Location is great to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. The dog run is very good. Those are the positives. Before we arrived we had called and explained we needed to have mail forwarded to the park. They supplied the address. When we got here we were informed that they do not accept mail, and only make a run to the post office on Mondays. In an RV park, mail forwarding is normal. If they did not accept mail, they should have said so, and not given us the address, and not mentioned they do not accept mail for travelers. The office staff's attitude about this was rude at best. As far as the sites, most are unlevel. The roads are very dusty. There are large trees that make getting into and out of certain sites very difficult especially for a "big rig". We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice campground with awesome mountain views. Very friendly and helpful staff. Close to entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. Far enough away from town/activities without being too far. Restroom/showers/laundry facilities were clean. Very nice lodge, pool, camp store. "Some" sites are close side to side and back to back. Also, "some" sites you will need a long sewer hose, water hose to reach utilities. Most sites are not very level but you have to realize you are in the mountains. Do you homework when reserving a site and you will be happy. Roads in campground can get a little dusty at times. Overall, a very nice place to stay and we would stay there again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I would give this park a 9 for its view, but the sites are terrible. We could not get anywhere near level without lifting the right front and rear wheels off the ground. Ruts in main roads and in sites, some deep. Hook-ups are okay, but you may need an extra long sewer hose to reach the ground connection. The club house/bar was not open, but is on the weekends. Be aware that the road up the mountain is steep and winding, and the turn at the stop light in town is difficult for a large motor home, leaving the camp ground, use the truck route to avoid the stoplight turn to the right. I would not stay here again unless I had to, and that would probably be the case as I did not see anything the area any better. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Pros: Friendly staff, nice lodge, dog run, decent pool. Cons: This park is in dire need of site landscaping and leveling. 6 diesel pusher rigs in our group and all sites (Pull thrus) that were very un-level. Took me 3 inches of boards height to level my rig along with my levelers. Grass/dirt area between sites so slanted that you could not use the picnic tables for fear of turning them over. Roads in the park/resort actually had "old" asphalt under all the dirt and gravel that was on top. This place needs to re-blacktop roads and install rain gutters on the edges. Will cost $$$$ but these upgrades need their attention before we would return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We would have given a higher mark if this campground had not been so expensive. This price is with Good Sam discount! Long dirt sites with plenty of room for trailer and tow truck but sites not level. OK, the campground is on a hill but the sites could have been graded to accommodate this. Ours and all of the RVs round us had one side wheels off of the ground. Internet good at times but could be very slow. Good cable channels including the golf channel, which is quite unusual these days. Restrooms clean but in need of refurbishment. Pool and club house which we did not need to use as here to see The Rocky Mountain NP. Sorry but cannot recommend due to the price. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The Good: Beautiful setting. Large, long, level pull throughs. Nice large off-leash park. The Bad: Dirt, dirt and more dirt. Very dusty. I hate parks that advertise free WiFi that are almost useless. Why should the wifi be useless when I pay $70 per night! The WiFi actually disconnected while I was writing this review. Download was less then 0.5mb. Price includes Good Sam discount. Would try different parks when I return to area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
At first we thought the sites were small, but after we drove through the other RV parks in Estes, we realized they were very spacious. Beautiful views in every direction! We will definitely stay here again. Great location near one entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Friendly staff. Good pet area for off leash playing. We didn't use the putt putt or the pool, but we saw other families enjoying them. Only two slight annoyances: there is no lock on the restroom, so anyone can walk in at any time. I would not have felt safe to send my teenage daughter in there alone at night. Also, in the laundry area, there were two dryers out of order. I read some reviews that complained about the dust, but I think that's just dependent on the weather (whether or not it's been a rainy time or dry time). Overall, it's a great place to stay in one of the most beautiful places in the world! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here for 5 nights. This is an "OK" park. Nothing to write home about. The pads are level, but the sites are not. The outside space is on a slope and it's nothing but weeds/prairie dog mounds, so any sitting outside is almost not do-able. You need to be creative with chair placement. The picnic tables are in desperate need of refurbishing. The roads (although being graded while we were there) are dusty/sandy and dirty. Walking in anything less then shoes/socks leaves your feet dusty/dirty. The showers/bathrooms/pool from our site G-1 is a hike, though once you get there, are nice. It's too expensive for what you're getting in return. Unfortunately, it's the only RV park in town that would fit our RVl and our kids live in town, so we'll be back. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We've stayed at this park several times, usually one of the first to open for the season in Estes Park. Convenient to downtown as well as the Beaver Meadows entrance to RMNP. First and foremost, it's overpriced. The fee we paid was with a discount for full hookups. The most recent visit here, we discovered (along with their maintenance person) an anomaly with their electrical system. Initially, we didn't have electricity and tripping the breaker on the post didn't resolve it. What maintenance discovered was that, the sites are tied together with EVERY OTHER SITE, not the one next to it, that would be logical. Had to trip the breaker on a site 2 sites up! Once that was resolved, there were no additional problems with utilities. Sites are somewhat level...but not consistently throughout the park. We usually stay in the area more on the southern side of the park, and the sites there require a bit more leveling then some of the others closer to the highway. The access roads need some attention, in places it's asphalt that is breaking up, other places it's more gravel. Restrooms have always been clean every time we've visited. There's a bathhouse in the central part of the park that's more communal. Then there are restrooms at the upper end by the tenting area, that are 4 individual restrooms, that give more of a sense of privacy. Both cases, they are clean with plenty of hot water. Staff has always been friendly each time I've been there. I've read complaints about unfriendly staff, but have never experienced that myself and we've been going there for several years. Normally we don't use the group facilities such as the pool and hot tub area, so can't comment on them. The company that owns this park also owns Spruce Lake. Their pricing structure seems to be the same, but of the two, I prefer Elk Meadow, as the sites are not quite as tight as Spruce Lake, and there are pull thru sites, which Spruce Lake doesn't offer. If you're willing to spend the money, Elk Meadow is an acceptable park. But like all the parks in Estes Park, there seems to have been a decline in quality, while prices have increased. Unfortunately, there's just not many alternatives; USFS campgrounds aren't close by, and the campgrounds inside RMNP fill up rapidly during the camping season. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice location just difficult to access thru town very dusty locations and not level. However, we have stayed here a number of times and would go back , The elk wander close to campground and lots of wildlife in area. You can tolerate a little inconvenience to be in such a beautiful part of the world. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Overall this is a very nice place. Close to Rocky Mountain NP entrance. Scenery from our site was terrific. The newer restroom/showers were very nice. Our sewer connection was almost at the same height as the dump valve on the trailer, which was not good. The only other negative is the price, which is quite high. Most sites are pull-through, but one row has sites back to back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a very convenient location from which to visit Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. The sites relatively wide, and the historic buildings extremely interesting. The campground staff was friendly. On the downside, the roads were extremely dusty and even the seemingly constant leveling did little more than stir up the dust. The really need to pave the roads. As the other campgrounds in town are very much tighter, we'd stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
High marks for being next to the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park and near downtown Estes Park. The campground itself gets low marks for dirt, rutted roads (especially during rains), no gravel left on roads or sites, dying grass between sites, and almost all sites on hills. Cannot find a level spot for picnic table and chairs next to your RV. We could not open our windows because of the dust created from cars and RVs. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Unlike other bad reviews, we find this park to be pretty nice. The roads are fine, not full of pot holes, our site was very level, I just had to raise the one side a few inches is all. Spacing between sites is not overly spacious but not tight either. The views are amazing, staff and office area very nice. Only negatives are the wi-fi is horrible and our sewer dump is pretty high which was a pain. Overall it was a very decent spot and I would stay here in again in a heartbeat. I'm a pretty picky traveler too. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice place to stay with a fine pool and a lodge bar. From here you can discover Estes Park. A shuttle bus stops right next the campground to take you all over the park. We recommend this nice and clean campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were skeptical about what we were going to find when we arrived here after reading about bad roads and uneven sites. But in our opinion, none of those things were really an issue. We were in Row F, up close to the tent camping area at the back of the park. Our spot was level and although we had a back in site, it was fairly easy to get into even with our 38' RV. The sites are staggered so even though there isn't a ton of space in between the sites, you aren't neck and neck with your neighbor. The only leveling problems we had were with the picnic table that we had to put a board under one side to even it out. The roads aren't paved as many have indicated, but they were decent roads in our opinion. We were right across the road from the WiFi tower, so had a great signal when we were outside and a decent one inside. Their cable TV signal was great, too! We also had a fantastic view of Longs Peak when sitting out on our patio area. The view around the entire park is great, and only a couple of minutes to the RMNP entrance. Although paying $53 a night seemed excessive, and likely the most expensive park in the area, after seeing a lot of the others in our sightseeing, if we were to return to Estes we would most likely go back here to Elk Meadows. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The park has gravel & mud sites & they are not very level. Very little sitting area by your coach that can be used due to being on the side of small hill.The grounds were clean plus there was a nice guy who guided us to our site. Their is very little grass in the site area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The public areas of this park are very pretty and nicely maintained. The camp sites are on a hillside with gravel roads that are roomy enough for big rigs. Diesel engines going up the gravel roads to campsites are quite noisy. The parking areas are flat, also in crushed gravel. The sites are quite narrow. They have picnic tables, but our table could only be used in front of, or behind, the motorhome as nothing else was flat. My only complaint about the park was the lousy Internet service. My husband called the office, leaving a message. The call was never returned. When he went down to ask them about the Internet the clerk was not pleasant, saying that we were told that they were having difficulties with their service when we checked in. This was not true. The clerk on duty at that time simply pointed out the router name and password. I marked the park down for that as well as the lack of a fenced dog park. I also marked the park down as the size of the spaces didn't seem to be in line with the price. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice park and nice hosts. Utilities well placed with good space between site but no trees. Only negatives are there are prairie dog holes everywhere. Very hard to walk around the RV without springing your ankle. There is not a good dog area. This is our second stay and we plan to return again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here for a week. WiFi was free but mostly non-existent. Sites were tight. Although they have picnic tables at the sites, you can't really use them as they are sitting on the side of the site which is downhill. Bathrooms are closed for cleaning in the morning when many people are wanting to use them. There are no walkways to bathrooms so people are constantly walking through our campsite to get to them. Office personnel are very helpful and friendly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The negatives are the pool is extremely crowded and there needs to be another restroom facility. The positives are they have a nice camp store and an even nicer restaurant with a saloon attached. Beautiful views from the park and on the ride in. I'd stay here again, mostly because of the saloon! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Elk Meadows is the best of a group of mediocre RV Parks in the Estes Park area. This is the least crowded of the parks. The sites are plenty long for any size rig and tow, and there is enough space between sites to extend your awning and have a bit of privacy. The staff is great: friendly and helpful, and the keep the park clean. The utilities are well placed and in good working order. There is no grass and very little effort has been put into improving the "natural" landscaping. It is a nice park, but it could be sooo much better. My primary complaint is with the WiFi. It worked pretty well about 20% of the time. The other 80% was extremely frustrating and annoying. Most of the time, we couldn't even open the browser, much less open a website. When we did manage to open our browser, we would suddenly lose internet connectivity, requiring us to disconnect, reconnect and start all over again. They have antennas all over the park, which makes it easy to connect, but apparently the ISP lacks bandwidth to provide decent service. You can tell that, for me, WiFi is an important service. In my opinion, it needs to be improved. All that being said, we'll return. This is as good as it gets in Estes Park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A good park but over priced. What makes it good is its proximity to Rocky Mtn. NP and the common area amenities. The pad sites & hook ups are average to poor. Cable was good - WiFi was poor from our location. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park was very dusty and dirty. There is no grass area for dogs only rocks and itchy weeds. The sites are unlevel. We had to move the picnic table to the front of our motorhome right by the road just to get it level enough to sit anything on it. Our area just outside the door was a steep incline and unusable. Our friends that camped with us had their neighbors sewer hookups just 3 feet from their door. They also had no usable space to sit outside and enjoy the views other than on the edge of the street. Anytime a car drives by you get dust blown. The pool and hot tub were closed for repair while we were here. It is close to the national park but that's about the only thing it has going for it. We were charged an extra $10/ night because we had 2 little boys with us. I would not call this a resort and don't feel it is worth the price in any way. We have stayed at much nicer places for way less. We will NOT ever waste our money at this park again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We wanted to experience a cabin, so we chose this site. The location was good and we enjoyed Estes Park. The cabin was clean. It was small, but had a good layout other than the sofa. When it was out you couldn't walk around it. My only complaint was the sofa made into a bed and was extremely uncomfortable. I ended up having to sleep in one of the bunk beds. We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
Super convenient to RMNP, not sure why a previous complaint about the road noise, it didn't bother us in the least. It's not a "luxury" resort by any means but everything was well kept and the staff was friendly. Yes it is not paved and the sites are dirt/gravel with grass in between but the views are outstanding. The only sites with shade are some of the back ins. Also the cable & WiFi worked very well while we were there. We'd stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is not as good as it shows to be in the campground guides. The sites are gravel and dirt - more dirt than gravel. It is not worth the price and that was with our Good Sam discount. When I made the reservation, I asked for 50 amp and when we got here it was 30 amp. We were late arrivals and there was no one to talk to about changing so we set up at the assigned site. Very disappointed since rating was good in the books. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had stayed here twice before and said never again. But we agreed to meet friends here and also to give it another chance. As said in previous reviews on this site or sight was not level,and the pad a combination of dirt, sand and ground black cinder. The roads are black cinder, so do not where white tennis shoes on them. Although maneuvering is not a problem the reception and disconnect/turn-a-round area is just dirt and will blow up huge dust storms. Electric and water were OK at our site. They had placed us in a 60' sight that was closer to 50' and we are 45'. Staff, we found one that cared and help work out a workable site for us. The others did not seem to care. Our coach was clean when we arrived and filthy when we left in 4 days. The sewer on our friends sight was "up-hill" from the pad, as were several others we saw. PRICE: In 11 years of full timing this park is the most over priced park we have found. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is close to everything in Estes Park. Just 3 miles from RMNP. We stayed in the G row and had a huge site. We could use our portable invisible fence. The site are not level and the road could use some tlc. I used the laundry, it was spotless and reasonable ($1.50 wash $1.25 for one hour of dryer). The view of the Rockies was great. We will stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Large park with large gravel sites with good space between sites. The sites are not very level, however. They do have picnic tables, but if you are in a large rig, there is no level place for the table. Has lots of amenities (pool, spa, horseshoe pits, etc.) but we did not use them. The price is a little on the high side, but this is the best park we have found in the area. We stayed here a few years ago. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Here is the most important part of my review: if you want to stay in Estes Park and you have a large fifth wheel or class A, then this is your absolute best choice. Estes Park is so unique and beautiful that we always keep coming back for the beauty and the hiking. The RV park has a pool, hot tub, and miniature golf, and those are maintained well, and the maintenance folks and the office folks are all friendly. We stayed on G row which still has 30 amp power but good sewer and water. Lots of 50 amp sites are available but a majority of those are back in and we try to avoid those. my biggest complaints are that the sites are generally not level, and the RV park could be so much better if the roads were maintained better. Bottom line: wish they would repair the roads, put 50 amp on G row. Then I would rate this a 10. It is an expensive RV park, but really you have no choice if you have a big rig. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A somewhat friendly staff and nice views of The Rockies overlooking a storage lot full of rv's and old propane cylinders simply did not make up for for the high priced facility. The dusty gravel roads and unlevel sites that are so close together were less than desirable for our one week stay. The location is very near to Estes Park and downtown, but so are many other RV options in town. The Wi-Fi is very weak throughout the park. We camped in the "G" section that is supposed to have the best "views". The pet leash law is strictly enforced. There is no area for off leash exercise except for near the fairgrounds where there is a very nice dog park. We will not return again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
