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12/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Full disclosure - we've been Campground Hosts here for the last two months. Thought we'd share a few notes for those wishing to visit Cottonwood Spring: This campground is much quieter and has a good bit more "elbow" room per site than most of the other campgrounds in JTNP. Cottonwood Campground fills up last as it's the most remote in terms of distance from civilization. When all of the more northern sites in JTNP have filled up, Cottonwood will frequently still have sites. Fair warning though, the sites are all first come, first serve with the exception of the three group sites located at the entry to Cottonwood. All of the sites have paved pads, none are exactly what you'd call "level". Bring leveling boards with you. There is a black/grey water dump and water fill station available in the Park right next to the Campground. Currently the dump fee is $5. The longest coach we've had in here was 40'. There are several sites that accommodate that size rig, however as other posters have noted, you may not be able to safely extend your drivers side slideouts as the "pull-out" pads are not all that wide. We'd strongly suggest that you drop your toad before entering the campground. No, firewood is not available in the Park, but fire rings are provided. Don't even think of collecting wood in the Park!!! There is plenty to do in the immediate area of Cottonwood. The southern location in the Park also makes for a good base to explore the rest of the Park while still experiencing the quiet beauty of the desert. As of Dec 2012, there is no cell phone or Wi-Fi available in the campground. This has been one of the nicest places we've ever had the opportunity to visit, let alone explore for the last few months and would highly recommend that you take the time to visit Joshua Tree NP.
09/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice city park, well laid out, quiet, easy access from the highway. Great access to the Hells Canyon, Blue Mountain, and Elkhorn Scenic Byways. Wi-Fi worked very well and we had good Verizon signal. Gas is available in town as well as a small grocery store. Park host was on site. Price shown does not reflect a special price for M/T/W nights at $5 off the regular price. Plenty of space for big rigs, but if you're over 40' you might want to drop the toad before entering the park. There is room on the adjacent street to stop and disconnect your vehicle. We would definitely stay here again.
08/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice campground with newly paved asphalt pads, 50 amp service, water at the site and a nice dump station. A central pavilion is provided with shade, picnic tables, and BBQ's. The grounds are well cared for with grass and trees. There are clean bathrooms and showers on site. Tent campers are welcome here as well as campers and MH's. Camp host on site, however we'd suggest that you call ahead and make a firm reservation as the sites are very popular and the campground fills up on the weekends. We'd definitely stay there again.
08/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice park, plenty of shade in lot 23. Nicely graded and very clean. Some road noise, but nothing that kept us up at night. A few long term residents, however there was no loud noise or rowdy behavior at all while we were there for the three nights. A nice touch - the groundskeeper delayed cutting the grass around our coach till we pulled out (without any prompting from us)! If you're heading this way, fill up on fuel before you get here. Apparently fuel has been quite expensive here for some time and it was no different during out stay. Would stay here again.
08/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Awesome place to stay while visiting Mount Rushmore, Rapid City and Sturgis. Nothing fancy here, actually there is nothing to do at all in the park per se, but this is a great base to use while touring the area. Don't let the low price scare you away, this place is very clean, has great tasting water, sewer connections at almost every site, two entry/exit dumpstations, fast/free WIFI, and minimal road noise (it's farther off I-90 than most campgrounds charging much more $$$). The campsites are graveled entry drives, some are pull through and some are back in. There is a large pasture behind the campsite with horses and a few cattle - but no animal smells. There is easy access to I-90 from either north or south. Jack's Campers is the business that this site is located at and they have a both a full service department and a very well stocked camping supply store on site. We highly recommend this campground and would not hesitate to stay here again.
08/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very nice campground. Some sites would be very difficult to get our coach level, however the very friendly campground hosts had no problem with us moving to another site (as long as it wasn't reserved). Not all sites have 50 amp power so if you need 50 amp service, be sure to request it in advance. Very quiet at night, with great views of the stars. Wonderful lake for fishing or boating. Boat rentals are available on site. Easy access to the dump station and fresh water fill. Great tasting fresh water. No Wi-Fi was available, but the library in Kremmling has great free public Wi-Fi and was quite pleasant to visit. We really enjoyed this campground as it was so peaceful and the surrounding scenery was quite beautiful. We would definitely stay here again.
08/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice campground to stay at. Clean, well laid out, great campground hosts. Plenty to do either at the campground (swimming, boating, water skiing, horseback riding, archery range, hiking, biking) or in the local area. Good free Wi-Fi signal from local site was available. Great pull through sites available, but make a reservation as the campground filled up by Thursday night for the weekend crowd. We would certainly stay here again!
