It is rare when a $37 campground seems like it's worth it, even with full hook-ups, but this one is. We were somewhat reticent when we read previous comments that this park had the local fairground park alter its policy to only cater to horse campers so they wouldn't compete with them. That and the price concerned us. It proved unfounded. They do a lot of little things right (they paint and label the picnic tables by campsite, for example.) It was a very easy "in" after a great reception and check-in at the desk and being walked to our pull-through spot. No leveling required on the fully-graveled site. We got DirecTv in spot 10 which is nicely shaded, no problem. They offered us a back-in if we needed it for satellite reception. Moderate cell reception (T-Mobile) and Wi-Fi. The pool is spotless and there's a canopy for shade on the pool deck. The laundry was again, spotless. Nicely appointed store for the most basic needs and more. There is a train track behind the park, but after asking about it we were told that it is a freight line which is used infrequently, rarely blows its horn and passes through slowly. We are here for just one night, but it's nice to know that this place is here as the area looks intriguing. It is a nice respite along US 40 forty miles from Steamboat Springs where not much else is offered. It would have received a 10 except for the price.
We arrived after driving through Rocky Mountain National Park. The directions were coming in from the south off of I-70, but the signage for the campground is good either way. The mile and a half road from 34 is in need of repair, and as is the road in the campground: frequently potholed and muddy. FHU sites are ample and surprisingly level. We had quite a bit of rain the first few days and it was muddy. To the camps credit, they got out the grader and did some work. Maybe all the horses are why they don't pave? The dead pines all over the area from pine beetles took the bloom off the rose for us. We were last here in '97 before all the devastation. We had family staying at the Grand Lake Lodge about 2 - 3 miles away, so we kept busy and enjoyed the area for six days. Grand Lake is a 10 - 15 minute drive and well worth the daily trip for us. Do not miss the Addams Falls. Breath-takingly beautiful!! Good FHUs, adequate if uneven cell (T-Mobile) and Wi-Fi reception. Rate reflects AAA discount. We would return, but not without watching the extended weather forecast first.
Pretty park located right on the river with a small waterfall and across from a golf course. Easy in and out. It was very "buggy" so we spent most of our time in the rig. Only problem was with the showers. My wife used them and the water pooled around her feet and the mosquitoes swarmed her while showering! Definitely a problem. Previous reviews mention water available which we took to mean water hook-ups. But the water is available only at the dump station. At least it seems like that is the case. There was no signage telling us if the water there was potable or not, so we elected not to top off our tanks. Other than that, we would stay here again.
After reading previous reviews we were skeptical. However, we were treated professionally, both over the phone and in the office upon arrival. We were in the "Y" section of the huge park and didn't get the Wi-Fi. When I called I mentioned muddy spots from previous posts and they commented that those issues had been remedied. No noisy teens. Overall very quiet. We were here for just one night so we didn't even see the bath houses or pool, nor did we need to unhook the car. There is a beautiful lake in the center of the park and the premium sites close by seem to be available for their members only. All spots are very close together, but getting in and out was no problem. When hooking up we noticed that the sewer pipe was broken just below ground level, but the hose still fit in and was held in place using the metal sewer cap provided. No problems with draining our tanks. We had a good 3G cell signal, so with our smart phone as a modem, we had no issues with net access. We also got a good satellite signal. We were told that we could move to another site nearby if necessary to access our satellite, but it wasn't necessary. Overall, very comfortable and easy to access while traveling through Des Moines. Their address is not correct in the PA book. It is 10500 NW 54th Ave. The city apparently changed the address recently. GPS took us right there. We would definitely stay here again.
Having read but one review, we were skeptical of the high rating. After arriving we committed to one night and upped for another after my wife took ill and we needed the second night to recover. This is, as described by several of the long-term residents, a park, "In need of some serious upkeep." Definitely true ... That said, the showers and bathrooms were clean and the grounds moderately cared for. The only long-terms we encountered were very helpful and friendly and it was quiet at night. The sites available for travelers were gravel, mostly flat and all (that I could see) FHU with 50amp service with no breakers on the boxes. My 30 to 50 amp adapter came in handy. No issues with the electric, though. Water pressure was fine and the cell service was very strong for T-Mobile/AT&T. After driving around a bit, we got a DirecTV satellite signal. The odd part was the check-in ... We called and they told us the price was $40/night. I said thank you and we began to look for another park. I got a call about 30 minutes later from the park manager asking if we were going to be staying there. I told him that the price on RVParkReviews.com was $25 and that $40 was more than we wanted to spend, so he said he'd meet that price! He asked us to check in after 3 as he'd be gone till then. Upon arriving at 3:30 no one was in the office. After walking around the park a bit and meeting a long-terms who made several calls on our behalf, we were told to pick out a site and the same resident helped us get situated. We never did meet the manager, but did go in the following morning to pay for our two nights. We'd likely stay here again as it did seem reasonable (at $25) versus what else we found in the area. It is pretty much right in Minneapolis and close to the action. But a 10? Not in our experience.