Jason F.

Pro

Ridgeway, SC

Joined August 2020

Clean, Comfortable, and Close To Everything!

If you’re looking for a solid RV park near Golden that’s clean and dog friendly, this place is for you. Staff were very polite and helpful. This is a great base camp for exploring Denver as well as Jefferson and Clear Creek counties.

• Close By: 20 minutes to Denver, 10 minutes to Red Rocks, 8 minutes to the Coors Brewery, 25 minutes to Idaho Springs • Cell Service: 3 bars of 5Ge on AT&T. My personal hotspot worked great here. • Laundry: Washers are $2.50/load, Dryers are $2.00/load. Change machine available. • WiFi: Slow, but strong signal and definitely usable for light web browsing. Google speed test showed 2Mbps down, 0.40Mbps up. • Area: The park is right next to a major interchange where CR-6, I-70, 470, and US-40 all intersect. Expect some road noise as well as the sound of motorcycles from the bar across the street.

There are better spots. Seek them out!

I don’t want to put this place on blast because it’s exactly what you’d expect from an RV park near a tourist attraction: tight spots and minimal privacy. Looking at other recent reviews, it seems my issues with this “resort” were encountered by other campers as well. Buyer beware!

• I paid $63/night for a Deluxe Plus Back-In spot. I was given D18 which was not only incredibly narrow, but very difficult to get into. Other, cheaper sites around the campground were much more spacious and didn’t require removing my sway bars to back in to. • After getting setup I found out that I’d need to climb up the short retaining wall into my neighbors site to hookup our water hose. The spigot was shared between our sites and thankfully our neighbor was kind enough to provide a splitter since the campground did not. • Literally the only reason I reserved a site here was because the resort advertised free WiFi and I knew I’d need connectivity to work for a couple of days. Let me be clear: THIS CAMPGROUND DOES NOT HAVE USABLE OR RELIABLE INTERNET! It’s obvious that management is aware of this as well since they go so far as to include a note in the check-in packet stating “no refunds or credits will be issued for internet issues”. Combined with no AT&T service (not their fault) this was a non-starter. • As stated by other campers, there is a lot of false advertising with this location. The photos on the website are not from this resort. The whole place just looks dated and in need of an update. • Laundry: Expensive. Washers are small and cost $2.50/load. There is a change machine inside the laundry, as well as a vending machine that sells detergent for $1.00/load and a 2-pack of dryer sheets for $1.00. Dryers are large and can accommodate up to (3) loads at a time, which is good because there are only three of them in the main building and one was out of service when I stayed here. Assume it will cost you about $2.00 per load to use the dryer.

Incredible views! An excellent place to boondock

Cañon City deserves a lot of praise for this fantastic spot that provides a great opportunity to enjoy all the views that the Royal Gorge has to offer.

The campground is accessible via dirt roads via CR-3A. 4WD isn’t necessary to get there, but be prepared for some bumps. The city was working on some improvements to the campground when we stayed here including a new parking lot, new picnic pads for some of the sites, and the creation of some new sites near the bathroom.

There are currently (6) sites on the south loop which can accommodate travel trailers. Some are slightly larger but a few are only big enough for a class C or van. There are no hookups at the sites and no common water available. Each site has a picnic pad with table and a level, mulched area that could be used as a tent pad. The campground and trails are pet friendly, but as with most places in the southern part of the state be on the lookout for cacti.

If you are looking for a great spot to do some dispersed camping, this campground is for you. Only 2 miles from Royal Gorge and 11 miles from Cañon City. Plenty of easy to moderate difficulty trails for hiking and biking. Be sure to take Canyon Vista to the Summit Trail; you won’t be disappointed!

A perfectly adequate place to reload before your next adventure

This KOA journey has a friendly and helpful staff, and offers all of the bare essentials so you can get ready for your next stop. The campground is 8 miles from Cañon City and 4 miles from Royal Gorge.

Sites are a mix of dirt and gravel and as with much of the desert, you should expect it to be very dusty. Our site was very close to our neighbor and in combination with the high winds during our visit, we didn’t spend much time outside. Full hookups are conveniently located and offer water/sewer and 30/50amp service.

The campground has propane refills available on site. The staff was kind enough to let us drop off our tanks and they brought them back to us once someone was available to fill them. The laundry is open 24 hours. There are (4) washers and (4) dryers available at a cost of $2 per load. There is no change machine, so bring your own quarters or stop in the office and the staff can help you with exchanging some small bills.

Incredible views situated between tight spaces

Colorado National Monument is one of the treasures of the National Parks system. It is worth purchasing an annual pass just to visit the park and traverse the miles of great hiking and biking trails.

Camping at Saddlehorn can be challenging depending on your setup. Loop C is the largest loop and is only open to tent campers and those with a vehicle or small Class C camper. Loops A & B have gravel and a few paved camping sites that can accommodate travel trailers up to 25'. For those thinking about pulling that new travel trailer you just bought up to the monument to camp for a few nights, here are some things to consider:

1. Learn to love driving switchbacks with little to no shoulder and the occasional guard rail. You shouldn't be going any faster than 25mph up to the campground or back down to the entrance, but you will get impatient drivers who think they are driving LeMans. Ignore them, but watch out for cyclists!

2. There are no hookups at these sites. Water spigots are available in a few locations on each loop, but you'll be walking (or driving) your 5 gallon container back to your site. You may want to consider packing in the water you'll need during your stay.

3. Only a few of the sites are level. Be prepared to orient your camper in tight spaces where there may already be another travel trailer or camper parked directly across the road from you, making navigation difficult.

