Oh man, what a beautiful campground! Colorado obviously takes their state parks very seriously. Most sites were quite spacious and have great views of the mountain and/or the town. The entire park is very clean and well staffed. Maybe we got lucky, but it was also very quiet. We can't wait to come back here again someday.
This is a bare-bones RV park. It is minimally maintained and weedy. The roads had some rutted areas, and the Wi-Fi was absolutely useless. The Wi-Fi worked for a few minutes here and there and was incredibly slow when it did work. It was quiet and sparsely populated when we arrived on a Thursday, but Friday night when the locals started coming in the place filled up with everyone's music, barking dogs, and screaming kids and continued as such for the entire weekend. Mary's Lake is just across the highway, but you can't see it from the campground. There is a somewhat periodic, somewhat random whooshing sound you'll hear all night from water gushing into the lake from a pipe. It's very quiet, but just loud enough to get into your head just as you're about to fall asleep. The one good thing is the rangers did a good job of keeping things quiet after-hours. I wouldn't stay here again.
This is probably the best park we've stayed in. It lies in a wooded area and feels more like camping than being in an RV park. Our spot was a little tricky to back into due to some trees, but ours was the anomaly in our loop. The other spots looked easy to get into. It was clean and well-maintained, the staff is friendly, and the residents (all refugees from Texas who come here every summer) were friendly as well. The Wi-Fi was by far the best we've ever encountered. Strong signals and very fast.
We had a gorgeous end site right on the river, so close that we had to pull forward a foot after parking to be able to walk behind the trailer without falling into the water. Overall the park was beautiful but there was a lot of variation in the appeal of the various sites. We got a good one. The Wi-Fi was strong and the employees were very friendly. Our only complaint was the horrid sulfur water from the hookup. It smelled awful. We assume it was well water (there are sulfur springs in the area). The water in the bathrooms was fine, however. Would rate higher if it weren't for the stinky water.
Overall it's a nice park with much more of a campground feel than an RV park feel. The sites are hit-or-miss in terms of ease of access. We had reserved site 19 and had a rather difficult time backing our 21' TT in due to the trees and bushes. Then, after all that work, we realize the water/electric is at the front passenger side of the site (relative to being backed in). Our hose reached from our standard rear-left hookup on the trailer, but the electrical cord couldn't make it even 1/3 of the way. Even if we moved the trailer to the front-right of the site, the cord would have barely reached, and getting in/out of the trailer would have been blocked by bushes. We called the office (non-RVers unable to comprehend our complaint) and moved ourselves to site 17 (not shown on their map, but it's a pull through at the bottom center). A blessing in disguise, we'd say 17 is the best site in the park. Later walking the park we noticed there were several sites with this stupid front-right placement of the water/electric. It's fine if you pull in forward with a motorhome, but otherwise why on Earth would anyone place the hookups in that location? We also experienced some frustration with the desk staff. Long story short, our reservation had gotten lost. Luckily the part was mostly empty when we arrived. Wifi is not present at the sites, but it is not advertised to be. It is available in the restaurant building and in the pool area. We did receive a perfect T-Mobile 2G signal at our site. Here's a quick rundown of the sites: 1 & 23 are occupied by hosts. 2 would be nearly impossible to back a trailer into due to trees. 3-10 are all wide-open in traditional RV park style, but suitable for large rigs. 11-22 are more spaced and have trees and bushes and are reasonably easy to get into (varying difficulty). 24-29 should not be attempted with a trailer as the bushes are intrusive and the road for that section is a dead end (locked gate, despite being shown as a loop on their map). The site widths, lengths, and amperage vary, so be sure to consult the map on their web site.
Ruby's is a bit crowded and has a random hodgepodge layout of sites. Some are definitely better than others. Our site had such a slope (front to back) that we couldn't even get enough blocks under our tongue jack to level the trailer. We had to hitch back up, drive the rear truck tires up on blocks, and then put more blocks under the jack. Wi-Fi was not available at our site. With the antenna angled *just* right, we were able to get several Salt Lake City TV stations. The place could be better, but it's pretty much your only option for Bryce Canyon. Staff was friendly but also a bit incompetent with the check-in process.
We loved this park. It's in a gorgeous location and is nicely isolated. Nice views in every direction. Everything is nicely maintained. The staff were super friendly and very accommodating of us changing our schedule. At first we thought we would stay longer because we didn't want to travel in forecasted high winds, so they blocked out a few more days for us before we committed. Then we decided to actually leave early (a day less than our original reservation) and beat the wind to our next destination. They were very flexible with us. We also enjoyed the delicious home-made muffins available every morning. We will absolutely stay here again if we're ever in the area.
This state park is in an absolutely beautiful location. The sites are in a narrow valley on the Pecos River. A good portion of the sites are directly on the river. Utility sites are $14, non-utility sites are $10. If you're looking for a bit of separation between you and your neighbor, I would avoid the electric/water sites. It's also worth noting: most of the utility sites share a spigot, so make sure you bring a splitter. Some of the non-utility sites offer a bit more privacy. A few sites are pull-through: 1A and 3A with hookups, 18B and 19B are without. Others are quite large for easy backing. A few are a bit cramped. If you don't care about being right on the river, definitely go for the sites on the El Cerro Upper loop. There are some absolutely stunning and secluded sites overlooking the valley and river below. The loop looks daunting from below but is easily traversed with a trailer. I might be concerned with some of the longest rigs, however. Overall the campground is very well maintained and the staff is very friendly. We did have the misfortune of being two sites away from "that one group" with the loud music and drunken yelling, but the springtime flow of the river drowned out most of the noise and the 10:00 PM quiet hours are enforced. Park gates are locked at 10:00 PM, but you can still exit via an exit-only tire-ripper setup if you need to get out. We should also mention that portions of Highway 3 (between I-25 and Villanueva, if you're coming from the north) are a bit tight, so if you're not entirely comfortable driving a large rig you might want to reconsider. Also most of this approximately 13 mile stretch of Highway 3 is 25 MPH, so it takes longer than it looks on the map.
When we visited, only one of three loops was open. The campground is outdated and cramped (built in the 30's) and the majority of the sites are angled the wrong direction and the roadway is tightly hugged by overhanging junipers, making backing a trailer into many of the sites impossible. One of two of the sites can accommodate a ~40 rig if you are skilled and patient. The host mentioned he spent an hour helping a semi rig with a ~40 5th wheel back into one particular spot. About a third of the sites can handle a travel trailer with a box length up to maybe 30'. This is all in reference to the "B" loop. That being said, the entire camping area is being closed June 1, 2010 through Fall 2010 to be completely reconstructed. The host said the new campground will feature larger, properly angled sites and quite a few pull through sites as well. Otherwise it's a very pleasant location. Camping is technically $24 ($12 park entrance + $12 camping). There campground does have a dump station and potable water.