Places to Camp near Colorado National Monument

Whether you're a tent camper, an RVer, or just passing through, Colorado National Monument, CO has a lot to offer. Colorado National Monument is a great camping destination for everyone. There are tons of nearby hikes, adventurous activities, and sights to see. Find the best campgrounds near Colorado National Monument, CO. Read helpful reviews and tips to find the perfect camping option for you and your crew.

Best Camping Sites Near Colorado National Monument, CO (2)

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

    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

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

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      Colorado National Monument Backcountry Camping — Colorado National Monument

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      Glade Park, Colorado

      A backcountry use permit must be in your possession while traveling in the backcountry.

      Permits are free and must be picked up at the visitor center. Regulations are in effect to protect park resources and reduce visitor impacts. It is the responsibility of all trip participants to know and obey the following regulations while in the backcountry.

      Water is not available in the backcountry, even during spring runoff due to a high Selenium content. Remember to take plenty of water with you: one (1) gallon (4 liters) per person is recommended per day in the summer months. Have a fabulous stay in red rock country!

      Group size is limited to 7 people. Campers must camp 1/4 mile or more from any road or developed facility and 150 feet or more from any trail. Camping is not permitted in any streambed. No fires, with the exception of gas or alcohol camp stoves, are permitted in the backcountry. Pets, bicycles, motorized equipment, and other intrusive devices such as radios, generators, etc., are not allowed in the backcountry. Drone use in the monument is prohibited. All items, including trash, must be packed out. Campsites should be left in the natural condition as they were found. For human waste disposal, dig a 6-inch to 8-inch deep cat hole 300 feet from water sources and campsites. Pack out toilet paper. In any calendar year, backcountry campers are limited to 14 overnight stays, whether accrued consecutively or in any combination of separate visits. Single trips are limited to 7 nights. Water is not available in the backcountry. Springs, streams, and seeps are unreliable and in some years may be completely dry. Springs, streams, and pools may contain harmful substances like selenium or bacteria like Giardia. Backpackers must pack in their own water. One (1) gallon (4 liters) per person is recommended per day in the summer months. A water refilling station is located outside the visitor center and is open 24 hours per day. Wildlife may be attracted to food and other items with an odor, such as soap, lip balm, or deodorant. Storing food in a bear can or other secure container is recommended. Don't store food or items with an odor in your tent. Scorpions and the midget faded rattlesnake can be found in the monument. Sightings are rare, as they are mostly nocturnal. Don't put your hands or feet anywhere that you can't see them. Be aware of temperatures in the summer, which can be in the low 100s. Hiking and camping in the bottom of the canyons can be extremely hot as heat radiates from the rocks. Plan trips for cooler weather to avoid heat injuries. Please remember to Leave No Trace, and enjoy your trip!

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What camping is available near Colorado National Monument?

    According to TheDyrt.com, Colorado National Monument offers a wide range of camping options, with 2 campgrounds and RV parks near Colorado National Monument and 1 free dispersed camping spot.

    Which is the most popular campground near Colorado National Monument?

    According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Colorado National Monument is Saddlehorn Campground — Colorado National Monument with a 4.5-star rating from 54 reviews.

    Where can I find free dispersed camping near Colorado National Monument?

    According to TheDyrt.com, there is 1 free dispersed camping spot near Colorado National Monument.

    What parks are near Colorado National Monument?

    According to TheDyrt.com, there are 600 parks near Colorado National Monument that allow camping, notably Bankhead National Forest and Chugach National Forest.