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“The Joke was on us! We were lied to by the workers and the pix!”

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Jellystone Park of Estes
Reviewed July 15, 2011

We are a family of 4 that were looking for a a fun cabin/camping experience near Estes and RMNP that had a few kid friendly activities for our downtimes between car excursions. This place seemed pricey, but we were willing to give it a try based on the website info. When we first called, we were told they only had two single Yogi Cabins on two consecutive nights. The first was the most basic cabin, no bathroom, no kitchenette, no table, no linens, and the cheapest rate. It only had the bunkbeds and you had to walk down to the bathroom. The next night they had the next step up Yogi cabin, for more money ....a bathroom with no shower, small table and chairs, kitchenette, and linens provided. Since it was our first time there, we decided to just go for one night and try the Yogi cabin with the bathroom and linens. The website does say Yogi's don't have linens but the desk clerk told me they would come with this cabin. I told her I would call back after talking it over with my family, We all agreed, and I called back. I confirmed all of the details with another woman, it was a different person, about what we got if we paid more the second night for the cabin the the bathroom. Again. I got the speech about the LINENS, table, chairs, and kitchenette. We booked the cabin and arrived for our stay. Guess what! NO LINENS...NO BEDDING! I was lied to by 2 different people. If you want bedding, they will rent it to you for more money! Also we got No table and no towels at the sinks. We were stuck with nothing. The camp is CRAWLING with people jammed in together. So crowded, so loud, so dense, it is a joke. Kids running yelling and crying all over the place! The campers, RV's, tents, cabins, bathrooms, laundry, and camp buildings are all packed in so tight they are like sardines. The pool is small and busy, the playground packed, putt putt very popular, basketball is 1/4 court with one hoop and overloaded with men and boys, there is no place for a walk, no place to read, no place for quiet, no place for anything but to lay on the plastic matress covers in the tiny cabins that are overpriced and so close to each other you can hear your neighbors through the walls! There is no privacy, no family time, no time in the forest or nature, all you see is ALL the cars, and all of the many campers who are there stuck with you. It is sad and you can tell it is a type of tourist trap there to make money off of us at every turn. When we finished playing putt putt with our kids, the vultures at the desk announced, "the winner has to buy ice cream!" !!!! We feel so angry, lied to, and ripped off! This place is a joke!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 7, 2010

We stayed at the Jellystone Campground of Estes park as part of a three week tour of the west. This was a very disappointing camping experience as we have stayed in much nicer Jellystone Campgrounds in other parts of the country. This particular campground is minimally just OK if you are staying in a tent or a pop-up camper; otherwise, it is extremely difficult to maneuver an RV up the narrow roads of the campground. Our RV is 28 feet, not a huge one. We had to unhitch the car halfway up as there was no way we were going to make it up the steep hill. We stayed in site 67 which was not marked at all, making it even more difficult to navigate in the middle of the night. Checking in the next morning, I told one of the staff that perhaps we weren't in the correct site as it was dark and not marked. I was not so politely informed that we would have to pick up and move. Also, if you are in an RV at the top, the bathroom is way down at the bottom of the hill along with the dumpsters. This was a very disappointing end to our vacation. It is WAY overpriced for the type of facility it is. We will never stay at a Jellystone again.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 29, 2010

Campground is good for kids - there are activities scheduled throughout the day; however I would suggest visiting only 1 time because they do the same crafts every year. My son has made the same "peanut butter" bird feeder now for past 2 summers. It is beginning to get a little old. They should really come up with some new ideas for making crafts. The pool was green again for the 3rd year in a row. None of the staff knows how to correctly take care of a pool. It will burn your eyes because they overdo the chemicals in the pool. If you ask the staff about it they will tell you its green because of the pollin in the air and get very defensive about it. The ladies do not appear to like their jobs because they are very rude children and parents. They really should move in because they are pretty cranky. I think they have been there too long. Its an OK place if you plan on going only once, but don't go again unless you want to do the same things over and over again. Also, be sure to bring only 1 car; otherwise, they charge you $5.00 a day to park a 2nd car. Its all about how much money they can make off you at this campground.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 24, 2010

We just returned from a 7 day camping excursion to the Estes Park area. We stayed at Jellystone and from a guy who has stayed at lots of campgrounds this place gets rave reviews from me. We stayed in spots 59 and 60. Spot 60 is by far the parks best spot. Facilities were nice and kept well maintained and clean, lots of activities for kids, great setting (after touring every campground we could find in estes park this one was by far and away the best) lots of trees and wilderness not a big parking lot with campers parked 10 feet apart. Highly reccomend a stay here for your camping in the Estes Park area. And only a 5 minute drive to Estes Park.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 4, 2010

Having never been to a "Jellystone" our expreience was great! We travel with a trailer and had a nice spot up top (#61) we hiked early in the AM from our campsite to a beautiful spot overlooking Estes and took beautiful family pics! The staff were incredibly friendly taking time to get to know our 3 year old (and 10 mos.) old by name. Fun games, yogi tractor rides, etc. My daughter couldn't get enough. Location is great, close drive to Estes or RM Nat'l

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 8, 2009

Big disappointment! My family and I enjoy camping to get away from it all, and enjoy the outdoors. This was not that! We had a campsite that was about 25 feet from Highway 36--and the cars never stop! If you have an RV or are hard of hearing, than this might not bother you, however we tent camp and heard nonstop cars, babies crying and a diesel truck driving at all hours of the night. This would probably be a good campsite if you're in an RV, you have small kids, as they have activities--but it was just too loud. As per their policy, even though we checked out after only 1 night, we had to pay for 3. We moved to a beautiful, quiet campsite inside Rocky Mtn National Park--and had a great rest of the weekend.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 17, 2009

This place is great for the kids. Pool, playground, putt-putt golf, Yogi, arts and crafts, candy bar bingo. They are exhausted by the end of the day. Just the way they should be. Love and will go back more.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank mountaingarden
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Address: 5495 US Highway 36, Estes Park, CO 80517-8842
Location: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
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Ranked #45 of 78 Specialty Lodging in Estes Park
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jellyststone Park of Estes is the premier campground and for families near Rocky Mountain National Park. With 90 campsites and 25 cabin rentals we are sure to have a site or cabin to fit your needs. Come out and enjoy nature in Estes Park, Colorado in a clean and entertaining environment. ... more   less 
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