This was a last minute decision while driving from CA to IN. It’s a 35 site campground, no reservations accepted. We had a back up plan in case it was full, but that wasn’t necessary, there was only one other person there. We chose a campsite on the opposite side from where he was. We stayed on the west side, which was beautiful, as we looked directly at the canyon walls. There are pit toilets and trash receptacles at frequent intervals. There is non drinkable water available. No firewood on site, and you can’t collect. You are roughing it here, but if you are okay with that, you can’t beat this experience! We paid $6 for the night with our ATB pass, it’s $12 normally. It was crazy windy through the night, I don’t know if that’s normal or not. So windy we left the pop up trailer hitched to our Jeep because the gusts were incredibly strong and we were worried about the trailer being tossed. All kinds of critters about, including in the restrooms, so be aware.
We stayed in Lupine CG for 10 days, and loved it. We had no trouble checking in, and found the host very helpful. You do have to check in at the office which is about ten minutes away, but it’s really not a big deal. The bathrooms were cleaned daily, and even though they got a little rough over the weekend, it was due to inconsiderate campers, not the host. There are plenty of water stations and trash receptacles about. We had plenty of shade at our site, and felt relatively isolated ( site 87). At ten days under $300, I’m not sure about the “overpriced” review left by another camper. We drove from Indiana to stay here, and thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 is I think they do need bear lockers. We had a beautiful cinnamon colored bear wander into our site a couple of times. While we were very careful to follow food storage protocols, not all campers were. Not having to carry out food around with us for ten days would have been better, but in the grand scheme of things, it really didn’t take anything away from our experience.