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We stayed at Chatfield SP for two weeks shortly after staying at nearby Cherry Creek SP for two weeks, so drawing comparisons is inevitable. Chatfield gets high marks for offering full hookups and level, concrete sites for only $30/night. There are lots of paved trails for biking and walking, and we never ran out of places to walk our dog from the campground (including walking him down to the lake for a swim). Although the park has great views of the nearby mountains, we found the park scenery itself to be pretty bland--very few trees, mostly just open fields. Of the four camping loops, we found that the sites in A, B, and C were fairly close together. We chose D loop which has much larger and more private sites. Although we saw a strong signal from the campground WiFi we were never able to get connected. Our Verizon and AT&T both hovered around 1-2 bars of signal so we switched on our cell booster for better speeds. The fenced 70-acre dog park ($2/day or $20/year) is very nice, with paved walking trails and several small lakes for dogs to swim in. It's on the other side of the State Park though, which means a 7-mile drive from the campground, around the lake, on 25 MPH roads, so plan on 15 minutes each way to get to the dog park. The park roads are generally good, but some sections are new and wide with bike lanes, and some sections are old and narrow, so you WILL be driving slowly behind bicyclists pretty often. It also takes at least 15 minutes to exit the park and get to the nearest stores. Despite these drawbacks it's a very nice park and we'll likely return.

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Unfortunately there aren't a lot of campground choices in Estes Park, and two of the main choices are owned by the same company. First the good stuff: Elk Meadow is certainly in a beautiful location with mountain views in every direction, and is very close to the National Park entrance. They have a decent-sized dog park which we used several times. Check-in was easy and friendly. The sites are pretty close together, but at least they're not right on top of each other like some commercial RV parks near National Parks. Drawbacks: First, the roads and sites are dirt, and it was windy the entire week we were there. Every time a car or rig drove down one of the roads a huge cloud of dirt covered our rig and came in through the windows if they were open. We eventually just had to keep our windows closed. This park seriously needs to pave the interior roads! The free WiFi almost never worked, which I've come to expect at commercial RV parks. However, even though our Verizon hotspot had 5 bars of signal, it too was extremely slow and often unusable... I'm guessing there's only one Verizon tower in the area and it's overloaded and can't handle the number of customers there. Our AT&T was slightly faster, but still quite slow. It was a week of very poor internet connectivity for us. Most of the sites are somewhat unlevel (we needed blocks under our wheels), and the grassy part of the site is much more sloped, so don't expect a level picnic table unless you move it behind your rig like many folks did. The price ($65/night after taxes for a weekly stay with Good Sam) is too high for what you get. And if you have more than 2 people add an extra $5 per person. And on top of that there's a 50% cancellation fee, even if you cancel months in advance, which is unheard of. The park just has too many drawbacks to justify these rates, fees, and policies. Unfortunately, there may not be a better option in Estes Park.

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Cherry Creek State Park offers a great combination of location, price, hookups, and site-size! The location is convenient, with the entrance to the park less than a mile from I-225, and plenty of stores, restaurants, theaters, etc. nearby since the park is in the middle of the suburbs. Our site in Pioneer Loop had some background traffic noise from Parker Rd but it wasn't too noticeable. The sites were plenty wide and spacious, but they don't provide much privacy since it's mostly grass between sites, and only a few trees. Most sites are "C-shaped" pull-throughs on the side of the road, but we picked a back-in which we prefer for extra privacy. Some sites looked a little un-level but ours (#47) was fine. The park is huge, with plenty of places to walk or bike, as well as a swim beach with a section our dog enjoyed visiting often. The other end of the state park has a 107-acre fenced dog park with a nice river (Cherry Creek) running right through it, which we frequented as well (it's $2/day to enter the dog park, or buy an annual pass for $20). AT&T and Verizon were both fast, plus the park has free WiFi that worked pretty well except during the busiest times (evenings and weekends). Probably our only complaint is that the park roads to get to the campground are in pretty poor condition, very bumpy and patched multiple times. Since it's a 6-8 minute drive to the camp sites once you enter the park, you're on these roads a lot. $30 for full hookups, large sites, WiFi, and a beautiful nature setting just a couple miles from "civilization" made for a great experience, and we'll definitely return! Worth noting, we stayed for 14 days, but had to make our reservation months in advance for that to be possible. The park was full almost every day.

