11 Parks near Durango, Colorado
Oct 2015 - $45.00
Close to Durango...15 minutes. Grass out side the door. The Durango/Silverton train passes each day and you can hear and see it. Very cool. Power pole in great shap, water good as is sewer hook up. We have stayed at United camp ground in past but tried this instead, to our positive pleasure. Laundry pricy. - Bobcat1
Oct 2015 - $41.00
Level gravel sites, grass between sites, picnic tables. Met at office by fellow who guides you to site. Must disconnect before parking. Close to town. Laundry was pricey-2.75 wash 2.00 dry. We had 50 amp and great satellite reception. The only negative was that sites faced each other. - julesverne
Oct 2015 - $45.00
The park is in a very pretty location. There is a huge dog area and a fair amount of grass. Unfortunately, they assigned us to very poor site.
We were sandwiched between two rigs with noisy people and a barking dog. We had to ask three times to move. Most sites are not level and the sites are very close together. We will not return here. - Dr Karen
Oct 2015 - $45.00
I liked this KOA. Our site 42 was long enough to stay hooked and level gravel. There are large boulders alongside the site as others mentioned but they weren't a problem. Sites are about 20 foot apart, a little close for my liking but normal for KOA. They have five 50A big rig pull thru sites, including the one I stayed in. Then they have 14 big rig suitable sites, some 30A and some 50A in another section with more shade. Smaller sites are spread around the hillside. They have cable TV if you can hook up to their free digital box -- I didn't need it since my satellite worked fine. Satellite will be hit & miss with the trees. The staff was friendly and they escorted you to your site, which is especially good since there's a honeycomb of roads. Their free wifi worked okay but I was pretty close to the main building too. My only real complaint here was the dust raised by patrons driving too fast on the gravel roads. ATT had a weak 3 bar 4G signal while Verizon struggled to get even 1 bar. - Danno
Sep 2015 - $50.00
We had a patio site with table and chairs, fire pit and grill. Site was very nice and quiet and right across from a dog walk area which was perfect for our 3 dogs. Sites are gravel and pretty level. Not a huge site, but met our needs. Several KOA Kabins in the park. Located just on the outskirts of town. Entrance kind of creeps up on you with speeding traffic to contend with. Had a nice little vegetable and herb garden that everyone was invited to enjoy. Gave an excellent recommendation for a day dog boarding facility when we took the all day train ride to Silverton. - davis0056
Aug 2015 - $40.00
We stay at KOA the first night when traveling in new territory; they have acceptable standards for cleanliness and infrastructure and courteous, helpful staff, but I don't usually wax rhapsodic about KOA. Durango KOA is an exception. This KOA is situated on a juniper ridge about six miles east of Durango, and quiet except for sites adjacent to the highway. At the height of tourist season, the restrooms and grounds were always clean; restroom size was a bit limited for the number of sites, but there were only a couple of delays, minutes only, at peak season. Everyone on the staff was super friendly, patient and helpful. They were able to switch us to a site nearer the restroom, even though the campground was full, and we were able to extend our stay another night. The site layout is strange; there is every size and shape of site, from small back-ins to big sites with decks and flower gardens. Flower and vegetable gardens are scattered throughout the grounds. The roads and most sites are gravel/dirt; a really big rig might find some places tricky to negotiate. The power went out one morning, but by the time I noticed, they already had an electrician fixing it. The neatest thing is the in-house pizza oven. We ordered a pizza for 7:30 in the evening; it was delivered to our site, still too hot to eat, with packets of pepper flakes and parmesan cheese in the box! It was perhaps the best pizza I have had. KOAs are sometimes pricey, but the Durango KOA prices are well in line with other campgrounds in the area (I strongly recommend you get reservations in advance in the Durango area). We didn't try the Wi-FI, but cell phones worked fine. We travel in an Aliner popup, and paid $40/night for four nights at a water/electric back-in site. Did I mention the pizza? - 796ccjohnson
Sep 2015 - $59.00
Second time staying here. Overall a nice park with a "in the woods" feel. The roads and sites are gravel, but dust really wasn't bad at all. They have some back in sites and some pull through. The rivers edge sites are back in and have a concrete patio with a river view. I do notice that one MH pulled in with the front facing the river, but you gotta have long hoses to make this work. Our site is pretty level. No blocks needed. No highway noise and very quiet. There is no dog run, but several small quiet roads to walk along. We like it here because it is out of town, but only 15 minutes to durango. The access to the roads for cycling is great too. The only drawback is that the sites are a tad close. We have probably 10-12 feet between us and our neighbor. Fairly typical for the area and not really a big deal. Our satellite has a signal, but a lot of shade spaces here will not get one. Their cable works well and has many channels. Wifi is strong and fast. Pool looks nice but didn't use. We will be back. - Jake21
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.
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
Jun 2015 - $15.00
NFS a bit higher than COE, but this is a beautiful park...secluded up a mountain side....close enough to town..if you need something..had an electric site...no dump station,however there two free ones in town. - tbax46
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 2015 - $14.00
Great park in terrific setting. Very handy to Durango. Fourteen E-loop sites have power, a few are pull through, most can take large RVs. Some D-loop sites also can handle larger units. Note: no threaded water taps at campground, so arrive with full tank. Dump station is several miles away. No water and no dump are the only reasons I gave it an 8. Very good camp hosts.
