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08/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
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!
07/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
Great state park camping! The scenery is breathtaking! Very similar to Mueller State Park in appearance, just smaller and closer to Denver. We stay here every year and enjoy it immensely. Too bad it was not full hookups, oh well. Watch out for the close trees when turning. We traveled the Peak to Peak highway to Estes Park this time. Worth the time and drive! We will be back!
08/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
Our favorite state park! We've been coming here since it opened in 2010, and this place just keeps getting better! What everyone else said is spot on, great sites, great views. We had site #25 this time. A back-in that had an awesome view! We love using the park as a base while we do the "touristy" stuff in the Springs. Close to the Zoo, Cog Railway, Cave of the Winds, etc! We will be back!
06/2014
rating [ 2/10 ]
We were expecting a nice place from looking at the website photos of Van's. We were very, very disappointed. The photos were taken a number of years ago, and does not show what the campground is really like. Essentially, Van's is a big rv parking lot. Yuck. No vegetation or grass as shown in the old photos. Very little space between sites and the campground seems in very poor shape. There is ample space to park your boat with your camper, but that's about it. Due to the low water conditions for the past several years, their private boat ramp was closed and appeared to have been for some time. Their "restrooms" are simply porta-pottys here and there. The rate reflects non-holiday. If you plan to stay there during a summer holiday, 4th of July for example, the price is 4x to $120/night for 30A full hookups! Yikes! (No refunds!) Better off to stay elsewhere. Additionally, the long road from the highway is now loose rock. Watch your windshield. Will not be back.
06/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
It has been a couple of years since we visited Boyd Lake State Park. We were pleasantly surprised to see the water level at capacity and the reservoir looked really good! (In 2012, they closed the reservoir to boating due to the drought.) Campground was full, but fairly quiet. We stayed in site #25. Sites are a funky half-moon shape, but once you get your rig situated, pretty nice. Not a lot of extra room for vehicles, though. There is extra parking at the top of each row for additional vehicles. Sites are 50/30/20A electric and no issues. There are water spigots scattered around the area. Although vehicle areas are paved, the sites are gravel and a bit dusty. A patio mat fixed that no problem. Decent space between sites. A nice feature is that the marina folks drive through the campground in the evening selling firewood and ice! Restrooms and showers are nice and clean with good hot water. (75 cents gets you plenty of shower time). The reservoir is a fun place for water sports. Besides the main marina ramp there is a smaller jet ski ramp just north of the main marina called Heron Cove. Can't launch big boats from there, PWC launching only. But there is a nice beaching area along there to set up for the day's activities on the water. Rangers keep a good handle on things! We will be back!
05/2014
rating [ 10/10 ]
Again, always a favorite place to camp! This was our first outing of the year and the weather was a little iffy, oh well. We stayed in the Abeline loop (our favorite) in site #010. Water pressure was a bit low this time, but a new backflow/regulator fixed that thanks to the camp hosts! Our two labrador retrievers love exploring this place as it is very dog friendly. (There is an off-leash park no too far away). Swim beach not open yet, but the lake was open to boating.(Too cold for us and our jetski!) Can't say more than has already been said, great place!
09/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
Beautiful scenery! We love this campground! densely wooded sites, so be careful pulling in and out of your spot. No Wi-Fi, but contrary to the park's notice, we DID have limited cell service through AT&T. I would have given this park a higher rating, but the camp hosts were not to be seen during our entire stay. Their rig was parked in the host spot, but no hosts. Campsites were dirty with trash and fire pits not cleaned out. Not a huge deal, but we've come to expect better from the hosts. We will be back!
08/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This was our 6th time staying at here and it is always a great place to camp! Wide variety of sites to stay in, but there really isn't a bad spot in the park. We were in site #36, a back-in with fantastic views of the city. Hookups worked great with excellent water pressure. The park is only minutes away from major attractions like the zoo and Seven Falls. The only reason it got a 9 was no WiFi and several sites have a steep angle backing in. Not a huge deal, just unhook your WD bars before backing in! We will be back!
