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“Wonderful campground”
Review of Navajo State Park

Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Arboles
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

We just stayed at this state park and we loved it.
I really appreciated the water stations that were near our campsite. Also, flushing toilets and running water to wash your hands in the bathroom were huge perks.
Tiffany loop is right by the lake and offers beautiful views. Highly recommend!

2  Thank Jamie K
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Unlike most of the campers at Navajo State Park in Arboles, instead of parking an RV, we rented one of the three cabins available in the Tiffany Campground site. Inside, we were pleased to find a spacious, modern and clean cabin that was a terrific fit for our family of five.

The views from our cabin were pleasant; we saw a shallow rocky canyon feeding down into Navajo lake from the back, and could make out a small sliver of the lake from the front. A short walk brought us to the top of a cliff overlooking the lake, which meandered in both directions far into the distance.
Many people came there for boating/fishing, so we missed out on that aspect (we would have happily rented had there been something available, but the park wasn't set up to do that). The walking paths were very buggy in June, but the area got extremely windy at times, which prevented the little beasties from bothering you.

The woman at the Ranger Station was charming and helpful, and happy to have a lively chat.

Still the highlight of the stay was the cabin itself. Full kitchen, large common area for the family to play cards or games, a nice front porch to sit, read or stargaze, and separate bedrooms to give each other a touch of privacy in contrast to similarly priced hotel accommodations, which would be a cramped suite with a pair of queen beds and a couch all in the same area.

The one drawback is that you need to bring your own linens, but they do clearly advise that you need them.

7  Thank Jim20770
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Reviewed August 25, 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.

3  Thank ColoWheeler
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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.

Thank WillyTColorado
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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.

1  Thank ColoWheeler
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