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We stayed in Elk Meadow last summer and have no complaints. Then again the campgrounds we use are not a destinatio fo us. The town is touristy but we had fun perusing the shops.


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Does anyone know if you can have a campfire at the Estes Park KOA? I was about to make a reservation at the Spruce Lake RV Park, but then I read that they don't allow campfires, except at the community fire ring, and only until 10pm.


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After some more searching, it looks like the KOA is the same way - only allows campfires in a community ring.

Are there any others around Estes Park that allow campfires?

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Hi, Mountain Traveler, I would hope you are right. They did allow open wood fires in the tent sites at the back when we were there but not in the rv section. They DID allow the wood ones if you had this commercial gizmo to put the wood in - theoretically, this was not then an "open" fire. That is what we were told then. Did not make sense to us as the wood was burning just as open as if it were on the ground. So we got smoked real well every night until they left (3). We were very polite and asked if they could move it a little and yes, they did - even closer to our 5er. They also ignored the Quiet Hours rule. Etc.
We have not had any issues to speak of with RV neighbors - only one other when the neighbor pitched a tent on OUR site and tents were not even allowed (but that is another very interesting story!)

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Lauren wrote:

There may be some city / county ordinances that come into play because of fire danger. Seems to me though that last time we were at Elk Meadow they allowed them in self contained "campfire" rigs of some sort. We found that out only because the people next to us had one going right under our window when the rules clearly stated No Campfires. The office told us these were allowed. Well, when one is allergic to the smoke and the rules said no campfires we did not find this acceptable but ......... just yet another reason I would not go back to Elk Meadow or recommend them. Rules there are just kinda rules.

And I would imagine the not after 10pm because that is the time Quiet Hours begin.


Don't know when you last stayed at Elk, but there are no open wood fires allowed at any of the rv sites. Fires are allowed in the tent sites as well as the 2 community fire rings in which the park supplies the fire wood. You may have a propane fire at rv sites. There is some sort of city ordinance as to fires in rv sites.


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There may be some city / county ordinances that come into play because of fire danger. Seems to me though that last time we were at Elk Meadow they allowed them in self contained "campfire" rigs of some sort. We found that out only because the people next to us had one going right under our window when the rules clearly stated No Campfires. The office told us these were allowed. Well, when one is allergic to the smoke and the rules said no campfires we did not find this acceptable but ......... just yet another reason I would not go back to Elk Meadow or recommend them. Rules there are just kinda rules.

And I would imagine the not after 10pm because that is the time Quiet Hours begin.

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Your best bet would be to stay in Loveland Co and use your toad to visit Estes Park and the RMNP. It would be easer to get around and park with a toad.Its not but twenty to thirty minute drive to Estes. Been there done that. I live in Loveland. Big Rusty

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We stay at Riverview in Loveland. We like the pretty drive in and have always been satisfied.


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Lauren wrote:

Hi, Mountain Traveler, I would hope you are right. They did allow open wood fires in the tent sites at the back when we were there but not in the rv section. They DID allow the wood ones if you had this commercial gizmo to put the wood in - theoretically, this was not then an "open" fire. That is what we were told then. Did not make sense to us as the wood was burning just as open as if it were on the ground. So we got smoked real well every night until they left (3). We were very polite and asked if they could move it a little and yes, they did - even closer to our 5er. They also ignored the Quiet Hours rule. Etc.
We have not had any issues to speak of with RV neighbors - only one other when the neighbor pitched a tent on OUR site and tents were not even allowed (but that is another very interesting story!)



Lauren, I'm sorry you had this bad experience at Elk Meadows. I don't know when you were last there...all I know is what the rules were last year and now. My husband and I were site managers at Elk last year, and will be this year as well. The rules as they stand now are observed, and those choosing to bend or disobey them will be dealt with.

In the past Elk has gone through a lot of changes in ownership and mangers. Hopefully now that we have a good management team and staff those problems will not arise again. Slowly things things that have been let go as far as maintenance will be also be changed, upgraded and fixed. In this day in age of high costs and slow economy, some may not be done as quickly as any of us would like, but they are being worked on.

If any one is even thinking about coming to Estes for the summer wither they are planning on staying at Elk or somewhere else....I strongly suggest that you make your reservations quickly because of the Bear Lake Road construction in Rocky..Glacier Basin Campground in the park is closed for the next 2 years, taking 100 campsites out of what is available in the Estes area.

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