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    Camper-submitted photo from South Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from South Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from South Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from South Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from South Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from South Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    1.

    South Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    59 Reviews
    231 Photos
    251 Saves
    Montrose, Colorado

    Overview

    A camping trip to the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park makes for a beautiful getaway for sightseeing, stargazing, and hiking. The park protects the most dramatic section of the Gunnison River Canyon; no other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths of Black Canyon.

    Recreation

    Take one of many spectacular hiking trails such as the Oak Flat Loop Trail and watch for birds like the black-billed magpie. In summer, catch an evening educational program in the campground amphitheater.______ Winter activities include snowshoeing on Rim Rock Trail or go cross country skiing on South Rim Drive (South Rim Campground is first-come, first-served in winter).

    Facilities

    Take one of many spectacular hiking trails such as the Oak Flat Loop Trail and watch for birds like the black-billed magpie. In summer, catch an evening educational program in the campground amphitheater.______ Winter activities include snowshoeing on Rim Rock Trail or go cross country skiing on South Rim Drive (South Rim Campground is first-come, first-served in winter).

    Natural Features

    Perched on the South Rim of the Black Canyon, this campground is surrounded by scrub oak forests and sits atop ancient hard rocks. Deer, grouse, bears, and bobcats are known to frequent the area.

    Nearby Attractions

    Visit the Cimarron Canyon Rail Exhibit to see railcars and the last remaining railroad trestle on the Black Canyon of the Gunnison route. Head upstream to Curecanti National Recreation Area to enjoy water recreation on Colorado's largest reservoir.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $34 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Black Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Black Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Black Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Black Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Black Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Black Canyon Dispersed Camping

    2.

    Black Canyon Dispersed Camping

    39 Reviews
    110 Photos
    1101 Saves
    Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado

    Black Canyon Dispersed Camping near Montrose, CO, is a no-frills spot perfect for those who love the raw beauty of nature without the fuss of amenities. This area is open year-round and offers a simple, scenic escape just a stone's throw from the entrance to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

    The sites here are all dirt and nestled among the trees, providing a quiet and secluded atmosphere. You won't find any toilets, showers, or drinking water, so come prepared. Fires are allowed, but you'll need to bring your own firewood. Pets are welcome, and there's no need for a permit, making it a hassle-free option for a spontaneous getaway.

    Visitors have praised the stunning views and the abundance of wildlife. You might hear turkeys, chickadees, and woodpeckers during your stay. Some campers have even spotted deer and, on rare occasions, bears. The area is also known for its beautiful sunrises and sunsets, with panoramic views that are hard to beat.

    Access can be a bit tricky, especially if it rains, as the dirt roads can become rutted. Low-clearance vehicles might struggle, so it's best to have a high-clearance vehicle if you plan to venture beyond the first few sites. Despite the rough roads, many campers have found the effort worthwhile for the peace and beauty of the location.

    If you're looking for a quiet, scenic spot to pitch a tent and enjoy the great outdoors, Black Canyon Dispersed Camping is a solid choice. Just remember to pack out what you pack in and leave no trace to keep this beautiful area pristine for future visitors.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from North Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    3.

    North Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    18 Reviews
    59 Photos
    409 Saves
    Crawford, Colorado

    Overview

    Official NPS North Rim Website__ The North Rim campground is remote and has 13 sites dispersed among pinyon and juniper trees. Sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Elevation: 7767 ft (2367.4 m). The ranger station is open intermittently in the summer and closed in the winter. In the summer, maps and newspapers are available on the ranger station porch. The ranger station also has a self-pay station for the park entrance fee and a self-registration kiosk for wilderness permits.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Ridge Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Ridge Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Ridge Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Ridge Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Ridge Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Ridge Campground — Ridgway State Park

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    Elk Ridge Campground — Ridgway State Park

    27 Reviews
    77 Photos
    258 Saves
    Ridgway, Colorado

    This is the most popular campground at Ridgway, located on the top of a mesa covered in Pinyon pine and juniper trees. Offering campsites 80-187, it is also part of the Dutch Charlie area of the park. RV campsites have electric hookups and shared water and there are 10 walk-in tent sites. The dump station is located down the hill at the entrance to the Dakota Terraces Campground.

    All campgrounds offer: Restrooms; also, during the high season, showers, laundromat (coin operated), snack machines and a change machine in a Camper Services Building A playground Additional restrooms Hiking and biking trails

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Campground — Crawford State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Campground — Crawford State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Campground — Crawford State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Campground — Crawford State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Campground — Crawford State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Campground — Crawford State Park

    5.

