Crawford State Park is made up of 337 land acres and a 400 acre reservoir on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies. The reservoir is deep in the mountains with only one road nearby, so camping and recreating is relaxing and removed from the day-to-day travel. Popular activities include swimming, fishing and water skiing, as well as visiting nearby Black Canyon National PArk. Fisherman angle for perch, crappie, largemouth bass, northern pike, and channel catfish. A Colorado Parks Pass is required, in addition to nightly camping fees. There are two different campgrounds within the park.
Iron Creek Campground has 45 sites, and is located right next to the boat ramp. This campground has flushing toilets, and hot showers. There is also a dump station located at the exit to the campground. This is the preferred campground for those traveling with RVs or trailers.
Clear Fork Campground has 21 sites without hookups, so the fees are less. There are both vault and flushing toilets at this campground. From Clear Fork, there is a wide trail which allows hikers to access the swimming beach a short walk to the east. The swimming beach has picnic shelters and is ADA accessible.
Nearby attractions include the stunning views along the rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The towns of Hotchkiss and Montrose have vibrant agricultural opportunities including many You-Pick orchards, winery tours, and yearly festivals.
Right off the road. Easy access drive up. Clean facilities. Overall it was nice. Conveniently close to town and general store.
This is a great place to go and relax. There’s fishing, swimming and the Black Canyon is right up the road. Sites are level for RVs. Lacks full hook ups, but the. Campground host said they are redoing one of the campgrounds to add them.
This campsite was right next to an incredible lake. The campground host was so nice, and made sure to check in with us when we arrived to help us get things squared away. He gave us great suggestions about what to do and even where we could swim in the lake. Facilities were surprisingly clean, and just a short walk from the site. No shade, but plenty of space between camp sites. 10/10