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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
    253 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.

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    • 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
    1125 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.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    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
    263 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

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

    4.

    North Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    18 Reviews
    59 Photos
    410 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.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $20 / 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

    5.

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

    15 Reviews
    67 Photos
    202 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.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from The Potholes Recreation Site
    Camper-submitted photo from The Potholes Recreation Site
    Camper-submitted photo from The Potholes Recreation Site
    Camper-submitted photo from The Potholes Recreation Site
    Camper-submitted photo from The Potholes Recreation Site
    Camper-submitted photo from The Potholes Recreation Site

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    The Potholes Recreation Site

    10 Reviews
    45 Photos
    163 Saves
    Delta, Colorado

    The Potholes Recreation Site, located 12 miles up Escalante Canyon, offers picnic tables and shade shelters with several designated overnight camping sites nearby.

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    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    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

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    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.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Last Dollar Road
    Camper-submitted photo from Last Dollar Road
    Camper-submitted photo from Last Dollar Road
    Camper-submitted photo from Last Dollar Road
    Camper-submitted photo from Last Dollar Road
    Camper-submitted photo from Last Dollar Road

    8.

    Last Dollar Road

    20 Reviews
    31 Photos
    986 Saves
    Placerville, Colorado

    Please note that 4wd may be necessary.

    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

    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.

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    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Dispersed
    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!

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed)
    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed)
    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed)
    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed)
    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed)
    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed)

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    Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed)

    35 Reviews
    142 Photos
    1673 Saves
    Ophir, Colorado

    Alta Lakes is a popular dispersed camping area that offers fishing and camping in a spectacular alpine setting. There are 20 designated campsites that are completely undeveloped. The access road to the area is narrow and rough, requiring a high clearance vehicle. Trailers and RV's are not reccomended.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
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