Absolutely beautiful park, one of the most scenic I've been to in Colorado. Camped in July, mid 30's at night and low 70's during the day. Very spacious sites. Highly recommend a lakeside site. Located in a shaded lodgepole forest, along Turquoise Lake. Elevation is 10,000 feet. Entrance road is narrow but had no problems towing my 25 ft 5th wheel. Limited water available, no electric or sewer hookups but there is a dump station at the park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Let me start by saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. The website looked great and it’s pretty much the only RV park in town. The owner took my reservation over the phone and I wasn’t confident about it. We showed up and my first reaction was, “Oh my God! Where else can we stay?” The place looked like a dump and the RVs were packed in like sardines. The owner wasn’t there, so my hubby called his cell phone and he told us he had reserved site #12, which was accessible from the main road. We pulled in and things changed… We were setup and level within minutes – fastest and easiest setup we’ve ever had. We shared a common space with our neighbor on one side and our half had a picnic table, grill, and grass. We put out the fence for the dogs and met the neighbors, who were very nice. We didn’t feel constrained at all. The RV park is one block from the main historical street in town and we walked everywhere. We were there over 4th of July weekend and were able to walk to the parade. We had an unbelievable, unobstructed view of the fireworks from our campsite that night. The laundry facilities were clean and worked great ($1.00 for washer, .75 for dryer). We stayed here for one week and got a weekly rate. Our cable didn’t work, so they called out a repairman within hours and didn’t charge us extra for cable (normally $2/day extra unless monthly). We did not pay for Wifi as we have a hotspot, so I can't comment on wifi reliability. The owner was awesome and really cares about the tenants having a good stay. We were allowed to wash our RV and even park our truck in the vacant lot next to us once the neighbors left. Even though this RV park is listed an NOT family friendly, we felt welcome and saw another family there as well. Gorgeous views of Rocky Mountains, including several 14ers (mountains over 14,000 feet high) and only one hour from beautiful Aspen. Leadville is the highest city in the USA at almost 10,200 feet elevation; however, we did not experience altitude sickness, only got a bit winded when walking downtown. We would definitely stay here again if ever in the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Well first of all this is LEADVILLE!! It is not Vegas or Denver or a National Park. This place is just fine for Leadville standards! We were able to get a spot for one night, pulled directly into our site from the wide street behind it and unhooked our car. The amenities are rough, it is not an RV RESORT, by any means. But the power is good, city water and a sewer connection is all we needed. Our son lives in town, so we find it convenient to walk to all the spots in town and his home. This morning we backed the 40' rig back into the wide street, just as we had come in, hooked up our car and there was no issue. The manager is very nice and will do what he can to make sure you are comfortable. Yes, there are a good many permanent residents. We found this place to be perfectly fine for our needs and would not hesitate to stay there for longer than just an overnight. We camped here in a Motorhome.
What a hole. The park is right in town, run down and populated by residents in run down, old campers. It's also dirty and they don't empty the dumpsters nearly often enough so there is trash spilling everywhere. The spaces are very close together so hearing your neighbors conversations is not a problem if you are so inclined. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This RV park in in the middle of Leadville, and is convenient to all of the attractions in Leadville (which is an attractive and interesting old mining town). The park is mostly occupied with working folks. The operators of the park are friendly and helpful. The rate we paid was the Passport America rate. The sites are quite narrow. Our site was facing one way with our neighbor to the right facing the other. That RV was about 3 feet away, when the slide out were extended. On the other hand there was ample room between our RV , on the other side. We had some trouble leveling. The park is not particularly attractive, but this is about the only public RV park in Leadville. In spite of our negative comments, we would stay in this park again if we were in Leadville. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Perfect little site if you want to look at Leadville, as it is in the middle of the historic downtown. Owner very helpful and kept his last space for us when we rang from about an hour away, didn't ask for any details or confirmation, but when we got here he had put reserved on it. Wi-Fi good, showers and restrooms clean and nice. