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Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground

Fort Collins, Colorado


4200 W County Road 38 E
Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
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Sites: 152
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 40.50677
Longitude: -105.15531

Elevation: 5509' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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29 Reviews

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Review Count: 92
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here one night as we were traveling through. The south campground has a few spaces that will fit big rigs like ours. Showers are pay-showers ($1 for 3 minutes, $2 to start with 6 minutes), but were clean. At our end of the loop we were in was a pit toilet. The lake level was really low - if you were walking your SUP or kayak down there it would be a bit of a hike. You can launch at the marina area. The park is quiet and rustic. We'd like to come back and stay longer so we could enjoy the water activities. We didn't check out the other campground, Inlet Bay, but they use ReserveAmerica so you can see what's available. The campground is run by Larimer County and seems to be pretty well-cared-for. Close to Fort Collins, a college town with everything you could want including entertainment. But it's really all about the lake. We camped at Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
S-25
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We spent 6 nights here, in a pull thru full hook up site. Enjoyable place with a swim beach and lots of hiking or bike trails. The lake is the star here, and is a draw for boats and campers. The campground was full for the weekend and wide open on weekdays. It was very warm for this time of year with no shade. Our site was sun drenched and hot. Ft. Collins has it all and Rocky Mountain National Park is less than an hour away. We camped at Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

After 3 nights of boondocking we wanted full hook ups so we stayed on the water side edge of the upper loop. Patches of water could be seen through the trees. The sites are large and we were on the end of the loop so it felt very private. It was nice but the waterfront sites really are more interesting, more to watch and see. Some of the waterfront sites have vegetation between you and the water so you might want to ask about that. Also, the site next to us (site 8) overlooks the maintenance building and parking lot - not a nice view at all. There was some traffic noise but not enough to bother us. The staff here is very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our short respite before heading into the Rockies but thought it was pricey after all the fees. The full hook-up site was $30, plus the transaction fee, plus the daily use fee drove the price up to $41/night. Colorado is the first state we've encountered that does not include the use fee with the campsite. We camped at Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
S09
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Note if you are coming in from the east on I-76, Route 14 is a direct shot from Sterling. But this is no-man's land - no services and the road is pot holed and rough. We bailed and took 71 south to Brush because we realized we were low on gas. Got a chip in our windshield from someone speeding in the opposite direction on this gravel road. It would have been better to stay on 76 and then take 34 across. 34 is smooth and fast, if a bit longer.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

This is a bit of a rip for $32, electric only, pit toilets (that are overdue for emptying), and no showers nearby. Location is convenient to Fort Collins. We camped at Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Tonnes of breweries in the area. Nice hiking and scenery with proximity to the mountains.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Site #12 was quite roomy for both tow & motorhome. Full hookups. The water had extreme water pressure, so only filled water tank. Easy access. Very difficult to get reservations more than a couple of days, next to impossible on weekends - as park is reserved out a year in advance. We camped at Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
S12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $44.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed five nights. Great RV site. 50' long by 40' wide. Plenty of room to park our fifth wheel, truck, SUV, flatbed trailer and two motorcycles...with space to spare. A nice reprieve from commercial RV parks. There's a campsite fee plus a ($7) day-use fee for each vehicle. This is very OBVIOUS and is listed on the reservation website, in the confirmation email, on the Larimer County's website, and here in the reviews. We paid $14/day on top of the site fee because we have a truck and an SUV. Was a fine price for what we received. Road to the reservoir is nicely paved. Roads in campground area are mostly dirt/gravel. Not super wide but we were able to maneuver our 40' around fine; took a few attempts to get into our site. There are large rocks along the sides of the road to watch out for. Full Hookups were located in reasonable location in the site, and worked as desired. We levelled easily. Our site was in a loop with only about 8 sites, so less traffic coming/going around us was nice. Firepit and picnic table of good quality. They are set out from the main square of your RV site, giving you lots of breathing room. Neighboring sites not close, and there are 6' tall (and growing) trees/bushes in between the sites. From our site we had a couple peeks of the reservoir in-between taller trees that were closer to the water. Very busy on weekends with boaters and day-users coming/going. Quiet at night though. Still quite a bit of light from Ft Collins and the maintenance building so not the best place for stargazing if that's your thing. Many RVs arriving early so it doesn't seem they are strict about arrival time. We also left 20 min after checkout and no one yelled at us-thanks! AT&T service was basically non-existent; 1 bar of 4G in only a few spots in the campground. Very nice campground hosts. They overcharged us on day-use fees, but went up to the Visitor Center and quickly got a refund. Would definitely stay again. We camped at Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
S08
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

About an hour to Rocky Mountain National Park. If you're a beer lover, do the New Belgium Brewery tour; it's free but you need to sign up online days in advance. Left Hand Brewery in Longmont also wonderful.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This is our second visit to the beautiful Horsetooth Reservoir. Last year we spent the day here and checked out the campsites for future trips and this year we are thrilled to actually stay here! We were greeted by about 15 deer on our way to this campground. There were also lots of geese, and a variety of birds!

Our campsite was right on the water! It was a large pull-through level gravel site with electricity. We had vault toilets nearby and the campground also has showers. There is a dump station near the entrance and frost-free water spigots are available throughout the campground. The sites are nicely placed, nothing seems too close together. The camp hosts are very friendly and helpful, even way after normal hours (we arrived rather late). You do need a county day pass ($7) in addition to the campground fees. This brings the total to $32, but if you check out RV parks in the Fort Collins area this seems like a good value! We peeked at several of the RV parks and they are pricey, sites close together, and certainly do not have the views like South Bay and Horsetooth Reservoir.

