Saturday, September 22, 2018

T.Ex. (Turtle Expedition) Campground Reviews Part Deux

Campground reviews for our second leg or our journey.
James M. Robb state park.
James M. Robb Island Acres s State Park outside of Palisade Colorado. This is a state park so the camping fee was $26.00 plus $7.00 for a vehicle pass making it $33.00 for the night. You get 30 amp electric at the site and a fire ring, grill and picnic table with a shelter over it. Water and a dump station available along with showers and laundry. Big rig friendly. You have great views here but the park sits in a canyon with I-70 on one side and railroad tracks on the other so if you are looking for solitude, this probably won't work for you. The noise didn't bother us that much.
Ward Lake campground, Grand Mesa Colorado.
Ward Lake Campground on top of Grand Mesa in Colorado. This is a forest service campground and the fee was $18.00 for a site and is first come, first serve. Not big rig friendly at all. We checked out 4 different campgrounds up there and they all were very tight. Vault toilets in the campground. Fire ring and table at the site. You get great views and peace and quiet and very little oxygen because you are above 10,000 feet.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP
Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a national park campground in Colorado. This was $16.00 a night without electric. $22.00 a night if you wanted electric. There is no dump station or water up there so come prepared. Fire ring and table at the sites. Not big rig friendly. There are 3 loops. 2 with reservable sites and one loop is first come first serve. We got there early and got a first come, first serve site.

KOA in Alamosa Colorado. We only stayed here because we needed electric and internet. We have been to several KOA's and none of them have been worthy of the amount of money they charge. We had 30 amp full hook ups for $47.00 a night. Big rig friendly. Fire ring and table at the site with bathrooms and a laundry on site. Sorry but I didn't even get a picture of that one.
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado.
Great Sand Dunes National Park is like I said a national park campground. $20.00 for a site. These sites are reservable but if not reserved for the night they are first come first serve. So you kind of take your chances. Not big rig friendly or very level. We got there early and got a very nice site that had a great view of the sand dunes. Fire ring, table and bear box at the site. No electric but you can run generators. Water and dump station available. No showers but they have bathrooms.
Muller state park, near Divide Colorado.
We choose this park to be near Pikes Peak. This was a very nice state park with a very large campground with paved roads and most sites were pull throughs so they are big rig friendly. Electric only at the sites for $26.00 a night and $7.00 for the vehicle pass making it $33.00 a night. We stayed 2 nights so that we could unload the pickup camper and drive just the truck to Pikes Peak. You get a fire ring, table and a bear box at the site and it was paved. Water, dump station and showers and laundry available. These sites are reservable but we drove up and luckily got the last site open for 2 nights.
Gothenburg City Park, Gothenburg Nebraska.
This is a city park and if you are traveling down I-80 and need a stop for the night this is it. $25.00 for a site with 30 amp electric and water. Dump station, shower house available on site. Fire ring and table at the site and all of the free firewood you want to burn. Big rig friendly.
Sandy Shore Recreation Area, Watertown, SD.
We usually stay at the city park here in Watertown but they were full, so we tried the Sandy Shores WMA area. Nice park with electric and water at the sites. $31.00 for the night and they are big rig friendly. Fire ring and picnic table at the site. Not sure of a dump station because I didn't see it.

Just like that T.Ex. 1.0 is over. Next up is the Great River Road tour. So stay tuned for that.

$29.11 a night for campgrounds. 
A little higher than the previous weeks. But if you average the whole trip out.

$262.00+$218.00 divided by 25 days = $19.20 which is below the $25.00 a day we set as a budget.


  1. Looks like some nice campgrounds but none with the wildlife, accomadations and hospitality of the JbarB!

    1. The JbarB is our favorite. Full hook ups for free. Plus the tacos. MMMMMM.