Amy E.

The Dyrt Pro

Chattanooga , TN

Joined August 2020

Crowded, Quiet Time not enforced

This was a beautiful, but noisy and crowded campground by the water. We had site 9 which had a small trail to the rocks down by the water which would’ve been amazing to fish from. We walked down and enjoyed the views for a bit, then walked around part of the campground to see the swim area. Lantern hooks are available at campsites. Nice bathroom facilities. There’s only 2 showers so go at a non-peak time or you’ll be waiting in line. There’s no hand soap so bring your own for after using the bathroom. They clean the bathrooms twice a day. Fires are allowed but bring your own wood. They don’t sell it at the campground and the closest store ran out quick.

We made the mistake of staying here one night on Labor Day weekend. It was totally full, people were still rolling in after 10pm to set up with headlights blaring into other campers’ sites. People were very noisy with no concern of other campers. We had a large family 3 sites away from us set up at 9:30pm and continued to allow they’re kids to scream and shout and make crazy loud noise until nearly 1 am. The adults were loud, too. If you stay here in a tent, bring ear plugs to help with the noise. We were exhausted and wish we had reserved a night somewhere else. There was no one to answer a noise complaint call at the campground phone line and clearly no active camp hosts in the evening to enforce rules.

Remote Grasslands Camping

Great small campground / rec area. It was clearly very popular among hunters/fishermen during season as we were the only campers there that were not hunting or fishing. It’s a day use area, too. There’s only vault toilets but there is drinking water available. No power or dump stations, but generators were welcome for the RV folks. Fires are allowed when there are no active fire restrictions and they have great fire pit rings. Pay attention to fire restrictions on the USDA campground site. No fire wood for sale, so bring your own. The sites are first come first serve since they’re non-reservable according to the USDA website. I had heard there were great trails on the grasslands but it was hunting season when we were there so I recommend researching that first before coming here and expecting to hike safely. The grounds are kept decently well. There’s no camp host but when we were there all the other campers were very quiet / chill. In fact we were alone on the whole grounds until the hunters rolled in for the evening. The sunset & sunrise were gorgeous here. It’s buggy of course because you’re in the grasslands and near ponds, so be prepared for insects as well. We heard a pack of animals loudly roll through in the night, pretty sure they were coyotes. Trash cans available, and great picnic tables available.

All in all, this was a wonderful site and we’re glad we made the drive. It’s a lovely campground with the grasslands’ nature surrounding you on all sides. We camped in a Roof Top Tent (RTT) and the lot was level, decently private. We camped in #6. People clearly like to spread out here when it’s not crowded, that was nice.

Word to the wise: if you’re traveling here on Stevens County roads with gravel and 65mph speeds, sloooooow down and get off to the side as people approach you from the opposite direction. Those “Stevens Co not responsible for broken windshields” signs are there for a reason.

Website for info on this park: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/psicc/recarea/?recid=12413

Amazing views / secluded!

This place was incredibly beautiful!! The views were insane. The lake was beautiful but don’t plan on getting in the water. At least currently, there’s some toxic algae. Don’t let your furry friends drink it either. We decided upon E-112 in the Rocky Ridge Campground near the marina. There were trees and boulders which proved to be very helpful with the intense wind that rolls through the area. There are no bear boxes so clean up well and lock up your supplies in your vehicle accordingly. There was a pack of animals (we think coyotes) that came through in the night and woke us up because they were so loud and seemed so close. We were in a roof top tent (RTT) mounted to the back of our Tacoma. We did need leveling blocks for our truck for the site we chose but it was worth it because of the views and privacy of E112. We came during the week before Labor Day so that was awesome because it was nearly empty. I’m not sure if it’s usually full, but it was so empty when we were there.