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The park is very small. The sites are small, cramped, and not level. Sewer location is awkward. There are primitive tables and sparse grass. Sites and roads are gravel and dirt. The restroom is small and so are the showers. There are many obvious long timers in run down RVs. Wi-Fi did not work with android tablet and laptop PC. The good: this park is on the south end of the historic main street of Leadville and close to several great places to eat. Wi-Fi on the iPad was very fast. If it weren't for the location I would give this park one star. If the location is important to you, I would give it five stars. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This quiet park sits less than a block from the main road through town; so, all the tourist shops are within an easy stroll. Most of the sites are currently occupied by local workers, but there were at least 5 empty sites when we arrived mid day Saturday October 1st. The price shown reflects a 50% Camp Club USA discount. We paid an additional $2/night for 50 amps; 30 amps is just $1 extra. This is not a fancy park by any means, but the restrooms were clean, the neighborhood was quiet (even the nearby bar/cafe on a Saturday night), and the price is right. Most of the sites are fairly level pull throughs without too much room between sites. Local attractions include the National Mining Museum, a National Fish Hatchery, and wonderful fall foliage along the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway. At a little over 10,000’ elevation, Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the U.S. So, be prepared for rapidly changing weather throughout much of the year. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Surprisingly quiet, right in town! Lovely owner, very accommodating, very clean showers and bathrooms, well lit and pet friendly. Great easy walk to sites in Leadville. We actually stayed a day longer because of how clean and quiet it was! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a strange little park. It is a tight, parking lot style park one block off the the main street of "downtown" Leadville. There seems to mostly seasonal/extended stay customers in the park. I am not certain how many sites are available for overnighters in the summer. The facilities (FHU, cable TV, and Wi-Fi) all worked well. The site was tight, a bit unlevel, and hard to get into and out of. Unless you want to visit Leadville and spend the night at over 10,000' (which we did), most folks would not be happy with this park. We however, enjoyed our stay here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Right in town and close to all attractions. Within walking distance of historic district. No trees for shade. A bit pricey for the amenities at the park. Needs some maintenance for lawn areas. Sites are not level but go downhill and a little sparse on gravel in them. It is the only game in town, however. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Even in 45 degree rainy weather, this is a beautiful place. Small, scenic, and quiet. Odd, though, that we never met the camp host or "checked in" or anything remotely official, but we paid our honor system $6 for firewood, claimed our reserved site (while our friends claimed and paid for an empty site that did not have a reservation sign on it). We even had 1 bar of AT&T service, which was a surprise. We wished there had been better signage for trails, but given the steady rain, I guess it all worked out.... Sure wish that the reservation fee wasn't 50% of the nightly camping fee--that is such a ripoff ($18 site, $9 reservation fee). We camped here in a Motorhome.
For anyone planning to use any of the Turquoise Recreational Area Camp sites: The water pipes froze this winter. Both Molly Brown and Printer Boy dumps are closed. There is no place to fill fresh water tanks. So fill up before you arrive. May Queen has working fresh water but you can not hitch a hose to them. There is no running water in any of the other campgrounds. Even given the fact we had to fill our tank from gallon jugs, this is still a great forest service campground. Beautiful views, good hiking and fishing and friendly, helpful host. We go here every year. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This wonderful NFS campground was a great place to escape the heatwave. There are multiple campgrounds in this recreational area but May Queen is the newest and the most RV friendly. There are no hook ups. Water is available at the Molly Brown dump station. There is a second dump station at Printer Boy but it was closed. The sites are large. We set up our screen room to keep the biting flies at bay. All the campgrounds in this Rec Area are popular. Reservations are recommended. Hiking and fishing are the main activities. The only campground in the area that can handle large RVs is Tabor. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a gem of a national forest campground. Spectacular views from every site. Sites are gravel and mostly level. Main road is paved so there isn't a dust issue. Temperature during the day was pleasant but cooled quickly at night. Very quiet and not crowded during the week. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The scenery is phenomenal, being situated on Turquoise Lake, elevation 10,000+ ft. The campsites are level and spacious. No hook-ups but it is so peaceful and quiet and beautiful here that you don't seem to notice. You certainly won't need A/C. Patrolled by park rangers, and campground host on site at all times. There is water available and the vault toilets are very nice and clean, a rarity for sure. We camped here in a camper.
