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Guernsey State Park, Guernsey, Wyoming

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Originally had a no hookup site in Sandy Cove, called and changed the reservation to a W/E site at Sandy Beach. Process was very easy, simply asked if there had been cancellations, and the reservation agent was able to confirm there were, and moved me. Took maybe 5 minutes total. The campground itself was fine, a mixture of sites with trees along the lakeshore, and more open sites. I had one of the open sites. It was level and easy to access, though with no trees around, it did get a bit warm. Having electric was welcome, in that I could use the A/C. Dump station with water available at the entrance to the park. There's a lot to see in this State Park. It's very large and there are 13 CGs all around the lake. Some will accommodate only a few campers, others are larger. Lots of beautiful views of the lake, take the time to explore around it. Museum is nice, gives some good history of the area. Not far from the town of Guernsey, and the Oregon Trail Ruts. Also convenient to Fort Laramie NHP, which was fascinating and informative. Only problem is the CG we were in was very close to the railroad and trains that run through the area. Constantly. Coal trains running 24/7 on a regular basis. Major rail yard just outside of Guernsey on the east side, trains heading down to the power plant in Wheatland to deliver coal. One can hear the rumble of the trains all day and night. Fortunately there were no railroad crossings, so they were not blowing horns. If one can adjust to this rumble, it's a nice place to stay. Not the best state park I've visited but certainly nice enough for a weekend. And of you're in to water sports, the lake can certainly accommodate that, with more than a few boat launch areas. Countywide fire ban in place, so no campfires allowed. Rangers patrolled the area regularly and took care of those folks who disregarded the fire ban notice IN BIG LETTERS! We camped at Guernsey State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
GUSB035
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Even though this park is in Eastern Wyoming, where one would think it would be relatively flat, it isn't. There's lots of rolling hills enroute to the park, and the park itself has several somewhat steep roads to deal with and it's curvy and narrow. Certainly doable, just something to be aware of.

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

Mountain Park Campground-Roosevelt Nat'l. Forest, Bellvue, Colorado

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

As other reviews have pointed out, this is an outstanding campground, offering electric and dry sites. There are 4 loops -- Bear and McConnell loops have electric hookups. All the sites appeared to be level, the site we had certainly was. Paved interior roads, gravel pull thru and back in sites. Well spaced between sites. Hosts are excellent at keeping the CG well maintained and clean. Firewood available from the hosts. Non-threaded water faucets available throughout the CG, efficient fire grates for the sites. Challenging hike from the CG, the Kreutzer Trail, with interpretive information, and the McConnell trail that reaches Mt. McConnell -- elevation gain from 6600 feet to just over 8000 feet in a 4 mile loop. We camped at Mountain Park Campground-Roosevelt Nat'l. Forest in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Bear 020
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you take the hikes mentioned in the review, take plenty of water!

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

Camp Dick (USFS), Ward, Colorado

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

Can't believe this campground hasn't been reviewed more frequently. It's an excellent campground, located between Ward (8 miles away) and Allenspark (8 miles away) at Peaceful Valley. There's actually 2 campgrounds here, Camp Dick (with 40 sites) and Peaceful Valley (with 17 sites). Stayed at Camp Dick over the Memorial Day weekend 2016; rate is without senior pass discount (half price), and did require a 3 night minimum since it was a holiday.

Sites are well spaced, some in the open, some in the trees. CG is in a valley with a stream running through it, quite a few sites are streamside; there's also a cul-de-sac with some sites, in the trees and a bit more private. Each site has a fire ring, table, separate grill and tent pad. All are well maintained and cleaned regularly. CG road is paved; sites are gravel and level.

