I'm reminded of the old saying "If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, then it is a duck!" when staying at Steamboat KOA Campground. Upon driving in, I'm reminded of the familiar earmarks of a KOA. We previously stayed at this park before its current KOA ownership and we were not overly thrilled with the lack of maintenance and run down facilities. We decided to give it another shot in 2019 due to a last minite itinerary change and found a top-notch KOA experience. Friendly staff greeted us, and even though there were no campsites available, they arranged for usto stay in the overflow RV area, which ended up being along the river and peaceful despite the lack of hookups! All of the amenities (cabins, playground, hookups, pool, laundry, miniature golf, bike rentals) that you could possibly expect of the KOA are available, in addition to the typical tight campsites and roadside location. Tent sites in the back part of the campground are much nicer and provide riverside access and ambience, as well as shade. Maintenance is no longer an issue here as it was in our 2011 stay. Grass had not been mowed in quite awhile, we had dog feces at our site, and there were several places where yellow construction tape roped off areas, however in our recent stay we found the campground to be well maintained, freshly painted and blooming with flower gardens. The pool previously served more as a breeding ground for mosquitoes than a place of play for children, but this visit it looked clean and was a refreshing spot to enjoy the afternoon for many guests. There are three major perks to Steamboat Camp: the location within the town of Steamboat Springs, the free city bus that takes you to all the popular destinations and activities Steamboat has to offer (for those without a tow vehicle) and the location along the Yampa River, which does provide some scenic sites. Our site was along the river, and was more scenic than other inland sites. If the KOA is booked solid, another option is the big rig friendly Eagle Soaring RV Resort just a couple of miles West of the KOA.
Good Sites: 1-8, 127-140
Poor Sites: 29-43
Hookups: Water, Electric & Sewer
Potable Water: Yes
Dump Within Facility: Yes