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Places to Camp near Clifton, CO

Whether you're a tent camper, an RVer, or just passing through, Clifton, CO has a lot to offer. Clifton is a great camping destination for everyone. There are tons of nearby hikes, adventurous activities, and sights to see. Search nearby campsites and find top-rated spots from other campers.

Best Camping Sites Near Clifton, CO (113)

    Camper-submitted photo from Saddlehorn Campground — Colorado National Monument
    Camper-submitted photo from Saddlehorn Campground — Colorado National Monument
    Camper-submitted photo from Saddlehorn Campground — Colorado National Monument
    Camper-submitted photo from Saddlehorn Campground — Colorado National Monument
    Camper-submitted photo from Saddlehorn Campground — Colorado National Monument
    Camper-submitted photo from Saddlehorn Campground — Colorado National Monument

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    Saddlehorn Campground — Colorado National Monument

    53 Reviews
    168 Photos
    621 Saves
    Fruita, Colorado

    Overview

    Saddlehorn Campground is located within Colorado National Monument which preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. Much more than a monument, towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles.

    Recreation

    Colorado National Monument is famous in cycling communities for its majestic views and challenging climbs, but Historic Rim Rock Drive is also a popular motor tour. Hikers flock to the miles of maintained trails, photographers come year round to capture the spectacular views, and geologists study the unique landscape for its scientific value. Climbers come for the towering sandstone, and wildlife lovers may spot Desert Bighorn sheep, golden eagles, collared lizards, and many other special creatures.

    Facilities

    Saddlehorn Campground is located near the Saddlehorn Visitor Center, four miles from the west entrance (near Fruita, Colorado) and nineteen miles from the east entrance (near Grand Junction, Colorado), and is the only established campground within the Monument.______ There are 79 campsites with three camping loops within the Saddlehorn Campground (Loops A, B, and C).____ Loop A is typically open April 1 through the end of October. Loop A will remain on a "day of" reservation basis for the summer due to need for scheduled maintenance.__ All "day-of" reservation sites open at 8AM mountain time on the day of. Loop B is open year-round. Outer loop sites are reservable 6 months in advance, inner loop sites are reservable 2 weeks in advance.__ Loop C is open May 1st through the end of September. Sites 52-69 are reservable on a day of basis, while sites 70-80 are reservable up to two weeks in advance. All "day-of" reservation sites open at 8AM mountain time on the day of. Reservations can be made via www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.Due to size of the campground, vehicles longer than 40 feet cannot be accomodated--this includes tow vehicle AND trailer. Restrooms have flush toilets and water available during the summer, and each site has a picnic table and charcoal-only grill. There are no electric hookups, fill or dump stations, or showers. For a group of 15 people or more, do not book through recreation.gov. Contact the park at 970-858-2800 or colm_campground@nps.gov to make group reservations.

    Natural Features

    The campground is nestled within large red rock formations, with pinyon and juniper trees providing adequate shade. There are spectacular views of the Grand Valley to the northwest, and some of the park's most scenic monoliths and canyons to the southeast

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (970) 858-2800.

    Nearby Attractions

    The cities of Grand Junction, Fruita, and Palisade boast many urban and agricultural attractions, but there are also abundant recreation areas surrounding the Monument. Among these are McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, James M. Robb Colorado River State Park, Highline Lake State Park, and many Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service areas.

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    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $11 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from James M. Robb Colorado River - Island Acres Section Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from James M. Robb Colorado River - Island Acres Section Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from James M. Robb Colorado River - Island Acres Section Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from James M. Robb Colorado River - Island Acres Section Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from James M. Robb Colorado River - Island Acres Section Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from James M. Robb Colorado River - Island Acres Section Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Grand Junction KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Grand Junction KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Grand Junction KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Grand Junction KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Grand Junction KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Grand Junction KOA

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    Grand Junction KOA

    25 Reviews
    62 Photos
    43 Saves
    Grand Junction, Colorado
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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Tents
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    Palisade Basecamp RV Resort

    24 Reviews
    111 Photos
    226 Saves
    Palisade, Colorado

    Palisade Basecamp RV Resort, your premier camping destination offers Cabins, RV Sites, and Riverside Tent Camping. Nestled between fruit orchards and wine vineyards along the river in picturesque Palisade, Colorado.

