Great park. We will be back every year. Rate is with lifetime pass. One of the nicest state parks in Colorado. Almost all sites have full hooks ups. This is a great place to explore Denver. You can see skyline from park. It is a 15 minute drive into town. Bikers will be in heaven with all the paved bike trails. There is even a paved 24 mile trail to Castle Canyon SP. Hosts are friendly and helpful. The park is clean. Best time to camp here is when public schools are in session. Even then you will need a reservation on weekends. We had no difficulty finding a site for our Sunday to Wednesday visit.
Since the lake dried up, this park is not as popular as it was at one time. The night we were there the temperature went below freezing, so the water was cut off. The composing toilets at the end of the electric loop were clean. I use this park strictly as an overnight. For the money you can't beat it. This year as I was dumping, a panhandler appeared. I told him to beat it and he left, but it bothered me. The park is very close to town. There was no host and we didn't see a park ranger. I will give it another chance, but security is very important to me.
This is one of my favorite parks. Great park for the money. This park is getting to be a popular overnight stop. Reservations are iffy because less than half the sites are on the reservation system. We never get reservations, but we try to get to the campground before 4PM. After 5PM on week days you can usually score a site if you are willing to dry camp. I believe the dry camp rate is $10, so it is still a bargain. You can claim a W/E site the next morning as people leave. Besides hikes and the Visitors Center, the ruins of Frenchie's cabin is a short walk from the campground. Unfortunately, someone murdered the hardworking Frenchman and the finger of suspicion pointed to Oliver Lee's hired gunman. It was never proven.
Great place for an overnight. Very convenient to the highway but far enough away that you don't get traffic noise. Helpful host. Clean, well maintained sites. I camped in the South Area. If you have a big rig you might want to check out the North area. The sites in the South are widely spaced and private. I would camp here again if passing by.
What a wonderful, well managed campground!!! I loved it here. I camped in the wooded section. The sites are shaded,well maintained, large and private. They are perfect for small rigs, however, larger ones might find it too tight with too many overhanging limbs. Most of the large rigs use the ocean side sites. They are right on the water but are small crowded and have no shade. This park fills up in the summer so get there early or make reservations. I would gladly camp here again.
This was my third visit to this campground. It is a lovely scenic place. However, it is heavily used and the facilities are poorly maintained. The gates do close early but there is lots of traffic in the park throughout the night which is troublesome. You are assigned a campsite when you enter the park. If you are tenting they send you to the tent only area. This would normally be a good thing except at Palo Duro there are no restrooms in the tent area. The tired and worn restrooms are a quarter of a mile away in the day use area. If you are a tenter you may want to pay for a full service site. When I got to my assigned camping site it was full of day use people who had trashed the site. They refused to move. A ranger came by and allowed me to move to another site. He also sent the picnic folks away. I don't plan to camp here again--too many management problems!
Park is new and is very well maintained. Staff is friendly. Location on Highway 54 is convenient to town. Prices have been reduced slightly since it opened. We got a one day Passport discount and the standard $2 Good Sam discount for the 2nd night. It is large rig friendly. It rarely fills so reservations aren't required. Now for the down side. It is basically a gravel parking lot. There is no shade and no privacy between sites. It is right on the highway and traffic noise is intense. For some unknown reason there are 3 or 4 horses stabled in pipe corrals in the middle of the campground. The horse area and bathrooms are both surrounded by the same privacy fence. You can smell horse manure all over the park when the wind blows. They also have concerts in the same area. Fortunately there was no concert while I was there. The bathrooms couldn't be nicer, however, at night the surrounding area is pitch black dark and near the highway. The constant noise from the highway would drown out any call for help. I did not feel safe when I walked out of the shower house. I may stay here again simply because there is no where else BUT I won't ever again use the showers at night.
I love this little campground. Price includes electric and water (only a few sites have water but tanks can be filled across from the restrooms). The dump is free. The campground has 2 loops but only one has hookups. The loop without hookups has the largest sites but both offer plenty of privacy and space. This state park is very convenient to I-40. The electric loop fills up every night. You need to arrive before 5 PM or make reservations. Because the lake is less than one fourth its original size this state park no longer attracts crowds. It is very quiet. I highly recommend this as an over night stop. Please keep in mind it is a state park in a poor state not a KOA.
This is a really fun place to camp. Elk come thru the campground daily and moose often graze near-by. The best way to find moose is get out on the road early in the morning. If you see cars stopping you can bet either moose or elk are near. There are many wonderful hiking trails near the campground. Grand Lake is just outside the gate. This side of the national park is not as congested as the Estes Park side so if avoiding crowds is high on your preference list Timber Creek is the place to be. Like most national parks the campgrounds are basic. No hookups or showers but there are flush toilets. Timber Creek was built for tents. With all the trees out, RVs can get into about 20 of the 98 sites. There are no reservations. According to the host the campground rarely fills but if you need more than 20 feet of pad you should have an alternate just in case. Mine was Sunset Point in the Arapaho National Forest--located between Granby and Grand Lake.
To set the record straight there are over 400 campsites in 7 different campgrounds. None have hookups or flush toilets. Sites are a mixture of back ins and pull thrus. Nightly rate is $10 for WY residents and $17 for out of state. There is a dump. Sandy Beach is the most popular campground. It is 16 miles from the entrance. Many of the RV sites at SB do not have shade. It is near the beach for water lovers. Where you camp depends on your needs. Be advised that signage is sparse and confusing so download a map before hand. I chose Two Moon campground. For an overnight it is ideal. With lots of shade and privacy. Two Moon is a first come first served campground. There are no site numbers. There is an iron ranger which is conveniently located at the second entrance to Two Moon. Avoid the first entrance. It is confusing. If you follow the road around past the large pull throughs along the road and under the power lines--these tend to be larger and more level,however. Head up the ridge for the most private and largest sites. Two Moons has composting toilets, a nice trail along the ridge overlooking the lake, and a super large playground. It is easy access to I-25. I did have one big reservation about this state park. I was uncomfortable with the lack of security/supervision. There are no hosts. There are rangers at Sandy Beach. But I didn't see any outside of that one area which is long way from most of the other campgrounds. With over 400 sites this could be a large problem.
