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“Caracas campground was clean and very good” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Navajo State Park

Navajo State Park
Arboles, CO
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Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Arboles
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Windsor, CO
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“Caracas campground was clean and very good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

My family returned to Navajo this summer and I was surprised at how green the park was in August. We very much enjoyed tent camping this year and the park was clean and well maintained.

During out weekend, the park offered two children's programs, one geared to younger children, and the other to older. My kids enjoyed both, and mom learned something at the archeology presentation as well. I wish the park had more information about the archeological history of the park.

My only complaint is that the campers a few spots away were extremely loud, long past the onset of quiet hours. Unfortunately the campground host did not quiet the noise until close to midnight.

Visited August 2012
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“Nice, but campground needs a lot of work.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

Stayed for one-week stays in June, July and August of 2011. Have been coming here for 5 years now. While we love the park and especially the lake, it seems to have been going rapidly downhill.

The good news is that the Colorado marina is still a top-notch facility with solid management and great employees. Park patrol staff are very friendly and helpful. And the lake is still spectacular. However, the campgrounds have really gone downhill and are in need of a lot of work. Almost all the trees are dead so there is no shade anywhere. Mosquitos are the thickest of anywhere I've been, but the park management won't spray for them. The water tastes terrible, but is okay for showers and washing dishes. The restroom facilities are most often pretty dirty and full of mosquitos, with pay showers only. There's hot water only a few days of the week.

Most of the grass in the campground is dead, which makes for very dusty or muddy conditions. But with the park watering every day, some of the grass is slowly making a comeback. We came back one day to the RV, only to discover an employee was mowing the dirt around our unit and we had a broken window. I believe the mower kicked up a rock and broke one of the bigger tempered glass windows. But after filing a damage claim, we learned Colorado State Parks will not pay for any damage their employees cause. So we're on our own for a $1,000 window.

The campgrounds are layed out nicely, but oddly the ugliest one (Rosa) is the only one with full hookups. Many of the campsites are too small to park multiple vehicles. Colorado Parks reservations rules allow you to stay 14 days every 45 days -- try to figure that out on a calendar! I'd rather see them adopt something simpler, like Arizona's State Park rules (up to 14 days in and 14 days out). And when the park is almost empty, you still can't stay if you're within the 45-day window. I still recommend this park, but you should know what you're getting into here.

Visited August 2011
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“loved the cabins”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

We stayed in one of the cabins and would not quite call our experience camping, given the bathroom and kitchen in the cabin. That said, we loved our quasi-camping experience. We have family nearby and will come again, if we can reserve a cabin. They are all booked well in advance, so book early. The scenery was beautiful and green in late May, and the kids enjoyed getting into the *cold* water.

Visited May 2011
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“a nice place to camp”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2009

unlike the NM side of the lake the co side is green grass lots of trailer spaces and tent camping .nice restrooms, clean with pay showers a free place to do your dishes and many other things a nice place to go for walks take a can or too of bug repelant very nice camp hosts and rangers. looking forward to going back camp fee does not include 6$ daily car fee you have to pay both.

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