    The 14-acre campground and RV resort is conveniently located near I-70 and Highway 6, directly off the Fruit and Wine Byway of North River Road. We are only one mile from historic downtown Palisade and located near the world-renowned mountain bike trails, wineries, orchards, and festivals of western Colorado.

    Choose your site along a vineyard, down along the river, or up on the bluff looking over the river and surrounding peach orchards, and encounter a one-of-a-kind camping experience.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $43 - $137 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Section Camping — Colorado River
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Section Camping — Colorado River
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Section Camping — Colorado River
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Section Camping — Colorado River
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Section Camping — Colorado River
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Section Camping — Colorado River

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    Fruita Section Camping — Colorado River

    25 Reviews
    41 Photos
    77 Saves
    Fruita, Colorado
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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon View RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon View RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon View RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon View RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon View RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon View RV Resort

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    Canyon View RV Resort

    11 Reviews
    28 Photos
    22 Saves
    Grand Junction, Colorado

    Words cannot describe the rugged grandeur of the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains. You must see it for yourself. Hike, bike, raft, photograph, and revel in high desert canyons while you enjoy your stay at one of our 160 beautifully landscaped sites at Canyon View RV Resort. Every site offers a stunning vista, concrete patio, private lawn, fire ring, picnic table and free wifi or upgrade to fiber optic internet at your site. Our RV sites are extra wide and long, perfect for big rigs.

    Bring the pups, some RV sites even have private fenced dog runs!

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $40 - $85 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Nine Mile Hill
    Camper-submitted photo from Nine Mile Hill
    Camper-submitted photo from Nine Mile Hill
    Camper-submitted photo from Nine Mile Hill
    Camper-submitted photo from Nine Mile Hill
    Camper-submitted photo from Nine Mile Hill

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    Nine Mile Hill

    10 Reviews
    23 Photos
    161 Saves
    Whitewater, Colorado
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    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Rabbit Valley
    Camper-submitted photo from Rabbit Valley
    Camper-submitted photo from Rabbit Valley
    Camper-submitted photo from Rabbit Valley
    Camper-submitted photo from Rabbit Valley
    Camper-submitted photo from Rabbit Valley

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    Rabbit Valley

    26 Reviews
    45 Photos
    316 Saves
    Mack, Colorado

    The Bureau of Land Management will implement an online reservation system for overnight camping on February 1, 2023, for the five campgrounds in the Rabbit Valley area of McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. The recreation.gov online reservation system will help manage the increased popularity of the area and will ensure campsite availability prior to arrival.

    “Since 2008, the BLM has seen a large increase in demand for campsites in Rabbit Valley,” said BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Alex Martin. “The online reservation system and additional developed sites will protect natural resources and ensure availability upon arrival.”

    The camping fee is $20 per night plus a $8 transaction fee for each reservation. Approximately 50 percent of the sites in each campground will be available for online reservations on a six-month rolling window, with the rest of the sites available on a four-day rolling window to accommodate spontaneous trips. Camping in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area is limited to 7 nights per month.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Grand Junction Desert Road Recreation Area BLM
    Camper-submitted photo from Grand Junction Desert Road Recreation Area BLM
    Camper-submitted photo from Grand Junction Desert Road Recreation Area BLM
    Camper-submitted photo from Grand Junction Desert Road Recreation Area BLM
    Camper-submitted photo from Grand Junction Desert Road Recreation Area BLM
    Camper-submitted photo from Grand Junction Desert Road Recreation Area BLM

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    Grand Junction Desert Road Recreation Area BLM

    10 Reviews
    32 Photos
    189 Saves
    Grand Junction, Colorado

    Discover diverse terrain, secluded wilderness, and plenty of fun while camping on BLM land around Grand Junction, CO.

