17 Parks near Grand Lake, Colorado
Jul 2015 - $16.00
Price is with senior passport. Another beautiful federal facility. Gravel back-in sites with gravel pads for picnic tables and fire pits, situated on a peninsula on Lake Granby a few miles north of Granby, CO. Beautiful panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. No check-in issues - was told "just go to your site and enjoy the sunset". Bathrooms were clean, showers free; but you can't adjust the water temperature and some were very hot, others not so much. Still fine. A great place to camp. - rv1guy2cats
Jun 2014 - $11.00
The rate reflects a 50% senior discount for a non-hookup site. This is National Forest Service Campground manged by a concessionaire. Based on what we had read and imagined, we thought that Lake Granby would be this quite, remote Forest Service lake. It is not; the lake and the area are heavily developed, so don't expect a wilderness experience. That being said, the area is still very nice with beautiful views. This campground is pretty much devoid of trees, but that does make for some good views. The sites have some separation but, because of the lack of vegetation, there is no privacy. There is also some road noise from the adjacent highway. This is the one campground on the lake with a dump station. There is also fresh water at the dump station, but, for some unknown reason you have to attach your hose to a tap that is about 7 feet up. Perhaps this is a temporary issue. Our Verizon phone and data were very strong. We had no problem with satellite since there are almost no trees. We did not stay at this campground our allotted time of 8 nights. - TheJim
Sep 2012 - $32.00
The rate is $25 for an electrical site, plus the $7 NFS day use fee. This is our second time here, the first being a few years ago before it was clear cut due to the pine bark beetle infestation. While I do wish the trees were still there, the 360 degree view of the mountain ranges with the lake in the foreground is in a word - spectacular. It is a few miles from Grand Lake and the west park entrance. - barbielab
Jun 2016 - $50.00
We love this RV campground. The campground is right outside of Rocky Mountain NP west entrance and wildlife roams nearby (elk, moose). The campsides are big and level and most have some shade. There's horseback riding, camp store, etc. - CastleRook1
Sep 2015 - $40.00
We had originally planed to stay at another park but we told that we have to stay in a parking lot because it was Labor Day weekend, so at the last minute in desperation we called Winding River, and it turned out to be a jewel of a park with plenty of room between sites. Very family friendly with a cookout on Saturday night and a cowboy breakfast on Saturday morning, horseback rides and many activities for the entire family. The (very small) Colorado River is a short distance away and they had a wonderful Cowboy church on the riverbank Sunday morning. It borders Rocky Mountain National Park and it is close to the very touristy town of Grand Lake. About the only thing that kept it from being a "10" is a very small laundry with only 2 washing machines. There may be more in a building somewhere else but that's all we could find. The staff was very friendly and the entire park is a winner. One word of caution: our GPS was miles away from the actual location, but in their defense we were warned not to trust the GPS when we made reservations. Don't know why it was so far off, but trust them when they give specific instructions and tell you the GPS is wrong. - bigt
Aug 2014 - $40.00
Various types of campsites, from rugged tent to spacious pull-throughs for large rigs. For RVs, sites are gravel with easy to use hook-ups. Excellent Wi-Fi. They have special facilities for horses and ATVs. Adjacent to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Grand Lake area has three large lakes for boating and fishing. If you like hiking, you are in paradise. Only weakness is muddy roads after a rain. - AGCS
May 2016 - $45.00
Nice campground - larger than it looks from the road. It's in the Rocky Mountains so entirely level sites are a bit scarce. Some sites are big rig friendly. There are trees between most sites so privacy is better than average. We were in a Class B so site was spacious. Would come here again with our big rig but would want to make sure we had one of the big rig friendly sites. - dfwcantor
Aug 2015 - $45.00
We loved this campground. The owners really care and answered so many questions to help our first trip to RMNP be an awesome one. They also are so nice, and went above and beyond for us. Rebecca really understands customers service, and we also enjoyed meeting the other family members and employees.
We do wish they had a fenced in dog run, but they were kind enough to tell us a few places right near the campground where we were allowed to take our dogs off leash to run and get worn out. (we have a young lab, need we say more?!)
Our site was quite private, and loved all the greenery and trees. Table was in good shape, and loved having a fire pit. Other campers were a pleasure to meet, they seem to attract good people.
