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Dispersed Camping

Portland Road Dispersed

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Location

Portland Road Dispersed is located in Colorado

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Coordinates

38.017273620682886 N
107.66607332711429 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
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  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

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  • WiFi
    Available
  • Verizon
    Available
  • AT&T
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  • T-Mobile
    Poor

Site Types

  • Dispersed

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  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

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5 Reviews

Troy W.
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2024

Amazing... if you can get there!

The previous reviews don't lie. County 16 is an off-road type road that requires a high-clearance vehicle... and 4-wheel-drive doesn't hurt either! But, once up above Ouray, it's absolutely gorgeous! And quiet. We camped 4 nights (Wednesday-Sunday) and saw exactly 3 other vehicles. We also saw deer and/or fox every morning and night, which was super cool. There is a creek that is difficult to access but provides some ambient outdoor noise. There are probably 10-12 spots (maybe more?) and most are on the smaller size, but there are a few comparable for fitting several vehicles. It's close to town so our phones had perfect signal (T-Mobile) yet far enough away to be alone in the wilderness! Definitely 5 stars and we'll be back!

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Portland Road Dispersed by Troy W., June 6, 2024
  • Review photo of Portland Road Dispersed by Troy W., June 6, 2024
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Megan V.
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2023

4WD Needed, great spot

We camp here annually and access with a lifted Tacoma, definitely wouldn't recommend it for anything that isn't high clearance. This spot is so convenient for getting into town and to all the trails in the area.

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Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Portland Road Dispersed by Megan V., September 28, 2023
SThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2023

Beautiful quiet place

It’s clean, not sure what people are talking about. Absolutely need high clearance 4wd. Torn up road from side by sides but worth the stretch.

Month of VisitSeptember
Matt M.
Reviewed May. 27, 2023

Humans ruined this camping spot:/

There were plenty of dispersed camping sites along the trail however you’re not allowed to camp on the first 1/3 mile bc “humans left too much trash here.” So sad :(

The trail was super super rocky. I attempted it in my 2005 crv and dented so many things on the bottom. You NEED a high clearance vehicle.

If you can actually make it past the 1/3 mile there’s probably good camping up there. Too bad my car didn’t make it.

Humans ruining perfectly pristine camping bc they can’t pick up after themselves:/

Month of VisitJune
DThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2020

Tent sites

Nice tent areas overlooking the small town of Ouray. Portland Rd is 4WD high clearance although we did see low clearance drivers take chances. There is a small lot at the bottom with limited parking yiu can park and haul your stuff up the road if you find a nearby area to pitch your tent.

  • Review photo of Portland Road Dispersed by Donna S., August 12, 2020
  • Review photo of Portland Road Dispersed by Donna S., August 12, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Are fires allowed at Portland Road Dispersed?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Portland Road Dispersed, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Portland Road Dispersed have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Portland Road Dispersed does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Portland Road Dispersed?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is available, AT&T is available, and T-Mobile is poor.