8 Parks near Estes Park, Colorado
Sep 2015 - $59.00
DIRT ROADS so dust ALL the time. Many unlevel sites. Upper bath house closed. We are 45' RV and they put us in 30 amp! They acknowledged their error with our reservation and apologized but offered nothing more. Office mgr checked and said there wasn't anyone in 50amp to switch us with. Told us 40' and over go in 50amp but that day a 38' mh with one a/c pulled in to the 50amp row. And then they departed the same day as us! The campground was never full the four nights we stayed. Many rigs departed with us on Sunday. We asked if we could depart at noon rather than 11 and were told for $25 we could stay until 2pm. This campground just wants money. No customer service. They need to do some grading to level the tiered sites and then re-gravel. Seems the owner is just taking profit and not re-investing. VERY unhappy with our stay. Staff apologetic but owner could care less. - sawdustsal
Sep 2015 - $65.00
The only thing good about this park is the proximity to Rocky Mtn. NP and Estes Park. The area was all dirt and dead grass. The sites were so unlevel that it was impossible to level our RV. The outside area was also very unlevel - we couldn't even sit outside in our chairs because there was no spot level enough. Couldn't find a level spot for the picnic table either. Spent our whole time indoors! - Admiral II
Sep 2015 - $59.00
This is a great place to stay if visiting Rocky Mountsins National Park as it is the closest to the park entrance. Great views of the mountains from most sites but since this park has a s hated pedestal layout not all look the same direction. Problem here is the gravel-- mostly dirt interior roads and parking-- lots of dust! Some sites aren't level. This park though is very good for big rigs. Great satellite reception. Internet was pretty good-- lots of towers but some through put issues. Even with the minor flaws this is a very good rv park and we will return. - jeffnbarb
Jul 2015 - $40.00
As I looked for a campground around Estes Park that had water/electric, was wooded, and wasn't a stack-em-in campground, this was the only option. But there were so few reviews out there and we were hesitant. Well, here's hopefully a review to help.
We stayed for 6 nights at lot 39. We had a blast meeting multiple neighbors (everyone was so friendly!). Our lot was fairly spacious for this campground. We were close to both restrooms. Many sites had amazing views, but even without the views, it's still beautiful.
Here's some nuggets...
If you're in a camper, stay at 34 or 38, they're the largest. 64 is really nice and large too, with amazing views, but it's far from the restrooms. 39 and 40 are adequate. If you're in a tent, A3 is amazing, secluded with a view. Otherwise, stay on the top perimeter, sites 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 42-44, 46, 48, 49, 51-54. It's nice to back up to the woods, gives you a little bit of space.
Wood's $6/load. Lasts for one night at most.
Ice is $2 for 8# bag. Best price around.
Bathroom near site 38 is older than the other one. It's cleaned in the morning, but got buggy and grubby towards evening. Other bathroom is REALLY nice. 5 shower stalls m/f between the two bathrooms.
Each bathroom has dish cleaning sink. REALLY nice to have we found.
Roads and sites are dirt.
Sites are not overly level. We had trouble getting level.
There are a couple TIGHT turns as others have mentioned. You can get a longer trailer in (27' max probably at sites 34 and 64).
Hike the trail to Morraine Campground. It's very pretty. Sprague Lake is also amazing (1.8m each way)
The hosts were very nice and not overbearing at all. They even delivered our ice to us. They have a little shop with a few things to purchase. Open 8-8.
Not very bike friendly, very hilly.
Small campsites, not much privacy, but we found that it was fun getting to know our neighbors.
About a 10 minute drive into Estes.
