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July 7-15, 2012
G.C. left this review using the Directory software: - This is a nice campground with access to San Fransisco and surrounding area. Rates changed on 1 July but still a good deal..BX has been redone.
May 1, 2012
J.B. left this review using the Directory software: I agree with most of the negatives here, but having been stationed at Dam Neck from 2009-early '12, I must comment there is a walk-over to the beach just north of the new campground area, so the prior comments about "environmental" concerns keeping a walkway from being built is not accurate. Additionally, since construction is on hold, merely walking through the old area to use the old beach crossover is probably OK. My two cents...
May 23, 2012
W.B. left this review using the Directory software: - The previous positive comments still hold true. The revitalized campground is very nice and big rig friendly. NOTE: They moved the office! You now check in at the marina. They just had the grand opening last weekend of their brand new office/store. They are just getting the store together, but they have fishing gear and snacks so far. Great folks, too.
May 1, 2012 through May 23, 2012
R.J. left this review using the Directory software: - This campground is absolutely beautiful. All new facilities and sites. You can tell that whoever did the architecture and construction put their whole heart into it. Should be a joy for years to come. Great trail to walk on, beach to comb. Pet friendly. Hope if you get the chance you will come and check this place out.
May 17-20, 2012
R.S. left this review using the Directory software: - Nice camp. Manager was easy to make a reservation with and deal with. Camp sites are plenty big for slides, but not gigantic. Facilities are neat and tidy, but well worn. Renovation/upgrade is scheduled for July 2012 time frame. Commissary and BX are handy and within 6 blocks.
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.
First, let's lok at each category. Location: Some might think Buckley's location in greater Colorado is rather industrial and very close to the flightline, but on the other hand consider it is just minutes from I-70, a major E-W Interstate, and just a few more from I-25, major N-S road. And then there's BIG Denver, just minutes west on I-70, or through some reasonably nice suburbs, via old US-40 (THE E-W road before I-75 was built, via mainly residential Alameda Avenue, or south on I-225 to booming Douglas County and every imaginable shopping experience including IKEA, Nordstrom's, Macy's, etc etc etc, All things considered, this one rates a clear 4 of 5, only thing lacking is a rural, quiet, pastoral, dreamy, "perfect" setting, but hey, that's almost perfection! Cleanliness/Hospitality: The park is almost brand new, and lots of growing pains and kinks are being worked out. First, cleanliness. 100% paved roads and nice concrete pads throughout. Pads tilt very slightly to allow water runoff, so you may wish to use a chock under either side of your RV, or you can just live with what we found as a 'no big deal' very slight tilt. There is no camp host yet, so clean up duties are being shared by Outdoor Rec staff. The place is reasonably clean, and there's every indication it is headed for a "5" in a month or two, once a host is hired and in place. Hospitality: Top drawer. Ask to see "Sue" when you check in. None finer or more cooperative! Same for Jeff, the Manager at Outdoor Rec. Both repeatedly told me they WANT to get on-the-spot feedback from campers as they want their RV Park to be pleasing for all their clients! Again, as the place grows and matures, there will be more sineage in place at the park, a knowledgeable host, etc. If you come soon after this report was rendered, you might find the grass looks like it sure needs mowing, and the reason for its length is that it was recently seeded, and it needs to settle in before the first mow. It is planned to be kept mowed and trimmed. For now a "4", headed to a "5" for sure! Amenities and Facilities. About as god as it gets! A mile and a half west on Steamboat Road where the park is located is huge, new, well stocked Commissary, BX, gas station, and Fitness Center, which has hot showers. great workout facilities, a nice lounge, and great, helpful people. Handball, racquetball, a gym, and excellent outdoor running trail, paved, runs right thru the campground. The RV park is also adjacent to a nice lake, picnic tables, and is open for use in warm weather months. And off base there is literally almost everything. If you can't find it, you don't need it. There's even a NY City Deli in Denver complete with fresh tongue sandwiches! Great ethnic restaurants, and of course the Rockies within an hour's drive. Clearly a "5" Value: For $22 you get full hookup on every site, 50 Amp, nice bathhouse with hot water, free washers and dryers, fully paved park, tons to do and see in Denver, and nice, new shipping facilities on base. ONE THING: Buckley, because of the adjacency of so much shopping, has CLOSED their chow hall! The old 'Dining Facility' now is a small club, serving all ranks breakfast and lunch M-F, and is also open Thursday - Saturday afternoons for snacks, beer, soft