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Amanda U.
Glenwood Springs, CO
Joined October 2017
I am Mandy, wife to mountain man John and little girls Atlas, Elowen and dog Tiffy. We enjoy every minute of the CO lifestyle.
Alpine Dream

We were able to get our popup to these sites but not necessarily recommended to even attempt to bring a trailer (ours is lifted with heavy duty tires) worth the risk because, Wow!! Perfect lake views, snow capped mountain tops, and wildflowers for days. We were sadly not allowed fires but this year we are getting tons of moisture in CO so we will head back up to Alta by summer, hopeful for fires again. Port a John's are rarely serviced, so if that's a deal breaker for you….and Please Leave No Trace!! This area is so beautiful, let's keep it that way.

Big Group Fun!!

We booked in January for Memorial Day weekend. Recommended because they were packed this weekend. Site 2 was big enough for our pop up and 3 other tents. Each extra vehicle pays per night. The amount of shade trees in this area is phenomenal and the rushing river next to the sites is an added bonus. Fun to go check out Beaver Lake in Marble and eat at Slow Groovin BBQ at least once. Camp hosts very nice, bathrooms very clean. We are locals so we look forward to enjoying this campground several times a summer, hopefully!!

Expensive but perfectly placed.

Arrived opening weekend in May at Redstone Campground (just 1 mile east of Redstone) Camp Hosts were super friendly and had been working hard getting sites and bathrooms ready for the season. $30 per night which i did hear that is the highest price in the Roaring Fork Valley. Bear boxes at each site which we are always grateful for. Short walk down to river, or 1 mile into Redstone (Ruby of the Rockies!!) for a quick visit to general store and antique shop. We also left for the day for Marble to paddleboard at Beaver Lake and eat at Slow Groovin BBQ. Campground has water, showers, even a sandbox foe kids.

First to Review
Fun in the Sand!!!

We arrived Friday Afternoon, late April. Our friends snagged the group sites directly on the beach, we got a site a short walk away in one of the designated spots for our popup. No hookups that we saw, not needed for us. There were no tickets or toilet paper, so I don't think this area is checked on too often. That's fine, everyone kept the area clean and quiet at night. The sandy beach is so clean and we were able to drive down to a drop in on 2 different days and easily float back to our beach on paddleboards and a raft. The kids really loved the beach, and our favorite part was some people had campfires directly on the beach. The views from every spot are incredible and the trees provided enough shade during the super hot days. Know that it was already almost 90 degrees even in late April.

Lower Onion

This time I am reviewing Lower Onion Creek. Upper and Lower are grouped together on this site, but they are 2 different campgrounds. Lower onion is directly across from the Fisher towers turn off on Hwy 128. No sign for lower onion until you actually make the turn and head down towards the site. We really loved this campground. River access so fun for kids. Set lower which helps when those super high spring winds come through. Bathrooms on site. $15/night. Dogs on leash. All spots did fill up after we arrived by 4pm on Friday evening. We checked out the bike path close to Moab this time and the Grandstaff trail also off of hw128. Both so fun and easy with littles.

Aspen Gem

We actually enjoy the sometimes scary Independence Pass drive, but if mountain roads make you nervous, avoid this spot. There are also some technical driving skills required to get back to the spots past the general sites towards the front of Lincoln Gulch. We stayed back at site 10, and yes it's a bumpy ride back but so worth the drive!! Some sites are river front, all can access the river. Beautiful pines, mountain views, rocks for us, so no staking down our tent but no wind so that worked out fine. Bugs were minimal, did rain during 1 night in July. Great with kids because we could easily check out water, take a long walk and try fishing. Get there early on Friday if possible. All completely booked by Friday evening.

Options, views, avoid during rainy season

We have stayed in the designated spots down by the stream, and also up the steep, dirt road to the dispersed sites past the designated spots. The spots by the stream are cooler, more shaded but empty in late August. Mid summer they fill up fast so we moved up to the dispersed sites. Hotter up there and be aware the only way up can be at risk of being washed out by torrential rains that are not uncommon in our part of CO during the summer months. Half of our group got stuck an extra day after a heavy rain. Be careful! Overall, gorgeous views, room for kids to run around, even a fun hike next to designated sites. Don't forget to stop in to our hometown Carbondale on your way in or out. The food and brews are the best!!!

Bumpy road worth the expansive views

We once read at a museum Dinosaur bones have been found here in the past, so my toddler was 100% ready to explore these sites. Bumpy ride to get to sites but worth it to have views overlooking the river. Wind is intense during the spring but plenty of pinion trees to help block some of the wind. Bathrooms serviced regularly. Lots of ATVs but most respectful of quiet hours.

Best of Moab

Always try to camp here, sometimes we are too late. Thats ok, Onion Creek is great too. The hike by camp is beautiful and the stars at night….wow!! Watch out for the wind, and never miss the sunrise or sunset!! Not super easy with kids due to a few dropoffs, but so worth it at least once. I do wish they would get a "full" sign right off of hwy128 so not so many people drive up and down the Fisher towers road checking for a spot.

Difficult road and awful mosquitos

Arrived July 7th. Amazing views, great temps, but that drive is pretty tough, good thing babies dont mind bouncing. The mosquitos tho were so bad we wont be returning in the summer months. We made an early trip down to Strawberry Hotsprings. Always so fun! There was even some kind of craft fair going on which was a nice in town treat for momma . Wildflowers this time of year were wonderful, final gate to the top was not yet open.

Late fall, great temps, kid friendly

Upper Onion Creek arrived Friday by 3pm. Site was almost full, cleared out by Saturday morning, so sat morn may be best time to arrive. Toddler could roam free without mom worried about drop offs. Easy biking down red dirt road, easy enough with kid seats on back of bike. Super fun with ebike. Sunset tour down Kokopelli trail 10 miles of canyons with 4 wheel drive. Day temps perfect late october, nights 40ish. We will be back for sure