Date of Stay: November, 2010
We camped here last year during Labor Day weekend and really enjoyed the campground. As stated previously, since it is close to Loveland, the local folks like to come here during holiday weekends and use the campground's picnic facilities. However, at our campsite which was located right in front of the lake, this did not bother us. Some campsites are larger than others but all have very nice tables and fire rings. I have to say the vaulted toilets should've been kept cleaner! All in all: we really enjoyed this campground and have made 2 more reservations for this coming summer to stay here.
Date of Stay: September, 2010
We camped here and really enjoyed ourselves. Our campsite was overlooking the lake and it was beautiful. Since this is part of Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest the area was lovely. Our campsite had electric hookups, no water but water spickets were located throughout the campground. A nice hiking trail goes around West Lake and also connects over to Dowdy Lake, which was fun to hike. Only vaulted toilets are available and they could be cleaned better. Shady trees throughout the campground. Each site has a table and fire ring. All in all: we really enjoyed our camp-out here. **IMPORTANT: Make sure to get reservations early. This campground fills up 4 months in advance for the entire summer, for weekends!
Date of Stay: July, 2010
We were disappointed with the Yampa River State Park campground near Steamboat Springs, CO. The reason was because on the Yampa River State Park's (SP's) website. They showed photos that had campsites along the river in a heavily wooded area. The SP's website photos were VERY deceiving to say the very least. The photos from the SP's website showed the campground as being very wooded with TALL TREES at the campsites. As we walked around the campground we noticed there was only 1 campsite for 2 tents, walk-in campsite along the river in a partly wooded area. All other campsites were in a field type area with small, newly planted trees. We are so used to campsites in SPs having so many TALL trees/thick wooded areas. This campground was such a disappointment to us in that respect. We made friends with a couple of women camping with their 2 daughters who were our 'camping neighbors.' They felt the same way since they also researched the campground and also viewed the photos on the SP's webpage. They could not believe, when they drove into the SP, how it looked after viewing the SP's website photos. DH and I also bumped into the camp-hosts, who were very nice people. During our talk, we asked if other folks had ever expressed their disappointment in how the CG looked to them. They said it happens all the time and wished there was some way for them to post more accurate photos of the CG on the SP's website. They told us that some folks get really mad at them and felt deceived that they (camp host) had posted those photos. This is terrible IMHO, since the camp host at these SP are usually only doing the job during the summer taking care of the facility only and have nothing to do with the website. I do want to add that the campsites were very, large and widely spaced but the trees were so small and no shade whatsoever! The bath-house was very clean with coin-operated showers. Also a laundry room is in the same building, which is well maintained by the camp host. Electric hook-ups only; the water spickets are located throughout the CG. Vaulted toilets-houses are located near campsites. Flush toilets are inside bath-house, which is near CG's entrance. There is a playground area for children near the bath-house. Yampa River SP Campground is about 30 minutes outside of Steamboat Springs, CO. No campsites are along the river except for one walk-in campsite for 2 tents. Next time we will stay at another SP campground instead. I just wanted to do a review of Yampa River SP Campground, so other's will be forewarned about the lack of trees/shade. If that is what you are used to, and having been to the SP's website and viewed their photos. I wish there was some way I could post our photos over on the SP's website: REAL photos showing how it really looks.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
We have camped at this campground 3 times and enjoyed each and every one of our stays here. The campground is located along the Cache La Poudre River inside Roosevelt Nat'l. Forest well away from the main highway on the opposite side of the river. Campsites are large and roomy, none are on 'top of each other' with plenty of room. Sites are level with pea-gravel, picnic tables, fire rings, and tent pads at each campsite. There is a separate picnic area located right next to the river in the tall trees, very lovely. This campground has a lot of trees, so you can have shade. The restrooms are vaulted toilets, but kept very clean. There is a large shower-house, coined operated showers. Large playground, volleyball/basketball courts, HUGE Pavilion (totally enclosed) with a fireplace, tables that groups can rent to use. Large group tent-area with central fire-ring. Only electric is available here; no water or sewer hook-ups but water faucets are located throughout the campground to refill water. Make sure to make reservations early for summer weekends. They fill up fast. There are some '1st come-1st serve' campsites available. We camped here in a Pop-Up w/side-out and had plenty of room at the campsites. We love our stays at Mountain Park Campground and will certainly camp here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2008
We have camped at JELLYSTONE PARK-ESTES for many years now and have enjoyed it each and every time. The pool is really nice and nightly activities in the summer makes this a wonderful family campground. We usually stay each year over Labor Day weekend. Enjoy the dance they have in the outdoor pavilion. The bathrooms are clean, but be prepared that during holiday weekends with so many campers and only 2 bathrooms for the entire campground. They will get dirty. So plan your showers mid-day (after cleaning is done) for a cleaner bathroom. This campground is wooded but most campsites are located on the hillside. Larger RV have a flat camping area. Game room for kids is very nice. The only complaint I have it the rates keep going up. This year for any holiday weekends: will be $50 for a Regular water/electric (no sewer) sites. That is a bit much. The Premium water/electric sites will be $60. If the rates keep going up, it would be almost better to stay in one of the smaller hotels with cabins.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
We have camped here twice so far. Each time we enjoyed very much. This campground has beautiful campsites located along the creek. Make sure to get one of those, they are the best. Sites are not only alone the creek, but nestled in-between trees, and very shady sites. The pool is fine, and the restrooms are clean. I highly recommend this campground for families.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
We camped at BIG PINES CAMPGROUND over 4th of July weekend in 2008. We really enjoyed this campground. Our campsite was #39 in the upper loop right next to the bath-house. This campground had one of the cleanest bath-houses we have ever had at a campground. The owners took pride in their campground and it showed with their kind service.Tall pine trees are throughout the campground and the sites (on upper loop) were very nice a spacious.I highly recommend this campground...but make sure to reserve one of the campsites in the upper loop.
Date of Stay: July, 2006
Jellystone Park Campground (CG) is on a terraced hillside and also part on a flat area. The terraced campsites on the main hill are VERY nice. In fact within the last 2 years many of these sites have been up-scaled/improved with round metal patio/picnic tables and chairs, large staked-down 'grass' mats that cover most of the campsite, separate grills and fire rings and these campsites are bricked in on the sloping side. These campsites are 'deluxe' and are more expensive than the rest.The regular priced campsites have wooden picnic tables and a fire-ring/grill combo. No bricked wall, or 'grass' mats so some of these campsites do drop down the slop of the hill, so walking around them with 'toddler'-children need to be supervised because of the steep drop down to the creek on one side. Trees surround the CG and a small creek runs through part of the CG. The tent area is in the flatter area of the CG. There is a pool, mini-golf and pavilion where Karaoke, bingo, ice cream socials and kid-family events and dances are held on weekends. Small and Large cabins are available to rent. Playground and horse-shoe ring. 2 bath-houses, clean twice a day. We stay here at least once a year, if not twice. We always enjoy our stay.