We camped here for a week over the Labor Day weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. The park is for RV's only (no tents allowed, pop-ups are ok). The staff were very friendly and helpful. Most of the sites are back-in and are well separated from your neighbors. All sites have shade from the numerous tall (80'-100') lodgepole pines that are in the park. As others have stated, this does make TV reception a challenge. There is no cable TV and even a portable tripod/satellite dish is no guarantee you will be able to find a gap in the trees. But the Wi-Fi is strong and we were able to get Verizon cell phone coverage, so you won't be completely cut off from technology. The upper part of the park contains lots for sale, and there are currently about 140 occupied sites (some with park models), but they are very nicely maintained and the people are mostly retired and use the site as their summer home. The people are extremely friendly and hold frequent events in the resort clubhouse. People like us who stay in the "visitor" part of the resort are invited. So we went to a craft session, a yard sale, a happy hour, and a chili supper. The roads are gravel, and do develop some ruts because of the weather, but we had no problems with our 32' 5th wheel. The water is fresh and cold, although a good pressure regulator is a MUST, as is a sewer hose extension since many of the sites have the sewer connection at the rear of the site. Although the resort office has a few basic necessities, the nearest grocery store is 30 miles away in Las Vegas and the nearest gas station is 10 miles away. But there is a golf course and restaurant across the road (about 1 mile) which is extremely fun to play and the golf rates and food prices are reasonable. All in all we had a terrific week here and would recommend this park to our friends.
The RV sites are divided into 9 categories, ranging in price from $26 (basic water & elec) to $55 (for the single "premium" site). Our rate of $34 reflects a "standard" pull-through with CATV. The sites are side-by-side, and each of the sites in this category has a small section of grass and shade on the door side of the RV. On the other side, you and your neighbor's hookups are all in a row, so your slideouts can get pretty close (although the staff does stagger where you park). The staff is very friendly and helpful, and are always busy around the park keeping it clean and organized. We looked at other parks in the Buena Vista area and chose this one. We were concerned that the RV park is right next to a set of railroad tracks, but in our week-long stay, we never heard a single train. The only caution we would pass along concerning this park would be for the sites that are close to the highway. These can be quite noisy. Otherwise, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would definitely return. Buena Vista is a great location for recreational activities.
As others have commented, this is a new campground with paved sites. Electrical is 50 amp and the sewer connection is in a recessed concrete area. The CG is very well designed and maintained. There are over 20 miles of well maintained trails that are suitable for hiking or mountain bikes. The bathrooms and showers (pay) are immaculate. The design of the back-in sites is like the spokes of a wheel, so you have good separation from your neighbors. A couple of the back-in sites have a fairly steep ramp section, so be sure to check this on the web site if this will be a problem for you. The trees are mostly small scrub oak and don't provide shade, so this CG could be hot in the core summer months. The only TV reception is over-the-air, but the Colorado Springs TV stations all have their antennas on Cheyenne Mountain, which is right next to the CG. There is no WiFi, even at the visitor's center, so you have to drive a few miles into Colorado Springs to a coffee shop. We will definitely stay here again when we are in this area.
We have stayed in this park before and it is our preferred park in the Estes Park area. Our rate ($43) reflects the Good Sam rate during peak season -- and it would be more for 50amp service or cable TV (check the web site). On the positive side -- The sites are further apart than the other RV parks, and that is the main reason we stay here. We have a 33' 5th Wheel and this is the easiest RV park to navigate, and there is plenty of room for larger rigs. The pool and hot tub are clean and well kept. The staff is friendly and helpful, and lead you to your site. The showers/bathrooms next to the pool are clean (there is another set up the hill that we didn't check out). This is the closest RV park to the Rocky Mtn National Park entrance. On the negative side -- Some of the sites are getting uneven and some have erosion which require more than "normal" leveling. Except for one row of sites, all sites are out in the open and therefore subject to the wind and dust. The wireless was very spotty -- ok at times but with numerous dropouts so as to make it very frustrating to use.
Overall we enjoyed our stay here (last week of April 2008) in our 30' 5th Wheel. The campground is centrally located for many of the activities in northern New Mexico, and we chose it because of this fact (our other choices were in Santa Fe which were generally at the southern end of the city). The showers and bathrooms were very clean, and so was the overall campground. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The campground is one single row of sites, which are arranged side-by-side, and slope down from the highway so the noise level is acceptable. Shade is limited. They will take large rigs, although it is just a little tight for some. As noted, there is no TV service, so you will need your own dish. The wireless service is through a 3rd party company, which charges your credit card once you connect via your web browser -- $3 per day. It is weak and drops out frequently. Our Verizon cell phone service was good. All things considered, we would stay here again.
This campground is located in a part of Colorado that is not heavily traveled, and is the only one around that has full hookups. Nonetheless, it is well maintained and the owners were friendly and helpful. Most of the pull-thru sites will be tight for longer RV's, but there is a section of back-in sites that are more out in the open and allow more maneuverability. The major outside activity for this campground is fishing, and the lakes/reservoirs in the area are part of the Colorado State Park system and are regularly stocked. We stayed here in a 33' 5th Wheel and enjoyed the peace and quiet. We will definitely go back.
We stayed here in early June. The RV sites are all out in the open with no shade, and are all back-in. They are somewhat close together (look at the picture on their web site). On our row of sites, and it appeared similar on the other rows, the sewer connection was at the rear of our trailer, and was somewhat uphill. This made it very difficult to drain our tanks. The WiFi is through some 3rd party company and expensive -- so we didn't even try to use it. The staff was friendly, and they hosted an ice cream social one evening. The campsites for pop-ups and tents are much more inviting, since many of them are tucked back in the trees and boulders. Overall, this is just an "OK" campground since there are better in the Estes Park area.
We didn't actually camp here, but were considering it and rode through on our bicycles and talked to some of the campers and also the staff in the office. The campground is very nicely maintained and the cabins look new and quite nice. The RV sites are divided into two sections -- the upper section away from the river has full hookups. The lower section next to the river has approx 30 sites in a large, flat gravel area. This section seems to be new, and it looks like only half have sewer hookups. The other half just have water/electricity. According to one of the campers, they didn't get much of a break in the rate because of this. We checked in the office, and the rate was $44 per night, plus 5$ per pet per night, plus extra for WiFi, etc. etc. We politely handed back their information sheets and said -- "No thanks." They simply shrugged their shoulders and then proceeded to ignore us. I'm sure glad we check this place out first. I wonder if the owners are aware of this web site?
The campsites are terraced on the side of a hill, and the turns are a little tight -- but we managed ok with our 33ft 5th Wheel. There is not a lot of shade, and the campground faces south, so the afternoons got warm. The water at this campground is very high in mineral content and therefore tastes awful, so we had to buy bottled water at the nearby stores. The WiFi setup was new and no one in the office really knew how to operate it very well -- for example they were running WEP encryption but only 64 bit and the key you needed to enter for your setup was 10 hex digits. (If you understand what this means you are one of the few who would be able to use the wireless). The campground doesn't offer much in the way of children's activities such as playgrounds, etc. Also, it is right next to the Interstate Highway and railroad tracks, so there is a fair amount of noise at night. On the positive side, the staff are very friendly, pets are welcome, and the campground is clean and well maintained. The view across the valley is great. And, of course, it is in Glenwood Springs which has activities to make anyone's vacation a success.