Friday

5 Reasons Why I Hesitated to Try This RV Park

 

Hidden Valley RV Park CreekSites

I've seen so many RV Parks in all the directories and review sites...

When searching for a destination I saw 1000's of 5-star reviews.

But I've stayed in many RV Parks near big cities and was bombarded by city lights and noises, weekend warriors as neighbors to my RV site and long term sites with everything on them INCLUDING the kitchen sink.  But when I saw this RV Park on a recent video, I checked out their easy online booking site and booked a site for the weekend.

Before I tell you what I thought about this RV Park, here are 5 reasons I was afraid to give them a try.

1.  I didn't know how easy it would be to book a site.  

I went to their online booking site and was able to pick a specific site or let them choose one for me best suited to my RV size and type...   

Looking For The Perfect Place to Park Your RV?

Escape to the tranquility of Hidden Valley RV Park, where the rich heritage of Von Ormy and the vibrant spirit of San Antonio converge to create an unforgettable RV camping experience in the heart of South Texas.

Nestled along the Medina River at the historic Garza River Crossing, our campground's roots trace back to a Texan ranch, echoing the footsteps of General Santa Anna before the Alamo became a symbol of resilience. Today, as a family-operated haven, Hidden Valley RV Park continues to evolve and enhance, ensuring your stay is filled with comfort and cherished moments.

Whether you're a wintering Texan, a snowbird seeking refuge, or a local RVer yearning for a close-to-home retreat, Hidden Valley RV Park welcomes you year-round. Join our community of overnight campers, seasonal travelers, and workampers who make memories against the backdrop of South Texas charm.

Our central location makes us a preferred choice for those attending Lackland Air Force Base Training Center graduations, and we're a convenient haven for those employed near San Antonio or utilizing nearby military medical facilities.

Discover the beauty of Hidden Valley RV Park—a sanctuary where history and hospitality converge to create lasting memories. Your South Texas adventure awaits!

Sunday

Hidden Valley is Now a "Plan-It" Green Certified Park

Logo for certified Plan-It Green Parks
HIDDEN VALLEY RV PARK
is a certified
PLAN-IT Green Park
     Hidden Valley RV Park has recently applied and qualified for the 🌎"Plan-It" Green sustainable park program hosted by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC.)  There are 16 initiatives of which a park must be practicing at least 9, to qualify.  We currently practice 11, with plans to incorporate more as conditions permit.  Here are the initiatives we qualified with and resolve to uphold: 

  1. Actively demonstrates and communicates conservation and recycling practices to employees and guests.
  2. Park provides recycle bins for cans, paper, glass and/or plastic

Friday

Electric Bill Got You "Hot?"

 

Man looking at Energy bill with surprise

Whether you live in a house, manufactured home or your RV, if you pay your own electric, the extreme temperatures and utility company increases can really get under your skin.  No matter the state of your current residence you've no doubt noticed increases in your bill.  To be fair to the utility companies, much of the electricity we use is within our control to decrease.  There are plenty of ways to reduce energy use, and consequently, save money. Some are free, others require an investment.  Let's look at a few tips from local electric companies.


No Cost Tips

These simple steps don't cost a thing, but can potentially save you 10 to 25% on your monthly energy bill.

Wednesday

To "Lock" or "Not To Lock" Your RV Site

Shopping for the perfect campsite 

Remember back in the day, when you reserved a site, you could ask for your favorite site and if was still available you could have that site saved for you?  Families would reserve the same sites each summer for their vacations.  There wasn't any extra fee for this guarantee.

Fast forward to 2023, this practice still exists at some campgrounds but at many, you reserve a site type (pull thru, back in, 50 Amp, etc.) and get put where the park puts you.  Unless, of course you put in a site lock fee.  What IS a lock fee and why does locking a site have an extra fee?

Site Lock Fees

Ever drive around a sold out campground and wonder how a 14 foot pop up ended up on a 110 foot site?  Here’s how that happens. The guest booked that site online. They picked that specific site and locked it. Now its important to note that some campgrounds will not let you pick what site you want. You may not even know, or care. In the past, other campgrounds like Hidden Valley RV Park let you select the exact site you wanted when booking. However that sometimes hurts the campground, how?

Imagine this sequence of events:

July 4th weekend and Hidden Valley is almost sold out.  The only sites left are a 100' and a 30' site.  A family with a pop up goes online and books the 100' site. Now a guest calls looking for a site for his

Saturday

Are You A "YES" Person?


Don't you love that person who always says "YES" to every request?  While we all try to be that person, it's not always the healthiest modus operandi.  

No matter the time of year - we seem to be getting more and more busy, and for many, the advent of the holiday season can evoke an array of emotions, including feelings of being overwhelmed.  Preparing dishes, shopping, parties, family, performances and more - can feel like too much to manage.  

Perhaps you’re the one who makes those special decorations that everyone loves or the food dish that's requested for seemingly every party, (in San Antonio, think tamales.) 

