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Incredible state park. Game Lodge is one of many campground choices. It's the farthest east, at the head of the Wildlife Loop for bison, burros, etc, and close to scenic drive to Mount Rushmore. A pond, but no lake like Sylvan and Legion. Drove past Sylvan, which seemed far busier. Drove the short distance to Legion Lake for a long afternoon of swimming. Blue Bell seemed to have more, like the stables. Game Lodge campground is gorgeous, with a mountain backdrop and stream adding to the natural sounds. The barn with nightly ranger programs / events is nice. A good bike trail connects it to the actual Game Lodge (an easy walk and good spot to stop) and Coolidge Campground (smaller). We were in 32, a great shady spot. 28 is the best electric site, with fire ring and picnic table on the stream and lots of privacy. Most sites on stream are tent only, but 35 had a trailer in it. North and east side of campground is open, south and west shaded.

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This was a great location to explore RMNP. By being south and west of Estes Park, we avoided the summer weekend traffic and crowds. Just a five minute drive to entrance to RMNP. Great views. But don't expect too much. The big rig sites were just a flat gravel parking lot right next to each other. We stayed in the half circle on south side of campground. We had some shade and privacy, but the sites narrowed and made parking tow vehicles tough. The showers are pay, $2 minimum. Tent sites had most shade, but it was WINDY in the evenings. We never put awning out. Camp store ladies were super nice and coffee was hot and fresh in the AM.

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Mostly open campground with great views of mountains west of Denver. No shade sites, so no loop is better than another. Nice hike/bike trail around perimeter, which includes lakeside and marina. Unfortunately, our stay was marred by flooding, which caused showers, restrooms, and sewer hook ups to be closed. OK, but why no message to those holding reservations? And after day 3 of 4 day stay, port-a-pots were not emptied and unusable. Only clean one was outside ranger station. Ranger on duty was not helpful in addressing port-a-pot situation, repeatedly saying he would "tell them about it".

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Springhill COE has two camping areas, A and B. We spent 7 nights in site B2 ($20/night), which like many sites is quite large. 'B' side is more wooded. B16 and B18 had small shelters over their picnic tables. 'A' side has a different feel, being situated along a wide, quiet river with fewer trees and closer sites. All the A sites appeared to have double wide paved areas. Bring your mountain bike as the 10 mile mountain bike trail is a lot of fun. My kids (7&9) and I biked it in 2-3 mile segments over a few days.

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Roomy sites. Liked #'s 98 & 99, large, level pull-throughs with shade. Showers a bit dated, but clean. Awesome hiking with beautiful waterfalls.

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Quite busy for the Halloween weekend. Long list of activities turned out to be dull, but the camper decorations made for an incredible walk at night. Lots of kids, good playground. Only one short hiking trail. Nearby fort was interesting & close to Lexington. This is a campground for those who like life at the campground.

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We stayed 4 nights on a lakefront site and would have liked to have stayed 14. Sure, the sites are tight, but we're in a pop-up, so no problem. The lakefront sites offer a fantastic view. Very large beach area. Not overly crowded in front of the campers. There are a dozen or so family shower/bathrooms that are quite new, very nice for us with our two pre-schoolers. The city of Grand Haven is a nice walk or bike ride down the boardwalk. Beautiful town. There was music in the park and a farmer's market once a week. Just the vacation I'm looking for. No wonder you need to book 6 months out for summertime. Weather was perfect, high of 80 each day. It can get windy.