Spent two weeks at this site, and this is my take. They have a few cement pads close to the river for self-contained which are nice. The site is 1950-1960's cabins with weeks of tree pruning and weed removal still needed. The new owner has had it for 1.5 years and is working to remodel. The tent sites are over-grown with weeds and brush. High desert with very little rain. It is a sandy, rocky area, no mud like KOA Durango, CO. That is a huge plus, and the road noise is 1/3 less. There is fairly constant traffic on this road, so don't expect it to be noise free. Could not find one in the area that did not have some noise, except the dinky hot spring spa up the canyon and it was over-priced and we did not like its too cool hot pools at Glenwood Springs Resort prices, which are a better do (*20 minutes away.) It is not on a side of the mountain main freeway like in Durango KOA, which unless you are deaf, or in a well insulated motorhome or cabin, is a NO GO!
It still needs at least a month to finish their bath house, maybe more, as of 7/15/13, so bring your own, or plan on being inconvenienced using the one or two cabins. The pool is an above ground, it had ants running around. The hole area has lots of ants, being right next to the river. Very few mosquitos-a plus! Did have a few yellow jacket wasps and the owner put up traps all around the areas. There is regular traffic noise, with maybe at best 15-20 minute gaps at 2-4 AM, drowned out,except on the river cabins. (*I used my Android app river noise which did not drain my battery with Wi-Fi off. No cell signal in this area!) Available signal at the office. No more than 2-4 cars at a time. The owner is remodeling slowly but surely. As to the cabin beds, I highly recommend you bring your own sleep number overlay, or like me my 4" memory foam 5 lb topper from justad on ebay. Just use cinch straps for your trip. Kitchens and toilets are some IKEA's in the partial remodels. Refrigerators in cabins 15 cu ft. It is rustic, log outsides. The river is shallow, and not swimmable like the resort on the river in Glenwood Springs, which has lots of constant train breaking noise at night! YUK! Would I stay here again? In one of the front self-contained motorhome spots? Maybe. A tent space~when the new bath house is completed and the site cleaned up? If I was hard of hearing, maybe? Pluses~ It is 5*F cooler than Carbondale during the day & night, and over 10*F than Glenwood Springs. It is higher elevation and Glenwood Springs holds heat from the hot sandstone. Minuses~ No regular wind to cool you off during the day. Has basketball court, shaded areas, laundry area, and eventually a new bath house. If you go, stay on the river as it drowns out the traffic noise. However, there are homes at the up river end which had a few parties while I was there, so you can get noise from there.
- Also Known As:
- Brb Crystal River Hotel Carbondale