Monday, May 2, 2016

Lost Alaskan RV Park, Alpine, Texas

We just spent 8 nights in Alpine. We stayed at Lost Alaskan RV Park on the north side of town. I have seen this park for years and years, but we had never stayed there before.

The office is at the entrance. The building in the right background is the United States Courthouse on the opposite side of Highway 118.
This is not a park I can wholeheartedly recommend to others. We really wanted to spend this time in the Davis Mountains State Park in Fort Davis just north of Alpine, but they were booked during the dates we were interested in. So, we decided to take a chance on Lost Alaskan. Now, everything at the RV park actually is fine, but the place is a bit run down. Part of my reason for saying this is just the ongoing drought, which the park has no control over. We visited Alpine from Angelo where everything was green from recent rains. But Alpine has not been getting any rain, and everything is brown already, and that gives the place a depressed look. In addition, there are also a lot of long time residents in the park, and some of their sites look quite messy. And even though there has been no rain, grass is still pretty tall in places around the park. I do not know if water restrictions are in place, but it doesn't appear that the grass is being watered. And to add to all of this, the wind blew hard every single day we were at the park. This caused a lot of blowing dirt.

The park does offer all the standard amenities, including full hookups. Cable TV is provided, but only 12 channels are available. The WiFi works, but it is a bit slow, and the signal dropped several times during our stay. There is a dog park as well as playground and swimming pool. The laundry room is well maintained; it contains 6 washers and 6 dryers, and all appear to work. The laundry room is a bit small, though, with very limited seating inside. The tables are also small with little surface space for working with laundry. The restrooms and showers are also well maintained. One unique aspect of this park is that it has an RV wash slab at the back of the property that can be booked and used.

The community building is in the center of the park. It contains an "adult room", the laundry, and restrooms/showers.

Men's restroom area. Showers have nice sitting area outside shower stalls.
Dryers and folding tables in laundry. There are 6 washers on the opposite wall. Not much room to move about if more than 2 people are working in the room.

The dog run is located at the front of the park, near the highway.

Pool in southwest section of park.
Playground next to pool, with tent area in background.
Sites are equipped with concrete/brick picnic tables. There is no division between sites, so the "front yard" of one RV looks onto the "back yard" of another RV, including all hoses and cables. There are half a dozen or so premium sites, and these have a concrete patio and small fences separating sites. Otherwise, they are more or less like the other sites. Somehow, the grass in premium sites seems to be in better shape; they may have in-ground sprinklers.

This is one of the park's "premium" sites. What makes this a premium site are the cement area and the low walls. Take these away and you have a regular site.
Compare this regular site to the premium site above.
Our site, #13. This was taken about mid-morning, so we are getting some shade. In the afternoon, this area will be full sun. Notice all the grass is dead and the site is mainly rock.
Backside of our trailer showing the utilities. They are all located close together, which I like. This is what our neighbors behind us would see if they were sitting outside of their door.
All interior roads are paved, but sites are gravel and I found ours to be very uneven. I had to use a couple of boards to level my trailer from side to side. The office is attractive, and it contains basic RV items.

One of the half-dozen or so interior roads. Trees are plentiful throughout the park, but not all sites have good shade.
I found the design of the park to be a bit odd. I often wonder who designs RV parks. The 5 interior streets in the park run east and west. Most sites are pull-thru with the exception of a half dozen sites just west of the pool and the sites on the north side of the park. All of the sites in the park except those by the pool are laid out so that the doors of RVs open to the west. So the "porch" or "patio" areas of RVs, where people normally set up their chairs for outdoor living, are on the west side of the RVs. So during the heat of the day, these areas are exposed to the afternoon sun. Now, you can extend your awning, but when the wind is blowing hard, as it was during our entire week long stay at Lost Alaskan, we were not able to use our awning. Personally, I would prefer my door to open to the east or possibly the south.

There are a few cabins available as well. These are next to the office.
All things considered, the park is a perfectly good place to stay. If aesthetics are important, though, you may be less than satisfied. This is probably the best RV park in Alpine.

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