Monday, July 29, 2013

Campground Review: Elk Creek Campground and RV Resort, Grand Lake, CO

Elk Creek Campground and RV Resort seems more like a state park campground than your typical private RV park. Located about one mile from the quaint town of Grand Lake, CO and just outside the Western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, the park is situated among conifers and willow bushes with lots of grassy areas, a little creek and a small trout pond (which is no longer stocked, it was attracting bears!).

The park has 50 RV sites (some with full hook ups, some water and electric only), 13 tent sites and 14 cabins. All sites have decent separation, often with bushes between the sites and many have grassy open space as well. All sites have a picnic table and BBQ/fire pit.

We made reservations in February for two weeks. I believe the early reservations (and longer stay) are the reason we were assigned a large, well situated site. We were in site RV-19, which sits at the top of an oval ring of sites that back on to a lovely grassy and treed open space.

The thing about site RV-19 is it is a pull out site that you have to back in to and the utilities are separated with water and electric at one end and sewer at the other end. Fortunately the owners are aware of the problem and offered us an extra power supply cord so we could reach the electric pedestal. It took a lot of effort to get into this site, BUT it really is one of the best sites in the campground. The site is quite spacious and open with nice views of the open space and of mountains in the distance.

The site quality here varies greatly. Some sites have little to no sitting area (bushes and grasses are right up to the edge of the pad), some sites are very private with many bushes between them, some are open and grassy. If you make reservations you might want to discuss what type of site you want to have with the office.

BONUS: Moose are a common sight in the RV park during the summer! We saw them several times during our two week stay, munching on the willow plants.

Amenities include restrooms/showers, playground, game room, laundry and wifi. Using our Verizon wifi we had 3G with fair speed during most of our stay. The parks wifi was decent also, though it would occasionally disconnect you.

We stayed here during the middle of summer. The park was full each weekend and at least three quarters full on weekdays. This is typical in the summer at any RV park or campground in this area. There were a lot of families (lots of kids) camped here. We enjoyed our stay here...but, if we were to return, we might try staying just up the road at the Winding River RV Park...we spoke to another couple who felt the sites there were larger, more open and the park seemed to have fewer families.

Site RV-19 is a pull out situated at the top of an open space.
Water and electric were at the front, sewer at the back, causing us to borrow
an extra electric cord from park management.
We also had to use our sewer extension hose.

View from our front door down the open space.

Our site from the road.
Obviously there are vehicles going by sometimes during the day
but at night it was very quiet.

At 6am our first morning in camp we spotted this guy eating right across the road
behind our neighbors trailer!


  1. I really like your spot! Lots of room with the separate picnic/firepit area.

  2. I can't get over the moose in camp....awesome. Good info,
    thanks :-)

  3. We really appreciate your detailed description! Thanks so much for taking the time to be helpful.