9.3 Excellent
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Santa Fe Trail COE

Council Grove, Kansas


1026 Lake Rd
Council Grove, Kansas 66846
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Sites: 33
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 38.68157
Longitude: -96.52489

Elevation: 1303' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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Review Details

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9 Reviews

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

Spacious park on edge of beautiful lake. Stayed here while traveling through. Santa Fe is just one of 3 or more RV parks around Council Grove lake at the edge of the beautiful Kansas Flint Hills. The park was almost deserted due to being middle of week and after prime lake boating season. Asphalt pad with huge parking areas and convenient to rest rooms, showers etc. Beautiful view of lake from our site. Would definitely stay here again. We camped at Santa Fe Trail COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

This was our first experience in a "COE" park, and we decided to give it a try due to the great reviews others had posted. We couldn't believe the price - with our National Parks Pass - just $11. Incredible. It was gorgeous, right on the water; it was quiet, crickets being about the only noise, and, due to being out from town with few lights, the nighttime stars were spectacular. Wide, level sites with large, grass borders and an incredible setting. We DEFINITELY will plan to stay at other COE sites. A network of amazing sites across the country. Give 'em a shot. We camped at Santa Fe Trail COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful park with my site on one of the coves. Very wide and very level concrete pad with a covered picnic table and grill. Water and electric at the site also. There were only 9 sites on this cove with a grassy area in the middle so the sites were spacious and not right on top of each other. The attendant at the gate was very pleasant, she even ventured over to check on a camper next to me who had scraped his arm. I would definitely stay here again. We camped at Santa Fe Trail COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to see the Tallgrass Prairie and Konza Prairie to experience what Kansas was like. Gorgeous landscapes in the Flint Hills.

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

Another great Corp of Engineers camping area. There are three campgrounds surrounding a man-made lake. Santa Fe Trail campground had more than one camping loop. Very nice sites with picnic table, BBQ, covered patio. Asphalt roads and asphalt pads. Most pads seemed slightly sloped but mostly even. Power at 20, 30, 50. Widely scattered trees but some shade at each site. Plenty of open spaces in May. Shower house near the group campground was mostly clean and usable. Due to heavy rains and high water in the reservoir, several sites were closed and the dump station was closed, but we were able to use the dump station at a campground on the other side of the lake. Awkward if you're dumping every day, but we were there only two nights and had no difficulty using the dump station on the way out. We camped at Santa Fe Trail COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
39
Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

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

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is nearby and worth visiting for the tallgrass and the well-built ranch complex from the early 1900s. Scenic road to and from.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

After a bad experience with a terrible "host" couple that was unwilling to help us on the other side of the lake we went to the COE and complained. We weren't the first. They suggested we try this campground on the east side of the lake. Host couple there could not have been any nicer. Very helpful, gave us a list of available sites. I would rate this a 10 if it had full hookups. The dump station is a pretty tight squeeze with a big trailer. We had to back out to make the turn to leave but it went well. Beautiful setting! We camped at Santa Fe Trail COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Council Grove is a wonderful small out of the way town. Try the Hays House for a great meal and stop at the Adams Phillips 66 station where they pump the gas for you and wash your windows. Just like they did back in the day. Delightful!

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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

Sites 6-9 are first come first serve with power. There a lot of great sites in this park. We camped at Santa Fe Trail COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 342
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 53

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

Sites 1 & 2 in this section are full hook-up but gravel surface. Not all sites are concrete but all sites do have covered picnic shelters with new BBQ grill and concrete tables and benches. All sites are extra wide and deep so there is plenty of room for additional vehicles. Restrooms in lower Santa Fe Trail are clean and have clean showers, upper section is a pit toilet. Roads are paved. Camp hosts are okay. Be aware of COE regulations on the use of their facilities, especially the ones NOT published on their website. This is a quiet, pleasant campground with access to the lake. We enjoyed our stay in this campground and would return. We camped at Santa Fe Trail COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

One grocery in Council Grove, two fuel stations with diesel. The drive to historic sites is worth the effort. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (get lucky might see the Bison herd) and Eisenhower Museum, Library, Chapel and Childhood home are worth the time and effort. Council Grove is a key site on the Santa Fe Trail.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Great campground. Beautiful lake. Asphalt roads and paved campsites. Situated for easy back in. Long sites, covered picnic tables. New covered grills. Small marina with boat slips. No beach but beach available elsewhere around lake. Small playground. Lots of shade and very clean. Quiet, and campsites are spacious. View of lake from every site, most sites lakeside. Town of Council Grove is about 1.5 miles away and a delightful little historic town. Most sites level. Few are not. Many reservable. We loved this campground. Will go again for sure. We camped at Santa Fe Trail COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Concrete, Pavers
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very clean campground through the Army Corps of Engineers. There are only two sewer hookups (sites 1 and 2). It was very peaceful and on the outskirts of town. The on-site managers were fantastic. The sites are spacious and level with lots of trees. We also liked that it was gated. We had no dislikes about this park. We would stay there again. We camped at Santa Fe Trail COE in a Travel Trailer.

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