At the northern end of the San Luis Valley, the views of the Sangre de Christo mountains are amazing. This campground has been here, with the same owners for 29 years, the sites are ample and trees screen between. The road in and the campground roads are all well maintained gravel. The bathhouse/lounge/laundry are older and charming and spotless. The people here are very nice and helpful. This is not a resort, nor is it fancy. My idea of heaven. They often have off road events and serve hunters in the fall.
This city park is outside of town beside a sizable fishing lake, and has picnic facilities, a pavilion, boat launch, and a playground. The buildings have seen better days, and the roads are all gravel. Some of the pads have concrete slabs, but even in the rain, it wasn't too muddy. Most sites have trees, fire pits, and metal barbecues. The people are very friendly, and it's quiet at night. On a weekend, it might fill up, but while we were there, plenty of room. I don't think you can get a better water view anywhere for $12. This is "just camping", not a resort.