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We visit Estes Park fairly often, mainly for hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park and to explore the picturesque Mountain town. This was our first stay at the KOA; we've been hesitant to stay here due to the small campsites. After reading reviews and driving by when the campground is full most of the sites are really tight. Having seen a map as well as doing a google satellite view we noticed the end row sites being quite a bit larger than the others. We phoned the campground directly well in advance and requested an end row site, we were fortunate and were able to get our desired site, it had full services including excellent wifi coverage and Cable TV. Cleanliness and service at this campground was great. Both Jim the owner and Bud, the KOA work camper were amazing, driving around lots chatting with the campers, really going out of their way to make people feel welcome. There is a free shuttle into Estes Park, we didn't use this but certainly a convenient feature. We will definitely stay here again. The campground really is in a great location, extremely clean and has great customer service.

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We tried getting reservations at this campground quite a few times but were unable too. We happened to be looking last minute and found availability. So happy we did. This is a small, well treed for privacy campground with only 42 sites located along the Crystal River. Customer service is great; we spoke to the owner Erin a few times; she really takes a lot of pride in her campground and is quite helpful and knowledgeable on the area. The sites are a nice sized, larger than you get at many KOAs; most have concrete patios as well as a nice little fire ring. Firewood was available at the office for $6 a bundle. Wifi worked great, cell service not so much. None of the sites have sewer but there is a honey wagon as well as dump station. It really is a beautiful campground providing a great base for exploring the area, it's only 18 miles from Glenwood Springs and about 35 from Aspen. In fact we have reservations for the Columbus Day Weekend.

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While traveling through Colorado and Utah we stayed here for three nights. Like all Colorado State Parks we've stayed, sites are a nice sized and impeccably clean. The site was fully serviced with trees separating the sites. The only negatives were poor cell phone service. I found AT&T worked better than Verizon. We didn't have wifi but not a big deal. The only complaint we had was proximity to the interstate; sitting outside the trailer there was a lot of highway noise. We would stay here again if traveling through the area.

     

Moab KOA

Moab, Utah

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We stayed at this KOA as a base for exploring while hiking & biking the area. We arrived a day early and stayed at a basic pull through site for one night. It wasn't bad. Fairly small but convenient to campground store & pool. After our first night we were in a deluxe patio site, really nice. It was a back in site, twice as large as the standard site. While we have no complaints on this campground it was located a little further away from the main part of town in a fairly industrial area. It wasn't a bad campground at all but nothing memorable. If we go back to Moab we'll probably stay at a campground more centrally located. Lots of choices of places to stay.

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We've stayed at this campground a couple of times. No complaints at all; it's in a good location, located at the end of a gravel road a couple of miles from town. The campground is clean with great customer service from both owners and working campers. Our site had Water, electric, sewer and really good wifi. A nice little feature as well is pizza delivery to your campsite.

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We stayed here for Memorial Day Weekend in a nice river site lot; bonus was a concrete patio. The site was fully serviced including cable TV and great wifi. Service at this campground was good; the staff all seemed quite helpful. Really no complaints at all. Location wise, not bad at all, convenient to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

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This is one of the best campgrounds we've stayed. The location was amazing; just five minutes from the city but felt like you were in the wilderness. The park was immaculate with paved roads throughout including the campsite. Our site was large, flat, fully serviced with amazing Wi-Fi. We stayed in site 16HA Abilene Loop. Although the campground was completely full it was quite peaceful. We would definitely go back.

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This is a great campground for families with children. Tons of activities, including candy bar bingo, a dance party with Yogi, wagon rides, and a nice playground with pool. We didn't have small children with us so didn't use those amenities. Our friends did however and really liked them. The park was clean, including restrooms and grounds. It had great Wi-Fi, a nice cooked breakfast ($3) and nice staff. My only complaint would be the campground roads are rough, the park could do with a little maintenance, and some sites are quite small, not giving much privacy. We had a small site (68). Many of the sites are a decent size however.

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We don't really have any complaints about this park. Location was great and the sites were a decent sized. We had a pull-through site (site 9). It was a double sized site with the picnic table being on a concrete pad. We were happy to see fire pits were at the individual sites. The campground itself has very few trees, so you are getting the parking lot look and the dirt roads could use some grading. It's a basic campground but is great for exploring the park and town. The price isn't cheap but for the area I think it's a decent enough value.

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We were fortunate to get a full hook-up site here within a week of our arrival date. It's best to book the state campgrounds well ahead of time due to their popularity. We really wanted to go camping this weekend and kept looking for cancellations. In addition to the nightly rate, there is a $10 reservation fee. We were extremely happy with this campground. Paved roads throughout the campground including paved sites with a concrete pad for the trailer. I did notice some sites had concrete pads for the picnic tables as well. Our site was a massive pull-through; extremely clean with the gravel area freshly raked and the fire pit thoroughly cleaned. Unlike so many of the other pull through sites in privately owned campgrounds, these were staggered so you weren't on top of your neighbor. The way the sites were set up, your door faced away from the road as well as other campers. So far this is our favorite campground in Colorado. Location is great, minutes away from the city and less than a 20 minute drive to the Outlets of Castle Rock (great shopping area), but you really feel you are away from it all, so relaxing. We will definitely camp here again.

