This could be a great place, but Colorado State parks has let it run down. I will mention a few good things first. The RV spots are close to the reservoir, quite large with many being pull through. Nice is a very nice marina on the reservoir. It seems obvious that the owners (not government employees) of the marina care, because it seems most everything they controlled was in top shape. The campground in another story. Our electrical box was broken and while the attendant said she would contact maintenance, no one ever came. The doors in the men's washroom stalls were broken and the dump station had a type of nozzle that wouldn't allow clean outs, only hose down of spills. Most of the trees were dying, even though there is plenty of water in the reservoir. There are many nice park in Colorado, but this is not one of them.
I used this as an overnight but was impressed. Was met as I pulled up by the owner that helped us pick a site. Was not required to register until the next morning. Sites were about 50 ft apart and on level hard packed gravel with nice grassy areas in between. OK, so everyone else says it, the bathrooms are really decorated cute and immaculately clean reflecting pride of ownership that carries through to the whole place. WiFi is only so - so, but Verizon receives a strong signal and typical 3g data rates. It is 2 to 5 min off the highway with access roads large. Nice place with great owners.
Very nice place within reasonable distance to local attractions like Crazy Horse and Mt Rushmore carvings. Check in was fast and very friendly and was immediately followed by an escort to my spot who provided help in backing in. Our space was about 100+ ft from neighbor, and it seemed most were about the same spacing. Owners made routine patrols checking all sites and taking care of guests needs. Showers are no charge, and laundry was clean and reasonably priced. Wi-fi was decent, but Verizon data connection was awesome with 4g connect speeds of 20M down and 10M up. Very nice place with very nice owners!
Bunch of good things about this place that I will mention first. The entire staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. Even though it was hot else where, the campground is at a high enough elevation that the weather was very nice and the night down right cool. The spot were about 15 yards yards apart and had nice shade and grass. The staff came though several times per day and emptied garbage and made themselves available to help in anyway that they could. So far it's sounding like a 10 if your purpose is a weekend getaway to relax. The downside is that the sights were very un-level and most need 10" of blocking on at least one touch point. In addition, forget about phone service. Even with a 68 db Wilson amp Verizon could not be obtained. Some people (but not all) were able to get one bar on ATT. The campground also claims Wi-Fi but it is a joke. Broadcast range is less than 20 ft from the antenna. If you are a fisherman (going to a place called Trout Ranch you just might be) I think you best call ahead. The stocked lake was empty and the steam unyielding, but that is almost a good thing as each fish that you catch cost about $.80 per inch. So, if you need to do any kind a work while you are here, or are coming to fish, the rating drops from a 10 to about a 2.
Very nice place. We drove through this place several years ago before the present owner bought it. The guy is living the American dream now. He has revamped this place from a bit below average to one of the nicest places we have ever stayed at. Everything in the park is top notch from the guide that takes you to your spot and helps you get situated, to the immaculate restrooms, to the high speed internet (20 ms ping, 10M up, 8M down), to the excellent landscaping. We stayed in one to the deluxe sites that has a totally level gravel base and a huge concrete pad off to the side and raised shrub landscaped area in between. Check in and out was fast and efficient. I do plan on returning.
This has gotta be one of Colorado best state parks. I reserve my space as close to 6 months in advance as possible so I can get my favorite spot. The sites are nicely spaced apart with trees separating most of them. The bathroom and showers are constantly keep clean. The electricity is stable, and with a really high quality cell booster your Verizon hot spot can get 3g. The rangers are constantly patrolling the area and are are extremely friendly. There are lots of well marked trails and the difficulty level of each is clearly indicated. The only reason I give this park a 10 is because 11 wasn't available.
The good - The hosts of this campground were awesome. We arrived in one of the heaviest rain falls of the year. Everything was flooded. Even though we arrived late, the host stayed up for us and guided us to a level solid spot for the night. She then recommended we move to the concrete pad area the next morning when the sun came out because more rain was expected. Awesome advice because for the next 3 days the skies opened up. Electricity was stable and water and sewer were very conveniently located. The laundry facility was clean and very usable. I was able to connect reliability to internet using a Wilson booster with high gain antenna via my Verizon hot spot. We were definitely there off season, so the bathrooms and shower being unheated, were mostly unusable. Campground provided internet was spotty at best.
Really nice Park. The odd # sites are reserveable online and the even ones are on a first come basis. The good - The sites are really nice, great shade, there is gravel under the grass so parking area is level and stable. There is a ton of space between the sites so it's almost like you have your own little park to camp in. The electric (30 amp) was consistent. The traffic noise from the street was there, but certainly not obtrusive. The lake is a short walk away and is very nice. The campground host were very nice and accommodating. We noticed police patrols (both local, country, and rangers) making regular runs though the park. The dump station is conveniently located and we very easy to use. The not so good - This is a country park so with budget cuts. Upkeep on some of the auxiliary facilities is spotty at best. Showers and bathrooms are both usable but not the cleanest.