Sunday, September 1, 2013

Campground Review: Stagecoach State Park Oak Creek,CO

My daughter Nickelle flew in from Dallas and I picked her up at Denver International Airport for 4 days of camping in Colorado, her home state.  Back in June I made camping reservations for 4 days at Stagecoach State Park in Northwestern Colorado and it was a good thing because campsites become almost unavailable for the Labor Day weekend if you wait much later in the summer.

The park gets it's name from being a stop on a stagecoach line that ran from Toponas to Steamboat Springs, CO that was discontinued in 1907.  Stagecoach Reservoir, which fronts the park, was created in 1989 as a water preservation project by the state of Colorado.  It's about a 3 hour drive through Dillon from Denver.

The reservoir from the top of Pinnacle Peak.
One of the 8 miles of hiking trails, this one NW of the reservoir.
There are four campgrounds at Stagecoach State Park. The Junction City and Pinnacle campgrounds border the reservoir and feature 30 amp/125 volt electrical hookups, water, showers, flush toilets, and a dump station west of Pinnacle campground. The Harding Spur campground is a basic campground with water and the McKindley campground has primitive sites with vault toilets. All campsites have a picnic table and fire ring/grill. Site spacing was moderate to close. Virtually every site was occupied during our visit.  A small camp store offers wifi connectivity but Verizon and T-Mobile offered 0 bars of cell connectivity.

Boat and canoe rentals are available from the Stagecoach Marina, we rented a canoe for 2 hours for $25.

The Stagecoach Marina.

We had a little "weather" come in Saturday afternoon so the awesome awning my friend Becky gave me came in very handy!

Picnic table shelter!
We had an excellent experience at Stagecoach State Park, even given the fact it was at capacity.  All the employees were particularly friendly and helpful.

Smiles all around!
 You won't regret making the drive up to Stagecoach!

Thanks for reading! 

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