This is one of our favorite campgrounds and we have stayed here many times for family reunions of sorts. Very busy on weekends and recommend reservations for the best sites all days. Upper sites are better protected from lake wind and still an easy walk to the lake. Close drive to the boat ramp. Disappointed the govt removed the better restroom facilities making this a lower class facility. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Price reflects senior discount, sites normally $18. No hookups, but unthreaded water spigots are scattered throughout the campground. Flush toilets and sinks in the bathrooms, no showers. Camp host said the campground will be converted to pit toilets only next year, which is unfortunate. Oh well. Sites are very well spaced and almost all are level. There were plenty of nice vacant sites to choose from mid-week, but almost every site was reserved for the weekend, so plan accordingly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
My family of 5 (small children) camped here this past weekend and it was a very nice trip. The good. Shaded, spacious, quiet sites; the bathroom has flush toilets, 2 stalls, sink with running (cold) water and a mirror, and was very clean. The view of lake, great fishing with no bugs this weekend whatsoever (too cold). There were few people. I was surprised how many empty sites there were considering I'd read how popular this lake was. The bad: cold, cold, cold! Windy, windy, windy! (The wind comes and goes though, it was not consistent, rather an on and off situation.) The lake is not exactly next to the campsites (we were in site #11). You have to walk down a ways and some parts are rocky, not huge rocks, just a lot of medium sized rocks, but lots of sandy areas too. Too far and too hard to carry our paddle boat down to the lake. So that was a bummer and plus, it was probably too windy for us to manage the paddle boat. It rained (more like sprinkled) but wasn't too bad; but as we were leaving it had started snowing!! So, my suggestion is, be prepared for much colder weather than you imagined and really bundle up at night. I certainly expected the cold, but not to that extent. Our heater actually ran so hard that it exhausted our battery over 2 nights. We woke up the second morning with smoke coming out of our mouths! The clothes I had brought for my children to play outside and get dirty in, ended up being extra layers for sleeping (which only helped them not to freeze rather than made them hot) and I did not have hardly any clothes for them to wear outside (myself included). So, we are looking forward to going back next year when we can get a good reservation, but I will plan accordingly for the weather. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Definitely not big rig friendly, too many branches, narrow concrete runners, low water pressure, 30 amp spotty. Many hidden costs added to nights stay. Roads are full of ruts. Would not recommend anything over 40' come in here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
First, let's get to the identification of campgrounds issue. Silver Dollar campground, along with Molly Brown, Baby Doe, Father Dyer, the Printer Boy Group Campsite, and Mayqueen are ALL part of San Isabel National Forest's campgrounds at the Turquoise Lake Recreation Area west of Leadville. They are all managed by Rocky Mountain Recreation Company, which is a concessionaire of the National Forest. With the exception of Mayqueen campground, which is at the west end of Turquoise Lake, all other campgrounds, including Silver Dollar, are located on the east side of the lake. There are two dump stations. One is at the entrance to Molly Brown, the other at the entrance to Printer Boy Group campground. There is an additional $10 fee to use the dump station. Fresh water tanks can be loaded there. Tank up before going to the CG of your choice. All of these campground's, including Silver Dollar, are dry camping. Each site is back in, and some are pull in. This means if you want reserve or choose the wrong site, you will need to back in to your site at a 120 degree angle, and negotiate trees! Sites are unpaved, dusty in dry weather, and a bit muddy in wet, but firm on ground (you will not get stuck). We had no problems with leveling, but some sites could. Each site is spacious, and room between sites is extensive. Silver Dollar is completely forested, no water front views here, and likewise no wind problems. Wildlife was abundant, especially Gray Jays. On weekends, this and the other Turquoise Lake campgrounds are reserved well in advance on Reserve America.com, so plan ahead. Morning temperatures are crisp, even in July. Expect temps in the 40s. Mosquitoes were somewhat of a problem at times, but nothing unbearable. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful scenery around Leadville. Park itself is very rough looking although the tent sites look more appealing and have the feeling of a forest campground. We were told we could not get full hookups so opted for water and electric only. The roads are very rough, not maintained with very little gravel left. Spots are extremely tight and unfortunately our view consisted of a travel trailer on one side and a motorhome on the other. Showers and restrooms very nice. There is no Wi-Fi, cable. Walking the dog was problematic since the dog walk area was a tiny patch of scrub brush with some broken glass here and there. We had to leave after one night because of altitude sickness, so be aware of you may be susceptible. The trip to Leadville from the interstate was quite a challenge for the 37 foot motorhome. Some harrowing turns on a long uphill pull to over 10,000 feet. Certainly not a relaxing trip for us. Some TLC on the grounds would go a long way here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very clean restrooms. The sites are a little tight, as others have noted. The season is very short and I guess they need to make their money while they can. Owner separates taxable site fees from non-taxable 'people' fees, so the total cost can be a little confusing. It all works out and the owner does it so campers pay less taxes. We did have to pay $6/night for an extra vehicle. Very helpful staff in the camp store. Fun golf course a mile away. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Had a so called pull- thru site. the TT next to us was so close that our sewer hose was under there slid out.Pull- thru sites were so tight that we had to ask our neighbor to move his truck so we could make our turn to pull out. Asked management if they could trim a few tree limbs that were rubbing against our unit. I was told they do not trim limbs. Other sites had limbs that were trimmed. All in all a very negative experience. In 25 years of RVing this park is in the top 5 worst we have stayed in. Save your money stay else were. