This base is beautiful. The problem we had was information on how to find the Famcamp. There are very few signs, no direction on how to get to the famcamp. It was the most frustrating experience. Also I have a problem with the reservation system. Once we found the famcamp we found a lot of open spaces but they showed they were reserved. We arrived quite late so not sure what that was all about. Also noticed a bit of "homesteading" happening.
My wife & I sold our house 25 miles NW of Cheyenne, and made a reservation 30 days in advance. I was told due to "Frontier Days" in Cheyenne, we could only be placed in the dry-camp area (although, a couple of full hook-up sites were vacated before and after our stay). I strongly believe that there is a preference in place for both active duty and retired (from FE Warren AFB) in place ... I am retired from 28 years active duty in the US Marines (CWO4), which just did not matter to the FamCamp staff. The actual RV park was not too bad, especially since it is located next to Crow Creek with mature trees and a lot of vegetation. There was wind & thunderstorms during our stay, but that is typical for the area (understandable). Quite hours (no generators) are from 10 pm to 8 am, although trains run past about 6 am right next to the FamCamp, and morning colors sound at 730 am. If a person wants coffee and is dry-camping, be sure to cook it on a propane stove. I will only recommend this FamCamp to those who are active duty aboard FE Warren, or for those retired from FE Warren AFB.
Okay, so. There's lots of painful truths to learn about FEW Famcamp before you get here, not least of which this year is the daily dark clouds and electrical/rain storms each and every day since at least early June. The FSS CC can't possibly value retirees or the Famcamp--and apparently is okay with slum-like conditions here. Several people I've talked to here have registered complaints in writing and in person. First, there are 2 washers @ $1.75 a load and 3 dryers for $1.25. In a camp this big, that's absurd. I've never paid that much for washers, either, and I've been FT RVing for 3 years. Secondly, as someone said previously, the trees (probably in part because of all the rain) are thick and heavy with branches, which stretch out over all the sites. With 50 knot wind gusts a common occurrence, there's going to be trouble. The only question is when. To say it's harrowing during the storms is an understatement. I was placed into a site that is so short that the back window of my towable is literally against the trees at back. Someone also mentioned the roads. Beware: they are gravel or dirt only, slope downward into the camp, and are gravel-slippery, and/or muddy/washed out after rain. They're also ONE LANE wide. Go very, very, very slowly. The two entrances off of Randall Avenue take you on a single-lane road under low-height railroad bridges. If you follow the directions I was given by the Famcamp manager, you'll be in big trouble. The Missile Gate path in is also closed because the bridge over Crow Creek was washed away (I have no idea how long ago). The only way to safely bring an RV in is to come through the front gate (Exit 11 off of I25) on Randall Ave. After you're in (and the serpentine through the front gate is only wide enough for one vehicle to maneuver safely without dings and scrapes, so let others pass before you attempt it--with or without your RV). Once you're on base, turn left at the light where you'll see a sign pointing to the BX/Commissary. At the end of that road, turn right heading toward the BX/Comm, go past them, after the stop sign stay straight and you'll see the orange detour sign on the right taking you to the Famcamp in a way that will avoid any RR bridges BUT....first up a steep dirt one-lane hill, and down it into a narrow entry into the park where for some insane reason there's a cone in the middle of the road. With regard to the condition of F.E. Warren Famcamp: it looks as though this place is being used as low income housing with no oversight whatsoever. Example 1: there is a veteran living full time in the only cabin one could rent here in the park. He's so settled in that he's got his tiki lamps, barbecue, and other things all set up, including stowing his gear on the front porch. He's got his own private little driveway too. Without any rules, who wouldn't move in? Don't even think you're going to reserve it...and don't listen if someone tries to tell you it's nice after it's been used that way. Example 2: There are ~10 homesteaders here, with a purported 80 people on the waiting list with the rodeo a week away. How do we know they're homesteading? Things stowed beneath the RV with grass and weeds growing over them, one site with a refrigerator boldly covered by its own hand-made shed, etc. It's clear they're favored by the camp manager and have been given the best spots, too. Example 3: Folks here realize that nobody's looking so they completely ignore the rules applied elsewhere regarding maintenance of vehicles. I've seen people unabashedly sudsing up their RV, rinsing and waxing...in full view of all. One RV is a monstrous mess with the owner rebuilding it right here in the midst of us all. Trash, supplies, and belongings in and around it make this a very unpleasant experience for others. Be prepared to have your vehicle randomly inspected on a regular basis as you come and go off base. I've been here one month and have been inspected 3 times, twice in one day. It's aggravating as hell and utterly pointless when the teenage Security Forces airman pretends to do it. So what's good about F.E. Warren Famcamp? Antelope with their twin and triplet fawns; the CFD rodeo with great country artists, the wide-open prairie, proximity to shopping in Ft. Collins 35 minutes south, the museums, the historic tours and Governor's Mansion (which will be closing for a year soon for renovation). The base museum and director are also a delight. Folks on base are mostly friendly. When the sun shines, it's beautiful to see. The wind makes kite flying....errr...a breeze, and I have a great kite. Don't expect to rent a horse at a stables here, though, there are none to be had. If you're a Longmire fan (Walt Longmire, intrepid sheriff of fictional Ansaroka County, WY, (see A&E and Netflix, you'll love it), there's "Longmire Days" up in Buffalo, WY, too. And of course, there's all the other American history sites.
