8.3 Good
     
Durango, Colorado

Lightner Creek Campground

Durango, Colorado


1567 C.R. 207
Durango, Colorado 81301
Phone: (970) 247-5406

Sites: 60
Recent Rate: $55 9/2016

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Latitude: 37.294160082623
Longitude: -107.94697701931
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 ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
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, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon
  • 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 yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-stream Waterfront Waterfront yes-stream
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) no
  • 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 no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • 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 no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

70 Reviews

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

In general, the other reviews cover the highs (and lows) of this CG. While on the small side, we had no issue navigating it in our 30' fifth. CG is 1.5 miles from the main road, and another 4 mi. from Durango. Trip into town for groceries, restaurants, etc. is fast and convenient. CG is very pleasant and pretty - well treed, with Lightner Creek running through it. It is NOT just a parking lot, as so many can be. Staff were very pleasant, and gave ample assistance in backing into site and setting up. Note that WiFi is non-existent in the CG, and due to being in a canyon, cell service is also very, very spotty. Some sites have very nice decks overhanging the creek! Sites vary as to amount of leveling needed - some were great, some had significant slope to them. Spacing, while not on state park levels, was good, giving a decent amount of room between neighbors. As noted, laundry driers take a very long time - bring lots of quarters and time. Took us 3 hrs and $10.50 to wash/dry (simultaneously) 2 loads. Steep incline to entrance drive, but was easily manageable. Minimal secondary parking available, but rigs with toads were easily accommodated - just don't plan on this being a CG where groups with many vehicles can share a spot.

Our space also required electrical and water extensions for our cords/hoses, which we had.

Overall, we enjoyed it a lot, and would return! We camped at Lightner Creek Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
34
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

One mile down 160 toward town is the Durango Off Leash dog park. A HUGE open area with trails to allow Fido to run. Makes up for the restricted space at the campground! Google it, no sign for it on the main road, and it appears you are pulling in a private driveway and parking on someone's property - look for the "Public Parking" signs once you turn off the road.

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

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

This a very clean and well maintained campground in a beautiful setting. Owners and staff were welcoming and very helpful in getting us set up. Showers and bathrooms were clean. Campsites here are generally tight. Our gravel site proved to be just long enough for our 25' Airstream and TV and was a challenge to level both side to side and front to back. We were backed to the creek that runs through the CG, with a pleasant view, but our overall experience was negatively affected as we were located next to a cabin that seemed to accommodate what appeared to be an unusual number of folks, including 4 or 5 small children who, while very cute, were "busy" and a bit loud much of the time. Wifi worked well until the campground became full over the holiday weekend, at which point it became largely unusable. Cell coverage is spotty but no surprise given the location of the CG. Overall we enjoyed our 6 day stay and will certainly return when back in Durango. A beautiful place that is well maintained. We camped at Lightner Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Durango is a 10 minute drive from this CG.

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

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

Campground is very nice well-kept but the owners should not be in public service business. Many other camp grounds in the area to choose from that will make your stay enjoyable. Not sure what is up with the septic system but the stink was terrible at times. Glad we were gone most of the day. We camped at Lightner Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Site Details

Site Number
By the creek
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground left us with two feelings. Firstly, the campground is lovely, set in nice grounds that are well kept and pretty with gardens, etc. Unfortunately the couple running this camp seem to be unbending in their ways and officious to the point where we and other campers were moved part way through our stay, another camper had to move and his original space was not taken before we left. We wasted 3 hours of one day trying to determine our shift and hook ups because the staff are too scared to make decisions without the owner. We were also charged the top rate for a 50amp even though we are only 30amp, however the mood in the office was not worth raising the issue with. The office closes from 11am to 1pm and if you are not out of your site by 11.03am you are charged $30 fine. 2 days we had to wait till 1.30 for office to open so we could pay for our sites as they could not do it all in one transaction despite being their requirements. We camped at Lightner Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
25 - 37
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Train to Silverton is a lovely scenic trip although to arrive covered in soot. Take the bus back as it is a lot quicker.

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

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

Lightner was clean and the staff was helpful but the value wasn't there. The sites were really tight and getting in and out was difficult due to a steep hill and narrow roads.

The advertised WiFi was unusable which was one of the reasons we stayed there. Also the washers in the laundry were very small and $3.00 per load. The dryers took forever to dry and required being run multiple times.

While not the campground's fault when we were leaving another camper was coming the opposite direction down one of the roads and it was a real fiasco because of the narrow lanes. We camped at Lightner Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

Nicely leveled spot right next to the creek. Seems like a really nice campground. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to walk the entire campground. Easy check-in with a friendly staff. Laundromat available right next to their store. A few channels of TV, wi-fi hotspot at the store, cell service acceptable. We camped at Lightner Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Durango/Silverton train trip - bus up and train back is best. Lots to see and do around Durango. Note their check out time is 11:03.

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

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We had probably the best site in the park. Shade trees all day. Nice quiet campground. Wifi was typically iffy. No fires which was a bummer. Staff was friendly, but kind of strict about checkout time. We camped at Lightner Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 50 is best
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
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:

Durango is a few min. away. We went thru Durango and up in the mountains for a lovely drive. Can go rafting on the river that goes thru Durango.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Lightner Creek Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

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

Plenty of stores and the narrow gauge train was very close. Opposite direction was Mesa verde.

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Review Count: 75
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

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! We camped at Lightner Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

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

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

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. We camped at Lightner Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Lightner Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Although this a few miles outside of Durango it took just 15 minutes to get downtown, where we enjoyed the train to Silverton, as well as the bike trails along the river. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and the sites are among trees along the creek. Our site backed up to the creek but was a bit tight. The pool was nice and the ice cream social was a hit. The Wi-Fi is only available outside the office on a shaded patio. We camped at Lightner Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $46.00
Overall Rating:      

Campground had just opened for the season and we were the first in. Entry for our 45' RV was tight but doable. There are only a few sites for a big rig. WiFi was not working but being worked on. Verizon was 3G and AT&T was very weak at our site. Nice quiet location for a weeks stay. We camped at Lightner Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for five nights and had a wonderful time. We usually like to stay at state parks and this is the most park-like commercial RV park we've ever stayed at. The owners are very friendly and the park is kept up very well and is very quiet and peaceful. It's located in a beautiful canyon just 10 minutes from town. We will definitely stay here again next time we're in Durango. We camped at Lightner Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 71
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Real nice campground with new owners. The owners and camp host were real nice and helpful. Some sites along the creek are a little close. The campground is along a creek bottom with trees. Out of town but just a short trip to town. No TV reception but satellite is possible. No AT&T cell service except by the camp store. We would definitely stay here again if in the area. We camped at Lightner Creek Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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