06/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Chatfield State Park is always a favorite! We usually stay in A-Loop, but this time we decided to stay in the newest loop, D-Loop, site #170. The trees in this area are beginning to grow up, so there is some privacy, but no real shade yet, maybe a few more years! Full hookups worked well and site was level and very clean! Number 170 is a back-in with lots of room and there was enough room for our truck, trailer plus the small SUV with the jetski. Personally, I like A-Loop best due to the proximity to the marina and you get a cool breeze from the lake, but D is a good second choice. We will be back!
05/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
Always a favorite! We stayed here over Mother's day weekend and had a great time. We were in site #9 for two nights and then switched to #10 for the third night. (That's what you get when you want to add a day at a later date!) We will be back!
10/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Always a favorite destination! Even though it was a cold weekend, we still had a great time at Cherry Creek State Park. Lots of good sites. We stayed in the Abeline Loop #7, a nice back-in on a corner. Site was a tad unlevel, but easily fixed. Hookups worked great with strong water pressure. Wi-Fi in this area was good. Lots of shade trees in this loop and tons of places to walk your dogs (we have 2 labs). The campground hosts were pleasant and kept the place immaculate! Close walking distance to the swim beach, but the marina is a drive to the other side of the reservoir. We usually bring our jet ski, but not this time due to the weather! Excellent place to camp! Definitely be back!
09/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Excellent camping area! Good selection of camping spaces, many of which are pull-throughs, but you need to reserve early because weekends are always full. This is our second time here, and we had site #53. A huge site on a corner, so no view of neighbors, and our pull through was almost 80ft in length! Lots of space between sites for the pull-throughs; back-ins seemed a bit tighter, but still lots of room. Very quiet atmosphere! No clue about the previous poster's dog comments (although we have 2 dogs, Ha! Ha!). No more barking than you would hear anywhere else, less actually. Lots of places to hike, and leashed dogs were allowed on trails. Do watch out for the altitude, 9200 ft is a bit thin air! Cool evenings. Good Ranger programs on weekends. Sites are electric only, but water is available here and there. Dump station is totally rebuilt and very nice! Showers were good, but one bathroom was a wreck according to the wife. Lots and lots of trees! (Watch out when maneuvering trailers). Fairly steep climb, but short, to get to the campground from either entrance. We prefer Highway 72 to Gap Road. Last section is unpaved, so beware. The Golden Gate Canyon Roadway is fully paved, but a bit longer and twisty. All in all, a great place to stay close to Denver and Central City. As a side note on Blackhawk/Central City, it is a total casino town with little else to do. It has definitely lost its small town atmosphere with neat shops. Kind of sad.
07/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! We try to stay here every year and it is always a favorite! This year we stayed in sites #92 and #93 with friends and had a great time! Very quiet and peaceful surroundings with lots of trees. Campground is very clean and well maintained and the rangers are friendly and helpful. Hookups are electric only, but water spigots are available throughout the campground. The only "oops" I had was watch out for the trees when pulling in and out of your site. Sideswiped a small tree and sapped the side of the RV. Be careful. Can't wait to return.
05/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Excellent state park! Great views, good location for visiting area attractions. We stay here every year since it opened and we will be back. The only drawback this year, was somewhat low water pressure at our site.
05/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
This park is always a favorite! We stayed here at the beginning of the season as a "shake down" trip. Our favorite loop is the Abeline Loop; we were in site #10. Hookups were good, but we experienced a sulfur smell from our sewer hookup when we arrived. Several neighbors complained of the same, but it went away. Lots of room at our site for the truck, trailer, and even our small SUV and jet ski! Campsite hosts were super friendly and stopped several times just to talk. We will be back! As a side note on the park pass, we had to purchase an additional "water use" pass for both tow vehicles. First time this happened, even though we bring the jet ski here often. No big deal, was only $3/year. Beach area near the marina (west side of lake) is a great area to lounge! No wake area is only about 20 yards and lots of room to beach the boats. There is a smaller ramp on the east end near the campgrounds, but no much beach area.
