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A no-frills very basic park that caters mostly to dirt bikers but is a fine choice as base camp for sightseers. Dirt/gravel sites are very close to level and there is some shade. There is nothing in the park itself to do; all the attractions are in the surrounding area and it's a place to come back to at the end of the day. There is no cellular service in this part of Utah, no nearby stores, no gas stations so come fully supplied. Internet is weak and slow at best and the very friendly and personable owner will tell you this up front. I will camp here again next time I am through the area.

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Site is free. This is where the ranger station will send you if your combined RV length is over 26 feet, or if the regular campground is full. It's a decommissioned airstrip next to Hwy 95, at MP 87 a few miles outside of the park. There are small Juniper trees, a few fire rings, and a really nice view. You can get up to 5 gallons of water at a time from the ranger station. There is highway noise but it's not a very busy road.

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Excellent for what it is: no sewer, no electric, carry your water from a spigot. No highway noise, some large Cottonwoods, plenty of ground cover (sagebrush). Lots of coyote poop, so keep your pets safe. A popular campground; it typically fills up on Thursday in the spring. Site 9 is the nicest if you can get it. No grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. nearby; you have to go to Cortez, Colorado (1.5 hours away) for supplies.

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Not recommended for travelers/ vacationers. This is a park for working, long-term residents who just need a place to sleep at the end of a shift at the local mine, power plant, or hospital. It has no amenities; just sewer, power and water. Do not bring children here; there is too much "junk" lying about to tempt them. Pets allowed off-leash but keep them in & safe at night: there are coyotes about. Price reflects weekly rate and I would stay here again in a heartbeat, since what I do (scenic/landscape photography) resembles "working".

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Too expensive for what you get. I keep coming back because I like the people. Grounds are clean & well-maintained but small trees = no shade. Wifi/Internet are fast & clean until the place fills up, then it lags a bit. Don't try to find it at night: both the sign and the intersection where you're supposed to turn off the state highway are unlit: very difficult to find after dark in a car when you know where it is; probably impossible in an RV if it's your first time there. They offer supper cooked onsite and delivered to your door at prices comparable to restaurants; valuable for weary travellers. Large, ample pet areas with rabbits running around to tempt your dog. No highway/freeway noise. I would stay here again if I could afford it, but probably won't be able to.

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A decent RV park in a run-down part of town. Once inside the walls & high fences, you feel safe. Sites are sloped with level spot on top. Has a playground for kids and a fenced-in playground for dogs. No freeway noise but there is some noise from neighboring properties. Was very busy for March; y0u might want to reserve ahead.

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Still my favorite Grand Junction RV park, and my first choice when ever I'm in town. See my previous reviews; the only thing that has changed is that they seem to have fixed the Internet problem. It was working during this last stay.

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A real gem in a charming little town. Open, and plowed, all winter; I just finished a 7-month stay. Clean and friendly. Large trees mean you stay cool in the summer and sheltered from wind in winter. Not much highway noise. Decent Internet and plenty of cell signal. Leveling can be a challenge. Wildlife viewing across the creek and sometimes right outside your door. About 20 minutes to the top of Grand Mesa.

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The actual cost is zero. These are seven "primitive" BLM sites scattered along a six-mile stretch of highway & creek where it winds through a canyon. Most are shaded and can accommodate a small to medium size RV; one has no shade and can accommodate big rigs - it's basically a big turnout. You'll be boon docking, so bring your own water & electricity. A few have pit toilets. There is no cellular service down in this canyon. I used the last site (going downstream toward Gunnison), #7 and loved the peace & quiet there.

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Still the great place it's always been (see my previous reviews). Recently lengthened, improved sites are attracting large, multimillion-dollar coaches which is nice to see. Everyone is nice and everything is clean & well maintained. Internet is still terrible from overuse. Bring your own.

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Price reflects weekly rate. Clean & relatively quiet (some agricultural noise). Concrete pads have been broken & buckled by nearby shade trees. No picnic tables and Internet is overloaded. The main problem with this park isn't the park itself; it's the clientele that it attracts: people who are BETTER than the rest of us and complain to management about the most petty of things if you aren't "one of them." Unfortunately, management accomodates those petty complaints, making your stay somewhat miserable.

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This place is a wrecking yard. Literally. Drove through and decided not to stay. I don't want my cat coming in with engine oil/grease all over her paws.

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Still the great little place it was five years ago. Biking, hiking, whitewater kayaking and more literally next to your campsite. Museums and city park with playground a very short walk away. America's most charming downtown a moderate walk or very short drive away. Tons of other outdoor recreation a short drive away. Spaces are narrow and close together; no one cares because no one spends much time inside their RV here. Not cheap and no one cares about that either; people come here for what Golden, Colorado has to offer and Golden offers quite a lot.

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Everything is pretty much the same as it was two years ago (see my previous review) except that they have raised the weekly and monthly rates to ridiculous extremes. Nightly rate isn't so bad, but I won't be able to be a monthly resident ever again.

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A true hidden gem. Passed by on the highway many times, saw the neighboring junkyard, and just kept going. It is NOT the junkyard; you can't see this place from the highway -- and you can't hear the highway from here. Rate is very reasonable. Lots of small/medium trees. Very nice "social room" with wood stove, free coffee, table, chairs & couch, etc. Amenities for hunters, such as a covered place to hang your freshly-killed game, and what looks like a walk-in cooler for storage. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.