Date of Stay: November, 2011
The staff are very friendly and helpful. The showers and bathrooms are very clean, but sometimes I had a problem getting hot water while showering. I had to try 3 showers until I found a hot one. It is something about the knobs. They have one knob to adjust both the hot and cold water. I told the staff about it and was told that you definitely had to find the sweet spot. Turning it all the way to hot is often not as hot as backing it off a little on two of the showers. This should be fixed. The lounge and kitchen area are extremely nice and they also have a nice book and DVD lending area. The lounge has cable but the sites do not. I have a $12 HD antennae that I mount on my roof. It was pulling in about 30 channels. I only used it for football games and was never unable to find the game I was looking for. They also have a great laundry room. The pool is closed during the winter but they kept the hot tub open the whole time I was here. I would not really call the park a resort because there is really nothing to do there, but it is close to everywhere. I loved driving to downtown Golden and walking on the river walk. It runs along Clear creek which feeds the Coors plant which you can see during your walk. My Florida dog took his first swim in that creek so if you find a short black hair in your Coors, we apologize. Another fun thing about the park is the rabbits. There are coyotes in the hills behind the park, so the park is a refuge for a lot of rabbits. I was walking my dog and thinking about coyotes one night and all of a sudden, about 10 of them started howling from about 100 yards away. My fearless dog wanted to go check them out but we just sat and listened. It was really nice. I liked being in the foothills of the Rockies. I felt protected. Within 20 miles west, the temp drops drastically. I definitely recommend taking a day trip west. I went about 60 miles one day and saw some wonderful sights. I was there in October and November and the temps did get cold (-7 one night) and we had some beautiful snow. On snow days it would be overcast but the next day the sun would come out and it was wonderful. It was 20 degrees one day after a snow and I was comfortable in a t-shirt. The sun up there is amazing. Snow often melts during the day and then freezes on the park's roads at night, so black ice is a real problem at night when walking a dog. I bought a pair of $15 crampons at a sporting goods store which I would recommend to anyone who will be walking on the park's roads at night. If you do not get them, I almost guarantee that you will slip and fall. I must stress how nice and accommodating the staff are. They were a real joy to work with and I enjoyed talking with them.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
This is not an RV resort. It is a place to park your camper while you are visiting the Kansas City area. It has electric, water, and sewer connections, and the staff/owners guide you in to your site. They also have free internet that puts out a really strong signal and is fairly fast. They do not have cable access, but I have a $14 hi-definition antennae that pulls in over 25 channels quite clearly. That is inside an all aluminum camper, which tends to hamper reception. I suspect that if I put the antennae outside, or on the roof, that I would get even more channels. Everyone (owners/staff/guests) has been extremely nice to both me and my dog. Both of the owners have stopped us during a walk to give my dog a treat, which I thought was really nice of them. They also seem to like my pup, because they go out of their way to come over and pet and play with him. They have a very nice lounge/tornado shelter, that has TV, a book lending library, and more. It reminded me of a very cozy family room in an extremely nice house. The park is in the heart of the suburbs of Kansas City, in the small, charming city of Merriam. I do not know the history of Merriam, but I suspect that it is long and interesting. I highly recommend this place.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
I loved this place. I gave it an 8 only because it does not have sewer or water at your site. There is a central location with water to fill your tanks (and showers), but I did not want the weight since I would be back on the highway the next day, so I just filled a few gallon jugs. I also heard there was a pump-out station, but I did not see it. I have a pass that gets me in to National parks for free, and it gives me 1/2 price camping, so I guess the normal rate is $24 per night. The staff was extremely friendly and checked on me to make sure I had gotten to my spot OK and that the electric was working. We spent a while chatting, and he was a really nice guy who loved to fish, and talk about fishing. The sites are in the middle of a forest, on a lake that is in the middle of nowhere, and it is pitch black at night. It is beautiful, rustic, and relaxing. I look forward to stopping again, this time with reservations, so I can stay longer. Bring a fishing pole and a camera. I got a photo of a beautiful deer and some shots of the area, but missed a photo of a huge diamond back rattle snake that had been hit by a car. I wish I had gotten the photo, but there was not an easy place to turn around. This park is way off the beaten path, but worth the effort to visit.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
I loved the place. I stayed there for several months. It is quite large, and most everyone is extremely friendly. As someone said while I was there, "everyone here is nice, and they all seem to love dogs." That is very true. They have a nice fenced in dog play area that has a heated, elevated tub, that makes washing your dog very easy. There are many people that have year long leases (which are at a great per month price). The bathrooms and showers are INCREDIBLY CLEAN. There are several ponds, that are filled with little fish, that attract many types of birds. A Muscovy duck had babies while I was there, and they stayed behind my camper during some days. They were so cute and fun to watch. There is a beautiful river and marsh area that have docks with chairs for relaxing and fishing. I spent a total of 20 minutes fishing with a lure. I got three really strong hits, but I was unable to hook anything. At one section of the river that has a dock, you could catch blue crabs every time that you threw in some chicken liver or gizzard. The ones I saw were not real large, but I expect some larger ones are out there. The sunsets over the river are amazing. I had some sunflowers that I was growing in a large pot. I had to leave before they were fully grown, so I gave them to the very nice lady who manages the landscaping. She re-potted them, and is going to find a good spot for them. They are annuals, so I look forward to seeing them, or the next batch at some point in the future. I highly recommend this park.