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The spots around the lake were all full so we took on of the spots along the road in. I think we got a better spot! We could hear anyone else, saw a couple moose and got to fish right off our campsite!
We spent 1 night at site B32 (bobcat campground). Access in our pop up was easy (a tad bumpy in spots), but I think some of turns and narrow roads might be tricky for bigger trailers. Our site was a nice size and felt private enough despite somewhat close neighbors. Good balance of shady spots and sunny spots. Lots of rock outcroppings and hills to explore (or look at from your chair if that’s more your speed). The bear box was a good size, easy to use, and well located. Restrooms were a short walk away. Our site was easy to get level on but some others looked difficult. Close to Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park if that’s your thing (based on the traffic that’s a lot of people’s thing). Overall it was nice and we liked it.
But… it’s pretty expensive for what it is.
Vault toilets. 64 spots were open before the summer season begins. You’re not right on top of each other but pretty close. They have potable water fillups however they didn’t work. 20$ a night.
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.
We camped here for the 2021 Genesis adventure race, and it was amazing! Super big campsites with access to the lake, lots of shade, and great hammock trees! The day we got there is was 70 and sunny, and the next morning it was 30 and the tent was covered in snow. That’s what we get for camping in early May! Would absolutely come back!
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.