This place is as advertised, and that's a good thing. All of these 28 sites are first come, first serve and since it is so conveniently located off I-80 and only 20 miles west of I-25, it's a wonderful spot to camp that's not hard to get to. There is a welcome area right off the highway with information on the surrounding hiking and bouldering opportunities, with maps included. I was rained and hailed on the night I stayed and into the next morning, so I wasn't able to take advantage of the hiking options, but the scenery of this place is very picture worthy and campsites are dispersed well enough so even when this campground is near capacity, you'd still feel like you've got privacy.
There are bathrooms (outhouses) with TP and places for drinking water. Also dumpsters that can lock, nice for keeping wildlife at bay. Every site has your fire pit and picnic table, with the added feature of a BBQ grill. Bring cash so you can pay the site fees, which start at $10/night.
As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get products from time to time - today I am testing new(er) flavors from Mountain House, Breakfast Skillet and Biscuits and Gravy. I've eaten a lot of Mountain House flavors over the years, and one thing remains constant - they make great freeze dried meals. The other constant is I'm always having them when I'm either backpacking, it's cold and raining, I'm starving, or all of those things at the same time because they're quick and easy to make and there's virtually no clean up. Campers and trippers know all food tastes better as you become more miserable, so while I love the food, I should really try one of these when it's nice and sunny outside.
Breakfast Skillet: 5 out of 5. Good ratio of egg, hash, and veggies. They even get you started with some salt and pepper spice taste to go with the chewy eggs and hash. Only thing missing was the taste of burnt skillet, which is probably a good thing. This meal was gone in no time.
Biscuits and Gravy: 4 out of 5. It's not the most appealing looking from the flavor Rolodex, but go with your gut and chow down. It's a little on the salty side, but it still fills you up. I do recommend taking the directions' advice and after a few minutes open up the package to stir around the contents. I thought shaking it in the bag would do, but some of the biscuit pieces are large and won't cook properly without the actual stirring from a fork/spoon.
Pro Tip: The bags seal really well, and when I'm cold I like to place them in my jacket or in my hands to help give me some warmth while it cooks.
We've now stayed here 3 times, and each time was amazing! The best sunsets and sunrises. It's a huge campground! Even when it's full you still have plenty of space! The rocks are huge - fun and easy to climb on! We've seen coyotes near by, an owl in the rocks near one of the campsites, and we've heard bobcats in the middle of the night (they don't sound anything like you think they would, look it up!). This is such a great place. We love the entire park!
If you are looking for beaches that aren't covered with people, you may have a hard time finding something no matter what state you live in. Luckily, North Carolina has some amazing beaches on the Outer Banks, and Long Point Cabin area should definitely be on your list of spots to check out. Since this area is on a small barrier island, you have to take a ferry to reach the cabins. Because of this you, and the other temporary residents of these cabins, have the island all to yourselves.
Being located far from any truly habited land comes with some benefits and issues. If you are looking for empty beaches, lots of outdoor activities (fishing, hiking, shelling, kayaking, etc.), and clear skies to view the stars at night, this is the campground for you. The downfall to this seclusion, though, is that you have to bring all of your necessities and recreational gear with you on the ferry. With an off-road vehicle, this will be no big deal. But if you don't have that luxury, you will be carrying your stuff back and forth on the back of a cart driven by one of the NPS staff. You also don't have any access to convenient stores for forgotten stuff or drinkable water. So be prepared before you head out to the island.
Although the cabins are a bit older, they are still great for your stay here. They all have a porch with rocking chairs to be able to soak up all of the island sun and breeze you can on your trip. They also each have their own private bathrooms and kitchen, so you don't have to worry about sharing with your neighbors.
I actually decided to set up my tent for the first night since it was so beautiful outside, but that required a lot of clearing an area in the sand for my tent since the send is covered in broken shells. This was a bit of a chore, but was so worth it when I fell asleep under the stars that night. Also be prepared for changing weather. As nice as it was the first day, I had to take down my tent the next day due to the harsh winds and rainstorm. Once that cleared up, though, the weather was back to being as beautiful as before.
Of the eight National Parks I visited on my month long roadtrip, Grand Teton was my favorite. Gros Ventre is a great location to explore the park, particularly the southern half (Moose and Jackson, WY).
There is next to no privacy - the campground is in the middle of a few cottonwood trees and lots of scrub brush. Bathrooms were clean, staff was incredibly friendly.
Mormon Row is less than five minutes away by car if you want a great place to watch the sunrise! Craft beer could be found in Moose where there's a roof top bar.