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The lake itself is large, and the campground was located towards the southern end. We kept following the signs and eventually found it. It was well kept and quiet. It bordered a marshy area of the lake. There were many unoccupied sites the night we were there, so we were able to find a long level pull through. Rate was $21 less a $2 senior discount, for an electric only site. A nice, quiet place to stay in the Kansas City area.

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All the previous reviewers are pretty well spot on. Our site had electric only, and was half off the regular rate due to the federal senior discount pass. We had a great view, and the loop to ourselves. We saw deer in the campground. We were pleasantly surprise when we heard a bugle play "taps" over the loudspeaker at dusk!

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Another excellent Colorado state park. We were lucky enough to get one of the back ins that have a slight view of the lake, but excellent screening from our neighbors. We were in the Carpios Ridge campground, which is located on a cliff on the north side of the lake. The lake was very low. A large picnic area was located next to the campground, and a nice handicapped accessible trail in this area provided lovely views of the lake. The restroom/shower/laundry room was very new and spotlessly clean!

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Very nice state park with lots of amenities. Fee was 20 for camping and 7 for day use. Checkin was at a nice visitor center, complete with a small museum. The RV campground was on the other side of the dam, and past the golf course. We really enjoyed walking around the lake on the 3-4 mile paved bicycle path---an easy walk with pretty views! Our site had some small trees for shade, and a large rock outcropping. Each loop also had its own restroom and shower (bring quarters!) facility. If it had laundry facilities, it'd be a 10. We'll be back!

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We arrived on the Saturday after Labor Day, but were still able to get a site in the first come first served loop. However, the sites are smallish, and not very level. On the plus side, the view of the dunes was great, and there was a nice trail leading over to the visitor center from the end of the group camping loop. The restrooms had sinks and flush toilets, plus an outdoor sink for dishwashing. Also, there was a campground store that had firewood, ice, and a few necessities. No hookups, but the weather in the fall is pleasant. Our rates reflects the federal senior discount.

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We really enjoyed the seclusion and the exceptional view of the mountains and the sand dunes from our site. It was level, and the power worked great. We selected a site in loop C as the other loops were closed, and paid our 20 camp fee + 7 day use fee. I had gone on the website previously and learned that the lake was dry. But...we had been dry camping and looking forward to the advertised hot showers and laundry...it came as a real shock to find these locked up tight!! Very disappointed! If this is routinely done, it should be noted on the website, as the lake closure had been. Would have been rated a 9 otherwise....it is such a nice facility, but sits unused.

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This is a linear campground that borders a stream coming out of the mountains. All but 2 of the sites border the stream. They will pretty well accommodate an RV up to 25' in length. There is no longer any drinking water available. There are 3 very clean vault toilets. The campground road deadends at a picnic area and trailhead, so it is possible to drive to the end and have space to turn around. Multiple trails were accessible. The campground area is in a heavily forested, steep ravine. Very close to the funky town of Crestone. No reservations are available; our rate reflects the federal senior discount pass.

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O'Haver Lake is one of the gems of the forest service. It is an extremely popular campground, and has recently been closed for renovation. As a result, all the sites are longer, and flatter, and accommodate larger rigs. You will need a reservation (on recreation.gov) for the summer months. We arrived on Labor Day and had a choice of nice sites. Lakefront sites are available. There is a trail around the lake used by fishermen. If you want to hike more, you can open a gate and hike further up into the mountains. OHVs are not allowed in the campground. And now for the downside. The last section of road up to this campground is gravel, and steep, and twisty. The lake is surrounded by mountains of 3 sides, so not much of a cell signal. There are no hookups, but there were unthreaded water faucets. The vault toilets were cleaned daily. No showers. Trash service is provided, with bear resistant dumpsters. Elevation is 9,200 ft., so it gets chilly and night. But if you make the effort to get here, it's like camping in an RV ad! The price we paid reflects the federal senior discount.

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Our rate reflects our site that had electric only. This campground offers a unique experience that may not appeal to everybody, but it has a lot going for it. The owners live on site, and work very hard to make your stay convenient. They are very knowledgeable about attractions in the area, and will act like a concierge to make your train reservations. The owners have restored several vintage travel trailers, and these are available for nightly rental. The campground has a campy, old-timey feel that appealed to us, but it may not be your thing----hence there are reviews that vary widely. We both took showers, and they were absolutely sparkling clean. Didn't use the pool, but it was across from our site and was crystal clear. There were restaurants within walking distance, and raft trips and segway trips right across the road. The Royal Gorge attraction and bridge was closed when we were there in late August, due to a large forest fire in June 2013, but it was scheduled to reopen on Labor Day weekend, just after our visit. We will surely return to camp here...possibly during one of the "trailer trash bash" weekends.

