Jennifer C.
Grand Junction, CO
Joined March 2018
Lots of trees, lakes and fishing

This campground has lots of very large pine trees with plenty of aspen thrown in for good measure. The campsites are large and feel private. During our visit the camp hosts were very nice and helpful. The campground sells firewood at $7/bundle, and they were actually pretty large bundles. Jumbo is set at at the park for Mesa Lakes. There are multiple little lakes, walking paths and hiking trails. This is also one of my favorite places to snowshoe in the winter. A nice and short hike will take you to Lost Lake that is generally secluded and a nice place for quiet nature reflection.

Down the road from the cg is a lodge where you can buy ice but know it is expensive and very “light” 10 lb bags. At the same lodge you can treat yourself to ice cream or basic restaurant foods with a full bar and a gorgeous view of one of the many lakes on the Mesa. Further down the road is the Grand Mesa visitor center staffed with rangers and information about the Mesa, fishing, hiking and natural resources. This area of Colorado also has many wineries and cideries, so if you are here for a few days try to stop by a few and take home some local beverages.

Great place to camp to explore this area of Colorado.

I had a fun and enjoyable trip to this campground, but be aware there are little to no trees or shade. Summer trips get hot, so a canopy is needed for shade. Most sites are close enough to the water to walk down to the reservoir but there was also plenty of parking spaces. I had consistent cell service for both phone service and 4g. I did several trips into Gunnison and Crested Butte for hiking and exploration. Great place to camp to explore this area of Colorado.

Extension of Little Maud

This campground is listed as a separate campground, but is really more like a different loop from Little Maud. Beautiful views and a better bathroom, but you really can't go wrong with either of these campgrounds.

One of the prettier campgrounds

We came to this campground right after wildfires in 2018 decimated the surrounding area. Despite this tragedy the campground was lush and green, full of adult pine, aspen and spruce trees. With views over the lake it serene and a great spot for a quiet trip. While we were there it was still smoky with a very strict fire ban, but those barriers are temporary. I will say that the commode facilities while clean, flush toilets, had an unpleasant smell when the wind picked up. Normally we try to find a spot close to the bathrooms and this time that backfired. There was no cell service at or near this campground, nor any stores, so if you are needing communication or to pick up ice, supplies, etc, make sure to do it before leaving Basalt. We found this out the hard way when we discovered once setting up camp that we could not coordinate with the other people in our party and had to drive back into town to get a text out. The positive side was that we stumbled across a Lobster Shack cooking live Maine Lobster in Basalt, so we had an unexpected lobster dinner while camping in the mountains of Colorado. The weather was superb for late summer as well. It was cooler than the other camp spots we had been all summer and the brief rain showers kept the temps down and bugs away. If not for the recent wildfires it would have been a perfect camping spot.

Things to know: extra vehicles are $6/car/night; campers will need to use the provided bear boxes for storing food and cooking supplies; no cell service;

Popular and fun

I love this campground. It is close enough to Crested Butte to head in for dinner or supplies, but far enough away not to feel like you’re in town. When we were there (July) the lake was crowded and the campground was full. I don’t know that I have seen that many SUP boarders in one place outside of Austin. I did see a few folks fishing but I can’t imagine they had much luck considering the amount of recreational activities happening. While the lake was full, the hiking trails were empty. The trail off the lower parking lot follows the creek down the mountain and had several nice waterfalls. I had spotty service at this site but it seemed like other campers had better luck. The sites were very nice. They are big, with lots of trees and space between sites.

Beautiful mountain lake with a nice campground.

When we arrived the campground was almost empty. There were a handful of folks fishing at the lake but overall it was a very quiet visit. Except for an unusually aggressive cow that decided to yell at my family for 15 minutes or so. Other than that it was great. If you come here, make sure to take the time the drive Red Cloud Loop Scenic Byway. Within a few miles of the campground we saw 4 moose.

Nice, clean campground

We spent July 4th holiday at this campground. The site had lots of green grass and some trees. We were close to the boat ramp so it was an easy walk down to the river. We drove out to Steamboat Springs one of the days and had a lot of fun on the river trail. Hayden has minimal services so stop in Craig or Steamboat if you need supplies. Decent cell and 4g reception.

