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This is the nicest park in LaVeta. There is a "mobile home and RV" park across the street, not to be confused with this jewel. Lucy's RV park is on the other side of town and at a three-way stop and much more crowded. Super friendly owner, who is a great spokesperson for the local Chamber of Commerce. They have the month's activities on their web site and staff pass around fliers with this week's community activities. This park is within walking distance of downtown. Don't miss the Ryus Street Bakery, only open three or four days a week for fresh baked goods. Lots of space between each site, with room for your slide and awning. The only thing I didn't like about this park is their picnic tables are permanently mounted and can't be moved. Nice dog run, and the Cucharas River (really only a creek) runs down one side of the park. Deer in the park nightly.

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We stayed here last year when this was an independent and now that it is a KOA, they raised the price $10 a night but not the quality. It still is a big RV park jammed into a small area. They still have not filled in the potholes. They still have not done something about the blowing dust. They still do not know how to clean bathrooms or showers properly. The tile is dated and the showers have mold in them. Some of the sites are so narrow, I saw two big rigs with their awnings out, almost touching each other. And the fire pits are so close to your trailer, it fills up with their smoke. They have a lot of rules on the books that they do not enforce. And they still have not improved the WIFI. It works best if you are in the pool area or in the sites across from the office. And they have two rates, week day and weekend. So the only difference from last year to this year is the staff rides around on their little tractors doing nothing in yellow shirts now.

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A lot of people gripe about this park because of the permanent residents. There is an oil and gas boom in Wyoming and this KOA has doubled its spaces off to one side for the more permanent residents. So the transient side is still nice, clean and even the grass was green. Front desk is very nice, and eager to help. You are led to your site and guided in. This is a typical KOA with gravel sites and a patch of grass at your site. Also at your site is the trash barrel. There is a nice dog run and horse corral, almost next to each other.

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We stayed her 7 years ago and this RV park is showing its age. Very few improvements have been made since then. We asked not to be parked in a mud hole but we were anyway (14 days of rain). Some sites had new gravel and most did not. They say the sites all have gravel but it is now mixed in with the dirt so you now have dirt sites. I saw lots of rigs with 2 to 3 inch leveling blocks under one side and ours had to have 2 inch blocks to be level. The bathrooms in the park are dated and in need of updating. Water pressure is too high, so bring your pressure regulator. The trailer across from us had a drip leak from the high pressure and the neighbors next to us blew a waterline inside. This park is run by a concessionaire but they have no say in improvements or do not make any.

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While each pull through may not be perfectly level, ours was off one inch. Big Deal! WiFi was excellent with transmitters about every 50 yards and a strong signal faster than most parks give you. Big, clean dog park as well as a nice walking trail for you and dog with poop bag dispensers and cans. Our site had blooming lilac bushes right outside our window. This park sits on top of a hill with great views but tends to be windy at times, so keep your awning closed. Concrete patios are a nice touch but we didn't use ours because it rained most of the time we were there.

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This park has lot of amenities for kids, with a pool, mini-golf and a playground, plus recumbent trikes for them to check out to run around the park in. Some picky people have complained about the highway noise. We did not notice it because we made sure to take a spot far away from the highway. However, the spot we chose, space 31, was right under a tree and the birds crapped all over our trailer, awning and car. Lots of cleaning to do when we got home. I would give this park a higher rating if the WIFI was any good. It only works if you are inside the office building. They offer no apologies for the very weak signal and when you are on the WIFI it is very slow. The men's room is clean but dated. The nightly rate for full hook-ups is $42 but the taxes there are almost 14 per cent, so be prepared for a big bill. The free shuttle bus around town terminates at this park so that is handy. There even is a shelter to wait in for the bus.

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The back pull-through spots are very quiet. However, they are not level. There were potholes and ditch marks in sites 119-129. I saw one big rig with its front wheels off the ground. Our site was 4" off level sideways. Otherwise this was a nice park. The view of the Indian Peaks Wilderness is spectacular. All the pine trees in the area are dead, so the scenery isn't that great. You cross the bridge and you are in the Rocky Mountain National Park. The restrooms are dated but clean. Moose and elk right near the RV park. They had a road grader smooth out the interior roads, I don't know why they didn't work on the pull through spots.

