Laramie KOA, Laramie, Wyoming
by The Perkins
(RV Travel with Kids)
Laramie KOA July 2011
Our visit to Laramie was very short, just overnight on the way to Yellowstone. We stayed at the Laramie KOA. Normally, we try to avoid KOAs because they are typically higher priced and charge many add on fees; while this park did not charge extra for our kids, they did charge extra for cable TV although our site did not have access to cable TV. In fact, our site didn’t have sewage hookups either (though we knew that before coming).
It cost us $37 to park there overnight in July 2011. We had made reservations more than a week in advance, and it was a very good thing that we did! The entire park was completely full. Originally, we had wanted to stay in Cheyenne, but there were absolutely no vacancies anywhere because it was a Friday night and their annual Pioneer Days (or was it Frontier Days? I’m not sure.) was going on. Just an unfortunate coincidence for us, and for the 10 or so RVers who were trying to get a spot in Laramie and were turned down WHILE WE WERE CHECKING IN!
The KOA itself was clean, well maintained, and had a nice kids playground. There was a rec center with video games, pool tables, and a large library (though most of the books were junky cast offs, not fiction). Though the park rules stated no minors unattended in the rec room, they either did not enforce it ever, or just not on extremely crowded weekends. There were several tweens and teens down there (including, I must admit, my own) with limited supervision.
The park store included a gift shop and mini-mart, which was open until 10pm. The laundry facilities were more than adequate, and the showers hot and clean. The park was right off the highway, and there was some highway noise.
All in all, it was a good park and we would stay there again.
There is a Pilot truck stop right outside the KOA that we weren’t overly impressed with. They had blocked off the part of the parking lot that connected the regular car fuel stations with the truckers fuel stations and if you went in the wrong side, it made it difficult to turn around. And if you fuel on the trucker side, you have to know the exact dollar amount you want to charge to your card; you can’t just fill and then pay. It was annoying. koa.com/campgrounds/laramie/