9.1 Excellent
     
Dolores, Colorado

Priest Gulch Campground & RV Park

Dolores, Colorado


27646 Highway 145
Dolores, Colorado 81323
Phone: (970) 562-3810

Sites: 97
Recent Rate: $40 12/2016

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Latitude: 37.585524554334
Longitude: -108.16165703307
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $1.25 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 1.25
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen yes
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

42 Reviews

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

I was able to get a pull-through site the week before Labor Day weekend with a month notice for a last minute trip. I was thrilled as other reviewers had stated that this park is booked up well in advance. This park could easily be a 10, the WiFi was the best I have ever seen at a park, AT&T cell reception was good, satellite reception is iffy because of tree cover and during the monsoon season. The setting is spectacular, I loved the blue spruce trees. This is the first park where when it was time to leave we did not want to leave. The Dolores River runs through the park so you can fly fish right in the park or there are two locations within a 10 minute drive from the park that offer great access to the Dolores. All utilities were good and firewood is free. Friendly staff and a lot of repeat campers. Sites are well spaced and interior roads were easy to navigate. However, going across the bridge to the other side of the river might be tight for some big rigs though there were many motorhomes and fifth wheels on the other side. My only suggestion for the park is that the staff could give a little more information about hiking trails and fishing access for the area. We have already booked a waterfront site for next year. We camped at Priest Gulch Campground & RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Buy groceries before you arrive. We wasted a day going to Cortez for groceries. There is a little market in Dolores that has some items - their peach pie is excellent. Easy drive to Telluride visit during the week - weekends are packed with people. Fly fishing access at Bear Creek just south of the park is good. North of the park before Rico on the left is a flat area (dry camping area). Fishing licenses are sold at the park.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful park with well thought out campsites. Many are right on the river, have grass, and trees that provide privacy. There are a lot of places to walk. There are some special touches such as an open gazebo type area with adult swing chairs that overlook the creek, a walking trail along the river, and a small camp store with just the right amount of camper needs and souvenirs. The scenery in the campground and the area is incredibly beautiful. We loved this campground and will return again and stay for a longer period of time! We camped at Priest Gulch Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
78
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

There is a lot to do in the area. Telluride is 40 miles away. Mesa Verde National Park is 45 miles away. There are hiking trails just across the street. Recommendation - make sure you stop in a bigger town to stock up on groceries that are needed. Dolores and small towns along the way did not have much available. I believe Cortez does though.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a wonderful location! The Rv park is well maintained and has typical amenities and services BUT you cannot beat the setting. We were right beside a lovely creek with abundant fly fishing. There is free firewood for campers, lots of great hiking, lovely flowers and landscaping. The place that you are not ready to leave! We camped at Priest Gulch Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
69
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Very scenic campground, right on the Doloris river and in the mountains. Quiet, serene setting with all the comforts of home. Hook ups located well and working! Cell phone service (Verizon) good and wi-fi very strong. Backed into the site which was right on the river (site 22) very pretty! Site was level and very spacious! Also able to get satellite service (dish). FREE firewood so a very nice fire every night and in the morning to take the chill off. Lots of color and beautiful sites to see. Would HIGHLY recommend this campground. Clean rest rooms and friendly staff to assist if there is a need. We camped at Priest Gulch Campground & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Call in advance to make sure you get a site, very busy place. Some long term spaces and lots of over night campers. Hunting season was very busy.

Close to Telluride, Cortez, Durango and Dolores for restaurants and groceries.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a wonderful park on the Dolores River 25 miles upriver from Dolores, Colorado. The park is in two sections, one on the highway side and the other across the river. We were across the river in a back-in site that was shaded and wide. The utilities were fine. The staff was excellent including the staff member who guided us to our site and skillfully guided me into it - it would have been difficult without his help. The park is quiet at night and dark. We camped at Priest Gulch Campground & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We stayed a week and visited Mesa Verde NP, The Canyon of the Ancients NM, Hovenweep NM and Telluride, Colorado. Sunny days and cool/cold nights. There is a very good market in Dolores that has a surprisingly good variety of items not normally found in a local grocery.

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Review Count: 88
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Great park. Tall pines. Clean laundry. Friendly people. Beautiful setting. WIFI actually worked. Verizon on extended service. Nice picnic table. Free firewood. Only thing from not giving a 10 was no satellite reception. We camped at Priest Gulch Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here during the July 4th weekend. We have good (free) wifi. Verizon service was in and out of 1x & 3G. We were on the north side of the river and could get DirectTV in. They could do a better job of policing the rules (noise from sites day/night and off road vehicles running around camp), but it wasn't bad enough to not return. This is a great place to use as a base to see Telluride/San Juan's. Lots of 4x4 and OHV roads/trails within driving distance (you need to trailer OHV's to trail heads). We say folks catching fish w/in camp boundaries and there are other great fishing spots close by. We camped at Priest Gulch Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Make reservation well in advance. The prime river spots are booked 1+ year in advance.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Stop reading and book a stay. This park is a gem. They are already booked for 2017, apparently, though we were able to get two RV sites and a tent site this year with about a 4-month advance booking. It rained 60% of the time (monsoon season?). I caught no fish, our friend's tent leaked, the biting flies were incessant, girlfriend got a leg rash from some plant, and WE HAD A GREAT TIME. We will be back, for certain. We camped at Priest Gulch Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
94
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

