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Old 06-09-2007, 04:15 PM   #1
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BlackHawk, Colorado camping suggestions

I have been checking out the campgrounds in the BlackHawk, CO area.
There is a ton of them including a KOA at BlackHawk. I have searched this
forum and found one recommendation for Chief Hosa campground just down the road. I thought maybe you guys could help us narrow our search. We are going to spend about 3 days as part of a larger trip but its the wife's Birthday and well it would be nice if we were some where that was special.

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Chief Hosa has been on I-70 for a long time and is quite close to the Interstate. It's been years since I stopped there and there was no services then but I don't know about now. I just remember a lot of road noise if you didn't camp on the back side. Its several miles to Blackhawk. Can't comment on the KOA
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Old 06-10-2007, 07:15 AM   #3
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Thanks Aerowood,

I will avoid Chief Hosa for the noise and I also read later after the Post that the lodge is closed and the city is in a dispute with the business that had a contract to run it. Ashame it looked neat.

I guess I picked a bad time to make this post it is the weekend and well most Airstreamers are out doing what we do camp.

The campgrounds that have my attention at this point are Dory Hill, Gamblers Edge $$$, Golden Gate canyon, Dakota Ridge.

Hopefully someone has been to one of these and can give me feedback to help me decide.

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Old 06-11-2007, 11:33 AM   #4
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The campgrounds that have my attention at this point are Dory Hill, Gamblers Edge $$$, Golden Gate canyon, Dakota Ridge.
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In the 80's used to live in the Blackhawk, Central City Rollinsville area. The KOA campground isn't bad. When I was building my house I used to stop there on my way to work to shower every morning. It can get REAL cold in Janurary at 9000 feet and you're trying to get into the shower in an unheated bath house!

Assuming the place hasn't changed since the 80's (yeah right) I can recommend the KOA in Golden Gate Canyon as a reasonable place. Its a reasonably close drive to the Casinos from the KOA.

The only negative thing I can remember is my parents (from Nebraska) were camping on my property and when they left they stopped at the KOA to dump and the KOA owners said "take your waste with you" . For years that turned into a family joke

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Old 06-11-2007, 12:14 PM   #5
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Oh, folks, I think that Chief Hosa may be about to undergo some change, along with some others as well. Here's the news story from the Woodall's campground owners info site:

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ARVC Moving Office, Proposes Outdoor CenterARVC relocates it's headquartersMay 7, 2007Woodalls.biz The ARVC board approved the move and a search for property in Colorado on April 21, according to ARVC President Linda Profaizer. She noted that the decision was unanimous and represented “the culmination of several years of discussion on how to put the association in a better financial position and to create a Center for Outdoor Hospitality.”

The proposed Center for Outdoor Hospitality would be based in a working RV park and campground, providing members with a model for operating a successful facility. In addition to educational programs, the center would also spotlight the benefits of the outdoor lifestyle, including strengthening of family ties, bonding with family and friends, and health and fitness benefits.

“The concept of the center has been discussed formally with a wide range of groups within the industry, including the ARVC board, ARVC Foundation, Business Forum, Council of Delegates and in casual conversation among the membership,” Profaizer said. “The response from all sectors has been consistently in favor of such a concept.”

“The concept of the Center for Outdoor Hospitality was created to showcase the industry to park developers, ARVC members, the RVing and camping public and the media,” adds ARVC Chairman Max Gibbs. “This is an exciting opportunity for the association and the industry as well.”

The first step in the process is to evaluate the Falls Church property, purchased in 1996, to ensure that original calculations are valid prior to putting it up for sale. At the same time, ARVC is actively looking for affordable property in Colorado.

“Denver was chosen over other areas of the country under consideration due to its central location, easy access through a hub airport, numerous universities and colleges specializing in outdoor recreation and hospitality and a lower cost of living and greater quality of life,” said Profaizer. “Once we have secured a new location for the association, then we can then turn our attention to the potential development of the Center for Outdoor Hospitality.”

As for specific sites, ARVC reported that it’s currently in ongoing discussions to partner with the city of Denver and locate the project at the Chief Hosa Lodge and Campground, which is situated in the heart of Genesee Mountain Park, 20 minutes from downtown Denver.