08/2011
rating [ 5/10 ]
Poor little campground is starting to show it's age! Although we had the "Super-deluxe" site with the enclosed yard and private hot tub, the campground as a whole is looking run down. We stayed here some years ago when it was a KOA and it seemed a lot nicer then, lots of activity and very well kept. This time, it was nearly vacant despite a summer weekend. Hookups worked well, but the sewer connection was cracked. The entire town of Buffalo seemed to be showing signs of the economy downturn and the historic area had a lot of closed shops. Kind of sad. We will probably not be back.
10/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
Always a favorite! A great campground located in the middle of the city! A nice variety of sites, we camped in the Abeline Loop #10. Some sites are better than others, but really, not a bad one in the group. The sites farthest to the east are closest to the highway, so you do get some noise, but not bad. All hookups worked great with good water pressure and Wi-Fi has been fixed and works good. Sites are nicely spaced apart with plenty of room. New shower building is immaculate! Huge laundry facilities with a vending area. Hosts do an excellent job of keeping the grounds spotless! A added plus was a herd of deer that wandered through the middle of the campground every night! This place puts many much higher priced campgrounds to shame. We will definitely be back!
09/2011
rating [ 3/10 ]
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.
08/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
We really enjoyed our stay at the Colter Bay Village RV Park! Nice wooded sites, good full hookups, and very close proximity to the visitor center, marina, and shops. No Wi-Fii and very limited AT&T phone reception in the campground. Wi-Fi is available at the stores and laundromat. Mosquitos were pretty bad, so bring good spray. Sites were level and fairly spacious, with the end spaces having the most room. No fires allowed. Lots of paths for walking and the views of the Tetons are fantastic!
08/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Although it is a very nice RV park, Grizzly does not quite live up to the hype we've read. Our back-in site was along the back of the CG against the forest and was very nice. All sites had a small grassy area, but were a tad close together. Pull throughs on the ends had the most space. Hookups worked good, but were located near the front of the site so have extra sewer hoses. (Or buy at the front office). Free cable was nice, but channel selection was low. Great proximity to the west entrance of the park and within walking distance to town. Internet was horrible. Bad, bad, bad. Insane coupon system, and our reception was awful "Low" at best. A pool or spa would make this place a lot more interesting, but as it is, it's more of a RV retirement community. Our last stay was at the Yellowstone KOA down the road. A far better choice for families with kids.
08/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Excellent overnight stay! Front desk clerks were extremely friendly and helpful. Sites are typical KOA fare, fairly close rows, but the sites and grounds are very well maintained. Each sites has it's own trash receptacle "Trail Scraps"! There is a fenced, grass off-leash dog run that was fantastic for letting our labs burn off some energy! Heated pool was nice and the mini-golf was fun. Each site has it's own picnic table, but no fire ring. Hookups worked good, but we has a severe electrical storm come through (Hail, rain, the works!) and we had a power spike the melted our plug to our surge protector. Not the CG's fault and the clerk said that type of storm was unusual. Free Wi-Fi worked well and we had good AT&T phone service. Good KOA!
07/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is our third stay here and it is just awesome! The park is beginning to mature a bit, so there is some shade starting to appear, but it depends on your site location. All sites are great and I don't believe there is a bad one in the lot! We were in site #7 that overlooks the campground and our views were outstanding! All hookups were good and site had good water pressure. No wifi in the area, unfortunately. Overall this is a great spot for day trips to the zoo, 7 Falls or the many other attractions in the area. Bring a hummingbird feeder! Fun! We WILL be back!
