Date of Stay: September, 2014
Family/kid friendly. If you have kids who like to swim in a warm pool, like hay rides, parks, and a bouncer/trampoline, this is the place for you. Our kids had a blast. Pros - activities, pancake breakfast, clean restrooms. The sites are level, well-shaded, and although close together, they did a great job separating them with trees. Cons - the biggest was no fire rings at individual campsites - instead, you had to walk (or rent a golf cart, as many did) to a common area and use a fire ring there. Impossible to sit around the fire while the kids are asleep inside, or to start a fire in the morning while the rest of the family is still getting up. The other con - it was right next to I-25 and a busy train track. Even though we had layers of trees blocking the views, the trains were loud and frequent (seemed to be at least every 30 minutes). We would likely return, primarily for the kids.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
White River National Forest campground - beautiful views, plenty of shade & privacy, more than half of sites are riverfront. Typical of national forest, there are no amenities, but the hosts keep the chemical toilets clean.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
Probably good if you like water sports, but lack of shade and trees mean the only view you have is the reservoir and neighboring campers. The kids enjoyed the playground. Real windy.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
We've camped in six state parks so far, and rank this one at the bottom. First, the positive. The views are beautiful - the absence of trees mean that every site has a great view of the mountains, the lake, and Great Sand Dunes National Park. The location is also great - only about 15 minutes from the Sand Dunes, and also from Zapata Falls - a very scenic (and kid-friendly) hike to mountain falls. Like other state parks, this one has electricity, clean bathrooms, and level sites with picnic tables, shelters, and fire pits. Sadly, the negatives are also many. No shade whatsoever! No grass - it feels as if you're camping in a desert with sagebrush. Very little privacy - sites can be close together, and with no foliage higher than one's waist, you feel like you're camping in a field, but with no grass. And it's not kid-friendly, with no playground and no grass to play on. Oh, and you can't swim in San Luis Lake either. Next time we're in this area, we'll try the Sand Dunes campground.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
This was our first KOA - actually our first commercial campground, as we've always stayed at state parks and national forest campgrounds. So while we like the rustic wilderness, trees and privacy of NF campgrounds, we wanted to try the conveniences of an RV park. The sites were close together, with the back of our camper about 3 feet from the slide out of the camper behind us. At least we did have a tree in front, and no one in the spot in front of us either. The pool was run-down, with weeds growing up around the fence, cracks in the concrete, etc. Our kids (7 mos & 2 yrs) loved the pool, but I was concerned about its cleanliness. The water was cloudy, with numerous bugs & other floating debris. Worst of all, there were large sticky orange spots on the walls and steps, and when touching them, the "goop" transfered to one's skin. I am unlikely to camp there again.