Best Camping near Mesa Verde National Park

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Southwest Colorado is home to some of the best camping in the state. Near Mesa Verde National Park, CO, visitors can take in some spectacular views, visit historic places, and enjoy sleeping under the stars or in a cozy cabin. Yurts are also available at some campsites, and in some close proximity to Mancos State Park. Visitors can boat in, walk in, or drive up to their spot in an RV. See the rock carvings on Petroglyph Point Trail and visit the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. The ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings are a must-see for every camper, along with the imposing cliff palace.

Best Camping Sites Near Mesa Verde National Park, CO (170)

    Camper-submitted photo from Morefield Campground — Mesa Verde National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Morefield Campground — Mesa Verde National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Morefield Campground — Mesa Verde National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Morefield Campground — Mesa Verde National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Morefield Campground — Mesa Verde National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Morefield Campground — Mesa Verde National Park

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    Morefield Campground — Mesa Verde National Park

    85 Reviews
    303 Photos
    473 Saves
    Mancos, Colorado

    Morefield Campground is four miles from the park entrance. The 267 campsites are situated within a high-elevation, grassy canyon filled with Gambel oak, native flowers, deer, and wild turkeys. Each site has a picnic table, gravel tent pad, and fire pit/BBQ grill. A camp store offers registration, food, and camp supplies. Firewood, gasoline, showers, a coin-operated laundromat, and a kennel are located nearby. The campground is managed by park concessioner Aramark and is open between spring and fall.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Mesa Verde National Park Boundary (BLM Land)
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesa Verde National Park Boundary (BLM Land)
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesa Verde National Park Boundary (BLM Land)
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesa Verde National Park Boundary (BLM Land)
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesa Verde National Park Boundary (BLM Land)
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesa Verde National Park Boundary (BLM Land)

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    Mesa Verde National Park Boundary (BLM Land)

    21 Reviews
    39 Photos
    614 Saves
    Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Welcome to the Mesa Verde National Park Boundary BLM Land, a fantastic dispersed camping area right on the edge of Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. This spot is a gem for those who love a bit of adventure without the frills of a developed campground. It's free, open year-round, and offers some of the most stunning views of Mesa Verde you'll find.

    This area, often referred to as "Chutes and Ladders," has around 15-16 sites, each with a pull-in area and a fire pit. It's a great place to set up your tent or park your RV, though larger rigs might find it a bit tight. The sites are spread out enough to give you some privacy and peace, and it's generally a quiet spot without the party crowd.

    One of the best things about camping here is the proximity to Mesa Verde National Park—just a short drive away. You can wake up to breathtaking views of the park and be there in minutes to explore the ancient cliff dwellings and other archaeological wonders. Plus, if you need to stock up on supplies, there's a Walmart about a 10-minute drive away.

    A few things to keep in mind: there are no amenities like toilets, showers, or drinking water, so come prepared. Fires are allowed, but you'll need to bring your own firewood. Pets are welcome, and alcohol is allowed, making it a great spot for a relaxed, no-frills camping experience.

    Visitors have raved about the incredible views and the convenience of being so close to the park. Some have mentioned that it can get crowded during peak times, so arriving early might help you snag a prime spot. And while there are some bees around, they generally keep to themselves.

    So, if you're looking for a beautiful, free place to camp near Mesa Verde with minimal amenities but maximum natural beauty, this is the spot for you. Enjoy your stay!

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    Camper-submitted photo from Cortez, Mesa Verde KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Cortez, Mesa Verde KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Cortez, Mesa Verde KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Cortez, Mesa Verde KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Cortez, Mesa Verde KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Cortez, Mesa Verde KOA

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    Cortez, Mesa Verde KOA

    20 Reviews
    59 Photos
    74 Saves
    Cortez, Colorado

    This KOA has been closed and is reopened as Rjourney, find them on the Dyrt

    Mesa Verde National Park is less than 15 minutes away from this KOA near the four corners where Colorado, and New Mexico. Arizona and Utah meet.

    The campground has heated swimming pool, basketball, and horseshoes. Also has a 1-mile walking trail around Denny Lake, fishing, and an enclosed dog park.

    The pool is open Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Madden Peak Road - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Madden Peak Road - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Madden Peak Road - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Madden Peak Road - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Madden Peak Road - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Madden Peak Road - Dispersed

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    Madden Peak Road - Dispersed

    22 Reviews
    42 Photos
    573 Saves
    Mancos, Colorado

    Dispersed camping along Forest Service Road 316

    San Juan National Forest encompasses about 1.8 million acres in the southwestern corner of Colorado. From high-desert mesas to alpine peaks, these federal lands are managed for multiple uses and visitors are asked to respect each other and the natural resources. The San Juan National Forest Headquarters is located in Durango, Colorado, with district offices in Bayfield, Dolores and Pagosa Springs.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Mancos State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mancos State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mancos State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mancos State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mancos State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mancos State Park Campground

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    Mancos State Park Campground

    18 Reviews
    33 Photos
    93 Saves
    Mancos, Colorado

    Mancos is a great place to camp. Set in a beautiful ponderosa forest, the upper loop of the main campground and both yurts remain open through the winter. The park is centrally located to a wide variety of local attractions​.

    The park has two campgrounds – Main and West – on two sides of the reservoir with a total of 32 campsites. Along the northwest side of the reservoir, the west campground has nine campsites (primarily for tent campers) with toilets but no drinking water nearby.​

    Mancos also offers yurts for a unique and cozy camping experience.

    Yurt reservations are required year round.

    Mancos State Park provides a great overnight stop or a beautiful location for an extended stay. Winter is a fun time to camp at Mancos State Park.

