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The campground is next to a small lake on the side of the mountain. There is a small trading post and a host at the campground but you must check in at the visitor center at the top of the mountain during office hours. Visitor center is about a mile up a steep hill from the campground so forget walking or biking there. Sign at visitor center says if you arrive after hours pick out a site and register in the morning. Gravel sites on one-way paved loops. Pretty setting, friendly service, and adequate facilities. Enjoyed the views from the ridgetop Pine Mtn Rd and the Pine Mtn Trail. Will return another time to explore the nearby Little White House at Warm Springs.

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The official name of this campground is Indian Paintbrush. Stayed 5 nights while attending training nearby. While I was in a small rig, I noted the sites are big enough for even the largest rigs. It is in a desert type environment so only a few trees and no privacy between sites but sites are well spaced. Electric at each site and water available at spigots in several locations. Clean, functional dump station. During the day one enters/exits via the Morrison Rd (Hwy 8) park entrance nearest the Hwy 470 interchange. At night one enter/exits directly from/to Hwy 470 northbound via W Hampden Ave. Campground is in the corner of the city park near two highways so some road noise but otherwise in a lovely park environment with hiking/biking/equestrian trails and boating/swimming on several lakes. Note that this park contains the flood storage area for a multi-purpose dam that reduces flooding in Denver areas along Bear and Turkey Creeks downstream. Therefore, parts of the park may be inundated at times. I was unable to determine if the campground lies within the potential flood storage pool but it is on higher ground at the opposite end of the park from the Bear Creek Dam and could be evacuated via W Hampden Ave if needed. I would definitely return to this campground if in the area. Online reservation was easy.

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We stayed in the West Campground. Long, full-hookup, pull-through sites. Some fairly level, others unlevel. All campground roads and sites are sparsely graveled; facility roads are in better shape. Beautiful views from the West Campground. Took a peak at the nearby East Campground and much of it is just a large open area. The East Campground does have restrooms though while there are no restrooms in the West Campground. There is a guardhouse at facility entrance that is manned 24/7. Staff there are very friendly and helpful.

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Easy access from I-40. Sits back behind car dealership and other businesses. Long level gravel sites. Some road noise but not too bad. Walmart and a few small stores and fast food restaurants on other side of interchange.

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Arrived late at night and had easy time locating our envelope and finding our 2 Premier Cabins. We had several youths and needed the 2 cabins. Premier Cabins sleep 6. They were clean and well equipped. Lofts are better suited for youth. Grills are a bit small, but overall good Cabins. Cabins are located on hillside and campsites down the hill on leveler ground. Check in Saturday morning was painless and lady was very friendly. We would do this again.

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Road in although paved is very rough. Stayed in campground section on the lake. Sites are medium size, suitable for modest size rigs. Roads are wide. Trees leaning over road that show signs of being hit before were being removed. Sites along lake are sandy and relatively open; interior sites are shady and covered in pine needles. Lots of beach area. Hope to go back!

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Nightly rate includes $8 non MI resident fee. This large campground would likely be noisy during peak season, but was very quiet at this offseason time. Restrooms/showers are not yet open. Only a few sites on water but there is a large sandy area for beach games. Has limited waterfront access. Could have a boat at some sites. Has a very nice view across large lake.

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Most sites at this park are occupied by long term residents. Only a few sites in the older section are available for transients, and most of those most suitable to small rigs. Management is friendly and park is neat and clean. It's several miles from the interstate.

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Park is convenient to I-25 without being right on it. It is on the first road over along the interstate but on the far side with large building businesses between that help block the noise. Sites were gravel and the one we were put in required moderate leveling but doable. Bathrooms and showers were quite clean but several stalls on both the ladies and men's sides were out of service. Perhaps since it's the off-season they are waiting to call the plumber? The check-in staff were friendly but we were disappointed to hear that there would be no free pancakes as this was closed for the holidays. Would definitely consider staying here again if in the area.

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The Oasis RV Resort is very convenient to I-40 without being right on it. After exiting the interstate on Arnot Rd (Exit 60), turn to the south, go past the Love's, and the Resort will be a few hundred feet down the road on the left. The Resort has a solid wall around it blocking the yellow lights so if you arrive after dark (as we did) at first it looks like there is nothing down this dark road but it's there! Check-in was easy with their friendly staff. Our site was indeed level and the private bath/showers were clean and well heated. There is a lot of pavement and no trees so I imagine that the Resort could be hot and crowded in the summer but it was fine for our winter stopover.

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This was a nice park. At this time of year the leaves are pretty much off the trees, and the sites along the lake have a pretty good view of the water, but you'll probably need to make a reservation for these if you'll be there on a weekend as even in Nov. they were all taken. The sites are a good size with good gravel, fire ring, and picnic table. The campground is adjacent to the picnic area with playground if you have kids. There is no beach at the campground or picnic area, but if you walk just a bit towards the visitor center you'll find a small beach. The campground has 57 RV sites and 25 "walk in" tent sites. The latter are just a short walk from the parking area, but a long walk from the bath house. We walked the 2.5 mile trail that takes off, from all places, the dump station (Yuk!). It takes you out to a nice point with a good view. We liked the place enough to plan on going back some summer with a canoe or kayak.

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Access from Hwy 441 is on along several miles of a road that is narrow, winding, and moderately sloped. It was easy to navigate with our truck camper but I talked with someone with a 34' travel trailer and they had to swing out into the oncoming traffic lane to make it around some of the curves. Most of the sites are small to medium in length but there are some long sites. Sites in the first loop are hard to get into as they are at nearly a right angle to the narrow loop road. The second loop is really a spur off a one-way loop. There is a turnaround at the end of the spur that would be very tight for long rigs. Unfortunately this is where most of the long sites are located. That said, the campground is situated at the top of a ridge that provides beautiful views in nearly any direction. Had a nice view of the lights of Clayton from our site. Sites are gravel and reasonably level. Fire rings and picnic tables are provided at each site. Bath houses were not very clean but usable. Be sure to go to the visitor center ... even better view there!

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Campground is easily accessible off Hwy 129. Sites range from small to large and are gravel. Our site was pretty level. Large trees provide nice shade. Fire rings and picnic tables provided. One set of sites is in woods, second set of sites is along creek, third set of sites was closed for winter. This was just an overnight stop for us but we did take a leisurely walk through the campground the night we arrived and another on a trail through the woods the next morning. There is also a lake and cabins at the park. Overall a nice stay and I would not hesitate to go back.