This is the best public park I have ever stayed in. It has electricity, a dump and access to water for your holding tank. There is unlimited stuff to do in the park. Game watching is wonderful--buffalo, deer, elk, donkeys. Mt Rushmore, the Badlands and Deadwood are easy day trips. The little town of Custer is delightful. Don't miss this place.
There are 3 large campgrounds at this state park. Two of them, Elks and Inlet Grove have electrical hookups. We stayed at Inlet Grove. The best thing about this park is its convenience as an overnight stop. In fact it probably is the only decent overnight in the area. It is easy to find. Convenient to the interstate and as neat and tidy as it can be. Sites are large and easy to get into. The down side is the lack of shade. There are covers over the picnic tables but these don't help much on hot days. This once was a very popular place with the boating crowd but the lake is down to half its original size. The Inlet Grove campground was originally on a point overloading the lake. Now the lake is half a mile away. The park was almost empty on a Saturday night. Unless you are arriving on a summer holiday weekend you will have plenty of choices without reservations. The $28 price includes the $8 daily use fee charged in all CO state parks. Because of the lack of shade and low water level in the lake I would not recommend it as vacation site BUT as an overnight I would stop here again if I was in the area.
This is place beautiful. The views are spectacular. You can't improve on the scenery hence the 10 rating. It truly takes your breath away. The campground is standard NFS. There are no hookups. Water is available but facets are not threaded. The campground is at 10,000 feet and the water pressure can't handle freshwater tank fill ups. So fill up before hand or bring water containers. Restrooms are vault toilets. They are very clean. The sites are mostly level and well maintained. If you are under 30 feet you will have plenty of options. Over 30 feet there are are about 4 or 5 depending on your backing skills. The road (FR 344) is 4 miles of gravel. It is rough in places but wide and safe. Just slow down and you will be fine. One warning do not let your GPS send you down the wrong Forest Road. Do not turn off County Rd 306 UNTIL you reach FR 344. There is a sign for the campground. There is a riding stable on the right just before you reach FR344. Once on FR 344 there are 2 short one lane bridges. The lake is just past the second bridge. The camp ground will be on your right just past the lake. It is clearly marked. There are no reservations and the site is very popular. Your best bet is to arrive before noon. The best days for scoring a site are Monday & Tuesday. Take your hummingbird feeder and your fishing gear.
Lodgepole is one of 3 camp grounds in the Jefferson Lake Recreation Area. There are no hookups. This campground is very popular on the weekends. Reservations are essential for Friday & Saturday night. There is a 3 mile gravel road leading to the campground. It can be a little rough but good news for 2012 campers: the road was just graded. Most sites are shaded and large. There are vault toilets which are kept very clean. There are no showers, but showers are available in Fairplay near the Sinclair station. There is no dump station but you can dump at the Western Inn and RV Park in Fairplay. Fishing, hiking, and birdwatching are the main activities. There is Colorado Trail access next to Site #10. It is short easy hike on the Colorado Trail up the Jefferson Lake Campground. Don't miss the South Park City Museum in Fairplay. It is a real gem. Allow at least one and half hours to see it. Your dog may accompany you through out the exhibit. Senior citizens with Golden Age passport can camp for $7.50 a night. There is a host.
This wonderful NFS campground was a great place to escape the heatwave. There are multiple campgrounds in this recreational area but May Queen is the newest and the most RV friendly. There are no hook ups. Water is available at the Molly Brown dump station. There is a second dump station at Printer Boy but it was closed. The sites are large. We set up our screen room to keep the biting flies at bay. All the campgrounds in this Rec Area are popular. Reservations are recommended. Hiking and fishing are the main activities. The only campground in the area that can handle large RVs is Tabor.
This campground is part of the Orilla Verde Recreation Area operated by the BLM. Two of the campgrounds have W&E: 4 sites in Rio Bravo and 6 in in the Pilar campground. Rio Bravo has shade so it is the most popular. There is no reservation system. All 5 of the campgrounds fill up on summer weekends. So try to arrive on Thursday before noon. There is no dump. We dumped at the Taos Valley RV Park on 120 Este Es Road. Cost $10.70. We loved this campground so much we extended our stay. It is 18 miles to Taos but the nice peaceful campground was such a relief after the crowds in Taos. Spring and fall are better times to visit. Fewer people and less heat. Don't worry about the campgrounds being near the road. No one but campers and fisherpeople use the road into the Rec area. There is no traffic at night. We would camp here again. We loved it.
The Pinon Campground in Lathrop SP is one of the best in the state. Loops B and C are the best. Loop A is the oldest and the sites there are more crowded. There is no Wi-Fi in the park but you can go to the hospital across the road and get on. Lathrop State Park has two lakes. There is a wonderful 3 mile paved walking trail around one of the lakes. There is a golf course next door. I visit this park every year. It does not have full hookups. Every site has electricity and the sites in C and D will accommodate large rigs. There are no individual water hook ups but there are plenty of places to fill your fresh water tank. There is great hiking in the area and the little towns or La Vita and Cuchara are enchanting. The rate of $17 is with a senior resident pass. The regular rate is $27 and that includes the daily use fee charged by all CO parks.
This is the 6th time I have camped here. It is the perfect place for an overnight if you are traveling I-40. Take the Forrest City exit and follow the signs. It is about 15 miles off the interstate but well worth the drive. The upper camping level is new and fancy. Pads are gravel but level and long. The lower old A & B loops are being up dated. They are long enough for most rigs and as far as I could see all sites had water and electric. A few sites on A&B have tent pads also. There are also cabins. Restrooms on A&B are old but clean. Hot water was a little short on the chilly morning I tried the shower. I would camp here again. None of the campsites are on the lakes.
