25 Parks near Buena Vista, Colorado
Sep 2016 - $40.00
We were traveling through Colorado and needed a place for the night. Unfortunately we picked Arrowhead point the same weekend as families with hoards of small children descended on the place. Extremely noisy and our spot (tight back in) was right between the volleyball court and the basketball court. Numerous stray volleyballs made it under our unit requiring a retrieval by either one of the players or ourselves. We are NOT anti children but the mix of the campground of folks in tents, small campers, etc made for a miserable experience. The layout of the park has at least 3 levels with some nice wide spots (with sewers) all the way to small back in spots where you can literally touch your neighbors unit through your window.
We stayed at Arrowhead Point RV park in September 2016 in a 29 ft travel trailer. - Mountain RV User
Aug 2016 - $58.00
We stayed at Arrowhead Point for 5 days. We found the grounds to be clean and well maintained. We like sites 1-7 that back up to a hillside and are very spacious.. They have afternoon shade.
The laundry facilities are clean and not too expensive for a quick load. There is road noise, but all the parks in BV are located on the highway. It didn't bother us for it quiets down in the evening. Good wifi & AT&T phone service. Cable was good but very limited, but did the job of getting us the morning & evening news. Many returning visitors.
The staff does a great job in maintaining & cleaning the campground. They are friendly and ready to help you.
The owners are polite but not very friendly.
We will return to Arrowhead Point when we return to BV next summer. - Texan58
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
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
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
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
Sep 2016 - $45.00
This is an extremely nice park with very spacious wide, long parking. The amenities which include clubhouse with kitchen, covered screened pavilion with picnic tables are used often for get togethers and parties. The kids have a playground and basketball court. This very well maintained park principally caters to long term guests (one to five months) as the park is closed in the winter months. However, overnight guests seem to be welcome. The owners who live on site are superb managers, caretakers and just basically nice people. The number of return guest are a testament to this great RV Park. Because of the 8000 foot elevation of this park, it is a perfect place for those looking for respite from the heat elsewhere in the country. - Btowny
Aug 2016 - $49.00
We stayed at Mt. Princeton with FMCA group. We received the standard Good Sam / FMCA 10% discount. Our group loved the park. Sites are pretty much level, wide enough to get a 45' diesel into it with ample parking for the towed vehicle. Each space has a small grass area adjacent to it. Small to medium trees so no satellite interference. Great view of the mountains from the park. Our group utilized the new pavilion as our gathering area and it was wonderful. We had 2 group dinners there and it worked great. The owners are on site and were absolutely responsive to any request. We plan to return regularly. Just far enough of the main road that road noise was never a problem. Good grocery and other shopping nearby. - TheBigL
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 - $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
Aug 2016 - $47.00
This is a park that has been around many years with many additions during that time. It has been under new ownership for about 3 years. The general condition of the park is falling off under the new owners. Many of the guests who have stayed all summer no longer are returning. The owners are very nice but are very short on follow-through. It is reported they leave the park as much as 2 weeks leaving with no one in charge or able to handle immediate issues. They have multiple workampers on the grounds, but there is no sense of pride in their work. Any issue that comes up the owner must find and figure it out. One workamper has a bad dog where many people walked their dog resulting in some close calls. A small sign was posted, but you are within that dogs attack range when you could read it and your pet is even less.
Some of the park is many years old when sites were commonly designed for two small RVs sharing a pedestal. There is a 50a plug at each site, but it appears the first person at that pedestal gets the 50a service and the next only gets a 30a plug. These sites share a small grass area that might be as little as 9' wide. There is a newer area that has a single pedestal for the guest as well as a large grass area. They have Internet, but it is slow and unreliable. In our case, it kept kicking us off after about 5 minutes. Verizon and ATT phone service is weak, but texting seems to work better although ATT seems to take much longer to send. Their restrooms are clean, but old and small except in the clubhouse where the 2 showers are much larger. The trees have grown, so many guests use portable satellite dishes on the ground. They have elected to discontinue the recycling activity of the past. We would question whether to return if the park continues to become rundown. - Workamper04
Aug 2016 - $45.00
Park has nice long, long spaces for big rigs. And many tall trees for nice shade. Lanes and sites are gravel with nice size grass areas between sites. Utilities work well. No fenced dog run. Parks WiFi is okay for checking emails. Beautiful mountain vistas all around. This park is older with quite a few permanent trailers and RVs. Folks are friendly but most travelers stay just a couple days. Lots of hiking all over plus river rafting and kayaking. Little town of Buena Vista is charming with numerous shops and cafes. Salida is just 30 minutes away and a much larger town with good Safeway grocery and a WalMart. The City Buena Vista offers a huge wonderful fenced in dog park just above the river. There is also a nice gentle trail along the river to walk your dog and watch folks surfing the rapids in kayaks and paddle boards. Nice way to spend an afternoon.
Unless you are really into mountain biking, hiking and river rafting, there is not a lot to do in the Buena Vista area. - JanneC
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
Buena Vista, Colorado (map) |
Sites: 36 | Latest Rate: $17.00 | 3 Reviews
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
Sep 2016 - $18.00
This is a great park that is easy to get into with wide streets for easy parking. Large level sites with well located utilities. The owners are extremely helpful and friendly. Clean laundry with good rates. I wish all parks were so user friendly. - gadawg
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
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