Derek S.
Monument , CO
Joined May 2019
Traveler of roads less travelled. I hate people.
Passing through

Stopped by to check it out for a future trip… the campsites were ok. Going North from there on the way towards Wyoming is some cool geology.

Yampa River Solitude.

Visited end of August and was the only one there. The river is shallow and wide and warm enough to swim in. Two of the 6 campsites had shelters. There’s no trees for putting up tarps. The night view of the sky is amazing… access to the river for fishing was both incredible and makes this an amazing off the beaten path campground. There’s a boat launch here for rafts. The bank is probably too steep for putting in boats on trailers.

When there is no vacancy here be vacancies.

Visiting steamboat springs all the nearby state parks and private campgrounds were full but there was plenty of sites open here. Many of the campsites have a slight slope/grade and require a little imagination to find a level spot to put up a tent but overall not bad. Plenty of trees for tarps.

Solitude on the Rio Grande

Showed up on a Friday evening and there were still several spots to choose from alongside the river. Satellite toilets are nearby each campsite and theres plenty of trees in each site for putting up tarps. The campground is a hot spot for trout fishing with a continuous stream of people pulling in and going over the river to cast for some of the big browns and rainbows on this section of the Rio Grande.

Easy access

Great campground right on the river. Lots and of access for fishing and a great trail hike along the river that stretched for miles. Despite being just outside town. The campground feels remote.

Tipi on the prairie

Amazing remnant of Minnesota prairie set among the farm country. With the prairie in Minnesota gone except for a handful of small conservation areas, Blue Mounds State Park is an oasis of prairie in a sea of corn and soybean. Bison roam a small area of a few hundred acres where prairie smoke and other native plants make a last stand in a landscape of Sioux quartzite rock outcroppings, cliffs, streams, rivers and waterfalls. Hike the park or drive over to touch the Sky prairie, there’s plenty to do. The campsites are high and dry with some set overlooking mound creek or nestled amongst the shade trees. In cooler months the park has a stone shelter with a wood burning stove to escape the rain or chill. There are three spacious tipis for rent. $30-35 a night that can sleep 4-6 people. Those sites are set to the side and offer some privacy.

Majestic sky

Campsites have picnic tables and fire rings. Each site has a garbage can. Horses are permitted. Set among a rocky outcropping near Bennett’s peak… between the two campgrounds there’s over 25 sites to chose from. Was there over the 4th of July holiday and only 1/3 of the sites were taken. There’s more trees at Bennett peak. Coral camp is a little more exposed and perched uphill from the North Platte River.

End of the road.

Great BLM campground with fire rings, water and amazing scenery. Located where the North Platte river cuts through sagebrush country, the  hills and peaks resembling  prehistoric boulders… in the middle of ranch country, the drive in takes you all the way to the end of the road. Just keep going until you can’t go anymore. The road is in good condition. There’s cattle, horses and plenty of pronghorn wandering about. The sites each have a couple picnic tables. Fire rings have cooking grates. And the well pump has a crank for easy use. 1 vault toilet. There’s a boat ramp for the numerous oar-float boats and rafts going in and out. Down stream is treasure island… another campground located outside Saratoga’. Upstream within a half mile is the coral creek campground. Days were warm but the nights cooled off considerably. It was the 4th of July and more than half the sites were available.

River retreat

6 sites of which 4 have shelters and there’s 4 RV pull ups. Plenty of distance between campsites. No electricity or water. 1 satellite toilet… and a great fishing dock and a small beach. The weather in the canyon at the end of June is hot during the day and comfortable at night. I pulled in on a Friday and the campground was empty. By Sunday 4 of the 6 sites were taken. Definitely a quite place to enjoy the stars and watch the lizards hunt.

Incredible vistas and sunset

Has showers, bathrooms and camp sites 32-33 in loop B have incredible view of the high dessert. Definitely high country with winds blowing all day but by sundown the wind had died down enough for a fire and the sunset was freaking amazing! I’ll definitely go back but will be watching the wind conditions.

No trespassing

Updated. There’s camping east of medicine bow in the areas outside the park around some of the reservoir - lakes. The campgrounds are mostly on rd 130 past centennial and more on the western side of Medicine bow. I probably would have found them had I continued on to centennial where the park starts. But per the campgrounds outside of the near the eastern park boundary… these  are exposed areas without any trees alongside or near the lakes. Vault toilets make them easy to spot and are the only accommodation except a picnic table and charcoal grill at Hatte reservoir. Google gps will try and take you past the turnoff on HWY 130 onto private land that’s posted no trespassing. I backtracked to Big Hollow Rd but eventually I gave up trying to find this campground after coming to a hunter access parking lot/dead end. I checked later and there’s no satellite view of a campground at the GPS location. Lesson learned: Always google satellite the campground and or check the website before heading out. Beautiful area. Lakes, pronghorn and cattle. I’ll be back to map it out.