What a gem! Lottis Creek is peaceful and beautiful, and just a great place to relax and enjoy the Colorado air. We stayed here over the weekend and really enjoyed the hosts on Baldy loop. They took great care of this campground and were kind to compliment our group (with lots of kids between the two families there). Getting to talking to them this was their last season, so can't speak to the hosts for next year.
We didn't have any cell service on AT&T, though one of the kids in our group had Verizon and was able to get a signal for calls. Not sure on data, but the hosts did say "Verizon worked". As others say driving up to the reservoir (10 minutes) has full bars service (if you need it).
We stayed here 5 nights Sun-Fri while doing work/school and enjoyed exploring Buena Vista in the evenings! Overall the park was enjoyable, it had everything you needed to be comfortable, but not much else. We were in their standard sites, which are pretty close to your neighbor… typical of RV park. They did have premium sites which were more spacious. Gravel and dirt everywhere. The sites were mostly level, though there was clearly a grade from the first site to the last, and there was a bit of grade front to back on our site.
Staff was very friendly and kept the place very clean. Bathrooms were well kept. The showers were pay showers but we never used them. Laundry facilities were VERY nice and our clothes came out clean and smelling good.
Very cool places to explore just around the corner from here… Arkansas river has some neat spots… Midland Tunnels were a neat area right behind the park, but about a 10 minute drive since it was on the other side of the river. Also great trails near downtown.
We stayed here for a few nights on the weekend when we visited Ouray and Teluride. The campsite was nice and spread out, plenty of room between you and your neighbors. We were in site 123 which didn't have a great view, but plenty of space around and behind us to stretch out.
The sites don't have water hookups at each site, but some sites have the water hookup right next to them. I highly recommend googling the map of the campsite to see which sites have the water supply next to them (noted by a * in the version we had)… makes for easy filling if you can just hookup your hose to fill your tanks without moving. I didn't realize this before booking, but conveniently 123 had one right near by.
Most of the pull through sites weren't long, were only about a "lane" wide, and curved pretty sharply. Normally not a problem, but trees on both sides created a problem to pull through our 40ft 5th wheel. We ended up backing it in instead. Just something to keep in mind.
Definitely recommend Elk Ridge over the Dakota Terrace Campground. Didn't look like much tree cover and you would be much closer to the highway.
Stayed the week here in September and did work/virtual schooling from the mountains. Owners are no nonsense but very helpful and friendly. Strong cell signal from all three major providers AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile (again, work/school so we had lots of redundancy). Verizon got a bit slow at night, but during the day otherwise all three were great. The restrooms at the sites were very clean. The area is gorgeous and you have lots of hikes and waterfalls available for you. Seems like everyone else was doing the off roading thing… will have to come back to do that next time.
Site had full hookups. We were here in mid-September and the temps got down into the 30's at night. Owners required disconnecting water at night to prevent their water pipes from freezing and bursting.
We were on our way to up Silverton but couldn't make it before dark so we found Westerly. Bonus points in that the hosts were extremely friendly and accommodating for us; we needed to extend our stay a couple hours because of virtual schooling on the road. They allowed us to stay until the "regular" for our spot #5 showed up, but they ended up canceling anyway. We were at the edge of the campground backed up to a stream which was nice and provided some nature sounds. However, the grounds sat very close to the highway and also the road behind up to the springs. There was frequent noise from annoying drivers. Not the campgrounds fault, but definitely impacted the experience a bit.
The spots inside the circle drive seemed much more packed in than the spots on the outside. One thing to note, at least at our site, was that the water/electric were shared with the neighbor, and the site on our front side was the same. This resulted in a nice front-side experience for us as we weren't looking at (or smelling) the rig next to us.