Gates of Lodore Campground is located 106 miles north of the Canyon Visitor Center. It is located on the Green River at the boat ramp at the head of Lodore Canyon. There are 17 sites, some with shade. The sites have tables and firepits. There is running water and vault toilets, but no showers. The campground handles tents and RVs (but there are no hook-ups). Camping fee is $8 per site, per night. The water is turned off from mid-September to mid-April, and there is no camping fee at that time. Gates of Lodore Campground is open year-round, but winter access can be difficult due to snow.
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.
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.
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.
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.