    Iron Creek Campground — Crawford State Park

    13 Reviews
    53 Photos
    64 Saves
    Crawford, Colorado

    Welcome to Iron Creek Campground at Crawford State Park! This spot is a gem for anyone looking to enjoy the great outdoors with some solid amenities. The campground is open all year, so you can plan your visit whenever it suits you best.

    One of the standout features here is the availability of electric hookups, making it a great choice for RV campers. If you're bringing your furry friends along, you'll be happy to know that pets are allowed. And for those who enjoy a good campfire, fires are permitted, and there's firewood available on-site.

    Visitors have praised the cleanliness of the campground, especially the bathrooms and showers. The camp hosts are known for their friendliness and dedication, often going the extra mile to ensure the sites are well-maintained. You might even get a chance to chat with the rangers, who are great with kids and always up for a friendly conversation.

    The campground is near the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, which is a must-see if you're in the area. The reservoir nearby offers plenty of opportunities for water activities, and there are some great trails for biking and walking between the camp loops. Just be prepared for the sun, as it can get pretty intense during the day. A sunshade or tarp can make a big difference.

    Whether you're here for a weekend or an extended stay, Iron Creek Campground offers a peaceful and enjoyable experience with plenty to see and do. So pack your gear, bring some cash for the self-serve pay station, and get ready to enjoy a fantastic camping trip!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $15 - $32 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Creek Campground

    6.

    Elk Creek Campground

    28 Reviews
    72 Photos
    261 Saves
    Powderhorn, Colorado

    Overview

    Elk Creek Campground is on the north shore of Blue Mesa Reservoir. The lake is Colorado's largest body of water with 96 miles of shoreline and the largest Kokanee Salmon fishery in the United States. Elk Creek Campground is located off of US HWY 50 -15 miles west of Gunnison Co. at Mile Marker 142. The campground is part of the Curecanti National Recreation Area, which was named after a Ute Indian chief of the mid-19th century.__ The Elk Creek area is a hub for water based activities year round.

    Recreation

    Anglers delight in catching salmon and rainbow trout, while water sports fans find excitement in windsurfing and water skiing. Swimming is permitted throughout the 20-mile long reservoir and birders can find bald eagles here year round.

    Facilities

    Anglers delight in catching salmon and rainbow trout, while water sports fans find excitement in windsurfing and water skiing. Swimming is permitted throughout the 20-mile long reservoir and birders can find bald eagles here year round.

    Natural Features

    At an altitude of 7,540 feet, Elk Creek is surrounded by a vast expanse of sagebrush. Trees are minimal because the reservoir gets less than 12 inches of rain a year. Curecanti National Recreation Area is sandwiched between the towns of Montrose and Gunnison, Colorado. It spans three reservoirs, named for corresponding dams on the Gunnison River. These include the Crystal Reservoir, Morrow Point Reservoir and Blue Mesa.

    Nearby Attractions

    Visit the Cimarron Rail Exhibit to see railcars and the last remaining railroad trestle on the Black Canyon of the Gunnison route.

    Charges & Cancellations

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $34 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground — Ridgway State Park

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    Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground — Ridgway State Park

    15 Reviews
    67 Photos
    200 Saves
    Ridgway, Colorado

    Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground in Ridgway State Park is a solid spot for anyone looking to enjoy the great outdoors in Colorado. This place is open from mid-May to mid-September and offers a mix of tent and RV accommodations. It's got all the essentials: drinking water, electric and sewer hookups, showers, and toilets. Plus, you can bring your pets along, and there's firewood for sale if you want to get a campfire going.

    The campground is pretty big-rig friendly, so if you're rolling in with a larger RV, you won't have any trouble finding a spacious spot. The hosts here are known for being super friendly and helpful, which always makes the stay more pleasant.

    One of the standout features is its proximity to some fantastic fishing spots. The river nearby is popular for fly fishing, and there are stocked ponds just a short walk from the campground. If fishing isn't your thing, there are plenty of hiking and biking trails to explore, and the views are nothing short of spectacular.

    Visitors have mentioned that the restrooms and laundry facilities are kept clean, which is always a plus. The campground is also close to towns like Montrose, Ridgway, and Ouray, so if you need to stock up on supplies or just want to explore the local area, you're in a good spot.

    Overall, Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground offers a great mix of natural beauty and convenient amenities, making it a top choice for a relaxing getaway.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Terraces Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Terraces Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Terraces Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Terraces Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Terraces Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Terraces Campground — Ridgway State Park

    8.

