Thursday, June 28, 2018

Paradise on the River, May 24 to June 2, 2018

Rating:  4.0 on a scale of 5

Location: This is a fantastic location due to its proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park, but also because it is right next to the Big Thompson River. We saw elk crossing the river and in the forests on numerous occasions. Each of the RV sites and cabins along the river all of individual decks with table and chairs. Multiple good restaurants are nearby as well as a small grocery store (although we usually went to the Safeway on the other side of Estes Park). It was a great home base for visiting RMNP and the surrounding area. 

Lot size: When we first arrived, I was concerned that our lot (#2) was too small. But the guys that work here, help direct you in and our of your site. 

Our private deck over the river was just fantastic! We could hear the soothing sound of rushing water in our bedroom at night, loved it. 

One downside was that our site only had 30-amp service. We, of course, have a 50 to 30-amp converter, but it means that we have to be manage how we use our air conditioning, microwave, and other utilities that use a lot of amps. It was not, however, a problem for us during our stay because we never needed both air conditioners going at the same time.

In addition to the RV sites, there are numerous cabins (positioned along the river). 

Amenities:  The park provides cable TV (they provide a remote to use) and their wifi is relatively good. The 2-washer/2-dryer laundry was small but adequate (get quarters from the office). 

There is a covered sitting area next to the for guests to use. A strip of grass near the fence, was a the doggy park area (bags provided). Sadie loved it there. It was located near the cabin where our friends, Angela and John, were staying.

Since we were having our refrig repaired during one of the weeks we were there, it was convenient to have plenty of ice ($2.50/bag) available (day and night) to keep our food cold. 

Cost: $962/15 nights; $64/night

Management: The people that work here are great. Everyone is very helpful, cheerful, and friendly. It sets the tone for the entire park! Paradise on the River is beautifully maintained with flowering plants everywhere, thanks to the staff. 

We loved all of the tree carvings in the park. 

General Comments:  While the entire park is tight, it is all manageable because of the wonderful staff that work here. Our friends rented a cabin (Antler Pointe) for a week while we were at Paradise on the River. It was a really nice “tiny house” with an upscale kitchen and bathroom, one bedroom, and large sitting area. They had a large L-shaped deck with great views of the river. It was so convenient for us to be close to each other during our shared vacation in Estes Park. 

Ultimately, the reason I rated this park a 4 (instead of 5) is because of the cost for a back-in site with 30 amp service. Of course, the river view was well worth the back-in. We usually do not spend this much. When we were looking for a place to stay with nice RV sites AND cabins, Paradise on the River fit the bill. We had a very enjoyable stay here (except for our refrigeration issue!) 



  1. Nice park but a bit pricey - looks like it may have been worth it... wished we knew you were in the area as we are just west in Longmont Colorado and have been for the past few weeks.

  2. How have you been? -Chatty Emt from Calf Creek. You've not blogged for a bit so I'm a bit concerned.