drinks, etc. Value? A 5+. Overall: All things considered for the typical camper? A 4. Once cleaned up, mowed, and with a host on site, this park should be a 5. YOU SHOULD KNOW: Buckley is unusual for a military RV park in a non-resort area in that it takes RESERVATIONS. As of this writing, here's how it works: You may make reservations per the instructions on this website for Buckley, and you're encouraged to. You'll be asked to pay in advance for your entire planned stay, but you'll definitely receive a REFUND if you leave early. YOU MAY REQUEST A SPECIFIC SITE. If available it will be assigned to you when you reserve. Otherwise, you WILL be assigned a site number when you reserve. You may also merely arrive and take your chances. If you arrive without reservations, you'll be assigned a site when you check in at Outdoor Rec, or if after hours, you can take a site that is NOT MARKED RESERVED. Because this park assigns sites when people reserve, you MAY be asked to move IF you've plopped down on a site that is being held for someone who reserved. Most of the time those sites that are reserved should be so marked. But if you stay for, say a week, and want to stay longer after you've checked in, you MAY have to move. Campers should be AWARE of this policy before arriving! The staff will do all they can to accommodate your wishes within this policy, including assisting you in every way possible to give you a site without having to move in the event you stay longer. But, remember this policy and know you MAY have to move under certain circumstances outlined above.
25 April 2012
M.D. left this review using the Directory software:- This is a beautiful campground, and the staff, particularly Kenny, go out of their way to be helpful. To find the campground, after you turn on to Rinard Rd. and go about .75 miles, you will see a campground on your left. This is for permanent party. Continue to, and enter the last (south most) entrance to this campground, then make an immediate right turn, keeping the small green "Aviation Arbor" sign on the PASSENGER side of your vehicle. Continue past the RV dump area, and you will be in the new transient campground. As others have mentioned, the light poles opposite the campsites are a problem for parking some vehicles. It takes a certain amount of space to safely and conveniently park a 30 foot fifth wheel. Many of these sites do not provide that space. Also, while the grass is very well maintained, it contains burrs, so be careful with pets and barefooted people. That said, this is a beautiful, well maintained and managed park, in a very convenient location.
March 13-16, 2012
W.J. left this review using the Directory software: - We had a great stay even with the wild weather. This was our 3rd stay and we plan to stop again. The Camp Hosts are great. Linda and Terry helped us get parked and up to date on the storms passing through. They had just opened up the first 10 sites after electrical upgrade so all sites are available again.
2-9 April 2012
D.W. left this review using the Directory software: - Muriel is great. Showers and laundry exceptionally clean. FREE WIFI should be installed NLT 30 May 2012. Great place to stay within travel distance to NYC, NJ beaches and even Atlantic city casinos.
3 Apr 12
R.M. left this review using the Directory software: - Recreation Center personnel (Brenda) was very helpful and showed us around the camp spots when we arrived. Camp Host West, came by after we got set-up and gave a very detail and informative briefing with brochures, maps, sightseeing information, and hours of operations of base facilities. Retiree and spouse can eat at the dining facility. No open toe shoes allow in the dining facilities so be aware. The Famcamp is exceptional maintained. Two locations for showers, restrooms and laundry within the camp. We give this Famcamp and personnel an A+++++. One of the nicest Famcamps we have visited. BX and Commissary well stocked and all personnel we met were friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our seven days here and would come back!
April 19-23, 2012
J.N. left this review using the Directory Software: - Great fishing lake. Limited short time spaces. Need a vehicle pass requires proof of insurance, registration and drivers license. Only two permanent military, Cmdr and CSM.
April 2, 2012
R.M. left this review using the Directory software: - The laundry facilities (2 washers & 2 dryers) at 50 cents each; however wear flip flops as the washers overflow water all over the floor.
April 1, 2012
R.H. left this review using the Directory software: - Sorry, but I would not bother to go there again. I worked for the Coast Guard in the Control Tower at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. I expected better treatment from the Guard at Elizabeth City. I would have to give them a 1 as a rating. of 1 to 10. Ten being the best.
C.W. left this review using the Directory software: - Nothing has changed at this campground. Lori is still the camp host and very helpful. Lots of piggy-backing going on and they plan to pour cement on these piggy-back sites. Active duty and inactive reserve can "live" there even if they're PCS. No propane on base.
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