    Dakota Terraces Campground — Ridgway State Park

    16 Reviews
    85 Photos
    119 Saves
    Ridgway, Colorado

    Dakota Terraces Campground in Ridgway State Park is a gem for anyone looking to enjoy the natural beauty of Colorado. This campground offers a mix of tent, RV, glamping, and yurt accommodations, making it a versatile spot for all kinds of campers. One of the standout features here is the stunning view of Courthouse Peak, which you can enjoy right from your campsite.

    The campground is equipped with electric hookups and drinking water, and there's a sanitary dump station on-site. Showers and clean restrooms are available, which is always a plus. If you're bringing your furry friend along, you'll be happy to know that pets are allowed. Fires are permitted, and you can even buy firewood on-site, making it easy to enjoy a cozy evening by the campfire.

    Visitors have mentioned that the campground is a great base for exploring nearby attractions like Ouray, Telluride, and Silverton. The reservoir offers opportunities for kayaking, paddle boarding, and boating, although it can get windy at times. The campground itself is well-maintained, with clean facilities and friendly park staff.

    While the sites are generally spaced out, providing a sense of privacy, there isn't much tree cover, so be prepared for some sun exposure, especially in the summer. Some sites have shelters over the picnic tables, but bringing a pop-up canopy might be a good idea for extra shade.

    Overall, Dakota Terraces Campground offers a fantastic mix of natural beauty, convenient amenities, and proximity to some of Colorado's most charming towns and outdoor activities. Whether you're here for a night or a week, you're bound to have a memorable stay.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray KOA

    9.

    Ouray KOA

    23 Reviews
    89 Photos
    110 Saves
    Ouray, Colorado

    Situated on several acres of beautiful landscape, the Ouray KOA Holiday offers several amenities such as a hot tub, pet walk, onsite restaurant, gem mining, and playground. With spacious RV sites, deluxe cabins, camping cabins, and a variety of tent sites, you can pick the pace of your travel. We offer an experience for every kind of camper, whether you're traveling with kids, pets, or friends, book your getaway today!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Slate River Road Designated Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Slate River Road Designated Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Slate River Road Designated Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Slate River Road Designated Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Slate River Road Designated Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Slate River Road Designated Dispersed

    10.

    Slate River Road Designated Dispersed

    13 Reviews
    40 Photos
    535 Saves
    Curecanti National Recreation Area, Colorado

    All roadside vehicle and tent campers are required to camp ONLY in designated sites. Accessibility is not guaranteed. Please use caution when venturing down forest roads.

    Sites are designated by the presence of a 6in X 6in wooden post with a site number and camping symbol along with a permanent metal fire ring. All sites are first come first serve, if a site is occupied please look for another site.

    Fires are only permitted in the established metal fire rings. Extinguish all fires so they are cold to the touch.

    Sites are limited to two vehicles only per site.

    Finding a site to camp and enjoy dispersed recreation activities in remote areas or in relative solitude has become a popular form of camping throughout the Forest. At some more popular areas,toilet facilities may be provided. Contact the local Forest Service office for current information and refer to the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for each forest (Grand Mesa, Gunnison, and Uncompahgre National Forests). Dispersed camping is permitted in most areas of the Forest. Some caution should be used in selecting a site because of intermingled private lands within the National Forest. Recreation maps are available at all local Forest Service offices. Personnel at each office can answer questions on specific sites. Unlike developed campgrounds which are designed and maintained to protect the vegetation, soils, and natural setting, camping in undeveloped areas require more from the camper to help keep the site in the condition in which it was found. Dispersed camping must not occur within 100 feet of water sources (rivers, streams, ponds, or wetlands) or within 100 feet of any road or system trail. In some areas, dispersed camping is restricted to specific sites, contact the local Forest Service office for current information. Campsites can be occupied for no more than 14 days, then the site must be moved at least 3 miles away. Camping is also limited to a total of 28 days in a 60 day period.

    In areas closed to the use of vehicles off forest roads, where developed parking sites are not provided, and where not otherwise prohibited, direct access to a suitable parking site within 300 feet of the road is permitted. Such travel must not damage the land or streams. Please select your route carefully, and do not cut live timber. Off road travel should be limited to when the ground is dry. The public is encouraged to camp in locations where others have previously camped and utilized existing routes to those camp areas. Campers are required to leave a clean camp, not to damage vegetation or pollute streams and lakes on the National Forest and implement “Leave No Trace” practices.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Toilets
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