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We only stayed for one night while traveling I-70, so we didn't use most of the facilities. The campground is pretty nice for a KOA, with long and wide sites with lots of grass between sites, and generally attractive. There's a pretty large fenced dog park, and the park is right along the Colorado River so our dog was able to do a little swimming as well. The free WiFi ranged from very slow to unusable. The only real downside is the proximity to I-70, but we found the highway noise to be fairly quiet and not a problem. We'd stay again if we are looking for a site in the area.

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This is a great park if you want to be very close to Ouray. The best thing going for the park is its location, just a mile from the main part of town. It's a quick drive to get there, or you can walk along the riverwalk trail which runs right along the RV Park. The park is also right along the Uncompahgre River. The views from the park are wonderful, though the tall mountains to the east mean that you won't see the sun until two hours later than official sunrise! The free WiFi worked quite well, Verizon worked well, but AT&T data was very slow. The park is on the expensive side (we paid $54/night after tax), and is mostly just a gravel lot with hookups with very little in the way of landscaping. It's also fairly noisy since it's right on Highway 550. We might stay again, but would try to find something a little less expensive nearby first.

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There are three sections at Ridgway, each quite different. Elk Ridge is quite high up and heavily wooded. Dakota Terraces is at lower elevation and mostly grass and small shrubs. Pa-Co-Chu-Puk is a few miles away and is very close to the highway, but has full hookups (the others only have 30A electric). We stayed at both Elk Ridge and Dakota Terraces in our motorhome. Both areas have great views and spacious sites, however we found Elk Ridge to be much more attractive than Dakota Terraces. Unfortunately both these areas had the most un-level sites we've encountered in the more than 100 campgrounds and RV parks we've visited, making it impossible to get level even with many blocks under our wheels. We were also disappointed in the shower facilities. Most electric-only public campgrounds we've visited offer very good free showers, but Ridgway charges $1 per four minutes. We knew this going in, but were surprised how poorly the showers worked, considering we had to pay for them. There was very low water pressure, with several of the showers we tried just drizzling water out of the shower head. To top things off the campground was full of mice during our visit and quite a few made it into our motorhome. We checked with two difference camp hosts and they each said they'd caught more than 30 in their RV so far this season. At Elk Ridge we had very good AT&T data but poor Verizon. At Dakota Terrace both were poor and we needed our booster to get Verizon data to work (we never got AT&T data to work at Dakota Terrace). We found the campground to be beautiful and enjoyed walking the trails and lake with our dog, but the disappointing showers, un-level sites, and mice mean we likely won't return.

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This KOA is in a great location, right at the edge of Cortez, and a short drive to Mesa Verde. The campground is pretty large, and sites vary quite a bit from one area to the next. Our area was a huge gravel lot with almost no trees, so it wasn't very attractive. Other parts of the campground are more wooded and look a little nicer. Many of the RV sites are very narrow and close together, with RVs parked facing alternating directions with shared utilities between them (an arrangement we're not fans of). Some of the sites are wider and traditionally arranged--our site was one of these which we appreciated. The free WiFi worked pretty well during the day, but was quite slow during the evenings. Both AT&T and Verizon worked well without a booster. There's a nice walking trail around the nearby lake, and the large Cortez Dog Park is a very short walk from the campground. We loved the dog park and were there with our Lab every afternoon. We'd stay here again, due to the great central location and great dog park.

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We only stayed overnight while passing through Flagstaff, so this review will be brief. The location was great: easy to get to, and close to lots of stores. The entrance off the highway was in poor condition (broken pavement) so we had to drive very slowly going in and out. Interior roads are a little tight but manageable. Most of the sites are very close together, but I think those are mostly for weekly/monthly stays. For our overnight stay we had a very long and wide pull-through with a privacy fence--It was a great site for us. There was free WiFi but we found it too slow to be useful. The RV park backs up to the National Forest, with a trail directly into the forest from the park, great for dog walks. We would stay here again for a few nights (in the large sites).