If this campground had been full, then it would’ve been a different experience. But we were one of the only 2 tent campers on the entire E loop of the Rocky Ridge Campground. This lake/reservoir is secluded and has several campgrounds around it. The one we chose is by the Recreation Area. I did not see any showers or info on showers so I think that amenity is incorrect on Dyrt…or perhaps I could’ve researched the grounds a little more? :)

The toilets are vault toilets and not serviced frequently given that when we opened the door to the one close to us about 75 flies burst forth into the light and the TP roll was stained looking. So if you prefer plumbing, don’t tent camp here. Reservations were required but we have Verizon and had service/were able to do our reservation onsite last minute.

We loved this campground!

Great campground and location!

This was a great campground! RV and tent options. Bear boxes are provided. Water. Trash. Great bathhouse with showers and toilets and sinks and countertops. A dishes sink in the back was a plus, too. Sites are roomy enough for a popular city near the crazy popular Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). Considering the location and the amenities and well-kept grounds, I think it was fairly priced. We had site 91. We saw mule deer walk through right in front of our site early in the morning. We also saw a rough-legged-hawk swoop down and snatch up a shrew for breakfast right behind our site! Check out Mary’s Lake across the street from the campground and make time to drive further into Estes Park to enjoy some awesome dining, shopping, etc. We enjoyed a 3.75 walk around Estes Lake. It’s a beautiful loop that circles the entire lake, it’s paved and marked with distance markers and various info signs. You can see the famous Stanley Hotel on the hillside from the walk around Estes Lake (The famous hotel from the movie The Shining.) If you plan to go to the RMNP, reserve an entry time slot in advance! We missed that Covid19-impacted detail and couldn’t get into the park. Consider taking a drive on the Peak to Peak scenic byway. It was lovely with lots of stops if you have time… there’s a little shop at the campground main office with tons of gear and touristy stuff to buy. They also offered propane refills. The store even had masks if you forget one during the mask mandate. Fires were not currently allowed due to a statewide fire ban.

Fantastic Campsites & Location!

This was a fantastic campground. It’s within walking distance to a store / restaurant / fuel station should you need to purchase some items. The store across the street even had a food truck selling fry bread, and a sweets counter inside the restaurant/store. The campsite is in the Kaibab National Forest. No showers, but there are very clean vault toilets and pump water available. They kept a cleaning log and cleaned them 3 times a day, they also had hand sanitizer available outside the vault toilets. Nice fire rings with grills. Lots of options. It is near a road and shooting range but it didn’t bother us much. We got a very private spot in the first come first serve area, but there were some great reserve options still available, too. I recommend driving through before choosing a spot if you have the time. There was a nice trail within the campground that we walked. It was nice to walk the campgrounds, too. They sell firewood & will bring it to your site. The camp hosts were amazing. Very friendly and kind. And ran a tight ship. Quiet time was actually quiet, that’s always a super plus to me. I like sleep :-) It’s cold at night and you’re at a higher elevation, pack smart and have layers. Enjoy!

Clean, friendly, great location

We lucked out in finding this after mistakenly driving out to a campsite near the Petrified Forest entrance that was a total flop. OK RV Park was amazing to deal with. We have a Roof Top Tent (RTT) on the back of our Tacoma so it was a little odd being stacked in tightly with the RVs but again, it was wonderful to be able to secure a spot so easily despite it almost being dark. The bathhouse was nice; old but very well cared for. There’s 2 toilet stalls & 2 showers for 2 different Women’s rooms all part of the same building. There were 2 for men as well. They also had a laundry building, however we didn’t use it so I can’t really speak to it. Super level lots. The sunset from the edge of the entrance to the RV park was stunning. Fantastic location within Holbrook. Very nicely kept facility and grounds. Very professional, kind, and helpful staff. We encountered an unexpected wind storm that had 55mph wind gusts…that was interesting in an RTT, but not the campgrounds’ fault. Can’t control nature :). This was a great campground location for getting out to The Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, and anything else near Holbrook.

Must be fully contained

We thought you could stay here if you had a tent but that’s definitely not the case. We wasted an hour driving out, only to be chased off by an angry lady that lives behind the shop. If you are not in a fully-contained RV (i.e. have your own bathroom) - don’t drive out there.