The only campground in Mesa Verde National Park, this is the most expensive National Park campground I have stayed in. Morefield is also the only National Park campground I've visited that had wifi, free showers, and paid laundry. There were very few other campers in the tent loops mid-October. The bathrooms are kind of mostly clean. There is also water and trash throughout the campground. Most of the attractions in Mesa Verde are a little less than an hour's drive away. I wish I could have stayed longer if only to go on more of the tours of historic sites.
You can get a reservation online but the site choices are first come. Some are totally miserable with no shade but others have some nice shade. We went to the onsite cafe wToo many times-pancake breakfast was awesome. When we went, it was during the big 416 fire so there was a fire ban but propane was okay. The bathrooms and showers were pretty good. There is also a laundry area. They are very strict about keeping anything that may attract bears in your car. The roads are good but are winding roads in the mountains. There are lots of different trails to check out as well as cliff dwellings-some require tour tickets.
Went in June
This campground is run by Aramark for NPS. It's adequate. Showers at a central location are free and clean; each shower has its own door so it's completely private. Laundry facility by the store is also clean…and large.
The bathrooms in the camping loops were clean, and there was a water spigot outside the bathrooms.
Camp store has a decent selection of craft beer at good prices. Every Aramark employee I interacted with (store, laundromat) was nice.
So what's wrong with this place? Vast majority of the sites are dry…which is not a problem. You don't reserve a specific site…also not a problem. Just get there early so you can get a decent site. Many sites have significant erosion so they look almost uninhabitable, and many have no shade. We got there early on a Thursday before Memorial Day and were able to find a level site with shade, and it wasn't on top of anyone else.
You're in the national park so it's convenient. And the park was quiet.
stayed for two nights, almost no other campers. Our site had small trees for shade. Its pretty, but not the most gorgeous views, those are at the top of the park! The campground was clean and quiet. The stars were out with little light pollution. There is a cafe at the camp store, recommend the all you can eat 8 dollar pancake breakfast. If you have two days do it, there is so much to see! There are also showers which were clean. Did the ranger tour of balconey house, was amazing.
We LOVED this campground (even though we froze our butts off)! We stayed here on the very first day of fall and it was absolutely gorgeous.
In the tent loop we stayed in (Navajo) there's a variation of how the sites are set up. Our site was set up with the parking area up above, with steps down into the gambel oak grove where the tent pad and picnic table were. We really loved this setup, and it was really nice to feel a little more secluded from our neighbors than other sites in the campground.
The bathrooms are well spaced and clean, and we're fairly certain that the Wi-Fi routers in the campground were in the bathroom buildings. If we stayed there for a longer amount of time where we'd need to be working, we would probably consider staying in a site closer to the bathroom for better Wi-Fi signal. But for our relatively short (and work-free) stay, it was fine.
There are showers and laundry located in the main building near the camp store /cafe (where they have breakfast in the mornings, yum). The showers are free, and the laundry is very reasonably priced. The showers, though, at least in the fall, weren't my favorite. The ceiling is very high, and the changing area has no real separation from the shower itself, which makes showers pretty chilly as the water and water vapor has to heat up a much larger area than a smaller shower area. I think when we go back, we might try to rig our own shower curtain with suction cups or something to keep the shower a little warmer. Our second night there it had rained all day and the temperature dropped pretty rapidly once the sun went down, and a nice hot shower helped warm us up (especially in the morning) but it would've been nicer if there had been a shower curtain. I'm sure it's just a pain to keep shower curtains clean, but it would make a huge difference, especially in the "shoulder" seasons.
There is also gas at the camp store, but it costs a fortune. Fill up in Cortez before heading up onto the mesa and you shouldn't need any gas while in the park. There are also free dump/fill stations for RVs, which is definitely handy.
Overall we really enjoyed this campground and are hoping to go back soon!