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Jellystone Park in Larkspur; campground experience at the next level

Children of all ages – including teenagers – will find something fun to do at Jellystone Park in Larkspur.

In 1861, the town of Huntsville was a thriving place. It boasted a post office, sawmill, fort and hotel. The hotel, run by Sarah Coberly, was considered the best place to stop for the night for anyone traveling from Denver to Colorado City. Guests were treated to fine food, lively entertainment, and a good night’s rest.

Today, the same property continues to provide guests of all ages with a fantastic experience of hospitality, relaxation and fun. Only now, the hosts aren’t the Coberly family, but Yogi Bear and Boo Boo.

Just off of I-25 south at the Tomah Road exit in Larkspur, the campground boasts 440 RV sites, each big enough to accommodate a 45-foot rig. If you don’t have an RV, Jellystone Park has 120 rental units. Each cabin can house six people in a variety of sleeping-style arrangements. The rental units combine the comfort of a hotel with the outdoor fun of camping.

The resort boasts two swimming pools, a hot tub, a miniature golf course, an exercise facility, pickleball, basketball, jumping pad, water zone, and loads of scheduled activities.

At Jellystone Park, each week has a special theme with its own set of activities. On weekends, a host of crafts, movies, games and more are part of the fun.

The slate of activities each weekend will tucker out even the hardiest of campers. There a variety of activities to include crafts, movies, games, candy bar bingo, plus the antics of two bears causing innocent trouble.

In addition, each week has a special theme with its own set of activities – Christmas weekend ugly sweater contest, golf cart parades and costume contests, to name a few. Remember to look for “Hey” rides and live music on the schedules, as well.

Parents and grandparents will be especially pleased to see how easy it is to keep young ones busy. Older kids are satisfied, too. Between the crafts, sports facilities, arcade and activities, even teenagers with attitudes (isn’t that all of them?) will find something to make them smile.

From the days when frontiersman Kit Carson traveled through the valley until now, the campground property has been home to a small town, a sawmill operation, clay mines, and even a turkey farm. The original campground was built in the 1960s, but this recent incarnation takes the meaning of camping to an entirely new level.

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For great family fun, even if it’s a staycation, Jellystone Park is well worth considering. If traveling out-of-state is on the docket, Jellystone has 75 nationwide camps and some in Canada. For more information, visit

By Kevin Grenier, guest writer; courtesy photos



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