25 Parks near Buena Vista, Colorado
Jul 2016 - $63.00
The price is with Good Sam discount plus taxes and fees. (For this price, you wouldn't think they would have pay showers.) Escort is provided to site. The park has sites of varying lengths spread over several tiers of hills. Sites themselves are level gravel with grass in between. Roads are mostly fine gravel/sand. There are both pull-throughs and back-ins. Some sites back up to a shaded hillside, pull-throughs are in the open, although there are young trees that have been planted between the sites. There are also a lot of cabins and tent sites. Wi Fi worked great; cable TV reception was a bit fuzzy. Our Verizon voice and data service was spotty and weak. - Ray Z
Jun 2016 - $57.00
This park is 5 miles north of town, so a little inconvenient for things in town and seems like most activities, zip lining, rafting, hot springs, etc. are south of town, so a little off the track. But just to the north is Leadville and the road to Aspen, so just depends on what you want to do. Check in was friendly and quick. They charge an extra $ 10.00 for reservations made one line. Site was really good, wide, level gravel with a large sitting area with picnic table and fire ring. Utilities good, easy hook up. Cable TV included but limited, analog only, stations. We could not get any Verizon signals, not even for phones. While this is a nice park, for the money and convenience to town, we would stay elsewhere next time. - starwind
May 2016 - $44.00
Friendly owners. We were there for an RV rally. Pavilion was great but the time we were there it was a little cold. The inside room they had was too small for a rally the size of ours (20 rigs). So no card or game playing. It was a clean park. Pool filled in. Do have small cabins and yurts. - milodog
Aug 2016 - $30.00
Cramped very unlevel gravel site with sewer connection on the uphill end. Adequate water pressure, and electrical connection. Spotty wifi.
Fortunately, we stay gone most of the time when we camp.
Nice people, and nice river access.
Best price I could find on short notice in the Buena Vista area.
Would not stay in the site I was in again, but would stay in CG. - wdwtx
Dec 2015 - $35.00
I was here in summer of 2015 before I joined this website and just had to correct some misinformation of earlier reviews. I lived outside Denver until last February and am now based in Colorado while "full-timing". I stay here every summer at least once while fly fishing in the area. There IS a path to the river that can be accessed from two places in the campground. I hate to let this information out, but this one of the few campgrounds in that has 1/4 Mile of PRIVATE WATER on the Arkansas River and public access all around it. The campground has a few long-term campers, but you would never know by looking. The owner meticulously maintains everything in the campground and goes out of his way to help you with whatever help you need. I have even seen him help people with maintenance issues on their rig. The wifi has always worked for me. I don't use the laundry facilities, but I can see where that might be an issue for some. The bathrooms are always clean. The road noise is the only negative, especially in the early morning, but our (new) big rig now keeps it shut out.
The previous reviewers who could find nothing to do there have never experienced the peace and tranquility of standing in the Arkansas River all day flailing the water with a 5wt. rod and a #20 Adams, or watching the owners of the mineral rights dredging for gold, or panning for gold themselves, or watching the Bighorn Sheep come to the water in the evening or splashing among big rock formations in a cold, clear mountain stream, etc.. Sure, there are no casinos, zip-lines, T-shirt shops, wax museums, trolley lines, etc.., but when you can look out your window and see the Collegiate Peaks dusted with snow and the aspens twinkling in the breeze among the pine trees - who cares? - coloradoflyfisher
Jun 2015 - $33.00
We stayed here for 3 days and the park was adequate for our needs. The sites are near the road, but we didn't notice any noise. The sites were very clean and the road looked to be "groomed" occasionally. The WiFi was free, but was very spotty. Verizon cell coverage seemed OK. Not much to do at the park, but OK place to come back to after a long day of site seeing.
It is big rig friendly. A large 45' prevost motor home parked at one of the drive through sites near us with no problems.
