This NEW FamCamp was opened on April 2012. The FAMCAMP is sited adjacent the base's outdoor recreation area which includes a lake stocked with trout and other native species. The facility will provide a unique opportunity for travelers on their way to bigger vacation areas and to those that want to visit base personnel while staying in a campground setting.
Buckley AFB FamCamp
Type of site
$20 - $22
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.
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!
Although this Famcamp has been open for several years now, and even though it APPEARS to be a well-laid out facility with paved, mostly pull-through spots with grass, management leaves everything to be desired. When there IS a Camp Host, who is rarely available, massive abuse is rampant as far as reservation system cheating, rule breaking, and failure to apply regulations equally. On and off season, you have to register/pay half way across the base with NO parking available for large trailers/RV's, they are NOT open on Sunday and limited hours on Saturday, sites are NOT assigned so you don't know whether a tent camper is sitting in a 50' pull-through, when the only first-come-first-serve spot for YOUR 45' RV is a 20' back-in spot. Their 'management' almost never supervises activity in Famcamp, and are VERY discourteous at best. Customer Service is horrible with a "YOU bow down to us" attitude rather than the requisite "We're here to serve YOU" that one would expect. Be prepared for a TERRIBLE stay!
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.
26 July-3 August 2015
Arrived on a Sunday so the office wasn't open. Went directly to the famcamp. Being that my Coach and trailer are just about 70' I would have liked to have a pull through but there was only one back in, disconnected the trailer and made due. I checked with the "host" and their daughter answered the door (parents at commissary), she was extremely polite and helpful, could only wish some of the camp hosts at other famcamps were as professional as her. I was abe to move to a pull through the next day. The laundry is "free"..nice bonus. The only problem that I see is that there is some "long term" residents. They do follow the rules and extend with space available. I would suggest to call in advance for site availability. Over-all we had a very plesent stay. Nice level concrete pads and many plenty long enough to fit any long rig. I agree with what was posted in the last review. I would and have recommended this CG to others already.
I have to disagree with the last reviewer, who was also here this month. Comparing this stay with one 2 years ago shows great improvement in the management of this camp. That is not to say that it couldn't be better, but progress is being made. 2 years ago the grass and weeds were knee high and higher ... such a shame in a facility with otherwise great potential. The ground cover is still rough, but it is trimmed to a 5" level (appropriate for drought conditions) and if it gets too high before the next trim, there is a lawnmower that you can borrow and keep your site to your own preference. (This offer is made by the Camp Host with tongue in cheek, but I think he will give you the loan of his machine!) If you report that you have seen a snake, they will mow immediately ... there have been rattlesnakes seen in the past, though rarely. The Outdoor Rec office was fine to work with when I called for availability. You go to the FamCamp, choose a site, and then go to outdoor rec to check in. Bear in mind that this camp fills up quickly in the summer and if you park in a site without a reservation, you may get bad news that all the sites have been spoken for and you will need to get back on the road. There is no overflow, but there is a place to park in the campground while you are securing your spot at Outdoor Rec, if you have not reserved. We were greeted promptly and nicely when we arrived, and the Camp Host made sure we were on the list of arrivals. They carefully explained the grass situation (after I commented on how much better the place looked) and the mention of snakes (it IS Colorado, after all!). The 2 young ladies mentioned in a prior review are the Camp Host's daughters and they are lovely and helpful kids. The laundry equipment is new (and free!) and the showers/bathrooms were very clean. The dumpsters are handy and at one end of the facility ... the farther the better, in my book, if you are worried about rodents and what is wanting to EAT the rodents! It is a small camp ... more trash receptacles would be silly. There ARE several places to get a bag or dispose of doggy waste. That is a plus in my book! The Main Gate closes at 6pm, which is a pain, because it is a long way around to the Mississippi Gate (RV and Commercial). Remember that RVs and large vehicles MUST use Mississippi. With the GPS coordinates, it is easily found. Medium sized BX and Commissary, but every other store under the sun within 5 miles. Great proximity to Denver airport, loads to see and do. Great Verizon signal for my personal wifi. All sites have full hookups, concrete pad and table. No trees, but that means a great shot at the sky for your satellite. LOVE being near the airstrip ... super exciting things to watch!. Very few long term campers ... no homesteaders who have been here for years, that I can see. Clean, tidy and fine camp.
