Monday, March 7, 2022

The "New" Colorado River Thousand Trails Park

Weather: CLOUDY.  High: 81  Low: 72 for one day. Site: E90.

Site E90, corner lot, new section

Here come the temperatures this coming week in Lake Conroe, TX, where we go next. 

Highs: 49, 63, 70, 54, 56, 67, 74. Lows: 47, 44, 38, 40, 49, 30, 32

Eldo is missing Tucson.....So is Sparky.....But we are in an eastern and northern traveling direction from here on visit family, to visit doctors for annuals, to head towards Maine for the summer.

We've been to this Thousand Trails park in Columbus, Texas three times. Since the first couple of times, the park has upgraded with the addition of ONE HUNDRED new full hook up sites, a new bathroom facility, and paving of the entrance road to the park and the roads to the new section. Hallelujah! This is the Thousand Trails Lane leading into the park.

If you've been following our blog, you've probably heard Sparky gripe about terrible pot holed interior roads in many Thousand Trails parks, unlevel sites or old facilities, but Thousand Trails has outdone itself on these renovations here at Colorado River RV Park. Can't quite figure out why they spend 4-5 million on upgrading a park that is out in the boonies in rural southeastern Texas, and not bother to fix TERRIBLE roads and poorly graded sites some of their other parks like Lake Conroe, TX, for example, which is 30 minutes away from Houston, but go figure! Guess Lake Conroe brings in enough money, they don't have to fix the roads!

The new sites at Colorado River TT Park are HUMONGUS, they are super wide! Level gravel, very side entry lanes to get to the sites, ample green spaces with picnic tables interspersed through the new section, and a lake. However, they placed the new bathroom in an odd place, quite far from the new sites, but close to the main road that goes down to the river to the old sections. Here is an example of a site in the old section down by the river, a 30 amp site because it's not on the river side. It's one of the more level sites.

The laundry has NOT been updated. We heard there were plans to add a laundry, and they are going to need it. Right now there are 4 washers and 4 dryers for the entire park. A word about the laundry...They have the new CSC laundry app, (a big pain in the butt) but you can still use quarters. By the way, the CSC laundry app has TWO apps--one is called CSC Go, and the other is called CSC Mobile. Depending on the internet at different parks, you have to use one or the other. If one doesn't work, try the other one. It has something to do with the internet and being able to scan the bar codes on the machines. When it works, it works really well! It tells you what machines are available in your park laundry room, and how much time you have remaining for your wash. BUT--THAT feature is not always accurate.

The pool is small and the shower building next to it very outdated. The office has moved from the old brown building to the farmhouse on the left at the top of the hill. When you come in, pull to the gatehouse, use the call box to let them know you are there, then pull straight ahead and over to the right side where people normally hook up or unhook their toads. Walk over to the white farmhouse and check in. This procedure will probably change, but as of March, 2022, that's how you do it!

If you want to stay in the new section, you will have to pay an additional 10.00 a day. That gets pretty expensive if you stay three weeks, but we didn't mind for three days. The sites are so spread out and so much room between them, it's a whole different atmosphere from the old section. 

The mighty Colorado River-NOT!
The river is still extremely low and sand bars seem to take up more of the channel than the water does, but we know the river can flood at times. Sparky loves this park, it's so quiet and peaceful. She has seen lots of bluebirds and other birds at different stays. This is the park where deer roam freely around sites and in the meadows, but since they mowed down the main meadow in the old section, the deer are not as plentiful. Sparky did not see any deer this stay until she got out of the park and back onto a main road leading back to highway 71.

We love the new section of the park, we just wish there wasn't a charge on top of the membership fees we already pay, to stay in the new section. Colorado River Thousand Trails park has a limited number of full hook up sites in the old section, but these site additions were a much needed upgrade and seem to be worth the extra charge. Guess they have to try and bring in more revenue to help pay for the renovations. Sigh....Tomorrow, we head for Lake Conroe, TX to the Thousand Trails Park there....the one with the bad roads, but fantastic pool, terrific shopping, and most importantly, close to one daughter and grandson! Bye for now......


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