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RV Park Review: Lost Alaskan RV Park

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Lost Alaskan RV Park in Alpine, TX is located about two miles north of Alpine, Texas in a quiet scenic spot on Highway 118. It is, by far, the nicest RV Park in the area.

Lost Alaskan RV Park is  at 2401 State Highway 118, Alpine, Texas 79830. Office: (432) 837-1136 URL: http://www.lostalaskan.com/

Lost Alaskan Sites and Amenities

Lost Alaskan offers 93 large sites, with 70 pull-throughs and 23 back-ins. It also has several covered tent campsites in a quiet grassy area of the park. Other features include:

  • Pool
  • Rec Room
  • Playground
  • Horseshoes
  • Stargazing
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Pet run
  • RV wash
  • Gift shop

There is plenty to like about the Lost Alaskan. The main bathrooms and showers are roomy, clean and well kept. Each has three showers, two toilets and four sinks. The laundry room has enough washers and dryers to avoid having to wait.

The heated pool is large enough to give everyone room to splash around. The adjacent bathrooms are a convenience, in addition to the main shower/bathrooms, and the splash pad will keep the kids entertained and cool.

The rec room never seemed to get much use, but there are tables, chairs and plenty of books if you wanted to borrow some. You can also head on over to the horseshoes area and play a game where close really counts.

If you like stargazing, this is a great place to do some. Take a seat in the sheltered stargazing area and enjoy the view of the clear night sky. You might just start humming “Deep in the Heart of Texas” when you see how big and bright the stars really are.

Lost Alaskan RV Park is bordered on two sides by open fields and beautiful mountain views. If you enjoy watching birds and other wildlife, you’ll enjoy the non-stop opportunity to relax and do just that.

Alpine is a nice area, and near enough to some interesting attractions to make it worth a visit. Some of the attractions are:

  • McDonald Observatory: This research unit of the University of Texas at Austin is located 38 miles northwest of Lost Alaskan in the Davis Mountains, and 16 miles from Fort Davis on Hwy 118. The observatory programs include guided and self-guided tours, talks, telescope viewings, solar viewing, twilight program, star party and special viewing nights.
  • Fort Davis National Historical Site: Located in Fort Davis, Texas, this historical site is right on your way to the McDonald Observatory. Enjoy self-guided tours and a video of this frontier military post built to provide protection for emigrants, mail coaches and freight wagons on the Trans-Pecos section of the San Antonio-El Paso Road and Chihuahua trail.
  • Big Bend National Park: About 120 miles south of Alpine you can visit the Big Bend National Park. Located in south Texas at the big bend of the Rio Grande River this is one of the “last remaining wild corners of the United States” where you can travel from the river basin, through deserts, to mile-high mountains in less than an hour.
  • Marfa Mystery Lights: This is one of my favorite places, mostly because I love a mystery. The Marfa Mystery Lights have been the subject of legend long before the first recorded sighting in 1883. The viewing site is 9 miles east of Marfa on Highway 90. The lights tend to appear year round about an hour after sunset. The lights are reported to change colors and bounce around randomly, with no apparent source or known cause. They were reported by pioneers in 1883, and known to the Native Americans of the area long before that. We managed to miss the lights due to rain and fog, but did meet several people, one a border guard, who has seen them many times. Just to give you a heads-up–if you look too far to the west you might be fooled by lights drifting down the hill into Marfa. Those aren’t the Marfa Lights. They’re the headlights of cars coming over the hill.

The Town of Alpine

Other attractions include the Sul Ross University and Museum of Big Bend, both located in downtown Alpine.

The main streets in downtown Alpine were under some serious construction when we were there, so it made parking and visiting some of the shops difficult. But for such a small town, there were plenty of stores and just about every service you could need, including two large grocery stores with great prices on meat. One of the stores has a fresh bakery and deli.

We Recommend the Lost Alaskan

After our stay at the Lost Alaskan, we seriously considered making reservations for the following summer but made other plans for several reasons. The sites they reserve for full-timers/monthly guests are the back-in sites. These back up to a farm operated by a farmer who starts work early with noisy equipment that woke us up most mornings.

While there are plenty of huge trees and lots of shady spaces, the back-ins have a bit less shade than the pull-throughs that are laid out at a better angle to block the hot afternoon sun. Some of the most desirable spots for a long-term stay were not available for monthly guests. We were told they reserved those spots for large groups and short stay guests.

Despite those minor issues, we spent a pleasant month there during September, one of Texas’ hottest months. But even at the cooler altitude of 4,500 feet we needed air conditioning during several 90°+ days. The electric fees raised our monthly tab by over $100.00.

Their monthly rate was reasonable, but it is for only two people. Since we often have our granddaughter for the summer, I was disappointed to learn that they charged $3.00 a day for each extra person. The extra $90 a month plus the constant need for air conditioning during July and August could bring rent and utilities to $500 or $600 a month.

Once we realized what else was available in Texas we decided to find a park on a lake or river with more interesting things for a kid to do. We reserved a spot at a riverside park with a space just yards from the perfect fishing spot.

But we haven’t taken Lost Alaskan off our list. Next time we go through that area, it will be our park of choice. It really does stand head and shoulders over all other parks in the area.

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