Best Camping near Montrose, CO

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Best Camping Sites Near Montrose, CO (255)

    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
    256 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.

    • Pets
    • 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

    40 Reviews
    114 Photos
    1176 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.

    • Pets
    • 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

    3.

    Elk Ridge Campground — Ridgway State Park

    27 Reviews
    77 Photos
    270 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

    • Pets
    • 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
    411 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.

    • Pets
    • 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
    205 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.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    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
    120 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.

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

    7.

    Ouray KOA

    23 Reviews
    89 Photos
    113 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!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    8.

    East Portal Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    9 Reviews
    45 Photos
    285 Saves
    Montrose, Colorado

    Overview

    The East Portal Campground is located within Curecanti National Recreation Area, but is adjacent to and only accessible from Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The campground is located at the bottom of the canyon, along the Gunnison River. It is a small campground of 15 sites (10 are tent-only), shaded by box elder trees. East Portal is closed in winter, when the Bureau of Reclamation closes the East Portal Road. Elevation: 6526 feet (1990 m). NOTE: Black Canyon of the Gunnison charges a $30 per vehicle entrance fee which you will pay upon arrival (or purchase in advance ). The park also honors interagency passes for entry (e.g., senior, access, Golden Age, 4th grade, etc.).__

    Natural Features

    East Portal offers plentiful shade and nearby access to the Gunnison River. Spectacular views of Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Curecanti are abundant.

    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Amphitheater Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Amphitheater Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Amphitheater Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Amphitheater Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Amphitheater Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Amphitheater Campground

    9.

    Amphitheater Campground

    26 Reviews
    113 Photos
    550 Saves
    Ouray, Colorado

    Overview

    Amphitheater Campground is located near the town of Ouray, Colo., at an elevation of 8,400 feet. Visitors enjoy the area for its beautiful scenery and great hiking and off-road trail opportunities.

    Recreation

    Many hiking trails are found in the immediate area, including the popular Upper Cascade Falls Trail, which begins at the campground. Baby Bath Tubs and Chief Ouray Mine trails can also be accessed from the same trailhead. The campground is a favorite among jeep and off-road enthusiasts for its close proximity to a number of exciting trails in the surrounding area.

    Facilities

    Many hiking trails are found in the immediate area, including the popular Upper Cascade Falls Trail, which begins at the campground. Baby Bath Tubs and Chief Ouray Mine trails can also be accessed from the same trailhead. The campground is a favorite among jeep and off-road enthusiasts for its close proximity to a number of exciting trails in the surrounding area.

    Natural Features

    The campground is named for the natural rock amphitheater that stands over Ouray. The massive gray cliffs were created by ancient volcanic and glacial activity. The campground is situated on the mountainside above Ouray, with stellar views of the amphitheater. A forest of Gambel oak trees and mixed conifers covers the area.

    Nearby Attractions

    Ouray is known as America's Switzerland. The charming, historic, mountain town offers a variety of dining, shopping and lodging options, as well as a hot springs pool and a variety of annual festivals.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $28 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Campground — Crawford State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Campground — Crawford State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Campground — Crawford State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Campground — Crawford State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Campground — Crawford State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Campground — Crawford State Park

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    Iron Creek Campground — Crawford State Park

    13 Reviews
    53 Photos
    66 Saves
    Crawford, Colorado

    Welcome to Iron Creek Campground at Crawford State Park! This spot is a gem for anyone looking to enjoy the great outdoors with some solid amenities. The campground is open all year, so you can plan your visit whenever it suits you best.

    One of the standout features here is the availability of electric hookups, making it a great choice for RV campers. If you're bringing your furry friends along, you'll be happy to know that pets are allowed. And for those who enjoy a good campfire, fires are permitted, and there's firewood available on-site.

    Visitors have praised the cleanliness of the campground, especially the bathrooms and showers. The camp hosts are known for their friendliness and dedication, often going the extra mile to ensure the sites are well-maintained. You might even get a chance to chat with the rangers, who are great with kids and always up for a friendly conversation.

    The campground is near the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, which is a must-see if you're in the area. The reservoir nearby offers plenty of opportunities for water activities, and there are some great trails for biking and walking between the camp loops. Just be prepared for the sun, as it can get pretty intense during the day. A sunshade or tarp can make a big difference.

    Whether you're here for a weekend or an extended stay, Iron Creek Campground offers a peaceful and enjoyable experience with plenty to see and do. So pack your gear, bring some cash for the self-serve pay station, and get ready to enjoy a fantastic camping trip!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $15 - $32 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Montrose, CO?

According to TheDyrt.com, Montrose, CO offers a wide range of camping options, with 255 campgrounds and RV parks near Montrose, CO and 68 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Montrose, CO?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Montrose, CO is South Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park with a 4.5-star rating from 59 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Montrose, CO?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 68 free dispersed camping spots near Montrose, CO.

What parks are near Montrose, CO?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 14 parks near Montrose, CO that allow camping, notably Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests.