17 Parks near Colfax, Iowa
Jun 2011 - $35.00
Stayed in this RV park back in June. Nice, clean campground, very quiet. Checked my self in. No problems. Will stay again. - MarkKCMo
Jul 2010 - $60.00
The nearest sewer dump facility was about 15 miles away. The sites were undefined grass slopes, and the shower was in a small wooden shack, 60 feet from the water heater and with little more than a poorly fitting sheet of plywood for a door! But worst of all, was the inadequate electric service. The service to our site (50 amp) was only 94 volts when it should have been 110. This was on a 90 degree day with a full campground. We left a day early forfeiting our $60.00 daily fee and we will not go back. - unifan
Aug 2016 - $39.00
This KOA is good for what it was. A place off the highway to spend a quick night in a pull through with full hookups to dump the tanks (we couldn't!) and get a very early start the next morning. The sites were dirt (mud) and not very level (two lego blocks needed under left side tires) and had full hookups, although my sewer wouldn't reach (even with 20 feet of sewer hose!) Sewer connection was for a mid-rig hookup and we have a rear bumper hookup. Each site had a wooden picnic table but ours was worn and splintery so we didn't use it.
The campground was empty when we arrived around 2pm but by 6pm it was pretty darn full. The spots are TIGHT together and had we put our awning out our neighbor would have hit it while pulling in. Another camper (maybe an employee) also parked his pickup truck so far to the front of the empty pull through next to us we would have had to back out of our site to leave had he not come running out to move it once we started to pack up. Had he not moved it we wouldn't have fit between his truck and the Class A on the other side of the road.
Power worked without problem, water had good pressure and the friendly office staff *highly* recommended a pressure regulator. We didn't use the wifi but the cable was fuzzy on all channels for us.
Plenty of "grassy" areas to walk our two small dogs but the grass was long and we were afraid of ticks and other bugs. The fenced in area to allow the dogs to run would have been nice but the grass was about a foot tall and we didn't like the idea of them running in such unkempt grass. Like some other reviews have said, once you get past the office the maintenance and upkeep go downhill.
Overall, we were happy with our stay although we would not stay more than one night. - PilotJeff
Aug 2016 - $38.00
Funny place. Excellent WiFi and cable, power, etc., while the park itself shows little evidence of care or maintenance once you get past the pool/office area. Roads AND spaces are extremely narrow. Our neighbors had to take in their awning part way so we could get our slide out.
This would be a very tough park for bigger rigs with toads as many of the pull-throughs won't accommodate the full length and width. Gravel and weed sites are fairly level but have some ruts and mud.
The WiFi and cable and the price make it a good deal if you don't mind the squeeze. Apparently many don't...the park was FULL. Make reservations! - Camaraderie
Jul 2016 - $38.00
Friendly desk staff, well maintained, safe park. The sites need to be more level, but great for an overnight stay. - acadiandave
Sep 2016 - $25.00
We only stayed one night. When we got there (after having called and been told "yes"), we were told there were no pull-throughs. Enter the wonderful employee who came charging up in his golf cart to the rescue by telling us he didn't know what he was thinking, but a work camper just left and we could have their spot! Had to run to get a part we didn't have, came back and then found that delivery dinner wasn't going to work. All in all, however, this was a successful stay, the grounds are clean and Michael will forever remain in our "saved the day" memories! - EllynG
Aug 2016 - $35.00
Stayed here for just an overnight. We had a pull in blackout site. Had an odd layout, but it was fairly quiet and seemed as though we had seasonals around us. Had a dog park and a nice pool. It is right next door to an amusement park. Hookups were all good. - PackerFanRick
Aug 2016 - $35.00
Exceptionally clean park with lots of attendants throughout our weekend stay. Plenty of open space to walk our dog. We were attending a convention, so the park being next door to the convention center made it very easy to let our dog out often enough for her comfort. (Now if she'd just been that cooperative getting back in the coach!)
We were right next to a large open area so there was plenty of room to walk her and not be bothered by other dogs (room for 4-5 dogs to exercise without interfering with each other). Almost all spaces appeared to have reasonably tall shade trees (most appeared to be a bit above the height of the coaches/trailers). Each site seemed to have a picnic table and fire pit.
We stayed in the J loop on the perimeter of the park. These parking loops were really well-designed to pull in past your space and back straight in with no difficulty. If pulling a dolly, recommend asking for a 50-60' space. We had a 35-40' space that was just long enough for our motorhome plus a car. Had we towed a vehicle, there would not have been room for a dolly or trailer.