“In addition to the Chief Hosa property, other locations will continue to be explored for the center as we work with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and any other state agencies that can assist in helping to find the best opportunities in the Denver marketplace for ARVC,” Profaizer added.

ARVC, she emphasized, is not interested in overseeing the center’s campground operations. “It is important to note that ARVC would not be in the park business,” she noted. “We would work with a third-party operator to run that portion of the center. “They would, however, be guided by the standards set by ARVC for the concept. ARVC staff does not have the expertise nor the time to run a park, and that is not our core business.”

As envisioned by ARVC, the center would:

• Create a “living laboratory” for developers, park operators, consumers and the media to view in action.

• Include an industry showcase, depicting development of a facility from design concept to completion.

• Offer industry suppliers the opportunity to showcase their products in action.

• Store historical aspects of the RV park and campground sector.

• House research information on the parks arena.

• Showcase all types of RVs and camping equipment available to the traveling public, including RVs, tenting options, park models, cabins and yurts.

• Offer a public picnic/rest area exemplifying the lifestyle and health benefits of the RV park and camping arena.

• Publicize educational opportunities in the RV park and campground business.

• Make available internships to college students seeking an opportunity in commercial outdoor hospitality.

• Promote opportunities for “workampers” to find hands-on training for positions at RV parks and campgrounds.

• Afford venue to develop and host forums to solicit consumer feedback on the industry.

• Help launch community outreach programs to foster partnerships with groups to offer camping experiences to children and others unfamiliar with camping.

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Gambler's Edge above Central City looks nice. Though . . .

I had a bad experience there. I arrived during a snow storm about six or seven weeks ago at the end of April. They hadn't plowed and seemed unequipped for dealing with the snow. I thought that was strange given their elevation. They encouraged me to drive in and againt my better judgement I did. It had been a long day of driving and I just wanted to park. I almost immediately was stuck (I have an awesome truck, but it's rear wheel drive only). A volunteer fireman got me out and I drove to lower elevations and stayed in Golden.

All that being said, it looked like a nice place. I was bummed I couldn't stay there.
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Utahredrock,

That grade going into Gamblers Edge in the snow would have scared me.
Where did you stay in Golden?

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I stayed at Dakota Ridge. Nice, but full. I don't have a lot of experience at RV parks and it seemed like we were really crammed in there. Guess that's just the nature of the beast though.
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Pappy,

We own a home about 15 minutes from Blackhawk/Central City so am pretty familiar with the area. We have stored our AS at Dakota Ridge in the winter - they have very nice facilities, but it is pretty tight quarters at the sites. I think they do fill up pretty fast in the summer, so you would want to make a reservation for sure - ask for Providence. I have only driven by the KOA, seems decent but nothing special - the County Justice Center is across the road. The campground that overlooks Central City is on the top of a good size hill - my husband & I always wonder what it is like in a bad thunderstorm or heavy winds. I'm not sure if you like State Parks, but there is a nice campground in Golden Gate Canyon State Park that is easy to get to off of Hwy 119.

We are full-timing at the KOA in Steamboat Springs - great stop if you are passing through on this trip too!

Have a great time,
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Stephanie,

Thanks , thats very helpful. If the traveling allows it Westbound I may spend just one night in the area to scope it out for the trip coming back east. If not Birthday Girl will just have to take her pick based on everyones comments.

Thanks again to all.
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Old 06-11-2007, 10:44 PM   #11
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There are alos several Nat'l forest campgrouds near by to Black Hawk north on 119 before getting towards the road to Golden Gate. My maps shows them to be

Columbine, Pickle Gulch and Cold Springs campgrounds. I have not camped at any of these area not been in them.
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Pappy,

We had a rally last year at Gambler's Edge and it was very nice. The sites are level concrete pads and not too close together. It can get windy and the road up to the campground is paved but quite steep. You'll have to shift down into 1st gear and negotiate two tight turns. The turns can be a little tricky with 30 ft or longer trailers. That's the real drawback to camping there - Central City wouldn't provide Gambler's Edge with an exit off the new highway, forcing campers to drive all the way into town then make an immediate tight turn to go back up the hill. Once there though it is quite nice, very scenic and we had a good time there. The photo is of the upper camp site area.
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