Our Site At Dakota Ridge RV Park In Golden, CO

While we were exploring Golden, Colorado we stayed at Dakota Ridge RV Park. Being Good Sam members I looked online and this park had very high scores. So we booked for 3 nights.

Well…let’s just say this was 3 nights too long. If they did not have a strict no refunds policy, we would have left. However, when booking the site, we had to pay for half up front. That was $59.00 a night, which included our Good Sam discount, not including tax. So, for 3 nights in this park, it ended up costing us $190 bucks total! Yikes! We said, this better be some great place.

Well, getting to the park is pretty easy. It’s right off of I-70 yet it was not overly noisy. At least where we were parked when we got settled. We were parked in site C5 which was a pull-thru. If you are unlucky enough to be put on the other side of the park, they are located right next door to a factory that starts working at 5am. Or so the other reviews online say. We did not hear any of that where we were parked.

We usually do not write park reviews like this as you know…but in this case, we felt we just needed to. (Note, the park office staff was nice, yet not much they could do and it seems we were not the first to say something about the park’s condition.)

They charge extra for pull-thru’s which is not unusual except for the fact that we could not “pull-thru”. The roads are very narrow and tight here, with light poles at every driveway corner, so their was no way we would be able to pull forward to leave without having the people across the way from us move their vehicles. Which by the way, they gladly said they would and they did not. So we had to back out of our pull-thru site onto yet another very narrow and tight street. We were only able to do this with me spotting and David’s confidence.

The Narrow Road We Could Not Pull Out On. Neighbors Car Is Not In This Pic.

The site itself was terrible and while we walked around looking for a better site, we could not find one. All the sites there are concrete slabs with grass on the side. Sounds nice except when you find out that their concrete is crumbling, cracked, heaved from tree roots and uneven. The grass on either side of the concrete is much lower than the slab, so if you happen to go off the slab, you drop quite a ways. Unavoidable when you are pulling on or off your site as we barely fit side to side. So no wiggle room here. We were not able to level with our jacks.

It was taking our wheels off the ground, which we prefer not to do. Thank goodness we had an air leveling system. We were able to use that to level. Others in the park were not as lucky and had multiple layers of wood and such underneath tires and jacks just to try to level themselves. That’s how unleveled everything was.

This park is built on a hillside which shouldn’t be an issue if they graded it properly when they built the sites. However, they did not in my opinion. You know there is an issue when you hook up your sewer hose and it is traveling uphill from your site. Umm…what?

Yes, The sewer line is uphill from your site. Not good. It’s difficult to see in the picture but trust me, it is significantly up hill.

Sewer Line Going Uphill!

Larger Rigs Yet Narrow Roads & Tight Turns

Unless you are one of the lucky few to be able to get into and fit into an end spot, which seem to be taken up with seasonals anyway, be prepared to become friendly with your neighbors. The sites in this park are laid out in such a matter that on the driver’s side, while you have your own electric, sewer and water, you are also sharing that thin strip of space with your neighbors electric, sewer and water. So all utilities are on one side, which puts the rigs pulling in opposite of you. So that leaves your passenger side where you hang out and go in and out of your rig. Well, your neighbors are also entering and exiting from their rig on that same patch of lawn. Your picnic tables are side by side and you are so close that really all they can fit are the picnic tables between you.

Because of mature trees at the sites, while not a terrible idea, are bad in the sense that they are not maintained. They are overgrown in the sense that all the grass between you and your neighbor, where your picnic tables are, is unusable because of tree roots popping up all over and making the ground uneven, as you can clearly see in the picture above. Not to mention, as I said before, they did not grade the hill they built this park on, so if you did want to sit outside, you’d be doing so at an angle. And good luck trying to get your awning out. Nope. Not possible. For 3 days we can deal with that though.

Our Site At Dakota Ridge RV Park In Golden, CO

So why did we stay if it was that bad? Well…as I stated above, they have a strict no refunds policy. We were not about to loose close to $200 bucks for a bad site. We could make it work for the 3 days that we were there and heck we’ve all been there done that. We’ve been in worse and we’ve been in better. No, we couldn’t sit outside because of the slope everything was on and no, we could not pull forward through our pull-thru site (which they charge more for) but hey, we were able to get into the site, so we were able to back out of the site. As long as you take your time and listen to your spotter, which David does wonderfully :) , then all should work out. The park is in a great location with the historical area of Golden not too far, about 10 minutes or so away, and they were close to shopping and restaurants. So you pay for the location in this case…NOT THE PARK.

Will we stay there again? I think you all know the answer to that.

It really got under our skin that they charged so much for so little. While the place was clean and neat looking, it was not, in our opinion, a good fit for big rigs. So no, we will not be back to that park.

Next time, if their is a next time for that area, we will stay a little further away at a state park. Colorado has some beautiful ones that have full hook-ups and are very big rig friendly. We’ve stayed in them before and we will seek them out in the future. Their just were not any in the area we wanted to be close to.

Oh well…live and learn :) Stay safe out there and remember, milage will surely vary when it comes to RV parks. What may not have been good for us, does not mean it would not be for you.