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The biggest negative is tightness of the sites. Big fifth wheels will have problems parking if the place is full. No Wi-Fi. Wired Internet service is in the rec room and it's fast. Mosquitoes can be a problem in June. The office staff was helpful when we needed to extend our stay one night. The location was right for us. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Interior roads are gravel and there are concrete strips for parking, picnic tables and fire pits at sites. Water, sewer and electricity worked well. It is a ways away from any major highways so no traffic noise. Sites are a lot closer than I prefer and noise from neighbors could easily be a problem. No Wi-Fi or cable TV. While we were there the park was very quiet, but also a long ways from being full. Part of the park has numerous pine trees. We were given an escort to our site. All the staff we contacted were friendly and helpful. On clear moonless nights the altitude allows for a great view of the sky. Note there is a $7.50 per person charge in addition to the $34.00 fee per site We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The sites are very small so it can be a problem if the neighbors dogs do not get along with your pets. Just not enough space between them. Overall the campground needs some tree trimming and grass mowing. The was a horrible mosquito problem which could have possibly been helped had the grass and brush been trimmed. The dog walk area was nearly unusable due to the overgrowth of sage brush. It is now just a single file trail through the brush. The bathrooms were clean and the showers were hot. The camp staff was friendly and the ice cream social was well worth the $1.50. Not sure if we will return this could be a really nice campground with a few changes. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The rate cited reflects a monthly rate including electricity and all taxes. They were able to accommodate our 43 foot rig though there only a few sites that can handle this length and also only about 7-8 50 amp sites. However, the weather is so cool at this altitude (10,000 ft) that we would probably have been fine with a 30 amp site since one so rarely needs air conditioning at all. Scenery is fantastic and access to the many wonders of the area is very convenient. The owner and staff are super-helpful and friendly. This is really a campground, not an RV "resort." Think of it as a cross between a Forest Service campground and an RV park and you'll get the picture. We would have gladly stayed the entire summer, but alas, my wife had problems with the altitude and we had to leave early. This is not uncommon in Leadville, especially if you're a senior. Nevertheless, we would stay here again in an instant if we could and we highly recommend it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have stayed at this RV park several times over the last few years. It is a great park to use as a base camp to explore the area. No TV or Wi-Fi but 3G and cell is available in the area. Restrooms are reasonably clean, and the folks at the desk are very accommodating. Some of the spaces can be a little tricky to get into, but once you're settled, they aren't bad. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A helpful and friendly staff combined with a beautiful location make for a pleasant stay in Leadville. Clean bathrooms and laundry facilities, a large off-leash pet walk area, and nightly ice cream social add up to even more camper comforts. Although the sites are a bit small and uneven, Sugarloafin' Campground has our hearts. We look forward to another long-term visit. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I would not recommend this park for any rig over 20 feet. Sites are cramped and backing a big rig is hard. Owner is not on site. Dogs ran free to use the bathroom. Any notable wind filled the air with dirt. We will not return here under the present conditions. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We got there after dark and the young lady behind the counter to check us in offered us the use of her cool flashlight to help us park. Very helpful staff. There are lovely trees at the site. It is only 1.68 miles to a great trout fishing lake. You may store boat trailers for free on a special site they keep just for user storage. Our site was not very level, but we got the second-to-last one available because it was a very busy weekend in Leadville. Other sites looked better. Be sure you have something to lay outside your door or you will track a lot of dirt into your camper (like we did). We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
If you are over 40' would not stay in this park, concrete runners are hard to stay on and you have to watch that jacks are straight. Poor electricity, not very well kept. Would not return, left before our time was up. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our main concern when going to campgrounds is how clean the washrooms and showers are, since we only camp in a van and have no such facilities. This place did not disappoint. The sites were a little close, but we did not notice because of the shrubbery in between our site. The campground was a little more rustic than others we have stayed at, but being surrounded by mountains fit the mood. The site personnel were very friendly, and they have an ice cream social every night for $1.50. The hummingbirds put on a nice show also. Overall we enjoyed our stay. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
Really enjoyed our stay at this campground. It is a more rustic campground, not an RV Park. Surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. Staff was friendly and helpful. Concrete strips to park on were nice. We will return, as we love this area of the state. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
After having stayed at the nice RV Park in Creede, we were really disappointed in this run-down park. We stayed here two years ago and it has gone down-hill since then. I think the owner doesn't know how to use a hose to water. All the grass is dead and the only thing surviving are the weeds. We were lucky, we got a spot with concrete pads for the wheels and jacks. All the big rigs and big fifth wheels across the way had just dirt, which was really dusty. The rather young staff tends to put big rigs and big fifth wheels down this last row where it is hard for them to maneuver. The spaces are narrow, but there was enough room for our slide on one side and the awning on the other, but not much left over after that. We paid $30 a night for a beautiful RV park in Creede and $39 a night for a run-down, over-crowded RV park in Leadville. If you have anything over 35' you'll have trouble in this park. But it is better than the other place in town. We decided this was our last trip to this park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
