not terrible. Nothing that a fan couldn’t drown out.

Attractions In The Area

  • Pocatello Zoo (5.5 Miles)
  • Idaho State University (3.5 Miles)
  • Lava Hot Springs (37.5 Miles)
  • Masacre Rocks State Park (38 Miles)

Date (s) Of Stay: 4/21/21 & 10/28/21
Site# (s): 26 & 46
Price: $45.88 W/E W/KOA VKR & $55.01-FHU W/KOA VKR


Our Review Summary

KOA Pocatello

Overall Appearance
Big Rig Friendly
Restrooms/Showers
Staff Friendliness
Road Conditions
Site Size/Conditions

Final Thoughts

This was a great park for what it was. A place to park for the night. It’s an older park so spaces are tight and larger rigs will not have it easy to move about the park. Both times we stayed we got exactly what we wanted, a peaceful night’s sleep. The KOA Journey parks are near major interstates and this park is no exception. This one was close enough to be convenient yet far enough to be quiet. We stayed twice purely for convenience. We are not fans of buddy sites.

3.8

Pros

  • Pull-Through 50 & 30 Amp Sites
  • Full Hook-Up & Water Electric Sites
  • Cabins Available
  • Tent Sites Available
  • Camp Store
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Rec Room
  • K-9 Park
  • Good Verizon Data/Cell Signal
  • Dump Station
  • Propane Available To Purchase
  • Playground
  • Gas Available For Purchase

Cons

  • Sites Close Together
  • Almost All RV Sites Are “Buddy” Sites
  • Poor WiFi
  • Sites Unlevel

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