11 Parks near Durango, Colorado
Jun 2015 - $42.00
Camping options for big rigs in Durango are limited; making Alpen Rose one of the better choices. We've stayed here many times over the years and the prices go up while the amenities remain the same. This year we stayed in the numbered sites up front as the larger lettered sites were booked. The numbered sites were flooded and too tight for much of the one week stay. The flooding was mitigated by major construction work while we were there. As for the tightness of the sites, that is just the way it is. Since we love Durango we will continue to tolerate Alpen Rose. On the plus side, the views from the park are beautiful. - lmg
Jun 2015 - $45.00
Great location, far enough off the highway that road noise is not an issue (and we are at the end closest to the road). Very clean, picturesque. 2 acre enclosed dog play area- our dog loved it. All hookups worked well, Wi-Fi outstanding, even though the park was fairly full, as this is prime season. Sites are large gravel, they have been adding it to the sites to raise them more. There are several varieties of sites, priced accordingly. Park offers full breakfast on site daily. Store is reasonably well stocked, and prices are not outrageous. Staff very friendly, helpful, courteous. Escort to site and assistance in parking offered. An excellent experience- we liked it so much, we extended our stay. We would stay here again when in town. - SW Rick
May 2015 - $42.00
This campground is a mixed bag. Unfortunately there are no really great options in the Durango area. Alpen Rose is too crowded with sites way to close together. Many of the sites have the back of one RV up next to the back of another and many share utilities, too. This is a popular area and during the summer months and mostly you'll find that Alpen Rose is always full. One half of the park is big rig friendly so, you see all the big RVs here.
The back section is very shady with lots of trees - it can be difficult to park and maneuver there. We were not able to get our automatic Sat dish to see through the trees when we stayed there. While the front and side is wide open with no trees at all - this is where are those big rigs park.
The sites are gravel and the roads muddy and full of potholes. The bathroom/shower rooms are clean but older and in dated older buildings. If this campground would invest in some overall site improvements - replenished the gravel in the driveways, paved and leveled the sites and modernized the bathhouse it would be a great RV park in a great area. Until this happens we can't give this RV Park better than an "average" rating. - Creativepart
Jul 2009 - $39.00
This is a bare bones campground. We arrived in Durango with no reservations. Called a couple of campgrounds and they were all full. We were told by one of the campgrounds that Cottonwood did have sites available. We called: and the they did. We arrived to be greeted by a very nice lady and her husband. They let us have our pick of the sites. The park is old, and dusty, but quiet. The only problem that I had was the price: extremely over priced. But beggars can't be choosers. We would probably not stay here again: only because of the price. it would be a nice stopping place at about $20 per night. - ronscarbor
Jun 2015 - $46.00
Price is with the KOA card. This campground has a very odd layout with many KOA cabins. It's good to have an escort, but they move pretty quick so watch your unit on the way to your site. Lots of big boulders for landscaping can cause problems. It is on a mountain top so we didn't have the same standing water issues as many area campgrounds. They are 7 miles outside of Durango. Water, sewer, electric were good. We could not use the cable as you had to use a box from the office and hook it to the back of our TV, but we cannot access the back of our TV. Wifi was unusable. We did get major network TV over the air. They have some very nice patio sites for a bigger price which have outdoor table & chairs, concrete patio, some have big wooden swings. Bathrooms and laundry areas were clean. You can hear the highway. We enjoyed out stay here and would rate it higher with better wifi and paved roads and sites. - R&S
Jun 2015 - $57.00
First the good: the staff were very friendly and helpful. The attempt to landscape was nice. Activities for the kids. The reason for a low rating: campsite was not level and we had a lot of trouble getting our Motorhome level. Large rocks lined the sides of each big rig site which made it impossible to open the basement doors without help from a second person to hold the door to keep it from hitting the rocks. Interior roads were narrow and muddy with a little gravel and also lined with large boulders. Sites were muddy. Cable was not a simple connection at the box it had to be hooked up inside your unit to your main relay. We will not stay here again. - cgavagan
May 2015 - $43.00
This was voted the top KOA in 2012 and it still deserves it. The layout is a bit "freelance" and you definitely need someone to lead you to your site. But very nice facilities. Some road noise, but overall, a nice RV experience. - MarkD
May 2015 - $32.00
This is our second time here and it has been consistently good for us. Our rate is an early season rate for a nice, level adequately sized riverfront spot. Very quiet, the other campers were placed with empty sites between them. Great cable TV and WiFi. Our satellite worked as well. The only "problem" for us is that this campground is about 15 miles from the center of Durango. - rncordy
May 2014 - $47.00
The park was clean and the staff very friendly. The spaces are very close together but there is lots of shade. The observation deck on the river is nice to sit and watch and listen to the river flow by. I thought it was a bit expensive. I did not visit the ice cream shop or the pool. - Susan C.
