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Group
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Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Unknown
Drinking Water
About Amphitheater (Co)

Amphitheater Campground is located near the town of Ouray, Colo., at an elevation of 8,400 feet. Visitors enjoy the area for its beautiful scenery and great hiking and off-road trail opportunities.

Recreation

Many hiking trails are found in the immediate area, including the popular Upper Cascade Falls Trail, which begins at the campground. Baby Bath Tubs and Chief Ouray Mine trails can also be accessed from the same trailhead.

The campground is a favorite among jeep and off-road enthusiasts for its close proximity to a number of exciting trails in the surrounding area.

Facilities

The campground offers single-family campsites, several of which are designated for tent camping only. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided.

Natural Features

The campground is named for the natural rock amphitheater that stands over Ouray. The massive gray cliffs were created by ancient volcanic and glacial activity. The campground is situated on the mountainside above Ouray, with stellar views of the amphitheater. A forest of Gambel oak trees and mixed conifers covers the area.

Nearby Attractions

Ouray is known as America's Switzerland. The charming, historic, mountain town offers a variety of dining, shopping and lodging options, as well as a hot springs pool and a variety of annual festivals.

ADA Access: N

Sites
35
Price
$24.00
Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Amphitheater (Co) is located in Colorado
Latitude
38.0225 N
Longitude
-107.6617 W
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Directions
From Ouray, travel approximately 2 miles south on Highway 550. Watch for the campground sign and turnoff road to the left.
12 Reviews of Amphitheater (Co)
Perfect

Great campground that feels like you are remote when Ouray is just down the road. Camp Attendant was friendly and helpful and the camp was clean and orderly. Our spot was level and had everything we needed. Picnic table, big fire ring, plenty of room to spread out and never heard another campers voice.

Great campground above Ouray

Beautiful spot to camp. I think we got lucky that all of the spots weren’t booked. Probably the best views we had all week. Definitely check out the hiking trails in the area. Chief Ouray trail is difficult, so be prepared before you go up the mountain.

Beautiful perch above Ouray

Gorgeous setting perched above the town of Ouray. Mostly tent camping although pop up tent-trailers can fit in the campsite. The campground books up quickly due to it's stunning views and location so plan early. There's only a very small grocery store in Ouray so stock up with necessary items in Montrose or Ridgeway. Pit toilets were clean, well-maintained and plentiful. There was a bear in the campground so absolutely no food in tents & the campground host said the bear recognizes coolers in cars so cover coolers with other items. Better yet, eat in town at the super fun rooftop bar at the Ouray Brewery. Can't say enough about this special gem! The campground hosts sell bundles of firewood for I think $7/bundle but we needed to dig out the accumulated ash in the firepit to get the fire to light so consider bringing a small shovel. There is potable water but no showers or sinks.

Fantastic place

I have grew up in the area and always looked forward to spending the 4th of July here overlooking the town. this is an older camp site but it has water and toilets and is usually quite all day. From the camp ground there are day trips abound. IF you can fall is a fantastic time to visit when the trees start to turn and the crowds die down.

Perfect location in Ouray

Above the town of Ouray with great views of the the town below and access to an awesome trail that circumnavigates the town, hitting the best sites along the six or so miles. The trail takes you to the Bathtubs, the Ice Climbing area, several waterfalls, some cool footbridges, and past the Recreation Center (where you can get showers). The campground itself was very tight with several small loops that hang on the side of the mountain. We were there about two weeks after the fourth of July and all of the vault toilets needed to be serviced. The host was aware of the problem and said he had called it in, then shrugged. In town the visitor’s center had some great information about the town and had several preprinted hiking maps for popular trails with difficulty levels noted. In town was a nice full service outdoor shop as well as several micro breweries.

THE best place to stay near Ouray

Well, unless you have a big set up lol

We accidentally found this campground one night when we got a late start out of town to go camp in the mountains. It is a VERY cool campground with amazing views, of the mountains and of town, especially at sunrise and sunset… all without having to be in town!

Views and Bears

The elevatIon is hIgh enough to keep the temperatures down. The sites are tight. There is one set of porta-pots. The views of Ouray are amazing. We saw lots of wildlife. Bears tore up our camp even though we had our food locked up.

Four decades later, this is still my favorite place to camp

I've been coming here since I was a kid in the 80s and saw my first moose here. Reservations are key, and sites are more private on the lower loop and without RVs. It rains here more often than other places in the state but that means healthier tree cover too (Stupid pine Beatles). It's near the town of Ouray which IMHO beats Telluride's pretentiousbess in spades which I is just over the Imogene Pass a popular 4x4 trail. An easier 4x4 trail is the Alpine Loop also nearby. Regardless of your summer mountain sport of choice, this area has it all. My son learned how to ride his bike here. The stars of the milky way on a clear moonless night is something you'll never forget from Ampitheater Campground.

Right outside of town

This campground is up the mountain overlooking Ouray. We loved it. It was quiet and peaceful. Fairly large campground but everyone was respectful and it was extremely quiet sleeping under the stars.

Gem of a Campground Within Walking Distance of Ouray

During our recent trip to Ouray we finally found the luck in our favor with the Amphitheater Camp Ground. We've been to the area multiple times before and always manage to miss the reservation time frame for these site, so we end up camped in the nearby Portland "campsites" when we arrive ready to camp and the sites are full, or snag a hotel near 550 when we don't want to chance a night on a slope. After actually getting a site here, I'll be planning our future trips a bit further in advance to make sure we can get a site here.

The campground is located on a hill along the east side of the valley, giving you wonderful views of the adjacent peaks, as well as the historic town. The sites are well maintained, the bathrooms are cleaned and checked twice daily by the friendly hosts. They carry a supply of local, beetle-free firewood for the well established concrete and metal fire pits located at each site. The sites aren't the largest due to the size limitations of building a campground on a hillside, but still offer tons of privacy. In addition to the well shaded and intimate setting of the tents sites, each site has a picnic table and bear hook that are a reasonable distance from the tent pad, which is well leveled and stone/root free. Each site also has a driveway that should fit at least two vehicles easily, or a vehicle and small camper/trailer.

In addition to the great views and delightful sites, the campground has direct access to the Ouray Perimeter Trail, a short-ish (~4.2 miles to cover the entire loop around the outer edge of town) hike that follows the bluffs around the outskirts of the town proper and offers great views along narrow sections high above town, and is a short (