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41 RV Parks near Buena Vista, Colorado
Aug 2016 - $30.00
Cramped very unlevel gravel site with sewer connection on the uphill end. Adequate water pressure, and electrical connection. Spotty wifi.
Fortunately, we stay gone most of the time when we camp.
Nice people, and nice river access.
Best price I could find on short notice in the Buena Vista area.
Would not stay in the site I was in again, but would stay in CG. - wdwtx
Dec 2015 - $35.00
I was here in summer of 2015 before I joined this website and just had to correct some misinformation of earlier reviews. I lived outside Denver until last February and am now based in Colorado while "full-timing". I stay here every summer at least once while fly fishing in the area. There IS a path to the river that can be accessed from two places in the campground. I hate to let this information out, but this one of the few campgrounds in that has 1/4 Mile of PRIVATE WATER on the Arkansas River and public access all around it. The campground has a few long-term campers, but you would never know by looking. The owner meticulously maintains everything in the campground and goes out of his way to help you with whatever help you need. I have even seen him help people with maintenance issues on their rig. The wifi has always worked for me. I don't use the laundry facilities, but I can see where that might be an issue for some. The bathrooms are always clean. The road noise is the only negative, especially in the early morning, but our (new) big rig now keeps it shut out.
The previous reviewers who could find nothing to do there have never experienced the peace and tranquility of standing in the Arkansas River all day flailing the water with a 5wt. rod and a #20 Adams, or watching the owners of the mineral rights dredging for gold, or panning for gold themselves, or watching the Bighorn Sheep come to the water in the evening or splashing among big rock formations in a cold, clear mountain stream, etc.. Sure, there are no casinos, zip-lines, T-shirt shops, wax museums, trolley lines, etc.., but when you can look out your window and see the Collegiate Peaks dusted with snow and the aspens twinkling in the breeze among the pine trees - who cares? - coloradoflyfisher
Jun 2015 - $33.00
We stayed here for 3 days and the park was adequate for our needs. The sites are near the road, but we didn't notice any noise. The sites were very clean and the road looked to be "groomed" occasionally. The WiFi was free, but was very spotty. Verizon cell coverage seemed OK. Not much to do at the park, but OK place to come back to after a long day of site seeing.
It is big rig friendly. A large 45' prevost motor home parked at one of the drive through sites near us with no problems.
I asked if they had discount for FMCA, and manager didn't know what that group was, but gave me 10% discount anyway. - Fitzjohnfan
Aug 2019 - $63.00
There are several RV parks in the Buena Vista area, In fact, 3 are next door to each other. This one is a few miles out of town. The campground is mostly dirt and gravel. Check in was fast and we were escorted to our back in site. Our site was on the south side which as it turned out got afternoon shade. The hookups worked fine. The staff we met were friendly and helpful. - Recycled
Jul 2019 - $55.00
Several members of our family stayed here for our family reunion. We were mislead about the availability of the pavilion, and had to find a new location to meet for the first 3 days. When it became available, they informed us that all family visitors who were not staying there would have to pay a "per car" fee just to join us for our picnic, etc. No one thought that was fair, so we had to move all of our activities for the next 3 days. The showers (fees required) were not that private, because they had curtains only, with children running in and out constantly. We also thought that the spaces were way too close together, and mostly dirt-no grass and almost no shade. It felt more like a parking lot than a campground. Our "neighbors" were very close. We could hear the conversations on both sides. No shade, and the fire pit was practically in the road and very close to the next site. No privacy whatsoever. Our family will not go back. Too many fees, rules, and being mislead. We looked around Buena Vista and found several campgrounds that were more appealing that we will use next time. - G C Craig
Aug 2018 - $50.00
This park could be amazing but it is not taken care of. The staff are not all that friendly. The internet is not workable. It is a very old server and you constantly get booted off. They offer cable only in 50 amp sites. We only require 30 amps but have a 32 ft. motorhome. So with no internet, not even enough to download a book on my Kindle, it makes for a long stay when you are here for any length of time. We definitely would not recommend this park, nor would I stay here again. There is also no cell service anywhere in the park. Site was also very unlevel. Go somewhere else! - Jana Syring
Aug 2019 - $54.00
Old KOA with some tight roads. No cable TV and no OTA TV. Wifi very weak. An adequate overnight stop. - Beggco
Oct 2018 - $49.00
Prbly the best commerical campground in the area since it isn't right on US 24 which is a very busy road. As mentioned before the interior is dirt and some of the smaller sites are oddly placed but the pull thru sites are easy to access and fairly level. The biggest positives are it is quiet and has stunning views of Mt. Princeton and the Collegiate Peaks. The park is about 10 minutes from the town of Buena Vista which has a cute old downtown and a nice riverfront park. - cfmelville
Sep 2018 - $48.00
