CP Campground Review – Riverside Campground, Scottsbluff, NE
A so-so but inexpensive and well-located city-operated campground in Scottbluff, western Nebraska.
- Site Quality = 2/5
OK, but too tight sites here. All sites are decently flat, long dirt pull-throughs with green/grassy “sitting areas” containing picnic table and fire-pit. Main ding is sites are much closer together than we like, especially for a public campground and some sites are even shared (sites 21-42, two RV’s park side-to-side in opposite directions) which I don’t like at all, but the sites do have a choice of hookups (you can choose to dry-camp or opt for 30/50amp/water or 30/50amp/water/sewer -> not ALL sites have all options, but most have at least 30amp available) plus there are small slices of green/grass and mature trees (great for shade) throughout. The only other bummer? The weird and somewhat grumpy camphost who “assigned” us a site on arrival (he was very insistent) and refused to let us look around or chose anything else despite plenty of open sites in the campground. Very strange!
Note/ Entry to the campground is easy to miss from the main road so slow down once you get close (it’s a brown sign hidden by the entry to the zoo), plus the 1/4 mile road to the camp itself is somewhat rough/bumpy.
- Facilities = 1.5/5
There are central flush toilets and showers, which are spacious enough but were NOT clean and there was a dank smell in the showers. Definitely not a place I’d want to go. On-site dump station, but it costs $7 to use it. The main redeeming feature? There is FREE onsite WiFi and it actually worked well while we were here (Note/park was fairly empty while we were here, so the WiFi may be very different when the park is full).
- Location = 5/5
This is a good location to explore Scott’s Bluff. The city park itself is a huge, green area containing scenic trails, very nice disc golf course and green fields. It’s by the river (you can bike the river-trail directly from camp), convenient to downtown and only ~5 miles away from Scotts Bluff National Monument. You are also right next to (walking distance) to the zoo for those that enjoy that kind of thing.
- Pet Friendliness = 4.5/5
Good place for doggie with just a slight ding. There is limited space around camp, but a very convenient riverside walking trail directly from the campground and plenty of green fields and trails around the rest of the park. Plus you are only 5 miles from Scott’s Bluff for more extensive hiking. The only ding? The grassy area around camp has a lot of stickies so watch those paws when walking doggie on it.
Overall Rating = 3.25
Summary: We chose this as a quick and inexpensive stop-over in Scott’s Bluff and it worked out well enough. This is a city-owned campground which feels somewhat run-down, but it does offer decent pull-through sites with a range of hookups (primitive thro’ 50amp/water/sewer) for very reasonable prices (only $20/night for full hookups, $15/night for water/electric, $10/night for primitive) in a green setting. All sites are basic dirt surrounded by slices of green/grass and mature trees. Main ding is that sites are much closer together than we typically like (sites 21-42 are even shared, which I don’t like at all), but since we came in low season there was plenty of empty space around us and we didn’t feel cramped. In high season with full sites, I’m sure it feels very different. The campground can be tricky to locate (kind of hidden sign off the main road by the entry to the zoo) and the entrance road is somewhat rough/bumpy, but it’s set nicely back from the road so it feels quiet and relaxed. Only other bummer was the toilets/showers which had a dank smell and were NOT clean. Also, the weird and somewhat grumpy camphost who “assigned” us a site on arrival (despite plenty of open sites) and would not let us chose anything else. “Can’t I at least look around to see if there’s another site I prefer?” I asked. “Nope” was the very curt answer. This “take-this-site-or-leave” attitude was very strange and the first time I’ve encountered that at a public campground! The main upside was the free onsite WiFi which worked well while we were there. Also the campground allows you to wash your rig (a big bonus when you get as many bugs as we did on our front windshield coming south) and since it was hot on arrival we were extremely happy for the nearby shade tree and the 50amp hookups. Overall I would say this was an OK campground for a night’s stop, especially if you come off-season, and it was convenient for exploring Scotts Bluff National Monument, but I wouldn’t personally come here in high season and I definitely wouldn’t make it a destination location.
Extra Info: FREE on-site WiFi which worked well in the semi-empty park. We also had good cell signal with 4 bars of Verizon LTE and 4 bars of ATT 4G. 43 total pull-through sites, of which 4 offer 30amp only, wheres the rest offer a mix of 30/50amp/water or 30-50amp/water/sewer. $10/night for dry-camping, $15/night for water/electric and $20/night for full hookups (stay 6 days and get 7th free). Sites can be reserved if you call ahead, otherwise all sites are offered as first-come-first-serve. On-site dump station ($7).
Extra, Extra Info: Other Camping? For those wanting something nicer, nearby Gering city-operated Robioux RV Park looks much nicer (site-wise) and is very highly rated. Plus it’s reasonably priced ($30/night for full hookups, $24/night for water/electric) and right at the base of Scotts Bluff National Monument, so you’ll get some excellent views. If we come back, that’s where we’ll go.
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