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This resort has a great location, right along the Colorado River and convenient to town, looks tired and a little worn though. From a resort point of view, it has rafting and zip lining, deluxe and basic cabins as well as RV and tent sites. We stayed in our 26 ft travel trailer at one of the riverfront sites. The first thing I noticed in our site on arrival was an old shower sandal that looked like it was sitting there for awhile. These sites are quite narrow with our awning almost touching the trailer next to us. The sites are also really short. We managed to fit but ideally I would think 20 ft or less would be better. The riverfront sites offer water/electric but no sewer, not a biggie for a couple of days. There are sites up the hill that are full service and accompany larger RVs. I would stay in one of those next time, just because of size. Unfortunately the full service non river sites don't have a fire pit. Our site did but I was a little concerned the smoke from our fire would go in the neighbor's trailer due to how small the sites are. As for maintenance the park isn't horrible but looks like it could be a little better maintained. Bathrooms are cleaned three times a day but those nearer the river sites appear to be in need of an upgrade and more thorough cleaning staff. They just don't look or smell clean. I noticed the other set of bathrooms that have the laundry and internet cafe are much nicer. The thing we really didn't like though was when we reserved we had to pay for our entire stay; most places we stay just ask for first night's deposit. In addition to full payment, refunds aren't given if you cancel or check out early. Like most places around here the price is fairly expensive but that's too be expected in a tourist area. For the price I was expecting a little more polished.

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We just returned from our second stay here and we were really looking forward to it as it had been a few years since we were in the Mount Rushmore area. You must pay a mandatory $10 per day resort fee on top of the already expensive rates. This wouldn't have been as bad if we could get Wi-Fi. The park doesn't have Wi-Fi throughout; just a few hotspots and impossible to connect at these hotspots. My husband commented to the staff on this, and they really didn't care. Apparently it hasn't worked in years. The staff really wasn't helpful. In past KOAs, the staff has booked other KOAs for us when required. Here they wouldn't and due to lack of Wi-Fi or a phone (our cells wouldn't work in the area) we couldn't book ourselves. We eventually booked by going into town and getting in a Wi-Fi location. I found a lot of inconsiderate people. We were in a pull-through spot (no back in available) and people were using it as a through way many times throughout the day. We wouldn't have cared if if was children, but it was adults as well. We really didn't appreciate it. It isn't altogether the other campers fault. If the KOA took out a few sites and put in walkways people would have less further to walk and possibly could help eliminate some of the people cutting through sites. Walked past some sites and could smell weed. I believe this is illegal in South Dakota. Didn't see a lot of staff monitoring the park. Those are just a couple of things we were unhappy with. I should have been smart and read the reviews before booking this KOA but neglected to based on our excellent first visit. After a couple of days we tried to find another campground but being a popular tourist destination this was not possible. If we are in the area again, we will stay at the local competition that has Wi-Fi (found out when we tried to check in and could connect with my iPad) and no daily resort fees.

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We stayed at this KOA due to it's proximity to Devils Tower. Literally right next to the gate. You can see Devils Tower Monument from most of the sites. The hosts(I think owners) were quite helpful and you could see they are proud of their business, we stayed in site 57, a back in water/electric site at the end of the row. It was extremely clean, grassy and much larger than typical KOA campground sites. Wifi could have been better but considering location it was adequate. The campground shows Third Encounters of the Third Kind nightly on the patio, we didn't go see it as we had a copy in our trailer. There were no fire pits on individual sites, but a nice community ring. We will definitely go back again if in the area. I highly recommend this KOA. Really a beautiful campground, you can even see it briefly in the Close Encounters movie.

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After reading some negative reviews on this campground we were a little skeptical in going here. We made reservations because it looked like the best RV park in the area. Glad we did. We actually went here a day earlier than planned for our two night stay. The park was full but the owner put us in an overflow water/electric section, no complaints with it. We moved into our booked site early the next morning. The park is clean, well maintained with really nice owners who were quite helpful and informative, Everything looks newer including bathrooms, laundry, showers and pool. This park is not a resort but is a nice little park with a really convenient location to explore Cheyenne. It is located next to an interstate and trains go by but we were in our trailer most of the time we were there and weren't bothered by the noise. Sites are all level and a decent sized. The only thing I would like to see different in the sites is a fire pit as well as a little grass. Not a biggie though. They are all gravel with the exception of the tenting sites that were grassed and had a fire pit.

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We stayed at this campground passing through on our way to the Black Hills area. No major complaints with this park. Our site was large and level. Staff doesn't work there on the weekend so after reserving our campsite over the phone, we were told our name would be marked on the board with our site number. Check in was simple enough. Our only complaint is when I reserved with a credit card hold I was told our card would not be charged and to put the money in an envelope and leave at the office. Simple enough, but noticed a couple of days ago our card was also charged. I feel if staff had been working this type of situation wouldn't have occurred. We just arrived home from holidays so I am going to phone and have this problem fixed.