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Hi Everyone,

I am writing to see what RV park in Colorado near Buena Vista you might recommend for a month or two stay. (July and August) Last summer we stayed at Star Valley Ranch RV Park in Star Valley Wyoming. This is a park where individuals own the site. We rented a site form the owner.

This was a really great stay. The park has plenty of activities. A pool, pickle ball and golf nearby. I definitely recommend this park. It is a bit dated but clean and friendly. It is about an hour south of Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park. Yellowstone can be a long day trip. At SVR we really did not use most of the activities so those things are not as important as a nice site in a nice park at a reasonable price.

I am hoping to find a similar place in Colorado. I am open to location although Buena Vista seems nice. I do want it to be high enough to escape the heat. I would say 6000 ft. or more. If you all have any places that you have stayed and think they are what I am looking for please leave your comments about the park and its location. What you liked about it and if you would stay there again.

Also, the access to the park. If there are any big climbs on the route and road conditions. I live in Florida so I will be arriving from the east. I have a 2001 Monaco 36’ motor home with a Cummins 5.9 and Allison tranny and a toad. I don’t do climbs very fast, slow and steady and if I can avoid climbs, I do.

Again, amenities are not as important to us as a good base camp to explore the natural surroundings and beauty of the Rockies.

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Climbing and Colorado are one in the same. Climbing, and descending, are the only ways to see the beautiful West.

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We have next August reserved at Vallecito Resort, Vallecito CO. Nothing fancy but I'm good with that. I'm familiar with area and it is good exploring. Northeast of Durango.


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We like Arrowhead Point just outside of Buena Vista. You can search this area by using Campground Reviews


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First, the search. As pointed out above, use campgroundreviews.com for your search. Buena Vista is in the Upper Arkansas Valley, so also consider from Salida to Leadville and points in between. There's quite a number of commercial campgrounds that could fit what you're looking for. Sounds like you're not really interested in USFS CG, and there are a plethora of those around that area. When you find one that suits your needs, make reservations early, as the Upper Arkansas is a popular area.

As to getting there, you CAN get there without substantial climbs, by taking US 50 west from Canon City. It's twisty/curvy and some ups/downs, but by no means any substantial climbs. Takes you right to Salida and on to Poncha Springs, where you can pick up US 285 which will get you into the heart of the Valley.


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There are numerous RV parks around South Fork CO, a little further South than you are thinking but still cool and around 8500 feet.


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South central CO is also a beautiful area. South Fork, Creede, Pagosa Springs, Durango, can be reached without any significant climbs. Lake City area is also beautiful but requires crossing some mountain passes, but good for a day trip if in the area. Lots of RV parks in the area.

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I would concur with the suggestion of Arrowhead Point RV Park just north of the town of Buena Vista. We have also stayed in the KOA just south of town. We do not usually choose KOA parks, but this is one which we have enjoyed.

I also think that Buena Vista is a good choice and you have good access for day trips to Gunnison, Crested Butte, Canyon City, Leadville, and Aspen (NOT with an RV in regard to Aspen) -- to name a few.

There are many possibilities for hiking--short trails, long trails, difficult trails and some easier trails.

Also Buena Vista is noted for river rafting on the Arkansas during the summer.

All in all a good choice.





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Also agree with my friend, BB_Tex about those areas he mentioned.

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Consider Mountaindale RV park Colorado Springs. Its 15 miles southwest of Colorado Springs. Beautiful park and well maintained with Pine trees throughout. Spacious sites. Close to all the activities in Colo Springs and Royal Gorge area.
You could spend a few days there and then take 50 thru Canon City and visit the Buena Vista area too. Elevation of Colo Springs is 6030. Mountaindale is a bit lower by probably 300-500ft. Mornings in Late June were high 40's to low 50's last year. 60 by 10 am.
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