When we arrived their computer system was down. The young lady checked us in and said stop by later to pay. She was a hoot, made everyone laugh. Site was level and everything worked well, went to the lodge and the lady working inside gave us a wonderful history lesson on the lodge (Brothel). The park was just great and it was one of the better parks. We have ever stayed in large sites, sold sewer connections. We will be back next year. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was our second stay at Elk Meadow in Estes Park. We just love Estes Park and RMNP. Elk Meadow has a great location. However, I do believe the condition of the park has deteriorated since our stay in 2011. The grounds, roads and sites were in horrible shape. The roads and sites were full of holes and wash outs. The grass needed mowing around the sites. The bathrooms were not dirty but they were not overly clean either. The hot water in the bathrooms was non-existent. I try not to be too negative but for the price you pay at this place it should kept up much better. If were $25 a night I would be much less critical. All of this is really ashamed as the location is perfect for exploring Estes Park and RMNP. A few simple actions by the owners would make this such a nice place: - grade the roads and bring in more gravel - grade the sites and mow the grass - do some renovation on the bathrooms (update the facets and shower heads, bigger hot water heater, replace the floor in the bathroom) - a big time cleaning with a pressure washer of the entire bathroom. We will hesitate to stay there again unless improvements are made. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The terraced sites allowed excellent views of the surrounding mountains. The site was gravel and grass and not very level. The laundry was clean and well equipped. Wash was $1.75 and dryer was $1.50. Laundry located in middle of the campground. Internet was not working when we were here. In 2012 the campground was located on the Estes Park free shuttle route, great for us since we do not tow a car. Staff was pleasant but disorganized. This may have been what led to their double billing me when I made my reservation. I was charged twice, once from the campground and the other from the Lodge. I had spoken with the manager before we left but she never called me back, so that when we arrived I had to explain it all again to the woman completing our check-in and then to the manager. It was eventually reconciled, but required a second trip to the office and I was glad I had come prepared with my credit card statement. We did not use any of the other facilities but they include a miniature golf course. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Good news is it's close to RMNP. The space I was in was long with plenty of room for the tow vehicle. Bad news, it need some work. The roads are in terrible shape and the pads need to be leveled (they are dirt and this should be a simple grading project). I ended up with the right rear wheels off the ground. Problem is this is probably the best park in the area. Could be a lot better with just a little work. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We spent a week at Elk Meadow RV park. I find this park difficult to rate. Compared to other campgrounds in the Estes Park area, Elk Meadow is probably the best of the bunch. We were in the “B” section which I considered to have the tightest sites in the park. The roads and sites within the park are a gravelly dirt and not maintained very well. Most sites will require some leveling. Some parts of the park really are overrun with ground squirrels and their burrows are everywhere. The Wi-Fi worked, but at times was slow. On the positive side, the swimming pool was very clean but the hot tub usually had a number of children in it. There was a beautiful mini-golf course, horse shoe pits, a bean bag toss, and a playground. The on-site laundry was large and clean. The bathrooms were dated, but clean. The cable TV offered a very large number of channels. There is also a small store on the property and the park staff was very friendly. The biggest plus for this park is that it is very close to the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. With better road and site maintenance and better terracing of the sites, this park would rate much higher. Our nightly rate reflects the weekly rate with the Good Sam discount. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Park sits next to Rocky Mountain National Park. Great views of the mountains, elk was nearby, it is big rig friendly. General staff friendly, but don't expect any help from front desk staff. They are rude and insulting. I asked about the advertized shuttle to town and was told it wasn't operating. The pool and hot tub wasn't available Memorial Day, and the front desk didn't offer any alternatives other than what a burden it was to refill the hot tub. Managers were "unavialable" Would not return We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was our first time with the motorhome in Estes Park. The website for this park is a little more lavish than the park actually is. We camped here on the final weekend of the season, and the water had been turned off the week prior. Estes is a great base camp for many outdoor activities, and we were glad we had our toad for transportation. To be honest this only the only Big Rig friendly RV spot in Estes. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If every other place in Estes Park is busy, I would stay here again. The web pictures are not a good representation of the park. It is very crowded in B row with rigs feet away from you on all sides. There are very few trees and all sites will require some leveling. The bathrooms are very nasty. The toilets were all stopped up one time I visited and someone had thrown up all over the place on my second visit. There is quite a bit of dog waste on the areas between trailers. Overall the staff was very nice and they do have a campfire every night. Also, elk stroll through the park nightly. They had a bear in the park the week before we arrived. Since we don't spend much time at the park, I would stay here if the other parks are booked. I would not recommend the park to those that like to use the showers and restrooms at the park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Although this campground gives very good first impressions (Nice office building, game room, front area landscaping), it gives way to a poor RV parking lot! We were very disappointed in our stay here. We were here some years ago, and it was a lot nicer then. The entire campground is just a cramped parking lot on a hill. Although the pull-through sites have some room, there is no shade. The only shaded spaces are in "F" loop, which we requested. However, our spot was the only one without trees in that loop and we were very, very cramped together! The awnings almost touched each other end-to-end! The grounds in the RV area were a disaster. The interior roads had been paved a long time ago, but it is now slippery rock ruts. The gravel they layer has been ground to dust. The overall impression is that it has not been maintained for quite some time. The huge RV storage yard right next to the sites doesn't help much either. The only positives were the close location to RMNP, hookups worked well and Wi-Fi was good. The pool area has also gone downhill. Their old below-ground hot tub is now boarded over and a tiny above ground 4 person tub sits in the corner. Although the spa is for "16 and above" as the sign states, toddlers filled the tub with no parents to be seen. When we asked the staff about it, they shrugged their shoulders and walked away. Nice. This place need a major renovation and some serious money put back into the sites! We will not be back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Price reflects monthly rates. Nice place, one of the better options in Estes Park. Great staff. Can't beat the setting and location. No problem leveling here, but I can see where some of the sites could have issues. Entry road was redone in late July but still has some washboarding. Keeping in the town spirit of making as much money as you can while you can in the summer, some of the amenities are a little pricey as noted ($5 pancake and sausage breakfast?). But in fairness they are optional and not built into the site rent. Verizon is marginal, and yes wi-fi is veeeery slow or nonexistent in prime time. I hear AT&T and T-Mobile are solid. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Sites are not level. Restaurant closed now. Wi-Fi completely worthless. Rodents throughout campground. Very few trees. Never could find a dog area. Roads very rough. Seems that some tent sites were occupied by undesirable transients. On the up side: Estes Park is fantastic. The campground is near entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The positives of the campground were the incredible mountain views, a nice pool and hot tub, the proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park, and a cool restaurant/ bar on the premises. The negatives were the very high cost, limited camp store, no fire rings, smaller campsites, a very potholed filled road, a not particularly friendly staff, Wi-Fi that did not work one day of our four days, and they cleaned the bathhouse at 9 am the one day I tried to use it. I would stay here again if I couldn't find a better campground. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
There are so many things wrong with this campground, I hardly know where to begin. It is very expensive. Rate reflects Good Sam discount, $5 coupon and weekly rate discount. They upcharge for 50 amp and cable. Worst of all, they charge $1 per day per dog and don’t provide clean-up bags. The sites have you packed in like sardines. We had to share a picnic table with another camper for several nights. There is a nice pool and new hot tub that we did not use. We did not use their bathrooms either, so we can’t comment. The Wi-Fi is one of the worst we’ve encountered. It works reasonably well before 7 am. Forget it in the late afternoon and evening. Just not enough bandwidth for a campground of this size. Electricity was stable and water pressure was adequate. The campground was infested with rodents. (Wyoming ground squirrels.) I counted five active holes on our campsite. These rodents are a health issue, and their holes are ankle breakers at night. The roads are rough full of potholes. The campsites are not level. Saw more than one bus with one of its wheels completely off the ground. Bring plenty of leveling blocks and wood. Campground is owned by a partnership that specializes in buying campgrounds with good cash flow in locations that offer the possibility of selling the land to developers at a later date. They just don’t seem interested in providing a quality camping experience. The only thing this campground has going for is its location at the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great campground. The spots are gravel, but have patches of grass and are quite level. This was our first time here, but we have stayed at Spruce Lake and Dakota Ridge in this group. They are all great. Friendly staff, clean, nice things for kids to do and free ice cream. What can be better than that? Kudos to all. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a big place and is the best we saw of several close to town. It is well kept and clean. Everything worked. The staff was pleasant. WiFi was slow at peak times, but usually OK during the day. Our site required one board to level. Some sites required more adjustment. Plenty of pet walk areas. 76 channel cable is good but extra $ and there are no premium channels. Pets are extra $ also. Our Verizon cell phone only worked when we were downtown (a Verizon problem). Campfire smoke from the tent campers can be an allergy/irritant problem depending on wind direction. You can catch town and RMN Park shuttles to get around. Paved interior roads are quite rough; the gravel roads are better and are graded after rain as the park is on a slope. The laundry is more cramped than we thought it should be. We did enjoy our stay and would stay again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We camped here in a tent trailer with 2 kids aged 2 and 5. The campground was kind of tightly packed in. I kind of expected that near Rocky Mountain National Park. There are no fire pits in the regular camping area, probably due to the fact that it would force them to spread the sites out a little more. There area a couple of group fire pits on the grounds. We were told staff would come around before dark and put wood in the pit and light the fire. A group of us stood out one night and even flagged staff down and asked. We were told they were out of wood. There are wood boxes next to the pits and you could see inside through cracks and we could see there was plenty of wood. I don't know if it was just lazy staff or what. On the other side the very next night a younger guy (40's) came by and lit the fire and even put out extra wood. I just happened to be there at the time with my kids at the playground to see this. The same man came back later and checked to see if we needed more. Staff in general was horrible. Don't plan on going to the main buildings to ask for any help. You'll get an answer eventually after they snap at you. The staff here were elderly. It appeared they had to work here, instead of wanting to work here because they all acted like they hated it and it showed. It is definitely not like the normal elderly staff you find at most campgrounds who are wonderful. In short the park had wonderful views and was very close to the park. On the negative side we were here about 4 days and it was the worst staff I have ever seen. Other campers I spoke to agreed. I would look at other options before staying here again due to that. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Beautiful views, reasonably close to town, great location for Rocky Mt. Nat park, plus friendly and helpful work staff. So, it would be hard to not love this park, except for the "invasion of the ground squirrels" and the poor condition of the roads. The roads can be blamed on short season / tough weather. The squirrels generally drive litte dogs crazy. We would come back, but hope that the invasion can be reversed somehow. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I echo the last review I read. I gave them a 7. Washboard roads, a bit run down. Deep ruts in front of some sites. It is close to Rocky Mountain National Park which is a plus. Verizon does not work well but AT&T does. Satellite is no problem. I would stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I really struggled with rating this park an 8. However its location and proximity to RMNP and views are the main reason I did so. We stayed in spot G-9 which are the premium sites and have an unobstructed view of the mountains. The entire facility is on a hill. The sites are cut sideways and an attempt was made to make them somewhat level. The keyword is somewhat. The sites are fairly large especially on the G row. The roads in the park are horrible. I can't state how bad they are. They really need to pave them again instead of just piling on more lose rock and gravel. The word washboard to describe them is a compliment!! The shower and bathhouse facilities are in much need of an upgrade and update. The facilities were clean but just had the old / well used dingy look. Hot water in the bathhouse is non-existant. It ran luke warm for about 5 minutes then went cold. The entire facility is overrun with prairie dogs. There are prairie dog holes everywhere so watch your step. The putt-putt facility is a joke. It was covered in prairie dog waste and all of the holes are unlevel so the ball just goes to the corner every time. You can not have a campfire at the RV sites. The Wi-Fi is a joke as it is so slow it is unusable. Thank goodness we had Verizon signal here. The positives are the fact that the facility is run by very nice people. It is very close to RMNP and the the views are outstanding. We would stay here again but we really hope that they pave the roads and make some improvements. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed 2 nights at this great RV Resort. The entire campground is on the grade of a hill and the roads are a mixture of asphalt and loose gravel that made it a toss up to pull the trailer up the hill to our site. We didn't spin out, though, but going down hill to our site and having to back uphill into it was accomplished without problem. The campground was half full for the Memorial Day weekend; even with all of those RVers, it didn't feel small. The sites are all level and long. Services are as advertised, but I couldn't get WiFi to connect, possibly due to my PC. Rates are as expected for a high demand resort area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Front staff very nice. Plenty of pull-through sites, but they are gravel and not level. Laundry room was clean and reasonably priced. Beautiful old lodge on site, which was due to open for Memorial Day weekend (a few days after we left). Right outside entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park and yet close (by car) to downtown Estes Park, a charming small upscale town. The views of the mountains and surrounding hills are absolutely stunning. Elk roam the campground in the early morning. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Probably the nicest park available in Estes but it needs some TLC. Don't know if it is the hard winters or just poor workmanship but the blacktop roads will jar your cupboard belongings. The sites are larger than most in Estes but not level. We placed 4x4 blocks under one end of the picnic table to level it. Showers, restrooms and laundry room were clean and working properly. Other facilities (store, club house, etc) were closed for the season. We had good cell phone service (Verizon). We camped here in a Motorhome.
Selected a pull-through site months in advance and paid a deposit. Was called later and told the site had been reserved for the season by someone else but they had another site for us but it was a back in. What could we do? The site was not level and we had a lot of trouble fitting our large 5th wheel in. No trees or shade where the site we had picked out did. The people were very nice, some of the nicest we've dealt with, but the mix-up and the terrible site with the high cost results in the low rating we gave, and we won't stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The campsites were not level at all and the picnic tables were in very poor shape. The entrance to the park is very rough. We arrived after the office was closed for the day and the camp host was very accommodating and gracious. The pool and spa close at 8:00 p.m. which we thought was too early. After dinner and cleaning up, there is no time to enjoy that part of the park when it closes so early. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is not the nicest, cleanest campground, but we enjoyed ourselves. We stayed in the lower part. One of the nice amenities, is the free shuttle that runs hourly into Estes Park. We saw elk in a yard close to the park and a small coyote running through the park. Good location and we would stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were disappointed in this park as it is basically just a giant dirt parking lot. The sites are terraced and fairly level and nicely spaced apart. The showers are ok, the laundry is good, cable TV was excellent, and WiFi ok. The park is close to everything. There are no trees in most spaces and the grass is ugly. But the park was full most nights, so reservations are recommended. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice and close to RMNP. Drove passed the KOA on the way in and it wasn't nearly as spread out as here. Sites are rocky and somewhat on a slope, but not that bad. The roads could be nicer and the internet was sketchy at best. I would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great campground if you like Estes Park or the Rocky Mountain Nat`l Park. The older help was very good and friendly. The younger help needs training on dealing with customers, simple things like someone asking for change for the paper. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We spent one night here after the Labor Day weekend and the park was not very crowded. The end of the row spot we were assigned would have given us an unimpeded mountain view from our left side. Unfortunately, the site was occupied: that camper had evidently taken the wrong site. We ended up in what was supposed to be their site with a view of them instead of the mountains. Not a big deal but I have to wonder whether or not the other camper knew they were taking the wrong site because of the view. Still, it is the park's responsibility to make sure that customers have taken the assigned sites. The park has good facilities (FHU, cable TV, Wi-Fi and a pool (unusual for this area))and the sites are decent. There are 360 degree mountain views from everywhere in the park. You can walk (less than a mile) to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center of Rocky Mountain NP to the west and several restaurants to the east. Nice enough park, but we decided to try one of the other RV parks in the area for our second day. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Way over priced; dusty, windy, unlevel and very poor dirt interior roads. $3.50/day for 50 amp power, $2.50/day for cable, and of course 9.7% Co. sales tax. It is on the side of a hill with hook ups in poor condition. Haven't seen other Estes Park RV parks but have read they are also poor. Of course the national park is worth seeing! Good luck. I won't return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a fairly nice park. We made our reservation in August 2008, and requested a 50 amp site. When we arrived we found that we had been assigned a 30 amp site. At first the staff was unwilling to do anything about it because the Labor Day holiday was just a few days away and they were fully booked. We pulled into the assigned site and I went back to the office to try again. This time, I got someone who was more than willing to help. We were moved to a nice, shady, 50 amp site. My recommendation to anyone wanting to stay here is to get a written confirmation of your site requests. Also, the best views are in row F, sites 28 through 16. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is our first stay here (4 nights) but will not be our last. Staff - excellent! We were first given a site where the tree limbs were going to be a problem for us trying to level. They immediately gave us another site (Row C) at top of hill (no trees as we requested), and it was great!! Easy to level, too. Restrooms and showers clean and close by. Close to National Park. We will stay here in the future. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
The best thing about this campground is its proximity to the Rocky Mountain NP. The entrance is literally just around the corner. We were in G row which has an incredible view of Longs Peak. The bathrooms were clean and there were an adequate number of bath houses. The grounds could use some upkeep but the location outweighs the disadvantages. There were some problems with barking dogs but anymore we seem to encounter that wherever we are. The sites are fairly close together but not on top of each other. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The description of the cabin was very misleading on their website, and by phone. Cabin is maybe 12' by 12'. The hide-a-bed was terrible: bunks were ok for kids, however when the hide-a-bed is folded-out, you cannot get out of cabin unless you crawl over it. This has to be a safety and fire hazard. No table in the cabin but they have a picnic table outside. Which is ok unless its raining. Very dusty, and no air conditioning. I complained on Wednesday about the poor sleeping conditions. We were planning on staying til Friday. The host could only offer us half of our money back. I would not recommend anyone staying in one of their cabins. We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