We will definitely be back and hope they have room! We drove to Estes and were happy we choose to stay in Grand Lake. Campground is in a good area, and very close to the park entrance as well. - Dank
Aug 2015 - $43.00
They accept no discounts, AAA or Good Sam. They are a bit expensive for what they have. The sites are nice, all wooded. The lady checking everyone in was not very nice. - kbarkley
Jul 2016 - $13.00
We definitely miss the trees but this is a natural process and an example of how a forest regrows from a meadow. Elk frequent the campground in the mornings and evenings. Moose and bear can be seen nearby. The standard rate of $26 seems high for dry camping. There is a posted 30' RV length limit. Most sites are designed for tents or small camper vehicles. All sites are 1st come 1st serve and the campground fills often by mid-afternoon. 8900' elevation in Kauwanechee Valley often sees 40 degree overnight temps in July. Interior roads and parking are all asphalt. Tent pads at each site. - Trailbuddy
Sep 2015 - $20.00
No trees -- beetles killed them all. Not pretty, and there was little privacy between sites. But views of surrounding mountains were very good as a result, and stars at night were great for the same reason. - Prof Dan
Aug 2013 - $20.00
Still a nice campground even without the trees. The mountain pine beetles that have killed so many of the majestic tall straight pines trees in Colorado, have sadly struck here too. Over a couple years the various loops have been closed and the dead trees removed. The tallest trees left in the parking areas are at most 10-12 foot tall - but growing and healthy. During tree removal, it appears that the campground layout was changed to have fewer sites with more room between sites. I don't remember if the sites were asphalt before, but they are level. Most sites are back-in and available for tents or RVs, some sites are tent only set up for small groups, and some RV only sites are pull through. I enjoy ranger talks, but lightening cancelled the evening's program. On the nice night, a ranger gave a very informed and specific talk about geology of the tundra to the lower treed areas - very nice! Fortunately, the rainy night happened after the herd of at least a dozen female elk meandered through the campground with the lone male, and two babies. We watched for about an hour and one-half as the fire-rings provided an ash snack for the females. We will return. - AluminumCloud
Sep 2015 - $10.00
Great National Park campground, no hookups or showers,but there is a dump station and water fill. Our site, A18, was a fairly level pull through, however to put your door & awning on the correct side, you will have to go in the wrong direction, which was no real problem, as everyone on the inside of the loop did the same. Site was a little close with the trees on both sides but we had enough room to extend the slides and awning. At least A&B loops still have trees, the trees in rest of the loops have been removed, due to beetle infestation. There is a picnic table & fire ring at each site.
Fire wood & Ice available at the campground. The wildlife in the park are awesome, including the elk in the campground, if you drive your car, be ready for delays of folks watching the animals.
There is a shuttle system that takes you to some parts of the park.
Our rate is with the Senior Pass, we would absolutely stay here again. - bukhrn
Jun 2015 - $10.00
This campground is located across the valley from the Transit Center on Bear Lake Road on the east side of the RMNP. This makes it very convenient to access all park sites and trail heads on the east side using the shuttle service, which stops every half-hour right in the campground. We choose loop C because it still has tree cover. The rangers were so helpful and the evening programs they put on were very well done. The restrooms were immaculate. - SideBySiders
Mar 2015 - $20.00
We were a bit disappointed that the sites were basically just pull overs from the road. We didn't even have enough room to keep our stairs down, but the views were amazing and within 5 minutes of parking we saw elk walking through the field across the way. Perfect campground for kids with bikes. Because we weren't in a loop, we had to deal with quite a bit of car traffic. Had some issues with a group of teenagers zooming through the campground pretty fast so the park rangers put out some cones to help slow them down. The nightly ranger talks were really good and entertaining for the kids. Lots to do in the area and Estes Park is a cute town (we even went to two parades!) Careful - some loops don't allow generators. Thank goodness ours did. If we stay here again we would reserve a site deeper into the loop. - Wendle123
Jul 2016 - $45.00
While the Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake is a relatively nicely kept campground with good customer service, it is very much a family campground with very tight spaces. Fine if you have kids and are looking for family friendly. Not quiet and peaceful, though. As seniors looking for peaceful evenings, we might return in a pinch: if we could get a space away from the playground area, but only if nothing else was available. Campers next to us had 10 people in their campground when stated limit was 6 persons. - vmak57
Jun 2016 - $45.00
I found this park neither as good nor as poor as previous reviewers. We had to split our stay between two sites in order to spend a week. Our middle row site was longer and wider than our back row site. Both were adequate for our 40 ft motorhome with toad parked alongside. It is very dusty and can be muddy in rainy weather. Most sites seem to slope substantially downward, so bring blocking,even for a motorhome. The staff is working to improve the base, but there is more work to do. Wifi is still poor: it unpredictably goes from OK, to slow, to gone, and back. The work campers try very hard to keep the place clean, but there's a lot to be done. Many customers light fires in the evening; it can get very smoky. - Just Dave