Family friendly CG, can accommodate a variety of campers/RVs. No hookups at all, and common water available, but faucets are not threaded. Firewood available on site from host. Host very friendly and efficient. We camped at Camp Dick (USFS) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
9-it is streamside
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Several good hiking trails in the area, from the CG. Also popular with ATV/OHV folks, some good trails for them as well. It can get cold there in the evening, elevation is ~8400 feet.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

Falcon Meadow Campground, Falcon, Colorado

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

Two night stay there. Needed to be on the east side of Colorado Springs. Yes, the park is old. It's been around since 1959, but it's better than many others that have been around less time. It is laid out rather strangely, but is fairly easy to get around. Were originally given a back in spot that had the utilities on the opposite side from where they should be. We asked about another spot, a pull-thru, didn't have sewer, but did have water/electric. Utilities worked fine and were in the right place. Site was a fairly new one on the north end of the park near the dog walk field. LOTS of rabbits in the field and adjacent camp sites, but they weren't a bother -- rather fun to watch them. HUGE, ferocious rain storm the 2nd night, caused some flooding within the campgrounds and some tree damage, trees uprooted and limbs down, but no damage to campers that was visible. One poor soul in a tent probably got soaked! Staff there very friendly. It's a good choice if you need to be on the east side of the Springs, and it's easy to get to locations around town. We camped at Falcon Meadow Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

Chief Hosa Lodge & Campground, Golden, Colorado

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Memorial Day weekend at Chief Hosa, one of the coldest/rainiest holidays in recent memory. The site we had was OK, it was fairly level, but it was muddy, particularly where the tow vehicle was parked. Didn't spend much time outside due to the weather. The campground can get crowded and the sites are close together, but no more so than some of those parking lot RV parks where there's barely room to breathe. The staff was friendly and very helpful, guide to help us get the rig in place. Water/Electric connections, no sewer. Only drawback -- they charge an additional $23 to use the dump station there, which is way too steep a price. I gave the park a 7 rating, since it's a viable park to stay in, close to I-70 and amenities, easy commute to Denver or Evergreen/Conifer area. Some of the sites aren't overly level, and it does take some experience in getting in and around the campground, as there are a lot of trees, and some tight turns. It was clean, and the restrooms were very clean. Some folks gripe about the fee to shower, but it's not really unreasonable. We camped at Chief Hosa Lodge & Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
30
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

Glacier Basin Campground (NPS Campground), Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate noted above is with the Senior Pass discount. This is the "off the beaten path" campground in RMNP, somewhat less popular than Moraine Park, but just as nice. There's great views, a mixture of campsites/types; pull-throughs, back-ins, and tent sites. Some in the trees, some out in the open. We had a site that was a pull-through in D loop (D142), nestled in the trees but with an open view to the south. Will definitely keep this site in mind for future trips there. The restrooms (and there were numerous restroom buildings) were sparkling clean with flush toilets and sinks; seems a shame they don't include showers, but that doesn't detract from them, would just be a welcome addition. About the only thing that somewhat soured our visit was the very cranky "lady" that was selling firewood/ice, who made a very disparaging remark about us not having anything less than a $20 for the firewood; that was all the cash we had. She was really nasty about it, and when we go again, we will make sure to have something smaller so she won't be as cranky! We camped at Glacier Basin Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

Bellaire Lake Campground, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Price paid reflects Senior Pass. This park is a hidden gem! Yes, it was damaged by winds in 2013 and there are a lot of trees down in the lower loop making it unusable/closed. The remaining sites are all really nice, as USFS campgrounds go. Trees that were damaged have, for the most part been cut down and removed. It's a lot more open than it used to be, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. There's plenty of space between sites, and a good mix of back in and pull thru sites. All have electricity, which was unexpected. Vault toilets in several locations. Easy access to Bellaire Lake itself, which is beautiful! Lots of folks come there for the fishing, which, from conversations with folks fishing, can be a mixed bag...some days good/some days not so good. One can easily hike around the lake. This CG is a good alternative to West and Dowdy Lakes that are closer to Red Feather. It's about 5 miles south of the main/paved road, and is dirt road access, but not a problem. There's also hiking trail access nearby. We camped at Bellaire Lake Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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States Visited: 3
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Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort, Hill City, South Dakota

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $62.00
Overall Rating:      