06/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is our third year visiting here. This is a great park for water activities! Campground is beginning to show it's age and needs to have some money invested in it. There is a wide variety of sites, so pick carefully! Most sites are spacious, but some are better than others. All sites have 20,30,50 amp service, picnic table and fire ring. Water spigots are scattered throughout the area. Minimal shade, and it can get very hot in the summer! Mosquitos are a serious problem here, so bring spray and tiki torches!
06/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great place to stay near the south metro area! Even though we live fairly close, we enjoy coming here at least once a year to camp, and even multiple times a year to have fun! We usually stay in "A" Loop (FHU), but "D" Loop looks great too! (Also FHU). Double-check your sites before reserving, not all sites are full hookups. " A" loop is closest to the marina and within easy walking distance. Sites are quite long and nicely laid out. Wi-Fi was pretty week, but usable. A super plus of Chatfield is the off-leash dog park located on the east side of the dam. Great area to let the dogs play and even has several ponds for them to swim. (A dog pass is required, and rangers will check). A+ !
05/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Always a favorite place! Swim beach was not open yet, so it was quieter than usual despite a full campground! No fire bans in effect, so campfires are OK! Showers/restrooms were clean and well maintained. Grounds were beautiful and everything was green! We will return again!
10/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
We continue to return here again and again! Lots of great sites with a good variety. One thing they need to advertise the off-leash dog park located at the south end of the park (entrance to the dog park is at Parker Road & Orchard). Unfortunately there was a fire ban in effect so no campfire. Wi-Fi was always good in the past, but not so anymore. Front desk staff had no idea how to repair it. (It's been down all summer!) Despite the minor glitches, we will be back!
09/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Fantastic! Although we have lived in the Denver metro area all of our lives, this was our first trip to Reverend's Ridge Campground. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking! Calm, quiet and very peaceful. Dense trees make it feel you are far from civilization and provide plenty of privacy from neighbors. Wide variety of sites available, some are better than others, check the park website before picking. We were in B Loop site #16. Very long pull-throughs, but be aware of your turns with many, many trees around. Some of the back-in sites were for small trailers only. Good electrical hookups and the dump station was fair. (On a slope, so my black tank didn't drain completely) The only reason it didn't get a 10, was the showers. Although modern, they were dirty/moldy with tepid water. Very high pressure, so watch out! For us, it was a bit of a walk to the showers as there is only one shower house in the area. A nice walk anyway! Lots of dogs around (A+ in our book!) And the rangers kept everything under control. The camp store doesn't have much, so pack well. We can't wait to return! A tip: Golden Gate Canyon is a very twisty 18 miles. The alternate route is Highway 72 / Gap Road, less twisty, but steep in places. We did both, prefer Gap Road! (Gap Road is NOT paved for the last 6 miles)
08/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
A great State Park! We stayed in "A" Loop, site #8, a great spot! Had full hookups, Wi-Fi, and awesome views of the lake! Spaces are nice and large with plenty of room between neighbors. Some spots are better than others, but "A" loop is the oldest with the most mature trees. Our spot was within easy walking distance to the marina and beaches. There is an off-leash dog park (called a "Dog Training Area") on the far side of the dam, it was wonderful to let the pups go and play! Ranger presence was high, but kept things under control especially with a busy lake. We keep coming here at least once a year, and we will be back!
07/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Without a doubt, one of the nicest campgrounds in the state park system! We were amazed by how quiet it was given it's proximity to Ft. Carson. The entire campground is spotless! The only reason it didn't get a 10 was the sites were not completely level and there is a goofy incline where you back down into your site, we had site #27. It made unhitching/hitching a little more tricky. All the hookups work great and there was great water pressure. We did wonder about the half dozen sites that were roped off and not in use for some unknown reason. The entry gate said "campground full" but these sites were never occupied. Broken? The campground hosts were excellent and were very pet-friendly. We will be back!
