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Old 08-20-2017, 07:58 PM   #1
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Pendleton RV parks

DH and I will be picking up a new 20FQ from Thompson RV in early October. We plan on spending a couple of days in an RV park there in order to test out the trailers systems before heading on down to Texas. We imagine thatothers of you have done the same thing. We have checked the internet and there are numerous parks in the area. We would like to hear from those that have stayed in some of those parks for advice on the good, the bad, and the ugly RV parks there. It sounds like the factory in La Grande will not be in production at that time, or we would just head on down that way..............Thanks

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Old 08-20-2017, 08:49 PM   #2
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There are several RV parks in Pendleton including a KOA and a Casino with a campground. There is also a State Park at the top of Cabbage Hill near Meacham.

Have seen them while traveling in the area - the KOA is downtown and looked rather cramped. Casino is a bit out of town and is a bit newer. Either place would be fine for a shakedown.

We are staying at the state park in Meacham in a few weeks - going over for the big Rodeo there.

In LaGrande there is what used to be Hot Lakes RV park it is now called the Grande Hot Springs Resort. Further south is another state park - Farewell Bend.

Not sure how long you plan on staying around but that time of year is great around here.

We may have an early and wet fall season - which could mean early snows in the mountains - you might want to have some alternate routes for getting back to Texas mapped out just in case.

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Old 08-21-2017, 12:03 AM   #3
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The state park at Mecham is called Emigrant Springs Campground. Sites are walk-up only. Not reservable. It's a very nice, quiet campground in the trees. Just be aware that if you go there from Pendleton, you get the "fun" of pulling your new trailer up Cabbage Hill. A good way to see how your tow vehicle handles the new TT on a long, steep, winding hill. It's a heck of a grade, but is multi-lane so you can get out of the way of faster traffic and also get around the numerous 18 wheelers that are always crawling their way up the hill.

Grande Hotsprings Resort is a nice park with a pool and WiFi, but you still get the "fun" of pulling Cabbage Hill to get there from Pendleton.

Of course if you are heading to Texas you're probably going to be heading East on I-84 so will ultimately be climbing Cabbage Hill anyway...

Wildhorse Casino RV Park is just outside of Pendleton (basically at the bottom of Cabbage Hill on I-84) and is a full feature RV park with pool and spa. And you can spend any cash you still have in your pockets after purchasing the new TT over at the Casino. Probably win enough money to pay for the TT...

Another fairly close option is the Boardman Marina RV park in Boardman Oregon. It's about 45 minutes West of Pendleton on I-84 and is a very nice park right on the Columbia River.

Personally, if it was me, and I wanted to hang around Pendleton for a few days testing out the TT, and being close to Thompson RV and near the city to purchase necessities, I'd go with the Wildhorse Casino RV park.
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We spent a few days at Wildhorse and enjoyed it. They have a movie theater there too.
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You can also tour the Pendleton shirt factory...
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Old 08-21-2017, 03:42 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Arch Hoagland View Post
We spent a few days at Wildhorse and enjoyed it. They have a movie theater there too.
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+3 on Wildhorse. Wildhorse also has a great golf course.

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I have stayed at immigrant Springs, before a huge amount of road noise for me. I just stayed at the Wildhorse RV park next to the Casino about two weeks ago. I would for sure go there again. They have a pool, nice amenities, casino, with some nice restaurants. As stated said in an earlier post they also have a theater there. While in Pendleton you might want to hit the a" underground city" tour. ( they made the Chinese live underground during the 1800s) and they had whole communities under the city. The Pendleton woolen mill is also a good tour. Good luck and have fun. Safe travels.
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My wife and I stayed at the Pendleton KOA in July and had a very pleasant stay. We only stayed one night on our way through but would definitely stay there again. The management was pleasant, the park was very clean, and the spaces were level and some were well shaded by mature trees. Not your typical KOA as there was no pool as I recall, so it seemed to cater more to adults than families.
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+3 on Wildhorse. Wildhorse also has a great golf course.

You might have sold me right there. Thanks

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