Loveland, Colorado

Boyd Lake State ParkOther reviewers at

September, 2015

The Lowe’s overall rating = 9 out of 10 stars

Boyd Lake State Park

Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
Typical of a state park, busy on weekends and not so much
during the week.  However, these folks take their parks
seriously and it was quite busy even during the week
following the Labor Day weekend, although not too many
kids were around.  We liked the security here, with lots of
rangers around and walking the park during the day.  Folks
were very well-behaved!

Road and site access/type?
Paved roads and sites, although many of the pull-through
sites – like ours (#32) – were curved and difficult to keep
larger rigs on the asphalt.

Sites spacious and/or level?  Comments?
Many sites in the Cottonwood section where we stayed
were just long enough to park a large motorhome and car
on the asphalt, which the rangers required and enforced.
There were many mature trees mingled throughout the
sites which provided welcome shade on the hot days.

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
This is an electric-only campground, and the 50-amp power
was strong.  The Verizon signal to our phones and boosted
hotspot was adequate.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
Both, and they were of good quality.  The campground
sold firewood at the marina, but there was some left at
our site so we did not purchase any.

Bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
Bathrooms were modern and clean, and the (pay)
showers were clean with hooks and benches to put the
goodies on.  The laundry room consisted of 3 washers,
3 dryers and a folding table, which was situated very
high and hard for a short person to fold on.

Pet and/or kid friendly?
As usual, dogs had to be on-leash, and there were many
open areas and trails for them to be walked on.  The
park had plenty of equipment for kids and areas for
them to play, as well as a large picnic area.  And of
course the marina made this place very popular for
boaters and anglers.

Bicycle/walking trails nearby?
This park excelled here.  A large concrete trail ran
right through it and connected with the city of Loveland
to the south and went around the lake to the north.  It
was heavily-used by bikers and walkers, so we got out
there early one morning to check it out.  We also hiked
trails at the Devil’s Backbone area, which was fairly
close by.

Groceries & other services nearby?
There were two Walmarts in close proximity to the
park, and several other stores in Loveland.  Fort Collins
was a few miles to the north, and it’s a large and
interesting city with just about anything one could need
or want.  Hey, this is Colorado after all!

Although this was an electric-only park, we are giving it
high marks for good value for the money, the trail right
through the park, good location to nearby towns and
fairly close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park.
It was also just a nice place to hang out by the lake and
read a book in the shade.  We would have liked to stay
longer and will definitely return if we come into this
area again.