07/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
Absolutely a great park! We had a great time surrounded by a beautiful park! Sites are 20/30/50 amp only but water is available in places throughout the park and a dump station is close. Our site #18 was typical of the sites and was great! Curved, paved pull-through with plenty of room for our 33ft trailer and tow vehicle (easy to keep all wheels on the pavement despite a previous poster!). Good room between neighbors. Many sites like ours have good shade, but some have more than others. It's only a 5 minute walk to the lake/swim beach area along paved paths. Swim beach can get crowded on weekends, so get your spot early! The beach area has a pizza place and coffee shop on site. The marina is a bit small, but the shop has lots of stuff for sale. A neat thing the marina store does is they have a truck with ice and firewood that cruises the campground in the evening if you need any! Shower facilities are new and in excellent shape! This park is very well cared for and it shows! We definitely will return!
07/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
It was the 4th of July weekend and the park was completely full! Although it was busy, the sites we had (#84, #85) were quiet and peaceful. There is a wide variety of sites to choose from, so make your selection carefully. Some sites are widely spaced but others are very close to your neighbor. There are numerous trees in the southern campgrounds, but not as many north of the marina. The State Park website allows you to look at pictures of your campsite before you reserve, a neat feature! The weather was hot, but manageable as most people were involved in water sport activities. The lake can get busy during the day, so best to start early. Storms can come up quickly in this part of the plains, so keep an eye on the sky and an ear to the weather radio. Heavy rain does make this place a bit sloppy, but the soil is sandy and dries out pretty fast. No Wi-Fi is available and we could not get any TV stations at our site. Cell phone service is spotty, but we had fair service with AT&T. Hookups were electric only. Bathroom are hit and miss. The bathhouses only have one shower stall except for the Sandpiper campground north of the marina. These were newer and had 4 stalls and in much better condition. Water pressure was good and hot. Bring bug spray, lots of it! Mosquito's are ravenous! The Park Rangers patrol the area well and keep things under control. The marina has a fairly well stocked store. All in all, a fun place!
06/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a nice quiet park! A bit off the beaten path away from downtown Steamboat, but a good location for those wanting peace and quiet. A no frills campground, but the full hookups worked great. Was well maintained and very clean. Owners are awesome, will help whenever possible and are on site 24 hours! Trees are young and there's no shade available. No fire rings, picnic tables or camp store, so bring what you need. WiFi is very strong and free! No on-site activities so you need to go to town for family fun. It's very pet-friendly!
05/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
We continue to return here year after year because it is such a nice place to camp! We had a full hook up site #7 in the Abeline Loop. Great site! Big pull-through, concrete pad, table and fire ring. We had lots of shade, but the temps were a bit cool. Seems like lots of dogs are here this time, but it's OK with us; we have two ourselves! We will be back!
04/2010
rating [ 1/10 ]
This park has closed and is reopened under management of Larimer County Parks & Rec
09/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
Simply beautiful! Although there is not much shade, the scenery is breathtaking! To the east, you have an awesome view of the city. It's very spectacular at night! To the west is the imposing Cheyenne Mountain. I can't find a bad site in the lot. Although some are better than others, it's totally preference. The only small gripe I had was the entrance to some sites had a steep to moderate slope. A tip: unhook your spring bars before backing into one of these sloped sites. Other than that, this place is great! Close enough to the Springs to use as a base of operations to see the sights! We will be back again!
08/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
A great campground! We end up coming here time after time just to get away from it all. It's close to home, but you cannot tell you are in a big city! All sites have a picnic table and fire ring. Sites are very well maintained and spotless! We were in site #7 in the Abeline Loop. We will be back!
08/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
We stayed in the A-Loop, site #8: what a great spot! We had a great view of the lake and quite a few trees. Chatfield has "grown up" a lot over the past few years and the trees are getting to good size. We scouted the entire campground prior to reserving our spot, and found the full hookup A-loop near the lake to be very prime spots. There are a wide variety of sites to be had, so make your choice. Wi-Fi worked pretty good and had no problems. The showers needed to be worked on and had very, very low water pressure. All the roads are in great shape and moving the trailer through the campground was no problem. A great State Park. We will be back!
