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This was an incredible campground. We went in the off season, so we were literally alone for a week and a half. No ranger, no campers, just us and the lake and the deer. (and a couple of occasional cattle!)
The views are breathtaking and the park is surrounded by BLM land for plenty of hiking opportunities. The road in features a hot spring and a one-lane tunnel. An added bonus is that the road in features numerous easy to access dispersed campsites along the river on BLM land.
A couple of things to keep in mind: This campground is roughly 40 miles from the nearest medical facilities and there is NO cell phone reception.
-Primarily an RV park, but there are grassy spots right on the fishing pond for tent campers.
-Spots for short-term stays are pull-thrus with full hookups. A little slice of grass separates each RV.
-WiFI was good and seemed to reach throughout the park. The fishing pond is nice to sit by and watch the ducks.
-"The Greenbelt," a 3 mile paved path can be accessed right at the front of the campground. It crosses an old train bridge and then runs along the water.
-The restrooms were clean, and well serviced. Really nice and bright laundry room.
-Super friendly owners.
This place has great potential, but just isn’t quite there. The indoor pool is great. It’s as warm as a bathtub, but still cool enough that you don’t overheat in 15 minutes. The facilities are VERY outdated, but still functional. The only water available comes from the hot spring, so you have to take cold water to mix it, or wait for it to cool before drinking. With some updates, this could be a high quality place.
Pulled off here after driving all the way to Indian Creek before realizing the River Road doesn't go all the way through. Its a nice little spot on the river, very secluded to the point where you cant see your fire from the road (we checked). Decent amount of shade for the desert, but from about 1pm-3pm you're going to have to make your own shade, it gets super hot during the summer. Definitely bring your own wood, everything around the area is either too green or too small to have any sort of decent fire. Camp now has a nice little trail to the river, plenty of fish in the area. Great little dispersed site for a desert getaway. Please pick up your trash if you do use the site!
Firstly, dont follow your gps to the coordinates given here, if you follow it to the point on google maps you'll end up at one of the highest points in that valley (and you'll see my newly made "night one" site. If you want the site in the pictures, which was fairly quiet other than a few people checking if it was open, take the first right after the bridge and follow the trail down. Lots of trails, more people near the river but if you're into desert camping and want seclusion you'll want to get into the hills (towards google maps point) but hang a right at the top of the trail. Overall, pretty great place to getaway.