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“This is the place! Everything you could need.” 5 of 5 stars
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1567 County Road 207, (Lightner Creek Rd.), Durango, CO 81301   |  
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“This is the place! Everything you could need.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This is quite simply the nicest campground we have ever stayed at. Its close to Durango but still quiet and secluded and is incredibly CLEAN. It is beautifully landscaped and laid out very well and has more hummingbirds than we have ever seen in one place.
Bathrooms and showers were bright, well ventilated and well maintained. The showers are always HOT and have great water pressure. They even have dishwashing sinks.
The store they have has most of the convenience items you might need including charcoal and ice. Its open from 8 to 8.
The pool is clean and cool and although we didn't use the playground, lots did.
The laundry has several washers and dryers at $2 a wash and .25 a dry for 20 min. and its open 24 hours.
The hosts are just great and patrol frequently to make sure everything is kept up, trash emptied, etc. They really make you feel at home.
The ONLY suggestion we had was recycling.
The week was a great experience and we recommend this place highly.

  • Stayed July 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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Prescott, AZ
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is one of the best campgrounds we've stayed in. We were on the creek and enjoyed the Colorado beauty while being ten minutes from town. It is very quiet, the bathrooms and showers are spotless, and the surroundings are beautiful. Electric is available even for some tent sites. This will definitely be an annual trip for us.

  • 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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Euless, Texas
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We stayed the first full week of July. We normally stay in State or National parks but could not find around SW CO with hook-ups, so we picked Lightner. We were overjoyed!!! The sites were small but the trees helped, as did the wonderful campers. Our children found friends within minutes of being there and didn't want to leave the park each day. The kids played at the park, swam in the pool and loved playing in the creek with all their new friends. We all loves the ice cream social :). The bathrooms were kept very clean, loved that!!! Owners were wonderful, staff was wonderful. I can't find a negative - the only way you wouldn't like this place is if you were antisocial.....

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

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
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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
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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
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Address: 1567 County Road 207, (Lightner Creek Rd.), Durango, CO 81301
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Location: United States > Colorado > Durango
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Ranked #2 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Durango
Number of rooms: 97

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