We had reservations for over a month. Upon arrival the camp is full, our reservations invalid as they were full and the "camp hosts" have a sign on the door stating they sleep during the day and do not knock in big letters We went over to the rec center and there we found out our reservations were filled. Spoke to a manager said that there could not be a sign on the door of the host RV. 3 other RV folks joined into the conversation and all had same issue. Not sure why reservations are accepted if not honored. This camp needs better hosts and better organization.
July 2014-August 2014
The lack of reservation system worked for me, but others coming in and not realizing that they had to go to the Outdoor Recreation building was probably confusing. Several units had to wait for people to leave and if they decided to extend their stay, they were out of luck. The womens shower room was hot because they had the thermostat set to 90. The handicapped shower had no cold water so you would get burned by the hot water. There were several children here and with little supervision by their parents, a few of them broke windows in the buildings, tore around the roads without helmets on their bikes and basically ran wild. On the positive side, the outdoor rec people were very helpful when my water wouldn't work. Luckily I had enough in my tank to carry me over till they could get it fixed. Being at the end of the flight line it was pretty noisy early in the mornings but with a huge dog walk area, I was able to keep my dog happy. This site was very convienent for me since I have family in the area. I had to wait almost two months to get my RV fixed so I could continue on my trip. Offering the WIFI unit was VERY good for connecting to internet. Overall good experience. Suggest they get a camp host to deal with issues mentioned above.
July 17-20, 2014
This was our third stay here since the Fam Camp opened.
The automated reservation system went down in June due to a lightning strike and it hasn't been repaired yet. There is no backup manual reservation system. So, it's first come, first served! The Outdoor Recreation office personnel don't even know how many spots are available. While I was checking in, an incoming camper phoned to see if any spots were available. The person who answered said (he/she) didn't know. When I got to the RV Park I counted 8 open spots. Seems like it would be pretty easy to take a spin through the Fam Camp at about 10AM and see what's open and what activity looks to be getting ready to depart. As I write this, ALL SPOTS ARE TAKEN! Enough of all that. The grass has grown over the past two years so local "dust storms" are unlikely; it is clear that mowing is regularly done. The laundry (high quality 2 washer, 2 dryer) remains free. There was a plan to plant trees but Fam Camp proximity to the flight line, the attraction of birds to trees, and the attraction of birds to jet engine inlets has cancelled that plan. The camp rules were not provided at check-in. They are posted on the camp bulletin board though it's apparent few read them (parking on the grass, laundry drying on outside lines, excessive speed in the Fam Camp). Lack of a Camp Host is apparent. So, it's a mixed bag for me. Positives are proximity to Denver, level full service pads, free laundry, Commissary PX proximity, and base security. Negatives are no backup reservation system, little knowledge of current camp occupancy, lack of a Camp Host, and lack of enforcement of the very few but reasonable rules. All in all though, we prefer to stay here when we return to Denver.
30 May - 29 June 2014
We arrived on a Saturday. Fortunately we had arrived early and with a reservation as we got the last available slot. Soon after our arrival, two more campers with reservations arrived but no spots for them to stay. As people started getting ticked off, I drove to Outdoor Rec to see what was up. The customer service guy was in his car, headed home for the day. After a lot of chiding, he relented and came out to the campground. Freeloaders were in spots preventing those with reservations from staying. He didn't want to kick them out because he didn't want to encounter them. Argh! Reservations are accepted but you have to find your own spot, if available. Poor Outdoor Rec operation clouds everything good about this place. Computers are down now for at least 3 weeks. Frequent power outages. Pretty much a typical USAF operation now-a-days. Sad how we continue to let our facilities deteriorate while we continue giving plenty of handouts to those too lazy to find work. This morning guys were out shooting off fireworks trying to scare birds out of the "lake" (pond) that is almost dry. What a joke.
Sept 16-18, 2013
This is our third visit since this FamCamp opened; nothing has changed. Natural Landscaping is another name for LOTS OF WEEDS, none of which are pet friendly. No WiFi, cable or dog run and, due to the recent heavy rains, lots of mud. I guess I have wonder why the $22/night price (and no weekly/monthly rate). Oh, I know; I'll bet it's due to the off base pricing (hint to BAFB Outdoor Rec: off base campgrounds all offer real amenities) John
As others have stated, lots of potential but in need of TLC. Fantastic location. Can serve as a base camp to explore Denver and surrounding area. Can reserve a site but cannot specify a pull through..which we needed. Luckily we were able to get one when we arrived. Checkin is at the Outdoor Recreation building..do NOT try to take a rig of any size into that parking lot. Go to the campground, park, then check in. Supposedly there is a campground host...he needs replaced. We NEVER saw him. Vegetation had been cut..thank goodness. No hot water in bath house the entire time we were there (one week). We were told it had been out for a week. Supposedly a circuit was blown during a power outage and new one ordered. The gym was suggested as an alternate shower site. We would camp there again because of location. Warning..it gets very windy on that open field!
