As soon as I saw the campsite layout on the information page I knew I would like it, and I did, very much. The owner Carli was very patient with my "exact location" requests, but I'm glad I asked because it could be a little difficult to find depending on your arrival state of mind. The site itself was as advertised and even more so. Carli warned me that the path to the campsite was better suited for higher clearance vehicles and that if it rained I could get stuck. It did, so this was also as advertised, however 95% of the path surface is very solid and I had no problem getting my low clearance (6-1/2") MGB in and out. The site is reasonably quiet, some minor
distant road noise. The deck and parking (good solid ground) are in a forested section of the property and is in mostly shade all day. The deck is solid and the deackboards are not damaged or splintery. There are trail markers that you kinda have to look for that take you to a couple of waterfalls and an overlook, I believe you can walk the adjoining properties. This is an isolated location, it's very private. I will definitely return and have recommended it to family.
I was taken with the tentsite at Glen Isle Resort as soon as I saw the photo. With no notice I messaged the hosts MaryRuth and Greg and recieved a prompt response. Although the season didn't officially begin until May 1st, they were happy to oblige. WAZE got me there no problem. when I arrived I had my choice of sites, including the one that caught my eye.
I'll take a great view every time, and the view from the fire ring looks up a picturesque valley. My site was on the highest point of the site group which sits on top of circular rock face and fifteen feet from the site I could sit and look down into valley with a view of the The North Fork of the South Platte River and CO 285. WAZE got me there no problem. Access to the site is via a dirt road and rock strewn path (no problem for my KIA rental).
If road noise is an issue for you this site may not be a good fit. The site is elevated on rock face that overlooks CO 285 and the highway has some traffic all hours. Me, meh, others... Late afternoon winds were sometimes strong but died down after sunset. The hosts allowed a fire at the site since it had been snowing some hours earlier, but this is condition dependent. There is a communal fireplace built into the rock face with a large hearth and stone patio which also overlook The North Fork of the South Platte River and CO 285. I thought I was told that if individual site campfires were not allowed, the fireplace could be used, again conditions dependent. The fire ring and table are movable, so you can configure the site (I think. I did.) to suit your own Feng-Shui. Most of the ground is rocky, I was able to use pine needles to soften the tent floor, but I should have swapped the table for the tent. The other sites are down-slope and may be less prone to noise and wind. Having mentioned the rock face, I would be remiss if I did not caution that, in my humble opinion, great consideration should be made if campers are planning on including children. The site group is semi-encircled by a rock face that is quite high in many spots so children should be made aware and or closely supervised.
Gas/convenience store, Mad Jacks Brewery and a couple other eating establishments five minutes from fire ring to door. I had a very good bowl Cioppino and cup of black bean soup, and some very pleasant conversation with surrounding tables at the Shaggy Sheep restaurant which is five minutes/eight miles up CO 285. More extensive provisions can be had in Aspen Park and Conifer, twenty minutes away. I had call and text service but no data to speak of.
According to host Mary-Ruth the resort was once a jewel that was built at the turn of the last century when a rail line ran through the valley and a place Mary Ruth visited often as a child. After this conversation I could see that the Glen Isle Resort was in the hands of a loving steward.