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A little-used campground less than a mile up the highway from Jumbo campground, and where Jumbo sends people when they are full. No water in 2016 because a rock fell on the line; maybe they'll fix it some day but this campground has seen NO maintenance in years and is deteriorating. Sad, because it is nice. Lots of pull-thrus, some nearly level and some awful. All sites are shaded with tall trees. Gourmet mushrooms grow in this campground in season, also wild strawberries and raspberries.

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One of the nicer USFS campgrounds on the Grand Mesa. For one thing, you don't have to drive for miles on rough road to get here; the entrance is off of a paved highway. Unfortunately, the State of Colorado made the Forest Service turn off the water, and you have to drive to Jumbo Campground to get water. No sewer available anywhere on the Grand Mesa. All but two sites are shaded and several will take a big rig but watch for branches. Sites are gravel/dirt, some easily leveled some not. Several hiking trails including a short one over to the Forest Service Visitor Center on the other side of the lake. Reasonably quiet except that the regional manager lives there and generates a lot of traffic. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and will be back.

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For those who want to "rough it" a bit. No electricity, water only from a spigot. Not a real lake; it's an irrigation reservoir but still kinda nice. The largest negative value of this campground (and the reason I didn't stay very long) are the hordes of evil, little spawn-of-Satan biting flies. They are way, way worse than mosquitoes and will keep you inside with window screens tightly closed most of the time. About half of the sites are level and large enough for a 30 footer; a few will acommodate big rigs. Nice views of nearby mountains.

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Rate is monthly rate divided by 30. This is a bit of a "Party Town" park -- they openly advertise that they are "420-friendly" which does attract a certain crowd. On the other hand, everyone -- staff and guests -- are very friendly and mellow. Lots of cats about, which is always a good sign. With the grocery store in town closed, this C-store is the only place for miles around to buy gas or food, so there is lots of traffic, with concomitant noise & dust. Also, the pull-through sites are NOT LEVEL and leveling is done only with extreme effort. The pull-throughs are also very close together, to the point where slide-outs intrude onto neighboring spaces. These are the closest full hookup sites to the Grand Mesa, and there is also an RV dump for folks returning home from the Mesa. I will definitely stay here again, but not during the hot part of the year: there is no shade except in site A.

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The most popular campground in the San Juan National Forest, and for good reason: the view is spectacular. Most of the sites are level or nearly so. All are gravel. Some sites are nicely shaded, others are in the sun. Fills up quickly, even on weekdays. If you didn't make a reservation, you will need to get there in the morning to snag one of the first-come-first-served sites as someone else moves out. Cellular signal is too weak for handheld phones, but with a so-called "booster" antenna on an LTE router you can actually have Internet.

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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.