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We really wanted to enjoy this park, but the ants ruined it for us. We'd read various reviews that mentioned them so we chose a site in the new section with concrete pads hoping for the best. But first, the rest of the review. When we arrived we were told that the site we reserved (#126) was going to be too short for our 37' motorhome, so they moved us into a spare site (#70) which was much longer. Great service! The sites in the new section are wide with good spacing between sites, sites ranging from short (35') to super long (probably 80'). Although our site was a pull-through, we had to back-out due to a steep and uneven crest at the front of the site where we would have bottomed out. There's lots of low-lying desert vegetation between sites which provides a green barrier, but there are no trees, so sites don't have any privacy. The older section is heavily wooded with tall trees, but the sites are smaller and closer together. In the new section the western-most sites (#115-#135) get some constant highway noise from route 125. We also had helicopters flying right overhead quite often, many times per day. The adjacent lake is actually a water reservoir, so it's completely fenced off, much to our dog's dismay. Instead we drove him downtown to one of the dog beaches several times during our stay so he could swim. There's a supermarket (Vons) and some stores a few miles west in Bonita, but for big box stores, malls, theaters, etc. you'll need to drive around 15 minutes south. AT&T and Verizon both worked well. When using your GPS, be sure to specify "Sweetwater Summit Regional Park". If you leave off "Summit" it will take you to a different park a mile away. Now for the ants: they were out in force in July, including in the new section. We surrounded our site, power, water, and sewer with diatomaceous earth but still had swarms of ants inside the rig several times. Unfortunately, this is the main reason we don't plan to return. It was too hard to keep them out.

     

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Mission Bay RV Resort

San Diego, California

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We chose this park solely due to location, and were expecting to dislike it due to it being a "crowded parking lot" style park. We were actually pleasantly surprised once we checked in, even though we picked a "standard" size site, the cheapest available. The sites were much wider than we expected.. you're still close to your neighbor but there is enough breathing room to set up your chairs, tables, patio mat, etc. and have a nice outdoor area. Other city-style RV parks we've been to had much less space. The many mature trees soften the asphalt feel of the place, and most rows (ours included) are separated by a strip of grass behind the RVs. The sites are a little shorter than we'd like. With our 37' motorhome parked as far back as possible, our tow car parked sideways in front took up a bit of space in the road. Now picture an entire row like that, with tow cars lining both sides of the road, and it gets difficult for new arrivals to back into a site. We were steps away from the peninsula beach where we walked and swam our dog morning and evening. Utilities worked great, including the WiFi which worked well most of them time, only slowing down in the early evening. We had 3 bars of LTE on Verizon and 2 bars on AT&T. Both worked fine without the need for a booster. There was LOTS of activity at the park... kids on bikes, scooters, etc. all over the place, all the time, so drive carefully! We're thinking of returning for a month in the winter when the rates are much lower.

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$42 was the weekly rate. The campground is in an ideal location for visiting Zion, and is walking distance to stores and restaurants in Springdale. The town shuttle stops at the entrance to the campground, and will take you all through Springdale or drop you off just outside the Zion entrance, or you can walk to the Zion entrance from the campground. Verizon and AT&T worked well. The sites are extremely tight, especially for big rigs with tow vehicles. We lucked out and were assigned to what was one of the biggest sites in the RV park (which was still pretty small). The Virgin River runs around the edge of the park, and just on the other side of the river is the national park's Watchman Campground, so campers from both parks lined the river daily swimming and relaxing. We swam our dog in the river during our walks to keep him cool (temperatures were in the 90's during our visit), and waded across the river ourselves. The location and river were the highlights for us. The site size was the big negative for us. We'd consider returning, but may instead try the adjacent National Park campground next time instead.