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The word is getting out about this pleasant, shady oasis in western KS. We were there on a Tuesday night in late August, and it was almost full. All the sites are pull through and overlook the small stream that has been dammed to form a small lake. The local police came by in the evening to collect our fee. The restroom was what I would call "broom clean", and had seen better days. This was our second stay here, and as it is handy to the interstate, we will probably stay here on our next trip, too.

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Trout fishing is the big draw here. It is an extremely popular park and people come from all over the midwest to stay here. We don't fish, but really enjoyed hiking the trails, and watching the fishermen. It is one of the few parks in Missouri where the restaurant is open during the week during the fishing season-- March 1- Oct 31, so that was a bonus for us. As other reviewers have pointed out, Loop 1 is near the river, with Loops 2 and 3 further up a large hill, and Loops 4 and 5 even higher and further up the hill. The full hookups are in loop 1, and are reserved well in advance. We stayed in loop 5, which is all first come, first served. It had some nice, private sites, but the restroom in this loop had not been remodeled, as had the ones in the other loops. In our loop wi-fi was available but so slow we abandoned trying to use it. The park is immaculately maintained, and the nature center was interesting. The dining lodge was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), along with some of the pavilions and the river gauge. Bennett Spring itself was beautiful, with a flow of over 100 million gallons a day. Our rate reflects electric only hookup, and a $2 resident disability discount.

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This is a fairly typical COE campground, which is to say it was excellent, an incredible value for the money. We stayed for only one night, during the week, and so got a fabulous lakefront site on the end of a peninsula. The park appears very popular, due to its proximity to Lawrence, Topeka and Kansas City. Most of the spots were reserved for the upcoming weekend. Lot of boats out on the lake, including several large sailboats. Our rate reflects a Golden Access discount.

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This was a pleasant place to stay, not far from I-70. It's run by the town, and it was an easy walk to the main street. We were hoping to eat out, but apparently only the pizza place is open at night, and we were there on a Wednesday: their night to close. But we did walk to the grocery and got something to microwave. Went back the next morning and had a pleasant breakfast at the cafe. (They are only open breakfast and lunch.) The police did not stop by for our camp fee, so we stopped by city hall to pay on our way out. Everyone was so very nice and friendly and happy to see us.

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Ansel Watrous is the first in a series of NF campgrounds located along Colorado Hwy 14 as you drive up the Poudre River canyon from "Ted's Place". We stayed in the "upper loop" as it is more RV friendly. (The "lower loop" has a hairpin curve at the entrance that restricts access to shorter rigs.) The lower loop had 7 RV sites and 3 tent sites, and each of the sites back to the Cache la Poudre River. The lower loop was long and narrow and sandwiched between Hwy 14 and the river. Fortunately the noise of the river masked the highway noise. We were disappointed that the Young Gulch trail, located just across the road was still closed due to the 2012 forest fires, but the friendly hosts directed us to the very pleasant Hewlett Gulch and Greyrock Mountain trails located down the road. Also located nearby is Mishawaka, where we had a very pleasant meal on their deck over the river. It is also a popular venue for concerts. The campsites were level and spacious. The hosts kept everything neat and tidy. Rafters use the river, and fishing is very popular. Our rate reflects the golden access discount.

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We stayed in "Area A", as this is where the only showerhouse and dump station was located. The area had very few trees, and was hot and windswept. There were 30Amp hookups, but the "sites" were ill defined. Each electrical post had receptacles for 4 campers to hookup, and you just park however you can to hookup. Very strange.. The coin-op showers were clean and appreciated. We were here the Wednesday night prior to Labor Day weekend, and rigs were arriving steadily. There are dirt roads leading off to remote areas, and people with large rigs were heading down them. Area A was high above the lake, and we walked down to check out the boat ramp and the view. There were several dirt roads leading to remote campfire rings on the shoreline. We passed "Area B" when leaving the next morning, and it looked a little more inviting. The electric sites in "Area A" did not have a lake view.