Or maybe you’re the one who always picks up family from the airport.  The requests to do more during an already event-filled time of year can feel like a lot to juggle, especially on top of normal, day-to-day obligations. 

But even during non-holiday seasons, workplace demands, family plans, commitments to friends and colleagues and even recreational choices that we love, can cause a feeling of over taxing ourselves.  

It’s important to remember that just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should, and it’s okay to say no.  The situation can be as big as a business decision or as small as agreeing to babysit for the grandkids.  However, that’s often easier said than done, so here are some tips to help empower you the next time you need to say no:

Friday

Why You'll "Fall Hard" for Fall in San Antonio

 Thanks to KSAT 12 for providing this great list of reasons to "Fall Hard" for Fall in San Antonio.

September is one of my favorite months because it’s the start of fall and the beginning of less sizzling weather but very sizzling attractions and events. Technically fall doesn’t officially start until the autumnal equinox on Sept. 22 but pumpkin-flavored goodies have already hit the shelves and the ever-coveted pumpkin Spice latte is back at Starbucks.  Here’s to hoping the fall is cooler than this scorching summer has been and that it brings a little rain.

Here’s a list of some of the events going on in the San Antonio area in September:

    Top Left: Festival of Lights, Top Right: 13th Floor, Bottom Left: SeaWorld San Antonio, Bottom Right: Parktoberfest
    Top Left: Festival of Lights, Top Right: 13th Floor, Bottom Left: SeaWorld San Antonio, Bottom Right: Parktoberfest (Johnathan Alonzo, Joe Chidgey, KSAT 12)

Sunday

New 2023-24 San Antonio guides are here!


We're still waiting for our shipment to get to the office so make sure to download a digital copy HERE if
you want to stay in the know while you're visiting our beautiful city and Hidden Valley RV Park.  You also can stop by the Visitor's Center across the street from the Alamo for a free copy.  In the guide you'll find popular local eats, events and festivals info, nightlife tips from locals, historical spots, dog friendly places and even things to do in close surrounding cities like Fredericksburg.  

The digital copy has each attraction or restaurant linked so you can easily browse to the establishment's website to check for hours, pricing and directions while you're out and about.

Before you plan your itinerary, give us a call or BOOK YOUR RV SITE for the coming fall/winter season at your San Antonio RV destination, Hidden Valley RV Park




Thursday

Meet the Hidden Valley Team

 

Rachel B Cardenas, a familiar face of the Hidden Valley RV Park team has been our office manager since her official start here in 2019.  Growing up at Hidden Valley she has a special place in our hearts and we like to think the park’s in her heart too. 

Her firsthand experience with customer service, computer systems and communications has been a great benefit for the park and our guests.  Read on to learn more about Rachel.

Where is your favorite place to camp?

I most often camp on Port Aransas Beach in the Gulf Coast.  I love the small beach town feel and that it is full of pet friendly areas and happy people.  Garner State Park is a close second choice for the river tubing and getting to the top of their hiking trails.  

What do you enjoy most about working at Hidden Valley RV Park?

I love the team I work with here plus the beautiful sunsets are the perfect close to my day.  I also really enjoy meeting new guests from all over the world and seeing them come back for years to see us at Hidden Valley RV. 

What does the Hidden Valley promise – “Southern hospitality” – mean to you?

Attention to details, going the extra mile and exceeding expectations by becoming our guest’s personal concierge, providing directions to attractions, parking options, new and unique events or things to do and just making our guests feel like family.  I want to make sure you love our city as much as we do! 

What Hidden Valley RV Park improvements in the area of customer care have you been a part of?

Implementation of a simplified and streamlined online reservation system for our guests.

Developing a touchless registration system to save our guests time and for their safety during the pandemic 

Tell us more about Hidden Valley RV Parks plans for the future.

There are some big changes in the works but they’re still in the development stage.  Keep on the watch at the park and on our Facebook page as the new year comes around.  Yep, it’s a cliff hanger!

Tuesday

RV Movies to Make You Laugh and Cry

 

Chihuahua Eating Popcorn and watching a Movie
Best RV Movies

This list of RV Movies will have you grabbing the popcorn and maybe even the tissues!

RV
This comedy stars Robin Williams and Jeff Daniels and has the best dumping scene in any movie ever; with a massive explosion that leaves Bob (Robin Williams) covered in an unpleasant situation. The funny thing is we have all been there. Bob goes to the dump and realizes he has no clue what he is doing. So, two kindhearted fellow campers offer advice, but they are as clueless as Bob. This scene alone is worth watching it repeatedly.

There are lots of mishaps along the way on this RV adventure! A run in with racoons, his laptop gets stolen, no internet (we’ve all been there) and constant run ins with an obnoxious, banjo playing, partridge family singing family that sells car horns for a living. This movie will have you laughing, singing and saying, "OMG, that's so US!"

We Are the Millers
This is a very adult movie! It is packed full of comedy, truth and intense moments that leave you cringing. It is the type of movie that has you up pacing and covering your

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