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Fires Allowed
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About Cottonwood Grove Campground

Situated among mature cottonwood trees along the Gunnison River, this campground has 6 campsites, including one ADA accessible site with an adjacent accessible fishing pier. Site amenities include a boat ramp (non-motorized watercraft only), shade structures, picnic tables, fire rings and a vault toilet. Camping is free. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please contact the Gunnison Gorge NCA or UFO.

ADA Access: ADA Accessible

Fee Info
No Fee
Bureau of Land Management
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Cottonwood Grove Campground is located in Colorado
38.7777 N
-107.8519 W
Get Directions
From Austin, Colorado drive south on 2200 Rd. for 0.9 miles. Turn left on H75 Rd (there is a sign indicating access to Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area). H75 Rd is a well-maintained gravel road. It enters the National Conservation Area in about 2.8 miles. Another 0.2 miles will bring you to Smith Mountain Saddle, where there is a 5-way intersection. Follow the sign indicating South River Road, a slight right off of H75 Rd. South River Road is a graded natural-surface road, which is passable with high clearance vehicles when dry, and impassable when wet. The campground is 4 miles down this road. From Delta (Jct. US 50 & CO 92), go east on CO 92 for 5.5 miles to CR H75 Road on the right (south). Veer right onto H75 Road and continue for 4.3 miles, passing a parking area with toilet before coming to a junction with South River Road. Turn right onto South River Road and go 4.1 miles to the campground entrance on the left.
2 Reviews of Cottonwood Grove Campground
River retreat

6 sites of which 4 have shelters and there’s 4 RV pull ups. Plenty of distance between campsites. No electricity or water. 1 satellite toilet… and a great fishing dock and a small beach. The weather in the canyon at the end of June is hot during the day and comfortable at night. I pulled in on a Friday and the campground was empty. By Sunday 4 of the 6 sites were taken. Definitely a quite place to enjoy the stars and watch the lizards hunt.

First to Review
Simply Amazing and FREE!

This is a true gem. I imagine it gets busy in the summer. It was already pretty busy this weekend and it's still early. There are six campsites total in the designated campground. There are plenty of others along the way, just this area has the toilet.

The drive in is a little rough. The road is narrow and it drops off in places but the views are spectacular. It follows the Gunnison River and once the view opens up, it really is magnificent. We came in after dinner time and got to the campground. At that time there were two of the six available. The campground sits in a little grove of Cottonwood trees so there is shade to be had and it is right on the river. There is a little boating dock right there too. A handicap accessible pier for fishing, although this weekend it hosted a wedding, albeit small, it was still there. Very quiet little event, I slept through it. They pulled out before dinner even.

I think two of the six campsites had a shade shelter in the site. Those were quite nice. But even with out a shade shelter they all had picnic tables, nice heavy concrete tables, and fire pits. I think the site closest to the pier lacked in shade but the rest were pretty well shaded.

We had to go back to Cedaredge for a sporting event and decided to go back for a second night. We were so glad we did. There is a trail called Cool Rock Trail and it was a nice trail. Hot for sure, so take plenty of water and if you are hiking with a pup, bring water for them too, they will need it! I think our 10 month old lab puppy drank a good three bottles on his own. If you are in to geocaching, there are about 5 or so from trailhead to about 1 mile to mile and half in. The terrain wasn't too hard, our five year old son and 14 year old pug both handled it just fine.

There are other hiking trails too but that is the only one we did. Also for the geocaching campers, there is one in the campground itself. So that was another fun activity for my kids. There was lots of space in the campground. We could have easily played ball or frisbee and not bothered anyone. The toilet was well stocked and pretty clean. It is just a pit toilet but it's better then nothing.

There aren't any hosts or anyone really moderating anything so if you get a discourteous neighbor, no one is really going to stop them. Most of ours were good, we had one a couple sites down that played music and chopped wood through out the evening and mornings. Lots and lots of wood. Dogs are often off leashes, well at least while we were there. I'm not sure anyone used a leash except us.

This really is a great place to slip in to for a night or two. Go check it out!