July 5-12 2013
I'll start with a positive, the free laundry was nice. I agree with with the previous comments posted. I was told, by visiting Outdoor Rec person, the grass issue was due to either Command was natural grasses growing and they could not be mowed or Facility Management was short-handed for mowing. She didn't know which and that told me she didn't have a clue. I traveled with a 2 year old and got tired of her stepping on the sticker plants, so I personally pulled all of them up. To the person that decided on the natural landscape, bring your family out the and let them play in them. The sites, for the most part, are well laid out and are somewhat level. I was told there was a camp host but their duties have not been explained to them and therefore they were not doing anything yet???? Couldn't find them to ask about it. This place has great potential and the Command needs to be made aware, which I'm doing.
This is clearly the unwanted stepchild of Buckley AF Base. It has a lot of potential - concrete pads, grill & picnic tables at each site. Small bath and free laundry facility. They bought 2 high end washers & dryers with a ton of options - good for a household but not for a public facility. One washer was broken when we were there. Bathroom was clean other than the sinks - toothpaste remains but that's patron laziness! The grounds are a mess - grass (where it grew) was 18+ inches high all around each campsites. When it rains mud (where the grass doesn't grow) flows down hill. We arrived on Friday PM and MWR was closed and didn't reopen until Mon. We were second in line at MWR and it took the 1 person who was allowed to operate the register 40 minutes to do one night's camping and storage for the person in front of us. Pleasant people but haven't received adequate training. When we were there the staff hadn't been trained to sell any attraction tickets and the sign said they wouldn't be selling them for the foreseeable future. There's a box mounted to a pole outside the laundry and a little note that says to fill in a form and drop in your check for $22 if you're only staying 1 night - you'd never see it unless someone told you about it. We saw rigs come in late and leave early - I don't think they paid. We didn't see a single Security or MWR personnel in the campground the entire week we were there. The campground is good for touring the Denver area and still cheaper than other campgrounds but don't expect much.
1 March - 28 March 2013
First the good news, the sites are concrete and you can level easily, there are two free washers and dryers, the staff is friendly but not involved, you are close to Denver, you can walk to the commissary/BX (1.5 miles)on a paved walking path. The bad news: 1. the showers were dirty, used soap and shampoo was never removed even though they do have a cleaning team but no one checks on them and they do a terrible job, the toilets are like prison toilets (all metal with no toilet seat), it takes forever to get hot water in the showers; 2) the last reviewer was kind saying that the grass couldn't grow because of the drought, there is very little grass and what they tried to plant has been washed away by rain and snow onto the roads, 2) there are deep ruts were it appears the snow removal truck or RVs ran off the road when the roads were snow covered, 4)there are 2 dumpsters at the west end of the campground so the campers on the east end apparently use the trash cans outside of the bathhouse/laundry building and no one empties them, 5) there is a camp host but they have no duties and do not receive any compensation so they are really not camp hosts so it appears no one cares what happens at the famcamp. The famcamp is located at the end of the runway so you will hear "the sound of freedom" but they do not fly at night. There is no lake (it is being drained because birds and airplanes do not get along well), the wind blows all the time and there are no windbreaks (again trees and bushes attract birds), the near by playground consist of two swings. So if you are looking for anything other than a place to park you camper and visit Denver or the mountains you might want to go to the Air Force Academy. However, if you just need a place to park while visiting or exploring the area this famcamp is OK, it is safe has full hook ups, and I think is a little cheaper than commercial campgrounds and the state parks around Denver.
13 thru 15 July 2012
Arrived at the commercial gate and found numerous traffic barriers to zig zag through. Not a problem with a 30 footer, but 40 DP's must have fun. Parked at the camp and used toad to go and sign in since they assign spaces. Really booked up that weekend, on Saturday there were about 20 units. Very little grass around camp spots, mostly weeds. Had to cut a few knee high ones around the pad. The noise from the aircraft wasn't real bad while we were there, but if you have dogs that are sensitive to sharp noises be aware of the gun fire from the hill beside the park. Skeet and trap I think. Pond is almost dry and area around it is grown up with tall weeds. I figure as the budget allows this will become a real nice park. However I think $22 is a little pricy right now, more like $15. The state parks run about $30. and are super nice.
