Colo. RV Resort Receives Go Ahead For Expansion

Public notice signs at the entrance to the River Dance RV Resort are the only current indictor that the facility, located west of Gypsum, Colo., is planning a large expansion.

On July 4, Lonnie Anderson of Avon, Colo., found some relief from the 96-degree temperatures on the banks of the Colorado River at the River Dance RV Resort on the western side of Gypsum, Colo.

His parents, traveling from Orange County, Calif., also found respite at the site. Anderson noted River Dance is the only local RV park and his folks were happy to find the site so they could pay a visit to their son and the Vail Valley, according to the Vail Daily News.

“They were excited about the full hookups,” Anderson said. “It’s accessible here, and it’s family friendly. They just wish there was more shade.”

Give the site a few months and that’s part of an ambitious plan that will increase the 40-site RV park to a maximum of 221 sites, construct an independent wastewater treatment plant, expand the domestic water treatment facilities and build various amenities spread out over the 71.1-acre property.

The River Dance property was annexed into the town of Gypsum in January 2017 and the development proposal was first floated last year. While the new development plan represents a large expansion to the existing operation, Gypsum Community Development Director Lana Gallegos said she hasn’t received a single objection to the proposal.

“They are providing their own water and wastewater services, and it is certainly a needed amenity in the valley,” Gallegos said.

Global Assets Recovery, of Fort Wayne, Ind., is the new owner of the RV park, which it acquired in a bulk purchase of distressed properties. The company has stated that the growing demand for quality RV overnight and multi-night parking drove its expansion proposal.

According to Planner Ron Liston, of Glenwood Springs’ Land Design Partners, Global Assets Recovery was intrigued by the potential of the River Dance property.

“There is such a tremendous demand for overnight camping,” Liston said during the annexation process. “There aren’t a whole lot of options from the canyon up. That is really what has driven the plan.”

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