We arrived at Weston Pass campground around 10am on a Saturday, there are only 14 sites at this campground, but we had about 8 spots to chose from. We selected site 3, big enough for our large tent and close to the restroom, which was just a pit toilet, but was fairly clean. Our vehicle is a compact 4dr Ford Focus and it had trouble navigating the very rocky road to the campground. 11 miles from 285 and it took us almost 40 minutes to go those 11 miles. The seclusion of the campground, along with the beautiful views of Weston Pass made it worth it though.
We stayed at site C97 for 5 nights. This site had a bearbox. Was close enough to the bathrooms and drinking water. We had amazing views all around due to the lack of trees. There was a vendor on site almost every evening from 530pm to 8pm selling firewood and ice. There were ranger programs every evening at 9pm. We also had the pleasure of seeing double rainbows three times during our stay! And if the moon hadn't been so bright every evening the star gazing would have been second to none. I would highly recommend staying at this campground again. I was unsure going in, because I knew there wouldn't be much shade or privacy…but we were out exploring all day and only really at our campsite for dinner through breakfast. If you plan to spend midday at your campsite, maybe consider a different option.
We spent one wet Saturday night at Elbert Creek Campground, site #7. All of the sites were pretty spacious which was very nice. We arrived around 9am Saturday morning and there were 2 spots available at that time (early August). Site 7 was conveniently located right next to the vault toilet…however there was a LOT of road traffic as hikers looking to summit Mt. Elbert were looking for parking all along the road at all hours of the night. Most of the other sites were further from the road and Elbert Creek could be heard and seen very easily. There is a campgrounds host that stays in a neighboring campground. Bring your own firewood.
We camped at Jack's Gulch primarily because we wanted a campfire, and it was one of the few places not currently under a fire ban in the state. It is a forest service campground in the Roosevelt National Forest. Vault toilets only. Well off the beaten path. We were afraid of it being full, so we arrived around 930am on a Saturday, there were plenty of spots to choose from, and several still available by the end of the day. It's a quiet, tucked away campground several miles down a gravel road. It was so quiet and beautiful. There were several trails easily accessible from the campgrounds. We chose a campsite closer to the toilet for easy access, but did not notice a smell at all. Our non-electric site was $22 for one night. Maybe we should keep this hidden gem a secret? 😉
Camped at Royal Gorge KOA for 1 night, June 23rd. Very easy to find and check in. Staff was very friendly. Fire ban, so no fire-pizza delivery to our campsite was a plus! Showers and toilets were functional, but not the best. Our site, 1K, was not marked and at the top of the loop which allowed for a quieter camping experience than other sites. Free pancake breakfast on Sunday was a plus as well!