Saturday, May 29, 2010

RV PARK REVIEW: Blue Mesa Ranch in Gunnison, Colorado

This RV park is another in the group of Western Horizon Resorts.  This is our first visit to Blue Mesa Recreational Ranch  located 12 miles west of Gunnison, Colorado.  We chose it because we are traveling along Highway 50 and it is one of our ROD membership parks and we can stay for FREE.  Free is always good.  We are very happy with our decision to stop here and spend 6 wonderful days.   (click on photos for a larger view)

Blue Mesa is also an AOR affiliate park and it is listed in the Trailer Life Directory for the general public to locate and use.  The public price listed in the Trailer Life Directory is $40.00 per night.  There are 280 RV sites with full hook-ups, 30 amp electric only.  RV's up to 45 feet can be accommodated.  When we arrived we were met at the security gate by a very friendly woman.  She had our reservation all prepared and gave us a suggestion for a site but then told us to "just go on up and see it you like it.  If not pick another empty space and come back and tell me."  We took the one next to what she suggested as it was more level.  The sites here are a bit of a mixed bag for longer RV's.  We noticed some that really sloped down in the front.  Fortunately, we found one that was just great.

Each site has a paved patio with a picnic table.  We were happy, plus we had a nice view out our dining room window of Blue Mesa Lake across Hwy. 50 from the park.   The park has paved interior roads that are in excellent condition.  They are wide enough to back in a big rig without difficulty.   We took a site in the upper level without trees so we could be sure our satellite would function.  The lower level sites have some trees around the sites.

As usual, once we got settled I took my camera for a walk to check out the facilities here.  I found a beautiful clubhouse where the main park activities are held.   This building has a nice area with long tables for the potlucks and the meals that are sold on weekends plus games for resort guests.  There is also an indoor pool and spa here. 

Up in the area where our RV is parked there is an adult center.  In here are some pool tables, a small trading library and an outdoor pool with nice patio chairs to sit on.  There is also a small, but clean, laundry room.  The restrooms are located near the laundry and I inspected the ladies room and it was clean as a whistle.

Our AT&T wireless card will not work all.  The park provides great WiFi service for $2.00 per day so we opted to buy that.  The only problem with it is that it has an online usage limit.  What is it?  That is the problem as the nice lady checking us in didn't know and neither did the man that worked after her.  It would be nice to know that information. 

This is a park that has something for everyone:  country store with snacks and drinks, playground, shuffleboard, horseshoes, basketball, mini-golf, fishing pond for children, riding stables, rental cabins, and hiking trails.  We would certainly stay at this park again, we are well pleased.

We have stayed at 6 other Western Horizon Resorts in the past 3 years.  Most of them we visited prior to blogging or writing RV Park Reviews:

1.  Colorado River Oasis in Ehrenberg, AZ  (review on blog - Jan. 6, 2010)
2.  Casa Grande in Casa Grande, AZ
3.  Ridgeview in Bullhead City, AZ
4.  Valley Vista in Benson, AZ (review on blog - March 30, 2010)
5.  Indian Waters in Indio, CA
6.  White Oaks in Monticello, IN

Each of the parks listed above were great parks for us and we will stay at each of them again on future trips to those areas. 

Until next long for now!


Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

Another great certainly have the knack for reviewing, we always look forward to them.

Rick and Paulette said...

Great review and nice pictures. Looks like a perfect place to stay the next time we're in Colorado!

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Wow.. 280 sites! That is hard to imagine when we are sitting here in a tiny campground of 16 sites, only 4 of them are filled.

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Wow.. 280 sites! That is hard to imagine when we are sitting here in a tiny campground of 16 sites, only 4 of them are filled.

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

Sue and Doug said...

hey there Margie. Nice post today..but what is an ROD membership??..and you can stay for free????

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