4. To that point, consider getting a site on the outer part of the loop rather than the inner! The sites on the outside of the loop are larger and you will not be nearly as close to your neighbors. For those using solar panels, you'll also have more room to orient and rotate your panels during the day without shadows being cast by the landscape (and your neighbors!)

Site reservations are $22/night and only $11 if you have a National Parks annual pass. Well worth the price of admission for some of the best views you'll find in Colorado.

A good place to rest up and refuel before setting out on your next adventure.

This KOA is exactly what you’d expect for an RV park right off of a state highway: small campsites, close quarters with your neighbors, and a county fairgrounds right next door with loud music and horses whinnying most of the night.

RV sites have water, sewer, and 20/30/50 amp electric hookups. Sites are mostly level gravel. Some have small grassy areas and patios with brick pavers and a fire pit.

The staff are super helpful and friendly. Laundry is in the main building, open 12-9. Don’t wait until the last minute to do your wash, as about half the machines were out of order when we visited and the last load of laundry must be started by 8pm. Propane refills are available on site. Campground is less than 2 miles from City Market grocery store and gas station. Approximately 40 mins from the Colorado National Monument.

A true desert oasis!

Lake Pueblo State Park offers 13+ miles of trails for hiking and biking, plus incredible access to Lake Pueblo itself.

The Arkansas Point Campground is a great place to camp. Sites offer mostly level pavement and 20/30/50 electric hookups. There is no water or sewer at the camp sites, but community water is available throughout the campground as well as a portable water spigot at the dump station.

My advice? Plan to stay here for at least 3-4 days. You’ll want to extra time to hit the trails during the day and do some stargazing at night.

A true hidden gem!

Stunning views in every direction. A true diamond in the rough tucked just 8 miles from I-70 near Sylvan Grove, KS. This is a great place to enjoy the breeze as it blows across the rolling plains of eastern Kansas.

Wilson State Park has multiple camping loops with a variety of hookup options from primitive sites overlooking Wilson reservoir to full hookups with 20/30/50 amp power, water and sewer for RVs. Bring your camera, some comfortable shoes and sunscreen and enjoy plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking and fishing.

The ultimate RV resort

This is the upper echelon of RV camping; a true resort with amenities to match. Family and pet friendly with plenty of walking space, playground and multiple fenced in areas for the dogs to play off leash. 20/30/50 amp power, water and sewer hookups at most sites.

As with most RV parks the spaces at the sites are tight, so be ready to get close to your neighbors. The campground requests that all trailers and RV use blocks under their stabilizers and not lay down any outdoor rugs to protect the grass. 

One note for those making use of the sewer connection: The stand pipe sits somewhat higher off the ground than what you may see at other parks, so be prepared to get creative with your waste water hose to make sure you're running downhill before dumping tanks.

Far enough away to feel like camping and still close to the city

The Asheville KOA is very pet and RV friendly. There are a number of walking trails of easy to moderate difficulty that run throughout the property. The dog park is a great place to let the pups off of the leashes for a bit. Staff pickup trash daily between 10-11AM at your site, but dumpsters are easily accessible.

We camped here in our 22' travel trailer. The back in sites are mostly level with a mix of dirt and gravel. If you're looking for a sunny spot, request one of the even-numbered back-ins. If you would prefer to be mostly in the shade, go for an odd-numbered spot. 20/30/50 amp electric, cable, water and sewer were easily accessible at each site. Camp sites are not very large, so be mindful of volume and lights with respect to your neighbors.

A fun get away in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains

One of the gems of the Palmetto State. Oconee has a variety of hiking trails and private, wooded campsites. The fishing lake has a netted swimming area and the option to rent kayaks and paddle boats. The replica of the historic water wheel is a must see! Be sure to stop at the visitors center for free WiFi because you won't have a cell signal anywhere else :-)

Beautiful place to camp on the shores of Lake Marion

This is a great campground for anyone who enjoys watersports. Lake Marion is a great place for boating, kayaking, and fishing. Camp sites are mostly level and have water and a variety of electrical hookup options. Some fun but easy hiking trails link the two campgrounds in a loop. Very pet friendly.

Pet & RV friendly

A fun place to take your travel trailer or RV for the weekend. Sites are large and plenty of space to spread out and enjoy with your pets. Campground store was well stocked with essentials including bundles of wood.

Trails abound! Drive carefully.

The pros: Poinsett State Park has some of the best hiking and biking trails in the Palmetto State. You could spend multiple days camping here and have a chance to hike different trails every day.

The cons: It's not easy to get in here with anything bigger than a full size pickup. The park road is very narrow and uneven with lots of large pot holes. The road to the campground is a little better, but also very narrow. It would be difficult to pull off to let another vehicle pass without fear of ending up off the road or hitting a tree.

We enjoyed the variety of hiking options here. It would be great if the state parks service could direct some funding to repairing and widening the roads and repairing some of the trails that were damaged in the 2015 flood that are now impassible.

A great place to get away!

This is a great place for quiet, no frills camping. There are 7 camping areas, 5 of which have camping shelters. Sites 3 & 4 only have picnic tables and trash barrels. All sites except for site 7 are easily accessible with most vehicles. Site 7's entryway was washed out and had some large holes that would benefit from higher clearance and 4WD.

We stayed in site 1B and had no issue finding a spot by the water in our 22' travel trailer. Sites are well dispersed and we only saw a few other campers all weekend. We will definitely stay here again.