An excellent park to soak up the beauty of Leadville, CO. Just three miles from downtown, this very charming and peaceful campground with friendly, knowledgeable staff has so much to offer. Every evening, there is a all-you-can-eat ice cream social for $1.50! The busy hummingbirds in the park are an added bonus for free entertainment. Yes, the sites are a little tight and not perfectly groomed, but this campground feels like home and it's well worth the location so close by to Turquoise Lake's myriad of outdoor activities. The tent camping sites are beautiful, perfectly level and well shaded. We found the bathrooms to be spotless and the campground store well stocked with helpful supplies. If you have dogs, this is the place to stay when in Leadville because the off leash area is vast and the campground is next door to a National Forest. We look forward to our next visit here. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Super friendly staff. Appears to be family run. Great spot for ATVers to call home base. Trails close by and Leadville is now ATV friendly so you can ride them on the public roads legally. Park is a little old and in need of some maintenance. Sites are dirt and weed patches. Fairly level for RVs but lots of holes and patches to twist your ankles on. Needs a good tractor raking and gravel to get a better rating. Sites are very dusty when dry, very muddy when wet. Fits big rigs, and has 50 amp service, but it's more of a rustic campground than a nice RV park. We would stay again if some site maintenance is made. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great Colorado mountain campground in the forest. Campground has beautiful views, next to a mountain lake, 3 miles from Leadville. Fishing, hunting, ghost towns and the full mountain experience is available. Leadville has good restaurants, a Safeway and several business offering service needed for the area. Owners are great to work with. Satellite and phones work well in the campground. Campground was close to full, recommend calling ahead. Limited 50 amp, but we never used air conditions for the month of August. East in and out for big rig. Would love to return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very rustic campground at 10,000 ft. with some sites under trees and others out in the open. Pine trees are scattered throughout the park. Our site (back in) was located at the back of the park near the dog walk area. We felt the sites were wider and less cramped compared to the pull throughs. Also, the road was paved in this area. They have laundry facilities, a rec. room with a pool table, arcade games and a book exchange. Our site wasn’t level but we were able to level out with no problems. Water pressure was 40 psi, power was steady and we encounter no problems with the sewer. Our Verizon air card and cell phone worked well here and if you have a cell phone antenna and booster you’ll get a great signal. We were able to use our dome satellite. It rained every other day while here and we didn’t have any problems with mud puddles. Each site has a fire/grill ring along with a picnic table. Like I said this is a very rustic campground, not an RV park but we were pretty comfortable and really liked the people who worked here. The Mt Massive Golf Course is only a few minutes away. Follow the signs to Turquoise Lake you can’t miss the campground. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were checked in by the founder's granddaughter who was very efficient and provided great customer service. Our reserved spot was still full so she showed us around and gave us the choice of spots. Very dog friendly. Ice Cream every day at 6:30pm. Loved it! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We spent a total of 26 days parked in this camp, from 7/9 to 8/3. It has been here a while and could use some more gravel on the interior roads and many of the sites, but even with rain each day we had no problems. the sites are rather tight, but our 40' motor home and 1 slide fit nicely. Parking for the car was manageable. Views are spectacular, plenty to do and see in Leadville. The electric was fine, water excellent and the camp personnel were always available. I think it is a great place to stay and will return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The staff was friendly and helpful. The sites are spacious and well laid out. The mornings are pleasant and mosquito free which cannot be said for the evenings where we were inundated. The view from the campgrounds is stunning looking out at Mount Elbert. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was one of our favorite campgrounds so far this summer. The manager is a professional, friendly, young woman whose grandmother founded the campground 45 years or so ago. She gave us good directions. (Our GPS didn't recognize it. Just use Turquoise Lake as your destination; the campground is on the way.) This was a spontaneous overnighter that was a very pleasant surprise. Beautiful place to relax by the campfire. Magnificent views (near the highest point in CO). Great playground. We would definitely camp here again. Not very close to town but close to Turquoise Lake. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We've been staying here since the 1970s and will continue to come back. Be sure to have a reservation in August for Boom Days week end and the bike race the following week end. Some of the sites have concrete runners; some do not. There was rain this year and Site 31 has a terrible mud hole, as well as others. Some of the sites have tree branches which might interfere with awnings--be sure awnings are tied down. We have seen them ripped off here; it can get quite windy. No Wi-Fi but high speed DSL in the rec room worked very well, and there were several desks to use. Laundry is a bit pricey, and the baskets to move clothes over to the table for folding have been removed. No TV at all--we used to have TV there before the digital conversion, and we were told there was no TV. We later went to another campground in the area where we were told to turn off our converter box to pick up analog (we're supposed to have both on our boxes but it only worked with the box off). We wondered if Sugar Loafin might