The bathroom is spotless and cleaner than most hotels I've stayed in. The floor will get a bit dirty if it has been raining and people track in mud.
As far as the negative reviews go... keep in mind this is a private campground on private land. Tracy and Gary (well, mostly Tracy) do not appreciate visitors entering the campground and scouting the place for empty spaces. There is a sign that says 'registered guests only' on the road leading to the campground, and they mean it.
When you visit a B&B, do you blast past the owner, traipse up the stairs and check all the doors, and take a peek in the unlocked rooms prior to clumping back downstairs to tell the owner 'I put my bags in 8A, I'll take it'???? Yet this kind of behaviour gets people booted out of this campground... possibly leading to great anger and bad reviews for the campground.
For tourists unaccustomed to desert dwellers in the American West, well they are a different breed. Mostly private, independent, and will not suffer fools. Keep in mind that there is absolutely no entertainment or neighbors for the proprietors, so they only have themselves and their guests for pleasant chats. If you show up expecting commiseration and an emotional lift because you're stressed from driving for 12 hours and finding Squaw Flat campground is full... well you need to take your meds!
The owners are great; they have a lot of work to do all day to keep the place running so don't have a lot of time for chit-chat, but if you catch them when they're relaxed you can get a lot of good info from them.
The campground itself is beautiful; the one in the national park has water but no showers, whereas Needles Outpost has great hot showers, flush toilets, a small restaurant (breakfast/lunch) and a store stocked with emergency items.
The campsites nestled next to the sandstone mountain are beautiful with awesome views and some shade trees. We stayed four nights out in the 'flats'; no trees, just sagebrush.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Campgrounds, Showers, Gas, Propane and C-store Snacks, coffee ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Canyonlands Needles Outpost Hotel Canyonlands National Park