Forest camping near Cortez

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Durango Placer

1 site · RV, Tent5 acres · Hesperus, CO
Learn more about this land: The creek is just feet away from your tent site, with numerous waterfalls. Great hiking, or just taking in the scenery. So much to do in the immediate area: biking, hiking, fishing swimming, jeeping, exploring, rock hounding, birding, etc. Located 35 minutes from downtown Durango at 9300 feet. Visit the cool mountains and the cold creek. You will have the place to yourself. One group only on this property at a time. There are 3 tent sites to choose from, and a RV site to park. Up to 6 guests in a group allowed . Fire wood is provided free, a full kitchen with camp stove, sink , utensils, cups, and plates available. Updated privy, and hot showers. Enjoy ! The road closes in the winter so hosting is restricted from May 15th thru October 15th There is no cell service. Wifi is available. Landline is available in emergency. Happy Camping !
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Lazy Rooster Ranch

5 sites · Lodging, Tents50 acres · Rico, CO
The ranch was the site of a sawmill in the early 1900s when the old Rio Grande Southern and Galloping Goose Railroads ran through the property along the Dolores River. All that’s left now is a little shack in the middle of the meadow and some remnants of the railroad tracks in the river. 
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Camping in the Mesas

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents15 acres · Dolores, CO
This land was inhabited by the Ancient Anasazi and Pueblo people. The Anasazi Heritage Museum and archeological ruins are two miles away. There are ruins and sites on this land that have yet to be excavated. Many different ancient people came through this land, left and sites were inhabited by other people. One group of people would come and build upon the sites of another group, and taking part of their culture with them. 
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Twilight Falls

4 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Silverton, CO
Twilight Falls is a 40 acres private paradise of natural forests, meadows, streams and waterfalls nestled within thousands of acres of San Juan National Forest. Come experience this amazing place. Words cannot describe it. This has been a family retreat for our family for decades, and we want to share it with you.
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Animas River Valley red cliffs

1 site · RV, Tent4 acres · Durango, CO
Pitch your tent or park in the upper pasture and enjoy the view of the Animas Valley. Just 8 miles north of Durango off of the million dollar highway. Across the road from Honeyville and across the river from fun at the Bar D  Ranch or James Ranch Harvest Grille.  Durango Mountain Resort is just up the road.  Horses and cattle grazing in the pasture below and the apple trees and the honey bees are in full production this year.  No other view like it of the Mission Ridge red cliffs with the silhouettes and glow at sunset.  At night you may hear the Animas River below or some animal sounds. Name the constellations among the amazing view of the stars! Learn more about this land:Pitch your tent or park in the "sloped" pasture and enjoy the view of the Animas Valley. Just 8 miles north of Durango off of the million dollar highway. Across the highway from Honeyville and across the river from fun at the Bar D  Ranch or James Ranch Harvest Grille.  Durango Mountain Resort is just up the road.  Horses and cattle grazing in the pasture below and the apple trees and the honey bees are in full production.  Mission Ridge red cliffs with the mysterious silhouettes and glow at sunset.  At night you may hear the Animas River below or some animal sounds. Name the constellations among the amazing view of the stars! Please provide what you will be driving and camping in, along with guesstimate of your arrival time for a quick booking response. Safe travels.  
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Canyon Trails Ranch

18 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents250 acres · Cortez, CO
The homestead was built in 1911 and was one of the original postal pickups in the area.  The ranch is located between Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep National Monument and backs up to Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. Our family has lived in McElmo Canyon for over 40 years and the campground has hosted camping and outdoor educational groups since 1965. We are a family run ranch with an operating hay farm, horseback riding business, and carriage shop.
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Bear springs

1 site · RV35 acres · Durango, CO
Beautiful mountain views, trails and only 10 minutes to downtown Durango! 35 acre gated community property with miles of private trails to explore. Friendly pets welcome. Complementary firewood fire restrictions permitting. Owners live on property and are available to help or answer questions. Great setup and location.
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Ponderosa Palisades

1 site · Lodging3 acres · Durango, CO
Solar-powered, off-grid cabin boasting a rustic layout and lovely patio. 12 minutes from Downtown Durango, 5 minutes to Lake Nighthorse, 15 minutes to Hesperus Ski Mountain, 30 minutes to Durango Airport, 40 minutes to Purgatory Ski Resort and 50 minutes to Mesa Verde NP. Fantastic mountain biking, hiking, boating and camping within a thirty-mile radius. Durango Narrow Gauge Railway runs to Silverton—a beautiful mountain town—during spring, summer and fall.Learn more about this land:Awesome little cabin with solar power. No plumbing, sink or shower. Access to an outdoor composting toilet and a hose water tap. Sometimes access to a bathroom, kitchen and living area in the main house is available for an additional fee. Beautiful forested land with Ponderosa, Gamble Oak, and Aspen.
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Weminuche Rest