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We passed up three other parks to stay at this one. Very nice, friendly staff. The camp sites are small, but far enough apart. I say small by the size of the gravel drive. You feel like you are camping on their grass, not the gravel. It can be a tight turn for larger trailers, but I saw nobody give up and move on. All utilities are within easy reach. This park is on the Needles Highway and it is being re-paved right now, so there is construction traffic and noise, but not before 7:30 a.m. It can be slow drive to Custer State Park with the construction delays, but not bad. Who's in a hurry here anyway? Big playground for the kids. Huge lawns for the kids or dog to play on. It would be very scenic here if it were not for the beetle killed pines around this area. We would recommend this park to everybody.

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We were passing through to another state and had reservations for this park. They have a deal where you can leave your trailer and boat in the space all summer and just come for the weekend, so there are very few open spots for those of you passing through. The folks next to us wanted to stay longer, but couldn't because of other reservations. So if you plan to use this park, call ahead and make reservations. Which seems weird, since it was the middle of the week. Nice pull through spots, but not level. It was easy to level up front to back and side to side. Their water system is OK but low pressure. Not a real problem. Very friendly staff.

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The previous reviewers who talked about the concrete pads, were talking about the big rig pads (class A rigs), not the typical places for travel trailers or fifth wheels. There were a lot of long-term residents here (since it is open all year?). This park is right on the busiest street of Santa Fe (Cerrillos Road) so there is a traffic noise problem if you are trying to sleep before ten PM or after seven AM. The owner is very friendly and helped us get to our pull-through site (#6). The dog park leaves a lot to be desired as it is full of cactus and is really just out back in the boonies. Not much room for dogs to play, just sniff around off the leash. The front dog walk is not much to see but he does provide you with waste bags at both locations. It is an adult park (55+), so there are no kids riding bikes in and around your site, which makes up for a couple of the other things I mentioned. If it weren't for the street noise, I'd give it a ten. It is well-maintained and there are some apartment rentals on site, too so it must be a popular spot to stay. He also owns a mobile home park in back and it is very nice and well maintained, too.

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We were welcomed by a very friendly staff/owner. Nice pull-through space, good Wi-Fi. Cell phone reception is spotty for Verizon but usable. Less expensive than staying in Salida and more trees. Lots of full-timers just leave their units here for the winter but there were plenty of transient spots available.

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This is our second trip to this park. We have stayed at the other two parks in La Veta and find this one the best for our needs. Elk Valley is the newest and nicest cared for. However, it is for sale and you can never tell if the new owners will be as nice or keep it as nice. The golf course is right across the road and great for walking your dog off the leash. There were 13 bucks in the RV park right behind our trailer the first night and 8 does the next morning.

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After having stayed at the nice RV Park in Creede, we were really disappointed in this run-down park. We stayed here two years ago and it has gone down-hill since then. I think the owner doesn't know how to use a hose to water. All the grass is dead and the only thing surviving are the weeds. We were lucky, we got a spot with concrete pads for the wheels and jacks. All the big rigs and big fifth wheels across the way had just dirt, which was really dusty. The rather young staff tends to put big rigs and big fifth wheels down this last row where it is hard for them to maneuver. The spaces are narrow, but there was enough room for our slide on one side and the awning on the other, but not much left over after that. We paid $30 a night for a beautiful RV park in Creede and $39 a night for a run-down, over-crowded RV park in Leadville. If you have anything over 35' you'll have trouble in this park. But it is better than the other place in town. We decided this was our last trip to this park.

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We usually come here annually and at different times of the year but this time it was early. The park was less than half full and plenty of room. You are guided to your spot and offered back-in guiding, if needed. The only gig I can give this park is that the utilities are spread out. You will either need a longer water hose, electrical line or sewer hose. If you park near the power box and sewer hole, you will need a longer water line. We finally met the owner. Really nice. The small dog run could use a little TLC but it is OK. They finally got the Wi-Fi in good order.

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Pull through sites are between the trees and some back in sites are fully in the trees. We'd give this place a ten but the highway noise is noticeable, I'll take half a star off for that. They have home-baked pies and scones, some with the local huckleberry. Yum! Each pull-through site is paved, almost level, but a little narrow; so plan your parking for your slides. We were able to put out a slide on one side and the awning on the other OK. The only other park with more trees than this is at Coulter Bay in the Tetons. Beautiful! We highly recommend this park, and it's about $12 a night cheaper than the KOA across the road. If you are headed east on US 2, watch carefully for their sign as trees hide half of it. They do have a more visible "300 feet ahead" sign on the left. If you pass the Lake Five Road turn, or the KOA sign, you've missed this park but the shoulder ahead is wide enough to wait for a U-turn. Or U-turn at the KOA entrance.