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Most Recent San Juan National Forest Camping Reviews
Peaceful, beautiful gem

Currently on day 3 of our 5 day stay. From out east, rented an RV for a month, and have landed at The Views. This place is worth every star. It’s quiet. Camp sites are well maintained. Trees everywhere for shade and privacy. The views looking out over the valley could be a hundred miles into the horizon. The Milky Way is so clear it looks like a cloud. There are new, immaculate bathrooms and showers I’m not afraid to use because they’re spotless. Laundry room is a bonus. My favorite part is a perfect single track trail that circumnavigates what seems like 20 acres of untouched land. It smells like piñon, sage and juniper. The camp host is a really nice guy. There are a lot of little details everywhere that show that someone thinks this is a really special place - and it is.

Great Views with History

It is a must on your adventure. With the incredible views of the mountain and the history in them Will leave you wanting more. Great for all sorts of adventures!

Good place for a couple of nights

Right at the foot of a mountain it has some beautiful views. The sites are pretty close together (stayed in site 13). Some road noise from nearby 160, but not much. Friendly and helpful staff and well kept grounds. Very good Verizon service at 37 download / 15 upload. AT&T was a little weaker averaging around 8-10 download. Close by to Mesa Verde, Chimney Rock, and other attractions. Site had full hookups also well maintained.

Great place to stay

Quiet and clean place strategically located to everything you would want to see in the area. A little pricey ($350 per week after tax) but you get what you pay for. Clean restrooms and laundry, everything has stayed open through Covid.


So we headed up to Alta Lakes later than planned and it was pretty dark - the winding and seriously bumpy road felt like it went on for ages. We finally stopped in the parking lot by the ghost town and it was stunning. We didn’t make it up to the top so I can’t speak to that but I imagine it was amazing. It had just snowed and it got pretty cold but our van stayed warm enough. Made for an incredible sunrise too.

Very nice and peaceful!

Matt and Wendy are the nicest camp host! Clean and quiet! Will be back again!

Jay & Kelli Harrison

Beautiful, peaceful dispersed camping.

No facilities at all.  Fairly good access road, although we did not venture far as it was only an overnight stop.  Would advise caution as a high clearance/4x4 was definitely an advantage once we left the main access road.  

Amazing views.  It was VERY windy the night we stayed, so tuck back into the bushes with your tent for some protection.

A view of the Mesa

This KOA is just east of Cortez with a view of the Mesa 9 miles east. Tent sites are pea gravel with a few with grass (lucky me). The on site caretaker is a bird lover so feeders are set up around the office & his own site. I enjoyed watching the birds.

Bathrooms & showers are in the same building as the office, so it could be a walk. But thr whole KOA isn't so big that it's unreasonable.

I don't have a dog but I did notice a really nice dog area.

Pretty site, fills up quickly...

This campsite fills up quite quickly. We arrived relatively early, but were unable to find a site and it was just as well because we would have been hard pressed to find level ground for our overland tents without putting blocks on the ground. It’s a beautiful place with amazing spots for ground tents. I will say this, a LOT of different sources state that you need high clearance to get up here…not the case as we passed a few Prius’ making the climb up the road to this site. Get there early and you may get lucky!!

Beautiful, spacious with access to the Colorado trail

Really nice campground. We had a site in the D loop. Lots of space between sites and no one behind us. No water or electric in this loop, but we dry camp all the time and bring our own water. We will go back. Ten miles on the Colorado trail was just a taste.