With the amusement park next door, we expected to hear lots of noise, but we didn't! There is a border of tall trees between the park and the amusement park that dampened almost all the noise and what we heard sounded distant. Easy access to the casino and convention center.
Rated Satisfactory on service for three reasons: the attendant who greeted us was rather gruff in response to my query about senior or military discounts. ("We don't have to with the casino and amusement park next door.") There appeared to be no convenience store in the park itself, and internet service was awful. The attendant told me they hadn't upgraded the service in 6 years. I believe it; we regularly had difficulty getting online, often got bumped offline, and could not get a signal after 11:00 p.m.
Fix the internet and provide a small convenience store and this would be a superior place to stay. - Dobiedaddy
Sep 2016 - $15.00
This is our 4th year at Griffs and we will continue to come back. As the website states, most of the sites are long term but we see 1 and 2 nights stays quite often. The sites in front are back-in and some are dirt and some are cement. The sites in back are all cement with pull-thrus in the middle and back-ins around the circles. The hook-ups are easy, the sites are mostly level, there are trees but they are still growing so mostly the sites are sunny. The clubhouses are wonderful: clean, large, with full kitchens (can be rented out for parties), clean bathrooms and laundries, tornado shelters and TV's. There is a nice pond with fountains and a path around it. There is also an old railroad bed which has been made into a trail next to the park. The park is close to both Altoona and Ankeny for shopping.
Can you tell I like this park and will continue to return? - swike
Aug 2016 - $30.00
I don't understand any negative reviews about this park. This is one of the nicest parks we've ever stayed in. Extremely well manicured and there's plenty of grassy area between concrete pads. No tables or fire pits, so bring your on tables and gas grills. Check in was a breeze. With reservations (and you should have reservations) we just called the manager lady when we arrived and she gave me directions over the phone to the site. A first class experience. - bb6306
Jul 2016 - $30.00
One of the best laid out, cleanest parks we have ever stayed in. It is actually a reason to go back to Iowa. $30 is the best deal we've ever seen for a park of this quality.
Huge sites, vast grassy areas to walk dogs, wide paved streets, etc.
I'd give it a 10 if the WIFI was free (it is very strong) and if the utilities were positioned for motorhomes instead of 5th wheels.
We stayed in site C5, a pull through easily long enough for our 43' coach plus dolly plus minivan, but the utilities were in the back corner, so by the time I was fully in the site I had to run ~30' of cable and 25' of sewer hose. The site slope was such that the sewer would not drain by itself, either. Next time, we'll unload the dolly and put it and the car in front of the coach and the services will play much better.
There is no office. You have to call ahead for a reservation secured by a credit card. When you get there, you call the owner and she gives you very clear directions on how to reach your site. She charges the card and you leave whenever you are ready. - bobcovey
Jul 2009 - $13.00
Stayed here for a week at $100. Very nice campground. We realized going in they did not have water and sewer hookups, but still enjoyed the place. Friendly campground host, came to our site and visited - got acquainted. Would certainly go back again. - AZHusker
May 2016 - $30.00
Great place! Large yards for dogs to play and run. Way out of town down a very long dirt road which kicked up dust all over our vehicles. If you don't like to get your vehicles dirty don't camp here. We thought it was worth it. Mostly permanent campers. Very friendly staff and owners. The owners started this camp 40 years ago. We were lucky to get a site and the one we got had a spectacular sunset view of the Des Moines River and the Des Moines skyline. - juustright
Sep 2012 - $26.00
First problem was 4 miles of very dusty gravel road to get to park. They encourage you to wash your RV after you get there it is soooo dust covered. The interior streets are paved but the sites are gravel. The sites were huge but our "pull thru" was not a pull thru because of low hanging limbs. The other problem was the extreme variance of voltage (from 108 to above 132) which caused our surge protector to cut the power off many times. - consort
Aug 2012 - $30.00
Loved it - would come back. The park is grassy and lots of shade trees with large sites. The owners are very friendly and helpful. Laundry room is great. Convenient for Des Moines and Knoxville. - Oregon1963
May 2016 - $28.00
We stayed at the fairgrounds for 20 nights, and we are glad we did. Cheaper than other local campgrounds. They were having trouble with the water in the areas with 50-amp sites so we stayed in a 30-amp site. It was chilly so didn't need to have both A/Cs running, so we were fine with that amperage. Quiet, except for train whistles a few times a day. Had 2-4 bars of AT&T cell service.
