USAFA famcamp is being mismanaged. There are signs telling the user (Us) to help out and clean up. Interesting how there are 30-40 of us RV’rs paying $590 a month (winter rates) you’d think they could find someone to clean the bathrooms for 3-4 hrs a day for 15/hr!!!! Kinda makes you wonder why we pay fees to use the facilities since they are NON-Appropriated funds which keeps it open! Also, mis-management doesn’t like it if you are connected to water if it’s 32degrees or lower, never mind the Iowa farmers use these same water spigots year round, if you are connected she’ll charge you $50 when the rounds are made at 9am! I put up with these nitwits as they pretend work as tin cup dictators for 4 hours a day because when they are gone it’s a beautiful, quiet RV heaven even with the trains going by 5-6 per hour, winds are minimal if they do blow hard since the trees protect us and the stadium has a huge parking lot to run the pups! The trains don’t blow the whistle at all...like they used too- FYI, you will feel the rumble the further east you are and less to the west side of the camp! BX has a great amount of camping supplies in the back while The commissary has fantastic prices even with the 5% surcharge, I couldn’t believe it. I spoke with the manager there and apparently they had a come to Jesus moment a bit ago and realized that without us users -they don’t exist, so they adjusted their pricing model! Hmm, imagine that...capitalism at work, perhaps the commissary should school the famcamp since neither get appropriated monies and solely exist from a limited and dwindling user base without handouts to remain open! Time will tell! Local tv channels will bring 4 solid news/sports/weather, 1 full time weather and a healthy array of Spanish and NPR-snooze stations. If you dish or direct don’t worry, there’s plenty of places to park if you have roof mounted or portable- just see the list on the restroom info center glass box and each site shows you where is best for sat access. If you winter over there’s a cold spurt the first of December and end of Jan. Figure about 6 - 8 snow events a season with the moisture of the snow increasing starting in March since it’s warmer then, otherwise it’s dry fluffy snow single digits and teen temps-nights with Daytime its 30-40 and melts. Entrance to famcamp gets snow plowed but not inside the park, at least you can drive around to choose a site that gets south side facing exposure to the sun or completely surrounded by trees if you want but in the summer time your site is assigned. Lastly, the north gate will be under construction soon, the DOD is giving away 50ish acres to the host city to put in a boat load of hotels and shops to accommodate May graduation and their visitors so keep that in mind, also don’t forget that the north gate closes at 10PM daily- in/out traffic. Enjoy and hopefully this forum brings better service awareness and to not take advantage of we the users.
Dont want to be too negative, but charging by unit size, and then being crammed into a site too small is ridiculous unit next to me had dogs that crapped without owners picking up. Informed staff member that could careless . If you are going to continuously raise rates, how about some improvements. I guess this revenue stream is felt to go other mwr projects .Too bad, because this is a nice park that could be so much better.
The best thing about this famcamp is that the sites are far enough apart to offer good privacy. The staff is friendly and Colorado Springs has amazing weather in the summer! The negatives is that there is no wifi at the sites. We had to rent a router from the office, $25.00 for a week. Ok and for the absolute worst thing about this famcamp, through no control of their own, is the train noise. I am use trains going by and I even like the sound if it's far enough away, it can be soothing at the right noise level. I don't know where the train tracks are but it wakes me out of a deep sleep to the point that I am startled. It sounds like it is literally right next door and they blow the horn several times a night as they pass the crossing. If you are a light sleeper might want to re-consider this famcamp. I would stay again because military famcamps are less expensive that regular RV parks. I would have rated it five stars had it not been for the wifi and the darn trains!!!!
The beauty of the area was only undone by the sound of the trains all through the night. The surrounding area of the camp is beautiful. The tent sites are very nice. We had a wonderful time through the day but at night it was a total nightmare. The trains made it sound if I were camping directly on the tracks. EVERY HOUR the train passed and blew it horn and then the track noise compounded things. In between the trains was the road noise of the nearby interstate you could hear the drivers hit the rumble strips all night. When the trains stopped it was then rush hour on base and the noise intensified. Funny thing is I never heard the train horns during the day. ONLY AT NIGHT! We were scheduled to stay for longer but we couldn't take the noise and no sleep any longer and cut our visit short. Other complaints: No fire pit. It cost 7.00 a day to rent a fire pit. It was falling apart and it was almost useless to grill or toast marshmallows on. To top it off you have to pick it up and return it when your finished. I don't mind cleaning my ashes but just touching thing made you filthy. The bathrooms were not always the cleanest. I don't blame the staff as much as the guest. I would love to return to the area again but if I do I wont be staying here.
Have stayed here numerous times over the years. The facility is showing its age. The sites have never been close to level. Ridiculously placed stop signs (maybe should be yield signs). The 5 mph interior speed limit would keep the dust down if it was enforced but there are so many inconsiderate campers that do not adhere to it (some 25 mph) that dust can be a major issue. Some of the staff personnel lead by example when they also disregard the speed limit. Don't mind rate increases if they cross over to facility improvements but so far have not seen any. 50 amp service was added to all sites but that was done when a major electrical power safety issue arose. There are a lot of first class Famcamps and this one, in my opinion, falls short of that classification and it is a shame being located on the Air Force Academy site and could very well set the example for all other Famcamps to follow.
OK famcamp. Lots of trees thus no satellite. Sites were gravel (not too level) and some located very close together. Wifi was non-existent at the sites. They had wifi available at other areas but you would have to sit outside to use it. AF Academy is a nice location--very large installation with lots of land mass. Didn't use the facilities (laundry or shower) but went inside to check them out and they appeared clean and well taken care of. There are two 18 hole golf courses--played both. Both courses were in great shape. If I were to return to this area, would probably consider a different location.
Pros, cool temps in summer, some sites shaded. Cons, WIFI is a joke, cell service just OK. No cable, not big rig friendly with trees/vehicles in road. Pricey, no weekly/monthly rate. They could get good WIFI and offer longer stay rates to improve.
Not a camp I'd give all fives to. Why, when so many other "glowing" reviews say this is the place to be? First and foremost, it is difficult to find a site that is near level. (We had to move sites after the first day here due to leveling problems.) Okay, maybe not a big deal, but living on an angle isn't what I would expect for a FAMCAMP of this size and magnitude. Nonetheless, it is clean, but very tight to maneuver around trees, which also block satellite reception in most sites. WiFi works . . . sometimes, and when it does it is very good. No amenities at the camp, though the base offers many. Coming in the south gate in a "big rig" is interesting due to the speed devices in place that have to be navigated. A can do situation, but be very careful and aware. No problem at gate with proper ID. Follow the directions given and not your GPS or you'll end up at the north gate, and not allowed to enter. Lots of trains passing through at night blowing there whistles. Staff very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. No view of the mountains here, just pines, which isn't all that bad. Roads are gravel/sand as are the camp sites, hook-ups all good, but make SURE you have a water pressure reducer, as the water pressure in the park can reach 100psi. The 50amp is strong. I guess the reason I gave this camp threes is that I was expecting more, particularly after reading all the glowing reviews. That said, it is always nice to be with our military family. We would stop here again.
N.G. left this review using the Directory software: Great location but most sites not level, no maintenance being done (spent month of May & Oct), problem with mice, no recreation room, no longer have camp host if have problems, best was bathrooms. God gave them the beautiful location but the profits all sucked off and not reinvested in the campground.
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