This is a very rustic campground, kind of like a National Forest Service campground except without the dust but with the nice addition of having full hookups and lots of trees. They’ve done a good job of graveling the roads to keep the dust down. The lake and river were extremely high making fishing along the lakes shore difficult unless you have a lake site. We were told when driving to the park NOT to go over the dam, that the south entrance to the park was difficult. We came in on the 501 going along the western side of the lake, and it was a very good dirt road, hard packed and not rutted. Later in the week we drove our jeep out through the south entrance of the park, and it was very rocky, steep, and rutted. The inside of our motor home would have looked like a tossed salad. If towing a car, you may want to unhook after coming off the main dirt road because that’s when it gets dusty coming down the last section of the hill. Our car looked like a sugar cookie. We were informed that no one is allowed to use their AC, luckily it wasn’t hot, and there was always a breeze coming off the lake so it didn’t matter. Also, ask them where the electrical box is located. You may need an extension cord since some of the boxes are located on the opposite side of where your power connects to your RV. No problems with the voltage, water (used our regulator), and sewer worked well. Our site (27) was level, and we were able to get our dome satellite in. Verizon cell and Mi-fi wouldn’t come in, even using our antenna and signal booster. Verizon will work along the west side of the lake. The parks wi-fi was very weak at our site, and I had to go to the pavilion to get a good signal. If I could change one thing about the park it would be wi-fi throughout the park. It really was a pain after a while having to tote my laptop up to the pavilion every day. While here the campground was never full. I can imagine it would feel cramped if it was full since there are a lot of sites. This was a really nice relaxing spot, and we never saw one mosquito. We would enjoy staying here again. Nice staff and a lot of happy campers. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice campground situated on the banks of Lake Vallecito and intersecting with the Pine River. We booked a year in advance following last year's visit. This trip we were a little disappointed because the wild flowers and awesome landscaping had declined. Also, there were deep ruts in the roads and at some camp sites with standing stagnant water. It is still a beautiful park, but dropped from a 10 rating to an 8. It is very remote, quiet, but that also means it is a long drive to get any supplies or visit the nearest town. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We camped here previously in the summer of 2006. Landscaping was much better back then near the lake/river sites. Now they are mostly overgrown with weeds. There were also some large puddles of stagnant mosquito-infested water here and there throughout the grounds. Huge potholes and dips in the gravel and dirt roads were along the back roadway. We witnessed vehicle after vehicle bottoming-out on the roadway just behind our site. Aside from these landscaping issues, the area around the general store, bath house, rec hall and laundromat was beautiful. There was an abundance of flowers, and well-groomed paths. A gorgeous waterfall fountain with a pond is right next to the store with many bees, humming birds and butterflies around. The site we were assigned to had the power too far away. It was on the other side of our neighbor's site! They provided extension cords for $40 cash deposit, but we didn't have that much cash. Luckily, they moved us to a site with better landscaping, more shade and more room. However, I did notice some other campers having to use extension cords, so it wasn't just us with that problem. A lot of the firepits were too close to each other. Our neighbor's firepit was within 3-feet of ours. Many campers built their own firepits away from their neighbor's to get some distance. Restrooms were clean. However, soap, paper towels and hand dryers were NOT provided. Showers appeared clean, but we didn't use them since we have our own in our RV. Showers run off of tokens which must be purchased at the store (not mentioned on their website). Store was well-organized, however, a lot of items appeared to be out of stock (likely due to the busy 4th of July weekend). There always seemed to be 3-4 work campers behind the counter, which seemed to be more than enough. The store hours were from about 8am - 4pm which would be an inconvenience to those who like to get an early start on fishing, boating, ATVing, etc. and returning back at the dinner hour. There were about 23 work campers, and every one that we dealt with were friendly and very helpful. Our car battery died, and they gave us a jump. Breakfast is served by the work campers on weekend mornings. We enjoyed an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast for $4 (the pancake overlaps the plate, so good luck eating more than one)! Overall, we liked the park more than we didn't. The biggest attraction is the lake, and all the water activities associated with it. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Park was a long way from anywhere - either 5 miles gravel or 10 blacktop with 3 miles gravel for an alternate. We tried to sitesee to Durango and Mesa Verde and it would add 45 minutes every trip. Little things added up to a less than great camp. No blowers or towels in restrooms, token run showers, which you need to purchase during store hours, and tent sites with fire pits right on top of each other. Other than that, pretty location to go and sit a spell, especially if you have a 4 wheel drive motor home. We camped here in a Tent.
