Austin C.

The Dyrt Pro

Los Angeles, CA

Joined May 2019

Amazing Area

Many glacier is an essential stop when visiting glacier, and this campground made a great home base.

Below Average for National Park Campground

Pros:

  • Over 200 sites so was easy to pick up a site
  • Campground had kennel to keep dog (but also a con that it was basically a cage in a garage)
  • Good store at campground, along with showers, laundry, and restaurant
  • Lot's of wildlife around camp (deer, wild horses)
  • Got to choose our site

Cons:

  • Sites were very basic and small - disppointing for a national park
  • Sites were not level at all

All in all, it made a good home base for exploring Mesa Verde (and is really the only option)

Good Stop on highway 50

We were just passing through for a night but this place was great!  Well-kept state park on the river with lots of facilities, and town nearby for groceries.  Lotsss of people fly fishing the river.  Had a nice pull-through site 217 with full hookups.

Standard FS Campground at Twin Lakes (No Water)

Campground was all we needed for a quick 1 night stopover at Twin Lakes.  There was no running water or dump station while we were there unfortunately.  Walkable from campsites down to lake (valley loop is a bit further).  Close to Mt Elbert trailhead.  Not much in town of twin lakes other than general store.  Good day use area at twin lake to rent paddeboards/kayaks, but water was very cold even in august.

Beautiful County Park by Rocky Mountain NP

Just south of Estes Park, CO and ~30 minutes to rocky mountain national park.  This county park is a hidden gem.  Huge open space preserve with a few great hikes (Kruger rock had phenomenal views but moderately strenuous).  We stayed in the bobcat loop that was 2.5 miles up a dirt road from the entrance.  Aside from the windy dirt road, no complaints from us - would stay again!

Beautiful off Highway 40

Great stop just a minute off highway 40 near Rabbit Ears Pass.  Right at Dumont lake with access from campsite and day use area.  Great hikes leading out just from campsite.  WIldflowers were fully blooming in mid-August

Convenient Forest Campground off Rabbit Ears Pass Highway

Convenient forest service campground off highway 40 at rabbit ears pass.  First come first serve but there were still a handful of sites open on a Friday afternoon in August.  There was not running water at the campsite when we visited, but had pit toilets, trash, picnic tables, firepits, and trails nearby.  Lots of downed trees to collect firewood.  Great access to nearby hikes

Convenient in Central Tetons

Main campground in Grand Tetons - served as a good home base for 1 night.  Walkable into Colter Bay Village and there was a trail to Jackson Lake & day use area.  Had a nice pull through site with bear box, picnic table, fire pit, and close to bathrooms & water.

There is an RV-only campground next door if you are looking for full hookups.  No hookups at this site

Pleasant Surprise in middle of nowhere

Heading from Grand Tetons to Colorado didn't give us great camping options in southern Wyoming, but this ended up being a pleasant and scenic surprise.  Showed up and got a site without reservation, only 1/4 of sites were full.  The water level in river was pretty low and there seemed to be a bit of an algae bloom.  Rock formations were pretty sweet.  Will probably never be in this area again, but if you are stopping through this place was neat.  Perseid meteor shower was over us this night, and this was 10/10 stargazing country.  Camp host mentioned there are rattlesnakes in the area.

Convenient but Cramped

Convenient central location in eastern side of Yellowstone, but lots of sites stacked up next to each other with not much space or privacy.  Campground is on a hill so most sites are not level

Central Yellowstone Base

Huge Campground at Madison Junction in center of Yosemite Park.  Great home base for a few days exploring park.  Mammoth Area is ~1 hour north, Norris is ~20 mins north, and Old Faithful ~30 mins south.

First to Review
Gets the Job done

We were driving from Glacier to Yellowstone and didn't have a campsite.  Found this city park right off the highway going through Choteau that allowed camping in the park for just $10.  Seemed kind of sketchy when we pulled in in the dark at 10pm, but it served its purpose.  Looked like there was only one other camper when we were there.  Just needed to leave $10 in the pay box or pay online via QR code.

Close to Glacier, but Crowded

Pretty nice RV park - we just stayed here 1 night on a way into glacier.  Its only ~5 mins to the West glacier entrance so very convenient.  There are over 100 sites here so it seems pretty crowded, but was relatively quiet.  Sites were real close to each other. Nice to have full hookups

Well-maintained campground at Lake Mary Ronan State Park

Great campground right on Lake Mary Ronan with full hookups, good sites with tables and fire pits (no fires allowed Aug 2021).  Easy access to lake & boat dock with day use area, and trails throughout the park.  Note - the state park itself is actually pretty small.

The developed lodges down the road on the lake had restaurants and bar which were nice to stop at for a drink.

RV Park few miles from Couer D'Alene

Standard RV park with full hookups, bathrooms, showers, basic store, and dog park.  Decent amount of highway noise

Dispersed Near McCall at Little Payette Lake

Dirt road turn-off from Lick Creek Road.  4-5 pullouts for cars/RVs.  A few hundred years from the lake, but there is not really lake access.  Mosquitoes were pretty prevalent in early august.  No fires were allowed due to wildfire restrictions.

All said, it was a painless & free site only a few minutes from downtown McCall, ID.  Good alternative to when the state park fills up

Great Alternative to Redfish Lake Campgrounds

Redfish lake was all reserved, so we ended up camping across the highway here.  Great campground with the Salmon River running along right next to the site.  Little trails leading down to river.  Sites were spacious and had picnic tables and fire pits (no fires allowed when we visited).

Got day-use access to Redfish lake, which had a great "dog beach" for us to stop at.

First to Review
Standard Forest Service Campground

This was a solid standard USFS campsite in Sawtooth NF southeast of Twin falls Idaho.  A handful of first come first serve sites, and a nice ~2 mile loop trail starts at the campsite.

First to Review
Basic, Small Campground South of Twin falls

Basic forest service campsite with only a handful of regular sites.  Trash, water and pit toilets.  Seemed there was an old baseball diamond and horseshoes setup way back in the day.  We ended up camping the next night at one of the other forest service sites another mile or two up the road, which was a bit nicer and had a trail straight from the campsite.  Long windy road up the mountains to the campgrounds

Gem in Eastern Nevada - Amazing Group Sites

Great find in remote eastern Nevada.  There are 5 very large group sites, and several single sites all with a creek running behind them.  There was even a wedding reception (lol) going on at the first few group sites while we were there.  There are some good hikes up the hills just behind the campground with creeks and great views of the valley.