Campground Review – Mountain View RV Park – Arco, ID

Mountain View RV Park, Arco, IdahoDescription

The Mountain View RV Park and Restaurant is a small, lovely, privately owned, and nicely maintained campground on the outskirts of Arco, Idaho. The campground makes for a pleasant stop while travelling through the area or as a base to explore nearby Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve or Sawtooth Mountains to the north.

Location

Mountain View RV Park and Restaurant
705 W Grand Ave
Arco, ID 83213
Park: (208) 527-3707
Latitude: 43.627073 N, Longitude: -113.305727 W, Elevation: 5325 feet (1623 m) 

Details

We stayed at Mountain View RV Park for five nights during the first week of July, 2017. We had originally booked a seven night stay, but unexpected truck repairs while in the Salt Lake City area forced a delay of several nights. I contacted the park manager/owner on short notice about the delay and he very generously held our site for the remaining days, without charging for the missed days (although we no longer qualified for a weekly rate). Kudos to the manager for being flexible in accommodating our change in plans – excellent service and people skills! Management and staff were friendly and helpful during our stay.

The park was busy with holiday travelers, but generally quiet and peaceful during our stay. We watched the nearby Fourth of July fireworks displays right from the campground.

For more info about Arco and the surrounding area, see our travel post: Atomic Dreams in Arco, Idaho

Cost

Our five night stay here averaged about $42/night with Good Sams discount & tax. The park did not charge an extra vehicle fee or pet fees.

Amenities On Site or Nearby

The campground features basic amenities, including full hookup sites, tent sites, RV dump station, propane, restrooms and showers, laundry room, mini-golf, small camp store, as well as a (seasonal?) restaurant & beer garden. A small market, gas stations, and restaurants are available nearby in Arco, while a wider range of shopping and services are available in Idaho Falls (68 miles).

Ratings (1-5)

Accessibility – 3/5

The campground is easily accessible from Highway US-26/93 and the lanes throughout the park will easily accommodate large rigs. Lanes in the park are well-maintained gravel. The campground facilities have provisions for Universal access, although gravel lanes are rougher to navigate. RV sites in the park are pull-thru, generous in size and most can accommodate large rigs.

Facilities/Amenities – 3/5

The campground has basic amenities, including full hookup sites, tent sites, RV dump station, propane, restrooms and showers, laundry room, free WiFi, and a mini-golf course. The office area features a small camp store, tourist information center, and book exchange. The park also features a restaurant and beer garden, but these were not open during our stay (seasonal?). The grounds, facilities, laundry, restroom and shower facilities are clean and well-maintained. The park offers full hookup sites with 50/30/20 amp electric service, as well as a large grassy area for overflow dry camping or for events.

Site quality – 4/5

Sites are gravel with full hookup 50/30/20 amp electric, water and sewer, picnic table, fire-box/grill. The park has pull-thru sites, tent sites and a grassy overflow area for dry camping and events. Sites are level, generous in size and most sites have some shade. 

Scenic Value – 4/5

The campground is rather scenic in that it has many shade trees and grassy areas, lending a park-like appearance. The park also has sweeping views of local attraction, Number Hill, surrounding farmland and distant cinder cones.

Location/Isolation – 4/5

The park is on the outskirts of Arco, is bordered on two sides by farmland with sweeping vista views, and has many shade trees to lend a park-like atmosphere, so feels somewhat secluded. There is some road noise from US-26/93, but this is generally a quiet park.

Paws Friendliness – 3/5

The campground is pet friendly, but does not have an enclosed pet run or cleanup bags. The campground is large enough to take a decent walk with your pet. You may also exercise your pet in the large grassy overflow camping area.

Overall Rating – 4/5

This is a very nice campground which we can highly recommend. We enjoyed our stay here and wouldn’t mind another visit. The park is a great stop-over while passing through the area and serves as a great base to explore the nearby Craters of the Moon National Monument or nearby mountain areas.

Additional info

Internet access

We received a moderate 4G Verizon signal at this campground. We did not need to deploy our cellular antenna and booster to improve MiFi hot spot internet access. The park has a free WiFi service, but we did not use it.

Water Quality

The water at this campground moderately hard – we added our water softener to the water filtration stack.

Nearby attractions

Here are some local attractions:

  • Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve
  • EBR-1 (Experimental Breeder Reactor) Atomic Museum
  • Number Hill
  • Idaho Science Center – The Hawkbill (SSN-666)  Submarine Memorial
  • Scenic drives
  • Sun Valley resorts

 

Photos

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