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KOA Campgrounds: More Than Just Camping

Posted by Sharon Rosshirt on Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 1:01pm.

(BASTROP) Along the banks of the Colorado River just off Hwy. 71E in Bastrop lies the Bastrop/Colorado River KOA Camp Grounds. This picturesque campground not only offers convenience to travelers looking for a break in their adventures but also provides a place to lay one's head for longer stretches of time.

For those in the midst of a real estate deal in the Bastrop area and are needing a temporary place to stay while transitioning into a permanent home, this KOA Campground is appealing for a number of reasons.

“The KOA brand has certain high standards of quality and a strong reputation in the camping world,” Elizabeth Kitay, Bastrop KOA owner said. “In general, we are cleaner and have more amenities than a state park does. Also, we value customer service as #1 in the industry.”

Considering practicality, the Bastrop/Colorado River KOA is a gated campground that features a clean, 24-hour laundry facility, large bathhouse, and on-site propane availability.  Especially attractive to those staying at this KOA is its near proximity to Historical Downtown Bastrop shopping /restaurants and its convenient access to the Colorado River for tubers and kayakers.

Darryl and Elizabeth Kitay, owners of Bastrop/Colorado River KOA since Aug. 1, 2013, have made numerous improvements to their facility including adding 3 camping cabins, 4 deluxe tent sites, a covered pavilion with AC/heat, a kamp K-9 dog park, patio RV sites, extended patios and an adult outdoor fitness station. A soon-to-be-opened new sundeck at the swimming pool and splash pad will become a gathering place for those staying at the campground.

All of this has prompted international tour groups including G-Adventures and American Adventures to book over-night stays at the Bastrop KOA beginning in mid-April spanning through mid-October.

What can easily be mistaken for a Google tent camping retreat on the banks of the Colorado at the KOA is actually G-Adventures, a European tour group that spends 21 days in the United States traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast. Their tents, with the Google-like logos, dot the banks for their one-to-two night stay here in Bastrop.

Along with the nice facilities and amenities offered here, the group stays in Bastrop because it is out of the hustle and bustle of Austin but a quick trip to the city for those tourists who want to take in the Austin sites. For others who want a simpler experience, they are within walking distance to restaurants and shopping on Main Street Bastrop or places even closer to the KOA.

“We have enjoyed hosting the G-Adventures tour group for upwards of 50 visits. It’s interesting to know that they don’t always know which appliance is the dryer and which is the washer,” Elizabeth said. “But they like staying here in Bastrop. Last year, they even made arrangements with the Bastrop River Company to float the Colorado River.”

The Bastrop/Colorado River KOA can accommodate almost any camper’s needs by offering not only tent sites, but also deluxe tent sites that include water/electric, camping cabins and deluxe cabins and RV sites including back in, pull thru and premium back in pads. See  for rates, including discounted rates for monthly stays.

“Bastrop is such a centralized location, ideal for the traveler,” Elizabeth said. “We have wonderful guests that we have the opportunity to see on a day-to-day basis, and we love when they are anxious to return.”

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