Jellystone Park, Estes Park, Colorado

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  1. Firehawk068

    Firehawk068 Active Member

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    Took our Popup out for the weekend here, and it was our first real weekend out with the whole family.

    http://www.jellystoneofestes.com/

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    I have to admit, after hearing numerous horror-stories about the one in Larkspur (don't ever stay there), I was pleasantly surprised!
    Granted, this place is geared towards families with kids, and I knew this ahead of time, so my expectations were along that line.
    It's not my ideal "Camping" situation, where relaxation is my number one priority, but having young children (who are easily bored) the amenities at this resort go a long way towards maintaining the sanity of our whole family.

    From the moment we checked in, I felt we were treated as special-guests. The friendly "Park Ranger" will escort you to your site.
    It was during check-in that my wife learned that this weekend was "Buy-one, get-one-free" nights, in honor of "Service Employees" (Police, Fire, Armed Forces, etc....) That was a nice surprise, so it was half-price. :) They extend the offer to anyone who shows up that weekend.

    The whole resort is situated on a rather steep hillside, but is laid-out so that it's easy to get around the park.
    The person who was in charge of escorting me to our site asked my permission if it was ok to use me for training of one of their new employees.
    I said Sure, why not! They will go out of their way to provide all the help you need backing into your site (if you need it)
    I have plenty of experience backing a trailer, and I had to give the guy some pointers as to how far my bunks would slide-out when parked, so as not to put me too close to the trees. They were all super friendly.

    Since we had never seen the place, and didn't reserve a specific site, this is what we ended up with.
    It was not ideal, as the power/water pole were on the wrong side of the camper (luckily I had brought an extension cord, and my water hose was long enough.)
    But it wasn't bad either. We got a 15-amp site, as we didn't figure on needing to run the A/C at all yet.

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    When we arrived, they warned us that bears have been seen in the area, so plan accordingly for proper food handling/storage.

    The only bears we saw all weekend were Yogi and BooBoo.............The boys enjoyed meeting them at the Ranger Station.

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    I got to try out the "RVQ" grill when it came time to fix up some food.
    I grilled the dogs, while the wife heated up some beans on the inside stove.

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    After dinner it was time to relax around the campfire...................This is the part I like the best. [CP]

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    The next morning after breakfast (I cooked bacon outside, while my wife made eggs inside) I lit the fire to burn up the chunks of wood that didn't burn the night before. I sat and relaxed, while the boys collected pine-cones to put in the fire.

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    Late morning, the boys and I went down the hill to spend some time checking out the playground, and the arcade. They normally have a heated pool, but it doesn't open until memorial Day weekend.
    Then we did some exploring, and walked around the whole park.

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    The scenery looking down the valley from the resort is fabulous!

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    While we were out exploring, I made it a point to find the best sites for popups, in case we decided to return at some point.
    I found them!
    Site #8, and #9
    Both sites are ringed with trees, so you get lots of shade and privacy. They are across the road from the upper bathroom/shower house, so no long hikes up and down the hill. They are nice and level, and there is a nice relaxing stream running directly behind them. They are listed as "Premium" sites, so you get an outdoor turf carpet, and patio furniture too.
    The power/water pole is even on the correct side for my Popup.

