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Olive Ridge (NFS)

Allenspark, Colorado

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Fourth or fifth time staying here. We Love getting away from the crowds. Last time here a bear wandered through the camp, nothing this year. When you look at the campgrounds in Estes Park wedged in like sardines it makes you appreciate having so much room to stretch out. It's quiet during the "shoulder season" , IE, after the kids have gone back to school, which is right up our alley. That said, be forewarned that the well ran dry sometime around the first of August. It burned out the pump and they have no idea when it will be fixed. The parks service isn't too high on the federal radar for spending so don't expect a quick fix. You need to climb up here with a lot of water on board. By the way, there is a five star restaurant in Allenspark a mile away called he Fawn Brook Inn. It's pricey but you won't often find a five star in a town of 200 people.

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This is a nice straightforward camp. Pull through was adequate and all services worked besides the wi-fi. We were told wi-fi was available but weren't able to access no matter where we went in the park (or in the hotel). Carhenge is 3 miles due north on Hwy 87 and a must see.

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We live in the area and this is our favorite park for a weekender by a long way. Pretty lake, lots of space between sites, nice hikes (very important to us), water sports available on the lake. This kind of place will dispel the notion that Nebraska is just flat farm fields. In fact, Nebraska has a large amount of river miles and there are lots of good campgrounds because of it. Negative: the lake has blue-green algae problems in hot weather so check in if water sports are your thing. Like all Nebraska state parks, electric only. Non-electric sites are available for $12 for self-contained rigs.