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Old 06-27-2012, 07:49 PM   #1
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I made the right choice

When we arrived at Elk Meadow RV park in Estes Park I wasn’t happy with the campsites. Almost all of the 50 amp sites and most of the 30 amp sites were way too close together and the roads and sites were a gravelly dirt. After setting up I promised myself I would drive through the other RV parks in the area before leaving Estes Park.

Well, I have finally been through the other parks and as my wife says, we picked the best of the worst. All of the other parks were even worse than Elk Meadow. For anyone visiting Estes Park Colorado, Elk Meadow is your best choice of some of the worst campgrounds I‘ve ever seen.
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:04 PM   #2
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How about some pictures of your worst campground .
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:45 PM   #3
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I took a couple of photos when we arrived on Sunday and the park was fairly empty.

Here's a photo of our entry door side. I had to level 2 inches on that side. Notice the angle of our picnic table.



Here's a shot of the other side. Notice all the picnic tables? These are not pull throughs sites, they are back to back sites.



I do have to admit that the views from this park are awesome.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:58 PM   #4
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A friend of mine is going up to Estes Park for the month of September. Don't know if its the same park or not but seemed like it was pretty pricey.
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:27 AM   #5
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I feel that all of the RV parks in this area are pricey. But that’s expected in a very touristy area, and you don’t have much choice if you want hookups.

Four of the parks that I drove through we so tight that had I made reservations at them I would have asked for my money back and left. Two of those parks, Paradise on the River and Manor RV park had roads and sites so small that I doubt that I could have backed my rig into them. The KOA and Mary’s Lake had sites incredibly close to each other and I doubt that an awning could be extended without hitting you neighbors RV. That is no exaggeration. The only other park in this area that I would have stayed at was Spruce Lake RV park.

If I ever come back to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park I will only stay at Elk Meadow and if I can‘t get a 50 amp pull thru site, then I just won‘t come. This is by no means a recommendation for this park. As I said, we were lucky and picked the best of the worst.
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Looks like they stuck you at one of the worst sites. The one to the left is fairly level compared to the one you're on. I'd ask for a better site.
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I realize you like hookups but we used to go to Estes/Rocky Mountain every summer and Moraine Campground at Rocky Mountain National Park is the most gorgeous I have ever stayed at. (no hookups and strict rules but worth it) It's about a five minute drive to the Estes Park supermarket.
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I realize you like hookups but we used to go to Estes/Rocky Mountain every summer and Moraine Campground at Rocky Mountain National Park is the most gorgeous I have ever stayed at. (no hookups and strict rules but worth it) It's about a five minute drive to the Estes Park supermarket.
I completely agree, but like many older national parks it's not exactly big rig friendly. We tent camped in RMNP back in 2002 and had mule deer and coyotes come right past our tent. That was the year I decided I was getting too old and too fat to tent camp.

The scenery in RMNP really is spectacular.

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nice shot of the mountains
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Seems to me that, in addition to every thing else, the sites are angled in the wrong direction with respect to the road. You either have to back in from you blind (passenger side) or make an extra sharp turn if trying to back in from the driver's side.
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Seems to me that, in addition to every thing else, the sites are angled in the wrong direction with respect to the road. You either have to back in from you blind (passenger side) or make an extra sharp turn if trying to back in from the driver's side.
Yes, almost all of the back-in sites have you backing in from the passenger side. My wife helps me back into sites like this with our walkie-talkies. The “B” section that we are in seems to have the worst slope and the narrowest sites.



The shame of this campground is that they have great amenities but the RV sites and roads seem to be neglected. This campground is overrun with ground squirrels and the site next to us has so many burrows that you have to watch where you walk for fear of twisting an ankle. I don’t know if anything could be done about the squirrels or not, just saying.
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We stayed at Carter Lake near Longmont, CO and made the 35 mile, hour drive to Estes Park.

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If you think that site is bad...do not stay at KOA Gothenburg, Ne. We just went to Iowa from Phoenix to visit family and stopped after 500 miles each day. That place was by far the worst place I have ever stayed or camped. We would have been better off at a rest area. No attention was paid to the roads or grassy areas between sites and the amenities were very dirty and unkempt. I would like to stay somewhere near Estes Park sometime though. The site you stayed at looks okay. I am okay with having to level a little bit but backing in would stink though.
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We camped in one RV park where our slide and the neighbor's slide overlapped by about 3 inches. Fortunately it was a front slide on his side and our rear slide. The view? Disney nightly fireworks were spectacular.
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I realize you like hookups but we used to go to Estes/Rocky Mountain every summer and Moraine Campground at Rocky Mountain National Park is the most gorgeous I have ever stayed at. (no hookups and strict rules but worth it) It's about a five minute drive to the Estes Park supermarket.
The National Parks are also notoriously unfriendly toward dogs; something else to consider. If you can do without electrical, the National Forest Service campgrounds are much nicer IMO.
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