Sep 2013 - $32.00
Staying here on the river. Not very level and had to use several blocks just to get level. In fact, quite a few rigs here have had to get their front ends off the ground to get level. Staff friendly, gravel sites with good electricity. Free WiFi but gets slow in evening as everybody is on it. Our site was only 40 feet long by 12 feet wide. Won't stay here again when passing thru. - Bluebird Bob
Nov 2012 - $1.00
Pulled in on Thanksgiving Day; no one was around. Phone didn't even work; tried to call and got disconnected. The other reviewers are right, it's pretty much of a dump with long-termers that looked like oil field workers. As it's the only park in town open during the winter, I went on to the next town. - Old Mountain Man
Sep 2010 - $20.00
We have stayed at Durango RV park for four different summer vacations from 2001 to 2010, and it's always good to return to a safe familiar place. It's like our home away from home. We tow our Jeep and take full advantage of the trails and views within our daily range. We have enjoyed the scenery on US-550 dozens of times to Silverton and Ouray and if you're really brave, don't miss the Alpine loop. If you're really really brave, test your Jeep's endurance and driving skills from Telluride over Imogene Pass to Ouray. Enjoy the scenic trails in LaPlata Canyon. Visit the Telluride hydro plant and the Ames or Ouray hydro plants. At the end of the day, have dinner at the Silverton Brown Bear or the dozens of restaurants in Durango. Durango RV Park has lots with trees and shade and a mountain view where you can see the weather conditions all the way to Engineer Mountain. Your camp site is a private and quiet place where you can enjoy your lawn chairs with no bugs and no smoke from campfires. Enjoy the hummingbirds, flowers, farm, mining and industrial antiques at an old-iron lover's paradise. Easy access to shopping at Aztec, Farmington, Cortez, Durango, Bayfield or Ignatio. It's in the middle of it all with low monthly rates, friendly hosts, an easy path to DirecTV or Dish Network, DSL phone connections, laundry and mail. If you are into skiing or other winter fun, they are open all year. - oldengine
Mar 2009 - $28.00
This is more of workers park with many permanent type trailers. Folks where friendly and no bathrooms at the time. - User664
Jun 2015 - $28.00
I really wanted to love this camp, the forest was stunning and the lake was amazing. But the actual sites - and getting in/out of the sites - was not easy for our 38'er. The entire road through the RV campground is dirt, with massive potholes that you couldn't drive around since it was a narrow one-car road. The road was also one-way, so to exit the campground you had to take a lengthy drive down the same extremely rough road. We checked out sites beforehand on maps and Google Earth, but that did not show the numerous trees, drop offs and rock circles that sat in front of some campsites, making maneuvering difficult. The lake was pretty but very few sites had a view; since the sites were staggered up the hill, there were constantly people walking through our site to get to the lake or the dumpsters below. The actual sites were clean and well maintained - a nice firepit and picnic table on groomed gravel. We couldn't enjoy them due to the clouds of mosquitoes that were around day and night. My kids did enjoy the numerous chipmunks in the area though, and the area was definitely peaceful and quiet. Hookups were electric only but there were numerous water spigots throughout the camp to fill up. - wookiemouse
May 2015 - $15.00
I'll state right up front, this is one of our very favorite campgrounds. It's a National Forest CG it has about 35 sites of which approx 12 have electricity. The sites are situated in the woods above a beautiful lake and surrounded by huge mountains. There are pit toilets, but these are not your normal smelly unpleasant pit toilets they are cement and cinder block with a great ventilation system that really eliminates the yuck factor.
There is no water for filling RV tanks, but each loop has a water pedestal and you can fill water jugs there that you can put in your RV. For us the lack of water hasn't been a big deal.
