Our family has stayed out the Grand Junction KOA (in Grand Junction, CO) for the last three years in a row. It’s a great basecamp for racing one of our favorite mountain bike races – The Grand Junction Off-Road. As a “holiday” KOA, the campground offers all kinds of fun activities for families – goofy golf, a swimming pool, a game room, playground, movie nights, and more. We enjoy this place so much, we just keep coming back.
Grand Junction KOA: Review in a Nutshell
- Lots of activities on-site for families
- Nice tent spots
- Clean and well-maintained facilities
- Friendly management
- Expensive compared to a forest service or state campground
- Run-down part of town
Grand Junction KOA Detailed Review
Fun family activities
The real attraction to the Grand Junction KOA is all the family-friendly activities. If I didn’t have a child, coming here might not be as awesome – but as it is, I’m a mom and if the kiddo is happy, I’m happy. My 4 year old LOVES goofy golf. The goofy golf is free, and thank goodness, because we played at least two dozen games.
Speaking of games, we had fun playing in the game room on a rainy and cold morning during our stay. There’s a 4-player ping-pong table, a small pool table, and an air hockey table. The air hockey table was a little worn out (not all the air holes worked), but we still had fun playing on it. The pool table also only had one cue stick, which was a little weird, but we made due.
This year, we visited before Memorial Day – the commencement point for lots of fun activities – but when we’ve been there in the past, we’ve enjoyed the basic (but clean) swimming pool.
You would think we would come prepared, but there is always at least something we are missing. Last year we ran out of propane, and this year I had an allergy attack and needed Benadryl. Fortunately, the little store in the KOA office is well-stocked and they have (almost) everything you might need. The prices are a bit inflated, but that’s to be expected.
Clean and well-maintained facilities
Since we were tent camping (no RV shower!), and racing our mountain bikes, we made full use of the showers. They were clean and had plenty of hot water – I love HOT water, so this is something I’m very picky about.
The rest of the campground is similarly well-maintained. The playground is frequently raked and picked up. The community sink for dish washing is clean. It is clear that the management here takes pride in the campground, and it shows.
Nice camp spots
We weren’t ready to take our trailer with us on this trip, so we were tent camping. The tent spots are really nice. They are grassy, have electrical outlets, covered picnic tables, and are big enough for two tents.
The RV spots didn’t have grass (at least most of them didn’t), but most of them were shady and looked nice. I didn’t get to go inside any of the cabins, but they looked cute from the outside!
I’m not sure how they manage to keep it quiet, but I’ve been impressed by it each time we’ve gone. It did get a little bit rowdy on Saturday night, but during the weeks in particular, the campground is quiet and very pleasant to be in.
The people in the office were freakishly nice. As in everybody in our family mentioned it at least once during our stay. They helped us switch spots when we weren’t thrilled with ours, made a big fuss over how cute our son was, and just had all around great customer-service skills.
The only semi-bummer about this KOA is its location in town. It is located right next to the fairgrounds on one side, and by trailer parks on basically all the other sides. It is a run-down part of town, and there isn’t much nearby. That said, the campground itself felt very safe, and it is less than a 10 minute drive to make it downtown.
When we go camping, we generally stay at national forest and state park campgrounds, which tend to me much more affordable than private campgrounds, like KOA. That said, they also don’t have all the extra perks that the Grand Junction KOA has–swimming pool, game room, electricity hookups, showers, etc. If you want to go “camping” on the cheap, go to the national forest. If you want to go on vacation in Grand Junction, then stay at the KOA.
Our family loves this KOA which is why we keep on coming back. If you are looking for a fun, family-friendly place to stay while in Grand Junction, this is it.