25 RV Parks near Buena Vista, Colorado
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
Jul 2018 - $60.00
Awesome resort!! We stayed for one night and it Rv was perfect. Great area, flat spaced, super friendly staff!! We would totally come back!! - jazander
Sep 2017 - $154.00
Stayed for one night for a quick vacation. Other cabins in the area were all booked up but this was available. Rate is for 4 adults in one of the "cottages". The cabin was small but clean and comfortable for our group. There is some structural issues with the unit we stayed in where the entire building slopes down towards the front. All the facilities in the cottage were clean and up to date. We would probably not stay here again since the price was much higher than other cabins in the area and smaller than other cabins/cottages. - Fitzjohnfan
Aug 2017 - $58.00
Space backed up to a wooded area, plenty wide enough and well maintained. Beautiful views of mountains. - LBT
May 2018 - $46.00
Although we were passing through, we observed that this is an apparent place for kayakers to camp, especially in tents, since the Arkansas River is just down the road. The office staff was very friendly but no escort to our site. An escort would have been helpful as the layout of this park is quirky with unlevel sites. Our site was 30 amp only without water or sewer. This campground needs some updating as everything is DIRT without any gravel or pavement. If it had rained, we would have been in a giant mud puddle. WiFi was great but only TV reception was PBS so we cooked, built, crafted and watched documentaries. Beautiful views of the mountains. It is overpriced for the rundown condition of the campground spaces and roads. - SewSoBeachy
Apr 2017 - $52.00
Small, older park.....but a great place to stay for a couple of nights. We woke up every morning to a fresh dusting of snow, yet the afternoons would warm up nicely. Saw deer a couple of mornings. We stayed here to visit my daughter, son in law and grandson (who live in Fairplay) so we had a 40-45 minutes drive to get to their house. We enjoyed our stay here. - Phaeton01
Sep 2016 - $45.00
Very poor wifi and cell coverage. No site escort as at many KOA's. Pizza and firewood delivery. Most sites terraced. Some leveling needed. Facilities are older and could use updating. Not enough restrooms for size of CG. Beautiful views of the mountains. Not noted, but connects to several local trails on public land, for dog walking, biking, etc. - Flapper
May 2018 - $47.00
Nice, quiet RV park with long level gravel pull-thru FHU-50 amp sites. Good size for both length and width. No cable. Antenna gets only 1 station-PBS. Picnic table. Small grass patch in between sites. Wide internal roads. Park is easy to find. Laundry facilities are good. Nice social hall with kitchen and covered outdoor tables. Beautiful view of mountains. Owners are very nice and helpful. Definitely would stay here again if in this area. - DrM Traveler
Sep 2017 - $37.00
This is what every campground should be, well kept and friendly and quiet. Stayed a week riding motorcycles and Jeeping in the mountains. Great town to be based out of for a week of exploring. - PBS
Sep 2017 - $47.00
Beautiful park conveniently located. The owners are wonderful people. Everything is clean and well-organized. It's a little pricey for us, but we liked it well enough to stay here again in our fifth wheel. - ouachita princess
Oct 2016 - $16.00
I had a great stay here at Railroad Bridge. We visited towards the end of the season in October, so the campground was half full. The water was down, which was convenient for my kids as otherwise I hear it can be raging during peak rafting season. Not much noise from the road, the river is right down below, and it was a clean spot. The only drawback is that there isn't a huge amount to do from right there at the campground, but I'd still go back. - onedoubles
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
Jun 2018 - $34.00
We stayed overnight and really enjoyed our stay. The park is very clean and well laid out. The atmosphere is extremely friendly and the staff is very helpful. We would definitely stay here again. - rjshirley
Jun 2018 - $50.00
My wife and I have been to this park several times, it is our favorite in Buena Vista. There are lots of trees, the spaces are plenty long, and you are right in the hub of activity for the town. The folks who run the place are very friendly and helpful. We would gladly stay there again, and again! - Greengas Family
Aug 2017 - $51.00
