campground review: Pony Express RV Resort in Salt Lake City

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Pool at Pony Express

Go for a swim at the Pony Express RV Resort.

Why camp here? There are lots of reasons to visit Salt Lake City. It was just a stopover for us this time due to other time commitments, but we hope to stay longer next time to explore the area. The 35-acre Temple Square, the most-visited attraction in the state, is top of the list of places I’d like to see. I also want to tour the Territorial Statehouse  since we enjoyed our visit to the Wyoming Territorial Prison so much. There’s a nice list of locals’ favorites on the Visit Salt Lake website, including the Epic Brewing Company and Tony Caputo’s regional market with, get ready for this, a state-of-the-art cheese cave, old-world butcher shop and the nation’s largest selection of ultra-premium chocolate. A cheese cave and ultra-premium chocolate? Count me in!

Campsite at Pony ExpressThe Pony Express RV Resort was perfect for our purposes. Easy access, level sites large enough for our big rig, a convenient location, full hookups and a nice, air-conditioned laundry room. If that had been it, we’d have been more than happy. Throw in beautiful landscaping, access to the paved Jordan River Parkway Trail, friendly staff and the most immaculate property we’ve visited, and there are plenty of reasons to camp here.

Other amenities:
There are 175 paved sites of varying sizes, 10 cabins, a big playground, multiple restroom and shower facilities, a convenience store and a game room with a pool table, flat-screen TV, comfy seating and full kitchen for guest use. That made it easy to work while I was doing laundry. Bonus: there are lots of washers and dryers, plus a change machine. The swimming pool was clean and very inviting, with cushy patio furniture to relax on after a dip.

Playground at Pony ExpressWe stayed in an Executive RV site, which is a 70-by-30-foot pull-through with a paved pad for your car. The streets are nice and wide for easy maneuvering.

Connectivity: We had good AT&T coverage and the resort’s wifi was easy to use.

Fun fact: The Great Salt Lake is the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere. In an average year, it covers 1,700 square miles, but it fluctuates due to the shallowness of the lake. In 1963, one of my favorite years, it reached its lowest recorded level at 950 square miles, but in 1988 the surface area was at the historic high of 3,300 square miles. (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

Would we camp here again? Yes.

Cabins at Pony ExpressWhat’s nearby? In addition to the many attractions in Salt Lake City, there are lots of things to do and see nearby. Bonneville Salt Flats, site of the Bonneville Speedway and many land-speed records, is to the west. Watch “The World’s Fastest Indian” and then you’ll want to see it, too. In the winter, Salt Lake City is home to four world-class resort facilities, plus more in nearby Provo Canyon, Park City and Ogden. Park City, home of the 2002 Olympics is just an hour to the east.

Getting here: The resort is located between I-15 and I-215 in North Salt Lake City. Click for directions.

Disclosure: I was a guest of the Pony Express RV Resort. As always, my views and opinions are my own based on personal experience.

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