Really nice pads - level and paved. The area under the picnic tables is sand and fine gravel, and the campground hosts diligently rake these area use. Hot showers - 50 cents/3 minutes + 96 minutes for each quarter thereafter. There were also laundry facilities next to the shower houses. Shade varies from full to none. The only drawback was that the grass in the area was rather tall, but I assume that's the result of a constrained state budget in Colorado. I would definitely stay here again!
I choose this campground based on other reviews and was not disappointed. We stayed at O.K. on our way to the Grand Canyon and liked it so much that we stayed there again on our return trip. The hosts were flexible - we wanted to spend more time at Arches NP and the lady in the office made arrangements for a later check out time for us so that we could keep our pets cool without an extra charge. Very clean showers and restrooms. Shade is hit and miss ranging from good to none. A great view of the red cliffs and the La Sal Mountains.
Adequate space between campsites and the abundance of trees gave us a sense of privacy. I enjoyed the smell of pine trees throughout our stay, and there were two elk lying around the campground during the day. Our site, 45, had a rather large open area which was close, but not too close, to the RR's and dish washing sink. Not a lot of traffic through the campground since people walk to the bus stop to tour GCNP. Beware of the pull-through sites as they really vary as far as the ability to get an RV or a trailer in and out; we were tight with our 21' travel trailer. The arrangement of the commercial-size trash containers was interesting; they are dispersed throughout the campground and are located next to the campsites, so you may end up camping next to a set - I wonder whether you could see these on Google Earth to avoid them?
The big attraction for this campground is the trees and the wonderful view of Lake Yellowstone in areas of the campground not surrounded by trees. Many of the sites are not level so make sure to bring along a means by which you can level your rig. This is honest to goodness camping: About 80% of the campers were either in tents or tent trailers with the remainder in everything from travel trailers to motorhomes. Very few campers used generators during the day when we were there so daytime noise isn't a problem. Also, the Grant Village area isn't very busy since it's somewhat removed from the major YSNP attractions. If you are visiting both YSNP and the Grand Tetons it is centrally located. We were pleased to see that the Visitor Center, which contains an interesting Fire of '88 exhibition, is undergoing a remodeling and expansion project. Showers and laundry are located outside the campground where you can get 6 glorious minutes of hot water for $2.00.
We chose this park due to its location; we were scheduled to do a white water raft trip the next day and the outfitter is located next door. As a result the park owners graciously allowed us to check out early in the afternoon rather than at the regular check out time so that we could clean up after the trip. The sites are close together and the pull throughs are not very long; some guests chose to park their vehicles in the parking lot rather than at their sites. Nevertheless, we were fortunate enough to obtain a site at the end of a row which allowed us to fudge our vehicle into the pull through. There are pull throughs that are long enough to accommodate motorhomes, however. The park offers the sand box style pads for tents and a sheltered area with 5 to 6 picnic tables for groups. Although it is located off the highway traffic noise was not a problem. We enjoyed the great shade and clean RR/shower facilities.
A well-maintained, well-landscaped campground along the North Platte River. Small trees will provide plenty of shade in the future. There is a short walking path on the premises, and there is the opportunity for fishing in an adjacent river channel. Amenities are limited to several water hydrants and a pit toliet, but for $9 a night you can't complain. The only drawbacks were dust from vehicles who failed to observe the 15 m.p.h. speed limit and train noise at night (the world's largest railroad classification yard is located 1 mile away).
Lots of shade and space between sites. As with other Nebraska state parks/recreation areas, basic amenities are lacking (soap, paper towels, etc...). Bring a long garden hose to refill your water supply if youíre fortunate enough to camp in close proximity to a hydrant since electricity is the only utility available at each site (amps vary from 20 to 30 depending on location). The playground was dated and in disrepair, and sandburs outlined itís perimeter. The shower house presented an interesting contrast; although the strong smell of propane and Lysol beckoned the camper to hot water and cleanliness, the place was superficially clean as evidenced by the several species of spiders present near the ceiling and vents. Given the scenery (many sites are adjacent to the lake) and other natural features, this campground has the potential to be great, but necessary updates prevent a higher rating.
A wonderful campground. A lot of shade and a lot of room - we camped at the end of the loop road and we had a lot of space to ourselves. Although the park is off of an interstate highway, traffic noise was not a problem. We camped during the week and there were plenty of sites avaiable, however the weekends are busy so plan accordingly.
A very nice campground in a beautiful state park. Plenty of space between sites. Loop roads and pads are paved. Only downside: the campground is adjacent to a highway, therefore it may be wise to find a site as far away from the highway as possible. There are some shaded sites.
There are two separate campgrounds: Soldier Creek (electricity and tent only + shower house/restroom) and Red Cloud (s/w/e). Bring a longer water hose and/or sewer line for Red Cloud because there is a fair distance between the hydrant and the sewer at each site. Plenty of space between sites at either campground. Soldier Creek is older with established trees. Our favorite site at Soldier Creek is across the bridge; there have been times when we have had that entire area to ourselves. Red Cloud is newer, therefore there is no shade, however it is further from the highway with less traffic noise than Soldier Creek. Conversely, there is more dust at Red Cloud since the loop roads through Soldier Creek are paved. Visitors who don't have an annual state park permit will need a daily park permit ($3.00) in addition to the camping fee.
A very nice campground located near a small lake. Traffic noise from a nearby highway was minimal. Very clean restrooms and showers. High expectations for appropriate camper behavior, pet control, and cleanliness as evidenced by the multitude of signs - some of which insulted one's intelligence and common sense - throughout the campground and in the restroom facilities.
A large park which is the home to some permanent resident campers (Colorado Springs is very expensive). It was curious to see small fences surrounding some of the outfits. Restrooms and showers were clean in the morning. Plenty of space between sites, and a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains. Close enough to enjoy the sites surrounding the city, yet far enough away for a meaningful camping experience. The playground was rather poor and needed substantial updates. Only drawback was a large, loud party in the rally area one evening that continuted late into the night. We got even by honking our horn as we passed the rally area via the access road early the next morning.
An economical park centrally located in the Black Hills. All sites are pull-through; there is no tent camping and no fires. Although traffic noise is limited, there is plenty of noise from mowers, weed-whackers, and golf cart-like utility vehicles which are driven regularly on the premises by the maintenance staff. Visitors have access to a hot tub located in the cabin area. Trash service seems to be limited as evidenced by the heaping trash bins at the end of the row. This place is designed for self-contained outfits as there are no shower or rest room facilities. If you are looking for a relatively cheap place to set up your rig while you enjoy the sites in the Hills, this place is for you, however it does not provide a great camping experience.
Good: An unsurpassed view of Chimney Rock, friendly staff, nice convenience store. Bad: Plenty of mosquitoes, highway/train noise, no shade. We camped for two nights and we were the only campers there except for one overnighter. I travel through this area several times a year and I rarely see anyone camping there. This is a great stop for Oregon Trail buffs because it sits on the trail.
A beautiful park close to all of the action, yet quiet. We enjoyed the central location and access to auxillary routes. Very clean restrooms, shower and laundry facilities, and pool. After reading some of the comments about motorhomes having trouble negotiating the roads and sites, I didn't see a problem; in fact, there were quite a few motorhomes when we were there. An interesting testimony: My wife met a couple who has been coming to Branson annually since 1970. They said that this is the best campground in the area. I'm sure they're correct! Note: Bring along a water pressurer reducer (a brass fitting that attaches to a water hydrant) since the park supplies water from a hydrant that distributes water at a high pressure.