Stayed at Elk Meadows the last of July, very close to RMNP entrance. Cable TV was great, did have some issues with Wi-Fi, Elk Meadows said the weather was the cause. Had to spend time leveling my trailer. Enjoyed our stay and would come again if in the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great location and beautiful views. Basic place to stay if visiting Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Charge extra for 50 amp and cable TV. Spaces are carved out of hillside. Our spot did not allow you to sit on the side of unit, sloped too much. All roads and spaces are dirt. DUST - everywhere. After a week you could even taste it. High rates because of location. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Called the RV park about 6 hours out and asked if there was a possibility of a reservation that night for five days. Lady took phone number and said she would check and call back. Be patient. Two hours later she called back. There was only one space left: a back-in rather than a pull through but they would help me back in. Upon arrival lady at registration quite helpful. Great site at rear of RV park with 15+ feet between units. Noticed other sites some what more crowded. Cable TV had many channels and WiFi had strong signal. But Wi-Fi is secured with a password and nothing was said about that at registration. Had to return to get password. Our site virtually abutted National Park boundary. Sites all gravel with little leveling needed. Few sites with trees or shade. Absolutely fabulous view of the mountains. Bathrooms and showers very clean and modern. Easy access to the RMNP and to town. RV park had a Friday and Saturday night buffet with entertainment with a dance following at $50 per couple. Make reservations for dinner early as reservations fills early. This seems to be the place to stay in Estes Park. We were in a 29 footer. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We lived in Estes Park 1995-2003 and stored here; this is our third trip back. I have always said that Elk Meadow is not a great RV park but it is the best in Estes. I still feel that way. But I also feel it has gone downhill a great deal. On the positive side it is very close to RMNP, has many activities, has great views which means not too many trees, etc. When we were here last year they acknowledged the Wi-Fi was bad and the manager sent me an email when we got home and said a whole new system had been put in and was great. Well, we are here for a month this year, 3 weeks to go, and the Wi-Fi is marginal at best. They even told me in the office that their speed is low and they get dropped off. It is dusty. It is gravel. Yes, there are ruts and the sites are uneven: 3 orange blocks worth. Cable is $2.50 / night; I set up the Dish. The Hot tub spa is now working again; it was down for a while. This says something. The manager and spouse and 3 work camping couples all quit and left about July 1st. Don't know details and not sure I want to but you can imagine staff issues right now. The new manager has just been hired; local person. Before she came they gave me the name of the owners to call with several items and he seemed nice enough but nothing changed. One major concern is that there is very marginal cell phone service here. They removed the only outside pay phone by the office. There is no way to call out once the office / lodge has closed and this, to me, is a serious issue in case of emergency. There is nothing posted on the office as to whom to contact on site in case of an emergency. I brought this to the attention of the staff here and the owner rep a week ago and they basically have ignored it and did not get back to me on it as promised. But, I would stay here again as it is the best place in town! Honest. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Did not see the ruts that were talked about earlier. We had a nice site, beautiful views of the RMNP. Very quiet and clean. It was in need of some TLC, but other than that it was fine. Could use more trees. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
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We had reservations for 5 nights at this park. The park had charged one nights stay for confirmation. My husband had a bad motorcycle accident and we were unable to travel. I called the park right away (over a month before our reservation) and was told there would be a $20 cancellation fee. I was okay with that. When I didn't receive the refund, I called again and was told they did not give refunds for any reason. She actually told me that another camper had died and they would not refund their money either! Seems like a very unreasonable policy. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here for 10 nights. Would stay here again. It is the largest RV park in the area, and as far as I am concerned it is the only choice for us. The other parks appeared to be too cramped and hard to get a big rig in and out of. Not this one. Plenty of room. Appears to be an older RV park, mostly with gravel. Our site had no trees, but we did not find it to be an issue. Stunning moountain views, including Long's Peak. Bathrooms and showers were spotless. We had to pay extra for cable tv, but was worth it, as we got as many channels as we could handle. Wifi was available, and we accessed it each day of our stay. As other folks have posted, this park is literally at the entrance to Rocky Mountain Natl. Park. You can walk to the visitor center, as it is about a mile down the road. Moreover, you are also about 15 min. walking distance from a few shops and a small grocery. Bottom line: recommended. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here for Memorial Day weekend. The office staff was still getting their act together and it took us forever to get checked in even though we were the first in line. The WIFI was in and out, and mostly not available. The office staff was apparently not really familiar with the campground because they sent us up a roadway that made access to our site much worse than if we came in from the opposite direction. We've stayed here a number of times because of the location and we're going here again soon. Hopefully the staff will be more efficient. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I ditto comment on Aug 08. I rated this campground low because the management was not customer friendly. The few staff were more helpful and friendly than the management. I always got the voice message machine when trying to call them for more directions. Don't bother waiting for a return call back until the next day when the staff gets messages off. There are deep ruts in the road and in most of the campsites. We had a hard time getting our water hose on because of the poor condition of the hook up. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had to rate this a eight based on location right outside the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, the mountain views, and the friendly work campers who checked us in with smiles and jokes and filled us in on useful local info. The campground itself shows neglect of a onetime very nice facility. The dinky pool was closed but looked liked it needed a lot of long deferred maintenance. Sites were eroded and uneven gravel with slope impacted weedy side yards. If you plan on spending most of the time away visiting Rocky Mountains National Park this is best choice from a very bad selection Estes commercial campgrounds. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Typical campground with gravel roads in large sloped field. Very helpful staff. Guided to campsite. Plenty of space between sites. Excellent view of Longs Peak from site F15. Tall pine trees in row F. Laundromat was very clean, large and inexpensive. Herd of Elk wandered through campgrounds one evening - rut season. Conveniently located near Rocky Mountain National Park Beaver Meadows entrance. Acceptable WiFi reception at site F15 with two antenae in campground. Camped with a 34' 5th wheel. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
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Where's the elks? From their website, you would think that elks everywhere in the campground. Wrong, we didn't see any elks in the area except at the RMNP. Good location but that's it. This is basically a big dirt parking lot. Yes, it would accommodate any size of rig but it's on a gentle hill. Extra kid? that would be $5 per night. Want 50amp? $3.50 extra. Cable is $2.50. We stayed four nights and the bill adds up quickly. If you stay in a tent, you get a fire pit but not for an RV site. What is the logic to that? The only thing we like is the heated pool, but it was so crowded during the summer. We camped here in a Motorhome.
First the positives: This campground is right outside the gates of the Rocky Mountain National Park. The campsites are long and relatively level with a reasonable amount of space between them. The view of the surrounding mountains is very beautiful. The bathrooms and the swimming pool are clean. Now the negatives: This campground is on the side of a hill, and there is no shade. My biggest complaint is that they advertised WiFi service and didn't provide it. If it weren't for this, I would have given eight stars, but since they advertised Wifi and didn't provide it, they only get five stars. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is basically a big field you park in with dirt roads, not even gravel. Any car driving through the park, stirred up a cloud of dust that floated through your campsite. The WiFi didn't work, the bathrooms were below average, and the bathroom/showers in the back were uni-sex. It is in a great location right by the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, and it has some nice views of the nearby mountains. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Best location for visiting Rocky Mountain National Park if you are not staying in the park. The front office seemed very hassled during our visit. They were having problems with the Wi-Fi and were very tired of answering questions. The sites are large enough for any rig. While the parking area is fairly level, the sides of the sites slope very badly, almost dangerous to walk on after dark. Easy in and out for any size rig. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Pretty much agree with last posted comments except that there is not a charge for the TV. If you have a 5er with back window as for Row G; then you get a great view of Long's Peak. Laundry is excellent. Lots of activities. Roads could use some improvement but no real big deal. The WiFi is terrible -- you are on and off and on and off. However, this is the best park in Estes. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We have stayed in this park before and it is our preferred park in the Estes Park area. Our rate ($43) reflects the Good Sam rate during peak season -- and it would be more for 50amp service or cable TV (check the web site). On the positive side -- The sites are further apart than the other RV parks, and that is the main reason we stay here. We have a 33' 5th Wheel and this is the easiest RV park to navigate, and there is plenty of room for larger rigs. The pool and hot tub are clean and well kept. The staff is friendly and helpful, and lead you to your site. The showers/bathrooms next to the pool are clean (there is another set up the hill that we didn't check out). This is the closest RV park to the Rocky Mtn National Park entrance. On the negative side -- Some of the sites are getting uneven and some have erosion which require more than "normal" leveling. Except for one row of sites, all sites are out in the open and therefore subject to the wind and dust. The wireless was very spotty -- ok at times but with numerous dropouts so as to make it very frustrating to use. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. The scenic views of the mountains were spectacular. The pull-thru spots were easy to access. My biggest problem with the park was all the Elk scat on the ground. You couldn't help but step on Elk scat everytime you went outside. For me, I wouldn't go back until this condition was remedied. Other people may not have a problem with it, however. If this doesn't bother you, the park is fine. The location is especially good as a base for seeing Rocky Mountain National Park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Read other reviews. I specifically asked about wifi before reserving. When we booked in, no mention was made of the fact that wifi was not operating nor had it been for some time. We really, really needed wifi for business. Not happy, should have informed us before check in as we would have gone elsewhere. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The best thing about this park is that it is the closest park to the entrance to Rocky Mountain NP at Estes Park. Despite advertising the availability of wifi, I was told when we checked in on Sunday that it was not working. I was told that it would be fixed on Tuesday. I asked at the office on Tuesday morning and was told it would be fixed Tuesday or Wednesday. It still was not working when we left on Thursday. Obviously, wifi is not a priority item with this park's management. The park is built on the side of a hill. An attempt was made to level the individual campsites, but ours was not level. It seemed that each site was also occupied by a ground squirrel den. The squirrels were enjoyable to watch. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were here at the end of the season, so most of the park's facilities were closed. There’s not much grass in the park - it was very windy and we felt like we were in a dust bowl. However, the park is located next door to the entrance of Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park. The sites are gravel and ours was level, the cable and wifi worked great. The staff was very friendly and helpful and we were escorted to our site. The laundry room had plenty of washers and dryers and the cost was very reasonable. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is our second visit here, not a bad little campground! We did have some reservation problems, we booked a specific site several months in advance, but were put in a different spot on arrival. When I complained, they said it was all they had. No individual fire pits, but we could use our propane campfire. Was a bit windy, so be aware of leaving your awning out. Mini golf was fun as was the pool area. This place needs a little more staff supervision. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
There is a reason why this campground is named Elk Meadows; that’s exactly what it is. The campground sits on a mountain meadow, however, there’s not much grass in most of the Rockies, so don’t get your hopes up. However, we saw elk in and around the campground just about every evening, so be careful when you are driving through the area. The park is located at the edge of Estes Park and it’s next door to the entrance to RMNP. The sites are gravel and ours was level, as were the three others traveling with us. The staff was very friendly and helpful, we were escorted to our sites, we were all parked together and the cable TV and WiFi worked great. After looking at most of the other campgrounds in the area, if you have a big rig, this is just about the only one in the area that will work. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this campground, which has a beautiful setting at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park. We had a gorgeous view out the window of our 5th wheel. We had a spacious pull-thru in the "G" row, which is on the west side of the park. Not all sites were as spacious. There was very little road noise and it was extremely quiet at night. The staff was friendly and efficient. Guests are escorted to their sites. We did not use the 50 amp, WiFi, Cable TV or the restrooms so cannot comment on those amenities. The pool and spa were closed and we did not ask why. We would return. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park was very close to the entrance to the RMNP and had great views. There was a bit of elaboration on their website as to exactly what the campground offered. "Perks Coffee Bar" was just expensive cups of coffee you added your own sugar/creamer to, the ice cream and snack shoppe were donuts and a chest freezer with ice cream sandwiches etc. We spent a week there and hoped to sit in the hot tub at least one night due to the walking/hiking we were planning to do, but the hot tub was not functioning and had not been functioning for a while (and was never repaired during our week long stay). The kids enjoyed the mini-golf, small arcade and pool. We are accustomed to space in between our sites and this campground offered no space and no grass. We traveled with another family and when they opened their slide out and we opened our awning we were touching each other. The campsites are gravel and extremely tight, NO campfires, (except in the tent sites), only reason I can figure is because there would be a domino effect if one camper caught fire. I would not recommend this campground if you don't want to know your neighbors well and had planned on spending any time at the campsite, it's basically a place to sleep at night. There is a $2 a day cable charge and also a $2 per person charge if you have more than 2 people in your camper. We spent over $400 for 8 nights. We did find the staff to be friendly and helpful. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
View is spectacular, pull throughs are long and level, great base camp for doing the Rocky Mountain National Park and other activities around Estes Park CO. WIFI seems to work well, cable has a good picture. The only drawback is that access roads are dirt, but they are wide, 2 units can pass on each road, you don't see that in many places and sites are gravel that really could be redone. Infrequent trees, this is a sun spot. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We love the location, but the sites are not shady, they sit right out in the open. They are very busy though, as they are close to RMNP and Estes Park. Their wifi leaves something to be desired. We were right across the road from the bathroom where the antenna was located, and still had trouble getting connected. The pool is nice as well as the lodge. Think they take advantage though by charging $4/nite extra for over two people in the rv, and extra for 50 amp service. This is getting to be more common and I don't think it's right. You pay for a site with water, sewer and electricity. Most motels don't charge extra for your kids. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The view of the Rocky mountains is great from most every site. The camp ground is a dump. Very tight and uneven sites, our door faced our neighbor's door and the electric, water and cable were between us. About 5 feet behind us was another RV. We made our reservations about 2 months ahead for 3 campers together and that didn't happen. The staff doesn't know the difference between 30 and 50 amp service or, don't care. The buildings seem to be in good repair but no attention is being given to the RV sites as they are going down hill in more ways than one. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here 3 nights and then moved to Colorado Springs, wished we'd stayed longer here. The kids loved the heated pool, horseshoes and the lodge for the ice cream. It was too dry to allow campfires, but the campground has a nightly fire by the office, great time to visit with other campers. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The park is in a great location - at the entrance to Rocky Mt. National Park. It is a large, well-run campground at the foot of the mountains on the outskirts of Estes Park, CO. There are a couple of shady sites, but most are in the sun. The hot-tub was not operational while we were there ("waiting for parts"), but the pool was nice and well used. The staff were very helpful and available. Evening programs (slide shows, music, karaoke, bingo, etc.) are provided almost every night. The city has a shuttle which stops at the campground and drops off most places in Estes Park. Restrooms are clean and well stocked. Many pull throughs and easily maneuverable by big rigs - most unit there were large motorhomes and fifth wheels, with a few smaller units and tents. The only complaint was that the WiFi was "hit or miss", available in the morning while in our rig, yet later in the day, one would have to go near the office and make the connection. We would gladly return to Elk Meadows. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
My wife and I are fairly new to the RV world. I wish all the campgrounds we have stayed at were of this caliber. The staff was pleasant and the facility was clean and well kept. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground is in a great location. Close to Rocky Mountain National Park, close to Estes Park for shopping. The staff is so helpful and professional. Pool, bathrooms, showers, grounds are all spotless and well maintained. From our experience, you can disregard the previous review regarding the bad roads. Yes, they are gravel. Yes, the facility is designed into a hill. We experienced a moderate rain one night while we were there and it was evident that the rain did create some small ruts and erosion in the roads. Within hours the next morning a park staff person had regraded all of the roads with a small tractor and the roads were in great shape by noon. I was impressed. We camped here as a family and loved it. Except for spoty wifi(which they are working to improve) you can't go wrong here. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Even though it was rather expensive, we spent several days in this park because it was the only one we could easily get our 40' motorhome into. The sites ARE close together and are in a terrace formation so you have a rig above and below you. When it rains, and it rains every day, whatever is in the site above you ends up in your site. Also, if the people below you are partying, it is like they are in your bedroom. The roads are very bad and that is because of the rain. The entire campground is on a huge slope and the water rushes down through the campground. One storm washed out a ditch 3' wide and 2' to 3' deep all the way down our row behind our rig. We could not have crossed it if we had to leave. The campground crew filled in the ditch which I'm sure washed out during the next storm. This problem has to be addressed with culverts or something. The sites were level. The pool was rather cool, but the hot tub was very nice. In the office they said they always have a problem with their WiFi and we were never able to connect. Some people took their laptops to the rec. room to connect, but the campground is very large and you shouldn't have to carry your laptop to the office if "free WiFi" is advertised. We would camp here again because it is the only park we can fit into in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Big park but sparse terrain. Located on a sandy and rocky hillside. No shade trees on our side. Nice pool and playground. Laundry facilities clean enough and maintained and regulated (process kept moving on a busy day). Park offers evening entertainment that we did not participate in. Propane filling available. Management had some difficulty in helping with a request to change sites one over beside friends but eventually did work out. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
While this campground has beautiful views, it has, without a doubt, the worst streets and roads I have seen in 35 years of camping. The "streets" are not gravelled but are nothing but dirt and sand. The streets have huge ruts and washouts, and ditches run in front of many of the pull through sites. It appears that erosion is wasting away the streets but they are doing nothing about it. You could break an axle in this place quite easily. The wi-fi is useless. It reaches very few sites yet they claim they have wi-fi. Not true. Not a good place, but it could be with some work! We camped here in a Motorhome.
