Alamo River Ranch Resort: Dog & horse friendly. Large camp sites. Not much shade in the upper RV sites. There are more sites down a steep hill & around by the river but please note, it can be muddy & wet so please use caution when driving off the drive path. Even parts of the drive path can be a but rutty. The horse stalls seem to be only in the lower sites & at the very end. We only saw two stalls there so you may need to bring some portable stalls if you should bring horses. There are several trails to ride on or hike.
There are small cabins to rent, a dog run area, fire pits & picnic tables in the campsites. In our site, however, there was no visible water access, we had to ask about it. The offc manager that assisted us w/locating our site said we'd have to disconnect the neighbor's water to use the water spigot. Why do we have to do that? He said that there was no other water hookup there & that they were gone til the next day so it didn't really matter, mmmmkaaay. That's not something I would expect from a campground, there should be a water spigot for each campsite.
The river access is only available down the steep incline below the main camp sites. You go to the very far end of the driveway then it curves right, then you go down the hill. There are not many accessible areas to get to the river to wade or fish. We went here b/c the fishing was supposed to be excellent but we didn't catch hardly anything, just some baby bream which we threw back of course but it was very disappointing as we drove almost 2 hours to get there just to be disappointed. We planned to stay at least 2 days but we left the next day.
Other bad points about the resort when we visited, it was difficult to find the correct road to turn onto. We had to circle back around b/c I missed the road turnoff. We were not aware that there was road construction going on in that area of the freeway so we ended up having to circle back around to get back on the freeway (just so ya know, the next exit to get back onto the freeway was about a mile back the other way). We figured out that we had to take the next exit down instead (we came from I-10) which put us at a turnaround further down so we had to drive maybe 2 miles back south then almost missed the road that time.
As for the park itself, the bathrooms are NOT user friendly in my opinion. They have the showers in the bathroom too but there's no shower door, just a curtain that you pull around you. The tile was missing in some places on the floor as well. There are literally NO hand rails in the shower, only around the toilet. That, to me, is a huge safety hazard. Additionally, there's absolutely NOwhere to put your toiletries for the shower. I had to put my soap, shampoo, etc on the top of the toilet which was curved & stood a chance of falling off onto the floor. There is, however, a narrow glass shelf over by the sink that you have to open the curtain & carefully tread across the floor to the sink to get what you need if you should use that instead during your shower so I'd strongly advise to bring a 'shower caddy' with you that you can set on the shower floor to have things within reach just in case you need it.
There's also no towel rack or any place to hang your towel on. I had to pile my clothes & towel on the toilet seat...luckily the toilet had a seat! There was a portable bench there but it was dirty & I wasn't about to use it as I wasn't sure what the brown stains were that were on top of the bench. I'm near-sighted so I can't see a thing w/o my eyeglasses so trying to walk across a blurry, slippery tile floor w/o slipping was somewhat a hugh effort as the shower floor also kinda sloped around the shower area so it was difficult to walk out of the stall w/o a hand rail. I also have extremely bad knees so slippery floors are NOT my friend! Especially since there were NO handrails in the shower, and yes, I was wearing flip flops just so ya know. ;)
We also had no trash barrels so we luckily had bags w/us for trash & had to throw the trash in the dumpster that was next to the office at the front of the property....very inconvenient. We just waited & dumped it all in one trip...on our way out!
Someone drove around later that evening during our stay & greeted everyone individually & I'm assuming he was the owner or manager, he asked us how we're liking the park & I told him about my concerns for the bathroom. He kinda just brushed it off laughingly & said that yeah they know but they're planning to upgrade the bathhouse so I'm hoping that the bathhouse stalls have improved. He didn't seem to take my concerns seriously.
Now, granted, the gentleman said they were planning on redoing the bathrooms so they may have been updated already since our visit back in October. The park, overall, was very tidy & clean. We're going to try the park again at a different time of year to give the fishing & restrooms one more try. Hoping to be able to take horses next time to try out the trails. I'm hoping our next try will be more enjoyable as this first visit was not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alamo River Resort is located on a historic ranch where General Santa Ana was forced to camp for two nights because the Medina River was flooded. Our resort offers large and long RV Sites with 50/30/20 amp electric. Our WiFi is fast and free. We have two types of cabins for families that do not have an RV and many tent sites down next to our mile of the Medina River. You can enjoy hiking, fishing, kayaking or if you bring a horse, a great place to trail ride. Clean and modern showers and laundry room. We are 4 miles as the crow flies from Lackland Air Force Base where all Air force Cadets begin their career attending basic training. We are the official place to stay when you come for graduation. Down town San Antonio, the Alamo and the River Walk is a short drive and everyone enjoys being City Close, Country Quiet. Military discounts offered to all Retired, former military and our Resort is FREE to all current Military and dependents. We offer a special discount to Friends and Family who are attending graduation. ... more less
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