Date of Stay: August, 2016
This is our second stay at Elk Creek. We had a wonderful week stay here! Not much to add that hasn't already been said! The absolute best campground in the area. We reserved what (in our opinion!) is the best site in the lot, #011, one year in advance, during our first stay actually! This site is a FHU that backs in a small meadow. It's like having a big backyard! Trees abound and it has a wonderful feel to it. We will be back!
Date of Stay: July, 2016
We have been coming to Boyd for a lot of years and always have had a great experience. The lake is wonderful for boating and lots of things to do. Having said that, our trip this time was pretty good with a couple of exceptions. We had reserved a site nearly 6 months ago (you MUST reserve early to get a weekend spot here in Colorado!) but due to work, we could not spend the first night, but opted to arrive early the next morning. We were surprised to see a tent camper in our reserved spot when we arrived! The camp hosts were not helpful and I had to call the Park Rangers. Turns out the camper was camping illegally and was issued a ticket by the Rangers and kicked out of the park. Never had that one happen before! Other than that, not a bad stay. The Park is starting to show it's age and could use some updating, but is still pretty good. Good electricity and water spigots are scattered around. Lots of room at the dump station! Shower house was not clean, but was usable. (Lots of cobwebs). Overall a good park, but upkeep was lacking. This I will pin directly on the camp hosts. The hosts only job appeared to be... well... camping and putting tags on the reservation markers. No campsite upkeep or cleaning was seen during our 4 day stay. It was disappointing because we love seeing how other hosts in other CO state parks maintain their sites with pride. No so much here. Too bad. I know it's dependent on the particular group of hosts and usually they are pretty good. No this time and it showed. Having said that, we WILL be back next year!
Date of Stay: June, 2016
Always a favorite! We spent Memorial Day weekend with two other families in Abilene sites #007, #008 (ours) and #009. Absolute great location! Long pull-through sites with enough extra to park you boat. Utilities worked great! We come here at least twice a year and always have had a great time! The main draw for the park is the reservoir and the water conditions were good for the busy weekend. A LOT of people on the beaches! The only complaint we had was a very large group set up on the beach next to us with loud amplified music. We just packed up our stuff in the boat and headed to a secluded spot farther up the beach! Lots of beach to choose from!
Date of Stay: May, 2016
We have camped several times here and it is always a fun place to go! This year, we were in A Loop, site #008, our favorite. Great views of the lake and within walking distance to the marina. FHU worked great and site was very level. Water pressure was a bit low, but no problems. This was the first year we brought our boat along and initially we parked the boat and tow vehicle at the marina because we were not sure if it would fit at the site. The next day we tried it and it did fit! Even with the 30ft trailer and truck, the 18ft Bayliner and SUV tow vehicle fit within the site. Nice and close to home, we will be back!
Date of Stay: August, 2015
Always a favorite! Great base camp for exploring the area such as the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Seven Falls. We were in site #42. Excellent views, but there is a big dip when pulling in, so remove your weight bars before backing in your trailer.
Date of Stay: July, 2015
We really enjoyed our 4 night stay here! The staff is outstanding! There is a wide variety of sites here, but all have fantastic views! Out site, RV#1 was very level and had full hookups. (Not all sites are FHU). We did have wifi, but it was because we were close to the office. We did have strong AT&T signal. The sites in back are more rustic and forested. The sites in the middle surround a small forested meadow and, in my opinion, are the best sites in the campground. Most sites will accommodate good sized rv's, our 30ft trailer was easy to navigate around. Moose are a common sight at dusk in and around the park. The big draw to the area is the lakes. There are several ramps within 5 minutes of the campground and the campground has ample overflow parking for boats and stuff. This is a very dog-friendly campground and our 2 labs had as much fun as we did! There is an off-leash area 5 minutes away, a must do! The only negative notes is a lack of pool and that the roads are packed dirt. Afternoon rains are common, and it can get a bit sloppy. We will definitely be back next year!
Date of Stay: June, 2015
We love coming here every year, a nice getaway from Denver! We had site #02, possibly one of the best in the campground, nice mature trees and green grass! Although it was a busy weekend, it was nice and quiet during the evening. The big draw here is the lake. With Chatfield closed due to flooding, Cherry Creek was a zoo. Boyd was busy but not at capacity. Great fun! We will be back!
Date of Stay: May, 2015
A bit rainy and soggy for the Memorial Day Weekend, but still a fun place! The newer showerhouse in the Sandpiper campground is better than the one in Pelican, but still not bad. Sites were fairly level and electric worked good. The lake is a popular place for watersports and when the sun came out the roads dried up nicely and everyone hit the beach. Lake was VERY full, so not much beach area to use. Be aware that storms can come up quickly in this area!
