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09/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
Lots of stuff for the whole family to do. This campground is part of a recreational facility that includes cabins, vacation homes for rent, and lodges. It is also the center for summer camps for kids and has many things to do including mini golf, craft activities, an indoor pool, a climbing wall, zip line, horse back riding and hiking trails up into the surrounding mountains. Some of this costs extra money, especially anything including horses. The campground itself is really only open through the summer, whereas the rest of the facility (including cabins and lodges) is popular for cross country skiing and snow-shoeing through the winter. You can rent bikes in the summer and cross country ski gear in the winter. This place is well set up for groups and reunions with all of the various housing options. The mountains are scarred by the bark beetle infestation, like pretty much everything in this general region, but the trails are still nice once you get up into the hills. The campground is otherwise not very scenic, but with all of the activities we never had to leave the property to keep the kids busy, and we'll be going back there sometime.
07/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
Great value for money. Nice campground on a lake. The kids loved the playground and pool and they were both nice facilities. The pull-thru was level and shaded; only quirk was that the electric was way up at the front of the site while the water & sewer were in the middle of the site. Since we weren't planning to unhitch, I was glad I had an extension cable for the electric or I would have had to unhitch. Restroom/shower facilities were nice and clean. Staff was helpful and nice. I would be happy to stay here again for more than an overnight.
07/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
Convenient campground to the interstate, okay for an overnight. Kids enjoyed the playground and pool although neither were anything special. Restroom/shower were adequate. Go slowly over the bridge at the entrance.
08/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
Convenient to the interstate so you will hear traffic noise. Smallish pool and older playground but the kids enjoyed both. Restroom/shower was clean and adequate. Ice cream social every evening and pancake breakfast every morning for an extra, reasonable, charge. Nothing much else to do but a very adequate place to overnight on the road.
08/2009
rating [ 5/10 ]
This campground is right off I-70 ... and you'll know that staying here. The traffic noise is unrelenting so plan on running the AC/fan/heat to drowned it out if that kind of thing bothers you. The kids enjoyed the pool and playground. The restroom/shower was clean but the shower heads are mounted so low on the wall that anyone 5' or taller will have problems getting their head under the spray. Okay for an overnight stay - we've been here twice but we'd like to find a better option.
08/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice campground. Very close to the interstate but without most of the traffic noise that plagues a lot of KOA's. The pool was very nice and the restroom/shower facilities clean and well-kept. Level spot with convenient hook-ups. Only unpleasant surprise was an extra charge for the kids on check-in: when the reservation was made, the kids were supposed to be free. The campground was a bit on the expensive side for what you get, considering it's mostly an overnight stopover campground.
08/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
This campground has a lot to do for a family if you don't mind spending money; right on the lake with tennis, mini golf, swimming, canoes, aqua-bikes, kayaks, and even power boats for rent, as long as you don't mind spending money. They have several playgrounds, a pool, multiple hot tubs (even two designated for kids) and a large Rec hall with stuff for teenagers in the evening. In our opinion the nicest sites are those without sewer hookups, because there are a lot of permanent setups where there are sewers, which is unfortunately where we wound up. The "woodland" sites with sewer are jammed in together and you feel like you are in a trailer park, whereas the non-sewer "hill" sites are just like being in a state park, with privacy and woods and a price discount as well. Some of the waterfront sites are spectacular, although it would be difficult to get a larger trailer backed into a few of the sites on the peninsula. So ambiance of the park varies widely through the park, even within one region. Also some sites were wet and some were dry with Maine's wet summer, which would be difficult to plan for. Relatives of ours without campers rented cabins and were very happy with the cabins.
08/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
We stayed here only overnight on a cross-country trip but I wish we could have stayed longer. Very friendly and helpful staff. Level and shady spot with convenient hook-ups. Extremely nice and clean restroom/shower facilities - more like visiting someone's home than being in a campground. The rate included "freebies" for the kids: 15 minute rental of peddle carts, free round of mini golf, and 15 minutes on the jump pillow. Family-friendly and yet a nice quiet campground. Convenient but not excessively close to the interstate so no traffic noise at all.
