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Great Lake. Great hiking. Great town.

Loved this campground. Quiet and clean and unforgettable sunsets over the lake. I highly recommend hiking up to Scarp Ridge. It's steep, but you get 360 degree views.

Crowded/Not Dispersed

I will start off by saying the trail up was unique with a lot to do, the ghost town is cool with mini waterfalls if you will. The views looking over the mountains were amazing. BUT please have a 4w drive vehicle to drive up, and this is NOT dispersed camping. Very crowded even while rainy. Alta lakes themselves were not as impressive as I hoped for but there are better lakes near it if you talk to the people who live in Telluride. Still a cool spot to go hang out but if you like to camp without neighbors around then don’t pick here.

Loved it!

Bogan Flats is a great campground if you want to get away. Great for singles and families. Most campsites are large and allow for several families to one site. They were also semi private. The sites next to the river are the best. The sites closer to the entrance and on the river offer the best shade. My site #25 was next to the water and is an excellent spot for RVs, allowing you to drive through and park. There wasn’t a lot of shade though. At this altitude the heat wouldn’t be a big deal except the weekend we went the temps were in the 90’s. It’s about a 40 minutes drive to Aspen, 20 minutes to Carbondale (and phone connectivity), and 30 minutes to Glenwood Springs. Sleeping next to the roar or the river was wonderful. Each site offers a bear box, picnic table, and campfire rings. The vault toilets are kept clean. There is a faucet for drinking water and dishes. Its a fly fisherman’s heaven. I definitely will be back!

Great campground

This KOA lives up to the standards set by KOA. Very friendly and helpful staff. Clean showers and bathrooms. Nice grassy sites that come complete with a cow who is as cute as can be!! Would definitely recommend and when we are back that way will stay there again.

Absolute magic.

Parked and camped below the trail head in the dispersed camping there. It was full of shade and a river flowing through it. Will be back.

Great location for exploring the park!

We were passing through the area and decided to make a quick stop at Black Canyon of the Gunnison and are so glad we did! We enjoyed exploring the canyon and enjoying the many overlooks. We stayed at South Rim Campground and were really happy with it! It is a great location right in the park. We were able to work from our hot spot with our booster just fine as well. We didn’t have cell service though, fyi. We were in Site 2B (electric only) and it was a pull through (sorta– kinda just pull off on the side of the road) spot and there was a tent spot at the site too. There aren’t any stores near the park, so make sure to stock up before you get there!

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Great 4x4 base camp

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.

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Best Camping in Colorado!

Dispersed camping is the way to go, and doing that on Grand Mesa is the ideal camping scenario. We would choose the Grand Mesa over anywhere in the state! Find a fun space and pull off the road, enjoy dozens of lakes for fishing and tons of great hiking and riding trails! You won’t find a better mountain. If you want a more groomed space, there’s multiple campgrounds hosted by the forest service to give you extra amenities, otherwise enjoy the hunt for that perfect spot!

Great location, clean and convient

We stayed here several times when we were planning our wedding in Ouray. It is right in town, there are RV hookups and tent only sites (which we stayed at). Showers and bathrooms are clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. Location is right in town, so walking distance to everything and if you need to wash clothes, there were machines very close by.

Sites are relatively close together so not a ton of privacy, but the tent sites have a bit more trees and back into the mountain range.

Beautiful perch above Ouray

Gorgeous setting perched above the town of Ouray. Mostly tent camping although pop up tent-trailers can fit in the campsite. The campground books up quickly due to it's stunning views and location so plan early. There's only a very small grocery store in Ouray so stock up with necessary items in Montrose or Ridgeway. Pit toilets were clean, well-maintained and plentiful. There was a bear in the campground so absolutely no food in tents & the campground host said the bear recognizes coolers in cars so cover coolers with other items. Better yet, eat in town at the super fun rooftop bar at the Ouray Brewery. Can't say enough about this special gem! The campground hosts sell bundles of firewood for I think $7/bundle but we needed to dig out the accumulated ash in the firepit to get the fire to light so consider bringing a small shovel. There is potable water but no showers or sinks.

Great Experience

Pioneer Campground was a great place to camp. We used a walk-in tent site. The trail for the sites was clear, clean, and the sites were the same. Bathroom was clean and did not smell at all, water from the spigot was clean and cool. Most sites were nicely shaded to provide privacy, but the one we stayed in had a beautiful view of the lake. The tent platforms were raised which was helpful. Bug spray is necessary as mosquitos are pretty rampant in June-July.

Waste of time

Small sites with views of cars. Don’t stay here.

Great stay!

Headed for Crested Butte for the wildflowers and had trouble finding a campsite to reserve for a Saturday night in July. I found one at this site and grabbed it for 4 nights. It was delightful and would definitely stay again.

Hope to do so. In high desert country, Lakeside is "home" to folks who like to fish, enjoy this part of Colorado, and do it in a Campground that feels like a community. We were offered fresh fish from one of the "neighbors".

