If you ever find yourself in the area of the San Juan Islands – Anacortes, Washington to be exact, you absolutely must plan on spending some time at the Pioneer Trails RV Resort on Miller Road off Route 20. It is without a doubt the most comfortable park we have stayed at so far.
They have a great variety of sites, including Super Sites which are much larger than a standard site and come with a gazebo. All of the sites have ample parking and great fire rings equipped with an adjustable grill for cooking. Heck they even keep a log stump at the pits to make chopping your kindling a breeze!
The resort is kept immaculately clean; not one stray piece of gravel on the pavement. It’s not uncommon to see members of the staff and grounds crew sweeping the road, picking up twigs, leaves, etc., and scrubbing the picnic tables throughout the day. The office staff is just as accommodating. During our stay Barb and Rich were a pleasure to speak with and very helpful.
The overall feel of the park is definitely inspired by the wilderness as from the moment you enter the property you are instantly tucked in amongst the pines. The buildings housing the amenities are designed with a rustic theme, but they provide all the modern comforts of home. The laundry room has plenty of machines for use and the restrooms/showers are roomy, sparkling clean and fresh.
I don’t personally need to make use of the showers where we stay, but I always make a point to check them out. I think it says a lot about the park management and these facilities were head and shoulders above the rest that we have seen.
If you don’t happen to be in an RV or are traveling or meeting family or friends who don’t, Pioneer Trails also offers cabins. They are adorable!
There are horseshoe pits, a pavilion, and a play ground for the kiddies – again all very well maintained.
The park is located within minutes of downtown Anacortes, a quaint little seaside village with plenty of boutiques for shopping, restaurants and pubs for dining, and major grocery chains and pharmacies.
About 15 miles farther along Route 20 is Oak Harbor, home of the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station – the premier naval aviation installation in the Pacific Northwest and home of all Navy tactical electronic attack squadrons flying the EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler – simply awesome power!
There is a little bit of air traffic noise from the base at the resort but it is minimal and I actually found it comforting.
On the way to Oak Harbor is a beautifully scenic spot called Deception Pass. It is very worth the short drive to get there. The views are spectacular.
We were in Anacortes from January 4th through March 27th so the weather was a bit dreary in the beginning. Toward the end of our stay the sun was starting to make an appearance almost daily and the temperatures were in the high 50’s. The temperature rarely dipped below 32 degrees even in January, so it wasn’t a bad winter to be in our little camper.
If you’re looking for a great place to stay while either working or on vacation you can’t go wrong with the friendly folks and pristine accommodations at Pioneer Trails RV Resort. I certainly hope to get a chance to stay there again!