As of Aug. 1, Elk Creek Campground near Grand Lake has new owners, and new plans for improvement.
Rebecca Allmacher-Dean and her husband had most recently been working at the campground under the previous owners. They plan to live at the campground year-round.
The most significant change is that the campground will now be open year-round, when previously it closed after Labor Day. Four cabins are outfitted with gas stoves, and some RV sites will remain open, accessible, and with electricity available for the whole year. The owners hope to cater to those interested in hunting, ice fishing, and snowmobiling during the winter months.
Throughout this winter, the campground will undergo a facelift, including new picnic tables, new paint, and stocking the trout pond for next season.
Passion for camping
Allmacher-Dean has deep ties to the area. A Grand Lake native, her parents ran the Mountain Food Market for 40 years, and in 1985 she graduated from Middle Park High School.
She spent some time in Denver, but moved back to Grand Lake last August, choosing to commute to her Denver job at Littleton Hospital.
"I've been trying forever to get my family to come up here," she said. "We just needed the right opportunity. Then one came along and we took it."
Allmacher-Dean and her husband are certainly no strangers to camping. They've traveled all over the United States, and even into Canada.
"We've been camping for 18 years. We started with our daughter when she was two weeks old," said Allmacher-Dean. "Any time we had a vacation, we were in our RV."
That extensive experience will serve them well in their new position. The Allmacher-Deans plan to use what they've learned to improve the experience of those visiting the Elk Creek Campground.
More to enjoy
One of the aspects that visitors to the campground enjoy most is the immediacy of the wildlife. Deer, moose, and even a resident bear, can be seen throughout the year.
"All the out of town visitors love the fact that we have wildlife right here on site," said Allmacher-Dean. "It's an adorable little campsite."
There's no doubt the campground is popular. According to Allmacher-Dean, they already have 63 reservations for next year's 4th of July.
Elk Creek caters to individual campers and large groups alike. Requests for campsites near friends and relatives are honored whenever possible.
"We give it the personal touch," said Allmacher-Dean. "Since we live on-site, we try to accommodate needs."
Fore more information visit: www.elkcreekcamp.com