I have read previous reviews and disagree with the negative posts. My husband and I found ourselves in need of a campsite as the one I had booked at another campground was too small for our 29 foot fifth wheel. The staff at Elk Meadows was incredibly helpful and accommodating in every aspect of our stay. Yes, the roads are gravel (or dirt) however, it appears this area of Colorado at this time of the year was suffering a drought and it certainly wasn't the campground's fault that the area was dusty. I found the sites to be large enough and I would certainly not call it "rig-to-rig" close. The campground which we could not get into was "rig-to-rig" close. This was not. The views were reason we came to this part of the country and we were not disappointed. I would definitely come back again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The folks running the park seemed a little "stand-offish". Don't know if they were tired, or had a long season or what. Site they gave us on Row G, was just dirt. They claimed it was premium. We requested a site across the road with a large pine tree, and it seemed to really put them out. Dog policy is very strict, but not enforced. Our dog on a leash 100% of the time, while others roamed freely. The extra charges for 50 amp, or cable TV a little insulting. $1.25 for a can of soda seemed a little high. However, probably the best area to stay since the competition was not close. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a very nice RV Park. A little on the expensive side but about average for this area. The sites are large and level. We had ample room and did not see any sites where it would be difficult to put out an awning as indicated by a previous review. Also, the playground equipment looked new. This is the closest RV park to the Beaver Meadow entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park; easy to get into and out of. There are not very many trees, which we like because we have satellite TV and Internet. Most sites have a great view of the mountains. The people working here were very friendly and helpful. We will stay here again the next time we come back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Elk Meadow campground is just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. It was very clean, and staff was friendly and helpful. The activities and ice cream social was entertaining. The campground also offers Sunday morning bible reading which was nice for someone who doesn't know the area. From our site we could see the mountains with the eagles flying over it, which for us created a very relaxing time. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very nice view from any campsite in campground. Restrooms and showers were very clean, nice and friendly people running the place. My biggest complaint is the size of each campsite and the lack of shade. It pretty much looks like a used rv dealership. No room to put out an awning. But the pool was brand new and very nice. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We arrived in early June when the weather wasn't great. The campground wasn't ready for summer visitors and there wasn't anyone around. The facilities are in good condition and the one staff person we met was very nice. Our biggest problem was the playground. It is in terrible condition and even had broken glass on the ground. We will not go back to this park because of the horrible playgrouund. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Don't be fooled by the photos, this campground is basically a grass parking lot, with rv's parked end to end and row by row. I guess you can see the mountains if you get away from your camper and walk to the end of the road. Sites are fairly close together; you can see into your neighbor's rig if you look out the window. Sparse, young trees. Staff kind of friendly but did not seem to like kids, were rather uppity. It was too cold in June to use the pool, but it looked nice. Very clean and nice laundry facilities. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very close to RMNP entrance and a nice place to stay. Good pet walk area. Pretty muck open ground with fairly level gravel sites. Very nice people and a good view of the mountains from some sites. Sort of dusty though as the interior roads are gravel/dirt. Elk walk thru frequently. I would stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 7 / 10 ]
A pretty nice campground, nice level spots with plenty of space between spots. Some limited shade, but pretty much open space. Can sometimes be susceptible to wind, but not as bad as other locations in Estes Park. Nice clean restrooms, well kept. Not much of a playground for the kids. Meeting hall available for large groups. There's a separate area for tenters, and you will likely see a lot of Elk in the campground! Staff is very friendly. Looks like they had a swimming pool at one time, but it has since been filled in -- too bad -- that would really add to this campground. We camped here in a 1999`
Estes Park East Portal Campground: If you are just a little outgoing and friendly and love kids, you will love this campground. Although the campsites in this campground are somewhat smallish and close to one another, there are ample trees for shade and with careful placement of our trailer and truck we were able to have a modicum of privacy. The camp hosts are very friendly and helpful. The bathroom facilities are ample and clean, showers are free, and there are community sinks at the bathrooms for doing dishes. The water and electric hookup were a big plus for us because we usually take the basic campsites and dry-camp with our little 13 ft. trailer. This campground also has a dump station which is very handy too with a trailer. We stayed in site #A39. I would recommend A40 because it's a little larger and a little bit more private. Of course, Rocky Mountain National Park is nearby, but the main attraction for us was the free shuttle to Estes Park (a wonderful little Colorado mountain tourist town). We only stayed the weekend, and being tourists for a day in Estes Park was our main reason for coming. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very rustic, but extraordinary views and only 3 miles from all the fun. A great spot if you want a real "campground" & not just a parking spot in an "RV park". The best spots are "tent only";no water or electric but absolutely beautiful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Campground is located at the end of Tunnel Road, so virtually no traffic noise. Beautiful views. Campsites are generally small, and the road through the campground is tight. I pulled a 20' travel trailer through it, but this is probably the largest that could get through. I had to back my trailer about 30' to get into my site, but once there the site was extremely roomy. Wildlife was abundant, including deer that wandered throughout the campground and a random bear or two. Bath/shower was clean every morning, but of course the campers had it filthy by nightfall. I would definitely stay here again. It was my wife's favorite campsite of the 5 or 6 that we stayed at on this vacation. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We don't really have any complaints about this park. Location was great and the sites were a decent sized. We had a pull-through site (site 9). It was a double sized site with the picnic table being on a concrete pad. We were happy to see fire pits were at the individual sites. The campground itself has very few trees, so you are getting the parking lot look and the dirt roads could use some grading. It's a basic campground but is great for exploring the park and town. The price isn't cheap but for the area I think it's a decent enough value. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Good, basic, no-frills campground with 3 distinct areas for camping. There's the usual rows of pull-through sites for those wanting full hookups, with the sites fairly close together. There is also a W/E only area, that's primarily back in sites, with more space in between in some areas, but other sites a bit close together. This area also has a few boondocking sites with no hookups. There is also a separate tent area with no frills/hookups; tents are, however, allowed in the W/E area. Sites are generally level, dirt/gravel mix throughout the park. Utility hookups are conveniently located, no difficulties in hooking up at all. There's also a dump station on site as well for those using the W/E sites. Showers/restrooms have always been clean and up-to-date; the showers are pay ($2 in quarters for 6 minutes), but have always had plenty of hot water and the time has always been sufficient...just don't dally! One thing to be aware of -- it can get windy there at times. Because of the location, there's a bit of a swirl to the wind, coming in at different directions. Not a good idea to leave awnings out unless they are really anchored down well, and even then, consider taking the awning in if you're going to be away from the site for any length of time. Convenient to the entrance to RMNP or to downtown Estes Park, there's a shuttle that can take you downtown, or up to Bear Lake in RMNP. Price is the most reasonable in Estes Park. It's the same price for full hookups or Water/Electric only, at $37/night. It's $27 for no hookups/tenting area. The campground is very popular on the weekends and reservations are recommended, but during the week, it's pretty easy to get a walk in site w/o reservations. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful views, very quiet, free shuttle into town. Roads and sites are gravel and in pretty good shape, sites seem fairly level although not perfect. Bath houses are new, but too far from our site, plus showers were pay-to-play. Wi-Fi VERY inconsistent and we were right next to a repeater. However, this is a great no-frills campground and we enjoyed our stay. Great campground hosts! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a bare-bones RV park. It is minimally maintained and weedy. The roads had some rutted areas, and the Wi-Fi was absolutely useless. The Wi-Fi worked for a few minutes here and there and was incredibly slow when it did work. It was quiet and sparsely populated when we arrived on a Thursday, but Friday night when the locals started coming in the place filled up with everyone's music, barking dogs, and screaming kids and continued as such for the entire weekend. Mary's Lake is just across the highway, but you can't see it from the campground. There is a somewhat periodic, somewhat random whooshing sound you'll hear all night from water gushing into the lake from a pipe. It's very quiet, but just loud enough to get into your head just as you're about to fall asleep. The one good thing is the rangers did a good job of keeping things quiet after-hours. I wouldn't stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This county run campground was once privately owned and may have had cable at that time, but does not now. We had good WiFi reception in a site near the antenna. The showers are pay per use. Gravel sites with patios and picnic tables and fire rings. Actually the whole campground is gravel with some trees. Not as sardine packed as many campgrounds in the area. Lots of tenters when we were here. Personnel very friendly and helpful. This campground is very close to the Beaver Meadows entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Handicap accessibility is not the best as the whole campground is tiered on the side of a hill and not all stairways have railings. Reservations are made through Reserve America, which we don't think does a good job and adds fees. We drove in asking for reservations for tomorrow and were told that we would have to call or go online. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Phenomenal scenery including a lake across the street. Very good WiFi. Clean restrooms. For longer trailers (30ft & up) I recommend using pull-thru site. The back-in sites were short and narrow. Park was very quiet during the week. Park staff was helpful & friendly. Perfect proximity to Estes village and national park entrances. Verizon signal strength good. Small store on site. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed here to see Rocky Mountain National Park and the other sites in Estes Park. The park is entirely gravel and the sites are a little close together, but other than that it was fantastic. Camp Host was great. The views of the surrounding mountains were awesome. Mary's Lake is just across the road and Estes Lake actually has trout that bite. The utilities worked great. Wi-Fi was a little weak but Verizon Jetpack got plenty of bars. Very family oriented park with lots of kids enjoying the camping. Pool is nice and warm. We'd stay here again in a heartbeat. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Larimer County runs several RV campsites. This is one of two near Rocky Mountain National Park. Great thing is the price. I was in my teardrop camper and self contained so used a tent site for $27 for the night. Full hook ups are $37. There are two sets of restrooms and in one of the back sections I saw a porta potty. That is probably the only downside for the camp. The spaces on the perimeter are widely spaced, some have trees and shade. All have picnic table and fire pit. Starting next week you should plan on reservations through the fall. Since one of the NPS camps is closed again this year. There is also a smaller companion park a bit further south. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Despite there being riverside And view sites available , I was put in a back corner. One garbage bin very far from site. Sites are close together and there are a lot of full timers. The staff were very helpful. Probably won't stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice little campground and cheaper than others in Estes Park, although you do have to pay for showers. Great views with the lake across the road, nice little pool and the free shuttle into downtown stops right outside. Estes Park is well worth a visit as well with a lovely riverwalk, bars and shops, very nice. Good Wi-Fi. We stayed 3 nights. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Wide open park with a view of mountains and surrounding valley. Marys Lake is across street from park and not visible. Free shuttle into town. WiFi was weak and had to take iPad closer to antennas to get a signal. Quiet park with exception of campground host operating power metal finishing tools for hours during early evening. Large sites for any size RV. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I would always stay at this campground when I am in Estes Park for 3 reasons. 1) Location is outstanding to get into park and into town and to a store. 2) Fantastic views of the mountains, and 3) One of the cleanest bathrooms you are going to find in campgrounds. There are some negatives but we ignored or mitigated them. The negatives are. a) Very impatient and rude man that helps you to your site. b) Tight sites to get into, and c) Gravel roads that need a bit of work. However we picked a site at the end of row which helped us deal with the tight sites. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We will try and stay here every time we come to Estes! You absolutely can not beat the price. The park is clean, has a FANTASTIC view, and a pool! It is approximately a 5 minute drive from downtown, but the free Estes Park shuttle stops right in front of the park if you don't want to drive. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Camping had only less than 10 sites occupied during our stay. Beautiful surroundings. Spacy pullthroughs with 50amp. Reasonably level sites. No grass, some small trees. Well equipped fire rings (solid cast iron for radiation) on each site. Friendly people in the office. Very friendly host. No shady places for big rigs. The tent sites are shady and beautiful. Very good toilet building with clean toilets. They have pay showers installed, what is ridiculous for the price we pay. The cost is $2 for 6 minutes and $0.25 for each additional 30 seconds. Wi-Fi worked fine, but only the last evening of our 2 days stay. Further, the swimming pool should have been opened since last week, well it was rather empty! The laundry should be sufficient with 3 washing machines and 4 drying machines. Two washing machines were dirty on the access door. They were polluted with what looked like dog hair. The third machine was out of order. The dryers were OK. A room with game machines is available for the youngsters. For small children nice playground with various equipment. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice park for the area, reasonably priced with fairly level sites. My daughter in law used the shower one day and said the water was warm for about a minute, then went cold and stayed cold. The bathrooms were very clean. The campground was mostly empty during our stay. Beautiful scenery surrounding the campground. We left in the middle of the night due to high winds on our last day there, but we'd definitely stay there again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very nice campground. Close to town and access to national forest. Quite a walk to the bathrooms and showers. Pool was closed while we were there in August. Small nice pond in campground. Not very much shade. Ground was very hard. Could not hammer my stakes in ground for my awning. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
First, the good points - location is great for visiting RMNP, price is favorable vs alternatives in area, pool, friendly staff, good security. Negatives - rough dirt roads, uneven dirt sites, close spacing, non-existent Wi-Fi, poor signage at entrance, overall shoddy appearance. Park is a zoo on the weekend and virtually empty during the week. We would probably return if we were in the area again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice park and clean bathrooms. Camp hosts are really friendly. We only stayed the weekend but it will be on our list to return too. Feel only negative is that it is a county park so vehicle passes are required. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice park. Park employees were very friendly and very helpful. For Estes Park this is a very reasonably priced park. The pull through sites were plenty big for my 40' Class "A" rig Good fishing in Mary's Lake right next door. I would recommend this park We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a "rustic" camping experience, albeit we had electric/water service. We stayed here 3 days. The views were nice, and, along with an occasional deer, a herd of bull elk came into the campground one day. The roads were rough, and our site was uneven. During our stay, which was not during a weekend, the park was quiet and clean; the restrooms were clean. The women's showers had very poor water pressure and varied rapidly from hot to cold. The men's showers were slightly better. The park was patrolled frequently by rangers and county police. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
The price reflects a nightly rate of $30 plus $7 daily county park fee. This is one of the most reasonably priced parks we found near Rocky Mountain National Park, only a few miles from the entrance. The views were very nice. We had a full hook-up site with 50 amp service and free Wi-Fi. There was a pool, but it had a sign that said it was closed for repairs. All sites were gravel with a few trees around the campground. The gravel roads were in rough shape with many holes and very uneven. I believe the county has taken this park over from a private owner and is working on fixing it up. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
As I write this (5:00 AM) there are campers screaming and cussing outside our camper. We have been fulltiming for 2 years now and this is the worst park we have ever been in. At $37.00 a night this place is way over priced. It’s all gravel and weeds, the dumpster was over flowing when we arrived and trash was everywhere. This is not a safe place especially if you have children. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here over a busy summer weekend since we couldn't get into RMNP, and the other places in town are too crowded & expensive. The rate for just W&E is $25, which seemed fair until they added the $7 entry fee for this county park, which is a daily fee, yikes. So $32 was too much, especially when our neighbors were excessively rowdy, a family with a tent trailer, 2 tents full of kids, 3 vehicles, and a 4 hour campfire, right under our window. The cable TV has been disconnected, there is no antenna reception, and Verizon cell is terrible. The park Wi-Fi was very weak. So many people used the showers and RR , they were never clean. Don't stay on a weekend ! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This used to be Mary's Lake Campground which we have stayed at often. Not much to it but it was nice to watch the deer and elk at night walk through between the campsites. Added to the cost is you have to buy a Larimer County Parks car tag which I believe is $20. I got it a little cheaper due to a handicap. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were very disappointment with Mary's Lake CG in Estes Park. Our hookups were electricity and water with a charge of $42. The sites were all gravel, none paved. The restrooms were clean, but the showers are in dire need of updating. The overall appearance of this CG was not good. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
This is our second time at staying in this park. We only stayed for the weekend and reserved a spot the on upper part of the campground, offering only electric and water but more space. We have Verizon phones and had little or no signal. The campground does offer cable TV, which worked well. Staff is very friendly and the campground is kept up pretty well. We will stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The park was very clean and had great play space for kids including a neat natural rock area, play scape, pool, and game room. I would have given it an 8, but the Wi-Fi service was poor - I was trying to work remotely and could not get a good signal from my camper. I would literally have to walk and sit outside near the shower area (within 20 yards) to get decent coverage. I camped several other places where this was not a problem, so it was not my computer. The sites are very close together. The staff was very helpful and friendly. We checked out a day early and they would not refund the measly $22 from the weekly rate, but apparently "no refunds" was in the fine print. Nevertheless, this left me with a bad taste. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A pretty crowded gravel pull through set up. We could barely get our slides out we were so packed in. As usual, work campers made it enjoyable. If you are seeing the sites and looking for a place to sleep this is ok. Not a destination campground to spend time in. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 7 / 10 ]
The campground is pretty good, but it is a bit small for some bigger units. If you are lucky, you can pull your RV through, and not have to mess with backing into a site. It is tough to back in if you have large RV (unless you are in one of the upper level sites). The water went out while we were there, but that was okay since we filled up our water tank. There were some noisy campers nearby (insisted on watching TV outside with the volume turned up), but they wrapped up by midnight. A big Confederate flag that one of the campers (I think it was one of the workers) had displayed put me off a bit. If this offends you more than it did me, you may want to check and see if it is still there. Disregarding the tenants at the CG, I thought it was very nice location. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 5 / 10 ]
We camped here as a result of our other choices for campgrounds being full. The checkin was excellent. We were towing a 25 foot car trailer and they allowed us to unhook and stow the trailer in a lower parking area. Everything was fine. We were guided into our pull through space. Nice cement slab w/ picnic table. Fire ring (yes, its an old tire rim). it provided for a couple excellent fires during our stay. Now for the unpleasant part. My sister-in-law, from Denver, came to stay with us a couple nights. We had told the managers she was coming and they were "OK" with her checking in later. She arrived, paid her additional fee and told the management that she needed directions to site 52. She was told that wasn't right because the seasonal worker's trailer was in #52. My sister didn't know what to say. She reiterated that we were in #52. The host became rude and told her that he would not escort her to #52 because that was his site. Another worker asked his wife (the check-in lady), what site they were in. She said #51. He just said "Oh." No apology, no admission of being wrong, just "Oh." Another employee escorted my sister to SITE #52. Host's attitude and actions were not acceptible to us. I've also read other reviews of Mary's Lake Campground, where one of the workers is referred to as "the grumpy man." The owners need to counsel him to lighten up, or he should find other employment. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is hilly and dusty. The sites are dirt. There are a few trees, but even the planters were fills with a only a few weeds. Prairie dogs lined the road and dumpster area. We only used the bathroom once and didn't check the showers. This area is close to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The hiking is wonderful and downtown Estes Park is beautiful with a wonderful river walk along the Big Thompson River. We enjoyed our stay but welcomed the gravel roads and trees at our next stop. People in town were friendly and helpful. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I do not recommend this campground at all. We camped here with 6 groups and we were placed in a loop with 70s/80s numbers with the "basketball court" inside it. Its a joke, the "court" is just a very tiny slab of concrete, and the loop is just one big gravel pit. No joke! Its a gravel parking lot, the fire pits are old tire rims and useless for anything but a lousy fire as the wind is so strong you can't feel the heat from it anyway. The front office only told certain groups in our party about the wind and to not use their awnings, so the 2 of us who weren't told had ours ripped off by the wind the very first night. We've never experienced a night like that (the group as a whole) and it was extremely frightening. The wind was so bad, we waited all night for our pop-ups (all but one of us had them) to collapse on top of us. Nobody got any sleep at all that night other than the group with an RV. The office told me it was not all that unusual of a night if you can believe that! The sites are so close together that the RV party could reach out and touch their neighbors. There was a party down below where the sites seemed a bit nicer, that had about 30 people in it and they had a horribly vicious pit bull which was very unnerving for all of us to have to walk by each time we went to the bathroom. And speaking of that, you have to walk through other peoples' sites to get the bathroom, its completely unavoidable and uncomfortable walking directly through their campground. The bathroom was okay, but I heard a lot of complaints about the lack of regulated temperature in the shower. But a nice big bathroom with lots of mirror space and plenty of room for many women to get ready. Mary's Lake is pretty, but very small and for us was not good fishing at all. You walk over a 2-lane highway to get to it, if you have small children, definitely bring a stroller with good wheels for a rough terrain. Even for the parking lot you will be camping in as well! Overall this place is highly highly overpriced, and they should be charging closer to $10-15/night at the most, regardless of the hook-ups. We are avid campers, but try to avoid these KOA type campgrounds for exactly this reason. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
We have camped here every Sept. for the last 5 years. We find the staff to be friendly and helpful. We had a nice large pull-thru site with cement slab for picnic table. Beautiful views. Close to town and Rocky Mountain National Park. Mary's Lake is across the road and offers great trout fishing. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
First of all, we should have read the other reviews before we went to this campground. It would have saved us the drive, the time and meeting the very rude and belligerent staff. I know that I was late when I was looking for a campground with free sites 3 days before Labor Day. I thought I would give it a try. I read that this campground had a 3-day minimum but when they called me and told me that they had a free campsite they didn't mention it. I booked only one night. I booked the campsite for the regular rate of $27. We got there in the afternoon. At check-in the staff was friendly and the soon to be grumpy guy would show us our site. Getting there I immediately noticed that there was no picnic-table. The grumpy guy didn't have an answer for that. Further, we noticed that our campsite was far from flat. There was no leveled surface as all other sites on the campground had. I called the office and asked about the picnic-table. I also mentioned that our site wasn't leveled and that it didn't make sense that we paid the regular rate. At this point the lady mentioned that this was an overflow campsite (interesting to know!) and that there was a credit to be processed. We would only pay $20. I told her that a picnic-table is one of the most important things when camping. She told me that we would get a table but then we would have to pay the full rate. Once again I told her that this site isn't flat at all and paying the full rate wouldn't be justified. On the phone, she told me that this is all she could do. After waiting for the picnic-table to arrive (it was about dinner time) for over 45 minutes, we went to the office. Long story short, the whole staff insisted that this site was as flat as any other site and that if I got a table we would have to pay the full rate. Now comes the best part which proves the belligerent behavior. They threatened to call the deputy if I didn't stop complaining. Eventually we left without staying for the night. This campground is all but crappy. Already at the campground I said camping on a parking lot would be nicer. The campground operator is lucky to have the Rocky Mountain National park nearby. This must be an overflow campground. I'm sure that all other campgrounds fill up first. Rather visit some other place. We camped here in a Tent.
