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This review is of Clear Fork Campground which does not have hook ups but does have much larger campsites and less traffic than its neighbor Iron Creek which has hookups and smaller sites. Both campgrounds are about the same size but there are only 21 sites in Clear Creek. There are flush toilets, showers and water at Clear Fork. This campground is used mostly by tenters, however there are at least 5 sites suitable of rigs up to 35 feet. The rate of $13 was with an Aspen Senior Pass and includes a $3 a night discount for Sunday-Thursday camping. There were 3 or 4 good sized RVs in the Clear Fork campground. They were over nighters. The price makes this a great place if you are just passing thru. I have in the past camped with my trailer at Iron Creek BUT if I come back I think I would opt for Clear Creek even with my trailer due to the better views, larger sites and privacy. Unless you fish or boat Crawford SP doesn't offer a lot of activity in the area.

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I reviewed this campground some years ago and have not been back since the Waldo Canyon fire in 2012 came within 100 feet of taking this beautiful little campground out. This is a NFS campgound. No hook ups. Sites are very nice, large, shady and well maintained. Roads within the recreation area are paved. Signage is good. Hiking and fishing are wonderful. The 4 mile gravel road from Woodland Park has been graded since the fire but it is still wash board in places. The speed limit on the road is 20 miles an hour for a reason. If you love nature and are looking for peace and quiet this is a great place. Meadow Ridge is one of 2 campgrounds in the Rampart Reservoir Recreation area. To reach Meadow Ridge turn left immediately before you reach the entrance pay station. The second camp ground, Thunder Ridge is pass the entrance. It is closer to the lake but it is best for tents and pop up trailers as it is quite tight. This area is very popular with mountain bikers, hikers and fisher persons. You will need reservations on weekends. Tents or small rigs probably can get a spot on weekdays. There is no cell phone reception in the campground . Verizon comes in if you walk up to the fee station--short walk.

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This is a nice state park. It is not a showcase CO park like Mueller, Ridgeway, or Cherry Creek. It is a no wake lake so it is quiet--no speed boats, no train and no highway noise. Restrooms are plumbed. The shower house is OK but heavily used. It is between the boat ramp and the swim beach. No matter how hard the hosts try it can get trashed. One day while I was there 3 school bus loads of kids arrived but the bath house stayed in fairly good shape. Roads are gravel as are pads. Stagecoach is a campground not an RV resort. It does have sites next to the water where campers can tie up their boats or fish from their site. This alone would make the place a 10 for many folks. The lake side sites in the Junction City Loop require reservations and the host advised reserving them 6 months in advance. Pinnacle Campground is what I would call a KOA wanta be. Not very private. It has electrical hookups. And the sites are larger than those at most private RV parks. It is close to the beach and the boat ramp so this loop is a good choice for kids. Since I was in my tent I camped in the Harding Spur loop which has large back-in campsites, many of which are on the water. This loop was almost empty the Sunday afternoon I arrived so I got to spend 3 nights in a lake side site. Harding loop has no electric. That is fine with me. What it didn't have was a dumpster for trash so every morning I had to hike to the dump site to drop off my daily small sack of trash. Pretty tacky! The other loops had dumpsters. Despite that, I plan to return next year with my trailer, hopefully, to camp in one of the lake side sites in Junction City Loop.

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Great value for the price. Plan to visit again next year with my travel trailer. Large private sites. Easy back-ins with a few pull-through sites also. Big rig friendly. Gas station, restaurant and small historical motel just across the road. There is a hiking trail just back of the campground hidden behind a vault toilet. Host were helpful and visible. Vault toilets were very clean. There is a private RV park with full hookups nearby where RVs are packed in like sardines. But if you must have hookups it is the only show in town. I will gladly forgo hook ups for space and privacy so I loved this little NFS campground.

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This is probably my best ever camping experience. It was my second visit and this time we stayed a week--longest we have ever stayed at one place. The views are beautiful. The state park is well run. The employees as well as the volunteers are helpful and they are oh so proud of the park. There is a dry camping loop which serves as an over flow area. Most of the electric sites are large and private. The newly renovated loop (75-104) was originally the overflow loop. Water and electric has recently been added. This loop, and only this loop, is tight and crowded. We were so disappointed when we saw our site. However, it had a wonderful view and the site was still much bigger than most private park sites. Next time we will reserve earlier and get a more private site on another loop. A bath house has been planned for our loop but has not been funded yet. It was a long trek to the bath house. No place is perfect but Lost Dutchmen is about as close as it gets. Hiking is wonderful in the spring!

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This is an older KOA. Management is great. Showers and Restrooms are small and old but very clean. We didn't use the meals option but it is a good perk since there aren't many choices in Grants for anything but fast food. This is definitely an overnight stop. It does have train noise--lots of trains. My low rating is based on the price--a gravel parking lot next to a rodeo arena and near a railroad track. No way would I stay there again. The managers have done their very best with it but it is not. and never will be. worth $47 a night.

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Views from this park rate a 12! This is the best camping value between Santa Fe and Denver. This was a long haul overnight but we will be back for 3 days in May. Longer rigs should avoid Loop A and ask for loops C or D where you should have no problem parking. The self service center is near Loop A. Pick up your envelop, get your self turned around and head for C or D. Loop D and Loop A are the only loops open in the winter.

