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Chatfield State Park is a great mixture of access to the outdoors with availability of many of the benefits of a metro area close by. We arrived a day earlier than what we had reserved and had site 10 for our first night. We stayed on site 59 for the remainder of our time at Chatfield. Both sites offered a level, concrete camping pad with full hookups. There is also a picnic table, fire ring, and a gravel tent pad set back about 10 yards behind the site. There is plentiful access to a number of different walking trails, many of which are paved.
A few things to be aware of if you haven’t been here before:
- As others have pointed out, the WiFi is broadcast from the center of each camping loop, is slower than dial up, and has a very short range. I would not count on using this for anything more than light web browsing. We used our personal hotspots and had 4 bars of 5Ge on AT&T.
- The trash dumpsters are also at the center of each loop. This is the only location on each loop to dispose of trash and can be a decent walk if your site is on the outside of the loop. They were overflowing with trash for several days during our stay.
- There are two washers ($1.75/load) and two dryers ($1.50/load) available at each shower facility at the center of the loop. Consider doing your laundry early in the morning, as campers during our stay had a bad habit of leaving their wash in the machines for several hours after their cycle completed, leaving them unavailable for others to use.
The spaces are uncomfortably close. And the traffic noise isn’t ideal. However, the location is great. Walking distance tons of restaurants and cozy boutiques as well as Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon. The staff is also friendly. But this place should cost $35 a night, not $50.
We were looking for dispersed camping in the area with our first time 5 yr old camper. We didn’t find any (roads were still closed for the season, but thought we might get lucky because it’s been dry and warm) so a ranger told us about this campground. It’s really close to the road, but if you’re there early enough you can get a site closest to the river and it likely drowns out some of the noise. Port-o-let’s were clean and host was kind. Firewood is available, but we didn’t need it.
General: One of three campgrounds at Lake Pueblo State Park, Arkansas Point is located on the eastern shore of the park and is easily accessible from the town of Pueblo. You must have a reservation but can make same-day reservations. In addition to the campsite fee, you must have a day-use pass ($10). Since we arrived after-hours, this was done at the self-pay station and there was no annual pass option with this method.
Site Quality/Facilities: The driveways are gravel; some are back-in and some are pull-thru. Each site has a (covered) metal picnic table, fire ring, and electric hook-up. Site 5 was a good choice, with the exception being that the picnic table was quite a distance from the end of the driveway. Sites 7 and 9 also looked to be good, with the picnic tables closer. There are other sites that claim to have better lake views but these are also closer to the road.
Bathhouse: Unisex bath/shower combos and they were clean. No soap dispensers and air-dryers only. Two hooks but it would have been better to have one closer to the shower. The shower was hot, however, be forewarned that the top button sprays water all over the bathroom so make sure you don’t have your clothes on the bench! The bottom button has a more direct spray. This happened to both my husband and me so it appears to be a design flaw.
Activities/Amenities: There is a nearby marina if you are a boater. There is an extensive trail system used by hikers and mountain bikers, and most of the trails are well marked so that with the trail map, you can easily figure out where you are. We were passing through so other than one hike, did not take advantage of all this park has to offer but it is a scenic state park and worth coming back to.
Nice campsite with a lot going on. Fun for kids with pool and slides as well as a lot of activities created by the staff for kids. Right by a riverside with scenic walks. Campsites are clean and quiet at night. Cabins available with an outdoor kitchen area. Sites are expanding along the river in future.
Had the best time so quite and laidback the animals are so beautiful too see