|Access to the St. Vrain river|
When I called the Camp Host to check availability, we learned Friday night was free to locals because it was the grand opening--so our family member booked the first night! As a result, more family decided to come down and tent camp, so we officially were party central!
|Gas fire pit/our s'more pit!|
Meadow Park, now called LaVern Johnson park is also convenient to downtown (we left the car in Loveland) including The Stone Cup (best coffee, best patio), The Barking Dog (gluten-free bagels) or the St. Vrain Market (ice cream & great gluten-free selection).
|Juevos Rancheros and internet at The Stone Cup|
Amenities: The bathrooms closest to the RV section are brand-new and as of our stay, not locked yet. We were parked on gravel with full-hookups (electric, water and sewer) but there was no picnic table/fire pit or grass between spots (we had left our car behind in Loveland or else it would have been tight. The other option was to park it behind the RV in the parking lot). There are recycling bins nearby but no wifi (our T-Mobile allowed us to stream and the coffee shops have wifi).
|The missing flip flop|
To make reservations, call ahead to the Campground Host or the Visitor Center (be sure to check the Planet Bluegrass schedule to make sure there isn't a music festival in town--they often book all the campgrounds for events). The rate is $33 which is a little high in my opinion (but Boyd is $23 + $8 to bring a car in or $70 annual pass). It's first come, first serve as far as which space you get. The attentive campground hosts greeted each camper as they arrived and directed them to their spot.
|Arriving at the busiest intersection in Lyons--right to go up to Estes Park, left to go to Meadow Park|
Directions: Check Google Earth to get familiar. Come into town on 36, go left at the T/light and Meadow Park/Lavern will be a quick right (the sign still said Meadow when we arrived). Follow handmade signs to make the loop and the Campground Host met us as we entered rv parking and helped direct us into our assigned slot.
We had a spectacular stay at Meadow Park. The combination of family tent camping, more family nearby (and a dog to borrow!), and a short walk into town made it an ideal stop for us.