This is obviously an older park with camping sections scattered around the mountainside. Because of that, the narrow sites were terraced and not level, but doable with one wheel in the air. The picnic table was on the terrace uphill from our RV, close to our neighbor's hook ups. There are fire rings and the resulting smoke to deal with. The worst aspect of this park was the dirt everywhere. Fortunately we didn't have any wind or rain. All these bad things were balanced out by the fantastic views of the collegiate peaks and the rocky surroundings, which looked fun to climb around in. Verizon was very good; wifi was OK until the parked filled up each day. We would stay here again. - Dr. John
Jun 2019 - $55.00
great RV park. owner had excellent recommendation on things to do with three kids. Clean bathrooms (didn't use showers - pay showers), great laundry facility, just redone picnic tables. Stayed in "premium" site so a bit bigger and nice grass pad between sites. Hot springs (pool / slide) near campground was really nice. Would absolutely stay here again. - ScottM
Jun 2019 - $50.00
Wide, long sites. Friendly staff. Clean park on the side I stayed in (B row). The other side of the park look tight & full of permanent/semi-permanent rigs. Staff is attentive to comings & goings and keeps a nice park. I don’t think it’s worth $50/nite but all parks in area are the same; maybe it’s the location. - TRDAWG
Sep 2018 - $40.00
Stayed for one week in a pull through site with a 40ft. MH and jeep in tow. Plenty of room, a little bit of grass, flat gravel spaces. A great view of mountains and everything we like about Co. is nearby. - retirednrving
Oct 2016 - $16.00
I had a great stay here at Railroad Bridge. We visited towards the end of the season in October, so the campground was half full. The water was down, which was convenient for my kids as otherwise I hear it can be raging during peak rafting season. Not much noise from the road, the river is right down below, and it was a clean spot. The only drawback is that there isn't a huge amount to do from right there at the campground, but I'd still go back. - onedoubles
Jul 2015 - $16.00
Railroad Bridge (part of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area) is a wonderful place to camp in the Buena Vista area. It doesn't have hookups, water or dump station but it is situated right on the Arkansas River and only a 10-minute drive to Buena Vista. There are only 8 RV spots and three of them (3, 7 and 8) are really nice long back-ins. The rest are side-of-the-road pull-throughs that are still pretty nice. This campground is also a major river access point for rafting companies and there is a large parking lot and staging area for rafters. Some might mind the traffic and people coming through, but we liked watching the rafters and all the activity was only from about 9AM to 4 PM. At night the campground was quiet (except for the river) and peaceful. The fishing is excellent and the views of the surrounding mountains are spectacular. Access is via a dirt road from Buena Vista and there are some daunting old railroad tunnels on the road, but RVs will fit just fine (at least our 12'9" fifth wheel did). This campground is an undiscovered gem worth checking out if you want to stay in the Buena Vista area. - MrSunshine
Sep 2019 - $45.00
This was the second time we stayed at the campground. The staff are very friendly and helpful. They have very good cell service (we use Verizon) and good WiFi. The grounds are very well maintained, lots of shade trees. Close to the town of Buena Vista and about 30 miles from Sedalia in one direction and Leadville in the other. This will now be our "go to park" when we travel to that area. - Tumbleweed 2
Aug 2019 - $50.00
Very tight pull-through sites, about 2' between rigs. Laundry facilities are ancient. Not enough water pressure so clothes came out with lots of soap residue and I used Tide Pods. Dryers take forever. Fire ring is shared with next site. - ttleewalker
Sep 2018 - $43.00
If you are staying here for the first time, and your stay is short, you may think that Snowy Peaks is overrated and overpriced; that you can find something better in the area. If you stay longer you might change your mind. The place grows on you. It's not fancy, but it's functional and the location is fabulous. Everything is gravel and it can, at times, get a little dusty. The sites are level, but they're not roomy. When the park is full, which it usually is between Memorial Day and Labor Day, your neighbors will be close at hand and you'll likely share your yard/picnic/fire ring area with them. The four private bathroom/showers are a little tight but clean and functional. The laundry is serviceable but a bit cramped. The WiFi is spotty and slow when the park is full but improves significantly with fewer guests. Snowy peaks is not cheap. Stay a month and you'll pay north of $40 per night, plus electric. Yet many people come back year after year and stay the entire summer. A primary reason is the location; about a mile north of lovely, downtown Buena Vista on U.S. 24; halfway between Salida and Leadville. If you want full hookups and city conveniences in the Arkansas Valley you will be hard-pressed to find something better than this solid, shady, well-maintained park. Snowy Peaks is definitely worth a try. - TravelingTrailer
Jul 2016 - $0.00
We stayed here on 4th of July weekend and park was very busy. This is a free campground, so with that consideration, we really like this park. We have stayed here before and depending on how busy it is, you can select a site in the trees or out in the open. No amenities, except for vault toilets and rough fire rings built with rocks. Depending on the season, there can be large amounts of mosquitoes or none.
