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Mary's Lake Campground

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2120 Marys Lake Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517-7932
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#61 of 72 Speciality lodging in Estes Park
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Nestled in a beautiful valley at 8,050 feet and surrounded by the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, this campground is a stone's throw away from Mary's Lake. All types of campers, from big rig RVers to the adventurous tent-dwellers, escape from the city life here. This campground is the perfect destination for camping enthusiasts of all ages ...whether your ideal day is spent across the street fishing in the lake or onsite splashing in the heated pool, this campground is a long-time favorite of many who return year after year. The close proximity to the town of Estes Park for shopping or dining, makes the location one of the best in the Estes Valley. Amenities are plentiful with full hookups with 50 amp service, hot showers, laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, a propane fill station, and a fully stocked camp store. It's easy to pass the time here with your friends and family while you enjoy all that Estes Park has to offer. This campground is open from May 15th - October 3rd.
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UltraLimitedTraveler wrote a review Sep 2021
Dallas, Texas231 contributions83 helpful votes
On the plus side: The campground is good and getting better. They appear to be continually improving the tent camping sites with raised/level platforms that hold tent stakes well but still enable pulling them up when breaking camp. Each year I see more new tent site platforms. On the plus side: Fabulous 5G Internet service, a rarity for Estes Park and RMNP. There's only one cell tower in the entire area; and it's high and in sight on top of Prospect Mountain. I get full signal and fabulous 5G connectivity. I use my iPhone as a Wifi hotspot and connect my laptop to it. Able to work at my job while enjoying the campsite. On the plus side: The bathrooms and showers are well maintained and spotlessly clean. Hot water is adequate. Shower pressure is good. On the plus side: We're on motorcycles. I bought 3 bundles of firewood one evening, thinking that I'd have to make three trips from the site to the office to transport them. But the nice man at the office said that they'd be happy to bring the firewood to us. It was at our campsite in 5 minutes. Thank you very, very much. On the plus side: Bear Boxes. We've tent camped in campgrounds in bear country that didn't have any. On the plus side: Quiet! Eerily quiet at night, except for elk bugling (which I love and the reason we visit in the early Fall). On the negative side: Expensive. $45.00 seems quite high for a tent site with no electricity. As nice as the tent sites are, the price is the highest we've ever paid. On the negative side: Pay Showers? $2 for a 6 minute shower seems outrageous for a tent site that already costs $45.00. I think showers should be included using tokens from the office, one per night's stay. Walked up to take a shower the first night; only to find that the coin changing machine is out of order. It was out of order for our entire stay. Directions posted on the machine instructed to go to the other shower house. I couldn't find it until the next day. Saved my $2 that night and went to bed stinky. On the slightly negative side: The roads are rough and need to be graded and smoothed. I'm a skilled motorcycle rider; we motorcycle tent camp. The deep sand in one of the corners leading into my site's area swallowed my front wheel and down I went. I didn't get hurt. I think some attention to the campground unpaved roads is in order. Coming and going each day was risky on motors. This was our second year to stay at the Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake. I recommend it for tent camping. I do not recommend site #90, which I had. It was badly sloped and the platform needs to be renewed. When they make it as good as all the rest, it'll be an excellent campsite choice. It's in the trees, so expect to be cold in the mornings until the Sun warms things up a bit.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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whatsupstephaz wrote a review Sep 2021
Minneapolis, Minnesota22 contributions5 helpful votes
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We loved our stay & would definitely come back. Staff was fantastic and accommodating. Our site (M84) was RV with no hookups. It had amazing views of sunrise & sunset, a picnic shelter, and a fire pit. Close to restaurants, gas, grocery, and about 15-20 minutes from the National park. There’s an on-site convenience store & firewood available for purchase. The major downsides for us were the showers and patrolling. Showers were $2 for 6 minutes, and they didn’t look that well-maintained (the rest of the bathrooms were fine though). Staff patrolled the campsites, which took away from the privacy. They didn’t bother us when we waved them by, but still a little annoying. Other notes—not all campsites were equal with the view. The RV hookup sites are located much closer together than no-hookup sites. Covered picnic shelters were only available at some sites.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Barbara M wrote a review Jul 2021
Springfield, Missouri2970 contributions339 helpful votes
