Van Horn KOA Supports Care Camps ‘Big Weekend’

Care Camps logoIf you could make a difference in the life of a child with cancer, would you? Would you look for a way to bring them hope and help them heal? Would you find ways where they could feel “normal” again?

At KOA Care Camps, KOA says “yes.” And more importantly, it is doing something about it. Having cancer shouldn’t mean giving up the joys of childhood. That’s why the KOA Campground Owners Association created the Care Camps Trust – to help children who have cancer enjoy carefree time focusing on fun, friends and activities instead of on their illness.

Campers can help out on this project during Care Camps “Big Weekend” May 9-10. Stay as a paying guest Friday, May 9, at Van Horn KOA and get Saturday, May 10, for free. The campground is located off Interstate 10, about 120 miles east of El Paso.

During Care Camps Big Weekend, participating KOAs will offer campers the ability to donate to KOA Care Camps through several special, fun events and activities – or feel free to drop your donation directly into one of the handy collection stations you’ll see in the KOA Camp Stores.

The weather sign at the entrance to the Van Horn KOA is a popular photo subject for visitors to this West Texas park.

The weather sign at the entrance to the Van Horn KOA is a popular photo subject for visitors to this West Texas park.

Now in its 11th year, the program has raised more than $5 million to help send children with cancer to KOA Care Camps across North America. These 56 specialized, medically equipped facilities offer a true summer camp experience to children undergoing treatment or recovering from cancer. The KOA Care Camps Trust distributes $500,000 annually to these camps to help send children to the summer camps of their dreams.

KOA’s mission is to allow these amazing children to enjoy the joy, healing and freedom that come from attending specialized summer camps where they can just be themselves. Surrounded by other kids just like them, they swim, go on hikes, sing songs and create memories that help get them through the tough times. They heal physically and emotionally, and hope flourishes.

Learn more about the Van Horn KOA at

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Make your reservation today! Call (800) 562-3705. For information call 432-283-2728 or e-mail


May 9-10 is Care Camps Big Weekend at KOAs

Texas Rangers ballpark in Arlington.

Texas Rangers ballpark in Arlington, a short drive from the Dallas Arlington KOA.

The Dallas Arlington KOA is gearing up for a big weekend – the 11th annual Care Camps Big Weekend, May 9-10.

Campers staying at the campground as paying guests on Friday, May 9, are eligible to receive a free night of camping on Saturday, May 10.

Campers will find lots to do at our wooded camping oasis located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. With 100-foot pull-through and 50-amp sites available, our campground is truly “Big Rig Friendly.” Your 4-legged friends will enjoy the off-leash dog park. Like all KOAs, we are “Pet Friendly.”

Remember, we are located only minutes from the Texas Rangers’ ballpark. The Rangers will be hosting the world champion Boston Red Sox for a three-game series that weekend.

Our campground is also close to Dallas Cowboy Stadium, Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor, the new Legoland and Sealife parks, the “Ripley’s Believe or Not” museum in Grand Prairie, the planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington, Stockyards Station and daily cattle drives in Fort Worth – plus museums and cultural fare.

If dining is your pleasure, you’ll enjoy the more than 200 restaurants within 2 miles of the campground.


No RV? No problem! Enjoy a comfortable stay in one of our brand new full accommodation deluxe cabins or cozy air-conditioned cabins. We have several options:

• Rustic Cabins – Beautiful cabins with TV, picnic table and grill. Located next to restrooms, playground and swimming pool. Camp in air-conditioned comfort on our hot summer nights.

•  Studio Cabins – A hotel suite with campground amenities – queen bed, separate bunk bed area, bathroom with shower, mini-fridge and microwave. Complete with cable, flat screen TV, AC/heat.

•  Lodge Cabins – 2 bedrooms 1 queen, 1 w/bunks, sleeper sofa and loft sleeping area – Full bath, fridge and microwave – Patio, deck w/ gas grill and patio furniture – Flat Screen TV with cable. A/C/heat.

Do you prefer more rustic accommodations? Try a grassy tent site.

