I would give this park a higher rating, but the lady at the desk rubbed my wife the wrong way and was bound and determined to get us to stay another night. It also took a check in the mail to reserve a site because they say they have had too many credit cards pirated over the phone... The sites are very shady. The D&S RR goes right through the park so RR lovers will be able to get some great photos. A free trolley runs to downtown Durango every half-hour or so. The river runs past the campground, but the bank appeared to be overgrown. (I was wanting to go trout fishing but never made it.) I did see deer foot prints and elk droppings at the edge of the campground so you just might get to see some wildlife.
We pulled into this park after hours after a long drive. The after-hours sheet was easy. The space we were in used to have shade trees but all that were left were stumps. The dog-walking area appeared to be narrow grassy area behind our RV which meant every time someone came to walk their dog, our dogs went nuts. The biggest disappointment was when the kids went to the pool and found what looked like an experiment for making bio-diesel. Both the hot tub and pool were green with algae and leaves. A sign stated that they were closed for the season. If you don't have pets and don't plan on using the pool, this RV park very close to the Colorado Monument entrance. The Starvin Arvin is just up the road with good chow and nice folks.
This is a nice park in a quiet location right on the way if you're headed for Silverton, Telluride, or Ouray. The spaces are level with small grassy areas next to the picnic tables. They have two fenced in dog runs. They have a nice pool and many things for the younger people like movies each night, ping pong, pool, goofy golf, life-sized checkers, and more. Wal-Mart is a five-mile drive but there is an excellent western wear store within a mile west on Highway 50 with cowboy hats ranging from $20 to $6,000! Yes, we would stay here again.
The campground is very neat, quiet, and clean. The hosts were nice and helpful. You can't get any closer to the Garden of The Gods itself. They do charge for each additional person over two per site, which is common. My only complaint was they didn't want my 19-year old daughter in the adult pool even though she was with my 22-year old son and his girl friend. I would stay here again. Be sure to eat at nearby Moe's Diner for some good food made from scratch.