3 Parks near Salida, Colorado
Chaffee CR194 (US Hwy 285 between mile markers 135 and 136) Salida, Colorado 81201 (map) | (719) 539-7289
Sites: 22 | Latest Rate: $23.00 | 1 Reviews
Sep 2015 - $23.00
This park is located 2.4 miles off of 285 South. The road is gravel and a 12% grade in spots but the slow drive in is totally worth it. The sites sit up above the Arkansas River with stunning views. There are 22 sites. The sites are all gravel with nice picnic tables and a tent area at each site. The park is unmanned so self check in. The pricing is a little confusing as you have to pay for the campsite and then a vehicle pass and it's not clearly stated at the kiosk. There is a ranger who drives through several times a day who was very helpful with questions. This park is wonderful in that you are a bit isolated, have beautiful views and vey well groomed sites. - Adventure-Next
Sep 2015 - $49.00
Good news and bad news about this park, but overall thought it was far too pricey for what you get.
First the good news: It is just a couple of miles from Salida, and it is along the Arkansas River. We stayed in a 'river' site and it was pleasant being next to the river. There are large trees which help shade the sites. The wifi worked most of the time, of course lower to incredibly slow when presumably lots of people were using it. We normally use Verizon as hot spot, but because the sites sit down in elevation along the river, the signal was 3G. Tailgater did not work because of trees - over-the-air TV provided a few stations including ABC from CO Springs. Showers were clean.
Bad news - This park seems pretty old and old-fashioned. It appears they are very gradually trying to improve some of structures, etc. The sites are all of varying lengths. The road is dirt and bumpy in places with some tight corners - so make sure you know your rig's limitations.
There is traffic noise from Hwy 50 which was lessened by being on the sites that are lower in elevation and closer to the river.
There was trash at our site on the river bank - some plastic sheeting and old branches - it looked like several of the other sites were cleaned up.
There are a lot of rules and sporadically enforced. You can only have two vehicles at your site. We drive a truck and camper and pull a 10' utility trailer. We offloaded the camper but then that counted as 3 vehicles. So we always had to have the truck or the trailer parked about 500' away.
The rec room is a bit of a mess - dirty, everything old. Looked like it hadn't changed in 30 years.
The staff (two we met) weren't that well informed. When we checked in, the staff was at odds about the park map.
We no longer have a dog, but several dog people complained about the dog poo policy - few places to walk dog and hardly any trash bins (2).
There are many other campgrounds in area that are cheaper and nicer. - chinookgeo
Jul 2015 - $35.00
Stayed here for one night at one of the sites facing US-50. Road noise is definitely noticeable, but with a fan on it's fine. Price reflects a Good Sam discount on a $36.50 price.
Site itself was fine and level, sites are a bit close together but have a nice grassy median between. Dumpsters were filled to bursting, which made taking out garbage kind of gross.
I had three main gripes with this campground:
- Their dryers give you THREE MINUTES per quarter. What the heck?! I have never seen such terrible pricing. For that price, the dryer better be strong, but of course it wasn't. I put in $2.00 worth of quarters and got 24 minutes, plus clothing that was still warm and wet. So disappointing.
- Sprinklers placed directly along the edge of the grassy medians, which make it impossible to enter or exit your RV or trailer without getting soaked.
- They have a sign posted at their main entrance from the highway stating "LP Gas refilled here", however they will not refill unless you are a guest. Why have the sign there then? Have a sign inside if it's for guests only. - LanderWust
Jul 2015 - $36.00
We stayed at the Four Seasons RV Park. It is NOT a "Resort." We highly recommend NOT staying here.
Rude staff. Poor information--not given information about RV site types and cost--just "take it or leave it." We were assigned a spot in the row facing US 50 surrounded by people staying one night while we were here for three verrrrryyy long weeks.
We were not given an escort to our site and ended up entering facing the "wrong way." After three days we were forced to pull-out, drive around, and reorient during a rain storm.
The staff were snippy. Example: I told one boy we did not have a picnic table; he said we did. I said we did not. Then he looked and confirmed I was telling the truth.
Had we been offered the option of a more expensive site farther from the highway and away from the "one-nighters" we might have taken it, but we were not given an option--just given a price and confirmation of reservation.
There are restrooms but they are not very clean and they smell funny, as does the laundry room. In fact, the laundry room smells like a sewer leak overlain with mildew and dirty diapers. Most of the washers were broken...ditto the dryers. There are only 3-4 of each type, so we had to go into town to do laundry. Not enough working machines and a really foul smell.
The sites do not have concrete or gravel patio areas and are therefore constantly muddy. The sites are fairly narrow and made entirely of grass (except under the RV), and the sprinklers come on getting everything outside wet.
Children are allowed to run around after the 10 P.M. quiet hour start. Of course the staff have long since left and don't know this.
There are trees overhanging much too close to the RV roof--we could not adjust our antenna since it was in the trees, and had to climb on the roof to lower it for our unexpected move since the antenna was trapped in the trees. The trees interfere with fully extending the awning--and a fully extended awning intrudes into the adjacent site. - JC WOOD
Jul 2015 - $1.00
This is a free campground off of US-50 called Salida East Recreation Site (price is listed as $1.00 because $0.00 isn't allowed). There are some designated camping spots (with fire pits and picnic tables) but also plenty of other sites carved out with nothing around. A few sites are pull through, with the majority being back in.
There are no hookups, but there is a chemical restroom at the far western end of the campground. Just a pit toilet, no sink or sanitizer. Directly across from the restroom/parking lot is a boat launch into the Arkansas River.
We were able to get a strong Verizon Mifi signal at this location. Views of the mountains facing west are incredible. - LanderWust