Resort starting to take shape
Kevin Schneider is one-third of the way through a face-lift. Last year he and his wife Kathy began construction on the first of three renovation phases that, now nearly complete, have transformed Rock Gardens Mobile Home Park into Glenwood Canyon Resort.In the past year, 30- to 40-year-old mobile homes that competed for space with RVs, tents and tourists lining up for raft trips have been replaced with RV sites and cabins. The renovation means that the No Name business is now focused almost entirely on the tourist industry, though a block of mobile homes still remains. Those homes will be replaced during a second phase of renovation, said Schneider.
The resort has moved in seven manufactured “resort cabins” – each with a deck, grill, patio furniture, a loft and room to sleep six. They’ve also got 10 “camper cabins,” each of which has four walls, a roof and beds, but not much else. “It’s basically a glorified tent,” said Schneider.Glorified tents or not, the camper cabins – and other improvements – seem to be popular: Schneider has about 600 reservations for the summer already.
The Schneiders decided to renovate a few years ago in an attempt to update the site. There was the issue of the area having “multiple personalities,” with camping, mobile homes, and rafting. But they also needed room to accommodate new RVs at the 50-year-old campground, said Schneider.When the site was built it was largely for pull-behind and pop-up campers, but today, RVs stretch easily to 40 feet in length, he said. But the improvements aren’t just good for Schneider and his customers; Glenwood Springs is also benefiting, with a new shuttle schedule that takes guests into town four times a day, he said.
The renovation was the first since Schneider bought the property in 1990, almost on a whim. Schneider had been trained as a commercial airline pilot, but ended up a medical equipment salesman in Orange County, Calif. In 1988 he vacationed at Rock Gardens and fell in love with the area. Driving back to California he and his now-former wife began joking about moving to Rock Gardens. Then, “by the time we got to Vegas, we said, ‘Hey we want to buy it.'”
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