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Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $26.00
An excellent park! There are actually 3 separate areas. Dallas Creek is a day use area. Dutch Charlie has the main visitor's center, a swim beach and boat moorings; most of the sites here are smaller and tighter. Pa-Co-Chu-Puk (Ute for "Cow Creek") has the best facilities for RVs, but also has tent sites, with a few sites having both; we stayed here. Some sites here are on a bluff over the river. Restrooms and laundry were first-class and very clean; we did not use the showers. Sites facing south have sun shelters. Activities on the weekends; schedules are posted at the Visitor's Center and the restrooms. Hiking/biking trails in the park. About 8 miles to Ridgeway, and another 10-12 to Ouray. Most of the staff are camp hosts or volunteers, and very friendly. Firewood and ice are available for purchase. There is no Wi-Fi and cell coverage is marginal. Verizon probably a little better than AT&T due to there being a Verizon cell tower on a hill at Dutch Charlie. Overall, really enjoyed the stay and would come again. We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $28.00
Wide open sites with lots of room around each. Water and sewer is available but not at each site. Didn't use the showers or laundry. Problems were, half of the sites are laid out backwards. The hookups and tables are on the wrong side of the site so that your door faces away from your table and the patio and firepit? The grass is in need of mowing and we felt it was a fire hazard. All that being said, we enjoyed our stay and the folks here were great. overall nice an quiet, just laid out by someone who never stayed here. Would stay here again. We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $28.00
A very nice state park. We stayed in the loop which had full hookups. Very level sites with concrete pads. Nice bathrooms and laundry. Nice central location for many activities. We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $23.00
Ridgway State park consists of three separate campgrounds: Dakota Terrace, Pa-Co-Chu-Puk & Elk Ridge. Pa-Co-Chu-Puk: This has the full hook sites. We made our reservation in January for our July trip. I specifically reserved a site by the river. Google Earth does a very poor job of demonstrating terrain, because the river access consists of almost rappelling down a 40 foot cliff....not good. In addition to no river access, the mosquitoes were horrible to the point that we couldn't be outside for more than a few seconds before we were attacked. I think I saw a small dog sucked dry by those bloodsuckers! The park rangers said that the mosquitoes are always a problem during the summer months, and I wish I would have known that before the reservations were made. We stayed one night out of the six nights before we were able to get the rest of our reservation moved to the Dakota Terraces campgrounds. I would not stay at this campground again based on the mosquito problems. We were in site #267.
Dakota Terrace: This campground was a trip saver based on all the problems that we had with the mosquitoes at Pa-Co-Chu-Pak. The campsites were close together to see what the campers were doing, yet far enough away to where we weren't on top of each other. There were few established large trees in this campsite. The pads weren't the concrete pads that were available in Pa-Co-Chu-Pak, but rather asphalt and required a bit of leveling. The bathrooms/shower facilities were clean and well-kept, and the park hosts did a good job to keeping the place clean and well organized. Overall, it served its purpose and we would stay there again if necessary.
Elk Ridge: This is the campground you want to try to reserve in. A lot of big established trees that did a good job of allowing better privacy between campsites. While we didn't use the bathroom or the shower in this campsite, I would assume that based on the exceptional job of how well the other amenities were maintained, this one would be no different. The website says that Elk Ridge is the most popular campground and I can see why. Site #186 is the best in the park with a great view of the lake. Out of all three parks, this one offers the best seclusion.
Summary: All three parks have their strengths and weaknesses. Dakota Terrace and Elk Ridge offer the best options if traveling with kids because it allows the easiest access to the swim beach and the playgrounds. All the campsites had a fire ring and grill, all had easy access to clean showers and bathrooms and all campgrounds had a good play area for the kids. A big kudos goes out to the Colorado State Park Department for providing clean, safe and enjoyable camping facilities. We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Tent Trailer.
Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $29.00
This was a very nice park. We stayed in the Dutch Charlie Dakota Terraces section. Most spots have view of reservoir or mountains. There are smaller trees at most sites. Sites had a patio with a fire ring, picnic table (some had a shelter), and shared water. Water tank needed to be filled then disconnected from water spout. The showers are $1 for 4 minutes and 25c for each additional minute. So, we just showered in our camper. The price includes the $7 entry fee. We did not reserve online. If we did that, it is an additional $10 fee. We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $22.00
We have stayed in Ridgway State Park on numerous occasions over the years. We even had our wedding ceremony on an overlook that you can reserve for that purpose behind the visitors center. We have camped on all of their different loops and stayed in the Yurts that are available. The camper services buildings are always clean. Most sites are level or require moderate leveling. We enjoy this park and will continue to use it every summer. The camp hosts are always great people. We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $26.00
Can I give this park a "11" rating?! No matter what time frame you have when making reservations to visit here, plan to stay at least 2 weeks as the opportunities for incredible activities abound in and around this top-notch facility. Each site is level, on concrete, and many loops offer full hook-ups. All sites are well groomed and spaced out for real privacy. Beautiful views of the river and surrounding mountains are all around you. A birder's and fisherman's paradise with direst access to the revisor for boating and swimming. There are several sections of Ridgway State Park and many loops/locations options to choose from. Wonderful groomed trails, several large public pavilions, a playground, showers, a clean laundry facility and helpful, knowledgeable staff combine to help you feel at home. This park is located between Montrose and Ridgway and we loved it so much, we became Colorado State Park Camp hosts! We stayed here in a 37 ft 5th wheel with two dogs. We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $27.00
Nightly rate was based on a 14 day stay. We have a 40 coach with 4 slides and a tow vehicle. We had a site in the full hook up loop that was level but we had to trim back the bushes around the hook ups so that we could open our slides. There was a concrete pad with asphalt in front and behind the pad so that your leveling feet were not in the dirt. Water pressure fine; electric fine; sewage fine. Great location for multiple day trips. If you are doing and extended stay like we did, if you are going in and out with your tow vehicle, it might pay to get the CO annual park pass because there is a charge for the day each time you leave and enter a CO park. Staff professional and polite. We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $22.00
Excellent for a government campground. Bath, showers and laundromat were excellent and clean. People in visitor center were very helpful and pleasant. After reservation was paid for 5 nights at $22 per night, I got an email that I would have to pay $7 per night for vehicle access, or $70 for annual pass. Friendly host routinely circles park in golf cart to keep and eye on things. Quiet and relaxing. We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $32.00
For a state park, this is a decent one! The spaces are a good distance from each other, there are many pull throughs and the park is quiet and away from the city and highway. The river offers fishing and hiking. We were disappointed in the lack of AT&T cell service, no Wi-Fi and no cable. All three of these amenities are usually standard in a private park. So for 32/ night we thought it was overpriced and under featured. Due to the Wi-Fi and cell issues we won't be staying here again. We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $33.00
We stayed at Ridgway State Park Pa-Co-Chu-Puk campground for 4 nights while visiting the Ouray area. Full hookups and a lot of room between sites. Very big-rig friendly and I don't think there is a bad site in the park...best sites are furthest from the road. Full laundry facilities on-site and the bathrooms/showers are modern and spotless. The campground is about 15 miles north of Ouray but the drive into town is quick and beautiful. The river running through the park is great to listen to and hike beside. Wonderful park....we will definitely stay here again. We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $22.00
Our first time at this park and we love it. We stayed in site 80 something, nice with trees. Electric only, no water hookups or sewer. Host's were so nice, they welcomed us as soon as we got there. We bought firewood and ice (yes, they sell ice!) and they delivered it to our site! Now that's service! We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $15.00
Very nice park. Well maintained. Little town of Ridgeway was great with good restaurants. Use town hall for WI-FI. It is free (no password needed) and the park next to it is great for picnics and relaxing. Laundry in town is a good one. We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Tent Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $22.00
This was our 3rd stay at Ridgway State Park. We like everything about the park: great views, very clean new restrooms, paved roads, good space between campers, great access from highway and great rates. We could ask for nothing more in a campground. We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $26.00
Best all-around state park we have camped in. We camped in Pa Co Chu Puk area, on the Uncompaghre River, downstream from the dam. The other camping area is on the lake itself, and there is an additional day use area at the upstream end of the lake, where the river comes in. Boating and fishing are great, caught two nice rainbows in the lake and a large brown trout in the river, which is catch-and-release. Nice walking trails, and a very clean laundry and shower facility. We stayed 3 days, and we will stay again if we have the chance. We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
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