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Jester Park

Granger, Iowa

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The lower campsites have had a major upgrade. Now widely spaced, the sites have clearly defined picnic and fire ring areas. Most of the newly seeded grass is taking well. The lower sites now have electricity too, but no trees. This lower area can flood when the reservoir fills in wet years. We stayed in the upper camp ground with gravel roads, gravel sites, well-used fire rings, and lovely mature trees. Our site was completely level. The park's trails make a pleasant and quiet hike, the gold course borders the park, the fishing pond is tiny, the children's natural playground is wonderful, and the bison and elk viewing area is newly improved. Verizon phone and wifi coverage was strong. We will return.

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Our first stay at this campground will not be the last. The gravel road led to our gravel reserved site on the circle loop which was long and the upper area was almost level. We chose a site with electricity, water was "available" at a distance for each loop, and to fill tanks use the potable water at the entrance/dump station. (water is shut off mid-late October). Ringed with trees, our loop had a large open area with a couple mature trees and a number of newly planted trees. None of the park's sites have a view of the lake. The campground was quiet and most sites had a campfire smoking in the provided ring. The multi-use trails were a fun walk for us and the horse riders, but the low spots were muddy after the previous week's rain. Verizon phone and wifi coverage was strong. We will return.

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Sites vary in size, most are available with electricity. Water is available in the campground, fill up before you park. Sites on the south loops of the park are grass, and you are welcome to park anywhere in the wide site. Our chosen location on the wide site was mostly level. Trees shade many sites, but there are no privacy bushes. Sites that back up to each other can put you close to your neighbor, and there is no vegetation for privacy. Nice playground. Boat rentals are available at the marina. Boat trailer parking is near the campground entrance. Few people use the multi-use trails, we met only four runners, and two ladies on horseback. Our dog enjoyed her run, and brief wades into the lake. The park is a reasonable 20 mile/25 minute drive to one of the few remaining Drive-In Theaters - this seasonal theater is located in Newton, IA. Verizon phone and wifi coverage was strong. We will return.

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We had a wonderful weekend here with friends...once we got into the park. The roads into the campground are closed with gates at 10pm. We arrived as soon as possible after work on a Friday night and the park ranger who drove up to the gate would not let us in to join the other xxx-brand trailers. We boon-docked at a nearby Cracker Barrel Restaurant, and drove back in the morning. While the asphalt road have eroded to be 45% gravel and potholes, our gravel site was completely level. The areas between sites are average size, with nice green grass and large mature walnut trees. About 20% of the camper sites used their fire rings. All campsites are first come, first served,: no reservations. Seasonal pool in the park is available at extra cost. Horse back riding in the park is available at extra cost. Park rangers kept the park quiet, and enforced the 3pm checkout time. We would return...before 10pm.

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Dump station additional $7 and must get a key from the Maud Campground host. Peaceful and quiet with only the sound of rustling aspen trees or an occasional jet airplane. Change - now can be reserved online, which we did not do. So we could only pay for one night at a time, which was not a problem when we stayed after Labor Day weekend. Made private by small trees and bushes, the large gravel sites - some are more open to the sun, with beautiful views to the lake. Others sites further up the hill are shaded in the trees. Most sites are not level front to back due to the hillside location of the campground. Nearby fishing access to the Gold Medal Waters of the Frying Pan River (special regulations). No Verizon phone and MiFi connections. We will return.

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Driving in uphill, the host was very pleasant and happy to make suggestions for Glenwood Springs attractions and for our next nights stop south of here. Parking downhill from the office, all sites are close together with no trees/scrubs between the gravel sites. The terraced layout means that you are not looking in another camper's window. Our pull-through site was level. Most sites are full hook-ups. Traffic noise from I-70 just down the hill can be heard when sitting outside, but is consistent and without annoying rumble-strips. Great campground to explore the area, including the Glenwood Farmers Market and Hot Spring Pool. Good Verizon phone and MiFi connections. We will return.

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Built for visual privacy from your neighbors to the sides, the back- in sites now have trails to the other loops reducing privacy. Additional sites have been added as pull-through-up sites along each loop's road. Some sites had cell phone connection, we did not. Good Verizon connection was available in spots on the South Rim Road. We will return.

