Date of Stay: July, 2016
Don't have enough positive adjectives to say about this campground. No picture on Google will ever do it justice, and for those luckily enough to stay in this park, it could well be a blessing in disguise. It has a few sites that could handle a larger RV/5th wheel, but for the most part it was pop-ups and tent campers who were in the CG. It has a shower/bathroom and for the guy's it was clean, but my wife said the women's could use a better daily cleaning. The camp host (Archie) took good care of the place and was quite sociable. The Dakotamart grocery store in Custer had very reasonable prices on food and a few minutes away in Custer. We have stayed in FL, CO, TX, AR, MS and I think collectively, this was agreed upon as the best place that we have camped at. Next time we need a SD mountain camping fix, this will be our first choice. We were in site 12e which was one of the larger sites with mountains directly behind us.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
We waited 10 months for our reservation (site #127), and couldn't have been happier. While some of the other campers commented that the park has been going down hill over the past few years (mainly the broken/cracked concrete pads), while ours was broken, it in no way affected our stay. The sites in the front part of the campground were a little too close for my comfort, but the loop we were in was doable for me. I chose site #127 specifically for the fact of their being a large space between sites. There were a few others that would work as well, but when we return we will try to get the same site, or at least in the same loop. The beach shuttle was a blessing when your hauling 5 people's stuff to the beach. The pool was a good break from the beach. While some may say that the park is going down, we were very happy with our stay and will be going back in the future when we need a beach fix.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
Very nice place for a overnight stay. Concrete pads were level, clean bathroom and shower facilities and a strong wi-fi signal. It was our stopover on our trip to Florida and we're pleased with how nice it turned out. They have a pool, but we never used it, but it appeared to be clean and maintained. Office people were friendly. We made reservations, but in all likelihood, you could probably just drop in and find a place to stay. We were there on a Friday night so I don't know what the rest of the week is like.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
Mixed feelings regarding this campground. Overall, the park was clean, well organized but was kinda pricy for the substandard bathroom facilities. We bought the state park pass, otherwise it would have been $6.00/per person/per night..or $44 a night including the park access fee. I was disappointed in the restroom/shower facilities because they were small, outdated, hot and water temp and pressure varied between each of the stalls. All of the bathroom facilities are in dire need of a ground up makeover! We have been to Colorado and Arkansas and their bathroom facilities are orders of magnitude better that what is available at McKinney Falls. It does the job that it's designed to do, but not much more. Swimming at the falls was pretty cool, and made the trip worthwhile. I would stay there again. Best sites were 45, 46, 47.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
Ridgway State park consists of three separate campgrounds: Dakota Terrace, Pa-Co-Chu-Puk & Elk Ridge. Pa-Co-Chu-Puk: This has the full hook sites. We made our reservation in January for our July trip. I specifically reserved a site by the river. Google Earth does a very poor job of demonstrating terrain, because the river access consists of almost rappelling down a 40 foot cliff....not good. In addition to no river access, the mosquitoes were horrible to the point that we couldn't be outside for more than a few seconds before we were attacked. I think I saw a small dog sucked dry by those bloodsuckers! The park rangers said that the mosquitoes are always a problem during the summer months, and I wish I would have known that before the reservations were made. We stayed one night out of the six nights before we were able to get the rest of our reservation moved to the Dakota Terraces campgrounds. I would not stay at this campground again based on the mosquito problems. We were in site #267. Dakota Terrace: This campground was a trip saver based on all the problems that we had with the mosquitoes at Pa-Co-Chu-Pak. The campsites were close together to see what the campers were doing, yet far enough away to where we weren't on top of each other. There were few established large trees in this campsite. The pads weren't the concrete pads that were available in Pa-Co-Chu-Pak, but rather asphalt and required a bit of leveling. The bathrooms/shower facilities were clean and well-kept, and the park hosts did a good job to keeping the place clean and well organized. Overall, it served its purpose and we would stay there again if necessary. Elk Ridge: This is the campground you want to try to reserve in. A lot of big established trees that did a good job of allowing better privacy between campsites. While we didn't use the bathroom or the shower in this campsite, I would assume that based on the exceptional job of how well the other amenities were maintained, this one would be no different. The website says that Elk Ridge is the most popular campground and I can see why. Site #186 is the best in the park with a great view of the lake. Out of all three parks, this one offers the best seclusion. Summary: All three parks have their strengths and weaknesses. Dakota Terrace and Elk Ridge offer the best options if traveling with kids because it allows the easiest access to the swim beach and the playgrounds. All the campsites had a fire ring and grill, all had easy access to clean showers and bathrooms and all campgrounds had a good play area for the kids. A big kudos goes out to the Colorado State Park Department for providing clean, safe and enjoyable camping facilities.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
Great park. The bathrooms and shower facilities were clean and well maintained, the park hosts made sure that the area was clean of trash and debris. This campground had the "woodsy" feel that we were desiring. It appears that they have been doing some repaving of the roads in certain loops within the campground. Of the three campgrounds we stayed in during our last trip, this one was by far the nicest in our opinion. We definitely would stay here again but the park books up quickly.