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
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
Sep 2016 - $58.00
This is a well maintained campground with helpful and friendly staff at check in, we also had a helpful escort to our site. Interior roads are dirt/gravel, rutted in places and needed some maintenance. Big rig access was just fair. Our site was a long level gravel pull through but not very wide, there was space however for our towed behind our RV, not much privacy between sites. We had a picnic table and a fire ring. There was a little road noise during the day, but it was very quiet at night. We had a wonderful view of the mountains from our RV, so pretty. The bathrooms were modern and clean and the laundry was well equipped and clean. Pet friendly with a large pet walk area. Wifi and cell were good. There are some food stores in Buena Vista (I liked the small clean and well stocked City Market), as well as a few places to eat. As for sightseeing so many places to visit, the list is just endless. We would stay here again, despite the dusty roads. - tobyjug
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
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
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
Aug 2017 - $41.00
Mt. Princeton is under new under ownership and it shows that they are trying to upgrade the park and keep it nice. Our group used the covered patio area and it was very nice with good screens to block the wind. Office staff was friendly and easy to work with when I extended for a few days. WiFi was on and off, seemed to get over loaded and stop, staff would reset it and it would work for a while. I was very surprised when we made our reservation they had a 1 dog per site policy, after a couple of phone calls, they said two were OK. Except when you going in their office, there are two dogs behind the counter. That did not sit well with me, just plain wrong. - JeffnAnita
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
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 2017 - $52.00
We wasn't happy with this campground. 1st off they make you park your camper near the camp yard and then they don't allow mats etc on the grass. We set up a canopy for shade because the picnic tables are not shaded. They mowed the grass on a day we were gone. We came back to our site and our canopy was removed and place in the gravel drive. A storm had just come through so we were lucky they hadn't mowed our area yet. They left a note on my sisters door about having things on the grass. Nothing in the rules about canopys but they tossed it aside anyway. We had been there several days and they had not said anything about it. We would have gladly removed it for them to mow if they had only asked. Our biggest complaint was our view. We had paid for premium sites thinking these would be the best. Instead our beautiful mountain view was totally ruined by a long row of storage rv's. Many that looked like they belonged in a junkyard. The other side of our site faced the dumpster that had no fencing to hide it. Lastly, don't expect great cable service on these sites either. Half the channels never worked. They are like sorry, not our fault. It's the cable company's problem. Really disappointed in this park and wouldn't recommend it unless just need a place to park. Don't waste your money on these premium sites. We never could figure out what sites they claim to be their luxury sites. - DeborahB
Jul 2017 - $44.00
We would have rated this campground higher but a few areas needed improvement, they don't seem to have enough bathrooms for the size of the park, the dump station was too close to camp sites and the Wi-Fi was non-existent from most places in the park (even with multiple antennas). With the dry climate in Colorado you expect the campgrounds to have good roads, there was way too much dust and not enough gravel on the roads. Price point was high and no discounts i.e.. AARP, AAA, Good Sam... - Burt_hacker
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
Sep 2017 - $36.00
This former mobile home Park has been converted into a RV Park. The campsites are nicely spaced with ample room between sites. Campfires have a gravel, level drive with a small concrete patio and nice picnic tables. The park roads are dirt, which is very common here, but wide which means backing into your site is very easy. Two things make this Park special- it's location in a beautiful area with much to do and how nice the owners and seasonal campers are to others. Bathrooms are modern and very clean. Nice laundry facilities with clotheslines nearby! The internet is free and worked well for us. No Fire rings or dump station in the park. We would definitely return to this park. - linnemj
Aug 2017 - $34.00
Those of you who know me know I only give a 10 in maybe 1 in 100 places. In fact, I really don't know if I ever have in my about 160 postings. We just love this park - so quiet, lots of room, friendly. Owners are just great. Yes, it can be dusty, but not so if people obeyed the speed limit in there - which most do. Very spacious sites. Love all the little things around there for decorations, etc. If you are looking for a pool, pickleball and lots of wild parties you might look elsewhere. If you are looking for quiet, serene and lots of great people - starting with the owners - then I very highly recommend Valley. This was our second time here and making plans to return for a much longer stay (one month) next year. - AZSwede
Jul 2017 - $48.00
Most parks in town were full when we called so selected Valley RV because they had one site available. Level, very long back in site, with lots of room on either side. Management was not on site, but one of the residents was a stand in "camp host". Cash or check only. The electric only had 50amp, but they provided 30amp adapter for my older coach at no cost. Did not use any of the facilities, but never could log into wifi (Tengo I think), following the hosts instructions. Seemed like many of the residents were there for the whole summer, but each site was clean and well organized. - Fitzjohnfan
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