We really enjoyed our stay at Ute Lodge. It wasn't as private or separated from other campers as we thought it would be, but it ended up not being a big deal. Mona and Carl are so welcoming and friendly. The site was clean and it was nice having hiking trails nearby. Hence, no driving all weekend! We loved having a potluck among the campers the last night too as well as the shared campfire for building community. Our 5-year-old daughter probably loved it the most and is still talking about it. We'll definitely go back and likely in September when the trees turn color. The area is absolutely gorgeous.
We loved our stay at Trinity Mountain Ranch! We arrived late after trying to camp at a different site that ended up being full, but Trinity had a spot. The campsite was clean and the owner Bill plus another guy helped us get settled in the dark. We didn't realize that the campfires were in a shared space, but it ended up being a great way to build community with fellow campers. The pond was fun for our daughter and other kids to collect bugs. There's no swimming on site, but later there will be catch and release trout. Camping was quiet, except for some coyotes at night, and pretty private. The stars were beautiful and the bathrooms were clean. Showers were available as well food and a few supplies if you forgot them. Basketball court and volleyball courts are on site too. It's a perfect place for families or groups. We will go back.