7.5 Good
     
Gunnison, Colorado

Elk Creek Campground (NFS)

Gunnison, Colorado



Gunnison, Colorado
Phone: (970) 641-2337

Sites: 75
Recent Rate: $14 8/2016

Latitude: 38.469893672564
Longitude: -107.16346254894

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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) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • 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) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • 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 no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

13 Reviews

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Review Count: 202
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Elk Creek National Recreation Area (NRA) and Black Canyon of the Gunnison campgrounds no longer grants 50% discounts on all camp sites when using a Senior Access Pass. Instead these parks grant a 50% discount on "non electric" (dry) then tacks on a fixed utility fee. The cost of a camp site with electricity can be up to $14 per night. Still a bargain. I'm sure the fine print has all of the details but I could not find it.

Also be aware that the boat tour on the Curecanti River no longer accepts the Senior Pass. The boat tour cost $24 per person.

Elk Creek NRA has four loops with only loop D having electricity, the rest of the loops have no hookups. All of the interior roads and sites are on asphalt and are very narrow. Loop D also has a concrete pad. The electrical box contains 20/30/50 amp service. The voltage hovered around 117. All sites have a picnic table and a fire ring. Fire wood is not available for purchase within this park.

There are (2) bathrooms within loop D, the rest of the loops have (1). The park does not have a shower room. There are showers by the boat marina and managed by a concessionaire. The cost is $3.00 for 10 minutes. The showers were nasty looking; would not consider using them.

The dump station and fresh water is located just before the kiosk. All of the bathrooms also have a fresh water spigot but you would need a very long hose to reach it.

The sites vary in length and width. Some sites can fit a RV, a tow and a boat. There is also a swimming area just beyond loop B.

The camp hosts enforce the 10 PM quiet hour. We would come back to this park if we were in the area. We have a 32 foot RV. We camped at Elk Creek Campground (NFS) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Review Count: 120
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Elk Creek Campground is part of the Curecanti National Recreation Area, and is at the eastern end of the large long and beautiful Blue Mesa Reservoir. The campground is on a long slope ending at the lake some half mile off, and has 4 loops with some 128 sites according to the campground handout map. Loops A and D accept reservations. D loop has electricity. The roads are paved and D has paved sites; didn't go into the other loops. Two bathhouses in D. The D sites vary in levelness and there were 6 pull-throughs out of 28 sites. The area is typical semiarid scrub with long visas. Dump station at the entrance with a nearby water fill. We had senior passes so $9/night. Our campground hosts were very nice and enjoyable. We camped at Elk Creek Campground (NFS) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful view of the lake. Really nice level sites. The camphost was phenomenal - directed us to the site, helped us locate firewood and told us about the boat tour (highly recommend!). A must stop if you are anywhere near the Western Slope. We camped at Elk Creek Campground (NFS) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Loop D
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Check out the boat tour!

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Paved back in and pull thru sites. Electric only with water and dump station available. You must drive to use the reservoir which is very pretty. I will stat here again. We camped at Elk Creek Campground (NFS) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Blue mesa is a great lake for fishing and swimming.

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Review Count: 80
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice concrete pads. D-loop has 50 amp service. April 1 and bathrooms were not open for use yet. Nice spacing of sites, view of the reservoir. Gets a little windy in the afternoons. We camped at Elk Creek Campground (NFS) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
D6
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Fishing in the reservoir, close to Black Canyon of the Gunnison Nat'l Park.

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Review Count: 53
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Very basic forest service campground. New concrete sites and beautiful view of the lake. Very quiet and DARK. Stayed one night, and would stay again in a minute. We camped at Elk Creek Campground (NFS) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

Great stopover location while touring Colorado Rockies. Convenient to Black Canyon of the Gunnison River. D-loop has 50-amp service (no sewer or water), but all sites were reserved during weekend. A-loop had numerous unreserved sites, but there are no hookups. Shade trees are scarce. Federal senior rates apply. We would come back here. We camped at Elk Creek Campground (NFS) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

A nice clean, well kept campground. Could use more shade, but that will come with more time for the few trees here to mature. We camped at Elk Creek Campground (NFS) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

We stopped for a quick overnight visit on a recent vacation to Colorado. The campground was RV friendly with paved loops and pads. Most of the sites are back-ins. There are no trees in the area but a nice view of the stars at night. The wind picked up at dusk. The bathrooms had flush toilets and were in the classic NPS style from 30 years ago. There was a dump station with water hose for tanks. There were pay showers located elsewhere in the park. There didn't appear to be much to do here if you didn't bring a boat. We camped at Elk Creek Campground (NFS) in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is in a beautiful area. However, it seems more for boaters and fishermen. I had expected to be able to take the kids down to the lake since the campground is right on it but there was no access. Also, the showers are pay showers and are located at the marina which was a good 1 mile walk from our campsite (D 23). Our site was electric only so it was not really reasonable to try to do our showers (family of 5) in the RV. We did not want to break up camp to drive to showers nor did we want a 2 mile round trip walk to shower. We left the next morning after our arrival rather than stay as we had planned. We would not return. We camped at Elk Creek Campground (NFS) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 202
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is located on Blue Mesa Reservoir. We stayed in Loop D which has electric hookups. Potable water is available near the dump station. We had a back-in site. Most back-in sites are long and wide to accommodate boats and trucks and trailers. There is a single loop road which was paved as were the sites. The loop road was a little narrow. Pullthrough sites were not very long so if you have a large fifth wheel you might not fit properly. We had two sites during our stay and our first site required some side-to-side leveling but the second site was better. The bathrooms were old. Showers are located near the marina. I took one look and decided not to use them. They were old, smelled and weren’t very clean. Electric was on the low side. Verizon aircard worked but was slow on National Extended network. Verizon cell phone worked on Extended network. The campground is right off Hwy 50 so there is traffic noise during the day but was very quiet at night. The dry camping sites were also large and could probably accommodate almost any sized rig. We would stay there also. We would stay here again. We camped at Elk Creek Campground (NFS) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 72
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

National Forest Service Campground, on East end of Blue Mesa Reservoir, 16 miles West of Gunnison. A loop has full hook ups, B, C and D have none. Dump station with potable water on site. We dry camped with solar and generator in B loop. Marina and small restaurant here as well. Friendly hosts, nice mesa views, water views. Low vegetation, few trees, very windy. Our loop was empty except for us. Loop A with utilities was full. A nice, inexpensive stop for touring Black Canyon, no daily fee. We camped at Elk Creek Campground (NFS) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a NFS park so you may use your Golden Access card for discounts. This park has 30 amp power, no water and no sewer, but dump station with fresh water is available. Some sites are too small for big rigs. Some sites need to have the brush cut away from the front of the site to facilitate backing into the site. There are a few pull-through sites, not all of which are long enough for big rigs. (We have a 40 foot toyhauler.) There is a marina here and a great restaurant. We rented a slip at the marina and the managers at the marina, while friendly, were very disorganized. Fishing in this area is good. We camped at Elk Creek Campground (NFS) in a Fifth Wheel.

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