We are a family of 5 which includes 3 small kids ranging from age 3 to 7.
As I went through reading some of the reviews and "negative" experiences my husband and I couldn't help but chuckle. For starters, you're camping.... You're not at a 5 star resort. Although, the park DOES HAVE a resort for all you campers who don't actually want anything to do with the nature aspect that comes with camping. If you don't like hills, go to the resort. If you don't like animals (including bears) go to the resort. If you are annoyed with having to clean up after yourself to keep bears away, go to the resort. If you don't like walking to a bathroom possibly up a hill, go to the resort... Otherwise, the only annoyance is the other campers; whether loud or messy, but we survived them, too. lol!
Dorst was a lovely area... We were on a hill but didn't mind since it's part of the natural setting. We were still able to find a level spot to place out tent at the bottom of the hill. We had a beautiful meadow and small babbling creek behind us. WARMING: Dress in layers. Tank, tee, hoodie. We were here at the end of June, and during the day the shade is hoodie weather, and the sun spots are tank weather. So it was a bit of bipolarness, but just added to the experience. Nights are cold so dress warm for that.
Since you are camping, if you don't have an RV prepare for dark walks to the bathroom, and the bathrooms don't have light. Again, you're camping, so even having a working toilet is a luxury. Just pack some good flashlights, and have a set bathroom buddy team.
I LOVED seeing the bears during the day! Everyday we saw at least one, but never trying to get into anyone's things... Kinda more on the sidelines waiting for night fall. *Dun, dun, duuuuuuun!!!* Yes, you will hear bears poking around at night. Remember, they aren't in your home, you're in their home. MOST the people who complain about the bears is because they don't properly clean up after themselves. We were at Dorst 3 nights. The first night was pretty peaceful... Dear in the meadow, and walking by the tent, and one bear sniffed our tent and moved on. The second night we were woke up from a bear getting into our neighbors left out cooler. It was very load and sounded like it was breaking into a bank with glass breaking rather than the little cooler. Since no one else was daring to face the bear, my husband got out and went over with a bucket and scared it away. Later that night another bear sniffed our tent and carried on (it wasn't gonna bother us since we had nothing it wanted on us... keep it clean people). The last night wouldn't you know our neighbors didn't learn their lesson and the bear came back! LOL! At this point is was very exciting to me to hear them out there! I only wish I had night vision video to get some great wildlife footage!! The bears truly aren't scary.... They can get big, they are bears so that's normal, but they are really use to having people around, and they're use to people scaring them away at night. Just think of them as big pesky raccoons. They just want a snack and I promise they don't want the snack to be your face. Now if there were Mountain Lions around that would be another story, but luckily we didn't meet any of those while there! Now THAT would be scary!
Great hiking trails right on Dorst, not too far a drive to gas/shops, close enough to the Giant Forest to drive and enjoy those trails.. Just amazing! We're already talking about going back! WITH a portable shower this time. lol!
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