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Central City KOA

The Central City KOA in Central City, Colorado is a new KOA campground. It is new to the KOA system but the campground itself has been around for awhile under a different name. We stayed at this campground by default on our trip to Colorado. As stated in the previous post, we stayed here because we were not able to find a campground with a opening when we needed one. As it turns out, I found out the next morning that we weren’t the only ones staying there by default. I suppose that this shows that there are a lot of people out camping this summer, especially on weekends.

This is a nice campground with 67 RV sites and several tent sites. Each of the RV sites have a nice concrete pad. All sites have 30 and 50 amp electricity, water and sewer connection and most of the sites have a picnic table. Each site has a cable TV connection but there aren’t many channels available. The WiFi is free and it works very well. The campground is divided in to two areas with one being higher than the other. On the upper level, sites 1 through 10 have a nice view of Central City.

The campground has very nice and clean restrooms/showers and laundry facility. There is a gift shop and some grocery supplies in the main building. They have a nice hot tub area also. Propane is also available.

We ended up in Central City because we needed a place to stay but the big draw to this area is the gambling in Central City and Black Hawk. The two cities are only a few miles apart and both have gambling casinos but Black Hawk seems to be the most popular and has the bigger casinos. We are not gamblers so there is no attraction for us in this area. However, for those who like to gamble this would be a nice place to stay.

The major complaint that we have with the Central City KOA is that you have to climb and descend an 8 to 9 percent grade to get into and out of the campground. If you come up I-70 to the campground there are a few steep grades before you get to the turn off for Central City. On the Central City Parkway there are several short 7 and 8 percent grades before you get to the final 8 percent descent into town. This 8 percent grade goes into town and terminates at a stop sign. This is the only time in all of my driving in the mountains that I have heated my brakes to the point of smelling them.

Before we left the campground we found out that there is a easier way to get to Central City. Colorado 119 and highway 6 to Golden, Colorado is a much easier route to take. This route takes you through a canyon and is a nice steady climb or descent into and out of Central City. It totally bypasses I-70 and the steep grades. The only grade that you have to worry about is the one going to the campground. Fortunately the climb is only about 3/4 of a mile. When I left the campground, I used 1st gear and descended at 15 mph and didn’t have any problem. We took the route to Golden, CO and it was a piece of cake!

Central City KOA front office

Central City KOA

Downtown Central City

Jane, Bradley and Grant in Central City

Central City

View of Central City from campground

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