26 Parks near Twin Lakes, Colorado
Jul 2016 - $17.00
This is a Forest Service Campground with no hookups but the views and your surrounding make up for all of that. A few spaces will accommodate up to 40" MH and all are first come so it is best to get there early in the week and early in the day. The Camp Host was very helpful and went out her way to make sure we had what we needed. - MTFF
Jul 2010 - $15.00
The park itself is very nice with shaded sites and lots of privacy. This is a National Forest campground, so no amenities, but as long as you expect this, you'll have an enjoyable time. The campground host was wierd though. He watched us alot, and on the last day he went around and changed the check out time on all the paperwork from 2:00pm to 12:00, and made sure all campers knew about it with some threats about having to pay more. Since he's a volunteer host, it may be a different person next year. - Fitzjohnfan
Jul 2016 - $0.00
We stayed here on 4th of July weekend and park was very busy. This is a free campground, so with that consideration, we really like this park. We have stayed here before and depending on how busy it is, you can select a site in the trees or out in the open. No amenities, except for vault toilets and rough fire rings built with rocks. Depending on the season, there can be large amounts of mosquitoes or none.
This stay was nice, but due to the extended weekend, there were too many large groups to make camping comfortable. Some stayed up too late with loud parties. We left the next day and stayed at a professional campground down the road. We will return, though, because the scenery is beautiful and fishing at the lake are great. You can't beat the price. - Fitzjohnfan
Sep 2010 - $10.00
This is a difficult place to rate because its not a typical RV park. The cabins were built first, and the two RV sites were put in much later as an afterthought. We and other relatives have been staying here for many years in the cabins, and we only found out last year that they have the RV sites. Both sites are back-in and you have to back down a small road, so I don't know if a very large rig (40'+) would make it, but maybe it could. Both sites have 20 amp electric only and no other hookups. (the electric pole wasn't working in our site, so I used the one next door) The sites are not very level, so be sure to have blocks and/or levelers. I can recommend this place for an RV, especially if you have other guests staying in the cabins, or if you need electric and want to be very close to the great fishing at Twin Lakes/Forebay, otherwise, I'd recommend either the National Forest campgrounds further up the road (summer only) or the other campgrounds in Leadville or Buena Vista. Keep in mind, we only paid $10.00/night. Note: this does not affect this review, but the cabins are clean with comfortable beds. The appliances are very dated, but functional. I would recommend staying in them if you are looking for a fully furnished cabin with showers and kitchenettes. - Fitzjohnfan
Jan 2016 - $9.00
The Sage loop has very few trees so very sunny and warm. While the campsites are very spacious & widely spaced, most of the other camp sites are within view. Reservations well (months) in advance are a must. The camp host does a great job of keeping track of those reservations and posting on each site signs indicating the current/next party, their duration of stay and the next party & their duration. No Hookups. Water is available from nearby spigots (must use a "water thief device" to Fill jerry cans and fresh water holding tanks). Sufficient number of restrooms-pit toilets. Campground is in a great location for any number of outdoor activities. Boat launch ramps were closed during our stay due to the fear of waterborne pests. Canoes and kayaks can be launched, however. I would gladly stay here again. - DrDemento
Sep 2014 - $9.00
The rate reflects a 50% Senior Pass discount. This campground has a lot going for it. The sites are very nice and well separated. Because of the lack of vegetation, there is not a lot of privacy but the separation makes up for that. The interior roads are either paved or gravel and the sites are gravel. The views of the surrounding mountain are wonderful. Even though it is on the lake, the lake is not a feature since it is not visible from the camping sites. There are three loops, but, during our visit in mid-September, only the Sage loop was open. This is the loop most suited to RVs, but there are some RV sites in the other loops. The campground is far enough the highway that road noise is not a big issue, particularly in the Sage Loop. The campground hosts were very nice and helpful. Be aware that, although there is water, you are not supposed to use a hose to fill RV tanks, so you might want to fill your tank before you arrive. The water outlets do not have threaded bibs. If you have a “cheater” you can attach a hose, but the signs say that it is not allowed. Make your own choice. There is a dump station, but the charge to dump is $10 even for campers. We elected to not use the dump station and go to a local campground where we could dump and legally fill with fresh water. Since it is a National Forest Service Campground, generators can be used anytime except during nighttime quiet hours. There are vault toilet and no showers. During our mid-September visit, this was the only National Forest Service campground open in the area. It will close on September 28. It is a good site for driving beautiful Independence Pass over to Aspen or to visit Leadville. The campground filled during our weekend visit, so arrive early. As noted, the campground is not really in Leadville, it is closer to Granite or the very small town of Twin Lakes. We would definitely stay here again. - TheJim
Aug 2013 - $22.00
This park is full almost every weekend and for good reason! The sites are well forested but close enough to Twin Lakes that we can portage our kayaks over the hill and into the water. The sites were big enough for us to have a big RV plus tent all in one place. The camp hosts are nice and laid back, even suggesting their favorite "spots" for hiking and paddling. - Trixy
Jul 2015 - $16.00
Railroad Bridge (part of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area) is a wonderful place to camp in the Buena Vista area. It doesn't have hookups, water or dump station but it is situated right on the Arkansas River and only a 10-minute drive to Buena Vista. There are only 8 RV spots and three of them (3, 7 and 8) are really nice long back-ins. The rest are side-of-the-road pull-throughs that are still pretty nice. This campground is also a major river access point for rafting companies and there is a large parking lot and staging area for rafters. Some might mind the traffic and people coming through, but we liked watching the rafters and all the activity was only from about 9AM to 4 PM. At night the campground was quiet (except for the river) and peaceful. The fishing is excellent and the views of the surrounding mountains are spectacular. Access is via a dirt road from Buena Vista and there are some daunting old railroad tunnels on the road, but RVs will fit just fine (at least our 12'9" fifth wheel did). This campground is an undiscovered gem worth checking out if you want to stay in the Buena Vista area. - MrSunshine
Aug 2016 - $58.00
We stayed at Arrowhead Point for 5 days. We found the grounds to be clean and well maintained. We like sites 1-7 that back up to a hillside and are very spacious.. They have afternoon shade.