Wonderful little park. Very clean and tidy. There are two camping areas. One is located just past the entrance gate. It is nice, but the sites are close together and there is not much privacy. In my opinion the second one is much better. They are much larger and wooded so you hardly know anyone else is there. There is a nice little fishing lake within walking distance. All sites are back in. The back in sites in the first area are very easy to get into. The second can be a little dicey due to trees. I would definitely camp there again.
This is a really fun park with lots of trails, a store, and in the summer an outdoor musical with a barbecue dinner preformed by college kids. I have seen it and it is well worth the money. The park is in a canyon but the road is easy. There are multiple camping areas. Both times I have camped in Palo Duro I have been in a tent, so I stayed in the areas that did not have hookups. I have not seen the trailer areas. This park is very popular with locals so reservations should be made in the summer months. My only complaint is the rest rooms which are located outside the campground areas. Some can be a long walk. I had a great site for my tent but the nearest restroom was in the day use area. I was there on a Saturday night and all was quiet after 10 PM. Yes I would camp there again.
Best overnight stop in Las Vegas for the money but not one of the best NM state parks. The electric/water loop backs up to private housing. The sites in the that loop are about a quarter acre. Definitely not crowded! Each site has a 3 sided adobe picnic cover. The lake used to be pretty but the drought has turned it into a small pond. From Nov to April the gate closes at 6PM.If you arrive later than that you can park in the parking lot. Most sites in NM state parks are not on the reservation system. The ones that are have green or red signs. Green means you can park in the site one night only. Red means it is reserved for that night and you can't use it. You are generally better off during the week not to make a reservation. Many of the non reserveable sites are nicer. Storrie Lake used to be full every weekend but with the lake so low this may not be true any more. We were there off season. There were only 3 RV's in the electric area. From Nov to April the water is cut off at the campsites and the shower houses are closed. Lake side camping is available. Drive down to the lake and park where you please. There is another area with pads, covers and picnic tables but no hookups. These sites are close together and that area can get a little rowdy on weekends. I have camped here before and would do it again but only as a overnight. It is about a mile north of Walmart and within 5 miles of I25.
One of the prettiest parks in the NM state park system. However, the best sites are the non electric sites on the lake--actually a ridge above the lake--and in the canyon. Most of these sites are short and there are sharp turns. The tent sites are all very special. The electric sites are on a loop between the lake and the canyon. Not nearly as scenic but still a very big bargain at $14 for electric. Fill your fresh water tank at the shower house before pulling into you site. Sites are long and the back ins are fairly easy. Like most public parks many sites aren't level but in most cases this is easily corrected with boards. The park backs up to a Reservation. The poor little town you drive through to get to the park is on the reservation. We live in CO so the steep incline leading into the park was not an issue for us. Just slow down and and you will be OK. This was my second visit to this park. Lots of work has been done. The are signs for the electric loop. The ranger was wonderful. I would gladly camp here again.
This park is closed. I have never camped there but I have stored my RV there during the winter for years. It changed hands last year. This year when I called the phone was disconnected. Curiosity made me drive out there. All sites are empty. The signs are down and the gate is closed. There is a for sale sign.
I have camped here 4 times and really like it. I have always camped in Loops A or B. I have not seen the other camping areas or the beach. There is a large tennis court complex on the way into the camping area. Restrooms on A and B are clean but show heavy use. The visitor center is manned from 7AM to 9PM and you are expected to check in with them if they are open. It is the only way to register and pay. Loop B is being remodeled to accommodate larger rigs. All the spaces in A and B are back in. I understand they have some pull through sites up the hill. I have always camped here off season and during the week. Reservations would be a good idea for summer and weekends.
I loved this park. It is 12 miles from town but the paved road is in good condition. The roads into the 2 developed campground loops are good but the road to the primitive camping areas is badly washed out. Of the 2 loops the one with electric and water is the least attractive but the sites all have a lake view and most are pull through. There is not much privacy between sites. There is plenty of room for big rigs. Reservations should be made for W&E sites. I found one of my best ever tent sites on the undeveloped loop. It was lakeside and very private. There was a large picnic table on a paved pad with a cover. The parking area was badly washed but I had no trouble getting in and out. The loop without W&E has a few sites suitable for RVs if you don't mind a little leveling in exchange for larger private sites. Clayton SP is known for its fishing, birding and its 500 dinosaur tracks. It's an easy hike to the dinosaur tracks. Don't miss them. I would definitely stay here again. Be advised that there are many areas in NM, even along major highways, where cell service is unavailable including this park. If you can't live without it stay close to towns.
The low rating is given because of the lack of scenic beauty and the disgusting rest rooms. This has obviously been a long term problem. Some one had scratched on the toilet stall in the restroom with showers "Enter at your own risk". They were correct. It would gag a maggot. The showers were dark dirty holes in the wall. The river view sites for the most part face the locks. Interesting but not attractive. The campground is near a very high bridge over the Arkansas River. The bridge is pretty neat but the traffic noise from it is not. The grounds are immaculate. The roads and trailer pads are paved. There is lots of shade in the campground, as well as large open fields for games. The playground is exceptional. If you don't plan to use the restrooms and don't mind looking at the concrete wall across the river which is part of the lock system, you can't beat this place for the price especially with Golden Age.
The facilities at this park rate are a 10. However, since the most important things to me are scenic beauty and outdoor activities I probably would not camp here again. That said I think most folks reading these reviews would love this park. It is immaculate. There is a receptionist on duty to check you in and she offers you the option of driving through and picking your site first. The park was about 2/3s full when I camped there. They have 5 wonderful tent sites which would have cost $5 with a Golden Age card. However, I would have been the only one in this area so I picked a lake front grassy trailer site. All trailer parking pads are paved. The other campers were retirees with large rigs. I was the only tenter. On the down side for me was the very active railroad track across the lake. From my lake side view I also could see and smell (slightly, it wasn't that bad) an oil refinery. There is a power plant at the entrance to the park. From the interstate there are several well marked turns before you reach the park. Be sure you remember how you got there because they are not marked on the way back.
