Date of Stay: April, 2016
S. Monticello Campground is a fantastic area if you like being more remote and staying in a quiet area! We have a 45' motorhome and had previously looked at the other campgrounds in this state park and weren't that impressed, but the S. Monticello area has huge sites, nice views of the lake and surrounding mountains, clean restrooms and showers, friendly camp host and plenty of peace, quiet, solitude and beauty. Main park and marinas are not far and offer access to lake and boat rentals. We arrived on Wednesday in early April and had no problem finding a huge pull-thru with great view in the non-reservable area. Campground is 6 miles off main highway. Only negative is rough road between highway and campground. However, all roads are paved. Sites are gravel with concrete patio and shade structure. Plenty of sight-seeing and touristing in the area and we will absolutely stay here again when in the area.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
This is our second stay here. Both stays were thoroughly enjoyable as the surroundings are pleasant and the employees are friendly. Definitely big rig friendly. Patio leaves a bit to be desired as when we sat at our picnic table the neighbors sewer hose was right there, but plenty of room for rig and slide outs. One mor thing of note is it seems hook-ups were designed for trailers - thus they are way towards the back of the site. Our first stay we didn't notice this because we only stayed one night and didn't need sewer hook-up. This stay, however, we did want to hook-up to sewer so we had to unhook tow car, back motorhome to rear of pull-thru and park the car in front of the motorhome in order for our 15' sewer hose to reach. Other than that good lay out, clean restrooms and laundry, everything is paved which is really nice, wifi was iffy and we didn't use cable as we have satellite. We will definitely stay again.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
We love state parks and Colorado has nice ones. We have a 45' rig and we had no problems. Roads are a little tight, and most sites are too short, but we were able to maneuver with no problem and there are enough long sites that we had our choice. Huge sites and plenty of quiet. Restrooms and laundry are clean. Need quarters for shower, but hot water comes on fast. Hiking trails, amphitheater, etc. AT&T signal good, but Verizon weak. We will definitely be back!
Date of Stay: May, 2013
We spent a lot of our early camping days at this park and have always loved it. Watching the barges and activity on the river is always fun. The sites are big with plenty of room between sites, and there are plenty of huge old trees to provide shade. Also, relatively easy off/on to I80 even though its a mile or two away from the interstate. Now the bad news. The park seemed to be much more run down than we remembered. The bathrooms/showers were awful - dirty and smelled like egg water. When I checked the showers, the egg water smell got worse, so I'm sure the smell comes from the water dripping from the showers. Showers also on a push button system. I pushed the button and - I timed it - 9 seconds later the water went off! Can you imagine taking a shower where every 9 seconds you have to push a button? The 30 amp power was also geeky. Twice our power went out for no apparent reason. Came right back on, but still. We now have a 45' motorhome and we encountered a few low hanging branches - nothing major though - and some turns were tighter than we normally like, but we were able to get in and out of our site and the campground with only a little bit of extra maneuvering. I sure hope Illinois comes up with some money to update this campground because despite the negatives, we still like this place!
Date of Stay: May, 2013
Great place for an overnight stay! Literally a parking lot with lines marked on the pavement for sites. If the place was full, things would be a bit tight, but not a problem when we were there. Our 45' motorhome had no problem maneuvering, but our 4 slides completely filled the space between the lines. Good points - paved, not a dust bowl like many campgrounds in the area, great "bath house with clean bathrooms, showers and even a laundry! Possible negatives - road noise. Didn't bother us but we were pretty tired. Would definitely stay here again on our way through. Nearby is casino, Camping World, Bass Pro Shops, Mid America Center, Famous Daves, etc.
Date of Stay: April, 2013
This is a nice overnight stop. Nice office staff, level sites, easy in/out and on/off, but far enough off highway so not a lot of traffic noise. Nice size sites. We have a 45' motorhome with 4 slides, towing a jeep and we had no problem maneuvering. Only 8 rating because the WiFi is not always stable, even though we said we needed access to it . There is only one shower for men and one for women, so if someone else is using it, you have to wait - not acceptable when you want to get going and get back on the road. Lamberts was fun!
Date of Stay: April, 2013
The reason for this review is to let everyone know this park may have access for "big rigs," but it is certainly not big rig friendly! We have a 45' motorhome and love staying at parks like this, so based on previous reviews that said this was big rig friendly, we took a chance. First sign of trouble was low bridge shortly after turning off the interstate. Fortunately it was 13'9" clearance, so our awning sensors and cb antenna made it through ok. Next challenge was the extremely narrow two lane road on the way to the park. We don't mind 7 miles off the interstate. We do mind having to "white knuckle" it when a truck comes from the opposite way. Fortunately, we made it to the park with side mirrors intact. Again, extremely narrow up and down roads to get to park and once inside park. Saturday night so only site available that was long enough was on the lake - nice! Problem was, you had to come from the other way to get into it, and to get the other way you had to navigate an even narrower road -up down and around - with BIG trees immediately next to the road. After the whole fiasco of just getting to the park, we decided not to chance our mirrors again and left. We were highly disappointed because it really was a lovely park, it's just not in the least big rig friendly.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
Like previous Reviewers said, this is a great overnight stop. Easy off/easy on. The sites are long and narrow. We had no problem with our 45 footer towing a Jeep, but if the place was full it would be way tighter to maneuver. However, chances of it filling up? The sites are also pretty level front to back, but off kilter side to side. Not bad though and we had no trouble leveling, but the front step was quite high. I didn't check out the laundry facilities, but the restrooms left a little to be desired. Rather than being dirty, they just looked unused and unattended: spiderwebs, dead flies, etc. They do have a kitchen and rec room, but that was in the same shape as the restrooms, and the "mouse poison" boxes strewn about didn't inspire confidence in using the stove or refrigerator. The place is for sale and I hope they find a buyer soon, because it would be a shame for the facilities to deteriorate due to neglect. The highway noise wasn't bad because of several large buildings between the sites and the highway. The rate seems high in relation to the condition of the facilities, but the location: between Des Moines and Omaha, is good and we would definitely stay again.