A little overpriced, but I'd definitely stay here again! - Bkell1978
Jun 2014 - $37.00
Estes Park East Portal Campground: If you are just a little outgoing and friendly and love kids, you will love this campground. Although the campsites in this campground are somewhat smallish and close to one another, there are ample trees for shade and with careful placement of our trailer and truck we were able to have a modicum of privacy. The camp hosts are very friendly and helpful. The bathroom facilities are ample and clean, showers are free, and there are community sinks at the bathrooms for doing dishes. The water and electric hookup were a big plus for us because we usually take the basic campsites and dry-camp with our little 13 ft. trailer. This campground also has a dump station which is very handy too with a trailer. We stayed in site #A39. I would recommend A40 because it's a little larger and a little bit more private. Of course, Rocky Mountain National Park is nearby, but the main attraction for us was the free shuttle to Estes Park (a wonderful little Colorado mountain tourist town). We only stayed the weekend, and being tourists for a day in Estes Park was our main reason for coming. - Lifes Good
Aug 2013 - $42.00
Very rustic, but extraordinary views and only 3 miles from all the fun. A great spot if you want a real "campground" & not just a parking spot in an "RV park". The best spots are "tent only";no water or electric but absolutely beautiful. - Mcgirkins
Aug 2015 - $65.00
We were tired and stopped because it was the first RV campground we came to after RMNP. It was incredibly $65.00 for the night, I was too tired to argue. The guide to our site mentioned there was a bear in a tree nearby, we noticed people taking pictures. The site was dusty and had a lot of food scraps lying around. We were by a creek, or small river and the sites were very close to each other. Loud music started from somewhere after 9pm. There appeared to be no one checking on the safety of patrons and there were cars driving through all night too. Will not be back. I heard one of the ladies in the office charging another customer the same amount. We were pulling a small travel trailer. Bear was gone the next morning and so were we. - Thatchbox20
Aug 2015 - $45.00
Smaller campground than Elk Meadow where we also stayed . Sites are close but not as bad as some others we saw in the area . You can put out an awning and not come close to your neighbors camper . Mostly level where we were and a mix of gravel and dirt . We had some rain and there were small rivers running through the place but not real bad . we were on site 15 and there was no wi-fi at all for us unless we went up by the office . No cable , no over the air channels ,and no phone service from AT&T . Nice view of the mountains . Staff was friendly . - RFidler
Jul 2015 - $41.00
Sites not very level, sites are dirt/gravel and dusty when the wind blows and that's most of the time. - Nick21
Aug 2015 - $45.00
We visit Estes Park fairly often, mainly for hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park and to explore the picturesque Mountain town. This was our first stay at the KOA; we've been hesitant to stay here due to the small campsites. After reading reviews and driving by when the campground is full most of the sites are really tight. Having seen a map as well as doing a google satellite view we noticed the end row sites being quite a bit larger than the others. We phoned the campground directly well in advance and requested an end row site, we were fortunate and were able to get our desired site, it had full services including excellent wifi coverage and Cable TV. Cleanliness and service at this campground was great. Both Jim the owner and Bud, the KOA work camper were amazing, driving around lots chatting with the campers, really going out of their way to make people feel welcome. There is a free shuttle into Estes Park, we didn't use this but certainly a convenient feature. We will definitely stay here again. The campground really is in a great location, extremely clean and has great customer service. - Always Glamping
Aug 2015 - $60.00
I love this park. Stayed here twice and is convenient to town with a free shuttle. - GRMOK!
Jun 2015 - $57.00
Upon entering the campground, you must park on a steep grade while registering. Then you are escorted to your site and the escort assists with parking. This assistance is essential because the sites are so tightly packed that there is no margin for error. If you have a slide out on the left, you will not be able to fully extend your awning.
My pedestal had a high steel divider just below the socket for my 30 amp cord. The divider needed a cutout to let the cord hang naturally, but there was none. Instead I had to use a hard bend in the cord to get around the ridge, which compromised the security of the plug in the socket.
The campground consists of flat terraced areas carved out of a steep hillside. The gravel sites are level and hookups were appropriately located. Main roads are paved but narrow with tight turns. There was insufficient room to park my tow vehicle at my site; I had to use a parking space about a hundred feet away.
It was wonderfully quiet at night, but I was awakened at 5AM one morning by a neighbor's alarm clock. Another neighbor deployed his awning to within 2 feet of the side of my trailer.
Restrooms were clean and very useable although showers were small and tight. On weekdays the park was not full, but on weekends it was packed with no room to spare. Overall, the ambiance was that of a tightly packed parking lot.
I would not recommend this park and I will not return. - Morpauwe
Sep 2015 - $52.00
We spent over 3 weeks at this park so our rate reflects weekly discounted charges. Very quiet park with almost nightly Elk visits. Virtually no dust as the main road is paved. VERY friendly staff and management who truly work to make your visit enjoyable. Surprisingly good Saturday breakfast well attended by guests. Sites backing up to the river have more room than those elsewhere where they tend to be quite close to one another. Most sites fairly level with the exception of a few that are located on the downhill drive from the office area to the lower loop. The upper restroom where laundry facilities are located is nicely tiled with the lower loop restroom offering a cement floor but just as clean. Access to both bathrooms all day except when they are being cleaned. 30 Amp power at the upper sites and tends to have lower, unstable voltage, which may not be appropriate for larger rigs. 50 Amp power on the lower loop strong. Wireless worked well for the most part with occasional slowdowns during evening prime time. Good cable with several HD channels and SAT reception no problem. Very nice location close to RMNP and downtown. - ex777driver
Sep 2015 - $50.00
Staff very helpful. Able to get us another night in the same space. Older park, needs some $$$ spent on it. Full timers had all the river front spots tied up. Did see Elk both on the river in the park then the morning we left, had a bull and 5 females right in front of the coach for about 30 minutes. Really made the 4 days we were in that park. Also had grass which was nice to have for Toby our dog. Its a great location close to the downtown. Also the short cut over the mountain to miss the traffic of downtown. Played golf, nice course and priced right. Go to the Stanley Hotel for lunch. Very nice. - Bobcat1
Sep 2015 - $50.00
This is a difficult RV park for big rigs. The roads are narrow and sloped. The site we got was not 50 amps. The sites near the top are not 50 amps. The sites below near the river are. We were OK with 30 amps since the weather was cool. The issue was the site and the roads. The site was a pull through and was long enough, but there was a big trench coming in due to water run off and the site was not level. In order to level, we had to lift the front wheels off the ground. When we left, we dragged the Blue Ox tow bar and got stuck because of the angle of the exit of the site to the road. We had to unhook the toad and remove the Blue Ox tow bar to get out. The people in the site next to us were also concerned about how they would get out although their site had less of a slope out. The people running the park were very nice and they had a great breakfast on Saturday morning. However, they need to be aware of how their sites are set up and not put RVs in sites that will cause issues.