I asked if they had discount for FMCA, and manager didn't know what that group was, but gave me 10% discount anyway. - Fitzjohnfan
Aug 2015 - $50.00
We have now stayed in 5 commercial campgrounds in the Buena Vista/Salida area. This is by far the best one. The water/electric sites are very private for a KOA. Always excellent service. Our kids love it with the rock outcrops. Incredible views. Pricey, but everything in the valley is. The pull through sites with sewer are not nearly as nice as the smaller water/electric sites along the edges of the campground. Much better than the other RV parks in Buena vista. - outwash
Aug 2015 - $40.00
Very nice place to stay. Staff was great and this KOA has the best wifi we've ever had in a campground anywhere! Downside would be no cable TV (I'm a news junkie) and only two over the air stations (both PBS - although I learned a few things LOL). We enjoyed our stay there and will stay again next time we are in that area! - John_D
Jul 2015 - $38.00
We've stayed at this campground a couple of times. No complaints at all; it's in a good location, located at the end of a gravel road a couple of miles from town. The campground is clean with great customer service from both owners and working campers. Our site had Water, electric, sewer and really good wifi. A nice little feature as well is pizza delivery to your campsite. - Always Glamping
Aug 2015 - $40.00
Only 2 showers and 2 toilets in each men and womens for such a big park. Awkward entry to restrooms as you must walk past everyone in the large activity room. Rough road, no recycling containers, no pool, lots of long-term campers. Good location and setting, can hike or Mtn bike out the back gate. Good wide sites, and drives.No real trees. - adamant
Jul 2015 - $39.00
Check in was prompt and courteous. Easy access from Route 24 and close to town. Buena Vista is a gorgeous place with great hiking, off roading, rafting and fishing. Views in the park are heavily dependent on location - park was very crowded and spaces are tight. We had a view of the storage yard - more like a RV bone yard. Comments on the entry road are correct. But the interior roads are just as bad. The campground needs to re-gravel the entire park. The interior roads are heavily pitted, washboard and holes. Our site was more compacted/loose dirt than gravel. There was some grass in the sites by the entrance - which looked like the season sites. Otherwise landscaping is pretty sparse. No visible security - park is accessible from two entries with no gates. Utilities were good - satellite worked even with the few trees scattered around the park. I would probably try another park in the area before coming back here. Not bad - but with more road/landscaping maintenance and proper spacing they could make this a much nicer park. - Zoey and Reba
May 2015 - $32.00
Registration staff busy but courteous and helpful. Our assigned Site appeared to be in a brand new section of the campground. Gravel was a little soft but wood blocks under the rear wheels helped that (they had rain the week before we arrived). Sites close but few others occupied this time of year. Power per my surge meter was spot on and water was within the parameters of RV acceptable pressure. No cable in this section yet, however, it appeared as if the connecting boxes were in place so maybe later. Rest rooms, laundry and showers were brand spanking new. Stunning views of "Ivy League" fourteeners to the west. We would stay here again. - pyrthkr
Jul 2015 - $16.00
Railroad Bridge (part of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area) is a wonderful place to camp in the Buena Vista area. It doesn't have hookups, water or dump station but it is situated right on the Arkansas River and only a 10-minute drive to Buena Vista. There are only 8 RV spots and three of them (3, 7 and 8) are really nice long back-ins. The rest are side-of-the-road pull-throughs that are still pretty nice. This campground is also a major river access point for rafting companies and there is a large parking lot and staging area for rafters. Some might mind the traffic and people coming through, but we liked watching the rafters and all the activity was only from about 9AM to 4 PM. At night the campground was quiet (except for the river) and peaceful. The fishing is excellent and the views of the surrounding mountains are spectacular. Access is via a dirt road from Buena Vista and there are some daunting old railroad tunnels on the road, but RVs will fit just fine (at least our 12'9" fifth wheel did). This campground is an undiscovered gem worth checking out if you want to stay in the Buena Vista area. - MrSunshine
Jul 2016 - $42.00
Made my reservation (and paid for the whole stay in advance) for a premium 50Amp pull through. Surprise #1: When I arrived I had to disconnect to get in the site. Surprise #2: This was a shared pedestal site, so my neighbor was 3 feet away. Surprise #3: There was only one 50Amp receptacle and it was occupied. Owner said 50A is first come, first served but the site using the 50A was a permanent. Owner was willing to sell me a "cheater box" so I could use the two 30 Amps as a 50A (illegal in many states). Owner refused to move me citing "scheduling difficulties". Also had some water pressure issues, and only half the laundry machines worked. - jOHNONTHEROAD
May 2016 - $43.00
The park is very well kept and maintained well but the laundry needs some attention. The owners live on site and are very friendly and they schedule several activities such as an occasional breakfast and game night, etc. Overall Snowy Peaks is a well run nice park with friendly staff and guests. - bigt
Oct 2015 - $37.00
Very nice clean park. Clean, attractive, private restrooms and showers. Quiet. Spacious spaces with grassy lawns, new picnic tables, decorative fire ring. Good cable and Wi-Fi. Very pleased with the park. Best in Buena Vista. - Ridgewood