This campground is situated across the street from Mary's Lake. My son and his friend had a great time fishing here. Many locals come here to fish. The campsites are OK with no shade, but the views they offer from each site of the surrounding Rocky Mountains are beautiful. The pool, arcade for the kids, and laundry room well maintained. The staff was friendly and helpful locating places to see. There's a RMNP shuttle service pickup and drop off right in front of the campground. No need to drive into the park if you don't want to. The city of Estes Park is just down the street with many options for shopping and eating. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I'll never stay in this campground again. The sites are narrow, it is dusty, and because of the closeness of the sites it is noisy. They advertise wifi, but the wifi (Linkspot) was so inconsistent that we never knew if we could access the internet or not. Would have checked out the next day but for their policy of "No refunds after check-in." Office staff was very inefficient. Stay anywhere else if you can! We camped here in a Truck Camper.
We stayed here in early June. The RV sites are all out in the open with no shade, and are all back-in. They are somewhat close together (look at the picture on their web site). On our row of sites, and it appeared similar on the other rows, the sewer connection was at the rear of our trailer, and was somewhat uphill. This made it very difficult to drain our tanks. The WiFi is through some 3rd party company and expensive -- so we didn't even try to use it. The staff was friendly, and they hosted an ice cream social one evening. The campsites for pop-ups and tents are much more inviting, since many of them are tucked back in the trees and boulders. Overall, this is just an "OK" campground since there are better in the Estes Park area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We had reservations in this campground, but when we arrived after they closed, which they were aware of, we couldn't believe the condition of the whole campground. The campers and motorhomes were all over the place in what appeared no particular order. The whole place was nothing but different levels of dusty dirty ruts. We thought we were in a rv junkyard. When we finally found our site, we realized it was too narrow for us to back into. All of the sites were like this. We pulled out and found a parking lot to stay in the for the night. I called in the mornnig to talk to management. She was very belligerent, agreeing that it was a narrow site but we should have came to her trailer and spoke to her. We had no idea where that was we just knew we had no intentions of staying in a place like that. She told us she would not refund us our money for the night . Don't be fooled by the rating in the trailer life directory - this place is a joke. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 6 / 10 ]
We camped here for 2 nights on one of their rustic pop-up sites that had a couple of shade trees. We had reserved 2 sites as some other family members were camping with us in a tent and had no problem getting adjoining site. The view is nice but there is not much to do at the campsite. There is a small playground but the kids had more fun playing on the rock formations. The pool is small but still good on a hot day. The lake was a good walk away up a hill and across the street. The staff was nice and helpful. We had a good view of the RV area and it looked like a cramped parking lot with no shade. It kind of reminded me of a can of sardines. I would stay here again in a tent or pop-up where I could camp on one of their treed sites but would not want to come here in a longer trailer or RV where I would have to stay in the RV area. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Terrible camping park. Packed in like cows. Can barely get camper out if someone is parked next to you. Requested a pull-through 2 months in advance and when we arrived, were told none were available. Office staff was nice but workers were rude. Suggest getting a written confirmation on a pull-through with the camp site number. We will not stay there again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The campground has a nice view but you are lined up like cattle in the sites. My biggest complaint is they dare charge 2 dollars per day extra if you run your A/C. They also charge 3 dollars if someone wants to visit you while staying at the campground. I found these charges irritating enough to warrent trying any other campground in Estes Park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful view of mountains, but would not suggest anyone stay here for any length of time. Sites to close together, unlevel, and rocky. We made reservations in April as we were on vacation with friends and wanted side-by-side. They gave away our sites, wouldn't let us cancel, and had us down the road from each other. The staff is beligerent at best. The pool is way to small, although kept up nicely. Price is competitive, so that is not an issue. If you have young children, this is not a good stop. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 2 / 10 ]
Like other's have said, nice view. That's all there is. My family and I had spent a weekend there and for the most part hated it. The kids playground was inadequet at best. My kids had more fun playing on a small rock formations nearby. The swiming pool is tiny in comparison to normal sized pools. After our first day there, we were bored. There are no hiking trails or other nature type activities to take part in. The sites are cramped, I felt like I was in a Wal-Mart parking lot. This was the worst camping experience I have ever had. I will never go back. We camped here in a camper.
[ 3 / 10 ]
We were disapointed when we pulled in! Should be advertised as a RV parking lot. Does have nice view of the mountains but not much else. We camped here in a camper.
[ 3 / 10 ]
My wife and I went to this campground last summer. When we arrived a retired man showed us our camp-site, and tried to tell me how to park in the small area. From the start I got into a argument with this grumpy man, and he had the attitude it's my way or the highway!! I told him I'm leaving, and I wen't back to the office and I told the Manager that I want my money back. She gave me another site that was bigger , but because the other campers were so close, I damaged my pickup. I have a 31' Fifth Wheel. I told the owner of the campground about my pickup, and he said I quote "It's not our fault you can't drive!!!" I think this is a poor excuse for a campground!!!! We camped here in a camper.
[ 5 / 10 ]
Well maintained. Level sites. Interior roads too narrow for larger trailers. Even pull through sites are difficult to get into and out of due to road width and nearness of the adjoining sites. Next door neighbor parked his dingy nearly against my coach and then left for the day. When I wanted to leave I had to get assistance from the staff. Fortunately, they were available and efficient. Overall, won't return. We camped here in a camper.
[ 5 / 10 ]
This campground has an excellent view of the mountains. Unfortunately, that's the best thing about it. The pull-thru sites are very close together, and other sites are in a "bowl" area. Both are prone to very windy conditions, and damage to vehicles by the winds has been witnessed. The restrooms, while clean, need work and are not sufficient for the number of campers. The playground is barely adequate. The pool is very nice, and there is a separate area for tenters, which looks to be very nice and away from the other sites. The staff has been friendly in the past. We camped here in a 2000`
[ 6 / 10 ]
Great view of mountains but it is really a tight sqeeze to get into your site and to get around. Very busy. Staff is very friendly. Even though it wasn't the nicest, I would still go again. There is nothing like grabbing a cup of coffee and sitting by the lake in the morning and watching the elk and deer drink from the lake as the sun comes up. We camped here in a camper.
The term sardines comes to mind. Extremely close sites. They try to fill every square inch of space. Big rigs should certainly avoid this place. We had a back in space for a 35 feet motorhome, with an unusable table at the rear. The site was so narrow, we could not put out the awning, it would have touched our neighbors slide out. Restrooms are totally inadequate. One urinal and two stalls in the men's room. Estes Park is beautiful, but we will not return to this park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great park for exploring Rocky Mountain National Park. Staff very friendly and helpful. Like all parks in Estes Park, grass is at a premium and spaces are tight. Very clean park, good cable, and good Wi-Fi. Nice location. Would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Convenient free shuttle service stops right in front of campground. Rather tight spaces for large rigs but no problem for my little class B. Typical KOA, clean, well kept and friendly staff. I will stay here again next time in Estes Park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The staff was friendly and the store had a lot variety. Interesting park layout. The back-ins look to be tight if you have slide outs with very little space between neighbors. There are 3 tiers. Across from the back-ins on each tier are parallel park sites. I had one of those for my teardrop. I commented that it looked like they had more cabins than RV spots and turns out that is accurate. This is a fair price as other spots in town outside the national park are more expensive. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We love KOA campgrounds because we always know what to expect and have always been happy with the ones we have used. This one however is extremely cramped. Our neighbors can look into our windows, we cannot let out our awning and can barely walk out our door. The people working here are very nice, but they have crammed everyone in like sardines which defeats the purpose of camping. There is NO privacy. Would not stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Several of the sites required parking parallel to and against a wall with the trees above the wall (not at the level of the RV). So, there was the wall on one side and the road on the other side. No place to really walk a dog since there was private property and residence immediately adjacent to the KOA. Hosts were kind and helpful. Lots of hummingbirds and of course very close to Estes Park downtown, and the mountains for hiking. So very glad there is a KOA here. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice place to stay for a few nights. Great location close to town and park. Friendly staff. Only back in spots and not much space to park your tow. I would give it a 10 for the camp but the sites are very tight and not much space between. I will stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The staff is friendly and helpful but this where any upside ends. The sites are more than small, we were not able to extend our canopy and cooking meals outside was an adventure. We had to move our car from our site to satellite parking to allow other campers to pull out of their sites. This campground crams everyone in like sardines and is not up to KOA standards. We will not stay here again and do not recommend it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very friendly staff. Booked a last minute site when we had fridge trouble and needed to move to a campground with electrical hookups. Provided the name of a mobile RV repair service who fixed the problem (not cheap). Site was not great. No shade, pull out on the side of the road site. Paid $5 per night for each person over the first two. Made the nightly rate $59. Enjoyed the pancake breakfast-choice of blueberry, chocolate chip or plain. Can take the shuttle to town or Rocky Mountain NP, but can take awhile. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was our first RV trip and our very first campground we stayed and was really impressed by the cleaning of the camp, organization and the service provided by the staff members. The camp has everything except the BBQ in the site but there are designated areas where is available. Also has a nice playground for the kids. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Everything was nice except for the dog excrement, and it was everywhere. Had to clean dog waste from our spot after we parked. I do not like dog waste. The people with dogs need to clean up after their dogs! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice park less than 5 minutes from Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. I gave lower rating due to the high price. Very tight gravel spaces but it's what you'd expect in a resort town. Good Wi-Fi even at back of park. Park is terraced on hillside and most spaces have deck area with picnic table on the terrace. If you have a larger trailer, 5th wheel, or motorhome, call first to see if they can shoehorn you in. Narrow roads and sharp corners to negotiate here. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This a small, terraced park on the eastern edge of Estes Park. The facilities (FHU, cable, and WIFI) are good but the sites and the park, in general, are probably too tight for many larger RVs. Others may have a problem walking up and down the terraces. There are a couple eateries within 1/2 mile to the west, but the center of "touristy" Estes Park is about 2 miles. There are mountain views to the south and west. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is not the campground for you to use if you want a wilderness experience. There are plenty of campgrounds in Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park for those of you who want that type of camping. This park is very convenient to the Park and the town of Estes Park. The staff is very nice and helpful. The Wi-Fi is strong and free. The sites are level, back in sites and very close together. Our site was great, in that we did not have a neighbor on one side. Nice picnic table and great views of the mountains. They do not have 50 amp service, but do have cable and sewer. The park is clean and well kept and I would stay here again. They are booked solid from about June 1 to the end of August. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A very tidy park. Very friendly staff. Yes, some of the sites are tight, but a nice touch is a patio/deck with picnic table at the back of each site which gives a view of the beautiful mountains. There are trees which do not afford too much shade, but give a woodsy feel. The roads are paved, not dirt. The sites are gravel. Close proximity to everything in town and RMNP. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was the closest RV park to the Rocky Mountain National Park, and therefore get a lot of business. It advertises itself as a "RV Resort" but I'm not sure why. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the park had reasonable amenities. However, the grounds were not very well cared for. Their was a poor excuse for grass growing randomly around the sites and it had not been cut recently. The roads in the park are dirt, and therefore any slight bit of traffic creates a dust cloud inside the RV. The sites were fairly level, but sparse gravel made them uneven to walk on. The sites are built on a terraced hill so many of the sites are very narrow. I had a site in the "A" row and there was not enough room to put a chair out next to the RV without being on the slope up to the next RV. When my awning was extended it was literally an inch from the next RV. It was close to the town and close to the National Park, but by no means a "Resort". The office wanted to charge me a premium if I wanted 50 amp service, and to hook up to the park cable. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Clean and friendly! Pancakes($) every AM, ice cream($) every PM. Free shuttle to many places including RMNP. Nice laundry facilities and wifi worked great. Beautiful setting. Staff knowledgeable and eager to answer all questions. Only downside is tight fit for some campers. Would return and highly recommend. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I gave them a 6 because of the positive attitude of the newer owners. Very nice people. The park itself is a parking lot. With my 39' rig I could extend my slides but nothing else. No chairs or awning room, unless extended into the road. Good location but too tight. Should have listened to previous reviewers. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Stayed here for the Fourth of July 2007. The whole campground is tight and they allow large rigs to park on the ends of the rows narrowing access to the interior sites. The staff member who escorted us to our site tried to get me to back into our site crooked. I was trying to line up on the timber dividers buried in the dirt. He insisted I back in crooked and became angry and left before I finished backing in. I got in straight thanks to my wife. We brought our dog with us. The dog run was approximately 20 feet wide and 50 feet long. There was a receptacle for the dog droppings. It was overflowing when we arrived and was even more full when we left the next day. We will not stay here again especially when there are far superior campgrounds further up the hill. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is not camping. If you want to camp like this, park in the Wal-Mart east of here where it feels like less of a parking lot. They literally have to help guide you into the spot as if they worked for an outdoor concert parking service or for an airport. The guy in the camper next to us listened to Radio Free Europe day and night and his antiquated camper emanated smells varying from some type of fried animal to stale "human-like" smells. Considering we never saw him and I have 2 little kids, it made me all the more nervous. Oh, don't let me forget to tell you, the campground is about 30 yards (literally) from US-34 which is the main artery feeding into Rocky Mountain National Park and the town of Estes Park. The hum of 18 wheelers rumbling by was constant. I was not the only disappointed camper as I noted many people either pulling in and then leaving as well as those making a quick exit in the morning. Add in the yahoos dancing on the picnic tables while downing copious amounts of wine coolers and this was possibly the worst experience of my life. From now on, any camping trip will no doubt include a lot more research on our destination. When considering a campground don't go here and thank your lucky stars as you drive by this place. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
[ 5 / 10 ]
The sites were too close together, if you are going for solitude and peace and quiet this is not the campground for you. We camped here in a camper.
