Pretty typical KOA, but with lots of gravel (very little paved areas). Beautiful views to the north and northeast of Great Sand Dunes if you can get a spot there. Has a typical store, and a run down playground.
This place is a dump. Apparently a former Yogi Bear facility. They had self check-in when we arrived at night. No one on staff for any assistance. Just drop your money in the drop box and choose your own site. This place is located in no man's land, the stretch of Interstate in northeast Colorado that has very few cities or campgrounds. The owners of this place take advantage of that fact and I'd guess that the majority of campers chose this campground as their only choice. Complete lack of maintenance, weeds all over, permanent campers in disrepair, Interstate noise, dusty, scary looking main building that isn't staffed.
Dumpy park with ugly metal corral style dividers between sites and overgrown with weeds and crowded. They benefit from being located on the east side of Wolf Creek Pass, a high altitude mountain pass. Anyone navigating the pass near dark is likely to take refuge here after nervously coming up the pass and approaching this small town. Price was somewhat good as compared to others, but literally nothing to do in this campground, no rec facilities, small store was closed when we got there, staff (older guy) wasn't too inviting.
Mixed bag here. Biggest complaint is tight sites. We had a popup and barely had enough room to park our tow vehicle at the front of our camper. It's that tight. Had rude neighbors next door for one night, basically about 7 or 8 feet away who talked very loud with the awareness that we could hear every word. I guess big rig folks don't have as much concern because they are more sound proofed. This place is one big gravel parking lot. Crummy fireplace ring, no mini-golf course, no landscaping to speak of (other than near lodge). So pretty expensive as compared to other KOA's. It is convenient to Wal-Mart and restaurants and Mesa Verde, but not a great bargain for the price.
Very nice KOA. We ended up here for 5 days and usually don't choose a KOA for extended stays, but were pleasantly surprised with this place. Paved areas around the main lodge, nice lodge with custom made crafts (and nice smells!), Nicely stocked store area, super clean pool, clean showers/bathrooms, mini golf and pleasant staff. This is a somewhat remote area and that's why we ended up here (not many other campgrounds around), but would recommend it as one of the best in the area south of Pueblo.
Plenty of activities for the kids and they do a good job with Halloween for 4 consecutive weekends with a maze, haunted house ($), and inflatable displays. The biggest drawback are the golf carts that race around all times of the day. Many are under aged drivers and drive really fast and just swerve around the speed bumps. We got the worst site in the park on a steep hill and kids would zoom down the hill all day on their bikes and a few crashed pretty badly. The sign said no bikes on the hill but wasn't enforced. It was really dangerous for our kids to cross the street with the other kids not looking when riding their bikes- especially at night! The store was practically empty as they were closing out early (2 more weekends left) for the season and should have charged less considering the store was almost empty of goods. Summary- great activities for kids, but crowded and no enforcement of rules and crazy golf carts.
This park is expensive unless you visit on one of the discount weekends. We stayed over Labor Day for $95 per night ($55 base rate, + $8 per family member). I had initially thought it was a good deal as compared to camping somewhere and paying extra for a stand alone water park. But I then reconsidered and realized that the water park facilities are much smaller than what you'd find at a stand-alone water park. Secondly, when you consider check-in and check-out times you'll only have time to use the water park on one of every two days. Arrive Fri at 4pm and leave Sun by 11am and you'll likely only use the water park on the full Saturday. So you're paying $16 per person for the water park. In the future, I'd rather stay at a less expensive campground and pay separately for water park access at one of the larger water parks in the Wisconsin Dell's areas. Security is non-existent in this park and the golf cart drivers are very dangerous. At $60 per day (who are they kidding) the park has no interest in encumbering the underage drivers despite the fact that they supposedly require a driver's license to drive one. The 5mph speed limit isn't enforced at all. No kidding- it really is especially dangerous at night if you have kids. Keep them off the roads. Some geniuses brought along an industrial spotlight so that they could play soccer until 1am. No park security to deal with that issue and our camper was lit up like a candle from their light. This park is right next to an Interstate and the road noise is very loud at night. Camp store has very expensive prices and what very little inventory they still had left, and on-site gas station store has no fresh vegetables or even an air hose! We had a leaking tire and had to drive into town for air. There is a Super Wal-mart about 10 miles away in Tomah. Virtually no parking for cars at the water park and lodge, as spaces are reserved for golf carts only. They have a cute express train to go to the neighboring hotel property, but it takes too long after they conveniently drive by all of their time share properties. We went to the hotel for advertised free craft activities, and they were out of stock on most of the free projects. Most of the craft projects that were left were all very expensive, and the ploy of having the craft projects at the hotel allows them to drive you buy the time share project again. The outdoor water park at the hotel that was advertised as being available as part of our fee was closed. WiFi Internet access didn't work at all either. Outdoor Yogi theater was nice, but nearby rock music pavilion noise drowned out the volume from the cartoons making them almost useless to watch. First park we've ever checked in to that gave us only a one-page handout with no explanation on facility usage. Teenage kids working at the various amenities were next to useless. Had no idea if we had trash pickup or not and we drove into town to get WIFI access in order to log onto their website for the schedule! We'll never stay again at this expensive park that doesn't deliver on what is promises on its website. Don't be fooled by their fancy website and virtual tour.