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Location of this campground is wonderful. Only 1 1/2 miles from Estes Park.We were in the section with smaller RV's, and enjoyed it immensely. We had a hard time backing in to meet the exact standards of the camp Nazi, but eventually made them happy, although we were not level for the entire time, even with added levelers. A tad more raking of the site for leveling would have been great. However, the campsite was clean and tidy, and they all remained so the whole time. The bear boxes were large and handy. We met some wonderful fellow campers, and shared tidbits of where to see wildlife and handy hikes. The lake across the road, Mary's Lake, is pleasant, and I spent an hour or so here one morning, watching a young father elk and his son. They eventually went across the road toward the campground, and I watched them for a while longer, directly by our RV. The store is adequate for emergency items, but doesn't have a ton of things. There are a couple of nearby markets (including a very busy Safeway) in Estes Park. I couldn't find the washers and dryers on their map, but finally called the office. They are in the back of the store. Three washers, and 2 large dryers and 2 smaller dryers. They take quarters, and there is also a change machine in the laundry room. The pool is small, and wasn't used a lot, but nice it's there. All in all, I think this was a great place and would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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TravelWithSara wrote a review Jul 2021
Mason City, Iowa55 contributions14 helpful votes
We would be sure to be facing the other way next time, as we like to have shade from the sun later on in the day. Depending on what you like and what amount of shade you like, it's worth inquiring as to which way your awning will go out on your RV.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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UltraLimitedTraveler wrote a review Oct 2020
Dallas, Texas231 contributions83 helpful votes
We spent five nights camping here. The previous year, we stayed at the East Portal campground. It was good, but no cell service at all. To me, that's a major drawback. I work at night from my tent to catch up on the day's work. BUT, the Mary's Lake campground has great cell service. AND, it's 5G! But enough about cell service . . . First, I like to be out with wildlife. There was plenty of it in our campsite. Deer, elk, rabbits, ground squirrels, and chipmunks were common visitors. One herd of elk passed through within yards of my tent in the middle of the night. I do like the sound of elk bugles, even if I lose a little sleep. For me, it's part of the experience. Some of the tent sites are well shaded, but not so much that it doesn't warm up in the morning. The temps were getting down below freezing at night, but sunrise usually brought quick warmth. Unfortunately, there was a total fire ban in effect (and still is over a month later). So no campfire. That means that there's absolutely nothing to do when the sun sets. Too cold to sit outside and chat. I was glad I could use my cell service in the tent. They are improving the tent pads. Mine had a raised timber rectangle with crushed granite . . . precisely level. But my friends' site wasn't improved yet. They complained that the site sloped enough that it was hard to keep from sliding on their cots. I thought that the sites were quiet all night. At about sunrise, traffic on a road hundreds of yards away began. The price is the highest of any camping that I've paid in 6 years! Way too high, I think. AND . . . it didn't include showers! For $40+ per night, certainly showers could have been included. (They ARE at the East Portal; both owned by Estes Park) The showers were good, but should have been included for the price. Also, I was charged $15 to move to a different campsite for the first 4 of the nights and back again to the original site for the final night. Their computer system doesn't have a method of changing sites so they had to charge a cancellation fee twice to accommodate my request. I paid it without complaint. But that is something they could easily fix to be more customer-friendly. (the original site had no shade at all but the one across the road did) We tent camp on motorcycle trips. The roads in the campground were gravel, dirt and rock. But this time, none of us dropped. So they weren't awful; no worse than any others where we've camped and better than some. The management said that several motors were dropped during the season because of the roads. Right down Mary's Lake road is a grocery store, several restaurants, etc. Very convenient! Would I camp here again? YEP. It was good for me.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mary's Lake Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Mary's Lake Campground?
Nearby attractions include Brownfield's (3.5 km), The Taffy Shop (3.3 km), and Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures (3.4 km).
What are some restaurants close to Mary's Lake Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cinnamon's Bakery, Donut Haus, and Kind Coffee.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mary's Lake Campground?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Mary's Lake Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Mary's Lake Campground?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Holzwarth Historical Site (15.5 km).