July is biting fly season, lasting 3-4 weeks. Priest Gulch trailhead is right across the highway; beware of dirt bikers. They have full trail access with horses, bikes, and hikers. Dolores river is stocked with trout, but it's private property above and below the RV park. Hummingbirds are everywhere; if you bring a feeder you're likely to get a few at your site.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We have been coming to this campground for the past 5-6 summers and back then it was a '10'. This time I would give it a 9, downgraded a bit because even though the staff is wonderful, the campground is beautiful and well kept, it needs someone to enforce the rules. Unfortunately there are rude campers everywhere and they ride their motorized vehicles in the park to go up to the office and some don't control the behavior of their dogs, nor pick up after them. People are given the rules when they check in but nobody seems to enforce them. We will return because this is one of our favorite spots but at times it is annoying at times. We camped at Priest Gulch Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Argentine Grill in Rico, just north of the campground is a wonderful restaurant for a 'special occasion' meal. Sophia's Bistro in Dolores is a great place for Sunday brunch. They are open for dinner also but we ran out of time. Montezuma Cafe in Dolores has great Mexican food, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed here every year since 2009. It is a little piece of HEAVEN. I cannot discribe how beautiful and peaceful this place is. We had a campfire every night so I am glad they provide the park with plenty of firewood. Our normal stay is 4 to 6 weeks and always dread leaving. This park is by far our number one destination but you have to reserve very early!!! Be sure to take plenty of food....there are very few places to eat that are reasonable close. We do all our own cooking except for occasional trips to Cortez. We camped at Priest Gulch Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
69b
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

For a truly breakfast delight go up to Rico (about 10 miles up the mountain) to eat at High Altitude. YUMMMMMMY...the bean barrito is to die for!!!

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

My oh my, nothing to dislike unless you're going to sit in your motorhome and expect to watch TV all day. The location trumps any need for electronic devices. All sites are shaded and meets our expectations. The riverbank sites are "to die for". Reserve early. A week and a half notice didn't get us one. Bring your kids, fishing poles, and cameras. You will miss an opportunity for full enjoyment if you don't stay at this CG. No negatives except the absence of cable TV and this CG will overpower you without it. We camped at Priest Gulch Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Can't rate this campground a 10 because the roads and sites aren't paved, no pool, no hot tub, and terrible Wi-Fi. Reservations for a site are kind of hokey as some of the "buds" of the campground seem to get their same site year after year, but for the rest of us, these prime sites aren't available. Loved the relaxing river, the neighbors, the free firewood, the nice paths to walk your dog, and just generally sitting around your site. We camped at Priest Gulch Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

Priest Gulch is a beautiful, well-kept campground. The location is scenic and mostly quiet, with a little highway noise for the campsites up front. Since the beautiful Delores River divides the campground, it is necessary to cross a very narrow bridge to get to sites across the river. We scratched one of our rear-view mirrors while crossing the bridge, so use caution if you choose one of those campsites. The campground owner provides free firewood, which is a great bonus for cool nights. Each campsite includes a picnic table, full hookups, and a fire pit. There is no cable TV, but satellite antennas work in some sites. There are a lot of trees in the campground so satellite reception is iffy. Two drawbacks to the campground are 1) no Wi-Fi,and 2) the distance to any sort of town. It is 35 miles to the closest Walmart or any other national chain stores in Cortez. There are a few shops and a grocery store in the small town of Dolores, which is 25 miles away. There is a small store in the campground office, but they don't have much there at all. There is acceptable cellphone coverage and the public showers and toilets are spotless. The laundry facility is clean and the machines work great. All in all, Priest Gulch is a great place to camp. It is a great base camp for day visits to Teluride, Durango, or the Mesa Verde National Park. Our rate is for a weekly stay. We camped at Priest Gulch Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

We love this campground. The staff are great people who really care about keeping things clean and in working order. The river running through the middle of the campground makes it one of the more enjoyable places we've ever stayed. Almost the entire property is shaded some sites with small lawns. The WiFi is weak in some spots but who wants to be "connected" in a place like this. The free firewood (donations accepted in the office) is a great bonus and begs for a cocktail by the fire every evening. We will be back. We camped at Priest Gulch Campground & RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of the best parks we have stayed at. The area is beautiful, the staff is friendly, hiking is just across the street, and the fishing is great. Bathroom/shower facilities are spotless, nice store with goods fishing tackle licenses, etc. On Saturday mornings they have great fresh baked cinnamon rolls. We had such a good time we already made our reservation for next year. We camped at Priest Gulch Campground & RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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