We reserved our site here more than 1 month in advance. When we arrived at 7PM the office was closed and we were disappointed to find our campsite was very narrow and sandwiched in between 2 big rigs. When we went to the bathroom there was a notice on the door saying "we supply no paper towels, please use toilet paper in the toilet stall. However there were no stalls (mens room) and no toilet paper because it was scattered all over the floor. Later we discovered both bathrooms in the campgrounds are routinely locked every night from 10 PM to 6 PM! When the next morning we tried to leave this undesireable campground we were told we could not do this and if we did we would be charged anyway. In other words no satisfaction guarantee which KOA and MOST campgrounds offer! Needless to say- we won't be back! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 6 / 10 ]
Manor RV Park Estes Park, CO - $300 a week + tax / 45 per night. We stayed at this park in a 43 foot motor home. We stayed here for one week May 22to May 29, 2013. We were pleasantly greeted and escorted to our site #91. I must say that upon arrival at our site we were a bit dismayed due to the closeness to the next RV - we had exactly 7 feet between our RV slide and the next RV’s slide. Picnic table is practically right under there slide and up close to there sewer hose, not enough room to put out our awnings, not enough room to even use the table, we felt we had to whisper in our own RV. Defiantly not a good site for family, or eating out or anything other than sleeping. Upon seeing the other sites I had asked to get another site, preferable on the river. The gentlemen immediately went to the office to check availability for us, they were all taken since it was Memorial Day week. I must also say that there are many nice sites at this park with a bit more room, we did not land one. Our intention was to go to the Rocky Mountain National Park, in which case we did not spend a lot of time at the campground. I will also say that the nicer sites along the river are probably worth the extra money. The internet is very good and the laundry and restrooms are clean. Although every one in the camp ground can use the “Public” area along the river, they have several access paths between RV sites on the river, approximately 30 to 40 feet between the river to the back sides of other campers - we did utilize this option. We enjoyed it a lot after a day of hiking, bringing our chairs, a small table, cheese, crackers and wine, not a problem and it was very nice, We had 50 amp power, it was very good and up to date, no voltage drop right at 123 volts. I would say do not go to this park unless your are there for the National Park 1 ½ miles to entrance, and about a mile or so to the downtown Estes Park. There are no real amenities at this park, other than location, location, location, location. The park is quite. We would return, but ask for a larger site. We camped here in a Motorhome.
On the plus side the staff is very helpful and friendly. On the negative side they have a sewer problem and it smells. One toilet was out of commission. The laundry site was a long walk. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 7 / 10 ]
Friendly staff. Not as nice as advertised on web site. Short sites and close to other units. Needs mowing and upkeep. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here for two weeks right on the river. Had a beautiful view with deer, bear and elk coming right up to your RV. The hosts were incredibly nice and accommodating. The entrance is a little tricky in that you must go over a pretty rough "curb" pulling into the park. It will shake everything in your coach, so take it slow. Its a fairly steep hill down to the river sites, so if you need to unhook a toad, do it either by the office or at the bottom of the hill. WiFi worked well even though we were as far away from the office as we could be and the cable TV was very good. Site was a little tricky backing into, but not impossible. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A good RV park. The electrical service was good. The water service was a little wobbly and a just a little low on pressure, but adequate. The sewer service was functional. Our trailer is less than 25 feet, so we got a spot for $28 per day. For Estes Park, that is very reasonable. The sites are kind of tight, but there were some big rigs there. The staff were helpful, and very friendly. I'm sure you could find a more up-scale park to stay in, but I doubt you could find a better value. We spend most of our time in the National Park hiking, so all we need is a comfortable place to park the trailer. We found it at Manor. Would definitely stay there again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park is on a slippery slope to extinction. If you manage to get your big rig through the small entrance, you will surely shake your fillings out as you past through it. It wasn't like that last year, but has washed out. The wi-fi is absolutely horrible. Last year, we would get around it by hooking onto the signal from another nearby campground, but this campground has caught on and now requires a security code. When we got here, the grass on our site was 12 inches high. When we left, two weeks later, it had not been mowed. It appears that the park may have been sold or changed management since many of the permanent models have been put up for sale. Overall, a bad, bad park, that continues to go downhill rapidly. Stay away. We will never stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very friendly staff, wide back in sites, with full hookups, cable and Wi-Fi that worked well. Concrete patios and nice grass on sites mad for an overall great experience. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I would warn anyone against staying at this campground. Management has a funny way of deciding who people should "socialize" with and if they think you are doing too much socializing with the same group of people. You will be evicted! This is the truth. 3 couples who have spent 10 seasons out there have received "eviction" notices in the last week. So, apparently there would be no "group camping" as there seems to be an unwritten rule against long term friendships. As this park has an average of 20 empty spots per night, I hope they continue to do well, when many long time seasoner's pull out and they lose that revenue. Where is the owner? I guess she will figure out the damage her present manager's girlfriend is doing to her campground. We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
This park is a mixed bag. On the positive side, the folks who run it are very friendly, the sites on the river are to die for, the sites are level, the street is paved (although the sites are gravel), and the scenery is gorgeous as are the wildlife views (we saw three deer and two elk walking right in front of our motorhome the first two days we were here, and an otter in the river the next day). On the negative side, the entrance is a nightmare for big rigs if you take their recommended route on Riverside Drive. Instead, take the Morraine Street exit. Also, there is only one shower and one toilet to serve a large portion of the park down near the river, the wi-fi is absolutely horrible, and there is an extreme shortage of convenient dumpsters. I am writing this review on the wi-fi I am picking up from a neighboring campground. I would probably stay here again despite these problems. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We chose this RV park because of the negative reviews of the other parks. Some of those negative reviews were not accurate. Manor is occupied mostly by seasonal people, i.e. they are here for the summer. They do have a number of nightly or weekly sites available. Most interior roads are paved, unlike most parks in the area. The park has two major sections, the hill and the flatland. A hill site would be difficult to park a big rig. The spacing is typical for a private RV park. The seasonal people keep their site very neat and clean. The staff was very friendly and helpful. WiFi signal was strong in our space. Because of the hill ingress and egress to and from the park with a big rig isn't easy, but you only do that once. Spruce RV park is on the other side of the fence which is mostly open. We stayed here a week. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very well maintained campsites with deck and picnic table at each campsite. Very friendly staff and immaculately maintained bathroom, shower and the laundry room. Very reasonable to do laundry at $1.25 to wash and $1 to dry. Additional cost of $3.50 per day is charged for cable hook-up. Stream current is too fast to do any fishing but the sound is very soothing. Entry to and exit from the property was guided by the staff because of the extremely narrow road and the campsites. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
When we drove our RV down the tiny driveway, I have to confess I wondered if we had made a mistake. Nope! Greeted warmly as we drove in, directed capably into our site, told to check in when we got all things squared away, met four neighbors in the first 15 minutes. The cabins are very nice and well maintained. Some are right on the water, some are 20 feet off. RV sites are small, but nicely kept. We have a 35' MH and I would be worried if we were over 38'. Deducted one point for that. If you are concerned, ask in advance. They will tell you if it will work or not. They stay full and have no reason to fib. We only got in because someone cancelled right before we called. You'll see there are several annual customers here - they come back and forth all season. Those units have customized their spaces and all seemed clean and friendly. There are some rental RVs that looked to be in great shape though I did not look inside any. We would certainly stay here again if in the area. Rocky Mountain National Park is a couple miles away so access is simple. Laundry in clean and works well. Restrooms are well maintained and clean. Try it, you'll like it! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Paradise on the River is a delightful small campground tucked just off Highway 66 on the way to Rocky Mountain National Park. We got a waterfront site which has it's own private deck looking out over the stream. It is quiet and lovely here. The managers are very helpful. We arrived on a very difficult day -- there was a fire burning near Estes Park and the campground had to be evacuated. (Thankfully, the fire was contained quickly and this park wasn't threatened.) The staff was so helpful to us. We needed to have a package shipped here from Amazon and they were very accommodating about it. We are thrilled with this location and would definitely stay here again. Ask for Site #1! Wi-Fi is available although the 3G signal is moderate. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I love this park. It is very clean and well maintained. The cost field on this form is limited to two digit, but the cost per night for a cabin is $145. The cost for a trailer site is roughly $45 with true water front being a few dollars higher. I think the service and cabins are top notch, proven by the fact my wife and daughter and I have gone there the last two Mays in a row. I will agree with the reviewer stating the sites are very small. There are people with huge Class A motorhomes in there but I don't know how hard it would be to park as many of the sites are 'permanent party'. I have stayed in two of the cabins and both were wonderful. We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
The stream front sites are very small and narrow. We were unable to get into the first site assigned to us because this campground has very narrow roads in and out. The second site took over an hour to get into with the help of the on site manager. The setting is wonderful next to the stream. This campground is located very close to the east entrance to RMNP. I would not stay here again unless I camped in a 20 foot or smaller trailer. The shower and laundry facilities were very clean. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Made a reservation in November, 2005 for 2 nights in June, 2006 on the river. The reason I chose this campground was that they offer sites directly on the riverbank. I had numerous e-mails with the reservation staff in November, 2005 and April, 2006 informing them of the size of my rig (29.8 foot 5r pulled by 22 foot F350) and was told "no problem" with the site. This campground is the size of a postage stamp. I'm guessing it rests on 4 or 5 acres. The sites are only about 10 feet wide. 99% of the sites are seasonal sites and there are only 2 or 3 sites they rent out on a nightly basis. I did not know this when I originally booked. The site we reserved, #9 (on the river) was a back-in site. Not only is this campground a nightmare to get into, there was no way our rig was getting into site #9 on the river. The seasonal campers that were surrounding site #9 took up any available space and the very nice managers tried to convince my husband and I that they could talk us through backing the rig into the site. After 15 minutes of completely jacknifing our rig, we had had enough. The only other site available was in the middle of the small campground, away from the river and surrounded by other campers. The only "view" was the sky and our neighbors. I told my husband I could have this view in my driveway in Wisconsin. I was suspicious of this campground to begin with as I found very little, if any, information on it. The pictures on the website were not helpful and there were no other reviews that I could find anywhere on the internet, hence, I'm warning all other possible campers with this review. The management was nice enough, however, their refund policy only gave us 1 night refund. Luckily we were able to get into Elk Meadow RV Park across the street where we enjoyed fantastic views of the Rocky Mountains from our campsite. Had I had more than 2 nights in Estes Park, I would have taken more time to complain about a full refund. I was just glad to get to be able to find an open site at another campground during the busy summer camping season. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We spent four night here and enjoyed our stay. The views and the river were great. We would definitely stay here again. We had no trouble getting around with our 36 1/2 foot RV. Staff was friendly and helpful. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We had probably the closest site to the river and thoroughly enjoyed the view and the sounds! Strangely, the "premium" sites are all in the middle of the park, with people constantly driving/walking through, close to the bathrooms, etc., and overlooking the "lake" (really just a pond). Not sure why those are considered prime sites. But overall it was a great place...nice enough space between the RVs, and located in an absolutely beautiful spot. Would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Okay, other reviewers aren't wrong, but they aren't being fair. This is a fantastic park! Yes, it's tight. So what? Look around you...mountains and wide open spaces in every direction. Amazing views. Great facilities. They are up and running with very few small exceptions after a 500 year flood that would have put lesser parks out of business for good. Wifi sucks. Useless. So what!? You don't come to Estes for wifi. You come for mountain air, vistas, shopping, food and the most amazing feature of all: the RMNP which is a short jog away from this park. We come year after year and will never stay anywhere else because you can't walk to all the awesome amenities this park offers. We camped here in a Motorhome.