have been on analog. The grounds are not quite as manicured as they once were here, but the scenery is still gorgeous. A word of caution--many people have breathing problems here since the altitude is at 10,000 feet. Some people get a prescription from their doctor for oxygen; the company will bring it out to the campground for you to use at night in order to sleep. The ice cream social at night is a bargain, with all you can eat for $1.50. Many beautiful drives and hikes are close by, but this campground doesn't have a lot for kids to do--just a playground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were forced to move from another campground because our dogs "offended" another camper. Sugar Loafin took us on a last minute basis for the remainder of our stay (3 more nights) and even allowed us to early check-in so that we would not miss our white water rafting trip scheduled at mid-day. This is not a concrete/asphalt type of park, but we loved the spacious sites, friendly staff, clean facilities and absolutely wonderful views! We wished we'd picked this one first! They "saved" our vacation! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
It is an older RV park. The entire staff were very friendly and easy to work with. We asked for a late check-out as we only live a 3-hour drive from home and they graciously reserved us a spot that did not have a reservation the following night. We got a pull-through spot with 30-amp power, water, and sewer. It had a concrete pad to park on and they were positioned in a manner so you weren't side-by-side with your neighbors. The bathrooms were spotless and there had a huge field next door with trails to walk your dogs on. They had a playground for the kids. There is great fishing is nearby and we'll definitely be going back for an extended stay so we can catch some of those large trout. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed here in 2004 and nothing has changed since then. It is getting beat up from no maintenance. It seems the owners are out for the profit and not the look of the place. Roads are bumpy and dusty. Part of the park is not open for rental as the water line needs repair. The sites are level, the tent sites are pretty, way back in the trees, but most of the RV sites are in the open. You are fined $100 if you cut off a branch, so we had to park way forward in our site so we could get our awning out and that made the water hose a real stretch and left no room to park our SUV. The owners don't enforce the ten o'clock noise curfew and a big group of campers sat around the fire drinking and making too much noise until midnight. Poorly stocked store, mostly tourist junk, very few supplies. The pet walk area is the field next to the campground, where the sage brush is full of ticks in June. Lots of pocket gophers running all around digging holes everywhere so watch your step so you don't twist an ankle or break it. It was very buggy (mosquitoes), too, but if the weather stays dry they will disappear. The best part of this campground is the view of Mt. Elbert, the highest in Colorado and the other mountains of the Continental Divide. You are just one mile from Tourquoise Lake for fishing and boating and three miles from Leadville, an old mining town where millions of dollars of gold and silver were taken out at one time. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Pretty good place. I'd recommend the Ice Cream Social even if you might feel a little weird about participating. People are nice, and they had shaded sites and open sky sites depending on your preference. It is also close to historic Leadville if you don't want to cook one night, like us. : ) We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you like rustic--this place is for you! It's their 42nd year as a rv park and not much has changed. We left after 1 night of a 4 night stay. Our site had good mountain views. This place needs a lot of TLC. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground could indeed use a bit of TLC. While the staff was very helpful at check-in and showed me two potential sites for our 42” coach, they then informed me that half the campsites’ water supply had tested positive for E. coli. One of the remaining sites was adequate, but rough and narrow. The setting for the park is great, with wide views of the mountains and occasional wildlife, which also includes mosquitoes much more than occasionally. It is about 15 minutes from downtown Leadville, which was VERY busy when we were there. Overall, the park seems overpriced for the quality, and I found their policy of a $3.50 surcharge per person per night annoying for self-contained units, but it is nonetheless nicer than the park downtown. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I read a lot of negatives about this park, but found none. Very nice staff, walked around with us and helped pick best site for our desires. Then helped us park. Gravel, wide, level sites. Some with beautiful views of mountains. No electrical problems, no problems at all. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We have camped here many time before in a Pop-up Camper. The sites we used then were treed, grassy and level. This time we camped in our new Travel Trailer on a full hookup site. The site was unlevel and It was full of ruts. the whole campground area is full of gophers, which drove our dog crazy. The campground is falling apart year by year. I will stay here again, only because of boom days in August and it is the only campground in the area with full hookups. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The campground is one mile from beautiful Turquoise Lake. That is the nice part. Needs extensive repair. Before booking, make sure your site is not a mud hole. Only concrete runners on a few sites. Will not hold a 35 footer or larger. Needs upgrading drastically. