I believe we arrived when the park was changing their name to Jellystone Park and were in the midst of some renovations. The staff was very friendly but not very knowledgeable. I made my reservations in January attempting to make sure we had the necessary accommodations. Several phone calls and emails later, we had our reservation. However, the two sites that I booked were more suitable for tents than motorhomes or 5th wheels. Site access was difficult with little space to spare. We shared our concerns but there was no solutions offered. They did not seem too prepared for any changes and seemed unsure how to accommodate us. They did come and trim some trees so that a slide could be opened though. Picnic tables are a miniature version of most and roads are difficult to walk as they are steep with loose gravel to most every location in the park. Maybe once the construction is complete things will improve.
We had a premium site which was more than adequate for our motorhome. It was clean, had a unique look and an amazing view. The grounds were crushed rock, 1-2 shade trees per lot with plenty of space. We were thrilled to be in Canon City for our family rafting adventure. Unfortunately the campground is NOT family or kid friendly as the owner has created an atmosphere which is extremely rule bound and tense. I wonder if the previous reviewers that rated this campground so positively had children because the owner clearly does not have any or do they like them. When myself and our family friend checked in (all kids and spouses stayed quietly in campers), I felt like I was being disciplined by a strict principal in that we were read a list of rules and told we would be 'talked to' if we did not comply. In addition, the owners girlfriend felt the need to tell us that our children are our responsibility and not to expect any childcare while we went rafting. I think my jaw fell open and I wasn't sure if she tried to make a joke. It is very difficult to read faces that show no emotion. She was very serious and I only wish I could have replied with a comment but I was so shocked and insulted by the stupidity of that statement. It is very disappointing that a campground with great potential be restricted by such unfriendly and inflexible owners. In fact it was more than disappointing to have travelled over 1100 miles, to our furthest point south, to be greeted in such a rude manner. We have camped in many campgrounds and never have we met more unfriendly hosts.