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This is a great value for the area--no train or highway noise. It is clean and neat. Management was friendly. We gave the folks $20--it is certainly worth that. It is a big gravel parking lot-no table, no patio area, no fire ring and no landscaping. There is room between units to park your tow vehicle. We would stay there again for an overnight. This is not a destination park. But it is very handy when you need a good nights sleep.

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We stay at this park at least once a year. Only a few of the sites with water and hookups are on the reservation system and they aren't the best sites so we don't make reservations. We try to get there before 4 PM and usually score a site with hookups. This time we didn't. But there were plenty of dry camping sites. We got an excellent site with terrific views. We were only there for one night so it was no big deal. This park has become very popular since it was put on the review site so if hookups are essential for your camping experience make a reservation. Otherwise take the chance. If the electric/water sites are all full go to the dry sites. If you are staying more than one night you can generally get one of the non reserveable electric sites in the morning when people start leaving. The $10 rate is for dry camping. NOTE TO TENTERS--Except for weekends, holidays and spring break you probably won't need reservations.

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For $14 we got water, electricity, a large private site, clean but old bath house, nice host, hiking trails, playground, covered table, no traffic sounds and a lake view campsite all just a few miles off of I-40. If that doesn't rate a 10 I don't know what does! I think some people who have posted negative reviews mixed this NM State Park with the private Santa Rosa RV park. This is high dessert country in a poor state. Those "weeds" are what grows here. Cut them down and the topsoil blows away CO AZ and CA have fancier state parks but they charge a lot more. With the lake back up this park is once more popular with locals. Reservations are recommended if you want W&E. BTW the lake was down because of a severe drought in the SW. Drought is an act of God folks. The state park has no control over the rainfall. This is one of my favorite stopovers. We will be back.

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Nice park. Lovely fall scenery with a lake view from our site. Nice people in the office. Great overnight if you are traveling Hwy 50. If you are a fisher person or boater and want hook ups this would be a good choice. My only complaint is the shower. I really do expect a free shower at private parks. They have very limited bathroom facilities. One Ladies and one Gentlemens which are just like your bathroom at home--one john,shower and sink ( too limited for 67 sites). Most folks don't care about this but it is big with me. I would have given them an 8 if they had better bathrooms.

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The new owners,bless their hearts, have done everything possible to improve this 1960 era campground. Everything is clean and ship shape. There is a reason that KOA sold its vintage campgrounds and started over from scratch. No matter what you do to these old campgrounds the RV sites are going to be too short and tight for today's rigs. My trailer is only 22 feet and I had to park my tow vehicle in the tenting area because it wouldn't fit in the site. Even with that I couldn't reach the sewer connections. The tenting areas,however, are great especially those behind the bath house. Tenters can pitch their tents on beautifully manicured green grass and if they walk to the back of their sites they can even have shade. This is only option with hookups between Green River and Torrey. It is a clean/safe place to rest your head. Management will work with you to fit your rig in if they can.

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Wonderful campground. New. Manicured. Highly visible hosts and park rangers. Easy on/off I-70. We had a leaky water connection, contacted the host and it was fixed within 15 minutes. This campground is in the town of Fruita and very convenient to Colorado Monument. Most of the sites have shade Except the ones near the entrance where the big rigs are. If you are over 40 feet you may not get a shady sites. The tent sites are wonderful and several are on the lake and very private. We would gladly stop there again.

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One of the best campgrounds I have ever stayed in with wonderful scenery, hiking trails, showers, paved roads and pads. The place is spotless. Rangers and volunteers are plentiful and helpful. Twenty one dollars is the basic rate with electricity. There is a $7 a day use fee. If you don't want to pay the use fee and use the CO state parks frequently buy a pass. This park is filled every night during the summer. Once school starts overnighters can generally find a vacant site. The park is very convenient to Highway 24--4.5 miles away from the Divide intersection. Since this is a destination site, if you are planning to spend more than one night, make reservations. We have been here often and have never encountered a dirty restroom. Note for tenters: Walk in sites are almost always available BUT they live up to their names. They are beautiful and private and a long ways from the parking area. So if you don't want to haul your gear you might want to reserve an electric site. Most have tent pads.

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This is a wonderful NFS campground with large shaded private sites, some on the river, plus Mogote rarely fills up even on 3 day weekends. In Colorado, campsites on any weekend are tough to come by. This makes Mogote a wonderful place for spur of the moment camping trips for those of us who love dry camping. There is no cell phone service in the campground or the canyon. So if you can't live without your phone this is not the place for you. We went to Antonito to check our calls. It was no big deal for us. In fact it was a relief to be off the grid. Activities in the area are fishing, hiking, and biking, and just kicking back.. There are 2 other NFS campgrounds nearby--Elkcreek CG and Aspen Glade--plus several private campgrounds. None have cell service. This is a remote area. But if you love getting back to nature Mogote is hard to beat. It is not the best NFS campground I've been to but it is darn good. There are 2 loops. Topside sites 1 -21 are large with shade on most sites. Many are pull-throughs that can handle most rigs. The lower loop, sites 22-41, is tighter, heavily forested and near the river. Sites 24,26, 28-30 are river side. Be advised there are mosquitoes on the lover loop. There are no hookups but water is available for filling tanks at Site 3. There are composting toilets, dumpsters, and water on both loops. You can dump at the private park next to Mogote. This was my second trip to Mogote and I will be back again.