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We made a big mistake camping here, it is the only one available but not worth the time or the money. The owners are ill and unable to manage this big place any longer. Way over priced. They need to sell it and get a make over. The city of Leadville is a nice stop over and they have a wonderful 11 mile bike/run loop through the old mining area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I agree with previous reviewers that this campground has an overall run-down and shabby appearance. It’s too bad, because it is in a wonderful location with mountain views and lots of trees. Because it’s several miles away from Route 24 in Leadville, it is very quiet. The grounds are unkempt and not maintained. Tall grass and weeds are everywhere, as are potholes that quickly fill with water when it rains, which it did while we were there. We had to dodge muddy water just coming out of our door. The mud is tracked into the restrooms. We did not check out the laundry or showers. The campground lacks amenities such as 50 amp, Cable TV or WiFi. Because our Sprint Broadband card did not work there, we had no access to the Internet, which was very frustrating. The owner has several DSL connections installed in the dingy rec room, but we were unable to get it to work with either of our two computers. There was no one available to assist you. The owner apparently isn’t interested in installing what most of us wants, which is WiFi so we can work on our computers at our sites. Two of the days we spent at the campground were during the Labor Day weekend. The park was packed with local people, many in tent trailers and tents, who partied outdoors and were very noisy. The nightly rate was much too high for what you get. We would not return and we do not recommend this park. Unfortunately, it is the only private campground in Leadville. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
After reading the excellent reviews on this site, we made an online reservation for three nights (we didn't receive a confirmation but had to call for one). Upon arriving and paying for three nights, we were assigned a different site than we had originally been given. We were escorted to the new site - a corner back-in site between a motorhome and tent - and discovered a large tree growing alongside the site that would have severely scratched our aluminum Airstream had we tried to back in. We asked the young lady who escorted us to the site if she could check to see if any other sites were available. She said she would and drove off in a golf cart. After waiting over ten minutes for her to return, we proceeded back to the office, where she rudely told us we should have tried to back in anyway, there were no other sites available (even though the campground was about 60% full), and that she had not intended to come back to tell us that. We explained that if they could not accommodate our rig, we would be happy to get a refund and make other plans. Another employee then claimed that the site would accommodate us; we explained we measured it, found the new clearcoat on the Airstream would be severely scratched if we tried to back in, and we would be happy to have a refund and move on if they didn't have any other sites available. To make a long story short, she refused to refund all three nights - keeping the first night's fee - and was very rude, explaining she couldn't make any decisions without the owner. The customer service was the absolute worst we've ever experienced. Another guest in the office at the same time told me outside he had a similar experience and that experiences like that were common there but that there was little choice in the Leadville area so one had to live with it. We didn't and moved on to Breckenridge. On top of that, the place looked really, really run down. Weeds were growing everywhere; the sites were uneven, overgrown, and shoddy; the women's bathroom (checked while we were waiting) had mud tracked all through it and was generally dingy. Overall, it was a highly aggravating experience at a depressing place, and we reached the point where we just wanted to get out of that place whether our money was refunded or not. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a very busy campground on weekends when it practically fills up. We had a problem with low-voltage at our site when the campground was full. During the week the campground empties out and is seldom more than half full. It is located less than a mile from the Turquoise Lake Recreation area and hiking and biking opportunities are abundant. Leadville is about 4-miles away. Most of the sites are quite close together but since the campground is only full on the weekend it is not too bad. Views from the campground are spectacular. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Don't know what's happening here, this is our third year and the park is looking shabby, tall grass and weeds, basically unkempt. Staff still friendly, location good if you get on the outer edge, big field to run the animals, reasonably quiet. Visually, it needs help to keep it from looking cheap. Probably won't be back until I see a positive report on the improved appearance from someone else. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great campground. It can be a little muddy in wet weather, but its still nice. Bath houses are heated and clean. Staff is friendly and willing to help. They gave us some great advice on where to fish. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great campground. Plenty of trees and a great area. Did have one problem with electrical though. Whenever we would plug in our pop-up to the 15A power it would trip the circuit breaker. Our friend camping next to us tried to plug into the same outlet with the same result. Talked to the office people and they said they would not be able to fix it at that time as they would have to shut down power to a whole row of sites. This would not have been feasible as the campground was packed (this was during Leadville's Boom Days celebration). They did let us borrow the necessary hardware (adapters and splitters) so both my and my friends pop-up could plug into the same 30A outlet. Staff was very helpful. Would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Wonderful campground, staff friendly, grounds kept clean, even had the trash pick-up on
the 4th of July. Access is great for big rigs. We have a 40ft Bus Conversion and had no problems at all getting in and out of the campground. We stayed for the 4th of July weekend and Leadville is small town America with 4th of July events, parada, ice cream social at the Fire Dept, fireworks in the evening. Turquoise Lake is just up the road from the campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 9 / 10 ]
Nice campground with nice views. Turquoise Lake is about 2 miles away. Golf course is just down the street. They say it is the highest golf course in the U.S. This camp is about 3 miles outside of Leadville. Some sites had nice concrete pads to park on. Very nice pet walk area. We were in a 35 ft. motorhome. We had plenty of room, but be sure and let them know what room you need. Many sites would not accmmodate a large rig. We were looking for a place with cool temps in July to escape our heat in the south and found it here. We had to run the heater a couple of nights. We were able to visit Breckenridge, Aspen, Vail and do many off road drives in the area. There are a couple of free trout lakes closeby. We really liked it here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 8 / 10 ]
