We camped in a tent on the Yuni loop (site 31) in early June. You pay for your nights camping and then drive around and choose your own spot. The campground tent only sites were probably only 1/4 to 1/3 full when we arrived at 3:00 on a weekday. There were still about 8 sites with decent shade to choose from and many more in full sun. Site 31 is a pretty good location- evening shade and morning sun, close to a restroom and the trail that leads to the store and showers.
Pros: Everything is nicely clean and well kept. Sites are clearly labeled and it was very quiet. Nights get very cold. Showers are included in the camping price.
Cons: Campground is a good 45 minute drive through winding mountain roads from the cliff dwellings. The views are beautiful though. In the campground, the tents must be placed on gravel pads, and many of them are quite small. There is not a lot of space for children to run around, except in the road. All food must also be kept in your car or bear boxes, with good reason as there was a bear in the campground the night we stayed. I heard lots of teenaged girls scream and then I heard lots of banging on pots and pans and shouts of "BEAR!" As I walked over to toss some trash in a dumpster I asked if there was really a bear around, and another camper said yes and he had it on video. So, for me, it led to a restless night of sleep. I love wildlife around, but bears at night when I'm in a tent with my children make me nervous
The showers are...ok... They aren't well ventilated so there is some mold. Water flow isn't high, but they can get nice and hot. You have to wait about 30 seconds for temperature to change. It is nice that there is a long bench in each shower stall, which makes bathing multiple kids easier.
The pancake breakfast is cash only, so we couldn't eat there since we don't usually carry cash.
- Also Known As:
- Morefield Village Campground Hotel Mesa Verde National Park