Wonderful camping area we just happened upon. Quite a few trucks with ATV trailers parked at the entrance but didn’t hear them at night.
Roughly 5 pull through RV sites at the beginning of the road. The further you got the more dispersed and smaller sites got good for our RTT set up. River runs through part of the area and was really flowing due to recent rains. We arrived just before dark so didn’t get a chance to explore much. Very quite campground with dispersed sites nestled between aspens.
This is the best accidental campsite we've ever came across - would highly recommend! There are a good number of disbursed sites in the trees at the beginning of this atv trail that are nice enough on their own (just a bit busy), but we elected to drive up the road a bit and see if there would be some options with no one around (Tacoma TRD off-road, 6in lift). Boy did we hit gold! Perfect views over looking the mountains and we only ever even saw 2 ATVs go by on a Saturday night/Sunday morning. Then to top it all off, Ironton is a playground. There are ghost towns to explore all over and a ton of off road trails.
I stayed at Ironton a week Sept 2019 in a large class A motor home. Nothing here just great dry camping so be prepared. There is lots of room to spread out or if you have a small pop-up or tent, you can find many places to hide away from everyone. I will be staying here every year from now on and using it as a base to ride the trials of the San Juan mountains. Jeeps or ORV are required along with good maps. If you arrive from the south on highway 550 you will need to enter the parking lot for the Corkscrew jeep trail and turn around (heading back south) as all the entrances into Ironton are a very sharp Right hand switch-back and difficult unless you have less than a 20 foot RV..Google map in Satellite view to see it! The old town site has been preserved and there are many old buildings to the south of the camping area to explore and the old railroad line built by Otto Mears, (the man who built HWY 550, the Million dollar highway), follows the old creek and the road that enters the area. You can find coal and rail road spikes if you look hard enough. No Att cell service and very limited Verizon signal. you might make a call but no internet so bring some books, dvd's or hit the Redbox in town. Bring your own firewood too. Water is available,,,$$,, in Silverton at the visitor center so fill up before coming.
First off this is a free spot. Basic dispersed camping, no tables or ring rings. There are many spots in the area of Ironton Park, upon turning onto county road 20, you will drive past a few spots once you get into the trees. The roads go in many directions and there are camp spots in every little hole. The spots range in size and privacy but all have rock fire rings already built. Our spots was right in the middle of the two roads. We didn’t see many cars until about 830 am.
Ironton park is the jump off point for many 4x4 and scenic drives around the silverton/Ouray area and because of that you will see lots of jeeps and atvs in the area The camp spots are 8 miles south of Ouray and 16 miles north of silverton on top of red mountain pass making this a great spot to base camp while exploring these towns.
Overall this was a great spot to spend the night. It was free, quiet and in a great location. Side note: we heard a pack of coyotes very close by making a lot of noise after dark. It was u unsettling and awesome at the same time.