To be fair, Estes Park KOA seems like an OK place if you are RV camping. We had some friends staying there in their RV, and they seemed to enjoy their experience there.
However, DO NOT CAMP at this location. The campsite area is a paying version of the Hoovervilles from "The Grapes of Wrath". There's no shade. It's 30 feet from the main highway (with cars and trucks driving by all hours of the night), separated by some wild river willows. It's dusty and hot, with no pavement. You are 10 feet from your neighbors on all sides. Incredibly, you must pay for this experience, and with KOA's family-unfriendly pricing ($5 more per person per night for more than 2 people), it's more expensive than staying in the campgrounds in Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park ( we paid $50/night for 2 adults/3 kids). If the campgrounds in the park are booked-up, pass this place up and stay at a motel - the sleep you get will more than pay the difference.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Estes Park KOA campground is located in the beautiful high mountain valley and town of Estes Park, Colorado, gateway to the spectacular and majestic 400+ square mile Rocky Mountain National Park. We are surrounded by high, snow capped mountains rising to 13,000 to 14,000 feet. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Estes Park Koa Hotel Estes Park