16 Parks near Central City, Colorado
Sep 2016 - $56.00
Spend the night here. Very nice. - tdwms
Aug 2016 - $47.00
As I read many of the other reviews of this park, I feel a little foolish writing my review. I'm not sure that we were staying at the same park.
First, the positives. The staff was very friendly and efficient and we were escorted to our spot upon arrival. The problem with the road has been addressed and there is now an easier entrance.
Then, the negatives. The park is basically a gravel parking lot with concrete pads installed. There are a few trees that have been planted in the gravel that will be nice once they mature. The spaces are very narrow. Our neighbor had two trucks parked and although they were fully in their space, the truck bumper was about 3 feet from the bench of our picnic table. Too close for me. The 5th wheel across the parking lot had 2 trucks and a small car parked in their space. Pretty tight! The new entrance is not marked as such. Although we were on the right road, the place where we needed to enter looked like an exit. The upper loop where we were parked offered no view whatsoever, except of other rigs. We have been on the road for 4 months and this is the most we have paid for a spot, yet, this is the most unpleasant park that we have been in during this time. We will look for a different park next time we are through this area. - themom3
Jul 2016 - $38.00
We stayed here on two different sites. The experience was night and day as a result. The pros of this park are the location, the camp store and some of the staff. The cons are major ones - is it all sharp, dusty gravel and some very clueless staff.
I thought we were prepared for the mountain climb with the reviews here - but what they really don't tell you is that the climb starts about 10 miles east of the exit. Once you get to the park there isn't really a climb. Ignore gps! There are brand new roads so once you get off the exit, follow the KOA signs. The first site was amazing - right on the edge (I think it was site 3) where all you saw were mountain views and lights of Central City. It was amazing. The biggest problem was there was absolutely no grass anywhere and the gravel wasn't polished - it was very tough if you have dogs.
The camp store is huge and will most likely have anything you want. The staff who work in there are hit or miss. There are a few - namely the owner, his son and a few long-term staffers - that were excellent. There were a few who were completely clueless. For example, I observed them watching three kids throw rocks (rocks, not stones) at chipmunks and they said nothing. I finally told the kids to stop. Being a campground, I'd hope that respect for wildlife was high on the staffers' radar. Nope. These same staffers also let their dogs loose in the park - observed, mind you, but loose.
The second site was not good. No view. Still the sharp gravel, still no grass, and with the lack of view it wasn't worth staying there. Because of the dust, you couldn't really enjoy spending time outdoors without the view.
We could potentially stay here again, but it would be a stop-through if anything. - Kamnel
Black Hawk, Colorado (map) | (303) 582-9979
Sites: 31 | Latest Rate: $40.00 | 6 Reviews
Jun 2014 - $40.00
Just BAD. The ladies shower backs up and you end up standing in backed up drain water. Another visitor there said it was worse than a jail shower. NICE. The campground is noisy. It is advertised as full hook up and once there we were told there was no dump hook up. Ridiculous. The sites are weedy and unkempt. If you have other options-use them. Do NOT stay here. - Kaykaydoo
Jul 2011 - $28.00
This RV park is very sub-par. In a beautiful part of the country, there is no view--it sits down in a valley. Park is not kept up at all. Weeds were up to our knees in the campsite, bathrooms were disgusting. It was so bad, we forfeited the two nights we had paid for when the reservation was made and moved to the nearby KOA (they wouldn't even consider giving us a refund). It's no wonder you have to pay in advance, no one in their right mind would drive in and keep a reservation there otherwise. - Thor MC
Jul 2010 - $40.00
Miserable stay! Weeds taller than my child, dirty bathrooms, apathetic staff, and seedy looking clientele led to a bad experience. I did not feel safe here. This place is very run down and it is obvious there have been zero repairs or maintenance since it stopped being a KOA years ago. - Samba
Sep 2016 - $29.00
Great park. Only reason we rated it an eight is because it doesn't have a full hook-up option. As a state park it is fabulous and gorgeous! - Team Lobster
Jul 2016 - $24.00
This used to be our favorite but the last two trips it has gone to heck! We were here four nights and the bathrooms were NEVER cleaned. Floor was spotted and stained, TP all over, and trash can in bath never emptied. We used their showers once, and they were both (men & women) filthy. I mentioned these complaints to a ranger and was told to "be tolerant" as they are short handed. That seemed odd, as they had two host couples who never did anything that we saw but walk their dogs.