This is a great state park just far enough from the interstate to avoid traffic noise. I have stayed here twice and will stay here again. The park is very quiet. Sites are good size and back in sites are easy. I camped at the far end of the park. Tent sites are on grass. There are some very nice pull-through trailer sites with paved pads across from the tent sites. Since the park has a swimming pool it may be crowded during the summer. I was there during the week off season and it was less than half full. This park is very neat and kept in good repair.
Best park in area for visiting Mesa Verde. Has pool, miniature golf course, hot tubs and 2 playgrounds, rec room with pool table. It is an older independently owned park so it doesn't look like the slick chain parks but it doesn't cost as much either and is more convenient. Had good Internet connection, however, people in the back section had problems with Internet. This park has excellent tent sites--shaded and private. Much better than the tent sites inside the national park. I certainly would stay here again!!!
This review is of Lodgepole campground in the Jefferson Creek Recreation Area 3.5 mile from the small town of Jefferson. There is another NFS campground by the same name near Gunnison so don't get confused. Lodgepole is one of three campgrounds at at Jefferson Creek Rec Area. The other 2 are Aspen with 12 sites and Jefferson Creek with 17 sites. The are all very nice. I picked Lodgepole because it was larger and more private than the two IMO. My camp site didn't look like much from the road but when I walked back for about 200 feet I found my all time favorite tent site. Beautiful and very private! There are no hookups. Each site has a fire ring and a picnic table. All are shaded. And there is good spacing between most sites. There are no showers. Toilets are vault but are very clean. And there are plenty of them. The host was friendly and helpful. The 3 campgrounds fill up every weekend so you will need reservations. During the week you can probably get in with a RV under 35 feet or a tent. The 3.5 mile gravel road was very wash boarded. Hopefully it will be graded by next season. The section of the road up to Jefferson Lake is paved. despite what some guidebooks say none of the campgrounds are near the lake. The lake is about 500 feet above the campgrounds. Fishing and hiking are the main activities. Besides the lake there are beaver ponds and a fast running creek for fishing. Colorado Trail runs thru the recreation area. Trail head parking was not very convenient. For day hikes you can park in the picnic area. I plan to return next season with my trailer.
This is a forest service campground not a RV park. There are no hookups and no showers. The nearest dump site is either south of Tularosa behind the large large truck stop on the west side of 50/70 or north at Valley of Fires in Carrizozo. This campground is 13 miles off US 54 24 miles south of Carrizozo or 18 miles north of Tularosa. Turn east on FR 579. There is not a campground sign but there is a store/gallery at corner. The campground is 13 miles from the turn. The last seven miles are are unpaved. You will pass the Three Rivers Petroglyph site and cg at 4.5 miles. I love this Three Rivers because it is totally off the beaten path. There are no road sounds. The hiking is wonderful. The scenery is beautiful. The host has been there for years and will bend over backward to help you. There are several good RV sites and many good tent sites. This is a first come campground. No reservations. It is popular with the locals on weekends. If you feel that this place may be too rustic for you stop for one night at the Petroglyph site. Then drive down and check out Three Rivers. If it looks like your sort of place tow your rig down to it the next day.
This is a forest service campground. There are no hookups. The 3 pull-thru sites are on the creek. However, they are really just wide spots in the road. That said they are private and pretty special. Most of the other RV sites are short and open with no shade. But they have wonderful scenery 360 degrees of it. All have picnic tables tables and fire rings. It is the tents sites that justify the high rating--they are actually a 10 plus. The hiking is also a 10. Wonderful trails!! Trail rides are available just down the rode. Horses are in good condition and gentle. To reach the camp ground take Hwy 24W make a right on CR 77 (less than a mile from Lake George). It is paved. Follow it for 13 miles. The last 7 miles have lots of pot holes. The campground is poorly marked so starting looking for it on the right when you pass the little white school house (looks like a church). Turn right at the end of the white fence just pass the old school. Roads in the campground are good. Tent people will need reservations for the 8 walk in sites. RVers probably can get in without reservations during the week. This campground is full every weekend.
This is a very private and peaceful National Forest Service campground close to Salida and Poncha Springs. It is 4 miles off US on a well maintained FR. It is poorly marked. You can't see the sign for the campground until you turn off US50 so most people don't even know it is there. It is mostly used by tenters but RV's under 30 ft should have no problems provided they are good at backing and don 't mind a little leveling. The 4 pull through sites are really just wide spots in the road. Since they are on the creek they generally are chosen first. Roads in the camp ground are dirt. All sites have fire rings and picnic tables and some have tent pads. There are no hookups. Water has to be hand pumped so fill up before you get there or bring suitable containers and strong, willing arms. Dumping and showers are available at Heart of the Rockies RV Park. The main attractions at Angel are the Colorado Trail which runs right by the CG, fishing, and relaxing. Most of the sites have shade. Mountain goats often visit the park. There are no reservations but the park hardly ever fills up. The host is very nice and the vault toilets are spotless. I have camped here twice once in a tent and again in a trailer.
One of the best state parks in a state with great state parks. We were in Elk Ridge campground E section. Our hosts were wonderful. Ice was available from the host so you don't have to go hauling off to town to fill up your cooler. My daily rate reflects a discount for Aspen Senior Pass. All CO State Parks have coin operated showers. I know people complain about daily use fees and pay showers but this year the state parks in Colorado received zero dollars from the state. We are very lucky to have our parks open under these conditions.
Like all Colorado Parks this one charges a daily use fee in addition to camping fees. All Colorado State parks have metered showers so bring quarters. Pueblo is very popular in the summer. It fills every weekend and can get noisy. I would not camp here in the summer because of the crowds, lack of shade and heat. I have camped here off season twice and enjoyed it. The wind can be a problem in the spring. The northern lake area is best for RV's and the southern side is mainly for tents. Sites are large in the northern area and easy to get into. There is 50 amp service. There are lots of hiking trails. Many of the camp sites have lake views. The facilities are very clean but are a bit worn from heavy use. My rate reflects the seniors Aspen Park pass rate.
