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The Covered Wagon RV Resort is situated in Abeline, Kansas. In total, the park encompasses five acres of land and offers 50 pull-through RV sites. Each of these spaces is equipped with full hookups, 30 and 50-amp capabilities, picnic tables, and a grassy area between the site. Additionally, some spots offer shade from shade trees while others are open. Guests of the park have access to the property’s bathhouse with laundry facilities. Chad, the owner of the RV park, says that about fifty percent of the people who stay at the park are passing through town on their way to other major cities such as Denver, Colorado, and Saint Louis, Missouri. Some guests visit the area for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum and other attractions dedicated to telling the story of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower’s life.
Located on the outskirts of Abeline, Kansas, is the Covered Wagon RV Resort. There are around 50 sites available for guests to reserve, all of which are pull-through spaces and equipped with full hookups. Each site provides 30 and 50-amp services, a picnic table, and grassy areas between each site. Additionally, some spaces provide shade while others are open, with guests being able to choose what type of space they reserve, depending on the number of people staying at the RV park.
Full laundry services are provided for guests in the bathhouse that is also located on the premises. Those seeking a place to gather at the Covered Wagon RV Resort may do so at the picnic pavilion, which is a covered area with picnic tables for people to sit at. Families with children can make use of the property’s playground, and a horseshoe pit is located nearby. A pool is found at the front of the RV park where people can go swimming if they so desire.
According to Chad, an owner of the Covered Wagon RV Resort, Abilene, Kansas, was ranked as one of the “top five small towns in the US.” Some of the most notable attractions within the town include the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, as well as the Eisenhower Home, which showcases the life of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and some items of importance to his story and legacy. Downtown Abilene has a number of stores that guests can visit as well as additional history about the town. Those interested in dog racing may also make time to visit the Greyhound Hall of Fame. With regards to restaurants for guests to eat at, Chad notes that Joe Snuffy’s, M & R Grill, and Hitching Post Restaurant are all places that people can go.
One of the most unique aspects of the Covered Wagon RV Resort is its location, both in relation to Abilene and to other major cities. Chad, an owner of the property, says that Abilene sits about halfway between Denver, Colorado, and Saint Louis, Missouri, which makes it a place for people to rest on a trip to either location. He also notes that the property is located on the outskirts of town, meaning that the park is fairly secluded and has minimal road noise, if any. With that being said, the RV park is within walking distance to many of the attractions offered in Abilene, with the Eisenhower Center being the closest.
Fifty percent of patrons staying at the RV park are passing through on their way to one of the major cities mentioned earlier, Chad estimates, while the other fifty percent are there for the city of Abilene. Chad reports that a large number of guests are repeat guests. When asked how he wants guests to feel, he says that he wants them to feel “as close to home as possible.” In order to help foster this feeling of being at home, the RV park's staff strives to provide friendly service and assistance as patrons require it. The park hosts guests year-round, with the busiest seasons of operation occurring in the spring and fall when schools are on break.
A number of positive reviews have been left about the Covered Wagon Camp Ground. Many people mention that they appreciate the convenience of the campground during long trips. One former guest said, "It's easy to check in, just grab a spot that's open and then use the envelopes by the bathroom to pay. Beautiful view of a Kansas farm and landing strip. Directly next to all the things to do in town." Others remark that they were "greeted pleasantly" upon arrival at the property and that the "customer service was excellent."
The Covered Wagon RV Resort has been in business since the early 1980s. Prior to Chad, the current owner, taking over, three other owners operated the RV park over the years. Chad has run the park for eight years, reporting that he first bought it because it “looked like a good business opportunity.” There have been a number of renovations that have been made to the property in the last eight years, most notably the addition of pull-through sites and upgraded service at each RV space. Chad also reports that plans are in the works to add an indoor recreation room and dining hall for guests to use during their stays. One aspect of running the park that he enjoys the most is being able to talk to the wide variety of people who travel through the park, whether they are just passing through to a larger city or are visiting the various attractions in Abeline, which showcase the life of Dwight D. Eisenhower.