Cell reception: T-Mobile - 4 bars Extended (2G) with .15 Mb download and upload test failed AT&T - 2-3 bars of the HPSA +, but all speed tests failed Verizon - 2 bars LTE with 27 Mb download, 1.4 Mb upload. We camped at Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
S33
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The location is nice for exploring the Reservoir area, Lory State Park, Fort Collins, Loveland, and even Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Review Count: 115
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 22

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

We were looking for a place to stay in the general area while visiting friends. We're self contained and don't use the facilities. We visited on a weeknight in April. This is a beautiful and well laid out campground. All sites have water views. Many are pull throughs. Most sites are level with a mix of sun and shade. Options are non electric, electric and full hook up. There's no wifi. There's a reasonable Verizon signal and no ATT signal. Our electric site was $27.50 plus a $7 entrance fee. The park host was friendly and helpful. We camped at Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
S16
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The park is a 15 minute drive from Ft Collins.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Very popular campground for locals during the weekend so pretty crowded, but clears out nicely on Sunday afternoon. Horsetooth Reservoir is beautiful and the campground has lovely views, even when the water level is low. There was some road noise from County Road 38E, but it wasn't too disturbing. Mostly spacious, pull through sites. Level, dirt pads. The roads are not paved, so lots of dust. We visit Fort Collins a couple times a year, and we have stayed at other private campgrounds in the area. This was our first time staying at Horsetooth South Bay and it fits our style more...more rustic, more space between sites, and more affordable than private campgrounds. The campground fee was $25/day but there was also a $7/day County Park fee, and you need tokens to use the showers, but still quite a bit less than other campgrounds. We camped at Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
S53
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Wonderful hiking and biking opportunities at Horsetooth Mountain Open Spaces. Trails range from 2.5 mile relatively flat to more challenging. Boating and rock climbing seem popular in this area. Easy access to great restaurants in Fort Collins.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

We chose to reserve ($10 if you call, less if online). For Full Hook Ups (50 amps & good water pressure) it's $30/night plus a vehicle entrance fee of $7/night. Pit toilets. Our site (S-6) was almost level and spacious with a picnic table and fire pit. Nice views of the canyon from our site. We had open skies for TV reception (just young trees planted in our area) and good 4G Verizon service. The interior roads DO have tight turns for bigger rigs. They've built a beautiful new Information Center as you come in. It wasn't open when we were there, but may be when next season starts. They also were just paving the county road (38E) that you use to access this campground. Be sure to turn in when it says Horsetooth Reservoir, South Campground whether or not you have a reservation. Wonderful camp hosts to help you out. The place was pretty quiet, probably because we were there mid September. We camped at Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
S 6
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

We stayed here to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. It was peak foliage season. We also didn't have to drive our rig on Hwy 34 (may be necessary if you camp closer to RMNP), just our car. THAT is a twisty, steep mountain road.

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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Gravel roads and sites are in good shape. Electric was solid. Good satellite reception and OK Verizon 4G signal. Park was fairly quiet during the week. We used this as a base to visit RMNP. Would stay again. We camped at Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $44.00
Overall Rating:

Talk about a bait and switch swindle. Reserved a full hookup site for 5 days. $30.00 on reserve America. Okay that's pretty good right, Wrong!!! When we arrived we had to pay another $7.00 dollars a day as a parking fee for the MH and Toad. That's $7.00 each or another $14.00 a day.

This for dirt roads and site, lots of dust and idiots driving to fast. Lots of road noise.

It's one our list as a never again park. The county should be ashamed !!!!!! We camped at Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
74
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Stay away for these crocks.

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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This is a rustic county park and the experience centers on the clear, cold reservoir. We stayed 1 night in site #S71 which is a pull-through electric only site right on the lake. Although we didn't have a water connection, there were spigots available to fill your tanks about every 4 sites and at the dump station. We could enter the water and swim from our site as well as from the adjacent sites.

It is an older park; the semicircular pull-throughs we doable but a little snug for our 31' trailer and truck. There is a new bath house one end of the reservoir which was very clean and had pay showers. The older bathrooms on the loops weren't in great shape. We had no cell reception (AT&T), but the reservoir is hemmed in by the mountains. It is a 15-20 minute drive into Fort Collins.

Please note that in addition to the nightly rate, there is an $8.75 reservation fee and a $7/day vehicle fee. We camped at Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
S71
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

This is the first place we have camped since we moved to CO. Lovely place, friendly staff, clean facilities. This seems to be a very popular location, so it was kind busy. Lake water level was very high, even covered much of the swimming beach. No cell service here, so it was nice to unplug and get our teens to leave their phones alone. We took the short drive up to Horsetooth mountain which had a great hike to a small waterfall. We will visit again. We camped at Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
S79
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

The campground is located at the south en d of the horse tooth reservoir just west of Fort Collins. Interior roads are well groomed gravel and sites are level. There are full hook up sites but we chose an electric only site for our one night stay.

Weekends are busy so book ahead. We camped at Horsetooth Reservoir, South Bay Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
57
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The area is great for wildlife viewing, hiking, biking and boating. Nearby Fort Collins is a nice college town with a great, pedestrian only downtown.

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