We did not get to go to Yellowstone last September due to the heavy rains in that area which washed out some of the roads and closed others. We did go in early summer to the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Little Big Horn, Yellowstone, and the Tetons. We met our 3 kids and their families at FV. Needless to say, the grandkids had a blast. This was a totally safe and secure environment for them to ride bikes, play miniature golf, fish, etc.
The kids stayed in a 2 bedroom w/ loft cabin which backed up to the river. In addition to the ducks, there is now a family of geese staying there. The first park that I have ever stayed at where there were geese. There was an indoor fireplace and an outdoor firepit. One was going pretty much most of the nights and sometimes during the days. Kids loved making "smores" most anytime of the day. The cabin appeared to be at least 50 years old which added to the lore of staying in an old log house. It was well maintained and comfortable especially when we all gathered there for meals. We totaled 9 people in all and the cabin could have handled 3-5 more people. In looking at the construction, I was very impressed with the use of the local building materials. I would say that nothing was hauled in except the metal products (pipes, wires, fixtures etc.) As with much of the construction we saw on the trip, if it came with the property and could be used, it was. Amazing how construction in that day will outlast some of today's work. Some show their age due to low temps and a lot of water versus here in Texas where we have just the opposite. I did notice that some updates had been done since our last trip.
There is an onsite restaurant and snack shack for customers only. You had to be a registered quest to partake at either which eliminated all outsiders. The food is home style and some of the best I have ever eaten. The pot-luck lunches truly show the creativity of the cooks. For the heavy eaters, there were all you could eat nights with steak or BBQ. For the fast food addicts, the snack shack was the place. Good memories from going there at night with the grandkids for ice cream and rehashing the day's events. The smiles and gleam in their eyes told it all. Certainly enjoyed those times which made it all worthwhile.
All of the employees were friendly and took care of our every request. One of the reasons of the safety and security of FV were all of the employees stayed on site, just like the customers. In reading prior critiques of FV employees, those that stated some were rude were probably aimed at the employees that reminded some guests to clean up after their pets, which I certainly appreciated. I have never understood why some petowners believe that that rule does not apply to them. Another camper was asked to leave because he caught 25 fish when the limit is 5. I have often thought that there is a segment in our society which believe rules do not apply to them. There was a power outage due to a blown transformer some where off site and the entire valley lost power. The customer next to us was somewhat irate and FV owners explained he could leave and not be charged for that day's stay but that he wouldn't find any parks in that area with electricity. I thought that to be very fair and wished the old b'tard had left in stead of staying there and b'ching. Glad I had my bike to go ride.
One last thought on the employees, several are foreign students which were there working for college expenses and to gain experience working in the service industry. FV offers that due to the operations being family owned and operated versus big business. It was interesting to watch and listen to them as they communicated with each other. Sometimes, when in a group and few spoke the same language, others would act as interpreters. Talk about a round table discussion. It's a shame our beloved reps in Congress can't do the same when all speak the same lingo - English and Greed.
The Southfork area offers so much for everyone. Of all the golf courses played on this trip, Rio Grande in Southfork was by far the best. Very scenic and well maintained especially with all of the rain. The back 9 is built on the side of a mountain which offers breath taking views of the valley. Would even recommend this to the non-players just to ride and look. The roads to Creed and Summitville Mine are as scenic as any that we drove on this trip. With the exception of bear and bison, saw as much widelife on Summitville as we did in Yellowstone. Also, this offered another place to take the grand kids to let them run wide and experience the outdoors, something they can not do in Tx.
Overall, if you have kids or grandkids, you owe them at least a week in FV. No better place where all can spend time relaxing in peace and quite. Best of all, at my camp site, there was no service of any kind. There was in the cabin so the working kids could connect to the outside world. Try it and you will like it. The memories will last a life time for all.
- Also Known As:
- Fun Valley Family Camping Hotel South Fork
- Fun Valley Family Resort South Fork, Colorado