After staying in exclusively free, dispersed camping for some time, the $20 felt like a lot, but there are amenities and services, and was worth it- especially in TX where there is little free camping.
I called day of because online reservations can only be made 2 days in advance. The staff person was extremely friendly and helpful and booked me a site immediately over the phone, with a credit card to hold the reservation. I was so pleased to have a spot to call home for the night when I arrived some hours later.
If you’re camping in your car, ask for a tent site with a flat parking area. My site had a slanted parking area, so I parked sideways which ended up working out.
Bathrooms are very clean, and I saw no one in or around them when I used the facilities. My site had a water spigot as well. In the morning, someone came by to give me a day pass in case I needed to come and go. Alas, I had to head on- I wish I could have hiked here! It’s beautiful!
It felt very safe.
No service for ATT. Google got me there just fine, but be sure to put in the address ahead of time so when you lose service you can still get there!
I decided to stay here last minute and arrived after dark on Jan. 21st. It was easy to find- look for the drive just to the side of the canal (I turned left onto the dirt road after coming off I-25). There are 2 dirt roads - take the upper one to the right, and within a few hundred feet there is a steepish driveway to the right down to under the trees.
Tables and fire rings provided- although as another reviewer stated, there are posted fire restrictions.
Sites are very flat. There is a semi-busy road nearby but it feels secluded under the trees. One other camper set up when I got in- I was surprised to see anyone, but it was nice to know someone else was around too.
I’d definitely stay here again, even as a solo female traveler.
Lots of cell service (ATT)
I originally planned to stay further down the road but discovered Goose Island Campground had some cell service, and as a solo female car-camper, I felt safer having that security.
This site had several people camping even in mid-January. It is easy to find from the road. $20/night pay with envelope at entrance. Clean vault toilets with toilet paper, and a dumpster. The camp sites on the left of the one-way drive are right on the bank of the Colorado river!! Not a lot of cover in the winter for relieving ones self, but toilets are nearby to all sites.
Each site has a fire ring and picnic table, flat area for tents, and a gravel parking pad. It took about 7 min to drive to Arches NP.
1-2 bars of ATT
Stayed 2 nights- Jan 20-21, 2021
The Banks campsites are perfect if you’re climbing at Shelf Road. You can hike from the campsite. There are vault toilets that are clean and have toilet paper. One vault toilet part way on the hike to the walls did not have TP.
One downside- there was a lot of old dog poo around our campsite, but that was the only con. Fire ring and picnic table provided.
$7/night pay with envelope at the exit to the camp area loop.
1-2 bars of ATT 2-3 bars of Verizon
Would definitely stay here again!
This was a great place to stay for one night on my journey traveling I-80. The coordinates have been updated (originally wrong when I tried to find it)- the map is correct now.
I arrived after dark on Jan 10th. Once I found the entrance (easy now that the location is correct) I couldn’t obviously see flat areas for parking. With some help from my mom who I was on the phone with, she was able to see from daytime satellite photos the easiest spots.
When you enter the camping area, stay to the left on the main road, continue staying left - you will pass 3-4 little ‘roads’. The first site- where I parked- is the first opening to the left. If you venture up to the right, you will end up some extremely steep drives. My Subaru Outback made it up and down one of those but it was a little scary for me.
It was COLD- when I woke up, temp was 19, felt like 12. But in my car I was cozy. There isn’t any privacy from the main road, but very few cars driving by.
Horseshoe Springs is across the street (turn left out of camping area, first turn off on the right- you can see the little pavilion from the road). Was nice to see even in the cold!
Solo woman traveling- it was a little freaky at first but I got used to the solitude there, and felt safe! Beautiful landscape upon waking up!
This FREE (not sure why it shows up as $25 on this app) dispersed camp area is perfect for convenience to JTNP, although at the south entrance. Easy to find spots, even in the dark. I stayed here the night of January 3rd. Flat and sandy areas with lots of rock fire rings (check fire status though! It was a no burn time when I was there).
See other reviews for good descriptions of directions from I-10. Very simple.
To get to the north part of JTNP it takes about 1 hour through the park (BEAUTIFUL drive), to Black Rock Canyon for trail heads about 1.5 hours. You can drive through the park before park hours if needed. The cottonwood springs visitors center opens at 8:30, but you can get a pass in another place.
One downside, you can hear (faintly) and see I-10 but no big deal!
Would stay here again!
I arrived after dark on December 27th. I had made a reservation (and paid the $15) through their website. When I got to the park, I followed signs for Paradise Cove and reached the camping area. I never found my exact campsite (#27) but it was completely empty so I took a different one and left a note in my windshield. The phone number on the confirm email forwards after hours to the lodge, and the person was very nice when I called but couldn’t help me.
It was a bit confusing once I got there and was trying to find my site, I went online again and found another website that said paradise cove camping was closed, but the guy on the phone said the online reservations are kept up to date.
Paradise cove is right by the bridge over the lake and I could hear and see traffic. Each site is numbered on the picnic table (hard to see, especially in the dark) and the bathrooms were closed. I never found the water taps.
In the morning, I was right on the lake, with lots of birds! It was beautiful despite the traffic. I would stay again but pick a different campground in the park.
I arrived after dark on December 28th, and at first missed the turn off for the camping, but using the map here on the Dyrt, could see where I went wrong.
Google gets you there, as soon as you cross the cattle stile into the park, take your first left which comes very quickly. Dispersed camping is on both sides of this road. If you go a little further, you’ll see the vault toilets on the right (I couldn’t find these until the morning).
It was completely deserted, except for one RV (I am sleeping in my car). In the morning I discovered a car which looks like someone may be living in the park, but saw no signs of anyone.
It is beautiful! I woke up to an inch of snow! One downside- it’s right next to a landfill. There was no smell, but I could hear all of the equipment in the morning.
Easy to find, clean, safe (I’m a solo woman). I’d stay here again!