We won't be back to this state park, even though it is in a great location. - number one
Jul 2014 - $22.00
Great state park camping! The scenery is breathtaking! Very similar to Mueller State Park in appearance, just smaller and closer to Denver. We stay here every year and enjoy it immensely. Too bad it was not full hookups, oh well. Watch out for the close trees when turning. We traveled the Peak to Peak highway to Estes Park this time. Worth the time and drive! We will be back! - colochoclab
Aug 2016 - $38.00
Private residence with spaces set up around their home.
The site was located by a beautiful little stream.
Very inconvenient dog walk area. - Pungogirl
Aug 2013 - $39.00
The stream campsites are in the owner's front yard. The "Rule Sheet" you get is a page long filled with more don'ts than do's. Parking and turning around are difficult. We were told they only took credit cards, but upon arrival we had to pay cash. Unfriendly staff. - arobic76
Aug 2013 - $60.00
I made a 4 night reservation at this campground for 2 adults and 2 dogs (Lab and Husky) in a 35 ft motorhome. The website stated: shaded sites with trees...near or on creek...leash free dog area. When we arrived we were pointed to a gravel parking spot with no trees, no shade, no grass, no dirt, no table...just a parking spot in between 2 other RVs with maybe 5 ft between each. The "dog area" was the side of a mountain almost impossible to get to. I did show the host the print out of his website and asked for a creekside site. He told us those sites are for people without pets and if we didn't like the spot we could just leave. So we did. This was also a cash only place which they did not tell us on the phone, and we would have had to go back into town for the cash. We will never stay here. - Dale and Cyndi House
Jul 2010 - $17.00
Pretty good forest service cg, close to Nederland. But could not find a single level site, and as previously said, this place is best for tents and vans. No cell reception. Hosts never made contact with anyone and raced around in a truck. - Annie's Song
Jul 2010 - $17.00
This is a gorgeous setting (right in the middle of National Forest at 8,600 feet). Sites are dirt and vary a bit in size and levelness. There's a handfull of spaces for big-rigs (we have a 40' Class A), but I'd say the majority of the sites are better suited to tenters and smaller rigs. Fire-pit, grill and bench at each site. Pretty forest views and good space between campers. Half the sites are reservable, the others are first-come-first-serve. Potable water, but NO dumpstation here. No hookups. Pit toilets only. Overall a a primitive campground in a lovely and very relaxing forest setting. We'd definitely go back. - nina_70
May 2010 - $17.00
A typical National Forest campground. Has no hookups and limited sites for big rigs. There are 18 walk-up sites and the rest are reservation at Recreation.gov. Has nice camp hosts and the park is nice. - nedmtnman
Sep 2016 - $30.00
We stayed here for three days to visit friends in the area. This is the first and original RV park in the US of A. We knew coming in there were limited services (30 amp electric and water with dump site) but it was perfect. Good space between rigs, quiet, and many trees. It took us 20 min to get almost anywhere in west Denver. Showers cost $.25 for 2min ($1.50 for my shower) and were very clean. The roads thru the park were gravel and washed out somewhat, but passable. We will be back. We camped here in a motorhome. - k-n-r
Aug 2016 - $30.00
Small campground right off I-70, so there is road noise. Sites are electric and water, no sewer. Area is manned by two campground hosts. Dump station costs $23. Not really big rig friendly as there are only a few pull thrus, mostly back-ins. Some trees close to the turns. Our site was fairly level. Bathrooms were clean, showers 25 cents per 2 minutes. This is a no frills campground, but there is a hiking trail and it is a great base to go do things in Golden, Denver, Idaho Springs. The historic Chief Hosa Lodge is right next door but is used as a rental facility. - mohocamper
Jul 2016 - $30.00
The Rv sites are a bit tight but the hosts guide you in so there's no need to worry at all. They're amazing! The dump fee is $23 and the showers cost $.25 per two minutes and you can only use 2 quarters at a time. Beside the freeway noise the campground is fairly quiet. The hosts are incredibly friendly and very caring. If you want to grab a cancellation make sure you ask them in the morning and they'll come get you if one pops up. It's a close campground to a lot of neat say trips. One exit down/up is Walmart if you need anything. We did have two bears rummaging sites last night. - Kimmy B
Aug 2016 - $55.00
Very friendly and helpful staff. Beautiful scenery. Creek right next to our site, and walking distance from a community park and downtown Golden. - vanvfam