08/2009
rating [ 5/10 ]
Campground consists of 16 cabins, 4 tent sites and 3 pull-through RV sites. Considering the price per night, the campground was not well cared for. Restrooms and showers were not clean, hot tub was dirty. Although there were lots of rules upon check-in, no rules were enforced. Pets are an additional $10 per pet per site. Good scenery! Lots of trees! Tent sites are along the river and very scenic! No cell phone service available in the area and only one pay phone in the campground. Very buggy. Other campgrounds in the area appeared better than this one. We will be back to the area, but probably not to this campground.
07/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
We camped here with a group from work and had a great time! Large variety of sites from no shade to full shade. The photos on the parks website are a bit misleading. There is actually MORE shaded sites that what the pictures show! Roads are gravel with natural vegetation. Our site, #001, was unlevel, but easily fixed with my leggo blocks. All sites had a table and fire ring. I would suggest the waterfront sites, but these go the fastest! Bathrooms were fair, but good shower pressure and warm water. The lake had a large amount of green algae, but was warm and calm. Lots of water sports on the lake and it can get busy!
06/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
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!
05/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is our second visit of the "Group" area. Our party had 10 rigs in sites C & D over the Memorial Day weekend. We had a good visit despite some poor weather in the evenings. The group area is spacious, but was electric only. There is water available at spigots nearby if needed. Bathrooms were fairly clean, but the showers were in need of repair and had VERY low pressure! (A trickle of water running down the wall!) Price for showers is 50 cents for 3 minutes. Most Park Rangers were very helpful and nice, but they seem to enforce park regulations inconsistently. (i.e. dogs running loose, speed limits) The lake was not busy during the weekend, surprisingly! Boat docks were well maintained. Good place for a group!
11/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
My faithful co-pilot and I made a field trip today to Colorado Springs and to this new campground that has opened inside Cheyenne Mountain State Park. These are our impressions. The campground has several different areas. "Raptor Glenn Campground" is 10 sites on a hill with great views of the city. "Gobbler Grove Campground" is 7 sites in a shallow hollow which are more private and wooded. "Swift Puma Campground" is 21 RV sites and 6 tent sites, located in an open area on a hill also with great city views. "The Meadow - Group Campground" is 13 RV sites and 4 tent sites in an open field meadow with group picnic sites connected to the individual campsites. There are numerous fire rings and tables. This campground is so spanking new, I think no one has camped here yet! It was completely empty except for some maintenance crews roaming about. We had the place to ourselves. It's situated on a gradual hillside next to Cheyenne Mountain itself. All new buildings/showers and lots of good signs. All the roads are well paved and the sites are concrete pads. There are 51 total RV sites: 14 pull-throughs, 37 back-ins and 10 walk-in tent sites. All RV sites have water, electric (30 and 50AMP), and sewer. This includes the group camp area. The group area also has supplemental water spigots in addition to the ones at the sites. There are heavy tables and fire rings with covers at all sites. While most sites are back in, they all appear able to handle at least 35 ft rigs. The turnabouts are wide and I would feel comfortable turning my TT around. The initial climb from the entrance gate to the campgrounds, is a little steep, about 10% in spots, but the roads are wide and well-constructed. The State Park is obviously a work in progress and you can see where more sites are planned. Overall this is a smaller campground, but a welcome addition to the area. Hope everyone finds this information useful. We did!