Established long enough to have large Aspen trees for lots of shade, and with new owners who go out of their way to add amenities.

Most sites are for motor homes with full hookups. We had one of 6 tentsites which was quite large.

Awesome place

Great place camp sites on the water

Black Canyon north rim campground , July, 2019

This is a nice solid campground, no cell service, vault toilets and water is available. We had no problems. The amphitheater is across the street where they have nice ranger talks every night. There are lots of mule deer in the campgrounds, the fawns were nursing when we were there.

Great camping with privacy

Plenty of self made camping areas with tons of privacy. Several areas near the lakes. Great for large groups of people.

Can’t beat the location

Super convenient location literally in downtown Telluride. I was a bit unsure staying here because I typically prefer staying in secluded camping locations. This place had a really fun and unique vibe, felt more like an outdoor hostel than a campground. Met lots of great people. Definitely would recommend making reservations prior to camping here!

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NO water - Disgusting porta potty outside

This is an old forest service cabin. The cabin itself is ok.  However, they advertise that there is non-potable water and two bathrooms inside.  Without water, the bathrooms don't work and the porta potty outside is truly the world's most disgusting.  All this for $120 per night.

Nice place, near railroad track. Didn’t hear train at night. Walking distance to a few restaurants. WiFi, 3 bars on sprint, 3 bars on Verizon. Propane fill up on site, full hook ups with cable. Not much in way of supplies at office/store. Safeway and Walmart apx 1/4 mile away.

Nice place, near railroad track. Didn’t hear train at night. Walking distance to a few restaurants. WiFi, 3 bars on sprint, 3 bars on Verizon. Propane fill up on site, full hook ups with cable. Not much in way of supplies at office/store. Safeway and Walmart apx 1/4 mile away. 35.00/night

Great family camp area with the best views!

Love, love this place, we’ve spent 3 nights in the Dakota c loop. This loop is closest to lake access and has electric at each site. The spots also each have a Firepit and shade (except spot 068). Our 2 year-old loved it due to the open area and awesome parks. We will be back. The lake also has kayak and paddle board rentals.

Mountains Majesty!

We stayed in this beautiful campground over the 4th of July weekend. We could not get the rv spot we wanted in the more secluded lake view sites as they reserve out more than a year in advance. The more compact rv sites were fine. We met some very friendly fellow campers and everyone was very courteous and considerate. This quiet campground sits on two small fishing lakes surrounded by beautiful mountains. It is about nine miles outside of Lake City and you can ride your ATV right out of the campground into town or up into the mountains via the Alpine Loop. We pre-booked our site for next year to make sure we had a great spot. We saw abundant wildlife, including an American bald eagle, deer, moose and lots of curious chipmunks. This is an amazing place to experience Colorado!

Best spot for tent, RV, & cabin!

The spots are spread out enough that you have privacy, there’s attendants around 24 hours of the day to help, and it’s hands down the cleanest place we’ve ever stayed. We rented a cabin (we stopped in on July 4th, sold out of tent spots) but they managed to accommodate us last minute. The staff is incredibly nice, and the price was right. Our cabin is the 2nd biggest option, it included: a queen, bunk beds, love seat, fridge, sink, and a microwave.

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.

Great park

Kids enjoyed the wildlife and the space and quiet. Safe campgroind for sure. 32 is a pull through site.

Amazing views

Really great campground even without hookups!

Amazing view!

Private spots, wildlife all around, great nature talk , beautiful view. No hookups. No generator use.

Beauty on the River

Nestled at the base of towering mountains along the Crystal River this campground is full of beautiful sites. Although our weekend here was very rainy we still enjoyed the majesty of the surroundings. Sites are well spaced so you feel secluded and private. Restrooms were very clean. Lots of hiking and fishing nearby. No cell service. Centrally located for exploring Marble and Redstone. Be sure to visit the BBQ restaurant in Marble. Yum!

unnavigable

Came in about 10pm. Almost hit a stray dog. Map is absolute spaghetti. Camp sites are marked on the map but it doesn't matter because there are dozens of paths between any two points that vary from two way maintained gravel to one way rocky ravines with puddles where you can't see the bottom. Entering the area where there is supposed to be sites is a 30% grade gravel road full of potholes. You will not make it with 2 wheel drive. Signs were incredibly unhelpful. "3350b: hike, camp, motocross, bike, everything else" for every direction. Kiosks inside have topo maps instead of campsite maps. Are also outdated because many paths shown were closed.

Do not attempt at night or without 4wd. Might be fine during day if you can see farther than a stones throw? If you're a tired dude just trying to find a place to sleep, this isn't it.

Views are unbeatable

Lots of spots, but very spread out and quiet. There are toilets in the center, water available, and a short hike to the rangers.

Amazing, for a KOA

We usually boondock, but stopped here for a change. Great sites, lovely staff, dog park, great BBQ, band at night … really a top notch KOA.