28 Dec 17 - 28 Mar 18
Sep 7-11, 2016
I do not agree at all with docholliday's review. This Famcamp has a friendly atmosphere and a fair reservation system. It is unfortunate that some campers do not realize before they arrive that they need a reservation in the summer months and arrive expecting to find an empty space--it is just not possible to accommodate everyone with only 38 spaces available so you need to call ahead. While it is true the camp host is not available 24/7, but I don't believe they should be expected to be nor do I believe it detracts from the overall management of the campground. We found the camp hosts to be available more often than not. Campsites are cleaned and prepared for the next camper as soon after they are vacated as possible. It may also be inconvenient for a large RV to not have a pull-through site available, but no one pays more than another for a premium site so first-come-first-served is how it is. When larger sites become available, the camp host is happy to assist the larger rigs move to a preferable site. If this is not acceptable, maybe this is not where you want to stop. All staff make every attempt to accommodate as many campers with their preferences as is possible. Very pleasant stay and highly recommend this Famcamp!
August 1 - September 15, 2015
It is rare that I feel inspired to write a glowing review of a FamCamp, but this one should rightly win an award for Best 2015 FamCamp overall! It's not just that Elisha and Charlie are the friendliest, most accountable and hard working site hosts; it's not just that the scenery (see pics) and site spaces are expansive and beautiful; it's not just that northern Colorado offers lots to do; or that Buckley AFB is new and quickly expanding into a great facility...more than all of this folks have been just plain friendly and fun. I'm in my third year of full-time RV travel, with Buckley FamCamp 14th in my long list of military base stops in 36 months. Buckley AFB and the folks who run it have made my experience here feel like I'm in a *community*. Not only will I come back here, but I wish I could have stayed longer. Other plans and a very full camp are sending me south again (back through Tucson to the Coronado beach for winter) but I would simply stay here if I could. As most of you know, meeting other veterans and their families is a great place to begin any social setting. Here at BAFB, we've all BBQ'd, laughed, gotten to know each other, and just felt true rest in a world seemingly gone mad. The only other place I've had this much fun was at Hill AFB FamCamp, where folks are also crazy fun. The Buckley Outdoor Rec office folks (Shane, Dakota, Jeff) also made it clear that they're doing all they can to offer the best experience for RV visitors. There are plans to expand BAFB Famcamp to add more spaces, but they are also planning to give the sites some shade and to add some better overflow options. Given how new this place is, and how great it already is, I can only guess that Jeff and his staff will soon be even more busy offering this experience to more retirees and their families. Having said all of this, it's also true that there are wickedly scary rattlesnakes (no kidding, I saw one--they ARE here!); an epidemic of rabbits, ground squirrels and prairie dogs, and okay an occasional few hours in the laundry room for a tornado warning....BUT! Once the weather calmed down and we got used to watching where we stepped, it was all worth it! I purchased my first pair of binoculars this year just so that I could watch the beautiful hawks holding reign over the lake behind the park. In the morning, even now as I write, the song birds are a noticeably beautiful backdrop to the shimmering of leaves that are just now becoming yellow-tipped revealing fall is on its way. My favorite bird of all is here, too: the Magpie. Gorgeous, smart and fun to watch. Here's what I would hope to see added at Buckley soon: shade over picnic tables, a 21 day rotation during peak season, an indoor pool on base, more of the excellent (and free) washer/dryers), and a quick repurposing of the empty building where the boat house for the lake once was for the site hosts to use. There's plenty(!) of land here to make this place rival even USAFA's FamCamp, and this year's unprecedentedly full sites reveal the very high interest among military service members. As I always say when I write MCG.com reviews, if you (by whom I mean FSS and Base Commanders!!!) do the math, you'll quickly realize that there's NO OTHER activity on any military base creating this kind of revenue. You would be, if you'll forgive me for saying so, stupid not to leverage the advantages for everyone concerned. At $18k/month for just 30 sites, why not 3 times that and all you need to build that pool? Get ready, Buckley is THE destination for next spring and summer. See you all here....
August 18 - 24
Don't know about the previous bad reviews & comments, but our experience has been one of the best we've had anywhere. I called about a week in advance and made our reservation, but our travel from Offutt to here were shortened by a heavy rain storm, so we arrived around noon (check in is at 2 PM). Went all the way to the CG without seeing 1022. The host was very friendly and said that they'd probably check us in since spaces were first come, first served and several had just left. The directions should probably be updated, as we'd driven past it after entering the Mississippi Gate (watch out for the speed bumps!). If you download the .pdf base map, this building is on it (I didn't look!). Our experience at Outdoor Rec. was also great. Although there's not a large parking lot, once you get inside, they are very professional and courteous. We wanted a hot spot and since they'd just received a batch of new Verizon ones and were having some difficulties with them, they thoroughly checked out one for us to be certain we wouldn't have to come back. The CG is clean and the grass is short enough considering it's native for the area and not a golf course. Laundry has two washers and two driers, all free. Although it's off one side of the runway, there's not a lot of flight ops here so it's quiet. More noise from trains than planes. Only possible complaints have to do with not having any diesel on base and having to find an empty spot on your own. Since Outdoor Rec. is all the way on the other side of the base, I can understand why they have to do this, and no diesel is the Exchange's issue. We'll be certain to stay here again if we're in the area.