Even through most of the complaints you read here are more or less valid it is still the second best campground in Colorado Springs. The nearby state park is best. The rest of the local parks are just crowded parking lots near main roads. Golden Eagle is spread out over a very large area. I have camped at Golden Eagle twice. The sites in the back part of the park are larger. The tent sites are excellent and well away from the motor homes. The dirt/gravel roads are great for bike riding. There is a large grassy area near the play ground for games. There are 2 small lakes and a "bug museum". There are 2 lakes. Behind the lakes is an old RV rally area that is now used as an off leash area for dogs. This camp ground is a wonderful place for kids and dogs. There is a challenging 5 miles hike. If your main goal is to enjoy nature this is a good value for the money. If you are looking for a place to take Brownies/Cub Scouts for their first tent camping experience Golden Eagle is prefect. However, if you love KOAs you won't be happy here.
This was an old KOA. It has seen better days but it is clean, safe and reasonably priced. The sites are small but they are all pull thru and easy to get into. It is also convenient to the caverns and to town. It has a nice rec room, lots of DVD's, and a pool. The staff is good. I have stayed there before and I would stay there again. There also is a nice playground. There is an RV repair place right next to the campground.
One of the best parks in NM. It is Bureau of Land Management so Golden Age card holders get half off. It has 360 degree views. This is a high dessert area. Don't expect trees or lots of green grass. If it is full--it does not take reservations--you won't find another decent park until Las Vegas, NM if you are heading north. If you are heading South you can try Three Rivers Petroglyph Site 27 miles on US 54. Valley of Fires has electric and water hookups, a dump, gift shop, covered picnic tables, grills, fire rings, flush toilets and showers. This is a public park so expect to do some leveling. Note for tenters: This park has protected tent area in the back reserved just for tenters. I have one caveat about this park. In the spring time high winds can be a real problem.
This is not a fancy place so don't expect it to be a KOA. There are no trees. This is high dessert country. It is a Bureau of Land Management campground. They tend to be very basic. They are destination sites not 5 Star motels. What it does have is 20,000 petroglyphs created between 900 and 1400 AD and well maintained trails for viewing them. Dogs are not allowed on trails. The campground is low usage but the trails are heavily used. People come from all over the world to visit the petroglyphs. Banning dogs from trails is fast becoming standard at national parks i.e. Bandelier, Big Bend, Rocky Mountain. Dogs on leashes are welcome in the campground. There are 10 sites for tents and small RV's at the edge of the parking lot plus 2 pull thru sites with electric hookups. There are no reservations. This park has flush toilets but no showers. The park is off US 50 17 miles north of Tularosa and 28 miles south of Carrizozo. There is another larger and fancier BLM campground, Valley of Fires, at Carrizozo. Other than that camping choices are very limited between Las Vegas and Alamogordo. This is a good place to overnight. And the price is right. It is safe and clean. I would camp there again.
This park has just gone through a major remodeling. Most sites now have 50 amp electric--even those which are much too short for any RV over 25 feet. Most of the sites had tent pads. There is a a large new shower house that serves both loops. It has handicap/family restrooms at the back. Only the handicap/family restrooms were open when I visited. There are 2 loops. The second loop, like the main restrooms, is closed off season. Colorado has great state parks. However, this one was a disappointment. The sites are short, lack privacy, and are difficult to get into. There may be a few real pull thru sites but the only ones I saw were just wide spots on the access road where the chance of being hit in the night by late arrivals is real. The paved access road is one lane wide with ditches on either side. It has been resurfaced. If the campsite opposite to mine had been occupied I could not gotten in to my site. The people who pulled in after me in a small motor home had to change sites because they could not get into the one they had been assigned. This park is very convenient to I-25 and gets lots of over nighters. There are other better state park options on I-25 than this one. Lathrop and Pueblo State Parks are much better choices to the north and Sugarite State Park in NM is just down the mountain. I was very disappointed in this park. I will not camp here again. The price of $11 is with an Aspen Pass.
This is the second time I have camped at this park. And I plan to go back again next week. It is a really nice state park. Convenient to I-25 yet far enough away that you do not have traffic sounds. The sites are large and very easy to get in to. Since there are no individual water hookups be sure and fill up first. There are several faucets on each loop. All loops have flush toilets. Two of the loops also have showers. This is a large campground. During the week you can usually get in without a reservation. Colorado State Parks are very popular so reservations are a good idea for weekends. There is a golf course next door to the park. There is a wonderful paved walk around the lake where you are guaranteed to see geese, ducks and probably Great Blue Herons. The only drawback with this park is lack of shade in the summer. There are lots of small trees which give good privacy but not much shade.
I loved this park. I came for one night but stayed 2. The only down side is the park is 12 miles NW of Carlsbad and the Caverns are on the SW side of town so it is a bit of a drive. It is fairly convenient to Sitting Bull Falls. Nothing is really convenient to the falls. There a 6 miles of good paved park road into the campground from US-285. This is one of a handful of NM public parks with water hook ups. Water is in short supply and laying pipe is also very expensive due to the rocky enviroment. People who expect all the bells and bangles should go 2 miles north of this park on US-280 to the KOA. Should anyone really expect WiFi, cable TV, and full hookups for $14? What I love about public parks is the space between sites and the feeling of camping in a natural enviroment. And Brantley Lake is tops in these respects. No, it doesn't have much shade. It is in the high desert and trees taller than 15 feet don't grow here, but there is a nice covered picnic table at each site. Our site overlooked the lake but most sites do not have a lake view. Half of the sites, including the 2 with sewer, can be reserved. Yes, when you get reservations in any public parks you do have to pay a small fee for the service. The nice thing about NM state parks is that reserved sites with green tags are available for one night. So if you are just passing through, you can use them. Reserved sites with Red tags are not available. Unless it is a holiday weekend or spring break you rarely need reservations for one night stays in NM state parks.