2 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Durango, CO
Escape to our tranquil two-acre retreat nestled in a serene area with its secluded alcove in the forest, situated at an elevation of 8000 feet. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, our property offers the perfect setting for both. Unwind amidst the towering trees and set up your hammock in our secret alcove, where you can immerse yourself in the sounds of nature and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. With proximity to Lemon and Vallecito reservoirs, the Pine and Florida rivers, and the expansive Weminuche Wilderness, outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities for exploration and adventure. Only 12 miles from downtown Durango, you'll have easy access to the vibrant culture and amenities of the city. Explore the charming breweries and restaurants, or embark on a thrilling tubing adventure down the Animas River. Our property is big enough to accommodate RVs yet intimate enough for car camping, offering a cozy and secluded retreat for guests to enjoy. Please note that campfires are not permitted on the property, to ensure the safety of our forested surroundings. Experience the beauty of our secluded retreat and create unforgettable memories amidst the stunning landscapes of Colorado. Book your stay with us today and embark on a journey of relaxation and adventure in the heart of nature. To mitigate risk we as for NO FIRES PLEASE.
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Camp Summit

1 site · RV75 acres · Durango, CO
Immerse yourself in nature's embrace as you find nothing but forest, endless and serene. If you're fond of scenic vistas, this site awaits you at the edge of the tree line, offering an expansive view that stretches beyond. Venture along game trails or hiking paths that crisscross the property, and with a little exploration, discover a hidden meadow nestled within the woods. The location is also a prime spot for observing hawks gracefully ride the winds. Set on a wooded mountainside, the site gazes out over Durango valley, promising breathtaking views. Over 95 acres of undisturbed forest and game trails beckon you to explore. Begin your journey with an easy-to-moderate trailhead found at the base of the driveway. For those seeking water adventures, Lemon and Vallecito reservoirs are a mere 30 minutes away, while the heart of downtown Durango is a convenient 10-15 minute drive down the road.
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Pine Summit

2 sites · Lodging3 acres · Mancos, CO
Hi! What makes us special? We are Located on over 3 wooded acres of tall Ponderosa Pines, we offer a private 2 bedroom 2 bath lovely Glamping Remodeled beautiful RV. We are a small homestead and raise free roaming chickens and grow food. You will enjoy fresh FREE eggs on the daily and might have a hen visit you. You will enjoy your own fire pit, and quiet private space. Here's your chance to camp without pulling an RV! We are a short drive into the San Juan Mountains, 20 mins from Mesa Verde bring your JEEP or ATV and explore the many historical mines. If you would like a guided tour, just ask us! We are almost always up for a ride! (Added bonus, Doug is geologist and can give you the ROCK history.) Mountain bikers, this is your dream! We are a short drive to Phil's world and Boggy draw riding areas. Your bikes will be safe locked or unlocked to the RV. We have excellent Verizon phone service and do provide onsite WIFI. We do have free roaming chickens on property so fresh eggs for you! That also means we need to have dogs on leash or well-behaved animals please. Summit lake is 1/4 mile away, a short and easy walk. Great fishing and a nice beach. We have many surrounding trails for some great hikes! Ideal home base for visits to Mesa Verde National Park, Phil's World and Boggy Draw (mountain biking), Hovenweep National Monument, Canyon of the Ancients and so much more! We are 40 mins to Durango, 90 mins to Telluride (take the FREE gondola for a super fun beautiful ride), 20 mins to Cortez. Delicious food can be found in our local restaurants in Mancos and Dolores. In the winter, Hesperus Ski Hill is 20 mins away and Purgatory just over an hour. Come play in the Rocky Mountains!
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M and V's Mountain Paradise

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Dolores, CO
We have 1 1/2 acres, with one acre fenced in for dogs, Full RV hookups (30/50, water and sewer) We are 14 miles from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park. Close State and County Parks too numerous to count! Hike, Bike, Run, Ski, Raft, Etc...We have it all. Amenites: VIEWS, clean air, a zillion stars, and Serenity! Durango 36 miles Telluride 48 Silverton 48.
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Looking to experience the great outdoors near Cortez, Colorado? Hipcamp has over 440 camping options available in the area, all nestled in beautiful forest terrain. Whether you're pitching a tent or bringing an RV, you'll find the perfect spot to set up camp. Check out top-rated campsites like The Views at Gateway (243 reviews), Bright Star Campground (211 reviews), and High Sage Hogans (137 reviews). Enjoy amenities like campfires, trash disposal, and potable water, while engaging in activities such as biking, swimming, and exploring historic sites. With an average price of $55 per night and options as low as $20, you'll have an unforgettable camping experience in the Colorado forest.

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