New campground with concrete pads, level sites and lots of open area for the satellite dish. We would stay here again and liked the FamCamp. As previously stated, there is no place to park at Outdoor Recreation so recommended you drive directly to the FamCamp, pick out a site and find the Camp Host. We met Aliesha and were very impressed. She is 'hands on" and very knowledgeable as well as helpful. She offered to clean out our site before we set up. No need for that, there was some dirt that had drained onto the pad but I could easily hose it off which I did. The laundry only has two washers and driers but it is free which is nice. The wifi doesn't work but you can leave a $50 deposit for a Verizon Jetpack Mifi which works great! This place is well run and those are three examples (hired a good camphost on site, free laundry, Mifi option) how they are focused on the camper's experience. Other suggestions: double the size of the parking lot at Outdoor Recreation, allow check-ins before 2 PM, and put another dumpster on the other side of the campground. All in all -- this is a very nice campground. We camped in a 40' motorhome.
25 May 2015
We arrived late on a holiday and initially found it difficult to access the Base. However, when we found the main gate it was a piece of cake. The campground was very clean and well kept. The camp hostess Aleisha and her husband Charley were superb. They were extremely helpful, accommodating and hospitable. Our stay was very nice and would return except the altitude gave my wife some problems and for that reason alone we probably won't be able to return to this very nice campground. Thanks Aleisha and Charley! The Moore's
THIS IS A GREAT LOCATION FOR SITE SEEING AND VISITING MY FAMILY MEMBERS. THE LOCATION, GREAT, THE COMM. IS NEARBY THE BX AND GAS STATION ARE LOCATED ON BASE, WHAT ELSE CAN YOU ASK FOR?????
June 30,2013-Sept 30,2013
My husband and I have used this FamCamp many times and not all visits have been perfect. Our kids all live in Colorado, we did until we went full-time a few years ago, this is very convenient for us in the summer. I'm sorry for those folks who did not enjoy their stay here. I guess I(we) don't expect an RV resort and appreciate the cheap 'rent', free laundry and awesome views. Did I mention the great comissary and bx on base? We also understand that Colorado is normally part of the semi-arid highplains. This year brought never before seen rains that caused floods in the canyons,the Foothills' and the northeast plains-so yes it did get muddy here. People died, homes and crops were destroyed, 'weeds' thrived. But we were ok. We saw the rescue helicopters close up-and the emergency generators and other special equipment being readied for use. Oh, I almost forgot the jets taking off and how LOUD the engines are. I love it here.
5-15 November 2012
The campground is convenient to both on and off base amenities. Didn't check out any other campgrounds in the area to compare but we like the security of being on base and having commissary, BX, fitness center and all the advantages of being on base. When you come in the commercial gate (good directions above) there is a sign that RVs are to go to right through the truck checkpoint -- ignore and go to gate. The campground itself is very well laid out. The bathrooms/showers are very nice and clean. The laundry room is in the same building and as mentioned, free. They have been trying to grow grass but with the severe drought that has been difficult. It has been mowed. The area has a tendency to be VERY windy so do not leave awnings out when not at site. We had no problems with leveling and the concrete pads with patio area are nice and wide. The hook ups are well placed. But issue with cold weather is that water pipe does not have heat strip on it -- found this strange since this is a year round campground. The folks at the Rec Center are ok with the check- in but make sure you pick your site then go register. But they really don't know anything about the campground and there is no Host. Overall they have done a good job, just hope they maintain and improve where needed.
May 1-15, 2012
We are leaving in a couple of days and I wanted to add a few comments before I forget them. As others have said the Famcamp is experiencing the new RV park growing pains (the reason for the 4 rating),i.e., letting the grass grow too long (it will be mowed very soon according to the staff) signage,no shade trees,one dumpster only, hosts to help with checkin and letting the staff know what is needed in the campground. Many pluses: near I-70 and I-225, located in the greater Denver metro area, 4 miles from a world class hospital complex including VA, washer and dryers are new and free, clean bath facilities, large sites with hardstand parking (almost level), a lot of space between sites, new lake and playground facilities, BX and Commissary close, miles of walking paths located at the famcamp, outdoor rec center staff are very helpful and friendly (a major plus). Negatives that will not go away: flightline is close (but they do not fly at night, so far), windy (nothing to break the sometimes strong winds), a firing range not far from the famcamp (little popping noise only but constant during the day), the base does not have a golf course or auto hobby shop. One other plus IMHO is the 30 day stay policy from April to October (no homesteading! Although Jeff did say the 30 day limit can be extended if the campground is not full (again they are flexible but once this famcamp gets to be known we expect it will be full in the summer). It is very quiet at night and the security people do patrol periodically. As the famcamp matures this will be one of the best in the system if they can keep up with what they have started, definitely on the right track. We hope the future plans call for planting trees to break the wind and add shade, both are needed.
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