This is one of the best parks I have ever stayed in. It is a BLM site 4 miles west of the little town of Carrizozo. The price of $9 is with a Golden Age card discount of 50%. The campground overlooks a 2000 year old lava flow. There are 360 degrees of spectacular desert landscape. There is a visitor center and a nature walk. Flush toilets and showers are rare in BLM campgrounds but this one has a spotless large wonderful bath house. The RV sites are on the ridge overlooking the lava flow. All have covered picnic tables. The tent sites are in the back, are very private and have protection from the wind but limited views. Wind can be a problem in NM especially in the spring. There are no reservations but you can generally get a site with hookups if you arrive before 5. The old mining town of White Oaks is nearby. The No Scum Bar in White Oaks is fun as is the small museum. It is an easy drive east to the Billy the Kid and Lincoln County War sites. I have camped here twice. Once in a tent and once in a travel trailer. I hesitated to write this review for fear of outing this park so that it might be full next time I am in the area.
If you visit for the swimming and/or have a young family, you will probably have a great time here. The playground in the day use ares is to die for. The day area and swimming beach is next to the campground. We visited in the late fall. We got a nice pull through site with a lake view. Sounds good but wait. I have rated this park low because of the flies. I have never seen so many flies in a campground. Since there are no covers on the trash cans and the park is heavily used, it has become a fly breeding operation. This is sorry management and there is no excuse. The trash cans were new and there were lots of them but the the tops were missing from all of them. I would not camp here again. I have visited every state park in NM and I would rate this one at the bottom. However, I did not see anything better in the Roswell area. And the price is good.
This is the only great park in the area. However, it is 12 miles from town and the road to the park goes through a poor area. Don't panic, the park is very nice and safe. I have camped here twice. Keep in mind SW New Mexico is desert. There are no trees over ten feet tall. Views are terrific. The sites are mostly rectangular. The location of hitch-ups can be quirky. But they are easy to get into and fairly large. There is natural desert vegetation side to side. The park is clean. The visitors center is nice. Dog Canyon Hiking Trail is directly back of the visitor's center. The first .8 mile is almost straight up. After that, it is not too difficult if you are in fairly good shape. This park fills up on spring break and other holidays. Overnighters shouldn't have a problem getting a space during the week provided they arrive early. Late arrivals probably can get in, but may have to dry camp. This park is a great value.
To me camping is getting away from civilization. Public parks generally offer camping experiences. Private parks work best for people who are looking for a spot to park their motel on wheels. I was thrilled to find a state park so close to a convenience store. It also had multiple hiking trails and wonderful camp sites. We came in from the south up 119. It is not a bad drive. The park was almost empty when we were here: mid week after school had started. I only have two complains. The poorly designed dump site. There are two sewer hookups 10 feet apart on the same side. There is no way for 2 rigs to dump at the same time unless they are both under 10 feet. The other was the one armed bandits in the showers. It took all my quarters but refused to reset so I could rinse the shampoo from my hair. I ended up rinsing my hair in the fish cleaning area. I had to be fully clothed of course to pull this off. This has happened to me twice now in CO state parks. I don't mind putting the quarters in pay showers. But the dang things should work! I am glad to know the rangers are ticketing irresponsible pet owners who let their dogs run off leash. I have talked to 3 hosts this year who have been bitten. It is getting to be a real problem.
We have stayed at this park before. The last time we got 7 inches of snow and 17 degree temps. Not the fault of the campground but not much fun. Management is very helpful. They offer breakfast and dinner: take out or eat in. The pancakes are excellent. We didn't try their dinners. The dog walk is good and there is a dog free exercise area also. We prefer public campgrounds with larger sites but this KOA is ok. It is a little tight. We are used to rough roads and considered the one to this campground no problem. It is paved but has some potholds.
We camped in the new loop with water and electric hookups: $10 with Golden Age. The regular price is $20. Its a great bargain and is close enough to I-25 for overnighters. Our only disappointment was that the Tent Rocks National Monument was closed due to road repairs. There are actually 2 new loops: one with hook ups and one without. There is a new dump site and new bath house. One of the older loops which has electric and shared water hookups is also open. It has larger and more private sites. People who aren't used to camping in NM may not like the lack of shade. This is high desert. Trees don't grow much taller than 10 feet. It is open, dry and hot. All sites have shelters. The new sites even have electric lamps in the shelters. The old entrance to the campground is closed. So don't turn left at the 4 way stop, continue to the next left. Once you get here you can see that it is obviously the entrance. A few signs would have been helpful but construction is still on going.
Really nice campground. Three loops. Only one has hookups. Since we did not have reservations we had to do without hookups but we got a lake side site on Charma loop. It was well worth the trade off. And the price of $5 with Golden Age was the best bargain of this camping season. People with tents and small trailers should check out the 3rd loop (Pedernal). It has lakeside sites and more privacy. The loop with hookups is the farthest from the lake and has the least privacy. It also fills every night so reservations are required. The park fills most weekends. There is an overflow area but it would not work for rigs over 30 feet. The worse thing about this park is the showers unless you like walking around in your birthday suit in front of the open door. We went hiking at Ghost Ranch which is an easy drive. Whatever you do don't plan to camp at Ghost Ranch. The campground there is behind the stables and is one of the worse I have ever driven through.
This is a nice peaceful place. It is pretty far off the beaten path. There are a couple of convenience stores, gas and a restaurant in Collban. At one time these services were available in the park but that operation has closed. It is 12 miles to Collban and 65 miles to Grand Mesa if you use paved roads. We used the dirt road to Grand Mesa. It was good and half the distance. Fishing is the main attraction at Vega. There is lots of hiking as well as fishing on Grand Mesa. We spent 3 days and really enjoyed ourselves. It is a great get away at a good price if you enjoy the outdoors. The park is too far for an over night stop from I-70. The drive is beautiful but it is a good hour drive from the interstate.
Very nice NFS campground 16 miles SW of Buena Vista. Take Highway 285 south to County Rd 162. Go 8.5 miles on the paved CR 162. Campground will be on the left just past Chalk Creek NFS CG. Cascade fills almost every night so reservations are needed. There are 2 other NFS campgrounds on CR 162. Cascade, in my opinion, has the largest and most private sites. Again this is a NFS campground. There are no hook ups, no showers, no dump and vault toilets. This campground has water but you have to pump it which is a task. Better fill your fresh water tank before arrival. You can't fill it in the campground unless you have a bucket and funnel. There are private campgrounds with dump sites on Hwy 285. Just ask the hosts. Hosts are wonderful. There is plenty to do in the area besides fishing and hiking. There is rafting, horseback riding and hot springs nearby.