Jul 2016 - $59.00
This is a neat little park tucked away between downtown Golden and the Colorado School of Mines, right on Clear Creek. We stayed overnight once on the way up into the mountains and once on the way back. We will definitely be back for a longer stay. Not the best park for people looking for lots of peace and quiet. Families and college students are out tubing down the river (or walking by the park upstream, tubes over shoulders). Park entrance is controlled on the weekends to prevent tubers from taking over parking, and pedestrian traffic is limited to a path along the river, outside the park (several spots back right up to this path). Farmer's Market is a short walk away, and downtown Golden is just a bit farther. There is something nearby for everyone. - Boidster
Jul 2016 - $43.00
This park is NOT for motorhomes. Actually, it is not satisfactory at all because the sites are way too small. Every two sites should be one - minimum. My 33 ft coach barely fit in site 7 and I had to park my compact car next to the office over 50 yards away. I couldn't use my picnic table because there wasn't enough room on my site. I could barely extend my two slideouts - one on each side. The tent pitched in the next site to me was where my picnic table should have been. The 24 hr laundry did not have a bill changing machine. There is literally no space to sit outside your rig unless you want to sit in your neighbors site or in the road. The owners knew the size of our rig and concluded that site 7 would work - NOT! Will never come back! - wjhgolf4
Jul 2015 - $35.00
Nothing fancy here, cramped sites, some paved, some gravel. A good sized laundry room that isn't cleaned very often. Nice neighbors, mostly long term residents. No trees, and the grassy areas are marked to keep dogs off. There is a dog walk area. One of several not very destination-like RV parks in the Denver area. The staff is nice. - WanderingWraith
Sep 2014 - $34.00
This was a place to park for a couple of nights. It did have full hookups, but other than that, I can't say much for this place. The sites are so closely jammed together that there isn't room to put your awning out. Dog walk is quite a hike from most RV spaces, and is just a gravel area. Signs at every grassy area warning you to keep your dogs off the grass. I saw a WiFi antenna on top of the laundry building, but could not access the WiFi without signing up and paying, which I don't do. I would not stay here again. - gfs1943
Aug 2013 - $30.00
This park is the strangest we have stayed in. The sites are concrete and maybe 3 feet wider than our rig. A class A pulled in to the site next to ours, and his slideout was 14 inches from mine. His heater port was right outside our bedroom window, sounded like a tractor starting up. Must be a dog kennel next door to the park--not a relaxing morning. Moving around the site requires care as the next site was about 18" lower than ours with a steep slope to stumble over. Would not feel secure, were I not armed. I'm not sure I could have pulled out, if anyone was in the site below ours, very tight as it was. Stay at Walmart, you'll be better off. - Mike Hartwell
Sep 2016 - $69.00
Stayed at Dakota Ridge for a week which included the Labor Day Weekend. The rates go up by $10 per day for Labor Day which I have never approved of. It bothers me that someone charges more, "Just because we can". The park is laid out well and are reasonably level. Blacktop roads and concrete pads are nice and dirt/grass between spaces. Site was barely long enough for 45' MH and tow. Sites are mostly opposing pull through so you share a patio (grass/dirt) with your neighbor which worked out for us as our neighbors were quite enjoyable. Space between coaches on utility sides is sort of tight. There is about 8 to 10 feet between our slides which is acceptable, but does not do much to enhance any view. Park is well maintained, pool, hot tub, which we did not use. Convenient access to I-70 and local shopping. However price seemed high (including Labor Day Surcharge). We would stay here again, but would probably look around more before we booked. - TheBigL
Sep 2016 - $54.00
This park has location location location. Proximity to freeways was terrific. However, No cable tv but good antenna reception. Stayed 3 nights and never able to connect to their wifi. Not as tight as some of the reviews. We backed up to a hill and their were a lot of people walking near our site to the hiking trail. - Maltaman
Aug 2016 - $59.00
First of all, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to the staff and manager for helping us fit into the last, not quite big enough spot. We were booked across the road, on bad advice from the registration person at Thousand Trails. No way we fit! Dakota Ridge bent over backwards to help us out: the manager personally helped guide our 40' motorhome into the site.
