We only had reservations for one night. Easy in and out with our pull-through site. Plenty of room between sites though the one site next to us was not in use because of snow still on the ground. The campground is right next to the Rim Drive loop and fairly close to the visitor's center at the lake. There is a grocery store, gas, and a restaurant adjacent to the campground. Because of the late snow melting, the misquitos were out in force.
We're almost halfway through our 6-week trip to 14 national parks and many state parks in-between and this is our favorite so far. Absolute beautiful campground in old growth woods with towering trees and a roaring river at our site tucked in the corner of loop A. We actually had two sites (one for our tow vehicle) because it was very tight getting into our motorhome site. At 32ft we maxed out the size limit so we had reserved the extra just in case. And we needed it. But well worth the effort and extra money. Some open sites and we have perfect weather for the two days we stayed. A drive up to the Paradise visitor's center was awesome. Recently built new in 2006 they have excellent exhibits and facilities. So much snow still on the ground, hikers were carrying their skis for the trip down. We hiked a numbers of lower level trails in the campground and around the park. No showers available but not an issue for us. We can't wait to visit again.
Looking at previous reviews we were warned not to expect too much from this campground. However, being new to owning a 32 foot rig, we wanted to take advantage of the water/sewer hook-ups and the central location in the park. Overall it was what we expected, but we would not stay here again; especially if they don't add the electrical back to the sites. All back-in sites, configured so you have someone directly on three sides with only a couple of feet in-between. We lucked out because no one was to the one side for the three days we were here. However, for two nights people returned to their site behind us after 10pm and made lots of noise and ran their generator after hours. On the third night, a new party showed up after 11pm and did the same. Too bad because it made a marginal campground worse. Anyway, the general store and gas was a short drive or walk and fairly well stocked. Even being located in the middle of the park, most areas we visited were still 45 minutes to an hour away. It's a big park but we did see most everything including the main attractions, lots of wildlife, and even did some fishing. More fire remnants than we expected. Probably would try to stay near Madison next time now that not having hook-ups is not a big deal for us anymore.
We stayed in a pull-through site with full hook-ups. Check-in was quick and easy. Not a lot room between sites but all have some trees which helps give the impression of more space. Campground was full but we didn't spend a lot of time here during the day. A bathroom was close but not very clean. They could be updated. Pay showers and laundry were located at the grocery store/gift shop. Both were clean. The stores were very nice and well stocked. There was also a nice visitor's center and marina. Overall it was a great location for visiting the park. We went to the Mural Room for an outstanding dinner one night at the Jackson Lodge. Highly recommended for the food, service and view. We would stay at Colter Bay again.
Rafter J Bar lives up to their claim of being a resort that is clean, quiet, well-shaded and scenic. We stayed in the Ranch Camp section which included a mix of different campers. Lots of room for our rig and a nice view. Full hook-ups. Great facilities including the swimming pool but too cool for us to swim. Close to Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park. We would stay here again.
Friendly staff. Nice sites by the stream but close to others. Clean. Wi-Fi worked well. Mini-golf for the kids was not worth the extra charge. Campground was not too busy. Near the battlefield and town.
We had a pull-through end site with full hook-ups. Shaded and okay space between sites. Lots of motorhomes and trailers in the campground. There was a separate area for tents. Very friendly/helpful hosts who took pride in their camgground. Very clean bathrooms/showers. A nice good-size pool. Close to the national park. Overall good value for the rate. We would stay here again.
Parts of the campground have some very nice sites located in the older growth woods, but seem to be mostly sized for tents or small campers. Our site 159, did accommodate our 32 footer, but was basically a gravel pull-in lot with no appeal. Not worth the rate charged compared to other places we have stayed. One section of the campground is closed due to a landslide. Newer bathrooms/showers look nice but were far from our site. Did not check out the older ones.