We wish to honor all active U.S. military, police and firefighter personnel with a 15% discount. This discount is good on daily rates on any RV site or cabin rental.


We are easy to find. From Dallas: On I-20, take Exit 449 (Cooper Street). From Fort Worth: On I-20, take 449B (Cooper Street). Go north on Cooper for 1.8 miles. The campground will be on the right. From I-30: Take Exit 27 (Cooper Street), proceed south on Cooper for 4.2 miles (just across the street from Pep Boys).

Make your reservation today! Call (800) 562-3705. For information call (817) 277-6600 or e-mail

Montgomery County Fair Opens on Friday

Jason Boland & The Strgaglers

Jason Boland & The Stragglers

The Montgomery County Fair Association is hosting the 57th Annual Montgomery County Fair starting Friday (April 4).

This 10-day special event held in Conroe is a platform for local youth to be able to display their projects in a public setting, while having fun! You’re invited to enjoy live shows, games, educational exhibits, a rodeo and so much more!

Montgomery County Fair Schedule

The schedule is:

• Friday, April 4 – CPRA Rodeo, Special Education Show, Youth Rodeo Events, with Jason Boland & The Stragglers to perform.

• Saturday, April 5 – Ag Mechanics Contest, CPRA Rodeo, Fair Queen Contest, Junior Handicraft, Junior Homemaking Show, Junior Horticulture Show, Junior Needlecraft, Junior Photography Show, Youth Rodeo Events, Market Rabbits, Briolers, Turkey Show with John Slaughter to perform.

John Slaughter

John Slaughter

• Sunday, April 6 – Adult Shows, Scramble Heifers, Breeding Beef, Ranch Rodeo, Market Lambs.

• Monday, April 7 – Junior Non-Livestock Auction, Kids Day, Yearling Geldings & Fillies, Market Barrows.

• Tuesday, April 8 – Kids Day, Senior Citizens Day, Market Goats, Market Steers, Pet Parade.

• Wednesday, April 9 – Junior Livestock Auction, Livestock Judging.

• Thursday, April 10 – Replacement Heifer Sale, Replacement Heifers.

• Friday, April 11 – Bud Light BBQ Cook Off.

• Saturday, April 12 – Bud Light BBQ Cook Off.

• Sunday, April 13 – Bud Light El Die de la Familia Hispana. Ramon Ayala Y Sus Bravos Del Norte.

Ramon Ayala

Ramon Ayala Y Sus Bravos Del Norte

Crabtree Amusements will provide the carnival rides. There will be commercial exhibits and the Country Store for you to find great buys and unique items.

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Lake Conroe KOA is located a short drive from the site of the county fair so plan to stay at our campground while enjoying this event.To book your next stay at Lake Conroe KOA, call (800) 562-9750 or call (936) 582-1200 for more information. Visit our website at


FYI: KOA Directories Available

If you’re traveling outside our region, be aware that the 2014 edition of the industry-leading Kampgrounds of America Directory is now available.

This year’s directory has a few enhancements. Each of the 486 KOA campground listings is large – one-third of a page – and may include a full-color photograph supplied by the campground.

Also new this year, the traditional state grid listing of campground features and amenities has been replaced by colorful icons that will give campers instant information on a campground’s offerings without the need to leave the campground’s listing. And as always, the KOA Directory contains detailed state and provincial maps, as well as “last mile” locator maps, that make the directory a true North American road atlas.

Copies of the new directory have already been shipped directly to the homes of hundreds of thousands of members of KOA’s popular KOA Value Kard Rewards Program. Directories are also available free of charge at all open KOA Campgrounds in North America.

The 2014 directory is also the first “consumer” marketing piece that speaks to KOA’s three new brand positions – KOA Journey, KOA Holiday and KOA Resort. The new brand positions are designed to better identify campground services and amenities for campers, aiding them in making their camping trip plans.

Again this year, the KOA Directory is also available in digital format. Campers can view or download the Digital Directory by clicking this link, The Directory can also be ordered by mail through the website.



New Owners Bring Fresh Ideas to Rusk KOA

Rusk KOA owners, Norman and Virginia Otis.