This campsite has the most beautiful scenery I have seen. Don't confuse this NFS campground with one of the same name on Grand Mesa. There is no comparison. I loved this place. However, it is a forest service site. There is no dump, hook ups or reservations. It is first come first served. It can fill on weekends so get there before noon on Friday. The campground is in San Isabel NF 11 miles SW of Buena Vista. Take County Rd 306 west about 7 miles to Forest Rd 344. The FR is dirt and rough but it is worth the ride. There are 3 very nice pull throughs and several other long back ends. The hosts are nice and rules are enforced concerning ATVs, quiet hours and dogs. Cottonwood Lake is beautiful and nearby however, you can't see it very well from the campground. Fishing is king here but there is hiking in the area. Sitting and staring at the views works as well It is 9600 feet so plan for cool temps at night.
I camped here twice in August. Spent 2 days in a tent first. Then overnighted here in my trailer on my way back from Vega SP. I camped on the Sage Loop both times. Sage Loop (sites 1-28) has been remodeled. Roads in this loop are paved. The backends are long and easy to get into. There are pull through sites. Sites are large but there are few trees. Ridge Loop is wooded; has gravel roads and doesn't offer much for RVs. It does have fantastic tent sites. Valley Loop is closer to the road; has huge private sites and can accommodate most RVs. Whitestar fills on weekends so reservations are recommended. During the week you should be able to find a site with no problems. The one problem I had with this park was the number of loose dogs: one of which belonged to the head host. Unlike most hosts in NFS campgrounds, the hosts in this campground were almost invisible. They spoke only if spoken to. They seemed stressed and overworked. I doubt they will be back next season. There is a very nice dump which cost $10. This is a NFS, you don't get fee dumping when sites are $18. You can fill you fresh water sites at the dump for free. There is water on all the loops but you can not connect a hose to those faucets.
This is a great campground. The sites are huge and there is no one behind you. The vault toilets are the cleanest I have ever seen. The host even remembered my name when I checked in. The nearest dump site is Tall Texan in Gunnison. While in Gunnison be sure and check out the Gunnison Museum on HWY 50 across from McDonalds. Be sure to gas up in Gunnison because there are no gas stations near the campground. The campground is one paved lane, 2-way traffic with turnaround loops at each end. This was no problem. If you are using GPS to locate the campground be advised that your GPS may try and send you up One Mile Rd which is next to the campground but you can't get in that way. It is gravel one lane and goes straight up a mountain so don't turn there. The campground entrance is about 500 feet past it, paved, and well marked. There is some minor road noise since the campground is about 250 feet above the road. The river is on the other side of the road and drowns out most of the highway sounds. Be sure and make reservations as this campground is full most weekdays and every weekend.
This was my best all time camping experience. This place is beautiful. There are many campsites on the river, however the electric sites are not. All thirty-three of the electric sites are reserve-able. The campground fills every weekend and some week days. There is fishing and hiking in the area and rafting a bit further downstream. You can also just go and listen to the river. There is minor traffic sounds mostly drowned out by the river. The hosts are great and the campground spotless. The only down side is the last 7 miles up to the campground. They are white knuckles. I camped in a tent but plan to bring my travel trailer next time.
This is a beautiful park unfortunately the staff is both rude and poorly informed. Their attitude is "so what if we quoted you the wrong rates over the phone and failed to tell you there is $7. pet deposit. We are full every night so we can charge what ever we please". They even told me it was my responsibility to check their website for the pet fee. There are quite a few other parks in the area. The public parks charge half as much, don't have pet fees, and have friendly well informed hosts who appreciate your business. I have posted several reviews on this site and this is my first and I hope my last negative one. I am 70 years old and I don't think I have ever been so rudely treated in my life as I was by their reservation people. Also if you need to cancel a reservation they withhold your entire deposit if you cancel two weeks in advance. Even if you cancel 3 months in advance they charge a $15 "processing fee."
The only reason I did not rate this campground as a 10 was the terrible wash boarded 3.5 miles of gravel that led up to it. Pull thru sites 14, 16 and 18 are some of the best I've seen. Hiking is wonderful and fairly easy--not straight up or down. This campground is for those who want an outdoors experience. Fishing is wonderful. The camp ground sits about 400 feet above the lake. There is a trail down to it plus a great trail around the lake. I plan to go back. Reservations are required on weekends and a good idea for week days. I camped in a 30 foot travel trailer.
This is a wonderful campground in the San Juan Forest near Delores and is very convenient to Mesa Verde National Park. There are only two sites with full hook ups. These rent for $25 a night. Eighteen sites have electrical hook ups and cost $20. Sites with no hook ups are $15. Golden Passport holders get $7.50 off. Reservations can be made and are recommended for the full hookups and for people who just have to have electricity. The park rarely fills so you stand a good chance of getting a site without reservations. There are flush toilets and pay showers. Each of the two loops have hosts who are very friendly and helpful. I loved this campground.
Willow Creek Campground is part of the Arapaho National Recrecreation Area. There are 3 other public campgrounds in the area but this is the only one that still has trees since the pine beetle infestation. It is a great little park to get away from it all. The sites are really nice and private. Many are on the lake. This park is for real campers. The KOA crowd would hate this place. The road in is 3 miles of gravel. There is a one lane bridge which would require anyone hauling a trailer to turn right, turn around--there is a handy turn around-- and then cross the bridge straight on. There are vault toilets and no showers. Water is available. It is a very pretty little spot. I camped here in a tent but I am planning to bring my travel trailer nest time.