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    There was a full schedule of activities all weekend long, from crafting, to wagon-rides, to dancing, so if you choose to partake, your children will never run out of things to do.
    I stayed back at our site to do some small repairs/maintenance to the camper, while my wife took the boys to the pavilion to play "Candy-Bar Bingo"
    My youngest boy apparently ended up cleaning-house! My wife started giving away candy to the other families, cause she felt bad my boy kept winning and winning. [:D]
    My wife says we should take him to Vegas........
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    Throughout the weekend, all of the resort staff we encountered were super friendly and helpful. They were always around to answer any question, or help in any way. When my wife asked one of them "Where do we dump our trash?" The gentleman not only pointed out to her where the dumpster was, he offered to take it right away and dump it for us.
    Another time, one of their staff (Rhobert) drove by to check to see how our stay was going, and if we were happy with everything. He took a genuine interest in all my comments, and was legitimately happy when I assured him that we were completely satisfied with our stay so far. I happened to ask him a passing question during our conversation. "What do you guys prefer us to do with our grey-water, we've been collecting in two 7-gallon water containers?"
    He immediately said "It's down at the bottom of the hill, next to the lower bath-house. You lift a lid, and you can dump it right in there, but I can take it down there and dump it for you, and I'll bring your empty jug right back!"
    I was so happy, that when he returned I tipped him in the form of a beer that I had brought with me. I offered to open it for him, but he assured me he couldn't drink on the clock. I saw him the next day, and he thanked me for the beer. [A]

    The level of customer service we encountered this weekend is rare these days. They actually will go out of their way to offer to help you, and make you feel welcome!
    I honestly will return again, solely based on this experience.

    The last night's dinner involved cheesy-bacon-potatoes on the campfire, burgers grilled on the RVQ, while the wife made mac-n-cheese on the inside stove.

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    Followed by a relaxing campfire, and some rum-n-cokes since I gave away my last beer. [CP]

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    The next morning, I found these in the gift-shop, so I purchased them both. [8D]

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    It was great to get away for the weekend, even though it might not be as far into the forest as I would like. The boys had a blast, and were thanking Mom and I the whole weekend for taking them to Jellystone Park. That is worth it right there!

    Throughout the weekend, we had various staff and fellow campers stop by to compliment us on our Popup, and my Jeep. Asked us all sorts of questions about it.
    Made me feel good about our choice. [8D]

    To gauge our propane usage, I started out with two full tanks, and turned on only one tank.
    We ran the hot water heater all weekend, and since it was chilly, ran the furnace all weekend, day and night. Ran the fridge on propane, cooked a couple meals on the inside stove as well as the outside grill. From Friday afternoon around 3pm to Sunday morning around 10am.
    I took the tank off when we got home, and we only used about a half a tank of propane. [A]

    It was a great weekend! If you have active kids, I highly recommend their Estes Park location.
     
  2. exploreco

    exploreco Active Member

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    Looks like you had a great time! Great pictures.

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    The scenery looks awesome! Jellystone has exploded as a chain and I think the are a few that are less quality than you'd expect but looks like you found a winner! Going to have to put that one on the list to check out!
     
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    Mind if I thread jack for a second. Just picked up a NTU rockwood, and it comes with the RVQ.

    How do you get the RVQ to drop into the frame?

    Mine doesn't seem to have enough clearance to fit like yours..

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  5. Firehawk068

    Firehawk068 Active Member

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    This picture probably shows it best, how it fits in the frame.

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    The frame will hang on the side of the camper either standard (with the brace underneath) or upside-down (with the brace on top, as I have shown) depending on the height of your camper, and the cooking height you like.

    Once you hang the brace on the side of the camper, you have to tilt the RVQ grill so that the regulator/valve assembly goes underneath the wire before it will drop in to the bracket properly.
    Once I figured this out, it was obvious how it fits properly.

    Hope this helps. [CP]
    Also, your bottom flange appears slightly bent. You may have to tweak it slightly to make sure there is enough room between the valve knob, and the grill pan to fit the wire in there.
     
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    mpking Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I was wondering about the frame direction after I saw your picture. :)

    Yes, your description helps. I didn't want to try forcing it in there if it was never going to work.

    I'll give it try next time I have it out.
     
  7. kstephens

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    Sorry to revive an older thread, but thanks for the thorough review. We decided to take your advice and reserve site #9 for our trip in June. We debated more secluded/remote campgrounds (Nat and state park). However, with 8 year old twins - the activities and amenities offered are hard to beat. Looking forward to it (Second week of June). Thanks.
     

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