Camped during the busy Memorial Day weekend and it didn't appear too crowded despite the campground being nearly full. They messed up on our reservation by signing us up for one site and then giving us a map to another site. We set up on the better of the two sites then went to the office where they were too busy to really do anything about it. We got lucky in that no one showed up to claim 'their' site. Wife and kids used the women's bathrooms that had clogged toilets and flooding problems. Overall, the park didn't have enough employees for this very busy weekend. We made reservations at the last minute and ended up on a terribly sloping sight under some big trees. We got a lot of sap all over our camper and I'd recommend the sites in the lower section of the park that have smaller trees. Had to pay an extra $8.43 for WiFi access which I thought was pretty expensive in addition to the $40 per night, and fees for other activites. The experience at this campground is always a toss up because of the utter lack of security here. If you happen to be there on a quiet night then you'll probably like this place. However, if there are rowdy people then you really can't count on anyone from the park telling them to be quiet. We had to try and sleep through 3 nights of a neighboring camper keeping their loud music broadcasting until 2am. That, coupled with golf cart drivers racing around until about midnight really affected our experience this time. Visit this place on a slow weekend or a weekday and you'll probably like it. But if it's busier then you can probably expect to be irritated by campers not following the rules, and no one doing anything about it.
We spent 5 nights here in the off season and pretty much had the place to ourselves - I think there were 7 or 8 other campers. Anyway, the facilities are very well maintained and almost look new. I commented on that to the owner and he said they were older but that they work on everything during the off season. We loved this place because it is really wooded, unlike a lot of campgrounds in the area. However, it should be noted that the roads through the campground are very narrow and I can't imagine how large rigs make it to the back areas of the park- we were in a pop-up camper and still found it tight. Nonetheless, the densely wooded aspect of this campground is what I like. They have a small store that has a reasonable selection of supplies and there is a full service RV dealership just about a mile away. This place is conveniently located in between Rapid City and Mount Rushmore. They have wireless Internet access but it's really only accessible by driving up to the front office area. There is a small park and mini golf course in the front of the campground. We plan on staying here again in 'season' when there's more to do.
We stayed hear for a quick overnighter on our way back home from South Dakota. This campground has a terrible odor, and as far as I can tell, it came from the small lake. Now that we're back home and I've had a chance to read the reviews, I can see that this park has had water problems in the past. The actual drinking water tasted bad too- so their apparent prior problems don't appear to have been remedied. We too had problems with our site not being anywhere near level. We had a terrible thunderstorm during the night we stayed here and the drainage was awful. There was way too much mud surrounding our gravel 'pad' and the water did not percolate into the ground too well. There was also a 'street' light at the campground that was located far away from the street and on the site next to us. So we spent the whole night with our camper being lit up and having to breath in the awful odor from the lake. They do have a small store but it wasn't too well stocked. We were looking for something quick to make for dinner and they didn't even have any noodle products. The lady who checked us in was very friendly and they do have a nice restaurant that was just closing down when we checked in.
We keep coming back here because it's the closest campground to our house. It's really an average campground. They have movies for the kids, but they are in a small, cramped, mobile home that has a bad smell. I think it is from some of the damp, craft projects the kids do. It's a very large campground. We prefer to camp with our tent in the open areas of the campground (west side) that are flatter and cleaner. The wooded sections of the park aren't too level. Biggest problem we've had more than once, are drunk campers. I can't believe the owners of this park don't monitor things better. Never had a chance to use the pool, but it seems nice. Last time we ate at their on-site restaurant. The food was good, the staff was polite, but it cost nearly $20 for myself and my two kids: definitely high priced. The large city of Janesville is only about 10 miles away, so there's something to do if you get rained out.
Definitely a lot of activities for the kids, including a craft buidling where you can buy craft and assemble them while you are there. I had heard great things about this campground and was a little dissapointed mostly because of the poor cleanliness of the bathrooms and shower house. The lake is nice, though the young kids giving out the lifejackets were a little too young and didn't know how to adjust them. Finally, the small town of Amboy itself has nothing to do. Very few restaurants and certainly no social activities. So only go if you want to stay at the campground for all your entertainment and meals. It's a long drive to any towns with more facilities.
Went here with my kids because their website emphasizes the 'family' aspect of their campground. Well, we had to contended with a lot of rowdy drunk seasonal campers. I finally called the front office at 3am to complain. The owner (an older guy) said he'd check into it, but never did. The bathrooms were filthy, the swimming hole was swampy, unkept, and dirty. And, I had called in advance to check on their fire policy because my kids love having a fire. When we arrived, they had ran out of firewood! The girl at the desk told me her parents were seasonal campers there and I could buy firewood from them. Yep, $15 a stack. This place is owned by an elderly couple who obviously no longer have the energy to maintain anything.