Rusk KOA owners, Norman and Virginia Otis.

Norman and Virginia Otis are the new owners of the Rusk KOA and are bringing some new ideas to their venture.

For starters, they’re introducing “seasonal camping” starting April 1. This arrangement, which is popular elsewhere in the U.S. but uncommon in their region, provides one rate that covers a site from April 1 to Oct. 31. The full-season rate is $1,900 but will be pro-rated for a shorter time period. Campers will be able to take advantage of the long list of planned events and activities, which are all part of the camping package.

Another new idea at the campground will be murder mystery dinners. The first one will be modeled after a 1920s gangster theme and titled “Crime and Punishment.” Mobsters, murder, and comic mayhem ensue after the mysterious death of one of the “family.”  It will be staged on April 26 in the campground’s Club Room. The cost is $50, which includes the meal and mystery. The event is open to non-campers too.

“Guests don’t need costumes but would be cool if they want to dress in 1920s attire,” says Virginia. The acting cast will be dressed in period attire and pull some guests out of the audience during the presentation. Virginia notes that the fun event will give guests a chance to “channel their inner thug…”

The Otises hold special events in conjunction with all holidays. They just concluded a very successful St. Patrick’s Day dinner and will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on April 19.

About the Area

Rusk is located along the Texas Forest Trail in the eastern part of the state

Rusk is located along the Texas Forest Trail in the eastern part of the state

The Rusk KOA is centrally located between Dallas, Houston and Shreveport in the cooler Texas Piney Woods area, known for its beauty and history. Rusk is located along the Texas Forest Trail.

In Rusk, you can ride the Texas State Railroad’s steam train, walk the longest wooden footbridge in the U.S., play golf at local courses, ride through a wildlife park, visit a winery…or just kick back and relax. The area hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year. The hilltop location offers breezes and spectacular sunset views.

Book your next stay by calling (800) 562-4143. For information call (903) 683-6641 or visit

Springtime at the South Padre Island KOA

Aerial view of Padre Island

Aerial view of Padre Island. Gulf of Mexico is at right; Corpus Christi Bay is at left.

Spring is a busy time at the South Padre KOA.

Many college students flock to this beachfront resort during Texas Week (when the Texas schools are out for spring break). But students from other states are on the island throughout the month enjoying the beach and the island clubs.

The resort also sponsors many activities in conjunction with Holy Week (Palm Sunday through Easter), such as egg coloring, a coloring contest, raffles, an Easter egg hunt, s’mores, an Ice Cream Sundae Party, outdoor movies on our gigantic playground screen and more!

Surrounded by the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre Bay, South Padre Island KOA is an RV resort uniquely situated on a narrow slice of land in tropical paradise. With the sun overhead and the warm sand underfoot, South Padre is the perfect place for an island get-away.

The resort’s inclusive RV sites offer the best in island accommodations. From regal sites overlooking the Laguna Madre Bay with decks and patios to nice back-in patio sites to 80-foot pull-thru sites, all come with full hookups and 50-amp service and include WI-FI and cable TV.

On-site amenities include the Pier 19 Restaurant and Bar, Osprey Fishing Trips, large hot tub and 25-meter pool, exercise room, children’s playground and a play area just for your pooches. Floor and pool aerobics are offered for guests. There’s meeting space, a recreation room, ping pong table, games, puzzles, books, and more! Gather on the deck overlooking the bay and enjoy the golden sunsets.

South Padre KOA at night

South Padre Island KOA at night

South Padre Island has a wide variety of entertainment options, including deep-sea or bay fishing, kiteboarding, windsurfing, parasailing, dolphin spotting, birding and nature walks, or lazy strolls on sandy beaches. Whether you want to relax on site, join in the activities, or explore the variety of things to see and do, this resort has it all.

Book now for summer, as summer is one of the busiest times of the year and reservations are essential between mid-June and mid-August.

Call today at (800) 562-9724 or book your reservations at Information and reservations also are conveniently available on the resort’s mobile site for your cell phone at


San Antonio KOA Welcomes Fiesta Visitors!