Very nice campground in an incredibly beautiful area of Colorado. Excellent views of the mountains around Leadville. Good paved interior roads and nicely laid out campground, with good sites for big rigs, tenters, and everyone in between. Very nice, clean restrooms in two buildings, very well maintained. Away from town, so lots of peace and quiet, but easy to get into town. At over 10,000ft you can be guaranteed a cold night, even in the middle of summer, but that's part of the charm of the Leadville area. Only thing missing here is a swimming pool! Very nice owners and staff, with the usual ice cream socials in the evening -- and they don't skimp on the ice cream! Incredible hiking and fishing available in the Leadville area, as well as 4-wheeling. We camped here in a 2000`
The rate reflects a 50% Senior Pass discount. This campground has a lot going for it. The sites are very nice and well separated. Because of the lack of vegetation, there is not a lot of privacy but the separation makes up for that. The interior roads are either paved or gravel and the sites are gravel. The views of the surrounding mountain are wonderful. Even though it is on the lake, the lake is not a feature since it is not visible from the camping sites. There are three loops, but, during our visit in mid-September, only the Sage loop was open. This is the loop most suited to RVs, but there are some RV sites in the other loops. The campground is far enough the highway that road noise is not a big issue, particularly in the Sage Loop. The campground hosts were very nice and helpful. Be aware that, although there is water, you are not supposed to use a hose to fill RV tanks, so you might want to fill your tank before you arrive. The water outlets do not have threaded bibs. If you have a “cheater” you can attach a hose, but the signs say that it is not allowed. Make your own choice. There is a dump station, but the charge to dump is $10 even for campers. We elected to not use the dump station and go to a local campground where we could dump and legally fill with fresh water. Since it is a National Forest Service Campground, generators can be used anytime except during nighttime quiet hours. There are vault toilet and no showers. During our mid-September visit, this was the only National Forest Service campground open in the area. It will close on September 28. It is a good site for driving beautiful Independence Pass over to Aspen or to visit Leadville. The campground filled during our weekend visit, so arrive early. As noted, the campground is not really in Leadville, it is closer to Granite or the very small town of Twin Lakes. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is full almost every weekend and for good reason! The sites are well forested but close enough to Twin Lakes that we can portage our kayaks over the hill and into the water. The sites were big enough for us to have a big RV plus tent all in one place. The camp hosts are nice and laid back, even suggesting their favorite "spots" for hiking and paddling. We camped here in a Tent.
The GPS states that White Star Campground is in the town of Granite, CO, just 15 miles south of Leadville. And what a hidden gem of a place to behold! Well spaced sites on level, gravel pads nestled among pines and Sagebrush. Lovely views of Twin Lakes. There are Boat/kayak rental available at the boat ramp and miles of hiking/biking/fishing opportunities to explore. We camped here in the Sage Loop. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Outstanding park with open, level sites surrounded by stunning views of Twin Lakes and Mt. Elbert. This is one of the most beautiful areas to fish, hike, bike or just plain relax! The restrooms were clean and the camp hosts are friendly and helpful. The sites are well spaced, on level gravel pads and the walk-in tent sites are a top pick with the best views in the park. Be sure to bring your own water and be prepared to pay $10 to dump. We camped here in a 37 foot rig and stayed in the Sage Loop and had no troubles at all. We did walk the other two smaller loops in the park and they were equally as nice. This park is truly in the town of Granite--about 16 miles south from Leadville and a stunning drive over Independence Pass to Aspen for a day trip or adventure. We would stay here again in a heartbeat! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I camped here twice in August. Spent 2 days in a tent first. Then overnighted here in my trailer on my way back from Vega SP. I camped on the Sage Loop both times. Sage Loop (sites 1-28) has been remodeled. Roads in this loop are paved. The backends are long and easy to get into. There are pull through sites. Sites are large but there are few trees. Ridge Loop is wooded; has gravel roads and doesn't offer much for RVs. It does have fantastic tent sites. Valley Loop is closer to the road; has huge private sites and can accommodate most RVs. Whitestar fills on weekends so reservations are recommended. During the week you should be able to find a site with no problems. The one problem I had with this park was the number of loose dogs: one of which belonged to the head host. Unlike most hosts in NFS campgrounds, the hosts in this campground were almost invisible. They spoke only if spoken to. They seemed stressed and overworked. I doubt they will be back next season. There is a very nice dump which cost $10. This is a NFS, you don't get fee dumping when sites are $18. You can fill you fresh water sites at the dump for free. There is water on all the loops but you can not connect a hose to those faucets. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I have only good things to say about this campground. If you’re looking for rustic camping with an awesome view (one of the best I’ve seen), then Whitestar is the place! Plenty of trees, nice separation from the other campers and level parking. We were in 10 & 12 and, while the picnic table and fire ring were a slight hike to get to, it was worth the climb. If it’s windy, hang on to your paper plates! The panorama of the bottom of Independence Pass was spread out across the lake. If you’re fishing, you’ll have either a steep downhill grade to walk or you’ll need to drive around to the shore. We had some issues with too much Fluoride in water (that’s what the ranger said?), so we couldn’t drink it (It would have been nice to know that before we filled up our fresh water tank!). Be prepared for a $10 dump fee, even if you’re renting a spot in the campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.