Date of Stay: April, 2012
Like a previous poster, we have not stayed in a KOA for many years. Like them, based on the reviews here we were not disappointed. They were extremely accommodating with whether we wanted to use our satellite or if cable was OK. We preferred the site where satellite was not an option, and the cable was excellent! Our site was nice and level. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful, and the complimentary cookies couldn't be beat! The facilities were all top notch, too The only negative in my opinion is the price. Even after the senior discount, our bill was over $40.00! All in all, we would stay here for an overnight - too expensive to stay any longer.
Date of Stay: September, 2010
We moved here after a bad experience at another Loveland Park and were so happy to find such a lovely little campground to spend a few days. Linda - the owner - was extremely friendly and accommodating and there is a little store attached to the office if you need to replenish some basics. The park is small and sites aren't huge, but there is plenty of room for big rigs to maneuver. There is a nice view of mountains and horse ranch with plenty of grassy area for walking pets, no trains and quiet road so it was extremely quiet at night. Roads and sites are gravel, but they are big stones so there wasn't much dust at all, and picnic tables with shade trees were provided at most sites. Wi-Fi was a little slow, but faster than our data card. There were what looked like some seasonal residents, but they were all quiet and neat - one site looked really nice! So they weren't a detractor at all. We planned on staying one night, but because it was so quiet, friendly and pretty, we ended up staying 4 nights and hated to leave.
Date of Stay: September, 2010
Based on the review of the 42' motorhome, we tried this campground in our 45' motorhome. In my mind, "big rig friendly" means there is enough room to maneuver a big rig without stopping, turning, backing up, pulling forward, turning, backing up, pulling forward, etc. Also, "pull-thru" means the space is accessible without unhooking your tow vehicle and when you leave you pull forward "thru" the spot. In this campground, non of this was the case. We had to unhook and do a 3-point turn in order to get into the site. When we left in the morning, we had to back out of the site or run over the rock and scrape the pole that was right there. The spaces were extremely small, barely 12' between the sewer hook-up and the concrete pad they had for a patio. The site we were assigned was an "end unit" so our patio was basically in the driveway with absolutely no privacy whatsoever. Good points - hosts were friendly and helpful and Wi-Fi was the fastest wifi I've ever come across! However, sorry to say, friendly and fast wifi do not make up for tight conditions and misrepresentation so we will never ever stay here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
This is a great campground! It's right on the Mississippi River. It's a City Park so yes, there are few amenities, but the views and the natural aspect of this park make up for the lack of amenities. There is a train that runs across the river, but it is far enough away that you can hear the comforting sound of the train horn in the distance, but not the terrible rumble of the train actually going by. The only negative I found was there was no TV reception, either analog or digital, which I found interesting since this park is in the city of Dubuque. Oh, and I forgot to mention the casino and greyhound racing park within walking distance of the park. Overall this is a great park and we will definitely be back!
Date of Stay: May, 2008
We've camped here before and we really like this park. It seems like a cute place, but unfortunately, it seems to be getting more and more run down everytime we stop. The animals were gone this time. The utilities worked great and the sites are level. We have a 45 foot motorhome and things were a little tight, but not bad. We will stay here again when we're in the area.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
The campground itself is nice. There are level paved terraced sites, and some of them really do have a view of the ocean. Management must have changed since the previous posts, where the people said the staff were nice. The problem with this park is with the staff. When we were checking in, one of the first things mentioned was the fact that they don't give refunds. We were then inundated with a list of rules that if we didn't follow "we'll be at each others' throats and remember, we don't give refunds." The office and laundry room are only open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, and like a previous poster mentioned, laundry cannot be started after 3:30 pm. What's with that? They used to have a hot tub/spa, but it is out of order right now, which isn't really a problem because even when it was open you could only use it from 2:00 pm until 4:30 pm! I can't say as the staff were exactly rude, but they sure weren't welcoming and we certainly did not get the warm fuzzies, which is too bad because the campground itself is nice.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
I agree with the previous poster. This is an excellent place for an overnight stay. The front desk personnel were friendly and helpful, and the office is open until 11:00 pm. Sites are level and long, some back-ins and 50 amp power is good. Views of the mountains are fantastic! We've never stayed at a Motel/RV campground before so we were pleasantly surprised by the welcome and the great facilities provided. Will definitely put Country Host Motel & RV Park on our "return" list.