Jun 2016 - $45.00
We came here for a wedding at Mary's Lake Lodge (a beautiful setting) and had a group of for spots. The last row where we were at, has a nice view of the mountain. The spots are not terribly narrow. That is the best I can say. The price is outrageous for what they offer. We had a heavy rain during our stay. The camp had rivers running through it. A worker stopped by the front of my motor home to look at the trough that had formed. Nothing was done. For the price they charged, i would expect better water control, at least paved roads. A shelter would be nice, since there is not a tree in the RV area. There is a patio on this loop, but, the mud just overran it from the rain. This park really could have so much potential. But, the price they charge does not justify the amenities. - coloradoriverguy
Jul 2016 - $25.00
Wooded with some views. Some sites are close together but we had site A1 which is large and away from the pack. Restrooms could have been larger - only 3 male sit-down for 65 sites. Hilly. Hike out of the campground into rmnp. - adamant
Jun 2016 - $30.00
While I generally liked the wooded setting of this campground, East Portal was a massive disappointment. We brought a 19 ft tent trailer and could only barely (with a lot of maneuvering) pull it into the site. The site was uneven and we could never get the trailer leveled out. The campground is incredibly crowded (expect your neighbors to be within five feet on either side. The biggest issue I had was the crowd the campground attracts. Expect groups of young and rude campers who will stay up late into the night dining and laughing without a hint of concern for anyone else. We have two small children who could not sleep because of all the noise. - CastleRook1
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
Jul 2016 - $12.00
Trailer sites are small. We had a 40 ft site which our 32 ft fifth wheel barely fit. Our site was a pull along which meant our slideouts were at the edge of the road. Weird generator hours. For us just too many folks to close together. We could not use our fire ring as it was downhill and our chairs wouldn't stay up. - TEXASBOY
Sep 2015 - $11.00
The park services were all closed, water, dump, entrance, however self service registration worked just fine. Crowds are gone this time of year, it's a little windy, so we selected a site that did not look over the moraine. The sites that do look over the moraine are beautiful, however can be very, very windy. Elk were bugling in the moraine during the day, and we relaxed overlooking the moraine at a friends site. The sites were all still kept clean, but only about 2/3 of the campsites were available. One loop was closed. No reservations were needed. Our daily rate is senior discount rate @ 50%. We used our solar panel for charging during the day, so we selected a site that was in the sun, plenty of shaded locations were available at this time of year as well. - DocColorado
Jul 2015 - $20.00
Thus is a very popular and crowded campgrpund. We were on d loop which was more aecluded. Some of the sites were literally right on the road. They book up on advance but we were able to get a site with one day in advance on the website. Didn't have to bother with trying for a first come site. Not noisy at night. Bear boxes inconveniently place sporadically so we ended up keeping everything in the car and hauling it when we wanted to use it which was a big hassle. Should have more boxes available. Long drive to bear lake trailhead. - MeetTheGriswolds
Olive Ridge, Colorado (map) | (303) 541-2500
Sites: 56 | Latest Rate: $17.00 | 1 Reviews
Sep 2011 - $17.00
Very nice National Park close to Estes Park, in fact this is where we had to stay to visit Estes Park. The campground sites are very spread out and water faucets are available through out the camp but you need a water cheater to hook up. No dump so come empty. We would never had found this park had Estes Park not been full, so sometimes things do work out. - monaco cruiser
May 2016 - $19.00
Can't believe this campground hasn't been reviewed more frequently. It's an excellent campground, located between Ward (8 miles away) and Allenspark (8 miles away) at Peaceful Valley. There's actually 2 campgrounds here, Camp Dick (with 40 sites) and Peaceful Valley (with 17 sites). Stayed at Camp Dick over the Memorial Day weekend 2016; rate is without senior pass discount (half price), and did require a 3 night minimum since it was a holiday.
Sites are well spaced, some in the open, some in the trees. CG is in a valley with a stream running through it, quite a few sites are streamside; there's also a cul-de-sac with some sites, in the trees and a bit more private. Each site has a fire ring, table, separate grill and tent pad. All are well maintained and cleaned regularly. CG road is paved; sites are gravel and level.
Family friendly CG, can accommodate a variety of campers/RVs. No hookups at all, and common water available, but faucets are not threaded. Firewood available on site from host. Host very friendly and efficient. - ThomInColorado
Sep 2009 - $17.00
Great campground. Within 1-2 hours of Boulder/ North metro Denver. Dry camping, but we had a generator so no problem for us. No amenities, just a great get-away location. Kids had fun exploring the stream, riding bikes, etc. Will definitely return! - co_campers