June 16 - 22, 2012
Previous reviews are fair. Location to Denver and value are good (we've stayed at two really nasty private parks on the south side of town at higher rates). The state park is nice but if you are not a Colorado resident it's pricey. So, $22/night is very fair. All water connections have pressure regulators installed; sites are level, concrete, and can handle a 45-footer. The grass was mowed while we were there. The contractor was very cautious in proximity to rigs - came back to mow sites after they were vacated. Yes, this fam camp has a ways to go to be a five, but it's new and what's been done to date is remarkable in these austere budget times. Give it time, it can only get better. Max number of rigs on any day was 10; most times 6 or 7. So, there should be no problem finding a place to stay.
I stayed here for 39 days in May-June 2012. The previous posts did a good job of describing this FamCamp. Having been to the military campgrounds in Tuscon, AZ and Kings Bay, GA, I doubt this campground will ever be a 5 rating. This campground charges $22 a day – at the top end for military campgrounds and I don’t consider it to be among the best of those campgrounds. The biggest problem is the grass which is a type of prairie grass planted in rows about 6 inches apart and allowed to grow to seed with the expectation that the seed will fill in the area between the rows. There is currently a race between this and the erosive effects each time it rains. Right now, the grass is losing. In addition to the bare areas between the rows, there are other areas next to the roads that are bare, probably the result of campers running off the pavement during wet, muddy times. After each heavy rain, large amounts of silt cover the roads and site pads and it looks terrible. At one corner, they have laid down a special patching material to stop erosion and grow new grass. Because of the sloping terrain, they must do that in many more areas in order to stop the erosion and give the grass a chance to stabilize the soil. There is no camp host. I asked for a Job Description for the position and was told that there is none. The camp host is charged full price for his site and is then paid a salary/wage. This is going to raise issues of residency for future camp hosts that are full-time RVers. I asked how many hours of work was required each week and was told that there is no set amount of hours – it depends on the time of year and the number of campers in the campground. How could one consider this camp host position without knowing the job description and the weekly hours required? Outdoor Recreation manages this new campground and you have to see their reservation system to understand how far they must go to climb the learning curve. It is a manual system where the 38 sites are listed on a separate sheet for each day and then each camper’s name is shown next to their site number for each day that they are in residence. I am not sure how many days into the future this runs (reservations can be made 60 days in advance), but when someone calls to make a reservation or a camper wants to extend his stay, the guy at Outdoor Rec must go through each page, starting with the first day of the reservation, and find an empty site for the duration of the reservation. Since sites are assigned with each reservation, he may go through several pages before he discovers that the site he started with is reserved for someone else and he must start over with another site. During a busy period, this process could get very frustrating as it did when I extend my reservation. Those are some of the negatives and others have pointed out the positives. The sites are far apart and when the jets aren't taking off, the place is very quiet.
