Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017
Pros: Beautiful walking trails (with cacti!), close sightings of buffalo, fun climbing areas for kids and some ranger activities. Also a nice bike path that goes into town (about 6 miles from the campground). Unexpectedly there were some very cute stores in town as well.
Cons: It was well advertised before arrival, but the no water situation would make tent camping difficult especially, and not being able to shower at the campground is unfortunate. The bathrooms work and are nice but you can't wash your hands. It didn't sound like the dam is going to be rebuilt so this will probably be a long term issue. This is my primary reason for lowering the rating although the rate is cheaper than other places because of it. Note for people filling up in town: the water is behind the baseball field. At first we didn't go all the way back because we were afraid we wouldn't be able to turn around if we were in the wrong spot. The website said there would be signs but we didn't see any.
I don't remember a playground near the campground either, which would have been very appreciated by my kids. They stayed busy climbing rocks and biking though.
The other downside is there wasn't a lot of space or privacy between sites, at least compared to other state parks we've visited.