This stay was nice, but due to the extended weekend, there were too many large groups to make camping comfortable. Some stayed up too late with loud parties. We left the next day and stayed at a professional campground down the road. We will return, though, because the scenery is beautiful and fishing at the lake are great. You can't beat the price. - Fitzjohnfan
Aug 2019 - $22.00
Very poorly managed. Lots of kids out of control on bicycles causing accidents. Campsites were overcrowded; too many people allowed to camp at each site and host didn't seem to care. Not very clean. Deputy sheriff actually came to campground to settle things down and said he came by every weekend. Camped here 2 years ago, worse then, wasn't even a campground host. So it is better. - Co6850
Jul 2019 - $20.00
Space 39, steep, lots of rocks, etc. Quiet campground, could use a little more frequent outhouse service. Easy access, lots to do in the area. Showers either at Buena Vista Community center or at hot springs by Mt Princeton. - Geezerd
Sites: 36 | Recent Rate: $$$$ | 4 Reviews
Jun 2017 - $20.00
We really prefer the quiet and privacy of dispersed camping, but this CG is the next best thing. We were lucky and got maybe the best spot, but we could hear or see no other campers from our spot. We were surrounded on all sided by a stand of aspen trees, gorgeous spot. It's a short walk to the lake, if you have a canoe, kayak, or stand-up this is a great area. No ATV's or powered boats allowed, so it's super peaceful and quiet. It was a very mellow atmosphere. As far as the CG itself, level spots, nice tent pad spots available, a few pull through's, very spaced out. The pit toilets were very well kept. The road out is better than I expected. The last 4 miles is dirt, but the washboard is only occasional and not bad at all. My only wish is that there were hiking trails closer. You have to head back that 4 miles to get to where there are several trailheads, including the Colorado Trail. They are great trails though, so worth it. - Jetfixer03
Jul 2012 - $17.00
This is place beautiful. The views are spectacular. You can't improve on the scenery hence the 10 rating. It truly takes your breath away. The campground is standard NFS. There are no hookups. Water is available but facets are not threaded. The campground is at 10,000 feet and the water pressure can't handle freshwater tank fill ups. So fill up before hand or bring water containers. Restrooms are vault toilets. They are very clean. The sites are mostly level and well maintained. If you are under 30 feet you will have plenty of options. Over 30 feet there are are about 4 or 5 depending on your backing skills. The road (FR 344) is 4 miles of gravel. It is rough in places but wide and safe. Just slow down and you will be fine. One warning do not let your GPS send you down the wrong Forest Road. Do not turn off County Rd 306 UNTIL you reach FR 344. There is a sign for the campground. There is a riding stable on the right just before you reach FR344. Once on FR 344 there are 2 short one lane bridges. The lake is just past the second bridge. The camp ground will be on your right just past the lake. It is clearly marked. There are no reservations and the site is very popular. Your best bet is to arrive before noon. The best days for scoring a site are Monday & Tuesday. Take your hummingbird feeder and your fishing gear. - NT2013
Aug 2010 - $15.00
This is a beautiful "get away from it all" campground. The campground is clean and for the most part, the sites are level. There are a very limited number of longer sites, and the road up to the campground is gravel and a little rough. So if you have a big rig, be prepared to turn around and seek other arrangements if the campground is busy. The sites are not reservable. No electricity, no water for RV fills, and no dump station. We dumped and got water at the Snowy Peaks Campground in Buena Vista. We had a very weak Verizon signal. But, it is a wonderful place to dry camp and enjoy quiet and seclusion. Lots of hummingbirds, heard the elk bugle. One of Colorado's best. - sunbadgers
Sep 2019 - $42.00
This is an older park right off the highway with several mobile homes and summer residents; it could use some updating, but is still a good place to overnight. Everyone takes care of their sites and are very friendly. The owner was very nice and helpful. Sites are smallish, gravel and level. WiFi was a little spotty. We were in site 16 which was a roomier site than most. There is highway noise during the day but quiet at night. - alm
Sep 2019 - $40.00
We liked this rv park. The rate was the most reasonable for the area. Others have raised their rates much higher. This park is for sale so when it sells the rate will most likely go way up too. This park is just on the edge of town so very handy for the stores and restaurants there. Nice level good size site, new concrete pad and picnic table,. The owners were very nice. I would stay here again if price does not go up. - JAWS
Jul 2019 - $40.00
We did not have reservations as this was an emergency stop. The owners are super nice as were all of the near by campers. The road is nice and wide which made it easy to back into our space. This is a great place for a base camp as there is a lot to do in and around the area. - Jennifer_C