The Fire Ban has been lifted. HOWEVER, the grass is still very dry. We are setting several communal fire pits along the sites on the west side to be shared by all. We have reopened the charcoal grills. We have 5 of them evenly spaced along the campsites. We have a few propane grills for your use or you may bring your own. Pitch your tent or set your camper in our open, grassy meadow on the banks of the Arkansas River. Campsites are a generous 50' wide by 75' deep. There is NO shade so please bring your own. We have port-a-potties available and a trash dumpster. We do NOT have water, sewer hookups or electric hookups.
Watch the rafts, kayaks and SUPs go by or join in the fun yourself! There are lots of whitewater rafting companies to choose from in our area. Two are less than a mile from our property. Fish from the eddies along the bank or put on your waders in low water. We also have a private lake to fish in, kayak, or SUP. In low water you can put a tube in at the north end of the campground and take out at the south end. Bring your own tube. Remember the water will be cold and a life jacket is a must. Easily accessible off Highway 285. Explore our charming towns of Buena Vista (4 miles north) and Salida (20 miles south). Don't forget your swimsuit to soak in our local hot springs, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort and Cottonwood Hot Springs, after climbing a 14er. *** Country music star, Dierks Bentley with Miranda Lambert, is hosting and headlining a music festival in Buena Vista over Labor Day weekend! It’s called Seven Peaks Festival. Tickets are available online. Buena Vista has become something of a music town-lots of great bands and venues. By the way, we LOVE families, so kids 18 and under, still living at home and travelling with the folks are free. WELCOME to the Heart of the Rockies!
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Arkansas Riverbank Camp
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We decided to go for a last minute camping trip on Memorial weekend and were so blessed to have come across this spot! Secluded, right next to the riverbank, and quiet as ever! The hosts are wonderful people who were very warm and welcoming to us. Thanks for having us!
Overall, a fine enough place to set up a tent. Right on the river and near several access points. It should also be noted that there is ZERO shade at this campground. A relatively new spot, it is apparent that the groundskeepers are looking to establish something more of an RV park than a tent site.
Bring your own shade.
Took me by surprise! Beautiful spot in a great location. Each site is huge in size, i have a 36 ft camper and had enough space for 2 tents if i wanted to, plus my rv and f250, and enough space for multiple vehicles. Will be back soon!
We were struggling to find a place on a Friday afternoon! RV parks full and so was National Forrest that could accommodate our 5er. We found this site in hip camp. Cindy responded right away and we were super excited when we saw our site! We were greeted a little bit after we arrived. Sites are huge, large RV’s can be accommodated, the river is nice and so is the onsite pond. We didn’t expect hookups or shade as described. No problem; totally worth it! Even if the sites were full you’d have plenty of space.
We had reserved a site at Ruby Mountain, that long story short, was mistakenly given to someone else. Our trip was saved by a nice camper who told us about this campground. Cindy was great and made sure we were comfortable and set with a grill and picnic tables. The sites are right on the river and there's a pond as well that our kids loved playing in. It's close to hot springs and the ATV trails at Ruby Mountain. Great spot!
Nice little spot on the River, with nice views of the Collegiate Peaks. Open meadow, so great spot for kids to run around and play, just a few minutes to town for supplies or food or drink. Not far from highway, but noise really wasn't an issue. Cindy was very helpful in getting us squared away for our trip.