Two Quick Overnights in West Texas

I stayed at Flatonia Ranch RV Park in Flatonia, TX and Van Horn RV Park, in Van Horn, TX while I was on a quick trip back to California in November 2018.  For some reason, my reviews at the time didn’t get posted properly (internet?) and I’ve since lost the drafts.

To be fair to travelers who might want to stay at either of these places and would like to know a little more, I’m going to recreate these stopovers from memory.  I didn’t take any pictures while staying.

Flatonia Ranch RV Park

This is a pleasant park with an onsite manager/host.  Most of the sites are occupied by extended stay people, probably contractors.  They do have a few overnight sites.  It’s called “Flatonia” for a reason.  Flat, open plains with lots of meadows.  I was able to do some laundry while there with a convenient laundry building just across the road.

My dogs enjoyed walking in the fields (on leash, of course) and there didn’t seem to be a sticker problem.  I would recommend this park for a quick overnight as you pass through on I-10.  If you stay here for an extended period, you would most definitely need a vehicle for errands, exploring, etc. as it is in the middle of nowhere however, according to Google Maps, there is a country store about 1 mile away.  The town of Flatonia (population about 1380) is about 2 1/2 miles away.

It’s about 108 miles from the center of Houston and I had definitely wanted to avoid any Houston traffic so this was very convenient for me as I traveled through.  I believe the rate was about $20 or $25 and I paid cash.  The laundry is on an honor system with a cash box nearby.

Van Horn RV Park

This was obviously a KOA (Kampgrounds of America) at one time as evidenced by the triangular shaped main building.   There are several RV park choices in Van Horn as this is a midway point as you travel across West Texas on I-10. It lies 431 miles west of San Antonio and 121 miles east of El Paso, TX. If you’re trying to avoid cities, this is a good choice.

All the sites are pull-thru and there are the standard amenities — laundry, little store, dog park.  It’s on the Freeway side of town and you pass a Pilot Travel Center on the road to the park.

Although my stay was short, I had been averaging about 500 miles a day on my drives and I was delighted to discover that they have an on-side diner that delivers to your site.  Very home-style cooking but really hit the spot.  If I ever find myself back in this part of Texas, I would definitely stay here again, if for no other reason, than the hearty breakfasts and filling dinners.


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