8 Parks near Estes Park, Colorado
Jul 2015 - $56.00
We spent 2 weeks at Elk Meadow and our family also spent 3 nights with their TT. First, park is in a great location right by RMNP, nice views, facilities, pool, hot tub, lodge etc. We loved all that. Workampers nice, helpful, friendly, warm. All this was great. The areas we found disappointing were: 1) the slope of the grounds meant that picnic table was on grassy area at such a slope (30-40 degree angle) that you couldn't use it properly. We had to move the picnic table to the front of our coach to have level ground, so that just seemed silly and a waste of grassy area. 2) Next, the nightly cost is at a premium but be prepared for several unexpected "add-ons" which reduce overall value. These being: (i) Nightly fee of $5+ tax per kid. Ouch. Glad we don't have kids! But our family had 3 so they got stung with $16.50 a night extra for kiddos. We had 2 nephews spend a couple of nights each with us, so we got hit with the extra cost, despite already spending almost $1,000 here in our 2 week stay. (ii) Mini Golf: they charge $1 each for a Mini golf club - seriously!? First time we've ever encountered that in our 1 year of full-timing around the USA. (iii) Laundry: very expensive for washer/dryer loads ($4-5 per load) and dryer is limited to 30 mins - NOT enough to dry towels and you cannot simply add a quarter or 2 for a longer cycle... no you have to run a whole new load again. (iv) Finally, we were there at a fairly quiet time (10-15% occupancy) and when our family packed up to go, asked office if they could park in parking lot to have lunch with us before leaving - Elk Meadow wanted another $25 for that! Overall, our stay was pleasant, but these extra DINGS really soured the experience for us and we can only recommend by including this warning. Proximity to RMNP and views are the highlights. - RVLove.com
Jul 2015 - $45.00
Dirt and gravel roads going up a hillside,so bring your blocks. Very tight in the back. Lodge closed. Staff very nice and grounds staff. Short drive to town. Scenery and surrounding mountains is the best feature. Don't go in dog run- bad..... Did not use baths or shower. - Oooooooo
Jul 2015 - $78.00
This was our 5th year staying at Elk Meadow. We love the location next to RMNP and the really nice people there. They have a new General Manager who is very visible and very helpful. He came by our RV twice to check on us. We stayed on the "G" row, which has an unobstructed view of the mountains so it is a little more costly. Our site was a little unlevel but the auto-leveling system in the the new 5er handled it easily enough. However what do you expect, you are camping in the mountains so stuff is going to be unlevel. On our 3rd day there our truck suffered a catastrophic fuel system failure. It was going to take 7 to 10 days to get it repaired. The people at Elk Meadow were very understanding. Unfortunately the entire park was already booked up for the next week (100%) so we couldn't stay longer. The staff helped us find a "volunteer" to help move our RV to a dry storage area while the truck is being repaired. The staff is mostly Work-Campers so they are great and helpful people. Beautiful place and we will definitely stay there again. - cgaskins
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
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
Jul 2015 - $49.00
We stayed here over 4th of July weekend, It was sold out, stayed one night in the upper pull thru "highly recommended" was quite plenty of room to move and comfortable. The following 3 nights we stayed in the lower back in spaces. Way to tight for our 33 ft 5th wheel. space was clean no shade, and when it rained our space and my parents space right next to us flooded out 3 inches of mud on the cement slab. With that said the staff was there as soon as we asked the camp host about it, and they were there to dig out the mud and attempt to damn it off. After 10 pm quite hours the camp host were no where to be found, the people behind us were drinking and playing loud music until midnight, again it was 4th of July, but wish the camp at least had a contact number to report things. - 10shifter
Jul 2015 - $38.00
I rated this park Satisfactory because compared to other parks charging what they charge, you don't get much for your money. The sites are close. They are gravel and unlevel. They have a small laundry that is up the hill in the office. They charge $2 to take a shower. Their change machine was broken at one of their bath houses. When I went to the laundry, I ask the office if they could give me change for the laundry. She told me that I would have to go to the bath house to get change. I told her the machine was broken. She told me to go to the other bath house. There aren't any views of the mountains. There is a pool. It is advertised as heated but wasn't this time of year. They need to do some work on their roads inside the park. It was convenient to everything. There is a trolley stop right across the street. We will probably stay somewhere else the next time we visit. - Liz in Texas
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
Aug 2015 - $50.00
This place was one of the best RV park we've been to. It's very beautiful maintained, it has green beautiful grass everywhere, the sites has gravel with a paved patio and grass in between sites, even though the sites are nearby you still feel privacy since there are trees in between.
We loved our site, it was second row from the river front. The river front sites most of them are absolutely beautiful, they have the front river grass and trees, make sure to ask for the ones that are closer to the community fire pit. They have nice benches and you can walk and enjoy the river view.
There were elks going through the camp ground which added a nice feel as well. Their wifi isn't strong and took long to check email etc.
They put together fun evenings for everyone, like: potlucks or holiday (they had Christmas 8/1 when we were there).
It is such a giving, friendly staff operation.
We made the mistake that a lot do and we booked 4 nights at another location. We canceled 2 of these nights and came to Manor which helped our stay to be so homey. - MikeMayNaama
Jun 2015 - $50.00
Stayed here two weeks in June. Staff very friendly and helpful. Location is very good. 5 minute drive to downtown or visitors entrance of RMNP. Good cable and Wi-Fi. Will stay here again. - Tom & Marilyn
Jun 2015 - $65.00
Guided to the site and assisted backing in. This site was minimum width for our 40' motorhome, but adequate to back into. You have to be cautious of the sewer and water connections when parking. We were right on the river and it was wonderful to hear the rushing water at night. Stayed 3 nights but wish we would have had more time. - DennisD
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
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 - $54.00
Extraordinary work camp staff; very friendly and helpful and would be remise to not note the work done to repair all of the damage done by the floods from 13. Newly renovated laundry room and bathrooms, were exceptionally clean and taken care of. The onsite putt-putt course is still closed from the 2013 flood. Site was large enough for our 36 ft trailer and truck. A few sites are shaded but most are open while each have adequate space and a picnic table. Elk were grazing both in and just outside the park each morning while we were there. Park has a fishing pond and saw several folks catching some nice size trout. The swimming pool was closed while we were there for repair; camp staff were hopeful to have it open by Father's Day. The setting is beautiful and is convenient to downtown Estes Park and less than 1 1/2 miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. If we are ever in the EP area again, we will definitely stay here again. - Covite Windjammer
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