Stayed here overnight. Gravel pull-through site was long enough, but tight from side-to-side. In fact, the tree on Site #8 needed trimmed back. The turn into the site was tight and the tree on the passenger side left scratches. Sites are door-to-door facing. Got situated on the site and they only have one 50 amp per the two sites that are back-to-back and the other RV was plugged in. Went to the office to discuss/complain and they have no other sites available, but offer me a Two-30 amp conversion to a 50 amp plug (which was available on the site post) but charges a $75 refundable fee when the conversion plug is returned. Our reservation was made over 2 weeks ago - it wasn't like we just pulled in. I complained enough that they did not charge the $75 fee. Their men & women's shower/restroom up by the clubhouse was a single unit for each, which was too few for this large of a campground. - MAVetter
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
Sites: 36 | Recent Rate: $$$$ | 4 Reviews
Jun 2017 - $20.00
We really prefer the quiet and privacy of dispersed camping, but this CG is the next best thing. We were lucky and got maybe the best spot, but we could hear or see no other campers from our spot. We were surrounded on all sided by a stand of aspen trees, gorgeous spot. It's a short walk to the lake, if you have a canoe, kayak, or stand-up this is a great area. No ATV's or powered boats allowed, so it's super peaceful and quiet. It was a very mellow atmosphere. As far as the CG itself, level spots, nice tent pad spots available, a few pull through's, very spaced out. The pit toilets were very well kept. The road out is better than I expected. The last 4 miles is dirt, but the washboard is only occasional and not bad at all. My only wish is that there were hiking trails closer. You have to head back that 4 miles to get to where there are several trailheads, including the Colorado Trail. They are great trails though, so worth it. - Jetfixer03
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
Jun 2018 - $35.00
A former residential trailer park, some of it is now an RV park. Trees were not trimmed for our space or adjacent ones and it was difficult to back in and miss the tree branches. The guy directing us made light of the tree branches and only became more obnoxious as time went on. The water smelled and tasted bad, so we had to use gallon jugs from supermarket. Landscaping was deteriorating and grass was sparse and weedy. Obviously a place where the staff cannot keep up. Seems like a lot of the short term RV spaces are up front and the constant highway traffic was noisy. We didn't spend a lot of time outside, so noise and poor landscaping didn't matter that much. Seems like all spaces are back ins. A fair amount of space around pads was nice. We spent a week and we don't need to come back to Buena Vista for a long time, so it fades into the past of mediocre campgrounds. A lot of campgrounds in Buena Vista are more expensive, but the good reviews for here fooled us. - AirstreamGene
Jun 2018 - $40.00
This park is just north of Buena Vista. Easy big rig access and really just a single loop so easy to get around. But they still escort you to your site and help you back in. Sites are mostly dirt but they do have concrete patios and picnic benches. My wife rated the laundry machines the best she has ever used in an RV park. They also have clotheslines scattered throughout the park to hang things. Utilities are fine but be aware the outlets are 50 amp only so if you have a 30 amp rig you will need an adapter. No OTA TV stations. Wifi and AT&T service was poor. Staff was very friendly and helpful. - akeller156
May 2018 - $37.00
Possibly one of the oldest and cleanest private parks I have ever stayed in. The owners were an absolute delight to talk with. I took several showers, and the spouse used the laundry room, both were spotless. I saw the owners working every day during the week cleaning up either cutting limbs, hauling material, cleaning facilities. It does have a very old look, but there are lots of trinkets/antique knick-knack around, and they water the ground to grow grass near your campsite. The campsite was level, we saw a lot of deer eating the grass. I did not have a 50 amp adapter, owner of park provided me with one when he helped guide me into the site. There was a bit of road noise during the day from the highway, but it really was quiet at night. Other campers that stay there long term were nice to talk with and friendly. My wife thought it was the cleanest laundry she had ever used, and she is really picky when it comes to the machines being clean. Would love to book a month here to explore the area, however, owners said they are booked on monthly by January of each year. - DocColorado
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