Part of Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
Brown's Canyon trailhead is a short walk from the campground, which is nice. Clean bathrooms which is a plus. Fished in the Nestle easement just upstream from the campground--pretty good. Note that the property downstream from the boat ramp is private and the resident land owners strictly enforce it, so fish upstream only.
Dry camping at its best. The late season camping offers a more quiet and private experience at this campground. Fishing was great. Hiking is fun and the stars were amazing at night. No host this time but that is ok. Bathroom was functional. There is no water or trash at this campground. Sites are nicely spaced and their well maintained.
I started camping here in the late 90’s and although a lot has changed some things never do. It is a well kept place with plenty for everyone to do.
We’ve stayed here before and we love it! The sunrise and sunset views of the river, canyon and Mt. Princeton are impressive. Sites are large and renovated a few years ago. Dogs were entertained watching the chipmunks walk in front of them. Great hike near by. Great fishing too walking distance. Short driving distance to Buena Vista and/or Salida. Excellent cell service. Clean bathrooms. No showers, no available water, no trash. Pack it in, pack it out.
Beautiful views and river access. We were the only people camping that night.
Ruby Mountain is located a few miles south of Buena Vista Colorado along the Arkansas River. The site can be accessed from the main highway down a dirt and gravel road. The road is single lane near the end and a bit precarious with the rock cliff on one side and the river on the other. The main attraction here is the river. The boat ramp provides access to private users and the backup for commercial users when the river is low. The have about 30 campsites here all facing the west with great views of the mountains and the river. The sites are the best we have seen. The have boulders outlining each of the sites with gravel underneath for tents. The sites can accommodate large fifth trailers and vans as well. Each sites is equipped with picnic tables and fire rings. The site host is awesome. He provided free firewood and welcome us shortly after arriving. We stayed for three nights and it was great. We had beautiful sunsets and great views of the Rockies to the west. They have clean toilets and a great boat ramp for white water rafters. The have some short hikes in the surrounding rocky hills and also some good fishing in the river. We are coming back here for sue.
If you like to be by water and enjoy quiet and amazing views this is the place to be. The campground was remodeled in 2016 and the host keeps it in great condition. There is not a lot of shade but the temperatures stayed comfortable due to the proximity to the river. There was a nice breeze took. Couple of hikes very close. The tent area it’s right on the river. However, it gets crowded. The sites are nice space and not too close.
Ruby Mountain has to be one of the best, if not the best, of the Arkansas Headwaters camping sites. Nestled just south of Buena Vista and right next to Nathrop, this campsite has stunning views and is just a walk away from some great Brown's Canyon trails. And unlike a couple of the other AHRA campsites, this one's is a little ways off the main road, so you'll get some peace and quite.
While here, we stayed at both site 3 and 17. We started at site 3, which is up near the top of the main central section and then moved to 17 due to the winds coming from the SW. Site 3, and the others in the central section, had a wonderful view down to the river and across the valley to beautiful snowy mountain peaks. Site 17 is a walk-in site down in the center of the section closest to the river. It provides cover from SSW winds, some shade with the large trees, and pleasant river noises.
We were lucky enough to get here the weekend before Memorial Day and had the campsite to ourselves 3 out of the 4 nights here. Reservations are required, so make sure you call the number or visit their site to confirm sites are available and place your reservation. Same day reservations are accepted.
Each site is broken down into two or three different sections, and they're all gravel. You have a space for your tent, and the fire and picnic table sections are either together or separate depending on the site.
The only amenity you have is toilets. You also need to make sure you bring something to pack your trash, because dumpsters are not present here. There is also no running water.
Oh, and my wife saw a mountain lion early one morning in the small section of sites furthest from the river. There were also plenty of mountain goats and deer to see as well.
Overall, it's a beautiful site if you're cool with only vault toilets (you're camping after all…). Buena Vista is a pretty cool little town to visit and has a supermarket with firewood if needed. The little mountain roads across the valley are also worth checking out. And if you have dogs, they're welcome here! We brought our three dogs and the rangers are extremely nice and helpful.
This campground was pristine and all the campsites were very well maintained. Nice camping pad, picnic table, and fire pit. We stayed in spot #14 which would be highly recommended. The river provides great white noise and this campground is far enough off the highway to avoid any vehicle noise. Great spot!