The best park in the area! Having stayed here many years ago, decided to return. It didn't disappoint. There are 5 different areas to choose from for your camping needs. We staying in the Upper Ranch Camp area, in the trees. Bathhouse specific to that area. Pull- through site, did need to do some leveling, but nothing overly extreme. The only shortcoming was the bathhouse itself. A bit run down and in need of a better cleaning. There were only 2 toilet stalls and 3 shower stalls for an area that was constantly busy from campers coming and going. The mix there was of motorhomes, trailers, and tents, so not everyone was using their own on-board facilities. Nice open meadow areas between the different camping areas. Office staff was friendly and efficient. Swimming pool by the office with extra parking for the pool area. Pancake breakfast in the mornings from 8-11 AM, reasonably priced...and delicious! Rafter J is convenient to just about everything one could possibly want to see in the central Black Hills area -- close to Hill City and Custer City, and convenient to Mount Rushmore and the Needles Highway, as well as Custer State Park. We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

Estes Park Campground at Marys Lake, Estes Park, Colorado

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

Good, basic, no-frills campground with 3 distinct areas for camping. There's the usual rows of pull-through sites for those wanting full hookups, with the sites fairly close together. There is also a W/E only area, that's primarily back in sites, with more space in between in some areas, but other sites a bit close together. This area also has a few boondocking sites with no hookups. There is also a separate tent area with no frills/hookups; tents are, however, allowed in the W/E area. Sites are generally level, dirt/gravel mix throughout the park. Utility hookups are conveniently located, no difficulties in hooking up at all. There's also a dump station on site as well for those using the W/E sites. Showers/restrooms have always been clean and up-to-date; the showers are pay ($2 in quarters for 6 minutes), but have always had plenty of hot water and the time has always been sufficient...just don't dally! One thing to be aware of -- it can get windy there at times. Because of the location, there's a bit of a swirl to the wind, coming in at different directions. Not a good idea to leave awnings out unless they are really anchored down well, and even then, consider taking the awning in if you're going to be away from the site for any length of time. Convenient to the entrance to RMNP or to downtown Estes Park, there's a shuttle that can take you downtown, or up to Bear Lake in RMNP. Price is the most reasonable in Estes Park. It's the same price for full hookups or Water/Electric only, at $37/night. It's $27 for no hookups/tenting area. The campground is very popular on the weekends and reservations are recommended, but during the week, it's pretty easy to get a walk in site w/o reservations. We camped at Estes Park Campground at Marys Lake in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

Elk Meadow Lodge & RV Resort, Estes Park, Colorado

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $63.00
Overall Rating:      

We've stayed at this park several times, usually one of the first to open for the season in Estes Park. Convenient to downtown as well as the Beaver Meadows entrance to RMNP. First and foremost, it's overpriced. The fee we paid was with a discount for full hookups. The most recent visit here, we discovered (along with their maintenance person) an anomaly with their electrical system. Initially, we didn't have electricity and tripping the breaker on the post didn't resolve it. What maintenance discovered was that, the sites are tied together with EVERY OTHER SITE, not the one next to it, that would be logical. Had to trip the breaker on a site 2 sites up! Once that was resolved, there were no additional problems with utilities. Sites are somewhat level...but not consistently throughout the park. We usually stay in the area more on the southern side of the park, and the sites there require a bit more leveling then some of the others closer to the highway. The access roads need some attention, in places it's asphalt that is breaking up, other places it's more gravel. Restrooms have always been clean every time we've visited. There's a bathhouse in the central part of the park that's more communal. Then there are restrooms at the upper end by the tenting area, that are 4 individual restrooms, that give more of a sense of privacy. Both cases, they are clean with plenty of hot water. Staff has always been friendly each time I've been there. I've read complaints about unfriendly staff, but have never experienced that myself and we've been going there for several years. Normally we don't use the group facilities such as the pool and hot tub area, so can't comment on them. The company that owns this park also owns Spruce Lake. Their pricing structure seems to be the same, but of the two, I prefer Elk Meadow, as the sites are not quite as tight as Spruce Lake, and there are pull thru sites, which Spruce Lake doesn't offer. If you're willing to spend the money, Elk Meadow is an acceptable park. But like all the parks in Estes Park, there seems to have been a decline in quality, while prices have increased. Unfortunately, there's just not many alternatives; USFS campgrounds aren't close by, and the campgrounds inside RMNP fill up rapidly during the camping season. We camped at Elk Meadow Lodge & RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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