The rate is a monthly rate and the electricity in not included. The WiFi connection in our trailer was excellent. The owners are very friendly and helpful. A river runs through the park and there are mowed fields to walk. We plan to make this park one of our yearly stops. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a beautiful setting with a private fishing pond and a river. I didn't look for a pool but you could go into the beautiful slow running river to have fun. We didn't, but did see some kids. The sites were level and easy to get to. They do have an escort take you to the site and make sure you are in safely. Beside they want to know if you are satisfied with your site. The people are extremely friendly and wanting to make sure you are happy. It is a safe and fun place to go and stay. We didn't need to use their facilities; bathrooms, laundry, etc. This is a great place to stay if you are going to visit the local town and tourist towns. In fact, there was a wedding taken place at the park and everyone was invited to the fun! We didn't go because it just so happened to be our wedding anniversary, and we had plans for the day and evening. We did ask on our way out if we could have our picture taken with the background of the wedding set-up. The park and wedding family were very pleased and happy to do our request. The park is beautiful with nature at its best. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice park in Bayfield. Other parks closer to Durango, but this one has several rivers running through it. Fishing is catch and release. Very friendly and accommodating staff. Lots of area to run your dog on or off leash. Not too much to see or do in the area. I would have given it a higher rating if it had a pool or a spa. Sites were clean and level. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Extremely overpriced and "resort" only in their own definition. Some sites are shady, but others get full sun all day long. It's clean and somewhat maintained, although it needed mowing badly during our stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rate is based on Good Sam and weekly. Stayed here for two weeks and found beautiful grounds, pleasant atmosphere and staff, and fun available with fishing in the stream (they stock) without a license along with social activities. This park is open during the winter which is unusual for this area. We would definitely stay again if in the area. Would have given a higher rating if staff had been present in the office on a regular basis. Usually you have to call someone to have them meet you in the office which means you have to wait, providing they answer the phone when called. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rate reflects a month's stay at $500. We loved it here. It was great to do day trips to Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Telluride, Mesa Verde, and Vallicito Lake. Beautiful flowers and running creeks throughout the park. Caught my first fish in their pond. Great staff. They even had a fireworks show for us! Sites are fairly good size with grass between and lots of trees. We will definitely be back! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great park! Staying here a week and we love it. Very nice employees, clean showers, laundry, beautiful scenery. There is a little road noise since it is right on the highway. We are backed up to the Pine River and it is gorgeous. There is even a swimming hole in the river for the kids and they have had a blast. Bring carrots to feed the alpaca "Al". Only 14 miles from Vallecito Lake. We will be back! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We really enjoyed our stay at this park and would recommend it to anyone. The staff was great and very friendly. We had a good site that accommodated our 42' 5th wheel and we didn't even have to unhook the truck. The park is very well landscaped and fishing available at no charge. Our only suggestion is that they place picnic tables at all sites. We were not one of the lucky ones that got one. A wedding was held on the 1st night of our stay and it was rather loud with the DJ. The staff did require the wedding party to cut the music off at 9:30 pm so it really wasn't a problem. We will stay there again..they even offered to help us reserve a site at our next destination. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We really liked the area and the campground. The owners are onsite and very friendly. Rate for 1 night was $40.80 including tax (cash or check only), $260 a week. Durango is an easy 17 miles or Pagosa Springs the other way. At the time trees wept sap and the birds like to eat blue berries, so don't park under trees. They had no issue with washing your rig. We intend on spending a month next time. Oh: check out the alpaca! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The rate is based on monthly rate. Does not include electricity. We spent the month of Sept here and this is a great place, super people and even an Alpaca on site! The reason I didn't give them a 10 is the road noise and that really isn't their fault. The park is well maintained. My husband's favorite part of the park is they allowed him to wash the MH and the truck! We will definitely be back! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Second time to camp at this park in 2 years, we love it. The grounds and rivers are beautiful and the park is maintained well. Good location, out of the traffic of Durango. We'll definitely be back. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a lovely campground with what looks like a lot of long-term vacationing residents. There's lots to do and the grounds are beautifully kept. The main disadvantage we saw was that the sites (at least the ones where we were located for our one-night stay) were very close together. Our next-door neighbors would bump their heads on our slide if they got up from the picnic table too quickly. And our site wasn't terribly level. But other than that, we liked it and would return. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Just wanted to give kudos to these guys for being open in the middle of winter. We had a day when the temps got above freezing and decided to go dump the tanks. These guys appeared to be one of the few places open. They had lodgers there so more of a full time living arrangement than a tourist site. Charged me $5 to dump, but there wasn't anyone there when I showed up so I had to self-serve. Still, looked like a nice place and if I was going that way and not already staying with family, likely where I would stop. We camped here in a Motorhome.
No issues here. The sites are not well defined and the parking can be confusing, but it was dark when we arrived. Lots of vehicles other than campers makes for close contacts. Sites are gravel and grass. Nice staff. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Excellent campground. The hosts are excellent and very accommodating. Owners are working hard to make improvements and are trying to give the park a homey atmosphere. They are succeeding. Easy access and within easy reach of local sightseeing locations. A little pricey, but hey, it's near Durango. Would definitely return, if in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Mac and Joy are the hosts, very nice, new owners. Spoke to them for a little while as it was winter and the park was mostly vacant with about 25 long term residents staying. Site is outstanding with only one negative. Its right on the 160 highway. So the traffic in the day is loud from Semi's. But in the night, traffic finally settles down. Good nights sleep listening to the creek within 20 feet of our campground. We stayed in a truck topper that converts into a tent. Lights for night time use in tent. We hiked all around their 13 acre property line and enjoyed a nice walk along the river and across to the island. Coyotes in the night were enjoyable. Very friendly owners. I had called for reservations a week prior, arrived at 745pm. Office was closed. More than 70% of their sites were available so we selected what we wanted. The next morning I spoke with Mac and there as no rush to get over and pay for our stay. We finally paid in full the day we left. Good, safe, fun environment very close to many things to do in the area. Again the only negative is the traffic on the highway. They take cash and check only, no credit or atm. We will revisit some time soon. Thanks for a wonderful three nights stay! We camped here in a Truck Camper.
Campground is a work in progress. Nice location, quiet, nice staff, friendly and helpful. Everything works at site. No view to speak of but convenient to Durango and Mesa Verde NP. A must do: ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We camped here in December 2007 to take advantage of the excellent Colorado skiing. The owners were very pleasant and helpful in taking our reservation and getting us set up. The setting is lovely, right on the river. Our site was on an ice skating pond, which is a fishing pond in the summer. We were there right after Christmas, and the place was attractively decorated with Christmas lights. The park is about 15 miles from Durango, 20 miles from Vallecito Reservoir and 45 miles from Pagosa Springs. There is a Steamworks Brewery about a mile away with microbrews and good food. There is also an hardware store very close by. The cable television and FREE Wi-Fi were excellent. We will definitely stay here again! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nicest campground we've stayed in. Had their best spot with river out the windshield and creek down the curbside. The (new) owners are EXTREMELY helpful and nice. Everything about our stay was EXCELLENT! We camped here in a Motorhome.