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Ponderosa Falls RV Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Bonney Lake, Washington
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67 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Poderosa Falls RV Camping”
Reviewed 29 June 2012

Many pull through sites are available. Easy access for long RVs.

Grounds are well kept as well as the amenities. Indoor pool, gym, laundry, showers, nice club house, sport courts, lagoon paddle boats for small children and a putt putt golf course.

LOTS of rules posted. This is NOT a bad thing.

Would recommend this camp ground. Short drive into Spokane or Idaho from here.

Room Tip: Older sites have well maintained lawn areas while upper sites by the cabins are void of any grass...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Stanwood
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2010

We stayed at Ponderosa falls as we had just purchased a new Travel Trailer It came with an invitation to try out K&M, so we chose this destination since we enjoy Eastern Washington. We knew it would be a pay per year membership deal, so we tried more than once to get an idea of what the cost would be ( and both times they were VERY evasive and would not answer the question) as we did not want to drive a distance and be let down, or take advantage of a situation. I was convinced that out stay would be great, and we would love it.

We drove a shade over 5 hours to get there, and were dismayed on arrival that the "Resort" is flanked on nearly all sides by residential and heavy commercial developments. BUT we still had high hopes! As we entered the facility, we were greeted in the main office by two ladies that were mostly friendly (it is important to note that while we were there one of them answered to phone and we heard her say as she looked at a calendar, "I am sorry there is nothing available at that time").

They told us about the facility, gave us a map, and told us which site were in. We left from there and found that after you get out of the entrance it is all dirt and gravel roads; the campsites are pretty packed together, and the site we were assigned was so tight to get into I had to jackknife my trailer to get in. Once I was in it was obvious it would not work, as the water/power/dump facilities were placed oddly at the front to middle of the site, and even if I could fit out of the roadway, it was uphill to the septic dump!

They were to their credit, kind enough to assign another spot, and as we walked to it, we saw it was backed up to a residential street/cul-de-sac. We decided at that point to leave. Just as we were about to, the lady from up front came out in a golf cart, and moved us again to another spot that was workable, so we decided to stay. We really wanted to like this, and had some money to spend.

Our first night set up, ate and then went to the pool. It was small, but reasonably clean. Our two daughters had fun, but during the course of play we noticed the chemicals in the pool were so strong, that my eyes burned within minutes. My daughters both ingested small quantities of water;(as most kids do in the heat of paly in the pool) the youngest vomited immediately, and the oldest was up all night vomiting; even long after there was nothing left to vomit. Both children were fine prior to the pool.

The next day came to try mini golf. it was alright at best; but I have to agree with some other reviews in that it in really poor up keep. Indoor/outdoor turf was really bad. (actually many of the "Amenities" were poor and / or outdated) After lunch we were greeted in our camp site by a gentleman who asked if we were going to attend our seminar. He offered us a ride in the cart to the office. Up to this point we had really had a mediocre time at best, and that is giving the benefit of the doubt; after all they invited us for free to "try them out" our seminar was basically painless. Then it came: The used car pitch. The basic plan was $315.00 per year, plus $250.00 dollars for some initial paperwork, plus another $89.00 dollars per year to be a member of another partner club. So the most basic package with only ONE park (that we never saw, and would be the ONLY K&M we could use) was $654.00 dollars; but wait if you upgrade for only $2, 995.00 dollars you got 4 Parks and a membership with ROD and free nights there.............. The salesman said that if we did not camp more than 10-15 times per year it would not be worth joining. It was a tough day for us as our child was still ill from the previous night. His presentation had a lot of you may not's, you are prohibited's, and you are not allowed's in it...... basically it felt very strongly of a car sales deal.

We were very polite and simply stated it would be too expensive for us as a young family. At that very moment he "Turned off, eyes wandered, he picked at his leg, and basically threw his arms in the air, and said "Well, I can see you are not interested"

Mr. Niceguy was long gone now.

No offer of a golf cart ride back to the trailer was made.....even with a sick kid.

The end result of all of this? We were very disappointed in this trip. The park is fair at best, NOT a resort. The grounds in terms of the foliage and the like is very well maintained, The staff (that we met) were basically nice, but after being told there prices are based off a national one night stay of $40.00 dollars per night, I would highly suggest they rethink either their prices, or bring (this park) up to par for that price.

The seminar (video) made state parks sound bad, but I do have to say that at Lincoln Rock State park, it is roomy, clean, VERY well maintained and green with good spacious grass a family can play on; and my daughters have both ingested the water there and NOT vomited. All that for only $28.00 dollars per night.