While this park was damaged by the flood in 2013 it appears they have repaired most of it. The only facility not yet restored is the on-site mini-golf course but they are planning to do so. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The sites are large enough to enjoy the outdoor space and all have green grass and picnic tables. Some sites are shaded with pines but most are open. We saw elk graze through the park one morning. Our site was near the river that flows around the park, which was especially enjoyable. The fishing pond was the center of activity for many and we saw several folks catching nice-size trout. The swimming pool was heated and sheltered from the wind so it was comfortable even when the wind was blowing. The setting is beautiful yet the park is convenient to downtown Estes Park and well as Rocky Mountain National Park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great staff, but the office is only open 8-5. Sites are dirt with patchy weeds in between, back to back, with power at your rear and fairly close together. Max length site is 42'. No security. I was never able to get onto campground Wi-Fi. Verizon and AT&T two to three bars. Close to town and walking distance to several restaurants, liquor store (very expensive) and gas station. Also very close to Rocky Mountain NP which is magnificent. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park was OK, but not worth the price. The staff were very nice, however the sites were dirt and there was only weeds between them, no grass. They were close together and many were tandem so you had another trailer right behind you. They do not allow outside dog kennels. The only thing we really liked about this park was the dog walk which was right along the river with lush grass. We would not stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Spruce Lake is a fine park. Like lots of businesses along the Big Thompson river were damaged in the Colorado floods last year. But they are up and operational with some major repairs to the office and newly graded roads. Great spot for visiting Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Sites are of good size. Mix of 30 and 50 amp locations. Only downside was poor WiFi but that isn't unusual these days. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The view from this park is beautiful. You are just a few miles from Rocky MT National Park. The RV park was fine gravel very level. The showers were large and clean, very clean. The internet and cable were good. I would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Large RV park with fishing pond (fee required). Wide RV sites available. No shade. All gravel roads and pads, some with grass. Playground, heated pool. Friendly check-in. Apparently a popular place, very busy at this time (Sept. 8 - 11). We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We love this park!! We come back annually. Just cannot beat the location, walk to smokin Dave's or grocery store and the worlds best dog walk view (the Big Thompson river!). Sites are worn and tired (some call that charming) and make no mistake about it: this is a family park and the kids are everywhere and always heard. And sadly so are their redneck parents. But hey, that's summertime in 'Merica, right? If you love it, you'll love it, if you know what I mean. I have no idea what my rate really was. I didn't ask, look, or care. We love this park! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We did not like this park. The woman who handled our reservation over the phone seemed overwhelmed by the process, and the woman at check-in was equally overwhelmed by that process. The RV sites are situated at odd angles, and they are packed on top of one another. The pool was small. The park is overpriced even by Estes Park standards. They purport to be pet friendly, but you will find plenty of no dogs allowed signs and no fenced in dog park in which to walk them. We would not return to this park. We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
Fifty five per night reflects a Good Sam discount on a weekly rate, which is too much for this park. The overall appearance is unkempt & weedy. Each site is almost level, but not quite. However, the pond and Big Thompson River are beautiful. The restrooms are spacious and clean. Each shower is really large. I probably would not stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The park has no pride of ownership. The sites are full of weeds and not mowed but are mostly dirt. The roads are VERY dusty as is the entire park. The Wifi is weak and the cable is analogue (poor quality). The Jacuzzi was unclean. The park is overpriced. There is no shade and the sites are laid out goofy as one space has two units backed in opposite directions and overlap the front of the neighbors coach? The utilities are good and the staff is friendly. Rules like no clothes lines, speed limits, dogs tied up outside and cleaning up after your pet are not enforced. The park has a good location and there is a cool river running through it but they can't hide the run down park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
When we first arrived, there were two other RV's practically right next to us. Half of the park was empty which made no sense as to why they would assign sites like that. After 2 days, I said something to the office staff who realized this was happening and agreed to not put anyone next to us if not necessary. The gravel roads and dirt are a real pain, but I have noticed all the parks in the area don't seem to care about that. They charge a lot of money but cram as many people as possible because of the proximity to RMNP. There are no trees, but a wonderful rushing river/stream that is on the grounds. I didn't take advantage of the family activities, but it does look like they have a lot for kids. The sites are wide, but because they are back to back it looses some of the feeling. They are level which based on what I have observed checking out other parks in the area is a plus. I would stay here again but think that this company,(which owns several parks), needs to upgrade their facilities based on these prices. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The CEO of the parent company must be pocketing a lot of money because we paid royally for a site with no view and only W/E. Previous to this we were in one of the "sister" RV parks. However, they did accommodate us with a site that had pine tree shade (and next to maintenance building) at our request. The remainder of the sites were mostly in the open dirt/dust bowl which was a big factor with high mountain winds. We had just gotten our truck and rig washed. Bummer. The place is worn down and needs lots of maintenance attention. On the good side there was a lake for kids to fish from. The park is on the Big Thompson River which was profusely flowing and enjoyable to see/hear. We would go elsewhere on our next visit to Estes Park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice, older RV park. Sites were very wide, back in only. Utilities worked well, although the Wi-Fi was a little weak in the evenings. Although they required you to sign an agreement to clean up after your pet and keep them on a leash, no more than 6 foot long, most pets were on retractable leads and were allowed to go out more than 6 feet, causing me a little irritation, as they seemed to routinely run into our campsite, where my dog was laying quietly. Also, a number of dogs were tied out and left alone. There was also a problem with bears knocking over the big trash dumpsters and having the trash was strewn all over. It was a nightly occurrence, and, although the trash was picked up every morning, there was still some "wet" trash that was never able to be re-collected. Owners said they were begging the trash company for bear proof containers, but to no avail. It would not have been difficult to alter the trash bins to be at least resistant. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Pricy for what you get like most things in Estes Park. Nice location along the river. Sites are not very long but they are wide, about twice as wide as an RV. Pads are sand/mud but you could tiptoe around on the mowed weeds to avoid the mud on rainy days. I didn’t see any pull throughs. Fishing available for a fee. Wi-Fi was good. Staff was friendly. Evidently run by the same company as Elk Meadow. Restrooms were newly painted, but I wish they had swept the floor before spreading the paint. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Front desk person was frazzled and not very friendly, but did get us checked in quickly and efficiently. No pull through sites meant we had to back in, but the escort stayed with us until we were settled. Close neighbors on 3 sides, and the site was all dirt, but other than that it was level and all the services worked. In summary, it is a fairly nice resort for Estes Park, which doesn't really have an upscale or luxury place to park your RV. We'll keep looking for a nicer place, but would stay here again if we didn't find anything better. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here 2 nights in a tent trailer. The bathrooms/showers were large, very clean and the best we have ever seen. The elk in the campground made the memories. Drawbacks: our site was muddy when it rained, it was expensive (they charge for pets), the fishing pond license was expensive. Also, with a sick son we had to depart early and forms/signs make it very clear that refunds for early departures are not provided. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Very nice, clean, friendly campground. We have a 40' fifth wheel and had plenty of room on our site. We saw no garbage overflowing and never heard the staff yelling at anyone, they are all very helpful and friendly. Our Verizon air card worked well and our cell phone with AT&T worked well, too. Nice laundry, nice fishing pond (for a fee), and the Big Thompson River runs right by the park. The free shuttle stops very close by and the park is right behind the Rocky Mountain Opry which we highly recommend, some of the best entertainment we have seen, ever. We have seen a herd of elk come through the campground, but have not seen the bear they say visits some. All in all a very nice park and we would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We have stayed at this campground many times over the years, and are sad to see it being run down. The pool was green (we did not choose to use it) the grass in the sites is dying as the sites are not made for today's big rigs. The garbage piles up and in general is it not being well maintained. Restrooms are still decent, but that is about it. This was our favorite campground, and used to be a real gem. Sad to see it go downhill Unfortunately, in Estes Park there isn't much to choose from, and this is about the best around the area. It's a decent place to stay if you're expectations aren't too high. Wi-Fi is passable, cell service spotty. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Had three great long weekends here in 2011. Beautiful river flowing by. Fun fishing pond. Limited trees in campground. Fantastic staff, always 2-3 people in the office to help. Maintenance guy was really helpful. Pancake breakfast on weekends. Nightly campfire. Nice pool and great hot tub. We'll go back every summer. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground is very convenient to Rocky Mountain National Park. It is located along a rushing stream and has a small fishing pond in the middle of the campground area. There is a pool and an activity building. A bridge over the stream takes you to a shopping area with groceries, restaurant and liquor store - very nice. However, the campground sites have been neglected - weeds, no trees, dirt roads and pads, missing sewer connections, broken picnic tables. All sites are back-in and fairly wide so you can park your car next to your camper. However, folks are allowed to park more than one car and more than one trailer in a site which can put a neighbor's truck right up against your camper. The mobile phone service is spotty and Wi-Fi is poor. I was not impressed and would not camp here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have stayed here 4 or 5 times and my review is mixed. I like the proximity to RMNP, campground sides to river, pool, easy access to store and a few restaurants. Disappointed with our last stay and will probably try somewhere else next time. Very busy weekend and staff exceptionally grumpy about everything. Trash overflowing everywhere. Pool was very cold the first day and rather dirty the second day. Sites are very tight and roads are dusty. I did not have a pet but the staff was constantly yelling at families about their pets. Just not as friendly as I remember. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Cons: Interior roads are dirt, so in dry weather it can get a little dusty. Sites are close together, but in tourist areas like this they are all close together. Sewer hook up drained very slow, but when I reported it, they came immediatly to try to rectify. It helped a little but was still a challenge. Trash bins were consistently over flowing during the entire week we stayed. Pros: Family friendly. Thompson river runs adjacent to this campground. Located about a mile from entrance from RMNP. There is a walking bridge across the river to a small grocery store, liquor store, and restaurant. Friendly, helpful staff. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground has a nice view of the mountains. It is close to the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and downtown Estes Park. The campground is clean and well-kept. There is very little shade (not unusual in that area) and the sites are close together. You feel like you are in an RV parking lot, but again that is not unusual. It was a nice place to use as a base for trips into Rocky Mountain National Park each day. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Wonderful park, friendly staff, and great for the whole family. Restrooms & showers were very, very clean. Didn't use Laundry, but was planning too, as also very clean. Kids loved the pool, playground, and miniature golf. (Basic mini-golf course, and exactly what you'd expect in a park.) Didn't fish in the private lake, but saw several people pulling out descent sized trout. The kids were constantly saying hi to the staffers which seems to always be within ear shot for any need. Staff guides you to your slot, directs you backing in, and points out all the necessary hookups. Quiet at night, and never really heard sounds from surrounding area. Quick hike over nearby bridge to restaurant, mid-sized convenience store, liquor store and gift shop. (Saved driving across town to Safeway, and so close we ended up eating at the restaurant twice. Slots are side-by-side with marked walkways between. South slots are shaded, and trees surround park on all sides. Multiple access points to river. Close to Rocky Mountain National Park entrance. We are definitely going back! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
First thing about all RV parks in Estes Park: they are dusty and this one is too. But it is a very nice park. The sites are reasonable in size and they WiFi really works and is free. Cable TV is $4 a night. There is a nice pond where you can fish for $7 a day and can keep three fish. For fee fishing that is pretty good. Saw a lot of trout caught. There are lots of things for families to do here during season. People in the office were very nice and did all they could to make my stay enjoyable. The campground has a good location. Near a store and free shuttle to town. Would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The park itself was nice. Very level sites, acceptable space between campers compared to other places we have stayed, Wi-Fi worked well. Customer service was non-existent. We had problems finding the place and nobody EVER answers the phone. My husband went to get fishing permits for their private lake and the lady in the office was beyond rude. I will consider other places next visit. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Way too expensive for what we experienced: water and 15a electrical. Sites are slideout to slideout, jam packed to get the maximize numbers possible. The restrooms and showers were ultra clean. We would not pick this spot again. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
Spruce Lake RV Park is a good news bad news story. The goods news is it is conveniently located to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The bad news is it is an old facility and sometimes over-crowded. The interior roads are not paved and most of the sites have little or no grass. Multiple cars are allowed at the sites, barking dogs can be a problem and trash dumpsters are often over-filled and located in the middle of the park in plain site, the smell can be offensive. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The place was nice and staff was very friendly. Too many rules with pets. I felt like we couldn't walk our dog anywhere. The hot tub was very dirty, had algae growing in it. The pool was nice. The stocked fishing pond didn't have many fish in it. It is stocked every 2 weeks and we were there a week and a half after they stocked it. They probably should stock it more often in season. No fires were allowed but that was because of city code. Would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
At first we had trouble adjusting to the back in spots with gravel pads and the short turning radius in order to back in. We did note that many other campgrounds in this area had very narrow campsites so Spruce Lake did have room for your vehicle and a table area. The amenities are nice including washeteria. The staff wasn't real friendly but I think there is so much paperwork involved that they lose site of public relations which should supersede the paper. Pictures on website show non typical sites. In fact, only about 6 sites have trees. However, the kids loved the miniature golf, the ice cream social (staff was very nice and helpful at this event) and the pool. Close to RMNP and town and river. We did have elk in our campsite one evening so one does get the flavor of the area. We had a discount and would stay again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I have mixed reviews about this campground. First, the positives: The staff is abundant, helpful, and customer oriented. The people staying in the campground are also quite friendly and seem respectful to those around them. The location is right on the Big Thomson River which is nice to walk along during an evening stroll, but there are not river side camping sites. There is a lot of family activities ranging from fishing in the pond to a small playground and a swimming pool. Now, the negatives: The sights are jammed in together. Every location was tight. The only spaces that looked like you had breathing room were the three that sit at the back of the campground near the trees. The sites are not level and all dirt/grass/gravel. If you are interested in some personal space, this is not the campground to go to. During the time we were there, we witnessed three significant errors made with reservations or customers placed in the wrong campsites (including coming back and finding someone in ours). The staff made it right every time, but it certainly didn't inspire much confidence in the accuracy of their reservations system. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice park located just outside the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. We stayed here for 2 nights. All sites are back in, but we were lucky enough to have an empty site behind us, so it became a pull through. WiFi service was fair but dropped the connection often. Cell phone service ranged from very poor to non existant. We have Verizon service and did better than most with other services. Wonderful location and very scenic. Lots to do in and around the park, but we came to see the national park. All interior roads and sites are gravel. We were happy here and would gleefully stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The facility was as expected; clean, close to town, lots to do on site. The front desk staff was a little rough, and generally not hospitality oriented. Everything we needed was received with a attitude of a huge inconvenience. On the other end the maintenance staff was great. Very dog friendly. Great views and river frontage made it enjoyable. You can hear the river at night! Also, they let us have a 4 hour late check out at no extra charge!! A big negative is no true online reservations. You leave a online message, but they are slow to respond. Your best bet is to simply call and not leave voice mail, just keep calling until you get someone. In today's world, this is unacceptable for busy people. Internet access was free and good signal strength, but the cable TV was $2.50. I think the cable was a rip off. Also, not all the channels advertised were actually available, including HBO. Also, the sites are designed for minimal privacy as they are backed in pretty tight. They advertise them as extra wide, and they are. But the way they are arranged you back right up into the unit in the next row. Try and get an end cap if you want any type of privacy. We will return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A little short for a bigger rig, but had wide spaces. A great location by Rocky Mountain Park. Has friendly staff, and a well stocked fishing pond if that is what you want. It's close to Estes Park, too. We'd stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Lovely campground in a beautiful setting and very close to Rocky Mountain National Park. Well maintained and a nice friendly feel. Sites very generous size with plenty of width, but no pull-throughs. RV's were parked alternately so you're not back to back, which was nice. Wi-Fi was very good from our site (12). Although expensive, it was well worth a visit and we would use again. Restrooms and showers were spotless. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We have used this campground before. What used to be a decent campground has turned in to a rather run down mediocre campground. They price themselves as a Resort, but are really just another campground. There is antiquated 30 AMP service, with aluminum wiring, in 2/3 of the sites. 50 AMP is available only on limited sites, for $3.50 per night. Cable TV? $2.50 per night, Wi-Fi? only if you are lucky. Where there was once grass, there is now dry tinder which is worn down very badly. Staff? I never saw any one out doing anything to make things better in the campground, and office ladies were not at all pleasant. We would not waste my time going back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is like being in a sardine can, everyone is crammed together and there is a lot of dust. Very hard to back in to. 50 amps? Another $3.00 per day. Cable, another $1.50 per night. Big rig site? Very limited and in back row. Wi-Fi service? Only if you are lucky. Grass on sites? Only if you plant it and water it. Lake on facility is good for kids. I want peace and quiet. Would not stay here again. The office help were two crabby old ladies. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I was a little disappointed in the park because the sites were close together and we were parked near the pond, and the path towards the laundry and game room so there was a lot of traffic and noise around our site. The trash containers were always full or over flowing. My husband enjoyed getting to fish in the pond, even though he had to pay $7.50 a day but got to keep 3 of the trout. It was nice to be able to hear the river close by. I would stay there again but in a different location if possible. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Overall, a decent campground. It was our second time staying there. We stayed in early May, avoiding the busy time. Had some luck fishing in their pond, so that was fun. The biggest gripe is that they want to charge $2.50 each day for TV! We spent family time instead. It was nice. We'd stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground used to be a very nice place to spend a month or two, but has priced themselves so high, it is now nearly prohibitive. 50 amps? Another $3.00 per day. Cable, another $1.50 per night. Big rig site? Very limited and in back row. Wi-Fi service? Only if you are lucky. Grass on sites? Only if you plant it and water it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
$50 ouch! Pond, pool, spa, wifi,cable and the Rocky Mountains. Had 22 elk in the campground, nice treat. Easy access to area, via free shuttle into park and into town. Camping atmosphere was great. People very friendly and great to visit with. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I've come to realize that grass is a sparse commodity in the Rocky Mountain area, so learn to live with that fact that you will park in gravel/dirt. The management here was very pleasant and did not charge me for the missed first night due to car trouble. The spots are all back in but very wide. I could park the trailer, have room for a picnic table, and park the tow vehicle nest to that with comfortable space in between. Deer wander thru and it was quiet. Looking at the other campgrounds, I'll come back to this one. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
All sites are back-ins and are dirt/weeds. Access roads are dirt. Sites are large but feel small because of the odd arrangement of the park. It is a giant parking lot interspersed with a trout pond and a few buildings. Staff generally friendly and helpful, but don't even think of using the swimming pool if there is a cloud anywhere in the sky. Risk of lightning. Park is off the road and quiet. Appears better than most alternatives in Estes. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Campground is close to Rocky Mountain National Park entrance, only about 3 miles away. It has a fishing pond and fair size playground also a miniature golf course. The laundry facilities are well kept and nice. Some of the sites are on the small side and quite crowded, the WIFI is free but very spotty and slow. We felt the park is overpriced for what it offered, $5.00 charge for each of our grandchildren per day and a $1.00 a day charge for our dog. After making reservations two months in advance we were put in a site adjacent to the power and phone boxes where our triple slide 38 foot Motorhome barley fit and left almost no room for our toad. If you camp here don't let them stick you in site 56 unless you have a small class C and are not pulling a toad. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is one of the better parks in the Estes Park area. It is clean, quiet with gravel roads thgroughout the park. The sites aren't really deep but they are wide. Very friendly people run this RV Park. Excellent free wifi service. Satellite window best for sites closest to the river. Fishing and miniature golf for the kids is available in this RV park. It is sort of tacky to have a daily charge for cable and for dogs given the $39 off season rate. I would likely stay here again, mainly because of the wide sites. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was an average park in a great location. The sites were kind of short for larger rigs but fairly level. The National Park was just up the road and downtown Estes Park was just a short drive. The lake is more like a small pond that they stock with trout and you can catch 3 fish a day for $7.50. The river runs right alongside the campground and you can fish in that. If you like elk they are nightly visitors to the point of being annoying. We would probably stay there again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Easy access for large rigs with level sites. Sites are dirt which is a problem when it rains. Good view from most sites. Good cable TV at $2.00 per day but WiFi is included in site fee. Staff could work on being a little more friendly. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Best campground in Estes Park. Nice size spots, playground, pool and campstore. WiFi is slow. No campfires allowed, but they provide a large fire everynight. Very close to entrance into Rocky Mountain National Park and close to town. Campground is next to the Big Thompson River for fishing. Lots to do in the area. Will be staying here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park is situated in Estes Park, a very touristy mountain town. The area is loaded with all kinds of activities, accommodations, specialty and tourist shops. There is a small, full-service grocery right next to the park and a large chain supermarket at the other end of town. The next nearest shopping (aside from Estes Park itself) is a tough 25 mile drive up and over the canyon to Loveland. There you’ll find a huge outlet mall, Walmart Supercenter & Sam’s, along with every other major store you can think of. Go 20 miles or so in the other direction the other way over more mountains and curves to Longmont - to another Walmart Supercenter. The park is a great place to headquarter for a visit to Rocky Mountain Park. The park is surrounded by thickly-forested beautiful trees, it sits along the banks of the Big Thompson River – swift and quite lovely. The park shares one of its other boundaries with another nice-looking RV park (the Manor). Nice greenery and mature trees surround the entrance and the lake. (The term “lake” is a bit of an overstatement, it’s not very big – it’s more like a large pond or a puddle on steroids, if you will. Fishing is permitted (no license) at the hefty fee of $7.50 a day or $20 for 3 days. You must keep any fish you catch – (no throw backs). The roads and the RV pads are dirt (maybe some crushed gravel), and each rig site has a wide lawn expanse and some intermittent young trees. Things are a bit dusty when folks drive by or the wind blows. The sites are incredibly wide, a good 30’ to 40’ - if you could drive into them from the side, you could park crosswise! The sites are also amply long – plenty of room for our 37’ fiver and F-350 dually. All of the sites are back-in, backing up adjacent to the next row of back-in sites. Fortunately, the sites are staggered, checkerboard style, so the view out the back window is not the other guy’s back window, just his toad or tow vehicle. Not too bad. Thanks to the width of the site, even full, this park doesn’t feel particularly crowded. [Not side-by-side hook-ups]. Terrific water pressure & good voltage. Garbage pick-up at the site. Pancake & Sausage breakfast on Saturday ($2.00 – extra sausage 25¢ each), ice cream social once or twice weekly and other planned activities. No instant-on phones and some dog breed restrictions. Free wi-fi but we couldn’t get a signal at our site (#46). Ala Carte pricing: cable - $3/day , 50 amp - $2/day and so forth. If we returned to the area, we might look around for another park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very poor Wi-Fi service; will not connect. Lack of 50 AMP electric service. Managers and assistant managers are not at all friendly; curt at times. Park has great potential, but not with current management. Needs a lot of improvements. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This RV park is very close to the entrance of Rocky Mtn. Natl. Park and has spectacular views. Our site was next to the banks of the Big Thompson River, which provided a soothing sound as we were drifting off to sleep. The downside of the campground is that RV's are packed in like sardines and there is no shade. The grounds were not particularly well-landscaped and were muddy due to rain. I would rather stay in a park campground with no hookups. We camped here in a Motorhome.
