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Cranes Mill Park COE

Canyon Lake, Texas

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Small, but very nice park. Even at full price - $26 - it's still a good value. With our senior NP pass we only paid half - terrific value! The sites are large and have a nice patio with a covered picnic table. The lakefront sites do not have tress due to a flood in the past which distroyed many trees and closed this park for a time. The park was redone after all the damage, so everything is in really good shape. The lake is beautiful and if you have kayaks you can put in at the lakefront sites. There is a boat ramp in tbs park as well. And a fishing dock. No "beach" for swimming, but there are other parks on this lake that do. Very quiet here too.

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Very nice park. The campsites are large, have water and electric. Many have gorgeous mountain views. There are trees but they are pinion pines, so they are tall shade trees. There isn't much else in the area, but you can find groceries in Walsenburg. Other than a grocery run, the town doesn't offer much. We will go back.

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The park is an ok state park. We have stayed at many Texas state parks and this one is not one of the better ones as far as the campsites are concerned. They are good, just not great. The canyon is beautiful. The buffaloes are awesome. But I will warn you that if you visit not too long after a rain you will be fighting the flies. They are big and they bite! Bug spray won't help either according to the park rangers - they attack by sight not smell. Yikes. And one other recommendation- don't come in the summer - our first visit was in August and we decided to leave early because it was unbearably hot.

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This is quite remote, which we enjoyed. Went when the park was pretty empty. Only a few other campers there. The road coming in is gravel, but well maintained. If there were bathrooms, we didn't see them or seek them out. The reasons to stay here are two: the great sand dunes are nearby and the views are spectacular. 180 degree mountain views. The sunsets can take your breath away and it gets dark enough to see the Milky Way. The campsites are pretty standard. No trees.

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It was an ok park. Not particularly pretty and very close to the highway. For a short stay or an overnight it would be great. Keep in mind that at all Colorado state parks if you don't buy a yearly pass you will be charged additional fees. If you are going to spend 14 days or more a year at a SP in CO it is worth buying one.

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Nice, neat and clean. Spots are very large and well maintained. The bathrooms are some of the best we have ever seen in our many travels. Basically a private bathroom with sink, toilet, shower and ceiling fan. We were just passing thru on our way home, but if you go for the lake, it is a short drive. And the cell service is awesome as there is a cell tower in the middle of the park.

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I will give you the positives first: close for Grand Canyon visits, nice shade, clean facilities. Now for the negatives: sites are not level in either direction, the sewer connections are uphill from RV and they have a weird requirement that the sewer line cannot be on the ground so had to buy a lifting device, they haul in all their water so they are super strict on your water usage, and they make you wear arm bands that they provide any time you are outside (weird). The issue that affected this review the most in a negative way was our last day. I will take the blame for not reserving our spot for the Tenth day we needed to stay, but they refused to let us stay in our spot for an additional day. They insisted we move one spot over. They said that someone had our spot reserved already. Keep in mind there are well over 100 spots in this park and more than half were empty. We told them if we had to move we were going to another park - they didn't try to accommodate us. We left. Will not camp there again.

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We stayed here to wait out wind warnings on I-80. Not a planned stay, but was adequate for a one-nighter. The staff was friendly and helpful. The park is in fair condition, but has some long term guests. The location is very close to the highway and there is considerable road noise. The sites were long, but fairly narrow. We had room for our slide, but if our neighbor would have a deep slide on the same side it would be tight. For our purposes the campground was OK. I wouldn't want to stay for more than a pass through, though.

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This is a very nice, clean RV park. Nothing fancy, but very well kept. The road and camp are gravel, but not dusty. The clean showers are private and have their own dressing area with a locked door. And a great shower! Located in an industrial part of town, but not noisy or creepy. Felt safe here. I would say it is good for either an overnighter or a longer stay if you are taking in this area. The spots are plenty wide and are OK in length. Had to park the truck next to the trailer, but still had plenty of room. Saw many big rigs here so they can accommodate any size.

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A nice, quiet park. The Llano river runs through the park. According to the ranger, it is spring fed, therefore pretty comstant level. Nice for swimming and fishing. Campsites are nicely spaced and have mature trees. Most have shade and those that don't have covered picnic tables. The river is not close to the camping, but there is plenty of parking near the river access. Bathrooms are nice and kept clean. No phone (AT&T) or TV reception.

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This is a gem of the southwest. I wish I could post a photo or 100 to show you the magnificent views of this canyon. There is no view from the campsites, but only a short car ride for those who don't like hiking. And if you do enjoy hiking, bring your hiking boots! And your camera. My suggestion would to come in the spring or fall. August was way too hot. I am a Texan and should have known better. We did get to enjoy the canyon in the cool of the morning. The campsites are nicely spaced and each has a covered picnic table. Not much shade, but there are trees that give a little buffer from neighbors. There is one main restroom/bathing facility. Mostly clean - showers could use some care.

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This is an OK park. The campsites are nice, treed and well may maintained. The "stream view" is not much. Barely a stream - not enough for swimming or kayaking. Saw some people fishing. The toilets were good, but the showers were terrible. It's a good park for bicycling. Really, the best part about this park is its close proximity to Lockhart and the BBQ it is famous for. Be sure to go to Smitty's while you are there.

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This is a gorgeous park. Immaculately laid out and maintained with beautiful landscaping. The area is beautiful, as well. Sites are very large, level and easy to get in. The staff is friendly and helpful. Our rate reflects Good Sam (GS) discount which they honored even though they are not a GS park. With all this said, we will probably not stay here again, as it is a little remote for us. They have a Colorado Springs address, but the park is about 10 miles south of the city proper. A lot of older people (we are older too) so might be a little boring for the younger set. We are very active, so we found ourselves leaving the park for the day to find activities which called for a lot of driving. But if you are looking for a super quiet park where you just want to relax - this is it!

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The best RV park we have ever stayed in. The only complaint that I have is that they only allow a 2 week stay every 45 days. Beautiful views from every direction. Facilities are immaculate. Even if you don't camp here, the hiking trails are worth a visit. Well marked and well maintained. We hiked as many of the 20 miles worth of trails as our bodies would allow. We even came back while camping at a different park just to hike there. We will come back here as often as we can.

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We stayed here as just an overnighter on our way home. Easy on and off the interstate. Very close to the airport - plane noise. For that purpose, this is an OK park. Many, many full time residents. The staff member we met was friendly and helpful. With all that said, the park gave me a creeped out feeling. Could have been the fact that 80% of the sites are permanent residents, not really sure. Might find a different place next time through.