We stayed in two campgrounds while at Custer State Park, this was the first. Multiple looped, paved roads and sites, central dump station, fresh water at dump station. Restrooms were great. They were clean, well lit, and the shower had private stalls with plastic shower inserts. We didn't see any buffalo at this campground but we saw plenty while we were here. We hiked up the ridge across the road and ran into a bighorn sheep guarding the trail. There is a store and restaurant just up the road a short distance. There is a ton of things to see and do while you are here. Now I know why reservations were so hard to get: book early!
We really enjoyed this campground. It is a small campground tucked in across the road from Legion Lake in a small valley. It only has one road with a turnaround at the end. We talked to the campground hosts when we arrived to see if we could check in early and found them to be very nice and flexible. Over the course of our 2 day visit we saw them every day walking the campground. While there was no water hookup or dump station here (I believe Game Lodge campground had the only dump station), the restrooms made up for this. Probably the nicest restrooms at any public park I've been to. Large, well lit, clean, multiple, private, shower stalls were available. We had a buffalo hang out grazing in the campground one day that got a lot of attention. Legion Lake is very pretty, there is a store and restaurant next to it along with a swim beach and trail that goes around it.
Chadron State Park is the oldest state park in Nebraska. The park is right on Hwy 385 in the Pine Ridge area at about 4,000 feet of elevation. The campground was very pretty and in good repair. The campsites were well groomed and of good size and spacing. Water spigots were available throughout the campsite. Based on a previous review that said the back loop had great views I booked a spot there. However, not all sites have these great views as we found out later. Nevertheless, it didn't really detract from our stay. The restrooms were along the lines of other state parks we have visited but clean and in good repair. We did notice some traffic noise from the highway, especially when in the upper part of the campground, but couldn't hear it inside our trailer with AC running. We only used the park for an overnight stop and did not take advantage of the other features of the park.
The setting is beautiful. Coming up on the park you see nothing but cornfields but you come into the canyon of Scott Lake. The park was nearly empty when we stayed on a Thursday night and I had not bothered to make a reservation due to the availability of unreserved sites. This park is off the beaten path so I didn't expect it to be crowded. Of course we arrived during a heat wave and the temp was 108 when we reached the park. The camping areas were gravel with some shaded sites. The RV sites are not next to the lake but only a short walk away. There is a swim beach and it looked like they rented small boats. Our water spigot leaked profusely when hooked up to my hose and we never saw the camp host. The restrooms were OK, not sure I would describe them as modern (maybe that means running water) as another poster said but they were fine and comparable to many other state parks. They did not have any ventilation and thus were very hot so we waited for the sun to go down to shower. There is a historical site in the park, El Cuartelejo ruins, where Pueblo Indians built a 7 room structure back in the late 1600's when they left New Mexico to escape Spanish rule.
Small, quiet, shaded, campground located on a small bluff overlooking the Smoky Hill River. We camped here on the recommendation of other reviews and used it for an overnight stop on a multi-day vacation. We had a reservation for this campground. To view the river up close requires a short scramble down a 20' bank. The park was peaceful and quiet, mix of family campers and RV/trailers. Restrooms were clean and in good repair. We missed the dump station on the way out and stopped at the other COE campground up the road and asked at the entrance station (our campground did not have an entrance station) if we could use theirs and they said OK. This campground had good views of the lake, which ours did not. The only negative was the restroom had speakers and played the weather report on an endless loop. If camping near the restroom it would get annoying.
Very pretty campground above the lake. Lots of trails down around the lake and while we just stayed one night, there seemed to be a lot to do near by. The campground hosts were very nice and warned us about recent bear activity. You must fill up your water tanks prior to arrival as they do not allow you to connect to the water spigots located throughout the campground. Restrooms are pit toilets but modern and clean. They were also plentiful, the highest ratio of toilets per campground I have seen. We stayed here late September and the Aspens were quite beautiful, some of the best we saw during our vacation in Colorado.
We stopped for a quick overnight visit on a recent vacation to Colorado. The campground was RV friendly with paved loops and pads. Most of the sites are back-ins. There are no trees in the area but a nice view of the stars at night. The wind picked up at dusk. The bathrooms had flush toilets and were in the classic NPS style from 30 years ago. There was a dump station with water hose for tanks. There were pay showers located elsewhere in the park. There didn't appear to be much to do here if you didn't bring a boat.
Nice campground located on a hillside above the Crystal River. The campsites were level and there were a mix of back-in and pull-through sites in two loops. Some small trees, but not a lot of shade. There were two composting toilets at the bottom of the hill and two showers and two flush toilets at the top of the hill between the two loops. The showers were free and used solar power to warm the water. As the campground is in a narrow canyon the highway noise carried up to our campsite but traffic died down in the evening.