One of the nice features of the National Forest CGs is that they allow the discharge of grey water (only!) in these areas. So, that simplifies longer stays in the CG. There is no RV Dump station in the CG.
The sites can be reserved for up to 2-weeks and are reserved up to 6-months in advance on recreation.gov. It's a busy CG in the summer, especially with locals reserving all the weekends early in the season. There are non-reservable sites available on a first come basis, but none with electricity.
The campground is approx 15 miles north of Durango on Hwy 550 as you climb to the Durango Mtn Ski Resort and the road continues over a pass to Silverton, etc.
The sites are gravel and fairly level. Plenty big for Big Rigs, not too close to other campers and always surrounded with forest and a mixture of Aspen and Pine trees. There are some sites that are challenging for bigger RVs, especially the "pull-throughs" which are wide spots in the road. There are 4 "double" sites with room and electric for two RVs side by side.
For us this CG is ideal, comfortable and very relaxing. - Creativepart
Jun 2014 - $15.00
Come with water in your tank. Water restrictions in effect. They asked us not to fill our tank. Stop at hosts' sites and register before entering campground. Easy access, all sites wind around on hillside. Mostly level. A few lake sites. Roads in bad shape, drive slow. Vault toilets in good shape, clean, little or no smell. Beautiful lake. Nice to have electric in NF. Would stay again. We were in a small rig. - grumpygrampy
May 2014 - $15.00
Beautiful campground in the Ponderosa of the San Juan National Forest about 6 miles from Durango (1.5 miles of gravel road). 31 sites can be reserved; 14 with electricity. Friendly camp hosts keep the modern vault toilets very clean. Basic rate is $19/night (half off with Senior, Access pass) plus $5 for electricity (no discount on that). Great hiking from the campground, including the southern terminus of the Colorado Trail. - Desert Beacon
Aug 2013 - $25.00
This is one of the nicest Forest Service campgrounds we've ever stayed in. The volunteers are wonderful. It's nice and quiet, and we were blessed with sightings of deer and brown bear from our breakfast room table on more than on occasion. Can't recommend this campground highly enough. Will always choose this campground over the more expensive and less camper friendly places in Durango. (Been stopping in the Durango area for the past 35 years) - Chris C
Jun 2012 - $18.00
A nice NF CG just a few miles west of Durango. If you don't like dirt roads or some washboard then stay away. But if you can get past that and like a quiet spot in the woods but close to town this is a great hidden gem. It is about 5 miles outside of town and the pavement ends about 2 miles before the CG. They are supposed to scrape the road twice a year but the hosts said that they hadn't done it this year as of June... (no surprise as the washboard was pretty bad in spots) There is one loop with electric sites. Most are heavy treed but you can still get satellite from some. The vault toilets were spotless and the host were very engaged and super friendly. They stopped by each night to check up on us and inform us as to the fire restrictions. I thought my wife was not going to like it due to the dirt roads but it turned out to be one of her favorites and we wound up staying a week making day trips to Mesa Verde, Telluride and Silverton. I give it a 10 for location. I took away points due to the dirt roads. - MontyHall
May 2015 - $17.00
A great bargain in a convenient spot! While it isn't scenic, just a dirt parking lot behind the fairground, it's less than 2 miles to downtown, near a trolley stop and an excellent grocery store, and very quiet! We spend our days hiking, sightseeing and shopping, not hanging around the RV, so the dirt lot is not an issue. It feels very safe here, too. They do not advertise at all so getting a site was no problem. There are just a few - 7, I believe. No dump station, but there is water and electric. - Susancarol31
Apr 2015 - $17.00
We stayed here when many other campgrounds were closed. Simple back in sites with water and electric. Set at the back of the fairground and recreation park. Flat (apart from site No1) gravel.
Very easy going staff, you could camp even if the office was closed (post money, or wait till office opened. We used it to enable easy access to Durango - it is not a resort campground.