J.M. left this review using the Directory software: - Buckley AFB Famcamp is a brand new camp that opened 1 April 2012 and it certainly has some positives (i.e. location, FHU sites, FREE LAUNDRY, etc …) but also some negatives ($22/night, barren sites, very noisy …). We stayed a week in April/May and would stay again if we need to visit Denver. So, first the pros. (1) Location, location, location. The camp is only 17 miles (under 30min) from downtown Denver with Coors Field (baseball), the Denver Mint, etc. It was a great location for touring Denver. We even found a great Moroccan restaurant just a few miles down E. Mississippi Ave. Yummy. (2) Everything at the camp is brand new. There are concrete pads at each site; all are FHU with 50A/30A, water and sewer. Our site was nicely level. All the roads in the camp are paved and it was easy to maneuver our MH. We saw big 5th wheels being pulled by Semi’s easily maneuvering around too. (3) The bathrooms and laundry were very clean (i.e. brand-new). Both the showers and the laundry were FREE. No quarters required!! (2 new LG washers and 2 new LG dryers). (4) The E. Mississippi Ave gate (aka the south gate) where you must enter with your RV is the only gate that stays open 7x24. So we used it all the time, every time. The “main” gate at Aspen St off of E 6th Avenue and also the BX/ Commissary gate at Telluride St off E 6th Avenue are both closed nights and at other times. (5) While there is no dog walk area designated (no off-leash), there were doggie bags provided at a couple of locations. There is a walking / exercise trail that runs next to the camp and parallels the road back to the main gate. (6) While this is a small-ish base, there is a medium sized commissary and BX, 7x24 gas station (sorry, no diesel), car wash, a pharmacy and fitness center. Now for the cons. (1) it’s $22 a night. Bit pricey. (2) Right now there is no landscaping at the camp – it is frankly barren; a gently sloping hillside with tall rye grass planted everywhere to stabilize the slope in this just completed facility. The grass was 9” to 24” tall. No trees or shrubs had yet been planted in the sites. The camp is next to a pond run by Outdoor Recreation with some trees and a bigger/older restroom that was still “closed for the season”. (3) It’s noisy. The camp is right next to the main runway and the “sound of freedom” can be literally deafening. When the F-16s taxi to the the start, warm-up and then take off, they are just over a berm from the camp. If they are headed away - the ground shakes, the air quakes and the RV rattles. Frankly, the noise was louder here than it was during night ops down at Pensacola. The good news is that there were fewer jets operating here than at Pensacola. And on the other side of the camp is the Joint Services Sportsman club (AKA the gun range). Skeet /trap shooters start sometimes at 6:30am and run until dark. So, park your rig and go touring. (4) I had a little trouble getting hold of the staff in the Outdoor Recreation office. Called a few times to make a reservation, left messages but then when I did get a call back they were extremely polite and friendly and helpful. They do ask you to pay up-front for your entire stay when you make the reservation. Then when I showed up with my USAF Frequent Camper book and a free night’s coupon – they stamped the book and cheerfully gave me a refund for the coupon. (5) Currently there is no camp host on site. You do business at the Outdoor Recreation office which is 2.3 miles and is closed Sundays. Still, all in all, a nice place and we will return.
May 31, 2012
It isn’t necessary for me to repeat most of the information that others have posted for the campground. I found most of it accurate with a couple exceptions. First, this facility most likely will never be a ‘Five’. It will need to make huge advancements toward the common resort type amenities that actually deserve that rating. Wi-Fi, landscaping, cable, etc. would be some of those necessary to garner a five. If anyone thinks that the military is just going to cut a check for that then they haven’t been to many FamCamps. There is a body of water at the campground, but it is not a “lake.” At best, it is a small pond and there is a posted sign that tells you to stay away from it. The laundry facility is clean and it is free. It is true that you can get a refund if your stay is shortened. However, what is not published is that there is a one day charge if you fail to honor your reservation time-frame without prior notice. I was only able to interact with the staff via telephone calls. All of them were courteous, helpful, and professional. As had been said before, “You only get one chance to make a good first impression.” Knee deep grass is not a first good impression for anyone. I am not going to second guess the rational for not moving the grass, but since that comment made it into most of the other reviews, then it’s a given that it is not a good first impression. If you need a decent place to stay this C/G is easy access on and off, a good value for the money, and you can take advantage of the on base facilities.
April 27/28, 2012
This new FamCamp will only improve over time. It has only been open for a few weeks so the facility and the administration are in their infancy. Directions. The base has no markings showing the entrance. Stay in the left-hand lane when crossing Tower. There are two left-hand turn lanes going into the base. Do not follow the commercial trucks into the base. Stay left and just show your ID cards Continue with the rest of the directions once on base. There are no signs leading to or at the FamCamp. Registration: There is no host or MWR presence at the FamCamp. Sites have no "reserved" notes. We chose a site and called Outdoor Rec, (720)847-6100. They confirmed the availability and took our credit card number in payment. We obtained a base map from a fellow camper, scanned it, and sent it in to this site for posting. Thanks. Fee: The fee of $22 seemed a bit high. Eighteen to twenty would have been a bit better at this time. Facilities at the FamCamp: We did not use or visit the bathrooms, but other campers said that they are available and clean. The cement spaces are well designed, level, and separated nicely. Once some landscaping matures, it will be nice. Facilities on Base: We did not visit them but fellow campers confirmed availability of a Commissary, Exchange, and Fitness Facility. Noise: Be prepared. You are right near the flight line. These Top Gun Rocket Jockeys can really bring it! Ahh, the sound of freedom. We may have been a bit critical with our star ratings above, but they reflect a current evaluation with the obvious potential. We are glad that they are open for business and welcoming guests at this time. firstname.lastname@example.org
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