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    Camper-submitted photo from North Fruita Desert Upper Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from North Fruita Desert Upper Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from North Fruita Desert Upper Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from North Fruita Desert Upper Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from North Fruita Desert Upper Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from North Fruita Desert Upper Campground

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    North Fruita Desert Upper Campground

    14 Reviews
    54 Photos
    97 Saves
    Loma, Colorado

    Overview

    The North Fruita Desert campground is a mountain biker___s paradise with campsites situated at the heart of the famous "18 Road" trail system and within easy reach of the world-renowned Kokopelli Trail system. Come to the North Fruita Desert for an active outing of riding and relaxing with family and friends. Ride to the trails in just a few minutes from any of the campsites.____ The trail system and associated camping amenities provide great opportunities to experience the diverse desert terrain along the base of the Book Cliffs. Food, lodging and other amenities are available nearby in the City of Fruita.__ Your camping fees pay not only for campground maintenance and improvements, but also for trail construction and maintenance on the 18 Road trail system.

    Recreation

    The North Fruita Desert, also known as the 18 Road trail system, offers 33 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails along the base of the Book Cliffs, along with another 25 miles of mixed use singletrack in the Book Cliffs north of the campground. The trails surrounding the campground provide a mix of fast and flowy to tight and technical riding opportunities Easy access directly from your campsite makes riding from dawn to dusk a mountain biker's dream. The Edge Loop trails climb from the campground into the heart of the Book Cliffs Range, offering challenging long-distance loops and spectacular views of the Grand Valley and beyond.__ While mountain biking is the focus of this area, the North Fruita Desert Campground is within easy reach of hundreds of miles of routes for motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides and 4x4s in the desert country from the Utah-Colorado state line to Grand Junction.

    Facilities

    The North Fruita Desert, also known as the 18 Road trail system, offers 33 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails along the base of the Book Cliffs, along with another 25 miles of mixed use singletrack in the Book Cliffs north of the campground. The trails surrounding the campground provide a mix of fast and flowy to tight and technical riding opportunities Easy access directly from your campsite makes riding from dawn to dusk a mountain biker's dream. The Edge Loop trails climb from the campground into the heart of the Book Cliffs Range, offering challenging long-distance loops and spectacular views of the Grand Valley and beyond.__ While mountain biking is the focus of this area, the North Fruita Desert Campground is within easy reach of hundreds of miles of routes for motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides and 4x4s in the desert country from the Utah-Colorado state line to Grand Junction.

    Natural Features

    The North Fruita Desert Campground is nestled among scattered juniper trees at the edge of the Book Cliffs mountain range which stretches for roughly 240 miles across eastern Utah and western Colorado, ending just north of Grand Junction. Steep sculpted slopes and sheer cliffs rise to the north of the campground. The landscape slopes gradually to the south toward the Colorado River, forming the Grand Valley where the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers join at Grand Junction. The campground offers expansive views of the distant San Juan and La Sal mountains, and the red rock canyon country of McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area and Colorado National Monument. To the southeast lies Mount Garfield at the end of the Little Book Cliffs, and the western flanks of the 10,000 ft. Grand Mesa - the largest flat-topped mountain in the world.__ Vegetation here is sparse, with only occasional green-ups and wildflower blooms following wet weather. Average annual precipitation is less than 10 inches. Temperature extremes range from below zero to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures are more moderate during the spring and fall.__

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (970) 244-3000.

    Nearby Attractions

    The North Fruita Desert Campground is just north of Fruita CO, which serves as a hub for outdoor recreation on nearby public lands including the red-rock canyons of Colorado National Monument, and the adjoining McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (MCNCA) - home of the Kokopelli trail system, the Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River, Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness and the Rabbit Valley recreation area.__ The Monument and NCAs along with the other public lands surrounding the Grand Valley - formed by the Colorado River flowing between Palisade to Loma - offer something for everyone, from scenic drives to hiking, horseback riding, biking, rafting, rock climbing, wildlife viewing, and off-roading. The Grand Valley is also well-known for it's orchards, vineyards and wineries, and the distinct and vibrant communities of Palisade, Grand Junction, and Fruita.____

    Charges & Cancellations

    Changes may be made to your reservation until 24 hours before the reserved date. A full refund, minus the $8 reservation fee, will be given if canceled 48 hours before the first reserved date.__Please note, you cannot change your check-in date. If you would like to change your check-in date, you will need to cancel your entire reservation and rebook. ______

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    • RVs
    • Tents
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    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $20 - $40 / night

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