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$42 was the weekly rate. The campground is in an ideal location for visiting Zion, and is walking distance to stores and restaurants in Springdale. The town shuttle stops at the entrance to the campground, and will take you all through Springdale or drop you off just outside the Zion entrance, or you can walk to the Zion entrance from the campground. Verizon and AT&T worked well. The sites are extremely tight, especially for big rigs with tow vehicles. We lucked out and were assigned to what was one of the biggest sites in the RV park (which was still pretty small). The Virgin River runs around the edge of the park, and just on the other side of the river is the national park's Watchman Campground, so campers from both parks lined the river daily swimming and relaxing. We swam our dog in the river during our walks to keep him cool (temperatures were in the 90's during our visit), and waded across the river ourselves. The location and river were the highlights for us. The site size was the big negative for us. We'd consider returning, but may instead try the adjacent National Park campground next time instead.

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We paid the weekly rate of $34/night ($38 with tax) for one of the lake view sites. Normally we're fine with the cheapest sites available, but the price difference was relatively small when renting weekly. The pull-in lake view sites face north-east which was a big help for us since it was 110+ degrees during our stay in June and this angle kept the sun off our big windshield for most of the day. The lake view sites are new and quite nice... wide, level, concrete, and with a gravel car parking area next to each site. The older part of the campground is all gravel, and with much smaller sites. Most of the park is filled with mobile homes that were vacant during our stay, though a few owners came out during the weekend. It's a mile or so walk to the "special events beach" where dogs are allowed, but since it was so hot we drove our dog there each day (along a bumpy/rocky dirt road) instead of walking him. Just don't park too close to the water... there are many areas where the sand is really mud and you sink down quickly. The main beach area has a paved road and parking area but no dogs are allowed there. We did walk our dog daily through the heavily wooded adjacent no-hookup campground which was convenient given the intense heat/sun (the full hookup campground has no trees/shade). Boulder City is only a few miles away (up a 1,000+ foot hill) and has plenty of restaurants and stores. We got only 1 bar of AT&T LTE at our site but it was fast and reliable, and 3 bars of Verizon LTE which worked well (we didn't use our booster during our stay here). The campground WiFi didn't reach our site at the far end of the park.

     

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Valley of Fire State Park

Overton, Nevada

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We stayed in the electric+water area in the Atlatl campground. It is certainly a scenic area and a nice campground, and we had a pair of bighorn sheep grazing just a couple hundred feet from our motorhome one day. The gravel roads are extremely dusty... by the time we pulled into a campsite our tow car was coated in dust/dirt. Almost all the sites we looked at were fairly unlevel... blocks under the wheels and jacks were necessary. Many sites are pull-in (instead of back-in), and there were a few pull-throughs. Some had their picnic area in the back of the site, others at the side of the site. We got there pretty early (noon) on a Sunday and were the only rig in the park so we had our choice of sites... by evening about 1/3 of the sites were occupied. Most of the sites have plenty of space between them, and have lengths suitable from a small class C to a 45' motorhome towing a trailer. There were warning signs that bees like to congregate around any water source, and we saw them at our spigot (which had a slow drip). We had solid 3G Verizon, and with our booster turned on we got 4 bars of LTE. AT&T was limited to Edge connectivity with and without the booster. Unfortunately it was 110 degrees during our short stay in June so we didn't get out and explore much, but we do want to return to the area in the future for a proper visit and will gladly stay here again.

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We stayed here for a week, and it worked well as our base while exploring the area. It's only a mile or two to drive into Bryce Canyon, and the park's shuttle stops at the campground every 15 minutes or so. It's also fairly close to Red Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Kodachrome Basin. We stayed in the new section in the back which has huge sites... some have nice grass lawns and gravel patios, but ours was just dirt. The trees are sparse and young so expect full sun. The rest of the campground is much larger, full of mature trees providing full shade. The sites in this older section are much closer together but still reasonable. The WiFi worked reasonably well during the day, and not surprisingly slowed down a lot in the evenings. We had a week cell signal but it was usable, and with our booster it was much better. We found this to be a perfectly acceptable campground for visiting Bryce, and will consider it again if we return to the area.