Great campground

This has become one of my favorite campgrounds. What we have learned is that if you will go online and make a reservation (loop B), you can move your reservation to one of the non-reservable loops (A or C) once you get there. So if you find a site on the river or one with more trees in the outer loops, the camp hosts will let you change your site number. I love this feature as it also helps us to avoid noisy neighbors or shadeless sites. The park in general has lots of interesting, educational, and/or scientific sites. Plenty to stay busy plus the added bonus of having a river to cool off in. We have AT&T and had enough 4G throughout the campground to stream a Broncos game with minimal interruptions.

small campground but great area

Penitente Canyon is known for world class rock climbing. Even if you're not a climber it is fun to go and watch sport. The campground is very basic and small but if you're looking to be close to the action it's a great place to set up camp. Penitente also has great hiking and mountain biking trails. Around "the corner" (20 min drive) is Crystal Mine for anyone looking for good rock hounding sites.

No amenities at campground. Bring anything you will need.

Fun weekend

My husband and I ended up at this campground after discovering every other campground within an hour of Moab was full. We were lucky enough to find a walk up site at this state park. The site are roomy enough but with no privacy between sites. The staff and other campers were friendly though so it was not too bad. The bathrooms and camp sites were clean and well maintained. Lots of children and families. The river front park and pier are good for fishing and a safe place to let the dogs play (though we kept ours on leash as the river is rather wide and faster in the middle). This is a great spot for a family or multi-family weekend get away and is close enough for day trips to Moab.

Amazing camping trip

This campground will always have a special place in my memories as my first camping trip in Colorado. Unfortunately being new to the state I was woefully unprepared for how cold and wet Memorial Day weekend camp trips in Colorado can be. However, the proximity to Durango meant that after a cold first night I could run into town and buy all the gear I should have thought to bring with me in the first place. The campground was relaxing and enjoyable and the lake was beautiful with the post rain fog rolling in off the surrounding hills. May was still too cold to go into the water but I am looking forward to going back this July.

Awesome Campground!!!

One of my favorite campgrounds! For the last few years the camp hosts have been amazing. We have had bears around the campground and even woke up to mama and baby moose walking through the campsite. Down the road are the beautiful North Clear Creek Falls. A few more miles down the road is Browns Lake. During late May and very early June you catch a lot of trout on the bridge that crosses the dam.

Worth the stop

Great Sand Dunes National Park is a unique experience that is worth the stop. The camping is nice though admittedly lacking shade in a lot of sites. Some sites can be small so pay attention if reserving for a mid to large size RV. The dunes are fun (try renting a sand board for a little adventure) but if you've done the sand and have more time Mosca Pass is a great trail with lots of trees and just outside the park is Zapata Falls, which is a hiking must! It is a short (.25 mile) hike to a beautiful campground. The ride up can be bumpy but worth it.

Very popular campground

Good fishing and hiking. Campground is very popular so not the best spot if you're looking for quiet mountain camping, but still a fun, safe family campground. On the other side of Wolf Creek Pass is Pagosa Springs with fun activities, good food, and several great breweries. Oh, and the famous Hot Springs! The big, popular hot springs are cool, but across the street is a lesser known Overlook hot springs. Very affordable and usually under utilized. It is also next door to a wonderful restaurant called The Lost Cajun. Big Meadows is a good campground but I like it most for it;s proximity for rafting, fishing, hiking and rock hounding.

Great campground, wonderful area

Nice campground with plenty of fun activities. Hiking, fishing, and rock hounding are all near by. Up the road towards Platora is Rough Creek Falls, a beautiful but short waterfall hike. Just down the drive from the campground is Duck Lake which is a moderate hike but with a nice lake at the end. A day trip into Chama is also nice if you need supplies or a cold beer.

First to Review
Great area

Great summer camping spot in southern Colorado. My friends and I have camped here many times. It has good fishing when the river is lower in mid summer. Try to get the river side camp sites; if you end up in the marshy still water spots the bugs can get bad. A fun day trip is to cross over into New Mexico and visit Chama. There's an Ace Hardware for any camping needs or repairs and some good spots for a burger and cold beer.

Beautiful Scenery but Rude staff

I have camped in many state parks across the US, but my experience at this state park was very disappointing. The staff were rude and intentionally unhelpful. The area is beautiful with many other camping options. The best part of our experience with Rifle Gap State Park was when we cancelled the rest of our reservation and found Elk Creek Campground about 20 minutes away outside of New Castle.