08/2009
rating [ 4/10 ]
Price reflects KOA discount since they are now a KOA. This is the worst bathroom setup I've seen, with no room inside, only one shower and all pretty exposed. The campground itself was otherwise just OK, typical close together commercial campground spaces with a reasonable playground and swimming pool for the kids. It was a reasonable distance to the Hartford, Conn airport to pick me up and drop me off to get back to work.
05/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a very nice, new campground with well kept trails and facilities. The park staff does a great job setting and moving around geo-caches for the kids; you can rent a GPS and get the latest coordinates at the visitors center. The grounds are very pretty, but you aren't completely in the wilderness with Co Springs down the hill and a housing development up and to the north. The playgrounds are only for kids up to age 5, so don't expect to amuse your older kids there. There is a 6 or 7 dollar daily fee for your car in addition to the nightly camping fee if you don't have an annual pass, and a motorhome with a toad may have to pay for the second car as well.
05/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very pretty park, the sites afford a good deal of privacy in loop D with nice playgrounds and trails for the kids to enjoy. I would bet that the park gets packed in the middle of the summer with lots of activity on the lake. The kids would like to return in the summer to check out the swimming beach. Typical CO state park pay showers at 50 cents for 3 min shower, and a $7/day vehicle entry fee (unless you have an annual park pass for $60).
11/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
This place was very crowded for winter camping. We are glad we showed up in time to get one of the last 2 electric sites to help run the heater. There are very friendly folks in this campground. It is rustic with decent spacing between sites and lots to see in the area. I'd like to spend more time there.
11/2008
rating [ 5/10 ]
The nightly rate does not include a one-time $5 entry fee which we only had to pay once for 3 days. This campground is very convenient for visiting some friends in town, and would make a good place to generally visit Austin. However, while there are an absolute ton of non-electric tent sites, there were only 20 or so RV sites (water and electric), and they were about 60% used up (all lake front sites were used) by Thanksgiving day (compared with maybe 5 non-electric sites used in this park, and only about 20% occupancy of all other campgrounds in this trip). So this is a pretty popular, first-come first-served park. The popularity can give you some noisy camping neighbors unfortunately, which is why this gets a lower rating than other parks. Upkeep can use some work also; the lack of lids on trashcans means that trash was spread out all over the place in the mornings by hungry critters.
11/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
We only stayed here one night, but it was a very nice campground, with lots of space and trees between sites and relatively convenient to town if you need provisions. There were deer and raccoons around the place. Their late check-in procedure was a little confusing, and we didn't use the "wagon wheel" but instead grabbed a site in the regular camping area. The bathrooms were clean and well heated for a winter visit.
11/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
We camped there twice over Thanksgiving week, which is off-season for this campground, and we were the only ones there both times. If you want seclusion and privacy, this is the time and place to go. I am not sure how crowded or hot it is during the summer season, and we didn't use the bathrooms so we can't comment on them either. However, we had deer, rabbits and geese in the place, and the kids got a big kick out of the (real) dinosaur footprints up on the dam. There are seven electric sites.
08/2008
rating [ 6/10 ]
This campground has an urban look and feel, which makes it convenient to Cortez area attractions, but also can be noisy along the back side where it abuts the neighborhood. It is pretty much just a flat gravel parking lot, and only a third of the sites really get shade. There is nothing in the campground for kids to do, so plan on making use of the park across the street. Some of the showers (not all) seemed to be plumbed backwards, making it tricky to adjust the temperature.
09/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
We stayed in the very pretty Elk Ridge campground, and if you like trees and shade this is really the only campground to choose in Ridgway State Park. It is electric only. The playgrounds were relatively new and well kept up, and the hiking trails kept the kids busy. The pay showers were the biggest drawback at a dollar per 4 min shower. Some sites can require a lot of leveling, but most had nice privacy. If you have a boat or fish then the other two campgrounds in town may be more useful since they are right on the water.
08/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
OK for an overnight stopover. We noted that they only had a single men's and a single women's shower/bathroom, so you might be waiting in line to use either. Also, there really wasn't anything for the kids to do.