July 15 2015
Another BAD AFB campground experience. VERY POORLY MANAGED FamCamp. We were welcomed to the FamCamp by 2 young kids (maybe 12 years old). ADA sites are being used by anyone staying and are not just for the disabled (according to Outdoor Rec) as all the sites are a first come/first served. We were there for 3 days before anyone was at the office for us to pay for our stay. The grass was ridiculously high and when I asked about it, I was told there was a lawnmower at the FamCamp I could use free of charge. We had reservations to stay for 30 days but only stayed for 7. Got a phone call and text 2 days later from the camp host asking if we had left or was still there. No base map, local map(s), nor information was provided at any time during our stay. The plus side of this camp was the free laundry (2 washers/dryers) and the BX/Commissary were close and of average sized. The fitness path was nice and with the wild rabbits and prairie dogs provided some comical bike rides. This could really be a great place to stay if the Base Command would get involved and show some pride in their facilities and ensure some responsible adults are available for checking in patrons.
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
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 21, 2014
While it is apparent that there is very little management associated with this CG, I'm not one to look for dirt in a pile of gold. There are a lot more positives than negatives. All sites are level concrete pads which any sized rig can fit onto. The interior road is asphalt. The bath house is modern with a couple showers/toilets each. The laundry room has two new wash/dry machines and they are free to use. Voltage is on the marginal side if you're a two AC RV and want to pop on the microwave or water heater. But then the CG was full and it was 90+ degrees at the time of this review. There are no trees. They do something with respect to WiFi that I have never seen done before. You can check out a Verizon MiFi for a $50 refundable deposit and take it to the RV. It was fast and you're on your own network. This isn't a "kid friendly" park since there isn't a play ground, but there are plenty of kids here now and they seem to make do. Check-in at the rec center, albeit can't be done on the weekend, is easy with friendly and helpful staff. This is not your typical AF base in that there isn't a lot of amenities, but the commissary is well stocked. Contrary to the previous review instructions, I used the 6th street gate. I suspect negotiating the barriers would be more challenging in a 5er, but I had no issues with a 38 ft MH without a tow.
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.
12-16 July 2014
This could be an outstanding FamCamp if they just took better care of the park. If you come in after 1400 Sat and depart before 0900 on Monday, there is no place for you to pay or any directions for a place to leave your money. My recommendation would be to take a look at Mountain-Home AFB and see the type of self registration they have and the huge safe where you put your money. Or even maybe a Camp Host who can take care of business. The staff (after 0900 M-Sat till 1400) are very helpful and want to do the right thing. Currently their reservation system is down so, first-come, first-serve. Not sure how that plays if someone had a reservation prior to the system going down. I would recommend the park and would stay here again when in the area. Excellent walking trail and very nice Comm/BX. I mean anyplace with free washer and dryers can't be all bad.
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.
V.S. left this review using the Directory software: - We camped here in April in a motorhome. Still windy and cold at night. One must keep in mind that this is high desert climate and green grass is not common. The sites are well laid out, roads and sites paved/concrete. Their WIFI program is outstanding. The rec office will lend you your own Verizon MIFI unit with unlimited data for a deposit of $50. Which is refundable when you return the unit. This is a fantastic idea. I wish famcamps run by all branches would pick up on this idea. Granted they worked a deal with Verizon to get unlimited data. High praise and at-a-boys to the rec director that came up with this idea! I would definitely stay here again with in the area.
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?????
October 5-9, 2013
I read the previous reviews and agree with most. I also want to thank those who commented on how to get to the campground especially the part about skipping check in until settled in the spot --- very valuable. I found the campground to be well laid out, high desert motif, good location, great paths for running/walking, good laundry/showers, and worth the price. I empathize with the previous reports on high grass but having lived on the high desert for some years I found it acceptable. I also noticed Buckley AFB does not have their outdoor services listed on ICE so cannot get command attention.