My wife and I went there for a first trip in our motorhome with our granddaughters and had a great time. There was a small fishing pond for the kids, playground and an ice cream social. We had a site next to the stream where there is trout fishing also. My next trip to estes park will be there. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Friendly staff, clean neat grounds. There computer reservation system needs improving, because many guest reserations were lost or given to others including mine. There are extra charges for, dogs, cable, more then 2 persons in party, fishing, and a few others which makes it expensive. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A little deceiving, lake is really a rather small pond! No campfires are allowed and sites are a little close. Kind of parking lot-ish! The up side is that the restrooms/laundry and pool were very nice, and there was a fairly good view of mountains and we had elk that walked right through the park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice campground and friendly staff. We stay here any time we visit Estes Park. Nice wide sites. Nice playground for our little girl. Wonderful swimming pool and free mini-golf (needs some fix-up). No problem getting our 30' Fifth Wheel backed in with room for the slide out. Close to shopping and RMNP(and my favorite fly fishing store). All around great experience. Highly recommended! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 8 / 10 ]
All back-in gravel sites. Extra wide sites. Restrooms, showers, and laundry room very clean. Walking distance to groceries, gift shop, liquor store, and restaurant. Private lake on property. Modem hook up in office free for 15 min, $2.00 for each additional 15 min. Best all-round campground in Estes Park. We camped here in a camper.
[ 6 / 10 ]
This was a nice campground but it wasn't the best. It has a nice lake in the middle of the campground. Staff was very friendly and it appeared to be a well maintained campground We camped here in a camper.
[ 8 / 10 ]
Back to back sites (if one vacant - can be pull thru) but easy access. Elev 7,000'; RMNP entry nearby. Mountain streams run through the park with 360 degree mountain views. Handled 40' 5th easily. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
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Very nice RV park/campground, probably the nicest in Estes Park. Large sites are all back-ins but easy to get into. Park is located on a stream, has a small fishing pond. Clean restrooms, very friendly staff, well maintained grounds. Easy to get in/out of, close to all the major sites in Estes Park, including the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Nice views of the mountains of RMNP. We camped here in a camper.
This is our second visit to Jellystone Estes and I would highly reccomend it above any the other campgrounds in Estes! First off, for being on the entrance to RMNP (one of the most visited NPs in the country) Estes does not offer much in the way of modern campgrounds. We have stayed at nearly all the campgrounds in the area and Jellystone is the best pick of the bunch. The park is pretty, well kept and offers things to do besides park and sleep. It sits on a terraced, wooded hillside just outside Estes Park. There is a wide variety of sites to choose from and you can find a space for any type of rig. Not all spaces will fit all rigs! The smaller terraced sites farthest up are very, very scenic, but are for only pop ups! There are large sites closer to the entrance that will fit anything. All sites have a table and fire pit. Their "premium" sites are a bit bigger with patio mat, split-rail fence and an additional table/chairs on some sites. We were in full hookup site #65 with out 30 ft trailer with a large slideout. It looked a bit small, but the escort got us in on one try. Somewhat unlevel,but fixable. Once set-up, the site was great! The sites may not be as roomy as some state parks, but they are way nicer than anything else in Estes. The park fills up quickly, so advance reservations are a must! Hookups worked good with decent water pressure and a strong wi-fi signal. (Poor AT&T phone signal due to location probably. Not an issue.) Staff was very friendly! The heated pool was nice and there is a game room with pool table and arcade games. They remodeled their put-put golf course! fun! The park IS geared towards those with smaller children and their activities are age-appropriate. Although there were many children running about, it was not overly noisy and the nights were very quiet. Some reviews noted that the park os "far" from town. Nonsense. you are 6 minutes away from downtown Estes. It takes you longer to get into town having to go through traffic when staying at Elk Meadow Campground! A note on traffic: Estes is VERY crowded on the weekends and in-town parking is at a premium. Have patience. I mentioned some of the other campgrounds in Estes. Elk Meadow is close to RMNP entrance, but is an eyesore. That place is really going down hill. Estes KOA is nice, but is very, very small. You are literally on top of eachother. For the choices in Estes, Jellystone is your best bet! We will be back! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice large campground with paved roads and gravel sites with small grass areas and table. Sites with and without trees. Roads are rough, narrow and steep. All back-in sites, the big rig sites are long and wide although very unlevel. Separate tent area and rental cabins. Game room, club house, pool, mini golf, kids play areas, events and entertainment for kids. Lots of kids during the summer and holidays. Free password protected and strong Wi-Fi. There is no Verizon cell or 4G signal in the park. Satellite TV signal in some sites, local TV on antenna in some other sites and no cable TV. Staff friendly and helpful and accepts pets and scheduled activities on weekends. Campground geared for families on weekends, OK for full timers. Closes for season Oct 1. Five miles outside of Estes Park. Would stay there again. Cost listed is for Passport. Does not accept C 2 C, RPI or ROD. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Far from Estes Park and getting in and out very difficult. Crowded, tight spaces. Park appears not very well kept. Tried to put us in a back in site that had a steep drop off on the side with little room to spare. Demanded refund, which they gave reluctantly after a short argument and I went somewhere else. Definitely would not recommend. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The staff makes up for any negatives this park has. Staff is warm, welcoming, friendly and hardworking. Very family friendly park that has hayrides, pancake/French toast breakfasts on Sat/Sun for $5, movies, ceramics, scavenger hunts, heated swimming pool, arcade, mini-golf, horseshoes, swimming pool available. Lots of kids and pets but most very well behaved. Sites are terraced and close together. Gravel and somewhat level. Each had tree, fire pit and picnic bench. No cable available but strong Wi-Fi. Restrooms were clean. Trails and streams run through park as well as ravine with flowers/bushes so feels like you are in the mountains. About 3 miles to town. Check in sells t-shirts, groceries, firewood, basic necessities and had DVDs. Negatives were no concrete pads, people walking through campsite (not parks fault!), and small sites pretty close together. We saw and drove through several other RV parks and I would recommend Jellystone over them. We camped here in a Motorhome.
There isn't much to choose from in Estes, However this is the most mountain feeling campground in the area that can accommodate most rigs. The campground has wonderful views of the surrounding mountains, as well as many trees to add to the mountain feel. The roads are steep with gravel sites mostly terraced. There are lots of activities to keep the kids busy. There are only a few sites that would accommodate larger rigs. It's in close proximity to Estes without being in town. The staff was nice and helpful with any needs. The pool was adequate, but not resort quality, nice playgrounds, arcade and horseshoe pit. This could be a very nice campground with a little more attention to landscape and clean up as it was very overgrown. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We love camping here every August! We've been coming for the last 8 years. The kids have a great time here. We usually meet friends here and enjoy it every year. I use a pop-up camper here now, but have tent camped in the past and rented one of their cabins two years ago. The staff is super friendly and helpful. We will return!!! We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
We stayed in Boo Boo #2 Travel Trailer rental unit for two nights while we were visiting the Rocky Mountain NP and Estes Park area. We love Yogi Bear Campgrounds and we're from the east coast so we had to stay at one while we were visiting the area. The park was nice with lots of chipmunks and rabbits running all over the park. The staff were super nice and very helpful when trying to find restaurants in Estes Park. I will stay here the next time I come back to Estes Park area! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Clean park with many things to keep you busy. Great for the kids: large playground, horseshoe pit, game room, etc. Clean bathrooms and pool. Staff very friendly and campsite just outside of Estes Park. Stayed here twice this summer and will go back next year. Cabins are available if you don't have an RV. Liked this place due to cleanliness and close proximity to Denver (easy drive). We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very cool campground for kids. Beware of altitude sickness. The campground is built on a foothill, which makes for fun trails and walks. Great playgrounds. Kids were invited to help Yogi with the flag lowering and folding ceremony. If I remember correctly, cell phone reception was minimal. Great drive there and continuing on the next day, but you can't be afraid of mountainous roads. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Love how peaceful this campground is, up in the mountains. However, I wish they had the golf carts you could rent to get up and down those hills, like the one in Larkspur (Castle Rock) does. This used to be our favorite campground, but the last 2 years we've come here has been people drinking, fighting and yelling (Father's Day weekends), which ruined our family camping trip. Just seems to be getting a little ghetto. Still a beautiful place to camp with fun family activities. We camped here in a Tent.
Lovely campground, and the staff is friendly. We enjoyed our stay at this park, but some of the facilities are run-down and the pool was green. There is fairly decent Wi Fi, but no cell phone reception. It is about 5 miles from Estes Park. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I would say that the best thing about this site was that it was fun for our daughter. Lots of events geared for kids. However, between the road noise, dirty bathrooms and high fees, I would never go back to this site. There are much better ones in the area. If you choose to stay here, best bet is to get a site higher up on the mountain. If you get a site by the main road, the road noise will keep you up all night as it doesn't stop. Sites were gravel and not very level. It's too bad because this place could have a lot of potential. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Over Priced!!!! 50 amp sites were all taken by permanent residents. Our site was down front, long enough but dirt/mud. If you don't have children this is not the place for you. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Only a few big rig sites. Not easy to get into. Located on major two lane road and there is lots of road noise for the big rig sites. Website photos make this park look so big and it is actually VERY small! Small camper and tent sites look to be pretty small and rough. Kid friendly activities. Clean. Well taken care of. Road noise nearly ruins it though. We were in #79 which is actually a work camper site and first site on road. (20yds off road). Easy access to Estes Park and RMNP. We would probably not stay here again and would try somewhere else although not much to choose from around Estes. Estes does not have big rig parking. They claim to but we wouldn't try it! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Loved it: camping in the mountains, but easy to get in and out. Great views, fire pits, lots of pine trees. Had no cell service but it is a very mountainous area. Would definitely stay again. $10.00 rate is with Coast to Coast membership. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The park is OK, nothing great. It has everything advertised, but nothing special. The pool was NOT heated and was real cold and cloudy and not real clean. Restrooms were OK. Sites were a bit difficult to maneuver into because the park is on a hill and terraced. I think the park is over-priced for what you get. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground is over rated for what you get. It’s pricey, mostly 30 amp sites and no pull through sites. Sites are dirt, not level, and short. There are only a handful of back-in sites that will fit RVs or Fifth-wheels longer than 38 feet. There’s no cable and NO cell phone reception regardless of provider. You have to drive 2 miles down the street to get a reception. The campground is inundated with prairie dogs/gophers. Some office workers are very rude. Our neighbors tried to extend their stay and were told that the park was full when it actually wasn’t. Don’t spend the money for a premium site (extra $10/night ) because all you get is a small green carpet that is not kept clean and wrought iron furniture that leaves a lot to be desired. The one pro is that the Wi-FI was fast, but it may have been because we were near the pavilion. This is a great park for kids. During our stay we visited Rocky Mountain National Park and downtown Estes Park. Unfortunately, there are not too many campgrounds in the area with full hook-ups. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park is more geared towards families with children. The pool was nice and the view was good, but the sites were small and close together. We probably wouldn't stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very easy to work with. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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We were looking for something different when visiting Estes Park. We've stayed at the other rv parks and they all have their pros and cons. We were very pleasantly surprised with Jellystone Estes! What a great little park! It may be a little to "childish" for some campers, but my myself my wife and our 14yo son had a great time! Excellent and very friendly staff! Trees! Trees! Trees everywhere! This campground is situated on a side of a mountain with dense evergreen trees. Very wide variety of sites. All the sites are back-in, but the staff was supurb in their customer service and helped us back into our site (#70) with ease. Our site was halfway up the hill and was terraced nicely. It may be a tad close to your neighbor, but not as bad as some parks. Our site was clean and level with a fire pit and table. We also had full hookups, but water/electric and no hookups are also available. There are a few "Premium" Sites here and there and they seem to be the biggest and most private sites. Lots of smaller sites for popups farther up the hill, but our 30ft trailer fit into our full hookup site easily. Lots of activities for families and it was cool to meet Yogi in person! Although it was the end of June, it got cool at night, but heck, you are in the mountains! We WILL be back! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Camping Club memberships are worthless here unless you want only elec. 30Amp (this is their standard category) We damaged our stainless rock guard, but eventually got in the site and it was quite after the music shut down. This is a great site for kids and they were certainly having a blast. It was a pleasure to watch them. This is not for a mature audience. We went there to take advantage of CC membership- big mistake! If you have grand kids or small children this is the place to be but not if you are going for the benefits of CC. The Wi-Fi was good. It is Extremely hilly and their advertised stream is about the size of the one I see each morning when I awake. Each day we saw many Campgrounds we would have preferred, do your homework when traveling to Estes Park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Excellent secluded sites. Back-in only. Loved the Ice Cream man, the firewood delivery service, the Candy Bar Bingo!! Front Office staff is it or miss on what they know and don't know. Beware the $3.50 per child extra charge. During my stay the water in the entire campground went out for 2 hrs.(?) Sites are a bit small but separated well by trees. Back sites abut a trail head for nature walks. All in all great family campground We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
We have camped at JELLYSTONE PARK-ESTES for many years now and have enjoyed it each and every time. The pool is really nice and nightly activities in the summer makes this a wonderful family campground. We usually stay each year over Labor Day weekend. Enjoy the dance they have in the outdoor pavilion. The bathrooms are clean, but be prepared that during holiday weekends with so many campers and only 2 bathrooms for the entire campground. They will get dirty. So plan your showers mid-day (after cleaning is done) for a cleaner bathroom. This campground is wooded but most campsites are located on the hillside. Larger RV have a flat camping area. Game room for kids is very nice. The only complaint I have it the rates keep going up. This year for any holiday weekends: will be $50 for a Regular water/electric (no sewer) sites. That is a bit much. The Premium water/electric sites will be $60. If the rates keep going up, it would be almost better to stay in one of the smaller hotels with cabins. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
We came here to celebrate my son's birthday. We were very happy with our site and the host / staff were very helpful. The site is pretty close together but still have trees in between for some sort of privacy. There's plenty of activities for the children. My kids really enjoyed the Candy Bingo, the Toga contest, the ice cream man as well as the swimming pool. There's also a mini golf on site if the kids want to golf. The trails were pretty nice and if you get to go to the top the view is breathtaking. The rate is pretty high considering they don't offer cable TV and you have to pay for the WIFI connection. Other than that, we will definitely come back here. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We rented one of the park's travel trailers during our stay here which is why our rate is so high. The only negative I have is that it was on a steep hillside, but what did I expect? It's the Rockies! We drove by several other RV parks in the area and were continually pleased with our decision to stay here. It is in a convenient location and was quiet. There were plenty of activities for the kids and the pancake/french toast breakfast were way too convenient. We had a wonderful time. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Probably the nicest park in the area, very nice mountain view, only complaint would be the that the park is on a steep hillside, this is our park of choice for Estes Park area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Jellystone Park Campground (CG) is on a terraced hillside and also part on a flat area. The terraced campsites on the main hill are VERY nice. In fact within the last 2 years many of these sites have been up-scaled/improved with round metal patio/picnic tables and chairs, large staked-down 'grass' mats that cover most of the campsite, separate grills and fire rings and these campsites are bricked in on the sloping side. These campsites are 'deluxe' and are more expensive than the rest.The regular priced campsites have wooden picnic tables and a fire-ring/grill combo. No bricked wall, or 'grass' mats so some of these campsites do drop down the slop of the hill, so walking around them with 'toddler'-children need to be supervised because of the steep drop down to the creek on one side. Trees surround the CG and a small creek runs through part of the CG. The tent area is in the flatter area of the CG. There is a pool, mini-golf and pavilion where Karaoke, bingo, ice cream socials and kid-family events and dances are held on weekends. Small and Large cabins are available to rent. Playground and horse-shoe ring. 2 bath-houses, clean twice a day. We stay here at least once a year, if not twice. We always enjoy our stay. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
The staff was friendly. The ice cream cart that comes by was a favorite of our children. The activities are good for young children - although they can get loud at night. The swimming pool needed cleaning the first day, but there were a lots of people in it. The second day we went at an off peak time and it was much cleaner. Some of the sites could be hard to get to with a larger rig, the road we camped on was curvy and hilly. We did have lots of shade at our site. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
The staff is very friendly and the park, overall, is well maintained. The sites are not perfectly level and my neighbor had to use a shovel to dig a hole to level his 5th wheel. The road around the park is tight and a large RV would have problems; especially with the steep grade. The highway next to the campground is noisy but traffic is scarce after 11 PM. The kids really enjoyed the playgrounds. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.