08/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
Awesome State Park! Although you are in the middle of a city, you cannot tell! Lots of trees in this park and surprisingly quiet. The road noise is more noticable in the Gold Rush Loop, it's closer to I-225. All interior roads are paved and the individual sites have a concrete pad. Full hookups (electric, water, sewer) in the Abeline, Coyote, Pioneer, Gold Rush and Buffalo loops. Power pedistals have separate outlets and breakers for 20, 30 and 50 amps. No cable, but wi-fi was good. The group sites are electrical only with water spigots nearby. Only the Arapahoe and Chief Ouray group areas have a covered pavilion, Cherokee does not. We stayed in the Abeline Loop site #12. It was a great location with lots of shade trees. The sites with the best shade are along the southern side of the loops, but there are trees everywhere! Sites are well spaced with picnic tables and fire rings. The Cottonwood Grove Loop is mainly for tent camping, but RVs can park there on a site by site basis depending on size (electrical only). The only reason I gave it a 9 instead of a 10 was due to the mosquitos. Bring your spray and keep the candles lit! We will be back to this one!
08/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
Perhaps the best state park in Colorado! Sites are roomy and well spaced so even "noisy" neighbors are not a bother! We were in site #93 on Grouse Mountain and loved it! Really not a bad spot anywhere in the cg. Only reason I gave it a 9 was because the trash cans were all full and had not been dumped in awhile. Vegetation was a little overgrown and brushed the sides of the TT when going to and from our site. We will be back!
06/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
We really liked this campground! It is not as modern or as fancy as many newer places, but is has a great family feel to it. There are many different types of sites. The 50amp area is a newer part of the campground and has pull through sites. Not as scenic as the rest of the place, but easier to get into. Out site was #59 and was probably the nicest site around. It was difficult to back my 30ft trailer into it, but was great once there! The grounds are steep in the campground and most of the sites are back-in. No cable, but several channels available over the air. Out water pressure was very low and I had to unhook my filter to increase the flow. Wi-fi was good. We camped here during the Renaissance Festival and there were a lot of "colorful" people camping there. (The festival is only a mile away in Larkspur). My brother-in-law and his wife were camping in a tent and they asked to sleep in our trailer Saturday night because "the pirates were partying" in the tent area! Owners seemed nice but were nowhere to be found after 8pm.
06/2008
rating [ 5/10 ]
We rated this campground as "fair". It sits in a great location near major attractions such as the Royal Gorge Railroad, Royal Gorge Bridge and Buckskin Joe's. Campground is a little run down in comparison to the website. Sites are fairly level, but all are gravel and close together. Trees were small and very sparse with little to no shade. Lots of dust and very dry. Electrical power is adequate, but we did trip the breaker box once with the A/C and the microwave on. Water pressure varies from low to medium pressure. Wi-Fi worked well from our site #39, but we were close to the office. Pool was clean, but no hot tub. Office small, but well stocked. There is a go-cart track and a large slide along with an ice cream store on site. These attractions were looking rather run down. There are also horse stables on site. Scenery of the mountains is great, but the wind can come up suddenly and usually does in the afternoon, don't leave your awning unattended! We did notice some recent improvements such as semi-patio sites with bbq grills. All sites have new tables, but no fire rings.
06/2008
rating [ 2/10 ]
This place was very disappointing. The KOA website depicts this as a very nice KOA; however, it was not. It appeared to be a work in progress with lots of construction waste lying in piles all over the cg. Entrance signage was almost non-existent with only 1 small non-lit sign on a post. Very unusual for a KOA. Roads were narrow and very dusty. This cg has a few very nice waterfront sites with shade, but these are booked far in advance. These are in stark contrast to the ho-hum regular sites that are very close together and have no shade at all. There were back-in sites around the perimeter of the cg, but these were occupied by long-term residents. On the plus side, the lake is very nice, and the mini-golf course is new and very neat. I would like to see this cg in a few years once the owners put more into it. Lots of potential, but there are better places out there, especially for the high cost of $42/night.