06/2008
rating [ 4/10 ]
This is a tiny urban campground whose best use is for an overnight stop. The grocery store and liquor store are within walking distance, so you don't even need to unhitch. Pretty much everyone cleared out first thing in the morning. There is a single men's and a single women's bathroom, so you might have to wait if you need to use it. The tiny above-ground pool was closed, and if there is a hot tub as mentioned in their web site I didn't see it. There is a tiny city park a block away which gave the kids a place to play. The name Shady Grove is misleading unless you are used to the barren, wind-swept plains that are high desert country. Anyone from any other part of the country will be disappointed with that name.
06/2008
rating [ 6/10 ]
OK for a campground to be used for an overnight stop. The trains were noisy all night long, blowing their horns loudly. The noise was really pretty constant, and overpowered the noise of our AC when we tried to see if that would drown it out.
06/2008
rating [ 4/10 ]
Wow, this is a very difficult campground to rate. If you like staying in a theme park, or during spring break at Pompano Beach, with all of the the noise and teenage hi-jinx that this implies, then you might like this campground. There are clearly people who do like it a lot, and maybe in my 20's without kids and a desire to sleep at night I might have liked it also. It is huge, which doesn't explain a dismal number of showers (3) in the bath house by the pool, packed up on the women's side by teenagers and 40 year old wanna-be's getting ready for cruising. The amber flashing light of the security golf carts lit up the area in the evening, punctuated by the muttering of a gaggle of teen-age girls complaining about being busted for racing around too fast. It is hard to be negative about the actual facilities because the sites were level, the campground had enough woods to give shade, the pool was large with lifeguards (but absolutely packed), and the kids' play area was modern and nice. But the overall experience is poor if you have young kids and you are terrified that they will be mowed down by a golf cart, or will simply get lost in the maze of streets. Oh, and it helps to have a noisy AC unit that you can use to try and drown out the noisy revelers.
06/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
We didn't use the bathroom, so we may have rated it a little higher if we'd gone and it was clean. The relationship of the campground to the hotel was a little different at first, but it gave us the use of the indoor pool, and since it was cool and rainy the day we arrived we wouldn't have been able to use an outdoor pool (which is also available). The sites are nicely spaced up the hillside. The play area for the kids was older equipment and not as nice as some. It was quiet and nice for a campground this close to a highway.
06/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
Our site was directly on the main road. That gave us more privacy than you might think (only thick woods out the door of our trailer) but added some road noise as people went in and out of the camp site. The pool is not very convenient to the campground because this is a large spread-out park. The lack of internet service makes it difficult to plan your next campground visit. The play equipment for the kids was nice, but also pretty far away from the campsite.
06/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
For an in town campground, it was actually pretty nice. The pool was small but great for the kids, and the sites were woodsy enough in loops A and C to give you the feeling of the outdoors. The bathroom design and cleanliness were only so-so however, and you are right by a major road if you aren't careful about your site. You should probably bring extra blocks for leveling also, our jacks alone wouldn't have had enough range. No reservations are accepted normally either.
06/2008
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is the best campground I have been to. Very well maintained, a nice separation between the pool for the kids and the campsites, the tent area had privacy off away from the RV campsites, the views from the hill top were great, the wireless internet connection had good power, and the bathrooms had an outside sink for cleaning up quickly without going into the bathroom. The next time I'm in the area, I will schedule a few days here to relax.
06/2008
rating [ 6/10 ]
We actually just used this as an overnight campground on our way through, but it was nicer than I expected. The kids enjoyed the campground for a little while, and the spacing of the campsites gave enough room for cooking and eating without feeling like you were in your neighbor's room. This was mid-week, and I estimate that the campground was 50-60 percent full.
06/2008
rating [ 4/10 ]
This works well as an overnight stop while traveling, but the adjacent truck stop will maintain a drone of diesel engine idling all night long if you don't have a quiet camper. The bathrooms were just OK, and there are a couple of adjoining eating establishments if you need them. There is nothing at all for kids to do.
06/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a very nice campground, with sites in the woods that have enough spacing between them to give some privacy. We were there mid-week, and it was about 40% full. The on-line pre-registration process worked well (we are from out of state), and the park has some very nice trails to explore which go through the woods, up into the dunes and to Lake Michigan. The restrooms were pretty nice, but the sand from the area will be on the floor, and the campground had a nasty habit of cleaning them at about 8 am.
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