Unlimited hiking, dog walking. Lots of animals, trees. Extensive 4WD roads. - bobcovey
Sep 2015 - $17.00
This campground is definitely not for everyone. There are no picnic tables, fire rings, WiFi, bathrooms or showers. It is just a flat piece of property within the La Plata Fair Grounds. The closes dump station is at Santa Rita Park.
There are a total of 6 sites located between the Arena and the maintenance building. The electrical boxes and water spigots are located at the back of the "odd" numbered sites (sites 1, 3, 5).
The "even" numbered sites share the electrical box and water spigot with the "odd" numbered sites. The "even" numbered sites will need a very long electrical cord to reach the utility box. To reach the water spigot we needed approximately 50 feet of hose. You will also have to provide your own water splitter.
The electrical box contains 20/30 amp service. The electrical voltage was very strong - hovering about 125 volts.
The entire lot is on packed dirt and gravel. It rained heavily over night but the ground absorbed the water.
The Animus bike path and the Park and Recreation building are next door. There is a trolley on Main Ave ($0.50 per ride) that will take you to downtown Durango. The Park and Recreation building has several types of pools, a fitness center, basketball, etc.
Verizon Air card and phone reception was good. The maintenance shop closes around 11:30 PM and opens around 6:30 AM. It was very quiet during our stay.
If you are looking a very basic campground that is very close to Durango, this is it.
We would come back to this campground if we were in the area. We have a 32 foot 5th wheel. - adsaxs
Sep 2015 - $17.00
As other have stated, this is strictly a dirt parking lot (and the gal told me that several times when I was making reservation). They have 50 amp service and water at each of the sites (I think there are 6 or 7 back in sites) but no dump station, although a couple available in town. The location is wonderful for seeing Durango and if you want just a place to stay, this can't be beat. I will say that it rained a couple of times while we were there so it can be a bit muddy but for the price it was doable. We loved that the Animas River Trail was just behind us for walking and/or biking. We would definitely stay here again. - Wannabees
Aug 2015 - $17.00
This is a dirt parking lot with 6 RV sites, in the middle of Durango. It doesn't get any more convenient than this location. If you are a full timer, you will probably love it. It's not camping! It's a dirt parking lot. The City Rec Center is next door for showers and swimming, you are on the River and River trail. There's a lot to do in Durango and this is the least expensive option for Rvers. There are restrooms near by, but they were not operational at the time of my stay. There were big rigs in some of the spaces, back in only. They plan to raise the prices in 2016. - Tails From The Road
Jun 2015 - $40.00
Very quiet and isolated site. Not more than 5 min from Durango. Behind a ridge in a valley which means the sun is not baking directly in the windows and you don't hear noise from town. The wifi was weak and I got weak signal on my Verizon wifi box but that is not why we go camping. If you need wifi stay at the Koa in town. Plenty of trees and a fantastic pool for the kids. Will stay here again. No fire rings but you can rent one of those fire in can things or bring your own. - scottykrug
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
Sep 2015 - $43.00
This is our second stay at this campground. We returned because of the trolley just outside of the campground which takes us to town for 50 cents! Also, the train that travels through several times a day. Campers and train riders wave to each other...what fun! Sites are close but we were lucky enough to stay in site 58 for several days. Laundry was clean. Owners/workers were helpful and pleasant. The one thing that would make this campground perfect is if dogs were permitted to be walked across the tracks. - susie-q
Sep 2015 - $43.00
Interesting park. Previous reviews seemed to indicate management issues. I have to say we had a very pleasant and helpful check in. There is no cable TV but we found the site offered good satellite reception. so e sites though are probably too shaded. Interior roads are gravel as are the pads. Some turns are a little tight for a 40'+ but no problem if you take it easy. Management waters the roads to minimize dust which is really helpful. Wifi proved very good. A great feature of this park though is the fact that the Durango Silverton stea m train passes right through the park. Really, really fun. - jeffnbarb
Aug 2015 - $47.00
Trying not to just pile on, but ...
Check-in should have told the story. Not friendly, clear messages on 'no discounts' and 'no river access'.
Our opinion of a heated pool apparently differs from the owner's.
Free wireless internet was among the worst we've experienced. Good signal strength but repeatedly just drops offline. Really, not usable for anything.
Free cable simply was not available.
Did I mention 'no discounts'?
Showing pictures of the Animas river as though you could access it is misrepresenting the park. All access is denied, fences are up, gates are locked.
Sites are very tight.
Bathrooms/Showers need some cleaning and work.
We didn't stay at any other parks in Durango though will certainly look elsewhere next time. - Joe Higgs
Jul 2015 - $45.00
We had a great view of the mountains and the train but most sites did not. I could never get the WiFi to work. Bob was supper nice and wanted us to enjoy Durango and our stay. Good water pressure. Site was gravel with a grassy area for the picnic table. - BorntoCruise
Jul 2015 - $44.00
Very clean park. Not very many long termers (2). Overall well cared for. When we had a vehicle problem, the manager went out of his way to help us get back on the road. Beautiful area. Some road noise, but the same at almost every other one in the area, enjoyed the train whistle! - 7 on the road
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