My end review is that if you are traveling a lot such as with motor coaches, either inter state or cross country and need a place for a night or two, and you have no kids (read retired) This park is fine; However if you have a young family, and want to have a good time, play on the grass, and have a great trip at a reasonable price, this is not the park for you. Take your "High priced lawn ornament" (As he called those of us that don't camp more than 15 days out of the year) somewhere else.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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21 Thank donbartlett
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Richland, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2010

Stayed here in motorhome in July 2010. They need to do some maintenance here for sure. The green carpet on the mini golf is all old and torn up. The water at the bottom of the waterfall is full of algae and ?? there was a dead fish floating in it upside down. The streets are just gravel, and the cars and rvs going by kick up a lot of dirt as they go by. The staff are rude, and unhelpful. Food was terrible! I would not recommend this place for a fun resort to go to, its just another trailer court. The store does not have basic necessities, they refer you to walmart at least 7 miles away in Airway Heights.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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12 Thank cheribrand
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Seattle
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29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2010

A nice park. Although we're with KM Resorts and can stay for free, we probably won't be back for a few years. Sites are graveled and narrow, not leveled well, not much privacy unless you're lucky and assigned an end site or on the perimeter. It has some great options for grade school kids - a very small heated indoor pool, an outdoor climber, swingset, basketball court, 18 hole mini-golf (old, heavily patched up), paddle boats (for kids under 60 lbs), small game room. You can rent very outdated sports equipment at the office. They have tons of rules posted but staff didn't enforce *at all*. They have a nice large laundry room with tv. There's lots of out of order signs around - in the game room, laundry room. Bathrooms and showers were clean, but needed benches (not just hooks) in the shower areas. Wi-Fi was horribly weak and barely worth $1/day. They don't allow campfires but have one gas fire pit which turns off around 9:00PM. I found the staff generally welcoming and nice. Although we received a wonderful printed schedule of planned events on arrival (July 4th Weekend), the office decided to change and cancel Kids Activities without notice. Made for very disappointed kids, and the person at the front desk didn't apologize either. The grounds were always being maintained. Lots of room for walking and biking. We camped there for 7 days in a travel trailer, which didn't seem the norm. Most visitors were in motorhomes, stayed less than a few days, and were en route to another destination.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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3 Thank Seattle_Travel_Nut
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cheney
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2009

just dont go here. this plce is a hell hole and the staff is rude and hateful. especially the manager JUNE! the place is dirty and there are no family activities to do because there are to many rules. this is supposed to be an ellite park. it is far from that!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled solo
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12 Thank richmikashe
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Seattle
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2009

After traveling 4 hours to this K/M "resort", we were very disappointed in this park. We read the previous reviews, but thought we'd check it out for ourselves. How bad could it be? The sales people at K/M told us this was their "Flagship" RV part. Wow, were they wrong! The staff was nice enough, but there are so many rules, that our kids (ages 8 and 11) couldn't do much. The pool is indoor/outdoor like the web site said, but it is small. The deepest part was 5' and not very wide. The kids could not go in the hot tub or sauna so that wasn't fun. They weighed too much for the "lagoon" (weight limit was 60 lbs and under) and it wasn't a lagoon. It was only maybe 2' deep and a little tiny pool. So we decided to try the mini golf course. That was even a bigger mess - the turf on the course was all torn up so your ball would go everywhere - it made it very difficult to play.
Then, there was the arcade. The kids were not allowed to go in unless they were with an adult. Ugh! We actually came home early because we were all bored!!
I would recommend this RV park to those just passing by - not for a stay!
So far, we are not impressed with K/M parks at all!!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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11 Thank momoftwo09
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Scappoose, Oregon
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20 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2008

The Ponderosa Falls RV Resort is more like an old RV Park near a busy subdivision. The sites were small, the staff was rude, kids were apparently not allowed to play the put put golf without parents. They sung loud karoke music throughout the campground until 10:30 at night. There is only one shower/bathroom setup for the entire campground and it's not conveient to the sites. Fires are not allowed. They call this camping? I dont think so.

  • Stayed July 2008
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10 Thank Josh97056
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Property: Ponderosa Falls RV Resort
Address: 7520 S Thomas Mallen Rd, Cheney, WA 99004
Region: United States > Washington > Cheney
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Cheney
Number of rooms: 156
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
10 Miles west of Spokane, Ponderosa Falls RV Resort is located just off I-90, offering many great outdoor activities. 175 Full hook up RV sites as well as 7 cabins and 5 bungalows. 24 hour gated security, planned activities, miniature golf, pickle ball, clubhouse with pool tables, ping pong and more! ... more   less 
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