I agree with other reviewers on site space and layout. This is a nice place to stay while visiting Denver. Pricey yes, but it is a city campground. We found it very like other campgrounds that are what I call "campmotels." They supply the utilities, you bring the room. Thinking of them as a motel, I can feel positively expansive about the nearness of my neighbor. - Lou Ellen
Oct 2015 - $35.00
As others have commented, this is not a destination but it is a decent place to stay for a night or two. We stayed here because the campground we had stayed at during the week was booked for the weekend and we wanted to stay in the area. This park has a bizarre layout. We have a 45' rig and were assigned one the parallel spaces. Both the spots behind and in front of us were occupied so my husband had to parallel park the RV into a very tight space. It took a few tries, but he got down eventually. We were very close to our neighbors so don't expect any privacy in your outside area. There was a picnic bench though. There were some spots that looked like they had long term occupants, but these were camp hosts. The place didn't look run down, but it was a little cluttered and dirty. They have a very nice grass area that our 3 dogs enjoyed (not fenced in so no off leash) and they also have a dirt track where I took the dogs for a run. The one awesome thing about this park was the WiFi. It was fast and it never dropped. I would stay here again if I had to, but it's not a place I would go out of my way to visit. It was also fairly expensive for water and 30 amp only, no sewer. - Danielle_S
Sep 2015 - $40.00
Easy access to the park with our larger sized 40'+ Big Rig RV but negotiating into spaces would be difficult if park is busy. Pricey for a basic park with no sewer. Great shower houses. Weirdest design for a campground I have ever seen. 30 amp RV's park parallel in spots along the main road or in a tight gravel parking lot. Newly paved 50 amp back-in sites put RV's within inches of each other; no room to walk between RV's if they have slides opened. With 12 (50 amp) sites available there were 6 RV's here during our stay all nonsensically parked side-by-side rather than every other spot. Some highway noise from I70 and Highway 6. We stayed here because this is the only place where we could get a site within 100 miles for Labor Day weekend and having no other choice is the only way we would stay again. - Snidely Whiplash
Jun 2015 - $30.00
Ended up here after calling five other campgrounds around Denver, all with no openings for a Wednesday evening. This site could only accommodate us for one night, with all other sites being full. The check-in process is lengthly (around 5-10 minutes, there's extensive paperwork) and occurs at a little hut at the front of the campground, which means you must park in the middle of the main road in and out while you hop out to check in.
When pulling in (we were in the pull through open gravel area where sites 19-40 are located), Nothing is signed well. No arrows, no "enter here", nothing. We didn't know which way to enter for our hookups, so we had to swing a few loops to visually observe where everything was (not fun with a tow vehicle). When we finally settled in we were able to park fairly easy, leveling was okay and hookups were easy (electric on one side, water on the other, but since sites are so close, no issues with needing to get an extension hose. When we pulled into out sites (after a few laps), the woman who checked us in was heading over to unlock our electric hookups so don't expect being able to plug in ASAP. Didn't use the bathroom or shower, so no information on this.
Overall, this was an okay site for an okay price, given it's proximity to Denver and things to do. Wouldn't come here for the express purpose of this campground though. - LanderWust