The site was narrow and there was barely enough room to walk around the picnic table to get to the coach.
We will not be coming back to this park. - Ludmilla
Jul 2015 - $59.00
The $59 daily rate includes tax for a week's stay. We were really looking forward to this campground. The website certainly indicates a lovely place to stay along the river. First of all, the entrance off Route 66 is a steep one-lane drive, so be prepared. The campground is not very large and it is very congested, so when you get to the bottom of the drive, stop before you go any further. The people who work here are very nice. We were put in site 1, which backs up to the river. We are a 36' motorhome and our back end hung over the river when our front end was in place. Our neighboring travel trailer had to bring in his awning in order for our slide to open. We were lined up in a row with barely any space on either side. We had a cabin on the other side of us. If you enjoy space to spread out, do not come here. There were not many ratings for this park, probably because most of the sites are used by seasonal people. We did get a strong Verizon signal at this campground. Estes Park is a cute town but very congested also in the summer. We would not recommend or come back to this campground, mostly due to the incredibly tight site spacing. - dbcordello
Aug 2014 - $53.00
We chose this park because of the reviews, which are accurate. It's small, crowded, and along a creek, which is only a plus is you are parked by it. The folks in the office are terrific and helpful. The place is pristine clean. Although the location, just outside the national park, is very convenient it is very difficult to get here. We came in from Loveland up 30 miles of winding steep two lane road. Traffic in Estes Park this Labor Day weekend was horrific. Finally, the directions to Paradise are difficult to follow and the street signs in town difficult to read. A tip - come all the way through Estes Park on route 36. Continue all the way out of town almost to the park entrance and go left on CO Route 66. Continue 1/4 mile and left into the driveway, where you will be met by a nice gentleman who will help you squeeze your RV into your space. - Doogiesmom
Jun 2014 - $48.00
Very well maintained campsites with deck and picnic table at each campsite. Very friendly staff and immaculately maintained bathroom, shower and the laundry room. Very reasonable to do laundry at $1.25 to wash and $1 to dry. Additional cost of $3.50 per day is charged for cable hook-up. Stream current is too fast to do any fishing but the sound is very soothing. Entry to and exit from the property was guided by the staff because of the extremely narrow road and the campsites. - gartail
Aug 2015 - $59.00
If you arrive on Rt. 34 you have to drive through the downtown area to reach the campground. But then it is easy access to the national park. Sites are dirt, very dusty, with no shade but there is adequate room and you don't feel like you are on top of your neighbor. Price is probably competitive for the area. We would use this campground again. - slay
Aug 2015 - $59.00
The RV park is very handy to Rocky Mountain National Park (you don't have to drive through busy Estes Park). When you first pull in it looks crowded but the sites are spacious. No shade but at 7500 ft elevation it stays cool. There is s fishing pond & creek. Dog friendly! - storms
Jun 2015 - $55.00
Great park. Had stocked pond. Close to town. Scenery was beatiful from every site. Nice pool. Staff was nice. Loved the town. - ssdoyleusmc
Jun 2015 - $55.00
We wanted to stay near Estes Park, but still be in the mountains, and this park fits that description. There are lots of families, but they quiet down after sunset. Steep roads in the park, but it was good exercise to walk around. Spot 68 is great because you are tucked back next to a nice grassy area. The staff is super, and they work hard with a constant smile. It's not cheap, but nothing is cheap in this area. - brewerted
Aug 2014 - $25.00
Very friendly staff, both at check-in and after. We had picked our site earlier therefore it was easy in and out and good satellite access. Site was adequate and not too close to neighbor. Good Wi-Fi. No AT&T. Close enough to Estes Park (4.5 miles) to be convenient. We would stay here again. Rate reflects Passport America discount. - vmi1962
Aug 2014 - $53.00
This is a great campground for families with children. Tons of activities, including candy bar bingo, a dance party with Yogi, wagon rides, and a nice playground with pool. We didn't have small children with us so didn't use those amenities. Our friends did however and really liked them. The park was clean, including restrooms and grounds. It had great Wi-Fi, a nice cooked breakfast ($3) and nice staff. My only complaint would be the campground roads are rough, the park could do with a little maintenance, and some sites are quite small, not giving much privacy. We had a small site (68). Many of the sites are a decent size however. - Always Glamping