    Come and enjoy a fun-filled, quiet and beautiful time at Mancos State Park!

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    Camper-submitted photo from The Views RV Park & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from The Views RV Park & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from The Views RV Park & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from The Views RV Park & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from The Views RV Park & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from The Views RV Park & Campground

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    The Views RV Park & Campground

    19 Reviews
    36 Photos
    89 Saves
    Dolores, Colorado

    The Views RV Park& Campground welcomes you! Located near the heart of Southwest Colorado overlooking incredible vistas See all Four States from The Views, and experience breathtaking sunrises and sunsets Wander our 42 acres on the new trails We're located directly across the entrance to McPhee Reservoir for boating, fishing, paddle boarding and playing. Make The Views your base camp for hunting in the Fall or for your high mountain, desert and Mesa Verde adventures all season. Come see all that Southwest Colorado has to offer!

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    Camper-submitted photo from Echo Basin Cabin and RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Echo Basin Cabin and RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Echo Basin Cabin and RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Echo Basin Cabin and RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Echo Basin Cabin and RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Echo Basin Cabin and RV Resort

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    Echo Basin Cabin and RV Resort

    17 Reviews
    21 Photos
    63 Saves
    Mancos, Colorado

    Echo Basin Cabin And Rv Resort. Located in Mancos, Colorado. It is perfectly situated in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. Specializing in Colorado destination weddings, reunions, and family vacations, Echo Basin Resort has had the honor of hosting numerous events each summer season for over two decades.

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    Camper-submitted photo from BLM across from Mesa Verde
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM across from Mesa Verde
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM across from Mesa Verde
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM across from Mesa Verde
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM across from Mesa Verde
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM across from Mesa Verde
    Camper-submitted photo from Ancient Cedars Mesa Verde RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ancient Cedars Mesa Verde RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ancient Cedars Mesa Verde RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ancient Cedars Mesa Verde RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ancient Cedars Mesa Verde RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ancient Cedars Mesa Verde RV Park

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    Ancient Cedars Mesa Verde RV Park

    14 Reviews
    27 Photos
    71 Saves
    Mancos, Colorado

    Join us at Ancient Cedars Mesa Verde RV Park–located across from the National Park entrance. We are the ideal, country-style, destination park located in the heart of Mesa Verde Country, close to a variety of acclaimed attractions in and around the Four Corners area. You’ll find we offer the most-friendly guest experience this side of the West, so bring the family and your favorite furry friends!

    Camp among our 1500-year old Cedar Trees. Our evening dark sky is primed for stargazing, and unforgettable shooting stars! Be sure to take part in our on-site activities such as miniature golf, swimming, hot tubbing as well as horse-back riding right next door!

    Our spacious RV camping grounds are equipped with a wide variety of pull-through sites with full hook-ups, water and 20/30/50 AMP electrical service. We offer Class-A and 5th Wheel ‘big rig friendly’ sections on the property that are more open with less tree coverage to allow for larger rigs and TV reception. Wooded sites are also available for all campers wanting shade.

    Our cozy deluxe log cabins measure approximately 10’x 12′. They comfortably sleep 4 to 5 people and include pillow top mattresses 1 queen bed and 2 bunk beds. Appliances in each cabin include TV, refrigerator, microwave, air conditioner, and heater. Each cabin offers a covered porch, covered picnic table and a free-standing grill. Primitive cabins located close to our adult hot tub and pool.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Mesa Verde RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesa Verde RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesa Verde RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesa Verde RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesa Verde RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesa Verde RV Resort

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    Mesa Verde RV Resort

    12 Reviews
    19 Photos
    94 Saves
    Mancos, Colorado

    Welcome to Mesa Verde RV Resort, your perfect basecamp for exploring the stunning Mesa Verde National Park. Nestled just half a mile from the park entrance, this campground offers a prime location for your adventures. Whether you're rolling in with an RV, pitching a tent, or looking for a cozy cabin or glamping experience, this place has got you covered.

    The campground is packed with amenities to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. You’ll find full hookups, clean showers, and a well-maintained laundry room. If you’re traveling with kids, they’ll love the playground and mini-golf course. For those looking to unwind, there are two hot tubs and a pool. And if you forgot any essentials, the camp store has you covered.

    One of the standout features here is the friendly and helpful staff. Visitors often mention how welcoming and accommodating they are, even escorting you to your site. The sites themselves are gravel, fairly level, and well-spaced, though some folks suggest asking for a spot on the outer edge for a bit more privacy.

    For pet owners, there's a spacious dog park where your furry friends can stretch their legs. And if you’re into trail rides, there are ponies next door that are a hit with both kids and adults.

    While you're here, don't miss out on the incredible Mesa Verde National Park. It's a treasure trove of ancient cliff dwellings and stunning landscapes. After a day of exploring, you can come back to the resort, relax by the pool, or enjoy a quiet evening under the stars.

    So, if you're planning a trip to Mesa Verde, Mesa Verde RV Resort is a fantastic place to stay. With its great location, top-notch amenities, and friendly atmosphere, it’s no wonder visitors keep coming back.

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    $43 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Mesa Verde National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, Mesa Verde National Park offers a wide range of camping options, with 170 campgrounds and RV parks near Mesa Verde National Park and 49 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Mesa Verde National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Mesa Verde National Park is Morefield Campground — Mesa Verde National Park with a 4.3-star rating from 85 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Mesa Verde National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 49 free dispersed camping spots near Mesa Verde National Park.

What parks are near Mesa Verde National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 13 parks near Mesa Verde National Park that allow camping, notably San Juan National Forest and Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Fore.