It is on the trolley route about 1 mile from the twon center. - The Tpyeist
Jul 2014 - $55.00
No wifi as listed on this site. No cable. Located far from Durango about a 15 minute drive not 5 miles as stated. Cancelled on arrival after learning of these issues, they charged an extra $5.00 to cancel because I booked online. AVOID! - MeetTheGriswolds
Jul 2014 - $36.00
This was a relatively quiet stay of 5 nights away from the highway. The facility was nearly full always. The sites are rather close together, many not level and some maneuvering was tight. The staff was very friendly, escorted us to the site and assisted with backing in. Some sites, like ours, were water and electric only. So the use of the dump station is necessary. This is my biggest criticism: when your are positioned to use the dump station, the access to a significant portion of the west end sites is blocked and your rig is parked on a slope. I would stay here again. - New Mexico Stan
Jul 2014 - $39.00
We enjoyed this park very much even though cell phone coverage (AT&T) was pretty sparse in the park. WiFi was och at the office but poor inside the park. Restrooms and showers were pretty much spotless, and the campsites were kept neat and clean. We will stay here again. - rvrounder
Jun 2015 - $45.00
We did not enjoy our one night here in mid June. Check in was brusque; we got the feeling that all she wanted was the credit card so she could get back to something else. The 'free' Cable TV was 'not working'. The camp, 4 miles north of town, is an older tiered gravel lot, along the hill side. Site was level and shaded, but the campsite has an older, run down feel. Showers had hot water, but the bathrooms were dirty and could use some maintenance/cleaning (garbage on the floor, no TP in the toilet.). I did not care for the 'common' shared power pedestal. This meant our patio side looked into our neighbors patio side; Our bedroom, on the other hand, was overshadowed by a hulking Class A. The dumpster was full of garbage. Basically, we didn't feel the price paid reflects the value received. - Llando88
Jun 2015 - $37.00
Clean park close to town yet in the country. The Durango-Silverton train runs through the park which is a huge hit! Friendly staff, wonderful showers, big and inexpensive laundry. The pool is very clean but right out in the open close to the road with only a few plastic chairs to sit in. We chose to not use the pool. We couldn't get the cable TV to work and the WiFi was very weak. Local coffee shops abound so we used them for that. BTW, the tent sites are beautiful. - Susancarol31
Jun 2015 - $45.00
We tried to camp here in a 34' motorhome. The sites are a bit tight and you park side-to-side, with utilities in the middle. Were unable to get the HWH levelers to complete their cycle in our first site, first time we have had that happen. Went back to the office, the manager/owner (?) happened by while I was speaking with the woman who checked me in, and he took the attitude of "Really,...?". That posture didn't put me in a good frame of mind, but I tried the second site, and the same problem- the levelers could not complete the process due to slope. At this point, I was more than happy to cancel, forfeit my deposit and 5% total payment penalty and go elsewhere. There were people in other sites, so some obviously work, but my experience was a very poor one. I will not be back. - SW Rick
Oct 2013 - $35.00
This is a lovely, quiet, smaller RV park. The mgr, Bob, was very nice and helpful. The spaces are nice and wide for full slide and awning extension, level, with gravel pads and grass between each site. There is a nice laundry room. Half the sites are OK for satellite reception. There are no shower facilities, but if you are fully self contained, this is a nice place. WiFi worked great. Hot springs across the street at half price. Grocery store, small strip center five minute walk. Camped here in a 42ft Country Coach with jeep. Will definitely return. - lsmith
Jan 2013 - $38.00
Wow! What a rip-off! My experience here was so disappointing, I joined the forum. The spaces are SUPER close. They didn't plow the snow in the park, thus the snow was packed into ice. There are no showers or bathrooms. If I didn't need the electric heat, I would have boondocked. The couple good things about Westerly is that it's open in the winter, and the wifi is pretty good. - Young Bird
Nov 2012 - $41.00
We pulled into Durango in late November and this park was pretty much the only game in town, as the rest of the parks had closed their doors for the season. Weather was gorgeous so they all shut slightly early if you ask me. In any event, this is really a no-frills park. It did have Wi-Fi which worked well. Park, at this time of the year, was filled with mostly longer-term folks with ample spots for people staying short time. Site was level and long enough for our 40' coach and tow car. Mineral spa across the street which you get a 50% coupon for being a guest at Westerly. We did use it, which was nice. Close to road and train so a bit of road noise but not bad at night. Friendly park host. Neighbors were a bit noisy late at night as well. Market and hardware store right across street (within walking distance), and close to golf course. This is okay for an overnight stay, but we felt the price was too steep for what was received, which was basically a parking slab with a Wi-Fi signal. Charged $1 for the dog as well - and I'm sure he didn't use any of their non-existent amenities. - theSchreibers