We just returned from a stay of a couple of weeks at this campground so I'd like to do what I can to straighten a few things out. This is a very good campground that has had it's problems over the last few years. It has had different owners over the past few years but has now been purchased out of bankruptcy by a management company determined to bring the camp back to life. The present owners have had it less than a couple of years but they are already putting money in. The pool, which received several complaints, has been rehabbed with new plaster, tile, and a big new filter. The sites received bad press because they are all dirt. That is true. A guy they hired to level things off scraped all the gravel off, leaving red dirt. The managers know this and are trying to reestablish the sites by bringing in gravel and doing all they can to spread it and compact it in. The facilities are very good. There are clean restrooms, a neat club room, a small store, and a 24-hour laundry. The wi-fi worked great. For the kids, there is gold panning and a cool petting zoo. My kid went to feed the animals every morning and they (the humans and the animals) always treated her well. Sites were good. We are on the top level, area B, and our site was very level. My jacks went down only to stabilize, not to establish level. Hook-ups worked well and I had no complaints. Each site had a fire ring, a table and plenty of room. If I sound like we liked this place, we did. We had stayed here years ago and after I read the bad reviews, we nearly passed on it. I'm glad we stayed here. The managers are obviously trying to improve the camp and the owners are spending money to improve things. We will go back here in the spring to enjoy Yosemite after it wakes up from winter. I recommend you try this camp.
Beautiful campground with great facilities and a very personable staff. Everything is new and is top shelf quality. The store is large and well-equipped, and everything just has that "welcoming" look about it. It is not cheap, however. Wi-fi access was $6 a day, and spotty at best. The shuttle to Zion was only once a day (to Zion at 9am and back at 3pm) and $5 a head. But they do have a very good little cafe that fixed my picky wife a fish dinner that she really enjoyed. Seems hard to believe but they were saying that people come to stay at the RV park and don't even venture into Zion NP.
Ya wanna go to Monument Valley, ya gotta stay at Gouldings. That is just the way it is. Gouldings is good but it may change. It was recently purchased by a larger company and you can already see the changes starting up. Tour operators (other than Gouldings) can't even pick you up or drop you off at your campsite anymore. They've been banned by the new parent company. What next? But it is a pretty campground, and it is the only game in town.
This is just a weekend getaway for us, but we do it often. There is always a lot to do here and even though the facilities sometimes seem a bit strained, everyone seems to have a good time. We always manage to get our non-camping friends to meet us here and everyone enjoys themselves.
Maybe if this place wasn't hotter than the hinges of hell, I'd have enjoyed it more. This is primarily a residential camp, with the bulk of the camp filled with park units. Beautiful facilities, robust hookups, nice level pads with concrete, everything the way it should be. I can't really find anything bad to say other than it was HOTTER THAN HELL (124 deg.)
I am hot and cold here. Nice people at check-in, good escort to the site got me in so I could line up my satellite dish. Good hookups, nice and tight. Nice clean pool, too. The only negative was the cockroaches that come out in the bathrooms after dark. You could hitch a few of those bad boys up and pull a beer wagon.
I'd go back here in a heartbeat. Great people. New facilities. New pool. FREE wi-fi (that's right, FREE). In their smallish, but beautiful lodge, they have free coffee, free tea and free popcorn to go with the satellite TV. These people really do try to make your stay fun and enjoyable. If you are looking for a great place to stay while at Mesa Verde, LOOK NO FURTHER. Honestly, I have never stayed at a campground where everyone there loved it.
Have been camping here every year for several years, on the way to other places. Had real water problem (low pressure) reported it several times, no response from management. All in all, it is a wide spot in the road when I need to sleep, but no maintenance, no new facilities, crummy water, who needs it?