The Rayford Crossing RV Resort in Spring, Texas, has been the winter getaway and summer destination for people miles around, going on five years. The resort attracts two different crowds depending on the time of the year, explained Gwen Craig who is the co-owner along with her husband Billy Craig, according to the Pasadena Citizen.
From April until the end of the summer, Rayford Crossing draws people from a 150-mile radius looking for fun in the sun, Craig said.
Craig said the park goes out of its way to get RVers out of their rigs in an effort to interact and have fun.
Campers can play various water games or take part in family relay races, pool tournaments and chili cook-offs. Bands perform in the campground on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends.
“Most younger families don’t want the rustic camp experience,” Craig said. “The Woodlands is a big draw with the concerts at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and the great shopping in the area. Of course, families like to visit Splashtown and Old Town Spring.”
From October through the beginning of April, the park hosts tons of “winter Texans,” many of whom are older people visiting their children and grandchildren that live near The Woodlands.
“Many older people rather go here than Florida or South Texas,” Craig said.
Activities continue throughout the year. Rayford Crossing just held a family orientated Mardi Gras themed weekend.
Thanks to Texas’ weather, in the winter and the summer the outdoorsy types can take advantage of nearby hiking and biking trails, fish and swim while sedentary travelers can crack a book at the campground’s library or hang out in the game room.
The 112-site park has as occupancy rate of about 90% in the winter months and 75% during the summer with many coming just for the weekends, Craig said.
Far from the rustic setting people normally associate with RV lodging, Rayford Crossing offers amenities like Wi-Fi, heated pool, Direct TV, fully furnished cabins and workout game rooms.
For the last couple of years, Rayford Crossing received a perfect rating by the Trailer Life Directory. No easy feat, the park scored a 10 in three categories including completeness of facilities, cleanliness and physical characteristics of rest rooms and showers, and visual appeal and environmental quality.
The bar is so high that in the directory’s 2009 edition only one other park in the country, Evergreen RV Resort in Mount Eaton, Ohio, achieved this “triple crown,” which is equivalent to a five-star hotel rating.
Rayford Crossing allows visitors to rent a space by the night, by the week or by the month. Daily rates range from $39 a night to $52 which differs on amenities such as access to a gas grill and patio furniture.