Lightner Creek Campground & Cabins, LLC
Park Features & Amenities
Pull Through Sites:
Full Hookup Sites:
Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, MasterCard
Utilities & Amenities
Power: 50 Amps, 30 Amps, 20 Amps
This is the kind of Campground I loved as a kid
Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $48.00
Overall Rating: 4 stars
My brother camped here with his family in the early 90's, so I stayed here in 1994 based on his recommendation. When passing through this year...I looked them up and was happy to see they were still around (although it's changed and under new ownership). The location is great...close to Durango and Mesa Verde N.P. and is a nice place to stay a few days while you explore the area. There is a creek running through the park (pretty fast water when we were there) and plenty of trees. Being an older campground, it doesn't have the new facilities, concrete pads, etc. some might want...it's more of a good, old fashioned campground. No wood burning fires are allowed due to being in a valley - which would make it smoky and could pose a fire hazard. The site we stayed in (#51) was relatively level and had a picnic table. We chose a pull-thru site, which we were escorted to, because we didn't want to un-hook our toad. The sites are fairly close together, but it didn't pose a problem.
We don't have kids, but if you do, this is a great spot as there were plenty of them running around, riding bikes, playing, etc. They were having an ice cream social the night we were there. It seems like they plan fun activities fairly often, so I'd say this is definitely a family friendly place where your kids can have some fun and make some good memories. Our "kids" are 2 dogs. There is a fenced in dog area, but we didn't take advantage of it since there was a big, friendly dog inside and we have a puppy who we didn't want to get mowed over. The bathrooms were clean, but we didn't use the showers, so can't remark on those. The staff was quite friendly when we checked. It was kinda loud at night...from all the people having so much fun, but it wasn't a bother and quieted down by bedtime. Zero road noise. We walked around the park and there are some great tent sites along the water...and cabins, which seemed to be rented.
We had trees next to our site, but our satellite found south. Verizon and AT&T cell service is pretty sketchy...afterall, this is down in a valley, surrounded by trees, so that was to be expected. We didn't use wifi so can't report on it, but like most campgrounds, don't imagine it was very strong, especially with all the people. We had a 30 amp, full hookup site. They had some raised fire pit things that some folks had access to (via rental or at their site?), namely for s'mores...another camper we spoke with wanted one, but none were available. If that sounds like something you'd want, you might want to ask ahead of time to ensure you get one. The campground was quite full, but not completely booked. We reserved our spot that morning, but probably wise to call ahead and reserve if during peak season. We camped at Lightner Creek Campground end of June 2017 in a 25' Motorhome with a tow vehicle (42' overall).
Clean and quiet.
Off the beaten path which means no highway noise. The only thing we heard at night was the creek. The staff takes great pride in keeping the place clean. Warm pool, propane on site, and an ice cream social for the kiddos on Saturday. Was very close to town and had digital TV signal but the cell service was weak (I see that as a plus). The family liked this place a lot and we will stay here the next time we are in the Durango area.