Came in today, the earth mover was running around but couldn't tell what he was doing. They are packing down new gravel in all the sites, have used concrete barriers to form a pad. They are all looking very good. They have also put in new electric posts, however only part of them are presently hooked up. Another camper said those were just hooked up this week so the others will probably be in service very soon. It is off season so the daily fee is only $10 per night, dump is closed and water is off. We haven't used the facilities so can't rate them. Did a self registration so no hospitality involved.
I'm writing this review while at the FE Warren Famcamp for an overnight stay after a long day's drive and a frustrating experience about my reservation. I made a reservation one week ago for a 50 amp FHU pull through. When I asked if they could send a confirmation email I was told they did not have email and didn't give confirmation numbers. To be safe, I called yesterday to confirm my reservation. I reached the manager, Richard. He told me I did not have a reservation for a pull through but it was in fact for site #2, a back in FHU. I told him mistakes happen and it wasn't a problem. When I was 100 miles from them, I received a call from a young lady that said Richard asked her to call and tell me that there was a mix up, and she was told to accommodate me in over-flow, which is dry camping. How do they screw up a single reservation twice? Yesterday I was polite and understanding when I was told the pull-through reservation had gotten screwed up but today I popped a cork and showed my displeasure verbally. Their ineptness prevented me from making other arrangements at another campground. I told them to straighten out their mistake or have the Air Police waiting when I got there. That's the negative part of the story. The positive is that the manager (Richard) came in and found a place for me that is not normally used as a campsite. It's not great but I'm happy to have a place for the night. And he made the site gratis. From reading other reviews this is not an uncommon occurrence here. To be fair, Richard has only been the manager since May. Some other observations. The campground appears run down like a lower priced Passport America park. OK for an overnight but nothing you'd write home about. The base looks nice and there are what appears to be small antelope all over the place. The gate guard was very professional and helpful. The manager said he can't get simple maintenance items done because MWR will not fund them. He said to send an email he has to go to another part of the base. It appears that MWR and the base commander has placed a very low priority on the Famcamp. Hopefully that will change. The review just prior to this one must have stayed at a different campground. Read back a bit to get an accurate feel for this place.
We had a very bad experience here. They gave our reservations away to some one else and made no effort to correct their mistake and when advised that we would contact the base commander we were told ( LIKE I CARE ) ( GOOD LUCK ).
This campground appears to be the same, with no upgrades or improvements in the past several years. The daily rates, however, have changed and at $20 is one of the more expensive military campgrounds. This seems odd since the campground facilities are average, at best and possibly less than average when you consider that most sites are 30 amp. I did a short walk-around and found 50 amp at only 5 of the 8 pull-thru sites. The other 32 sites are back-in and after checking a few, I assume they are all 30 amp. I could not get a Wi-Fi signal, but had good Verizon Wireless broadband. Gate 2 is the entrance gate and as others have posted, stop and wait in line at the red barn for an inspection. We attempted to by-pass the inspection since there were no directions and it appeared to be for large trucks and contractor pick-ups. We were told to turn around and go back to the red barn. The inspection was a short walk through our coach by the Air Force security. I had reservations for 4 days in spot 36 (50 amp). When we arrived, another motor home was in site 36. This was not a problem since other 50 amp sites were available. However, it is an indicator of how the campground is managed.
You sure don't want to try to use this place in the "off season". After securing a reservation 30 days in advance and then trying to talk to them about changing it, they will not return any calls that are made, even though the recording says that they will. They have increased their daily rate to $20.00 and have absolutely nothing to show for it. The office is closed for the off season, and there is no camp host. If you get there after the services office somewhere over on the base is closed, you can just fill out a drop envelope and have a quiet night. No info as to what the combo to the mens and womans showers is. There is no wifi avail, and the TV reception is zilch, especially with the new "digital" TV's. Analog is poor. The CG location is great, it was neat and well kept. Since there is no office people or CG host there is no mark for hospitality, however with no amenities and just the basic E/W/S the value is WAY overpriced. It seems this place is getting an attitude. This is my third visit to this CG over the years, however I believe I will start looking into the "Local" CG's or Walmart. Frank
Received a call from Outdoor Rec due to my ICE feedback, stateing that the combo to the doors was inside the box of the "self check-in" envelopes. I didn't notice it when I was there so be aware of it and hopefully you will have a better experience than I did.
Also they stated that they had not made a new phone message to re-direct us to the Outdoor Rec Office"