Poor San Luis is not very pretty: no trees, just waist high scrub. There are 3 loops. Sites are well spaced. There is no crowding. The rest rooms/showers are centrally located. Showers in all Colorado state parks I have visited are coin operated, so brings quarters. The park is clean and well managed. The rangers are great. They keep the place quiet even on weekends when it is full of young families with kids in tents. During the week you do not need reservations. I got a site on A loop with a great view of both the lake and the Sand Dunes. Granted the electricity outlets are not always convenient but that is what extension cords are for. The dump site is nice and centrally located. There are covered picnic tables. Very few state parks in New Mexico or Colorado have full hookups. There are several places to fill up with water. Lack of individual water hook ups is generally the rule in Colorado public parks. Public parks offer camping experiences. They are not designed to be subsitutes for motels. If that is what you are looking for, stick with the top of the line chain, private parks. I plan my trips on line and I also use guidebooks, so I rarely have unpleasant surprises when I arrive. San Luis has made a silk purse out of a sows ear. More power to them. They cannot be a KOA and charge $20 a night. Besides, lots of us don't want them to be.
This is a cute little campground. It's very clean and neat. We stopped to overnight. The weather was terrible. We basically pulled in, ate dinner and crashed. The next morning it snowed, so I really can't do this nice little park justice. It is next door to Camping World and an easy commute into ABQ, but it has a country feel. There was no road noise. It is an easy on/off from I-40. This is a real bargain with CampClub. I hope next time I am in the area I can stop here for a couple of nights and check out the ABQ museums.
We camped here because the weather was too bad to go to our favorite boondock site topside at Sugarite State Park. This is an older KOA. The staff was very friendly. The park and the site were very easy to get into. There was no road noise. All the hook ups worked, as did WiFi. We spent 2 nights. Dogs were all kept on leashes. Everything was clean. I would stay here again if I couldn't get in to Sugarite.
Yes, all the complaints about this campground are true. It is expensive, crowded, has tight turns, crumbling roads/pads and is just plain ugly. The staff takes no personal interest. But given the tight turns and over hanging trees in the more scenic, but without hook-ups, Forest Service Mather Campground, first time visitors may find Trailer Village a lot less stressful. It does have elk, hook-ups and clean restrooms. The Forest Service showers are not convenient to most campers in either campground and were crowded even in April. We spent very little time at the campground since there is so much else to see and so many trails to hike. If you plan on a return visit you should walk Mather campground and pick out 4 or 5 sites you know you can get into so you can reserve one of them next time. The maps on line are misleading and what the Ranger thinks you can get into may not be what the rig's driver is comfortable doing. It only takes one minor meeting with a tree or post wipe out the difference in cost between the 2 campgrounds. Really big rigs might we better off outside the park depending on the driver's skills. Some rigs had to struggle to get in and out of Trailer Village.
This campground has two big things going for it. I have never seen such helpful owners/employees. They are truly angels. Secondly, if you like to hike or walk your dog, the National Forest trails are just outside the backgate of the campground. Greer's is my dogs absolute favorite campground. He loves the easy beckoning trails. We have camped at Greers twice and would stay here again. They also store RV's. The weather was too cold for us to continue to Grand Canyon so we stored our TT for 3 weeks and then continued to Grand Canyon. We needed some minor repairs and the campground hosts opened the storage area and our trailer for the mobile repairman. If you are into KOA and other chain campgrounds, Greer's probably is not for you, but if you love to walk/hike and want personal attention try it. There is a restaurant across the street. The Mall is nearby with a McDonalds, Safeway and Sears. You will need reservations for this park.
The Riverside Campground at Cabello State Park is one of my favorites. I have camped here 3 times. There are several sites with sewer. There are some great pull through sites with water and electric. If you want to be on the river you have to settle for dry camping. Unlike the campsites available on the lake, the river sites have trees, grass, lots of birds, peace and quiet. My most recent visit occurred over spring break: bad planning on my part as the campground was full. The host opened up the group area for latecomers like us. It was very peaceful. Finding the river campground can be tricky since it is not well marked. The main campground is easy to find. After you drive around and decide that you want something more rustic than sun and gravel, return to the main road and go south (turn left as you exit the park) then take the second left you come to. It is very poorly marked. If you cross over I-25 you missed the turn. If you are on tract, you will soon see both a sign and the barriers across the dam. Don't panic, there is a right turn right before the dam that leads into the campground. If you are arriving on summer weekends or spring break and want hookups: you should make reservations.
We selected this campground because it was cheaper than the nearby KOA. We were glad we made the choice. Yes this a a strange campground--set up for mobiles. Lots are long and narrow but there are hook ups at each end which allows you to avoid being too close to the guy next door. You do share a patio and picnic table with your neighbor but these aren't things we generally use. This park has the best rest rooms and the best showers I have ever seen at a campground. People who normally shower in their rigs were taking advantage of them. We used this campground while visiting the Painted Dessert, Petrified Forest and Canyon de Chelly. It's 100 miles to Canyon de Chelly. There is a free National Forest Campground, a motel and cafe at the Canyon visitors area. The free campground is very nice and rigs up to 30 feet should be able to find a place. We didn't know that until we drove up there. If we had known this we probably we probably would have cut our stay at OK RV Park by a day to have avoided the 200 mile commute.
This is the nicest privately owned park I have ever stayed at and I got it for all 3 nights with the CampUSA half off. It is clean, neat orderly, has free coffee, planned events on weekends, a pool, dirt walking trails for dogs and people--not just a "Dog Walk" but real trails! I generally prefer state parks and National Forrest campgrounds but this place has real class. Yes, everyone is still lined up in a row but there is space between. Some people had rigs as big as semis but they had plenty of space also. Yes, I would go back in a heartbeat.
I have camped here twice--fall and spring. I enjoyed it. Everything was clean and quiet. The restrooms are clean but they have a well used look to them. It gets very crowded in summer. Lots of kids, lots of boaters and lots of noise. The last time I camped there I was at Lion's Beach Campground which has sewer connections. It has a lake view and is smaller than the other campgrounds. Don't miss the Geronimo Springs Museum in downtown Tof C. It looks like just a store front but it has loads of interesting stuff. There are lots of eating places close to the park as well as trailer repair and trailer storage.