The laundry facilities are clean and not too expensive for a quick load. There is road noise, but all the parks in BV are located on the highway. It didn't bother us for it quiets down in the evening. Good wifi & AT&T phone service. Cable was good but very limited, but did the job of getting us the morning & evening news. Many returning visitors.
The staff does a great job in maintaining & cleaning the campground. They are friendly and ready to help you.
The owners are polite but not very friendly.
We will return to Arrowhead Point when we return to BV next summer. - Texan58
Jul 2016 - $63.00
The price is with Good Sam discount plus taxes and fees. (For this price, you wouldn't think they would have pay showers.) Escort is provided to site. The park has sites of varying lengths spread over several tiers of hills. Sites themselves are level gravel with grass in between. Roads are mostly fine gravel/sand. There are both pull-throughs and back-ins. Some sites back up to a shaded hillside, pull-throughs are in the open, although there are young trees that have been planted between the sites. There are also a lot of cabins and tent sites. Wi Fi worked great; cable TV reception was a bit fuzzy. Our Verizon voice and data service was spotty and weak. - Ray Z
Jun 2016 - $57.00
This park is 5 miles north of town, so a little inconvenient for things in town and seems like most activities, zip lining, rafting, hot springs, etc. are south of town, so a little off the track. But just to the north is Leadville and the road to Aspen, so just depends on what you want to do. Check in was friendly and quick. They charge an extra $ 10.00 for reservations made one line. Site was really good, wide, level gravel with a large sitting area with picnic table and fire ring. Utilities good, easy hook up. Cable TV included but limited, analog only, stations. We could not get any Verizon signals, not even for phones. While this is a nice park, for the money and convenience to town, we would stay elsewhere next time. - starwind
Aug 2016 - $30.00
Cramped very unlevel gravel site with sewer connection on the uphill end. Adequate water pressure, and electrical connection. Spotty wifi.
Fortunately, we stay gone most of the time when we camp.
Nice people, and nice river access.
Best price I could find on short notice in the Buena Vista area.
Would not stay in the site I was in again, but would stay in CG. - wdwtx
Dec 2015 - $35.00
I was here in summer of 2015 before I joined this website and just had to correct some misinformation of earlier reviews. I lived outside Denver until last February and am now based in Colorado while "full-timing". I stay here every summer at least once while fly fishing in the area. There IS a path to the river that can be accessed from two places in the campground. I hate to let this information out, but this one of the few campgrounds in that has 1/4 Mile of PRIVATE WATER on the Arkansas River and public access all around it. The campground has a few long-term campers, but you would never know by looking. The owner meticulously maintains everything in the campground and goes out of his way to help you with whatever help you need. I have even seen him help people with maintenance issues on their rig. The wifi has always worked for me. I don't use the laundry facilities, but I can see where that might be an issue for some. The bathrooms are always clean. The road noise is the only negative, especially in the early morning, but our (new) big rig now keeps it shut out.
The previous reviewers who could find nothing to do there have never experienced the peace and tranquility of standing in the Arkansas River all day flailing the water with a 5wt. rod and a #20 Adams, or watching the owners of the mineral rights dredging for gold, or panning for gold themselves, or watching the Bighorn Sheep come to the water in the evening or splashing among big rock formations in a cold, clear mountain stream, etc.. Sure, there are no casinos, zip-lines, T-shirt shops, wax museums, trolley lines, etc.., but when you can look out your window and see the Collegiate Peaks dusted with snow and the aspens twinkling in the breeze among the pine trees - who cares? - coloradoflyfisher
Jun 2015 - $33.00
We stayed here for 3 days and the park was adequate for our needs. The sites are near the road, but we didn't notice any noise. The sites were very clean and the road looked to be "groomed" occasionally. The WiFi was free, but was very spotty. Verizon cell coverage seemed OK. Not much to do at the park, but OK place to come back to after a long day of site seeing.