05/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
We camped here on Memorial Day in site #570 shortly after the resort opened for the year. This is a very good campground with a variety of sites. We arrived late at night and they left us a map and welcome pack for us. Our initial site was close to the entrance and very easy to set up in the dark (And the rain!) The next am, when we were ready, they moved us to our reserved site on the hill away from the main area. We were the first RV in that part of the campground and they forgot to turn on the water! A short time later, the water was on. This is the only reason the cg didn't get a 10. Water pressure was low near the top of the hill, but better at the bottom. I highly advise a filter, the water comes from tanks situated around the area. This is the second time we have stayed here and would recommend it to anyone! Pick your sites carefully, big variety. The main area is essentially a parking lot, but where we stayed was on the mountain and very wooded. When the rain came, it got muddy fast! We even had snow! Several specialty shops on site with two small stores at opposite ends of the resort. LOTS of cabins scattered around. Two pools, although only one was open at that time. Staff was very friendly and helpfully! Rental cars available on site.
06/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
We camped in the "Group Area" with a friend's camping club. No individual sewer hookups and only one water spigot across the road. No trees at all in the group area, but it has a neat configuration of a circle. Wind was very strong at night. We scouted several neat areas outside of the group area that we will try next time.
09/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
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.
07/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
One of the better KOA's we have visited! This is a very busy campground! I would be sure to get a site away from the main areas which was always full of bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Lots of trees make it feel like you're in the forest. Our site had a concrete patio with table, chairs and a swing. A fire ban was in effect, so no campfires. Pool was too busy and noisy to fully enjoy in the evening. Kids kept trying to sneak into the adult hot tub despite clear postings. Use it during the day to avoid the crowd. Staff was excellent, but they needed a few more people. Especially to supervise the pool and main entrance area. Lots of kids with no parents in sight, be careful not to run one over! The store was very well stocked with Yellowstone stuff. One night a week, they have a "buy two get one free" sale on everything (except food)! And if you show up in your jammies, you get an extra 10% off. That was fun! Ice cream/espresso bar had weird hours, not consistent. Good snacks though! A great place as a base of operations to see the park, very close to the west entrance. We will go back here again!
08/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
We really liked this campground! More of a RV "Resort" than a traditional campground. Sites were wide and spacious with a variety of places to choose from. Reservations are a must, very busy place! Many roads in the park are paved, which was unusual. Sawmill noise was a non-issue, even down by the river. Swim area was great! Sandy beach was pleasant and our dog had a great swim! Staff was very friendly and this park seemed "calmer" than others we stayed at. Evenings were cool and pleasant. We would go back again!
08/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
Not a bad little campground! Lots of sites with a variety of configurations. We stayed at a pull-through with full hookups. The only downside was that they had the pull-throughs where you and your neighbor's entrance doors faced each other. If we were to do it again, we would opt for a back in site. Also, the power and water connections are at extreme ends of the individual site. Be certain you have extensions available. Extra cords and hoses are available to rent at the office. (Deposit only, I think) There is a great nature trail for walking that connects the different areas of the campground. An awesome place for walking the pup! Weather was warm in the day, but very cool in the evening.
07/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
What a great place! Although we had the super-deluxe site with our own private fenced area and hot tub, all the sites were roomy and spaced fairly well apart. Hookups were a little far away, have an extension cord and extra hose handy just in case! Management was superb! Very friendly! Free firewood was a nice extra.
08/2007
rating [ 3/10 ]
Very tight sites. Your neighbor can look into your rig and their campfire pit is 6ft away from the slideout. We only stayed here one night. Most staff was friendly, the assistant manager was rude, bossy and was nasty! Be certain you have an extension cord and an extra hose handy, the hookups are at the end of the drives far away. Vegetation was way overgrown and scraped the sides of the trailer getting into the site. Can't unroll awning, not enough room. Very dusty ! One of the lower-end KOA's out there.
05/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice park. We have stayed there several times and use it as a base of operations for visiting the Colorado Springs area. The sites are wide and fairly well spaced out, most are pull-through. We opt for the upgraded sites with patio and furniture. Recommend a site farther away from the road because I-25 noise can get bothersome. Cable TV did not work on our last visit.
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