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“Awesome place tucked in the mountains of SW Colorado.” 5 of 5 stars
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1567 County Road 207, (Lightner Creek Rd.), Durango, CO 81301   |  
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“Awesome place tucked in the mountains of SW Colorado.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

My family and I stayed here back in June when we came to Durango for a wedding. We found this place on TA and it was better than all the great reviews it has already received. We stayed in one of their housekeeping cabins with our 4 small children. Worked out great for our needs with all the benefits of a hotel but in the scenic surroundings of the mountains for the same price as a hotel room. Our kids spent most of the time in the creek which was right across the road from our cabin. Will definitely stay again when we return to Durango.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Lightner Creek campground is indeed on Lightner Creek. We stayed in a trailer site with full hookups. A number of seniors who are "on duty" helping new arrivals, cleaning, generally watching over the campground. the result is clean restrooms and showers, and a generally welcoming atmosphere. The owners are very responsive and helpful. Pleasant pool available. Laundry open 24 hours a day. Propane refills on site. I was surprised to find that my dog LOVED the doggie park. Maybe it was because toys were available. Maybe because the helpful retirees took their dogs there, so it was a great place to meet -- and play with -- other dogs. Would definitely stay again. It was only about a 15-20 minute drive into Durango, so it felt convenient to town.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

I'm a tent camper from way back and so don't ordinarily enjoy RV camping. This was a great little campground, though. There are a number of permanent residents who live in RV's but work in shifts to make sure everything is clean and operating well. We needed a piece of plywood cut to make our trailer more comfortable; they came right down to our site and cut it for us! The pool is really great--warm and not too much chlorine--and large enough to swim laps. The owners are friendly and helpful. Nights are perfectly quiet after 10 pm. We loved all the trees and the creek and the little dog park is big enough to throw a ball for a large dog to get some exercise. They even have horseshoes, though we were there in a heatwave so weren't very tempted. Because it's in a steep little valley, it feels secluded--but it really is only minutes in to Durango. If you like sitting outside and listening to your tunes though, better use earbuds--and if your dog likes to bark, that will be a problem. It's a nice, quiet park with a lot of friendly people--and well worth every penny!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

After looking at the sky-high prices for basic lodging in Durango, we stumbled across the very neat and completely equipped "housekeeping" cottages at Lightner Creek Campground. The cabin we rented was very clean and totally equipped (pots, pans, utensils, toaster, coffee-maker, etc.). The campground itself is very well maintained, with a very nice pool and small playground. Though clearly dominated by large RVs, there are some well shaded tent sites located well away from them. The free Wifi, however, is hopelessly slow.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mandan, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Stayed one week at Lightner Creek Campground, which my brother found on the 'net when looking for a place for four of us to get together on vacation. Our primary destination for the trip was Mesa Verde National Park. The campground is about an hour away from the park. We made reservations well ahead of our stay. The entire campground sits on a mountain side uphill from Durango, Colorado. Trees abound, you're actually staying in the woods. Campground personnel guide you and your rig to your assigned spots, doing their best to accommodate any special requests, and helping you to get your rig aligned. We were right next to the creek itself, and so watched birds and fish do their thing(s). The hosts kept the campground and its facilities immaculate, and quiet hours were truly quiet. The camp store was stocked with anything you might have forgotten. Kids had their own playground, and a daily creature hunt with prizes. We adults appreciated a quiet, restful place to relax after trooping around cliff dwellings all day. While this may sound too regimented for the dedicated backwoods camper, for families and for adults who want a bit more comfort and a few more amenities while camping, Lightner Creek Campground is ideal.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

We've stayed at Lightner Campground several times and have enjoyed it everytime. The last time they even helped me back up my tent trailer into the site, which was my biggest fear using the trailer for the first time. The campground is very clean, inviting, and pleasant. I would recommend this campground to anyone traveling through this area!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Wabash, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

This campground is simply great! Our group has stayed here every other year at the group site. New owners are extremely nice and helpful. Group area has large pavilion that is specifically made for groups. Has great scenery and is away from noise. To top it off campground is clean! Will stay here again and even considering an extended stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1567 County Road 207, (Lightner Creek Rd.), Durango, CO 81301
Location: United States > Colorado > Durango
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Ranked #1 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Durango
Number of rooms: 97

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