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Previous reviewers have covered the basics well. Typical amenities of a forest service campground--vault toilets, drinking water but no way to fill RV tanks, some sites are highly un-level. The lake is nice with good fishing and the hike up to Rabbit Ears Pass is great. We came here because we were told that the wildflowers were good, but that was not correct--the wildflowers are SPECTACULAR! The space between many campsites is quite large and the entire campground and surrounding meadows are just covered with wildflowers of all colors--many are waist high! This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places we have camped in two years of full-timing. The site we reserved (#18)is also one of the most slanted (side-to-side and front-to-back) we have ever been in, but we managed to get level.

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Curt Gowdy State Park is about halfway between Cheyenne and Laramie and is a decent alternative to commercial campgrounds for visiting either place. The drive to either city is gorgeous, but about 25 minutes each way. The park is mainly a water sports and mountain biking destination. There are nearly 40 miles of excellent mountain bike trails. There are many very large waterfront sites in both the dry camping and electric/water areas. A lot of the sites are set up for multiple RVs so an extended family could have a great group camping experience here. The prevalence of mountain bikes makes the trails less pleasant for hiking and there is no swimming in the lakes. Overall, though, a very scenic and pleasant campground. We had surprisingly decent Verizon 4G and cell reception.

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This is a wonderful park to get away from it all! It is not a long drive from Boulder or Ft. Collins, but it feels very isolated and is certainly quiet. It is possible to reserve half the sites, but when we were there it was not crowded and during the week we had the place practically to ourselves. I didn't find it busy with day visitors like the last reviewer, in fact we rarely saw another soul. The only downside is that there is not much to do here, just a short hiking trail by the creek. We got a decent Verizon data signal and cell reception.

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In a semi-urban area without a lot of choices, St. Vrain SP is an excellent place to stay. I wouldn't call it a destination campground due to its location, but if fishing and boating is your thing, this might be a little bit of heaven. All the sites have electric hook ups and two of the loops have full hook ups. The FHU area is a newer area and doesn't have mature trees like some of the other loops, so less shade. The park has a large number of long pull-throughs and back-ins and the park roads are easy to navigate. I thought the rates were reasonable, the reservation system worked well (ReserveAmerica for all CO state parks)and we were able to extend our stay with no problems. The view of the nearby Rocky Mountains reflected on the many lakes was a nice extra. The only downside was the freeway noise, which was probably the worst we have ever experienced in two years of full-timing. I think it is because I-25 is raised up above ground level and there is nothing to muffle the sound. But if you need to visit family or do other business in the Boulder/Longmont area, this is the place to stay.

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Railroad Bridge (part of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area) is a wonderful place to camp in the Buena Vista area. It doesn't have hookups, water or dump station but it is situated right on the Arkansas River and only a 10-minute drive to Buena Vista. There are only 8 RV spots and three of them (3, 7 and 8) are really nice long back-ins. The rest are side-of-the-road pull-throughs that are still pretty nice. This campground is also a major river access point for rafting companies and there is a large parking lot and staging area for rafters. Some might mind the traffic and people coming through, but we liked watching the rafters and all the activity was only from about 9AM to 4 PM. At night the campground was quiet (except for the river) and peaceful. The fishing is excellent and the views of the surrounding mountains are spectacular. Access is via a dirt road from Buena Vista and there are some daunting old railroad tunnels on the road, but RVs will fit just fine (at least our 12'9" fifth wheel did). This campground is an undiscovered gem worth checking out if you want to stay in the Buena Vista area.

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Dead Horse Point is an absolutely spectacular place to stay in the Moab area. The views from the point (just a mile from the campground) are some of the best in the world. Having electric hookups is nice and since the campground in Canyonlands is first-come, first-served, getting a reservation at Dead Horse is a way to guarantee a campsite. The hiking in the park is wonderful and there are canyon overlooks just a short hike from the park. There are several pretty large sites and many small ones. Early reservations are a must as this is a very popular park.

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This campground is a typical national park facility. It is set in a beautiful setting, but is a LONG way from the park entrance and the town of Moab (though the drive is incredibly beautiful). The Devils Garden trailhead is nearby and some shorter trails leave right from the campground. The sites vary quite a bit, from tiny tent-only sites to pretty large sites for an RV. The "pull-through" sites are mostly just wide turnouts on the road, so before booking any site, it is a good idea to look at a satellite picture to make sure you can fit. This campground is very popular, so reservations well in advance are a must.