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The long gravel driveway kept the highway noise to a minimum, so sitting outside was quite pleasant. The roads and sites are all gravel. Our long pull-through site was terraced into the hill with a few others. We did need a couple blocks to level left to right. Larger lower flat sites were also pull-throughs for larger motor homes. Tent sites were close to each other but made private with bushes and trees. Many RV sites had shade, we did not. The bathhouse with old-school showers with double shower curtains were very clean. The campground has only one bathhouse/restroom building. The laundry had 4 top-load washers and 4 front load dryers -and was not busy. The recreation room had a large TV and pool table. Hot free coffee is provided all day long. Nice hosts provided over 15 weekend breakfast choices. Beef brisket dinner was smoked, but cut too thick. Eating at ice cream social and root beer floats were a nice way to wind down watching beautiful sunsets. One evening, a team of horses pulled wagon rides for no cost. We enjoyed driving the beautiful Cottonwood Canyon and fishing along the headwaters of the Arkansas River. Looks like a nice place to enjoy river rafting on the Arkansas and other Colorado rivers. Good Verizon phone and MiFi connections. We would return.

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Sites now can be reserved online. The long gravel road to the campgrounds is in many places just 1 car wide and with guard rails along the river, but everyone was courteous and we drove through the 3 tunnels with ease. The pull-through sites are basically wide areas in the road, so we chose a back-in site. Many sites have a tree for shade. This is a quiet campground, with little noise coming from the reservoir campground above the dam. The campground hosts were very nice and as we were leaving suggested other places in Colorado to see and fish. No Verizon phone and MiFi connections. We will return.

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Resort camping with amenities - 2 laundry rooms, 2 pools, afternoon snack bar, catered breakfasts and dinner. One night a man with his electric piano sang a variety of songs. The red gravel/dirt roads and campsites are smooth and well kept. No grass. As is rarely rains, mud is not a trouble. Most sites seemed level. Edged with trees, the campsites are wide enough for your awing and also the provided picnic table place on a concrete slab/patio. Good Verizon phone and MiFi connections. We will return.

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Our go-to stop for a quick overnight in Sidney. Full hook- up sites have green watered grass, most are pull-through. Electric only sites are on the edge of the campground - an large area of all gravel with no grass, and all are pull through. Easy walk to the Cabela's store with small, early closing deli. Crossing 5 lanes of road, Pizza Hut, DQ, and a Mexican restaurant are within walking distance. Good Verizon phone and MiFi connections. We would return.

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We found a gem, but... It is now closed while the county makes rules for the campground. On the northeast side of Denver, we arrived about 8pm. Looking for a stop-over site for 1 night, we opted to avoid the other tacky run-down campgrounds along I-76. We chose to drive 6 miles for a quiet night. Arriving at the clean park/fairgrounds we looked for a sign to find the camp sites. We did find the camping locations using the internet. Parking on concrete and blacktop, all sites were very close together parking-lot-style and were marked "reserved" or do NOT park here. Although their website http://www.co.adams.co.us/index.aspx?NID=396 lists 4 separate camping sites, there is a 5th new camping area with an additional 4 sites with 50 amp and 30 amp hook-ups (no water). The nice sites are across the street - East - from sites 1-8. These new sites back up to the green park surrounding the Mann/Nyholt Lake. The area is gravel and almost level. A picnic shelter is at one end of the new sites. No water at these new sites. Verizon wifi was strong. Although no one from the county administration building was around to help us find a site, a local lady was very helpful. There were no activities the night that we stayed, and it was very peaceful. No late registration box available, so we paid in the morning before leaving. No Verizon phone and MiFi connections. We would return, but call first to be sure it is again open.

     

Arrrowhead Park

Neola, Iowa

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The main road is blacktop, the camp area roads and campsites are gravel. Our site required 3" of blocks to level the trailer side to side. Other sites varied from level to very steeply sloped. The shower house is new and clean. Tent campsites were close to the road, and were filled with tents and people. The RV sites were barely half filled when we stopped on a Thursday night. Stopping for the night, we did not wish to unhitch. From campground #4, it is a long 30 minute walk to and back from the registration area. Good Verizon phone and MiFi connections. We will return.

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This city park is very clean, well-maintained, and quiet. The gravel road loops around to all the gravel back-in sites. Sites are rather wide, as the trailers are stagger-parked on each side of the loop. Restrooms were clean with 2 shower stalls that were spotless. As the county seat of Madison County, the town's small businesses are alive and well - many within a longer walk around the town square. Right at the park is a fun corn maze, and a 1-mile trail to historic stone Clark Tower. Good Verizon phone and MiFi connections.

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Nicest campground host! We drove to the sign-in kiosk, grabbed an envelope, then drove to our 100% level grass site. Before we could park between the trees, the host rushed over to check that we'd picked a dry spot after this day's heavy rain. After we set up, she sweetly returned to be sure that we had everything we needed for the night. All this at a campground that is self-serve! Lots of mature trees. Very few mosquitoes. Great walking path around the pond and tennis courts. $12 electric. $17 full hook ups. Inside I could not hear the many trains pulling through downtown blocks away. We did stay the night during racing season, and the cars could be heard inside, but not when the air conditioner was running. Highway 14 near the park is currently paved with a texture that makes quite a rumbling noisy annoyance. We may return.