Ultimately - camping here out of the busy fair season...great! If a very big event or the fair was happening...I don't think you could pay me to stay here.
If the all the sites in a section are being utilized, it will be VERY tight and driving down the roads of the different sections may not be possible if you have a bigger rig. We have a 40' 5er and drove through other grass sites to get in and out of the spot we picked to avoid the steep entrance to section FE.
We parked at the end of the middle part of section FE. Very nice overlook of the city. Since there were only 2 other rigs in our section for the majority of the time there, we spread out a bit and parked our truck and SUV next to the 5er instead of in front or behind, so we were actually taking up 3 sites (that's how close these sites are). Site was pretty level; we did use one extra board under most of the jacks when leveling.
Be sure to call the day you're driving in to see which entrance of the fairgrounds is open. We went to the 'official' campground entrance according to the map on their website but it was LOCKED! Called the office and they said "oh yeah that's locked for safety, you have to come in another way." The entrance on Grand Avenue is pretty much always open day/night. If you're coming up from the south to Des Moines I would take the Hwy 5 bypass around town and come through Pleasant Hill instead of I-235.
They didn't mow around our site while we were there so the grass/weeds got pretty tall in some spots. I understand some folks get fussy about mowing around their RV, but we wish they would have. They might have if I asked them to. - FrozenWaters
Sep 2015 - $28.00
Stayed here 2 weekends. First weekend in section 2. Second weekend in section 11. Overall, a decent place to stay. Nice and quiet. Nothing special or fancy. Plenty of spaces to choose from due to it not being fair week. W/E/S all worked well. Decent access to I-235. Be careful of what section you stay in. Most section 2 sites were nice and level, and from what we saw, most of the 50amp sites were as well. However, Section 11 had, maybe, 1 spot level enough to accommodate our 28' motor-home. A previous comment mentioned ski slope, and section 11 would qualify.
The addition of WiFi would boost my rating, but there are no plans to add it any time soon. - BounderPounder
Sep 2015 - $28.00
This review is for off-season camping (non-fair dates). They don't take reservations, but Labor Day weekend was nearly empty. Even with 2,300 sites, it took over half an hour to find a suitable FHU, and we had to park the truck in an adjacent spot. As other reviewers noted, the terrain makes most sites undesirable if not downright unusable. It's like they had a contract to install a certain number, so they made them short, narrow and crammed in as many as possible - even if it meant putting some on a 40-degree slope. This wouldn't matter with so few RVs, except they tend to huddle together on the few patches of level ground. 50 amp sites don't have sewer.
A fair amount of train noise/whistles, but otherwise very quiet. Call for directions because the fairgrounds are a maze, the only campground signage was in front of a locked gate, and the campground office was not staffed. Nice hilltop views, but I expected better TV reception given the transmitters are only 14 miles away. Strong Verizon and AT&T signals. - TheRollingJones
Sep 2016 - $16.00
This park is just off I-80 so there is a lot of road noise but with the windows closed we were not bother by it. The big rig sites are long gravel-dirt pull thrus in the open for great satellite reception but very close. With all the rain there were many mud ruts and standing water every where. New owner did not spread gravel or take any steps to fix the problem. We stayed a month and the 2 laundry rooms with one washer and dryer in each room were filthy. The trash container in the laundry was never emptied or the dead crickets swept off the floor the entire time we were there. WiFi only up at store. Great central location for going to races at Knoxville, Boone and Marshalltown. - mrk
Aug 2016 - $27.00
This is a favorite of ours when we are coming or going west from our home. It is a good drive from home to here or vice versa. Because it is right along I-80 it makes it easy to get on and off and just stay for a night. This was our second stay. The first time we were up in the trees. Plenty of shade and level gravel/grass sites. This time we were in spot 24, easy pull thru and gravel/grass level fairly level site. Utilities worked great.
If you stop make sure you get one of Iowa's Best Burgers, they really are very good. The ice cream is also not to be missed.