Jul 2012 - $17.00
This is place beautiful. The views are spectacular. You can't improve on the scenery hence the 10 rating. It truly takes your breath away. The campground is standard NFS. There are no hookups. Water is available but facets are not threaded. The campground is at 10,000 feet and the water pressure can't handle freshwater tank fill ups. So fill up before hand or bring water containers. Restrooms are vault toilets. They are very clean. The sites are mostly level and well maintained. If you are under 30 feet you will have plenty of options. Over 30 feet there are are about 4 or 5 depending on your backing skills. The road (FR 344) is 4 miles of gravel. It is rough in places but wide and safe. Just slow down and you will be fine. One warning do not let your GPS send you down the wrong Forest Road. Do not turn off County Rd 306 UNTIL you reach FR 344. There is a sign for the campground. There is a riding stable on the right just before you reach FR344. Once on FR 344 there are 2 short one lane bridges. The lake is just past the second bridge. The camp ground will be on your right just past the lake. It is clearly marked. There are no reservations and the site is very popular. Your best bet is to arrive before noon. The best days for scoring a site are Monday & Tuesday. Take your hummingbird feeder and your fishing gear. - NT2013
Aug 2010 - $15.00
This is a beautiful "get away from it all" campground. The campground is clean and for the most part, the sites are level. There are a very limited number of longer sites, and the road up to the campground is gravel and a little rough. So if you have a big rig, be prepared to turn around and seek other arrangements if the campground is busy. The sites are not reservable. No electricity, no water for RV fills, and no dump station. We dumped and got water at the Snowy Peaks Campground in Buena Vista. We had a very weak Verizon signal. But, it is a wonderful place to dry camp and enjoy quiet and seclusion. Lots of hummingbirds, heard the elk bugle. One of Colorado's best. - sunbadgers
Aug 2010 - $15.00
This campsite has the most beautiful scenery I have seen. Don't confuse this NFS campground with one of the same name on Grand Mesa. There is no comparison. I loved this place. However, it is a forest service site. There is no dump, hook ups or reservations. It is first come first served. It can fill on weekends so get there before noon on Friday. The campground is in San Isabel NF 11 miles SW of Buena Vista. Take County Rd 306 west about 7 miles to Forest Rd 344. The FR is dirt and rough but it is worth the ride. There are 3 very nice pull throughs and several other long back ends. The hosts are nice and rules are enforced concerning ATVs, quiet hours and dogs. Cottonwood Lake is beautiful and nearby however, you can't see it very well from the campground. Fishing is king here but there is hiking in the area. Sitting and staring at the views works as well It is 9600 feet so plan for cool temps at night. - NT2013
Jul 2016 - $0.00
We stayed here on 4th of July weekend and park was very busy. This is a free campground, so with that consideration, we really like this park. We have stayed here before and depending on how busy it is, you can select a site in the trees or out in the open. No amenities, except for vault toilets and rough fire rings built with rocks. Depending on the season, there can be large amounts of mosquitoes or none.
This stay was nice, but due to the extended weekend, there were too many large groups to make camping comfortable. Some stayed up too late with loud parties. We left the next day and stayed at a professional campground down the road. We will return, though, because the scenery is beautiful and fishing at the lake are great. You can't beat the price. - Fitzjohnfan
Aug 2016 - $48.00
A well maintained park with huge lots. Some with shade. Friendly and helpful owners. Good Wi-Fi. We will stay here again! - minnesnowta
Aug 2016 - $45.00
We thought this park was excellent - very spacious level site , clean cheap laundry, decent wifi, and nice location. Didn't give it higher because it's an RV park and not in the middle of nature. - RosalitaAS
Jul 2016 - $38.00
This is an older mobile home park so spaces are large and well cared for. The owners were very helpful with both parking and information about the area. No real dog area but lots of walking behind the park just make sure to be a good owner and pickup after your pet. Reserve early the park was full. - MTFF
Sep 2010 - $10.00
This is a difficult place to rate because its not a typical RV park. The cabins were built first, and the two RV sites were put in much later as an afterthought. We and other relatives have been staying here for many years in the cabins, and we only found out last year that they have the RV sites. Both sites are back-in and you have to back down a small road, so I don't know if a very large rig (40'+) would make it, but maybe it could. Both sites have 20 amp electric only and no other hookups. (the electric pole wasn't working in our site, so I used the one next door) The sites are not very level, so be sure to have blocks and/or levelers. I can recommend this place for an RV, especially if you have other guests staying in the cabins, or if you need electric and want to be very close to the great fishing at Twin Lakes/Forebay, otherwise, I'd recommend either the National Forest campgrounds further up the road (summer only) or the other campgrounds in Leadville or Buena Vista. Keep in mind, we only paid $10.00/night. Note: this does not affect this review, but the cabins are clean with comfortable beds. The appliances are very dated, but functional. I would recommend staying in them if you are looking for a fully furnished cabin with showers and kitchenettes. - Fitzjohnfan