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Lay, Colorado

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36 Reviews of 35 Lay, Colorado Campgrounds

Hayley K.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 18, 2021

Be on the Lookout for Wild Horses

This area is located directly in the middle of the Wild Horse area of Northwest Colorado. This seems to be the place to ride dirt bikes or do some mountain biking. 

This is easy to find location since there is a large sign right off the road and there is TONS of space for camping. 


Hayley K.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2021

Good for a last resort stop but that's it.

This is a great small town overnight stop. It is on the side of the road in the last town before you hit no mans land heading west. There is power for RV’s and picnic tables. There is also a water refill and a park for kids to play. It is the last place to stop for water or dumping after steamboat…

Month of VisitAugust
Nikki and Will W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2021

Secluded campsite set in trees

This was an amazing site! Even though this is a group campground you wouldn't know it! We chose a great site that was actually 2 tiered! We had a spot for our truck with truck bed tent and then some stairs led to the picnic table, fire ring, and ground tent site. It was an awesome experience to…

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Doug W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2021

Nice USFS campgrounds

There are 4 small US Forest Service campgrounds here.  The access road is in great shape and while it is gravel, it is passable with any vehicle and trailer combination.

One of the campgrounds is reservable, the the others are FCFS.  We stayed in the equestrian campground.  In two of the…

Month of VisitJuly
Doug W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2021

Small campground right on the Yampa River

This small campground is primarily a river access site but there are a handful of designated campsites.  Located right off US 40, access is easy and most sized rigs will fit.  While right off the highway, US 49 is very quiet at night with almost zero traffic.  Good for a stop over while passing…

Month of VisitJuly
Christopher B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2020

Nice place for quick stopover

Stayed here one night, nice clean bathrooms and showers. Full site hookups.

Matthew V.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2020

Secluded campground in the middle of nowhere.

Stayed here only for one night, as a stopover before hitting the Grand Tetons National Park. Small campground with only about 6 primaries sites. All with a tent pad and most with picnic tables and fire rings! We did not use due to the fire ban, unfortunately. No amenities other than a vaulted…

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Wyatt J.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2020

No fuss, big sites

Quiet place with the sound of a babbling river running along the edge of the camp. They have a few pull throughs, several large back in and a few smaller back in sites. They also offer a large open field for dry camping. No showers, but, a few porta potties around the camp. Fire rings and picnic…

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Campground Recon C.
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2020

Remote & Quiet

100+ miles round-trip to the nearest gas station or grocery store, the campgrounds at Trappers Lake are the perfect place to get away. Shepherds Rim Campground is the only campground at Trappers Lake that accepts reservations. The campgrounds are surrounded by the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and…

  • Shepherds Rim Site #7.  Looking down on Crescent Lake.  Horse Thief Campground is down below just behind the lake on the right.
  • Shepherd Rim #7
  • Shepherd's Rim Site #8.  Looking over damage from the Big Fish Fire which nearly destroyed the campgrounds in 2002.
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Campground Recon C.
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2020

Empty & Quiet

The 7 campsites at East Marvine Campground were surprisingly empty in mid-July and the neighboring Marvine Campground was only half full.  Site 1 is a pull-thru near the restrooms.

Open late-May to late-October 

First Come First Served

$20 per night +$5 for horse corrals 

50ft max RV length …

  • Site #2 East Marvine Campground
  • Site #7 East Marvine Campground.  Horse Corrals just to the left are an extra $5/night
  • Entrance to East Marvine Campground on the left
Campground Recon C.
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2020

Hiking, Fly Fishing, and Camping

Campsites were a bit overgrown and 3 sites were closed due to downed trees.  The trailhead for the South Fork Trail #1827 and Spring Cave Trail #1834 are at the back of the campground.  

Spring Cave is open from mid-April to mid-August and requires a permit from the forest service. In addition,…

  • The South Fork of the White River as seen from the footbridge leading to Spring Cave.
Month of VisitAugust
Campground Recon C.
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2020

Quiet & Relaxing

This campground was less than half full.  Trailhead for East Marvine Trail and Marvine Trail is not far from the campground entrance.  Both trails lead into the Flat Tops Wilderness and are popular for pack rides.  Horse corrals are available at the trailhead and nearby East Marvine Campground for…

  • Site #4 is nice and flat.  Long enough for 60 foot RV
  • Site #9 feels secluded with all the trees.
  • Site 12 is at the back of the 2nd loop but very close to site #13
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Month of VisitAugust
Rebeca H.
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2020

Great RV Park by the Rio Grande

We stayed at this RV Park a few days after an early snow storm hit the area. We needed electrical hookup and a spot by the river :). This campground exceeded our expectations. The spot was beautiful, clean and the managers were very friendly.

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Meghan A.
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2020

Nice, but not great for tents

This was a nice shady campground. Lots of shade, vault toilets, and water spigots. The ground was very rocky and undeveloped, not great for tents. We kept sliding while we slept. Plus, there weren’t spots for the tents, we had to place them in the RV pull through areas. Not likely to return to this…

SiteSite 16
Month of VisitOctober
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2020

Super cute

It’s beautiful there’s no water type things but down the canyon there’s a fun rock place to climb around. There’s a toilet but it’s was in some bad shape def needed a cleaning cause wow. A lot of blue jays and shade good space fire ring and amazing stars the echo off the unusual mountain side where…

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