Hipcamp host Kay P.,
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We are opening this season very carefully because of the Covid 19 virus. Please observe the most recent CDC guidelines and social distancing rules during your stay. The art gallery/ office may not be open, so please arrange a check-in plan well before your arrival by sending us a message.  We will meet you outside when you arrive or give you directions by phone.  

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We are opening this season very carefully because of the Covid 19 virus. Please observe the most recent CDC guidelines and social distancing rules during your stay. The art gallery/ office may not be open, so please arrange a check-in plan well before your arrival by sending us a message.  We will meet you outside when you arrive or give you directions by phone.  

Itty Bitty Lakes is an old fashioned campground on Highway 50 and the Arkansas River in Bighorn Sheep Canyon. The canyon opens out to be a small valley bordered by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains peaking at over 13,000 feet to the immediate south, the wild Arkansas River, then cliffs and smaller mountains to the north.  Nestled in the Valley is the village of Coaldale, established in 1878.

The Coaldale Post Office is at the east end of Itty Bitty Lakes. Itty Bitty Lakes was a state fish hatchery in the 1930s. The formal campground with full hookups was added some 70 years ago. We are no longer allowing trailers or motorhomes. They simply do not fit our elderly facilities. Down on the river, some of the old raceways are now wetland habitats filled with wildflowers and small birds all summer. Beside these wetlands are several more primitive camping sites along the river. Huge 70-year-old Mountain Elms and Peach Leaf Willows shade the entire property. Rocky Mountain Junipers are scattered throughout.

In the center of the property is the Juniper Art Gallery. This is also the campground office. The owners, Robert and Kay Parker, are artists. The building also houses painting, sculpture and weaving studios, as well as the Parker home.

On the west side of the property are two old ponds with massive Peach Leaf Willows hanging over the banks. This part of the property is great for group camping and for small intimate campsites nearest the ponds and close to and above the river.

Near the center and at the entrance to the formal campground is the shower house bathroom . This facility is open for all our guests. it is old, but we just tiled the two showers. It is clean, and the water is pure and hot.  It has 2 toilets, a sink and 2  tiled showers. 

Several rafting guides spend the summer with us.  They will have their own toilet, shower and kitchen facilities. They are with Arkansas River Tours, one of the oldest and most respected rafting companies in Colorado.  If you decide to raft with them we offer a 10% discount

You will receive 10% off anything in our beautiful art gallery when it opens .

Open fires are always subject to current county and state fire restrictions.  We don't want our forests and homes going up in flames.  Fires in established pits ONLY please.

Oh, I forgot to tell you that you will be sharing the property with one donkey, Bailey, who you are welcome to visit.  (She loves carrots and apples). Wild ducks and geese are also often on our ponds. Itty Bitty Lakes is a songbird sanctuary, so we have many nesting birds in our trees.

We are now a tenting campground only due to limited space.

  Please note, that we are very easy to access along Highway 50, but that ease does come with some road noise, and it is essential your dogs stay leashed during their time here.  The river drowns out most of the noise, but you will notice cars during the day.

Each of our sites is unique. Our river sites are the most popular but they are limited. The river sites have no electricity and will only accommodate tenters.  We book these on a first reserve basis.  There are some pond sites. These also do not have hook-ups. They will also now accommodate only tents, .  We have some sites that are near the highway (behind a fence). We do not place folk in these sites unless all of our other sites are filled. So if you book late  you will probably be placed near the highway.

We also have a group site. It is next to the ponds and near the river. It is under huge peach leaf willows. It has charcoal grills, picnic tables, extra chairs, and a fire pit. We can have multiple tents there. The site has its own parking area and there is a short walk down the property for bathroom for access, but has a porta potty nearby. Group site pricing is alway tailored to individual group dynamics.

We close at 8PM. If you arrive after 8 we can not accommodate you for that evening. Late arrivals will not receive refunds. People setting up camp late disrupts the other campers who are either in bed or enjoying quiet time by their fire.  So plan your trip to arrive before 8PM.

Please note our cancellation policy.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
7 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Camping vehicle details
Electrical hookup available
Water hookup available
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Back-in site
Max length 19.0 ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Have a question? Send Kay a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 75%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Boating

Boating on the Arkansas involves rafts, both oar rafts and paddle rafts, rubber duckies, all types of kayaks and standing board...Read more

Fishing

Fishing in the Arkansas is best in the Spring and Fall when water levels are lower.

Paddling

We work very closely with Arkansas River Tours. You may be on the river (rafts, kayaks) with your own equipment but we recomme...Read more

Wildlife watching

Bighorn Sheep Canyon is inhabited by almost every wild animal species in Colorado. Of course our local claim to fame are the R...Read more

Biking
Hiking
Horseback riding
Climbing
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Itty Bitty Lakes Campground in Colorado.

Canyon

We are ground zero for Bighorn Sheep Canyon. This is one of the most beautiful canyons that has lots of access.

Mountainous

We are only a few miles from mountains that top out over 13,000'. One of the best 4WD roads in the region begins at our proper...Read more

Farm

Across the highway is a small ranch that is beautifully maintained.

Ranch

Across the highway is a small ranch that is beautifully maintained.

Forest
Lake
River, stream, or...

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Hipcamper Heather

Pretty spot on the river!

Heather D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 7th, 2021

I was very fortunate to have the campground to myself so my dog was able to play in the river to her heart’s content ;). Kay was very kind and made herself available if needed. The sites were a little closer than I normally prefer, however it was just fine as a way point (and like I said no one else was booked that night anyway!). Beautiful spot. You can hear the vehicles on the road.

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Hipcamper Fisnik
Fisnik L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 25th, 2021

My wife and I stayed here in late September and had a great time. The river is beautiful and the hosts were super helpful. Highly recommend!

Hipcamper Jessica
Jessica P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 19th, 2021

Beautiful little campground where you feel like you are hidden away!

Hipcamper Richard

Fun on the water

Richard H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 19th, 2021

The location was beautiful and Mrs Kay is very kind and helpful. Would definitely recommend it to others.

Hipcamper Chris

Wonderful stay along the river

Chris F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 14th, 2021

Beautiful site on the river, hot showers, sink to wash dishes, sweet host and great campsites. What more do you need?

Hipcamper Varunprasaath
Varunprasaath R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 12th, 2021

Amazing experience camping at Itty Bitty. Got a campsite by the river and it was beautiful.

Hipcamper Sydney

Beautiful home away from

Sydney L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 12th, 2021

This was such a gem; I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a relaxing and beautiful stay along the Arkansas. Baylee the donkey was quite honestly the star of our weekend and Kay was an excellent host! We will be back!

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Hipcamper taylor

Lovely site, beautiful views!

Taylor S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 8th, 2021

Very beautiful spot! The sites down by the river were spacious and you can pull your vehicle down close to your site. We saw big horn sheep on the mountains across the river and Baylee the donkey LOVES attention- so sweet! The shower house is a few minutes walk, and there are porta potties near your site. Would recommend!

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Hipcamper Madeline

Beautiful evening by the river

Madeline J.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 2nd, 2021

Kay was warm and welcoming, and my little camp spot was magical! I was lucky to have most the campground to myself - this experience would have been very different if I had had a loud neighbor. The campsites are close together, virtually unseparated. However, I imagine this place is rarely fully booked, given its odd location.

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Property
Itty Bitty Lakes Campground
State
Colorado
Country
United States
$35/night
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