March 27-April 3, 2016
After staying at about three dozen military campgrounds all across the country we can rate Sierra Vista as one of our favorites. The sites are large, clean concrete + asphalt with nice gravel between sites. MiFi is only so-so but we like the 50-amp service for a low weekly rate. The laundry, restrooms, and community room are attractive. It's quiet unless the fighter jets are flying low overhead (not often in the week we were here). The RV park was about 40% full this week, with a combination of short- and apparent long-termers. Everyone keeps their sites clean and neat and most people pick up after their dogs (unlike 29 Palms, which we visited last week). The commissary and NEX are decent sizes. The Naval Air Museum on base is very interesting. There are several miles on base to walk and cycle safely. The main downside for us is the somewhat remote location from a larger urban area like Barstow or Bakersfield and the distance to the national parks we were hoping to visit. We did spend a day at Death Valley NP but it was a long drive there and back. A shorter day drive that's very interesting is up to Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills, or up Nine Mile Canyon to Kennedy Meadows. There were a lot of wildflowers blooming at the 3,000-5,000-foot level in the surrounding mountains.
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