It is big rig friendly. A large 45' prevost motor home parked at one of the drive through sites near us with no problems.
I asked if they had discount for FMCA, and manager didn't know what that group was, but gave me 10% discount anyway. - Fitzjohnfan
Oct 2015 - $19.00
Like others have said, don't judge a book by its cover. I was a little skeptical when I saw the sites. It looks like a gravel parking lot but the sites were fairly level. There is not much space between units and one unit opens to the one next to them. Our neighbors were very nice and we enjoyed talking with them. It is right on the edge of town and we walked to restaurants, stores, and the museums.
Again, the bathhouse and laundry doesn't look like much but they were clean. I didn't use them but I try to check them out anyway. The WIFI worked great for us and there is a grill at each site (a nice touch). We did self check-in and then tracked down the owner/manager, who was very nice. - CraftCrazy
Aug 2015 - $35.00
We stayed 4 nights to Jeep and day trips in the area. Very central location with lots of outdoor activities available. The campground is located at the edge of town and you can walk into town easily from campground. Initial impression when you drive up may not be good but the gravel sites were level and water, electric, sewer all worked well. Very good cable TV channel selection. Did not use their Wi-Fi. Rudy the owner was eager to help. Overall, this was a good, quiet place for us to stay. If you're expecting a plush campground with lots of activities, this is not it. This is our second visit and would use it again. - birdbrains
Jun 2015 - $40.00
We stayed 4 nights to hike and day trip in the area. Very central location with lots of outdoor activities available. The campground is located at the edge of town and you can walk into town easily from campground. Initial impression when you drive up may not be good but the gravel sites were level and water, electric, sewer all worked well. Very good cable TV channel selection. Wi-Fi was spotty and we used our iPhone hotspot to get a good connection. Friendly owner and eager to help. The laundry was also fine to use. Overall, this was a good, quiet place for us to stay. If you're expecting a plush campground with lots of activities, this is not the place. If you want a central location to see the area with good utilities, this works fine. - threehendersons
Aug 2016 - $48.00
A well maintained park with huge lots. Some with shade. Friendly and helpful owners. Good Wi-Fi. We will stay here again! - minnesnowta
Aug 2016 - $45.00
We thought this park was excellent - very spacious level site , clean cheap laundry, decent wifi, and nice location. Didn't give it higher because it's an RV park and not in the middle of nature. - RosalitaAS
Jul 2016 - $38.00
This is an older mobile home park so spaces are large and well cared for. The owners were very helpful with both parking and information about the area. No real dog area but lots of walking behind the park just make sure to be a good owner and pickup after your pet. Reserve early the park was full. - MTFF
Aug 2016 - $45.00
Park has nice long, long spaces for big rigs. And many tall trees for nice shade. Lanes and sites are gravel with nice size grass areas between sites. Utilities work well. No fenced dog run. Parks WiFi is okay for checking emails. Beautiful mountain vistas all around. This park is older with quite a few permanent trailers and RVs. Folks are friendly but most travelers stay just a couple days. Lots of hiking all over plus river rafting and kayaking. Little town of Buena Vista is charming with numerous shops and cafes. Salida is just 30 minutes away and a much larger town with good Safeway grocery and a WalMart. The City Buena Vista offers a huge wonderful fenced in dog park just above the river. There is also a nice gentle trail along the river to walk your dog and watch folks surfing the rapids in kayaks and paddle boards. Nice way to spend an afternoon.
Unless you are really into mountain biking, hiking and river rafting, there is not a lot to do in the Buena Vista area. - JanneC
Jul 2016 - $42.00
Made my reservation (and paid for the whole stay in advance) for a premium 50Amp pull through. Surprise #1: When I arrived I had to disconnect to get in the site. Surprise #2: This was a shared pedestal site, so my neighbor was 3 feet away. Surprise #3: There was only one 50Amp receptacle and it was occupied. Owner said 50A is first come, first served but the site using the 50A was a permanent. Owner was willing to sell me a "cheater box" so I could use the two 30 Amps as a 50A (illegal in many states). Owner refused to move me citing "scheduling difficulties". Also had some water pressure issues, and only half the laundry machines worked. - jOHNONTHEROAD
May 2016 - $43.00
The park is very well kept and maintained well but the laundry needs some attention. The owners live on site and are very friendly and they schedule several activities such as an occasional breakfast and game night, etc. Overall Snowy Peaks is a well run nice park with friendly staff and guests. - bigt