Date of Stay: September, 2014
What a great spot! Mueller is one of the best state parks in the system and we keep coming back and loving it! The paving operations were complete as of mid-September and it makes the park just that much nicer. Our space, #120, was perfectly level! Can't say much more than has already been said, except that this is a great place to get away from it all. Super quiet (and REALLY dark!) at night! A cool place to visit that is really close to the park is the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center located a couple of miles west of Divide. An awesome experience! To the poster who gave this park a "1" because you couldn't take your dogs hiking, get a grip.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
This is our second visit to Jellystone Estes and I would highly reccomend it above any the other campgrounds in Estes! First off, for being on the entrance to RMNP (one of the most visited NPs in the country) Estes does not offer much in the way of modern campgrounds. We have stayed at nearly all the campgrounds in the area and Jellystone is the best pick of the bunch. The park is pretty, well kept and offers things to do besides park and sleep. It sits on a terraced, wooded hillside just outside Estes Park. There is a wide variety of sites to choose from and you can find a space for any type of rig. Not all spaces will fit all rigs! The smaller terraced sites farthest up are very, very scenic, but are for only pop ups! There are large sites closer to the entrance that will fit anything. All sites have a table and fire pit. Their "premium" sites are a bit bigger with patio mat, split-rail fence and an additional table/chairs on some sites. We were in full hookup site #65 with out 30 ft trailer with a large slideout. It looked a bit small, but the escort got us in on one try. Somewhat unlevel,but fixable. Once set-up, the site was great! The sites may not be as roomy as some state parks, but they are way nicer than anything else in Estes. The park fills up quickly, so advance reservations are a must! Hookups worked good with decent water pressure and a strong wi-fi signal. (Poor AT&T phone signal due to location probably. Not an issue.) Staff was very friendly! The heated pool was nice and there is a game room with pool table and arcade games. They remodeled their put-put golf course! fun! The park IS geared towards those with smaller children and their activities are age-appropriate. Although there were many children running about, it was not overly noisy and the nights were very quiet. Some reviews noted that the park os "far" from town. Nonsense. you are 6 minutes away from downtown Estes. It takes you longer to get into town having to go through traffic when staying at Elk Meadow Campground! A note on traffic: Estes is VERY crowded on the weekends and in-town parking is at a premium. Have patience. I mentioned some of the other campgrounds in Estes. Elk Meadow is close to RMNP entrance, but is an eyesore. That place is really going down hill. Estes KOA is nice, but is very, very small. You are literally on top of eachother. For the choices in Estes, Jellystone is your best bet! We will be back!
Date of Stay: August, 2014
Our favorite state park! We've been coming here since it opened in 2010, and this place just keeps getting better! What everyone else said is spot on, great sites, great views. We had site #25 this time. A back-in that had an awesome view! We love using the park as a base while we do the "touristy" stuff in the Springs. Close to the Zoo, Cog Railway, Cave of the Winds, etc! We will be back!
Date of Stay: July, 2014
Great state park camping! The scenery is breathtaking! Very similar to Mueller State Park in appearance, just smaller and closer to Denver. We stay here every year and enjoy it immensely. Too bad it was not full hookups, oh well. Watch out for the close trees when turning. We traveled the Peak to Peak highway to Estes Park this time. Worth the time and drive! We will be back!
Date of Stay: June, 2014
We were expecting a nice place from looking at the website photos of Van's. We were very, very disappointed. The photos were taken a number of years ago, and does not show what the campground is really like. Essentially, Van's is a big rv parking lot. Yuck. No vegetation or grass as shown in the old photos. Very little space between sites and the campground seems in very poor shape. There is ample space to park your boat with your camper, but that's about it. Due to the low water conditions for the past several years, their private boat ramp was closed and appeared to have been for some time. Their "restrooms" are simply porta-pottys here and there. The rate reflects non-holiday. If you plan to stay there during a summer holiday, 4th of July for example, the price is 4x to $120/night for 30A full hookups! Yikes! (No refunds!) Better off to stay elsewhere. Additionally, the long road from the highway is now loose rock. Watch your windshield. Will not be back.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
It has been a couple of years since we visited Boyd Lake State Park. We were pleasantly surprised to see the water level at capacity and the reservoir looked really good! (In 2012, they closed the reservoir to boating due to the drought.) Campground was full, but fairly quiet. We stayed in site #25. Sites are a funky half-moon shape, but once you get your rig situated, pretty nice. Not a lot of extra room for vehicles, though. There is extra parking at the top of each row for additional vehicles. Sites are 50/30/20A electric and no issues. There are water spigots scattered around the area. Although vehicle areas are paved, the sites are gravel and a bit dusty. A patio mat fixed that no problem. Decent space between sites. A nice feature is that the marina folks drive through the campground in the evening selling firewood and ice! Restrooms and showers are nice and clean with good hot water. (75 cents gets you plenty of shower time). The reservoir is a fun place for water sports. Besides the main marina ramp there is a smaller jet ski ramp just north of the main marina called Heron Cove. Can't launch big boats from there, PWC launching only. But there is a nice beaching area along there to set up for the day's activities on the water. Rangers keep a good handle on things! We will be back!
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Again, always a favorite place to camp! This was our first outing of the year and the weather was a little iffy, oh well. We stayed in the Abeline loop (our favorite) in site #010. Water pressure was a bit low this time, but a new backflow/regulator fixed that thanks to the camp hosts! Our two labrador retrievers love exploring this place as it is very dog friendly. (There is an off-leash park no too far away). Swim beach not open yet, but the lake was open to boating.(Too cold for us and our jetski!) Can't say more than has already been said, great place!