Date of Stay: June, 2016
This is an older, primitive, 4-site, old-fashioned Forest Service campground 9 miles up dirt roads from the Lima exit. We stayed in a small Aliner trailer and it took a lot of leveling. We picked the uppermost site, which required a lot of leveling, but had great views. I'd not recommend it for large RV's, but it's a great place to get away. There was only one other camper at the time, and I doubt it's ever full. Site #3 was so overgrown it took some time for us to find it, so I doubt it's ever used. Also, there are level, dispersed campsites along the last mile there that could be used, although without pit toilets. You must bring your own water. We stayed in the uppermost campsite, with great views of Lima Peaks and Mt. Garfield. The campground is free, and the only services are old, wooden pit toilets, which were in good repair and had paper. None of the sites are very level, so blocking is necessary. There is good hiking nearby on trail #40. The trailhead is at the end of the Middle Sheep Creek road, which forks off a mile or so back towards Lima. This is high, arid, mostly open country with great views and few visitors. The nearest cell service is about 8 miles back towards Lima.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
We stayed for one night in May, while visiting the Russell Museum. As other reviewers have mentioned, it's right in the middle of town, so is not a quiet, rural location. Knowing that, it's no worse than anywhere else in the middle of town, and the management has made the facility comfortable and convenient. The management was very friendly and helpful. The bathroom facilities were clean and worked well. We stayed in an Aliner popup, and used the park restrooms.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
We were the only campers on the lower level of the campground for two nights. It's a nice spot, but we moved the trailer across the road for the second night because the wind is intense there in the spring. The sites on the side of the road away from the reservoir, and up against the hillside, are less windy. That made sleeping easier. The basic pit toilets were clean and well-maintained.
Date of Stay: October, 2012
We stayed two nights here while riding the train to Antonito. The park was preparing to close for the season, and not all services were available. Because of Chama's high elevation, it was quite cold at night, but the restrooms were warm and the showers comfortably hot. The restrooms require that you type in a code every time you enter, to keep non-guests out. There are large cottonwoods throughout the park, and they were gold during our visit. The park isn't fancy, but it's quiet, level, comfortable, and not too closely laid out. The staff is very friendly and helpful. I'd gladly return there any time.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
We arrived late on a very hot July evening, and paid the fee since the office was closed. We did use the restroom/showers. It's an attractive park with lots of grass and trees. The bugs weren't bad, especially considering the proximity to the river. The nearby road wasn't loud or busy, and we found the park quiet. The only problem we had, andand it was significant for us, was the bright yard light in the center of the park. Because of the heat, we had to keep the windows and curtains open for ventilation so the light was intense. We had to leave early so we didn't happen to meet the owners or check out the camp store. This is a quiet, clean, and reasonably-priced camp. I'd not hesitate to return. If one must keep the curtains open; however, avoid the glare of the yard lights.