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!
Date of Stay: September, 2013
Beautiful scenery! We love this campground! densely wooded sites, so be careful pulling in and out of your spot. No Wi-Fi, but contrary to the park's notice, we DID have limited cell service through AT&T. I would have given this park a higher rating, but the camp hosts were not to be seen during our entire stay. Their rig was parked in the host spot, but no hosts. Campsites were dirty with trash and fire pits not cleaned out. Not a huge deal, but we've come to expect better from the hosts. We will be back!
Date of Stay: August, 2013
This was our 6th time staying at here and it is always a great place to camp! Wide variety of sites to stay in, but there really isn't a bad spot in the park. We were in site #36, a back-in with fantastic views of the city. Hookups worked great with excellent water pressure. The park is only minutes away from major attractions like the zoo and Seven Falls. The only reason it got a 9 was no WiFi and several sites have a steep angle backing in. Not a huge deal, just unhook your WD bars before backing in! We will be back!
Date of Stay: June, 2013
Chatfield State Park is always a favorite! We usually stay in A-Loop, but this time we decided to stay in the newest loop, D-Loop, site #170. The trees in this area are beginning to grow up, so there is some privacy, but no real shade yet, maybe a few more years! Full hookups worked well and site was level and very clean! Number 170 is a back-in with lots of room and there was enough room for our truck, trailer plus the small SUV with the jetski. Personally, I like A-Loop best due to the proximity to the marina and you get a cool breeze from the lake, but D is a good second choice. We will be back!
Date of Stay: May, 2013
Always a favorite! We stayed here over Mother's day weekend and had a great time. We were in site #9 for two nights and then switched to #10 for the third night. (That's what you get when you want to add a day at a later date!) We will be back!
Date of Stay: October, 2012
Always a favorite destination! Even though it was a cold weekend, we still had a great time at Cherry Creek State Park. Lots of good sites. We stayed in the Abeline Loop #7, a nice back-in on a corner. Site was a tad unlevel, but easily fixed. Hookups worked great with strong water pressure. Wi-Fi in this area was good. Lots of shade trees in this loop and tons of places to walk your dogs (we have 2 labs). The campground hosts were pleasant and kept the place immaculate! Close walking distance to the swim beach, but the marina is a drive to the other side of the reservoir. We usually bring our jet ski, but not this time due to the weather! Excellent place to camp! Definitely be back!
Date of Stay: September, 2012
Excellent camping area! Good selection of camping spaces, many of which are pull-throughs, but you need to reserve early because weekends are always full. This is our second time here, and we had site #53. A huge site on a corner, so no view of neighbors, and our pull through was almost 80ft in length! Lots of space between sites for the pull-throughs; back-ins seemed a bit tighter, but still lots of room. Very quiet atmosphere! No clue about the previous poster's dog comments (although we have 2 dogs, Ha! Ha!). No more barking than you would hear anywhere else, less actually. Lots of places to hike, and leashed dogs were allowed on trails. Do watch out for the altitude, 9200 ft is a bit thin air! Cool evenings. Good Ranger programs on weekends. Sites are electric only, but water is available here and there. Dump station is totally rebuilt and very nice! Showers were good, but one bathroom was a wreck according to the wife. Lots and lots of trees! (Watch out when maneuvering trailers). Fairly steep climb, but short, to get to the campground from either entrance. We prefer Highway 72 to Gap Road. Last section is unpaved, so beware. The Golden Gate Canyon Roadway is fully paved, but a bit longer and twisty. All in all, a great place to stay close to Denver and Central City. As a side note on Blackhawk/Central City, it is a total casino town with little else to do. It has definitely lost its small town atmosphere with neat shops. Kind of sad.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! We try to stay here every year and it is always a favorite! This year we stayed in sites #92 and #93 with friends and had a great time! Very quiet and peaceful surroundings with lots of trees. Campground is very clean and well maintained and the rangers are friendly and helpful. Hookups are electric only, but water spigots are available throughout the campground. The only "oops" I had was watch out for the trees when pulling in and out of your site. Sideswiped a small tree and sapped the side of the RV. Be careful. Can't wait to return.