2014_fiestaposter_with_dates(9)(2)It’s not too early to begin booking your spot at the San Antonio KOA for this year’s Fiesta, scheduled for April 10-27.

Each April, more than 3 million people participate in the 11-day celebration of over 100 events and three parades honoring the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto, as well as the diverse culture of San Antonio.

Here are a few Fiesta highlights:

· The Battle of the Flowers Parade is considered the founding event of Fiesta San Antonio and draws hundreds of thousands of celebrants to downtown streets.

· A Night in Old San Antonio is just steps away from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Walk the streets of La Villita Historic Arts Village to enjoy more than 240 decorated food and drink booths and more than a dozen nonstop entertainment stages representing the diverse cultures and customs of the city in 15 heritage-themed areas.980x445_fiesta-confetti

· The Texas Cavaliers River Parade draws the community and visitors along the River Walk to view over 40 decorated river boats float down the San Antonio River.

· Fiesta Oyster Bake serves more than 100,000 oysters either baked or fried, in addition to the a variety of tasty options at over 50 food and beverage booths. A children’s activity area as well as a fireworks finale make this event a perennial Fiesta San Antonio favorite.

· Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade is one of the largest illuminated parades in the United States traveling over 2 miles through downtown San Antonio.

· A Taste of New Orleans fills three days with the tastes and sounds of the Crescent City. Listen to Dixieland, Smooth Jazz and  while enjoying Creole and Cajun dishes. Festivities are held in the historic Sunken Gardens Theater of Brackenridge Park.

For more information visit

Come and enjoy the San Antonio KOA, which sits on a creek amid 40 acres of pecan trees just 5 miles from downtown. City buses take you to the center of San Antonio’s history and culture, including the River Walk. Visit The Alamo and other Spanish missions, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld, Majestic Theatre, zoo and museums.

The park offers several “Hot Deals” throughout the year. Click here for the details.

Entrance to San Antonio KOA

Entrance to San Antonio KOA


From I-35 southbound take Exit 160 AT&T Center Parkway, turn left under bridge to 2nd light Gembler Rd, turn left and go 3/4 mile. From I-35 northbound take Exit 159B Walters/AT&T Center Parkway, go 1 mile to AT&T Center Parkway, turn right to 2nd light turn left on Gembler Rd, go 3/4 mile. From I-10 take Exit 580 WW White Rd, turn north to 2nd light Gembler Rd, turn left go 1 mile, entrance is on left

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To reserve your spot at the San Antonio KOA, call (800) 562-7783 or for information call (210) 224-9296, e-mail or visit



4th Annual Outlaws & Legends Music Fest Returns to Abilene

Outlaws & Legends logoMarch is barely underway and toes are already a tappin’ at the Abilene KOA in anticipation of the all-star lineup that is set to hit the stage March 28-30 at the 4th Annual Outlaws & Legends Music Fest at the new Back Porch of Texas in Abilene.

This will be the biggest, one-stage music fest in Texas. This year, Outlaws & Legends Music Fest has added one full day of bands (Friday, March 28) and will end with a rare, unplugged Picnic (Sunday, March 30) with country music artists and sports celebrities.

Outlaws & Legends Performers

Performers for this year’s event include Robert Earl Keen, Leon Russell, Mark Powell & Lariat, Cooder Graw, Jason Boland, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Gary P. Nunn, Billy Joe Shaver, Mike McClure, Jamie Richards, The Damn Quails, Tommy Alverson and Bracken Hale.

For information and tickets visit

This is just a taste of what’s in store this month in Abilene. For more information about things to do in Abilene visit

When visiting Abilene, plan to stay at the Abilene KOA, the friendliest campground in Texas. Located in a former pecan grove near the intersection of I-20 and highways 277/83/84, the Abilene KOA is open year-round and features paved roads, 50-amp service and large, pull-through sites that can accommodate rigs up to 90 feet long.

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The Abilene KOA (entrance shown at right) is the perfect place to reserve an RV site or cabin while visiting these our community. Follow the Texas KOA blog or like our Facebook page for more events, news and photos. Call (800) 562-7519 or visit our website to make a reservation today!