08/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
The previous reviewers are spot on for most of the details. FWIW, the spot they assigned us wasn't large enough or level enough for our 40' coach so we chose another site. It worked out fine, but we had to use our spare leveling blocks under the front tires to keep from "hanging" them from the leveling jacks. If possible, stay in sites A1-A4 if you can, they have the best view of the not so distant mountains. This is a great place to visit, but mostly for the wonderful things to do while in the area, not necessarily for the campground. There was much to see and explore and we had a grand time in Cripple Creek. We'd would stay here again as the alternative nearby was much more difficult to enter and to get set up at.
07/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This park made a great overnight spot as we are not into watersports. Foss lake is a State park with a man made lake, great for all types of water activities including water skiing and swimming. The sites were spacious for a state park and had very easy access from the park loop. The entrance to the park was a bit hard to find with our GPS, but fortunately the park host could see us and tracked us down. He suggested a lovely spot along the lakeside that suited us just fine. If you only find the 30 amp camping section, keep looking for the 50 amps sites, they are closer to the lake and much much nicer (and are the same price). BTW, it was quite warm here in July, with the daytime high 108 degrees.
07/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Nice park, easy access from highway. Plenty of activities including a miniature train ride, putt-putt golf and the lots of scenic rides along the mountain ridge. Some sites were more suitable for big RV's than others, however the registration clerks were not particularly aware of this. Site 7 was large enough to hold a 40' RV without a problem, and two or three other sites might be able to handle a big RV as well. The restaurant at the Queen Wilhelmena had great food. We would camp there again.
07/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice park, easy to get to from Hwy 12. Entry road and park have gravel roadways but was well maintained. Very friendly owner on site. The park itself was quite clean and well maintained. Glass, paper, and aluminum recycling on premises. Note that not all sites have 50amp service, so if you must have 50 amps, be sure to specify this when you call for reservations. We stayed in site 40 with a 40' motorhome and toad. We would visit here again.
09/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Nice quiet park, well laid out, good spacing between sites. A few sites had some drainage issues from recent rainfall, but none appeared flooded or unusable. Nice enclosed dog walking area. Some sites had deluxe propane grills and/or fireplaces. Wi-Fi coverage was excellent. Would definitely stay here again.
07/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
Proof that more $$$ does not automatically mean a better camping experience. We had booked this site based on their website and one on-line review (not found here). So here we go: Small/narrow dirt/gravel roads throughout the campground, except for the entry lane alongside the office. If you're towing a toad, expect to have to enter the campground to find a level spot to unhook it. Pull through sites are 35 feet wide by about 55' long, just long enough to park the coach and toad nose to nose. A fire ring and picnic table was seen at each site. Getting into the site (#7) was difficult as the entry roadway between the sites was narrow. Although the campgrounds map shows the sites are placed at an angle to make entry easy, they aren't. There is no shade in the area that contains the pull through sites. The pool/playground area is a pretty good hike from the rear of the campground where most of the big rig sites are located. This campground apparently gets a lot of business from the par 3 golf course directly alongside, which is "free" to campers. The golf course looked well maintained, somewhat better than the campground itself. The Wi-Fi signal is quite good, however it works slowly very slowly. The management did reset the modem for us upon request, but that didn't help for long. Bottom line, not worth the money they charge - unless you're really big into golf.
07/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice family campground, with plenty for things for kids to do, including a playground, swimming lake, two fishing lakes and a nature trail. An enclosed meeting hall is provided on site for get-togethers. The grounds are very clean and well kept with gravel drives. There is firewood available on site for a fee. Fishing is free in the two stocked lakes with no license required. Bait is for sale on site. We stayed in site 47 which is a pull through site in a 40' motorcoach. The sites are adequate, but fairly narrow. Many of the sites have good sized shade trees, all sites had fire rings and a picnic table. Dumpsters are available at the entrance and exit.
07/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice, quiet family campground along the river. Very friendly staff, assisted us with getting our 40' coach into the assigned space. Well maintained grounds, with daily trash pickup from every site and the bath/shower areas cleaned. There is a laundry room on site as well. Sites are a little narrow compared to some other campgrounds, but adequate. This campground has only two pull through sites (sites 1 & 2) and these two sites have the only 50 amp service. All others are 30/20 amp. Many of the sites have shade trees, all sites have fire rings. We were very pleased to have found this campground, and would certainly stay here again.
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