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Old 05-26-2022, 06:53 PM   #1
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Gunnison, CO - Palisades Senior vs. Gunnison KOA

Any opinions on the Gunnison KOA vs. the Palisades Senior park up in Gunnison, CO? We need to book one of the other and they both have equally good reviews.

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I can only comment on the KOA. It is an excellent place to stay.
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Old 05-26-2022, 11:12 PM   #3
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Any opinions on the Gunnison KOA vs. the Palisades Senior park up in Gunnison, CO?

Two completely different experiences. Palisades is for seniors. KOA's are for kids.
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Good point. Maybe the Palisades then. It also looks to be almost in town.

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Keith,
Do a "Google Earth" overhead view of these 2 campgrounds, to see where they are and what is around them. KOA's are usually more expensive.

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Old 05-27-2022, 11:58 AM   #6
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Any opinions on the Gunnison KOA vs. the Palisades Senior park up in Gunnison, CO? We need to book one of the other and they both have equally good reviews.
I've stayed at both, but without knowing what you want in a campground, it's hard to answer.

The only real difference I noticed was that Palisades is more of a dirt lot with hookups, while the KOA is more like a traditional campground, with grass pretty much everywhere except the roads. It also had a couple of mules or donkeys or something wandering around.

I avoid kids when I can, and didn't notice them at the KOA, but I was there midweek in September, when they would have been in school. At Palisades, it seemed like a lot of the people knew each other, like they were seasonals, maybe. It definitely had a "senior" vibe.

Palisades is a little closer to downtown than the KOA, but if you're driving, the difference isn't significant. And I'm not sure I'd walk from Palisades--Gunnison isn't big on sidewalks, and the part on Tomichi Avenue you'd have to walk isn't neighborhood-y; it's more like a country road where you walk on the shoulder, which I don't love.

I really don't know which one I'd choose to stay at the next time I'm there.
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Most of the people at Palisades have been coming for years. All gravel except the grass between lots. Very clean and well managed. Always something going on.
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I don't know if they changed the problems with their animals but here is one review which is interesting: "Not necessarily a bad campground. Good area and nice folks running it. Grass was plentiful and gravel roads were adequate. WiFi worked well. The only strange thing I can say is the animals who roam the park at will. We saw a donkey, goats and other critters who were pleasant enough to be around but seemed unrestrained. The problem this causes is the poop that seems to be everywhere in the grass. These are grazing animals and take a dump anywhere they are standing. To make it worse the rules stated in the handout say "no carpet or mats allowed in the grass." They protect and mow the grass often so anything laying on it will kill it out. Without a mat to wipe your feet the poop gets drug into the RV! Also there was a VERY large hog laying in the playground area under the swings. Children could not use the swings or other devices. Again...not necessarily a bad park but very strange with unrestrained animals everywhere. We camped at Gunnison KOA Journey in a Fifth Wheel".
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Stayed at the KOA many times and just booked a week this Summer. love parking the rig on nice grass. No issues with poop and i really dont remember many kids. There are really not a lot of things for them to do like at your regular KOA. They used to have a cool cow, Norman. Also, easy walk to the river.
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