Ennis RV Village is an RV park that is located in Ennis, Montana. The property is open seasonally from April to October and offers 112 sites, 14 of which are tent sites, while the rest are pull-through and back-in RV spaces. The business is pet-friendly and allows visitors to bring their dogs with them on their trips. Due to the lakes and rivers that can be found throughout the area, outdoor recreation including fishing, hiking, and riding ATVs tend to be popular activities among guests. The town of Ennis, as well as the surrounding area, has a lot of history that dates as far back as when the gold rushes occurred in the 1860s. Yellowstone National Park is about 75 miles southeast of the property.
Ennis RV Village offers 98 RV spaces and 14 tent sites seasonally, all of which can be reserved for daily, weekly, or monthly stays. Each space comes with a grassy area and a picnic table, and about half of the tent spots come with a barbecue grill. Every RV site has 30 and 50 amp electricity, sewage, and water hookups. The owner mentions that the property can accommodate many different kinds of RV sizes.
Along with all of the guest accommodations, there is the main office that also doubles as a store that sells a variety of things, though mostly RV parts. Due to the size of the property, there are two laundry facilities that make up a total of nine washers and driers, two bathrooms, and two clubhouses, one each near the office on the eastern portion of the grounds and the others on the opposite side. The clubhouse has a few games and puzzles and is a large enough space for visitors to have activities such as a potluck dinner or game night. Though there may not be a kitchen in the clubhouse, it can be used as a place for patrons to serve food to a larger group of people.
Ennis RV Village, as well as the rest of the town, is located in the middle of several mountains. Less than a mile away, one can find the Madison River, which is one of many locations available to travelers that want to spend time fishing, hiking, and engaging in other recreational activities. According to the owner, there is a hiking trail along a small stream that runs through one corner of the property where guests can take their dogs on walks. Ennis lake is about eight miles away, and there are a number of different rivers and streams that can be found in the vicinity. Ennis RV Village is also about one mile away from downtown Ennis, which offers various stores and restaurants.
Steve, the owner of Ennis RV Village, enjoys talking to guests about the area and giving them his personal recommendations of his favorite places to visit. The Madison River is not only within close proximity, it is also an ideal location for fishing and flyfishing. Visitors can also spend time swimming and relaxing in the river as well. Virginia City is another town that is about 20 minutes away by car that offers a variety of entertainment. Virginia City was one of the biggest gold mining towns when the Gold Rush occurred in the 1860s. There are many museums that explain the history of the area, in addition to several opportunities for guests to pan for gold and see theater shows during the summer.
Of the restaurants that can be found in the area, the owner recommends McAllister Inn, which is a steakhouse about seven miles from the property. Alley Bistro is another small restaurant that he likes to mention to people looking for a place to eat, and Yesterday's Soda Fountain & Restaurant is a café that can be found on Mainstreet in Ennis that serves a variety of dishes for breakfast and lunch.
Steve, the owner, explains that his goal for Ennis RV Village is to be a comfortable place for people to stay while they are exploring the area. He mentions that many people that come to the RV park tend to be gone during the day, participating in activities including fishing, hiking, riding ATVs, or spending time in Ennis. The owner interacts with his guests often and has several maps that he likes to show people who are looking for fishing places and hiking trails that are in the area.
According to the owner, Ennis RV Village does not have quiet hours enforced, but it tends to be more peaceful in general, as many of the guests that stay tend to be retired folk. Pets are allowed on the property, and there are a few places where patrons can let them off their leash, but they have to be on a leash when they are on the trails or in the RV park. There are no fenced areas on the grounds for dogs. The owner explains that there is a vacant field near the park that is currently not being used. Steve mentions that their neighbor owns the unused plot of land and that he allows visitors to Ennis RV Village to spend time with their animals there.
The property is open from April to October, and the owner reports that the best season of operation tends to be from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The typical demographic of guests tends to be mostly retired couples, though each summer, they tend to see some families and other groups of people that stay as well. Oftentimes, people that visit are in the area for fishing and other outdoor activities. Each summer, they receive many repeat guests and even have several that have been coming for over fifteen years.
Steve, the current owner, explains that Ennis RV Village is most known for the landscape as well as the friendliness of the staff. Their goal is to be easygoing and to try not to bother people too much. One thing that is mentioned in an assortment of reviews left by guests is the cleanliness of the park and its amenities. A review left by someone who recently stayed at the business reads, "Stayed at Ennis RV Village on my latest hunting trip. Clean, friendly, affordable, beautiful RV Village." Another person that spent time at the RV park writes, "A really pretty campground with pull-thru parking and full hookups. The staff was friendly and welcoming. The town nearby had great touristy shops, some excellent local beer selections at Gravel Bar, a distillery with tastings, and a gift shop. It's only an hour from Yellowstone."
Steve, the current owner of Ennis RV Village, is also the original owner and built the park in 2000. He had owned the plot of land for a while before he made the decision to turn it into an RV park. Steve explains that Ennis RV Village was built because he saw an opportunity for an RV park. In talking with some of the neighbors, he realized that there were many RVs that would often drive through the town but had very few places to stay.
Ever since he opened the RV park, there have been a variety of changes and additions. In 2000, when Steve first opened his business, he had built 55 sites in total. Over the years, he has expanded and added more. In 2008, 35 sites became available for people to reserve, then in 2017, 22 more spaces were put in, as well as the second clubhouse, bathroom, and laundry facility. Steve reports that there are currently no plans to add any more RV sites.
The owner's favorite part of his job is that he meets a variety of people. Many visitors that come to Ennis are outdoorsmen and retired folk, and he remarks that he enjoys hearing their stories, getting to know them, and sharing his knowledge of the area to help them enjoy their time.
One story that Steve shares about the property is that, back in the homesteading days, the plot of land that Ennis RV Village is built on was right next to what used to be a natural hot spring. There was even a swimming pool that had been built in 1889. Then in the 1980s, someone drilled a well that, unfortunately, dried up the hot water coming out of the hillside.