We stayed at the Chip for the first time in Aug. 2010 (tent camped). We were there for six nights, and learned this is NOT the place for us. Words cannot begin to describe the disgusting conditions at this "campground." We watched grown men who looked like hardcore bikers come out of the toilets retching and throwing up from the smell. People were tying shirts and bandanas around their face to use the toilet. I think anyone who has used a port-a-potty or outdoor john expects it to smell bad...but honestly this was unlike anything we have ever experienced. The showers had no hot water on several occasions, so we were really glad we brought our own. We pulled in the first day and saw some pay showers and toilets set up near the entrance to the campground and we wondered then why anyone would pay $7.00 for a shower and a couple of dollars for a toilet when there were free facilities on site. You should have seen the lines to these pay toilets and showers on the second and third days...after experiencing the Chip's free facilities you can see why people pay to use a clean toilet and for a hot clean shower. I honestly don't think they limit the number of people they allow to camp here. It's literally jammed person to person for miles and miles. It doesn't seem like much money goes back into upgrades here. I would call the facilities minimal at best. Don't stay here if you want to get any sleep. We brought earplugs and Tylenol PM and it didn't make a dent in the noise. There are motorcycles revving their engines all night long, and the early risers start firing theirs up around five thirty or six in the morning. People hoot and holler most of the night, and there is music coming from different camps at all hours of the night. There is VERY little shade, so if you are tent camping be ready to evacuate your tent by seven a.m. at the latest, as the sun becomes blistering hot quickly. There are dirt roads everywhere, so be prepared for a coat of dust the whole time you are there. Make sure you have any and all supplies you need because it can take up to an hour just to get out of the campground at peak times...there are that many motorcycles trying to get on the highway at the same time. The only advantage to staying here was not having to travel to attend the concerts. (But we are not huge drinkers so it probably would not have been a big deal for us to drive back to a different campground had we stayed somewhere else. ) I will be the first to admit it was a mistake on our part to stay here. Now that we have tried it once, we will never stay at the Chip again for several reasons....1) We are not huge partiers....we might enjoy a couple of beers but don't usually stagger around drunk through other tent sites looking for our own tent 2) We like to get at least four or five hours of sleep a night 3) We enjoy clean, functioning restrooms and showers 4) We enjoy shade and grass. I'm sure there are tons of people who stay at the Chip every year and love it. Good on em...different strokes for different folks! As I said, it was definitely our mistake to stay here, but this review is for travelers who have similar needs to ours and who might be considering a stay at the Chip. Save yourself the money and the hassle and stay somewhere prettier, quieter, cleaner, and calmer. The Chip isn't for everyone!
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16 May 2011
Hi schulzecrew, Thank you for taking the time to put down your experience and I'm sorry to hear that your camping experience was not as you expected. We listen to our guests comments and continue to work and to invest time, energy and money, year around on our infrastructure and on how to improve our operations for our guests.
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We are continually addressing how to handle going from a small town of 3,000 to over Half a Million People over a matter of days as smoothly as possible and appreciate your feed back.
Mostly thank you for having been a guest of the Buffalo Chip and we do hope you will join us for some shows and other activities we put on, because quite frankly, we work very hard and truly hope and believe that people do have the best times of their lives and make some of the best friends they've ever had at the Legendary Buffalo Chip. I can honestly say I have.
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