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Fruita is one of the nicest national park campgrounds we have ever visited. It is truly an oasis in the desert, with huge cottonwood trees all through it. There are several hiking trails that leave right from the campground and the park scenic drive starts right outside the campground entrance. The gift shop next door sells wonderful fresh-baked pies every day. Capitol Reef is a spectacular and under-appreciated park, though it has become more popular in recent years. Fruita campground is extremely popular and is first-come, first-served only. The campground fills up by late morning every day and people are driving around at 7 in the morning to find a campsite. Come early midweek to have a prayer of getting a site.

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Large park southeast of downtown, right near Sam's Town casino. The neighborhood isn't great, but it isn't awful either. The security in the park is good and there are always lots of staff around the grounds. Paved roads with gravel sites, mostly pull-throughs and some are quite large. There are not a lot of better choices in Vegas and this one is convenient for shopping or sightseeing. Several long-term or seasonal residents, but all very nice. Park is quiet, except for barking dogs around the dog areas, where the park tends to put campers with dogs. This is not a destination resort, but as a functional place to stay is is excellent.

     

Kanab RV Corral

Kanab, Utah

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Great location just a few blocks from the center of Kanab. The roads are gravel but very wide, making backing in quite easy. Lots of trees and some very narrow sites make backing a bit challenging, but not bad at all. Park WiFi seems to work better than Verizon. There is a small fenced doggie area near the front entrance. A great place for a stop on the way to the North Rim.

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This is a decent place to stay for a few days, but not what I would prefer for a longer stay. Just 10 sites in a row on gravel behind the motel. The view is of the Post Office back lot on one side and the motel grounds on the other. I felt that the motel ignores the RV park, as there was trash and dog poop all over our site when we moved in. The primary positive feature is its location--it is just a few blocks from the historic downtown, grocery shopping and a few restaurants. Use of the motel pool would be a nice feature in the summer. We found it quiet at night and the whole town felt safe and friendly.

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Excellent park as others have written. Great views, great hiking, lots of privacy in most of the sites. We were in site 11 and this loop has smaller sites and less privacy than some of the higher-numbered loops (as well as no hook-ups). The place is huge and could be a long walk to the bathroom for some areas. We have stayed here and at nearby Usery Mountain and the parks are very similar in their amenities, camping experience and closeness to services in town, but Lost Dutchman is quite a bit further from Phoenix. I would return to either park again without hesitation.

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Gilbert Ray is a fabulous campground. It is located in a beautiful scenic area, yet is pretty convenient to Tucson services and shopping. There are limitless things to do in the area, including several hiking trails, the adjacent National Park, the outstanding Sonoran Desert Museum and the Old Tucson theme park. The scenery is marvelous, with views from most every site. The roads are mostly one-way and easy to maneuver. The only downside is a lack of shower facilities, which makes it harder to conserve water when dry camping. Overall, I highly recommend this park when staying in the Tucson area.

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This is a wonderful park for hiking, solitude, quiet and experiencing the Sonoran desert. The sites are generally very large and fairly private, most are pull-throughs. Many good hiking trials leave right from the campground and the rangers offer free hiker shuttles to trail heads that allow you to hike back to the campground and experience real desert solitude. My only complaint is that when we arrived, we asked for a perimeter site, but were told there weren't any available that would fit our 31-foot RV. When we arrived at our site, it was not that great and there were plenty of large perimeter sites empty around us. I didn't bother to go ask for a change, but I felt that they could have accommodated us better. My advice is to arrive after 4 and pick your own site.

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Santee Lakes is a spectacular park in a suburb of San Diego (about 25 minutes away). It has seven lakes that are part of a water reclamation project and in spite of the drought in California, the landscaping is well-watered. This place is huge with very well-laid-out sites, many of which have lake views or creek views. We were up in the newer section of the park on the creek, but next time I would try to get a lakeside site, even though they are not as spacious or private. The bird life in this park is spectacular and the lakes, though artificial, are very beautiful. Security is great, with a code needed to enter, and services are very good (mail, packages, fax, printing, copying, store, propane). Long-term stays are allowed here and we met many people who basically live here, leaving every six months for two weeks to comply with the laws. There are a few activities like potlucks and coffee get-togethers, but they were not well-attended when we were there. This is not a park if you want a lot of activities, but it is very family-friendly, quiet and convenient to every type of store or service you could ask for. A great place to stay near San Diego and quite reasonably-priced. Note: our section had very weak cell coverage (Verizon), but the free wifi service from the park was pretty good.