The folks here are always friendly and it is a great place for an easy overnight stay. - OurNextStage
Aug 2016 - $26.00
Pleasantly surprised by this simple RV park. It is right off I80 and adjacent to a small Phillips 66. They have both shaded and open sites. The pull thru sites are level, in the open and satellite friendly. They are long but narrow. Price was reasonable. Some permanent rigs here but the place was clean and appeared well maintained. - Allure470
Apr 2016 - $11.00
We camped at this campground pretty early in the season. There were quite a few sites that remained open through the weekend. One disappointment was when making the reservation the visitor alert stated that the shower houses would be open the day of arrival. The day before departure the alert was changed to the following weekend. We were not dependent on using those facilities but if I was a tent camper or someone without a bathroom I would have been disappointed.
The playground at the electric campground needs to be updated. There is an additional playground in the equestrian campground area that was much nicer and offered more. There are pull-through sites available as well as back-in sites. There were also tent camping areas with grassy pads.
The park offers hiking/multi-use trails. It appears this campground caters more to the equestrian campers. They had very nice facilities and there were numerous day use equestrian visitors.
Staff was rarely seen throughout the weekend and no one ever checked in with us. I maybe saw them drive through one or twice throughout our stay. This may be different during peak seasons. There was a reduced rate for our stay-I am guessing because the facilities were not turned back on yet. The campground offers 30 and 50 amp electrical sites but no water or sewer sites. - Moon8211
Oct 2014 - $22.00
Our first stay at this campground will not be the last. The gravel road led to our gravel reserved site on the circle loop which was long and the upper area was almost level. We chose a site with electricity, water was "available" at a distance for each loop, and to fill tanks use the potable water at the entrance/dump station. (water is shut off mid-late October). Ringed with trees, our loop had a large open area with a couple mature trees and a number of newly planted trees. None of the park's sites have a view of the lake. The campground was quiet and most sites had a campfire smoking in the provided ring. The multi-use trails were a fun walk for us and the horse riders, but the low spots were muddy after the previous week's rain. Verizon phone and wifi coverage was strong. We will return. - AluminumCloud
Jun 2011 - $16.00
We camped here in a 40' rig. We had a pull through site (reservation web site said it was a back-in) and had plenty of room to park our toad. The site was fairly level. It was a gravel pad. Had a nice fire pit with a cooking grate. There is a water spigot in the center of the circle, but you would need 200' of hose to reach it. The main water fill is at the dump station when you first enter the park. The pull through section had no toilets. Even the tent section didn't have a porta-potty or a pit toilet. So if you're not self contained I would highly recommend bringing a potty with you. It is quite a jaunt when you have to go. There was one shower house that serviced four loops of the campground. The equestrian portion had a nice shower house and playground. The park seems to cater more to the equestrian camp. Also there were no security lights in the loops. It was very dark at night. The only light for the four non-equestrian loops was at the shower house out on the main road. Overall, it was a pretty and clean park with quite a few deer roaming around. - User781
Nov 2015 - $11.00
This is a beautiful campground right on the Rock Creek, which looks more like a river. However, there is not a level site in the entire campground. All sites are grass and very soft ground. This is not a campground for motorhomes or even larger fifth wheels. We stayed one night, had blocks under our jacks, and by morning the blocks had sunk in the ground 8 - 12" and we had to dig our jacks out. I would not recommend this campground to anyone with a larger RV. I rated this campground the way I did because of the unlevel sites and very soft ground. - kwikkeys10
Jun 2015 - $16.00
My daughter and I stayed here for an overnight in a Class B RV. We arrived and the host was very helpful. We took a spot right on the lake. It was not level but we wanted to be by the lake for the evening. The campground was very clean and people were nice. We were there during the week and it was not crowded at all. We used the 30 amp hookup. If we were in our old Class A pusher it would have been tight getting around. This spot is great for smaller motorhomes and trailers but there seemed to be a few spots for the big ones. We'd stay again for sure. - Flash
Sep 2014 - $16.00
Sites vary in size, most are available with electricity. Water is available in the campground, fill up before you park. Sites on the south loops of the park are grass, and you are welcome to park anywhere in the wide site. Our chosen location on the wide site was mostly level. Trees shade many sites, but there are no privacy bushes. Sites that back up to each other can put you close to your neighbor, and there is no vegetation for privacy. Nice playground. Boat rentals are available at the marina. Boat trailer parking is near the campground entrance. Few people use the multi-use trails, we met only four runners, and two ladies on horseback. Our dog enjoyed her run, and brief wades into the lake. The park is a reasonable 20 mile/25 minute drive to one of the few remaining Drive-In Theaters - this seasonal theater is located in Newton, IA. Verizon phone and wifi coverage was strong. We will return. - AluminumCloud