Very clean and quiet campground. We were a little concerned at first because we were adjacent to the boundary fence, and there was a dog hanging out at the fence. We've camped in places where dog barking has been an issue. But, this dog just liked watching the campers and wasn't a problem. The showers and rest rooms were very clean. This campground has a breakfast outdoors each morning, for about $7 per person. We saved that for the last morning, and it was very good with a substantial selection.
This was our third time to stay at Redstone. We chose this campground because of the spacious sites and the fact it's one of the very few USFS campgrounds with hot showers. Unfortunately, no one told us when we made our reservation that the showers were broken. We discussed this with the host and considered leaving. The host said she didn't know if we could get any money back (we paid for a week) but she wouldn't charge us for the second vehicle we had at the campsite (friends of ours). But...on the 4th day one of the workers came to our camper and told us the showers had been repaired. We had been using our camper shower but the campground showers are much nicer! In spite of the shower situation, this campground remains one of our favorite USFS campgrounds. You do get road noise from highway 133, but it really dies down at night, and we didn't have any issues with noise.
We spent 3 nights on the E loop with a nice view of the valley. After spending the previous week in a campground with dirt roads, it was a nice change to not have the wind kicking up dirt as all roads are paved at Ridgway. The showers cost $1 for 4 minutes. My wife didn't like that idea at first but soon found 4 minutes was enough, and there is a need to conserve water in this region. There is no individual water hook up but shared faucets. That was fine as we filled our camper tank when we got there. We also had enough hose to get more water without having to haul it if we had run out. We really enjoyed the trails around the park. We walked the gravel paths and bicycled the paved ones. Overall, this is a really nice park. It was our first trip here in nearly 18 years.
We managed to be here in between hunting seasons, so it wasn't too busy. The setting is 18 miles north of Pagosa Springs, and we found this much nicer than the couple of campgrounds we've stayed at in town. There is a little store but you'll need to do most of your shopping at the City Market in Pagosa. The staff at the campground was very friendly and helpful. They have set up Wi-Fi with a couple of repeaters so that internet is available all over the campground. Showers and toilets are state of the art "green" to save on the precious water resource in the area. Camp sites as well as roads are gravel. Our site was close to being level, but we had to raise one wheel about an inch. There is a nice lodge open to everyone, with books and games, including a nice pool table (no charger). The road to the campground is dirt the last 11 miles. The county keeps it in very good shape for a dirt road, in fact, it was in better shape than the paved road closer to town. But, it rained all night before we departed, and the road back to town was pretty messy. We had to stop at a car wash and hit the camper with high pressure to knock 2-3 inches of mud off the front and sides. My only complaint here was a bit of noise. My wife and I are very picky about that. A couple of nights, a dog (perhaps the owners, but I'm not sure) barked off and on all night. The staff told me it was probably the owner's dog, but he only barks when there is a bear or elk around. Well, maybe that happens pretty often. Crazy Horse Outfitters is at the campground, and one of their workers liked to have the radio going all day while working outside. That wasn't really bad since we were out doing other things most days, but it's a consideration if that kind of thing bothers you. All in all, I would certainly recommend this campground if you want to stay near Pagosa Springs. The access to Williams Reservoir and the Weminuche Wilderness is great from this location. We'll probably go back!
Nice place for a get-away with family. It's about 3 miles from the highway noise, which is important to me. Lots for kids and adults to do on site, from swimming to miniature golf. Sites are not especially level, though, so make sure you have your "leveling tools," especially in some of the sloped sites that are more vulnerable to stormy weather. Our pop-up is 24 feet long, and it was a little bit tight for us with our SUV. Unless you are fortunate to get one of the larger sites, you may have difficulty getting larger RVs into a number of their sites. Restrooms and showers were not the cleanest I've seen, but they were good enough.
I love this little campground. We've stopped here a number of times the past 10 years. It's simple and very peaceful. If you're into mountain biking, there is a nice old road that peters out into a trail from the campground road heading up into the hills to the west. I highly recommend this place for those who like quiet camping and don't need a lot of frills.