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Gates of Lodore Campground — Dinosaur National Monument

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Dinosaur National Monument

Gates of Lodore Campground is located on the Green River at the boat ramp at the head of Lodore Canyon. The campground is popular with river rafters who often stay here before launching on the Green River. There are 19 sites, some with shade. The sites have tables and fire pits or grills. During the summer, there is running water and vault toilets, but no showers. The campsites can accommodate tents and RVs (but there are no hook-ups).

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Gates of Lodore Campground — Dinosaur National Monument is located in Colorado

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Directions

Gates of Lodore Campground is located on the Green River near the boat ramp at the head of Lodore Canyon. The campground is 106 miles (171 km) north of the Canyon Visitor Center.

Address

8810 Co Rd 34
Maybell, CO 81640

Coordinates

40.724923 N
108.887824 W

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
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9 Reviews

Patrick W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2022

Looked like something out of Lord of the Rings

Really cool spot on the river. The river running into the mountains look like something out of the Lord of the rings. The river itself had beautiful colors! Mosquitoes were bad, but we’re manageable.

Month of VisitJuly
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Bryan P.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2021

Nice but not exceptional

Very nice campground, easy drive in on well maintained dirt road. I believe it has 19 sites, we were the only ones there. Most people seem to just use the area for launching their boats and not staying. Very clean and nice campsites. The sites on the east side offer much more shade than the river side. Offers Pit toilets and potable water. We enjoyed our stay here and will come back.

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Month of VisitJuly
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Hayley K.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 19, 2021

Quiet in the offseason and super clean.

We came to this campground on a holiday weekend expecting it to be busy and packed since it was the first day opened. What we found was a completely empty campground, a beautiful beach, and lots of wildlife. 

The campsites themselves were beautiful, and the ones on the East side of the campground were perfect for a large tent or for small groups to get a little bit of privacy. The sites on the Westside were better for RVers and had river access. 

I'm guessing that because it was an empty campground because it isn't rafting season and because there are ample amounts of free camping nearby for the large groups and weekenders that come out from around the area. It was only $10 per night with no camp host. 

The bugs are probably also pretty bad during the Summer but we only experienced a couple of bites. We spent most of our time on the beach and fishing. It was a great location to play around with the pups and in the water.

The nature hike to the Gates of Lodore view point was nice and easy but not wheelchair accessible. Most of the sites and the bathroom can be handicap accessible. The bathrooms were super clean (keep it mind it was day 1 of the open season). 

We got a nice surprise each day and a herd of young deer wandered through our site. They didn't seem too worried about our dogs either.  

There are lots of sites nearby to visit like Vermillion Falls, Gates of Lodore School, Irish Canyon, Wild Horse area, and Browns park.

Month of VisitMay
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Nicole D.
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2018

Perfect place to camp prior to Lodore put-in

19 tent & RV sites. One site is ADA accessible. A bit buggy so bring the bug spray. This is the perfect place to stay prior to your Gates of Lodore river trip put in. No cell service that I remember & it's a long drive from "civilization" so make sure your car is filled with gas, is in good repair & that you have all the items you'd need for your trip. Vault toilets & water spiggot are great to have to fill up water jugs prior to rafting. No electric, sewer or water hook ups for RVs. No reservations so it's 1st come, 1st served. They have bear proof containers for anything with a scent. No trash containers so pack everything out. Only cash & checks accepted so bring $10 (although discounts for Seniors & when water is not available at the campsite).

Month of VisitAugust
Bill S.
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2018

Very rough long dirt roads, but nice campground

Nice campground, fire pits, picnic tables, pit toilets, had water, no power,, NO Verizon service at all,, very dark out in the middle of nowhere,, but glad we did it, stayed 3 nights in May 2018

Month of VisitJune
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C. R.
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2018

Rafters Put-In Camp on Green River for Gates of Lodore Float

This campground is a typical rafter's camp, very distant and out of the way. Make sure you have enough gas for the return trip or shuttle. The nearest gas is in Maybell, but the service station is closed in the evening.There is water, pit toilets, bear lockers, and picnic tables. There are a few big cottonwood trees, but otherwise little shade. Very much a high desert camp. There is also a ranger station there and rangers check rafters for safety equipment and permits prior to departure. Permits are hard to get for the float down the Green River, so apply early. There is a great view down the river to the Gates of Lodore. When we were there on June 28, it was extremely buggy in the evening with both mosquitoes and biting flies, so beware and bring some DEET.

Month of VisitJuly
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Reviewed Jun. 3, 2018

Remote and beautiful

This campground is in the most remote part of the Dinosaur National Monument. Big campspots with a few Cottonwood trees right on the Green River. Can be busy with rafts launching and retrieving. The gates are the entry into the canyon. Amazing! Worth the stop if you have the time.

Month of VisitSeptember
Brad G.
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2016

Large and peaceful campsite

This spot is in a pretty remote section of Northwest Colorado so it's pretty calm and quiet. It's also the put-in for the Gates of Lodore wilderness river trips and the take-out for the Flaming Gorge section. Large campground with many campsites. The boat ramp and launch area is huge as well.

  • Review photo of Gates of Lodore Campground — Dinosaur National Monument by Brad G., August 23, 2016
Cj C.
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2016

Rafting trip

We stayed here during a rafting trip and it's so tranquil. It's right next to the river and that makes it easy to launch you boat. Dinosaur national park was a treat it was a blast to see all the fossils that are there. Overall we will stay there again.

  • Review photo of Gates of Lodore Campground — Dinosaur National Monument by Cj C., July 31, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Gates of Lodore Campground — Dinosaur National Monument have wifi?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Gates of Lodore Campground — Dinosaur National Monument does have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Gates of Lodore Campground — Dinosaur National Monument?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is unknown.