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Desert camping near Durango

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Sunsets are so beautiful. Try not to miss it!
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Bright Star Campground
24 sites · Lodging, RVs40 acres · Cortez, ColoradoWe have Wifi, Drinking Water, Hot Showers, Bathrooms, Shade, and an equipped Camper's Kitchen for...
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Campsites available for cars and tents!
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Camping in the Mesas
7 sites · Lodging, Tents15 acres · Dolores, ColoradoThis land was inhabited by the Ancient Anasazi and Pueblo people. The Anasazi Heritage Museum and...
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Fall in the canyon. Taken from the tipi alcove, just around the corner from the Cliff House.
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Sage Canyon
2 sites · Lodging39 acres · ColoradoStay on the flank of Sleeping Ute Mountain in historic McElmo Canyon just 40 minutes from Mesa...
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Canyon Trails Ranch
16 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents250 acres · Cortez, ColoradoThe homestead was built in 1911 and was one of the original postal pickups in the area.  The...
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Dandelion art installation.
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CampV
5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents120 acres · Naturita, ColoradoInspired Shelter for the Spirited Wanderer CampV was established in 1942 by the Vanadium...
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Large Picnic table in the old heirloom orchard!
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Pinion Farm Homestead
8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents21 acres · Nucla, ColoradoPinion Farm Homestead located in the town of Nucla, CO is a 40-acre new farm/orchard operation...
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Indian Canyon Ranch
7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · UtahJoe purchased this property in 2008. At that time it was 8 acres it is currently now at 20 acres...
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Gorgeous surroundings
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Glamping Canyonlands
5 sites · Lodging22 acres · UtahWe are outdoor enthusiasts; love hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, paddling, mountain biking, snowboarding, etc. As we've gotten older, our pace has admittedly slowed down, but we still get out there whenever we can. We also love food, travel, music, life, our fur babies and a lot of other things. Glamping Canyonlands is an off-the-grid property with four 16.5 ft and one 16x24 ft canvas wall tent. This tents are furnished with a comfortable memory foam queen mattress fitted with bedding, extra blankets, seating for two, area rugs, end tables, string lights, board games, first aid kit, hand sanitizer, phone battery pack, small battery operated fans, 2 deck chairs, private firepit with grill top & picnic table. Communal areas are a bathroom with a flushing toilet, warm shower, outdoor kitchen, hammock area, picnic tables. French press coffee each morning. No WIFI to properly unplug & unwind. Late check-ins are available. You will receive more information closer to your arrival date.  The small town of Monticello-15 mins, Newspaper Rock-15 mins, Foy Lake-25 mins, Canyonlands NP-40 mins, Moab-40 mins, Arches-50 mins.We've been married since 2012 and best friends since 2006. In fact, it was our honeymoon in the Canyonlands National Park that inspired us to open Glamping Canyonlands, our eco-friendly, off-grid campground. If there is anything specific you'd like to know about us, just ask!We hope we get the opportunity to meet you in the near future!
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Hermitory
3 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · Tierra Amarilla , New Mexico Open skies... 20 acres [adjacent to Northern New Mexico wilderness area]  of sustainable organic farming with solar electric and -hot water, wind turbines, biogas, masonry stoves, greenhouses etc. overlooking an arroyo leading to the Chama River.   Located on 10 acres of the mountain desert. 1-5 miles away from the river, lake, and hot springs. As the internet service is spotty, please call if possible to confirm the booking. Listed as drive-in, be prepared to walk your supplies from the driveway to the back building [150 feet].  Hiking trails start right at the front door, and the Chama river canyon wilderness [bordering the Santa Fe and Carson national forest] is only a short walk away. I can provide canoes, bikes, backpacks, and other gear, also a shuttle service if you want to raft the Rio Chama.
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The Views at Gateway
7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents2000 acres · Gateway, ColoradoLocated on the Dolores river, this property is perfect for hikers, fishing, rafting, or just...
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Plenty of space to cook dinner, make coffee, or just chill and listen to the creek.
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North Fork Tipi Haven
5 sites · Lodging25 acres · Colorado22 acres once owned by International sculptor Lincoln Fox, and built by Mr. Wooten in the early...
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looking to the east
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Desert Frog Ranch
3 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Colorado40 acres of seclusion near the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Fresh air, wide open sky, no light...
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Things to know about camping near Durango

Durango is a beautiful mountain town tucked into the southwestern part of Colorado near Mesa Verde National Park. It’s one of Colorado’s largest mountain towns and it has the perfect combination of natural attractions, historic sites, and lively, big city entertainment. Durango offers easy access to hiking and mountain biking trails, ski runs, and whitewater fun as well as a happening downtown with shops, unique restaurants, and a lively arts scene. Campers will find plenty of convenient options near town, including glamping spots right in town, and more secluded spots in the surrounding San Juan National Forest.    

Where to Go

Durango

The town of Durango is a destination in itself. There are more trails running through Durango than any other city in Colorado and the Animas River flows right through town offering a range of water sports including a downtown whitewater park. Fishing is also great on several sections of the river including the seven mile stretch that flows right through town. The historic narrow-gauge railroad also runs daily from Durango to Silverton and offers stunning views of the surrounding San Juan Mountains. 

La Plata Canyon

Located just west of Durrango, the La Plata Canyon Recreational Area is a popular hiking destination. The La Plata’s are an exceptionally beautiful range of the San Juan Mountains and are known to put on quite the wildflower show in early summer. The area offers numerous trails for the serious hiker including trails to several peaks above 12,000 feet. Campers will find plenty of established campgrounds and dispersed areas in La Plata Canyon.  

Silverton

The old mining community of Silverton, Colorado is located about an hour north of Durango.  Along the way, you’ll pass by Purgatory Resort and several trailheads including the Molas Pass section of the Colorado Trail and the popular Engineer Mountain Trail. Near Silverton, you’ll find plenty of jeep roads and hiking trails leading into the high country and several National Forest campgrounds. 

Mesa Verde National Park

Located just 45 minutes west of Durango, Mesa Verde National Park preserved thousands of archeological sites including the famous multi-story dwellings built into the sides of cliffs. Visitors can tour the cliff dwellings on ranger-led tours and hike to rock art left behind by the Ancestral Puebloan people. Campers can almost always find a site at the Morefield Campground located inside the park.  

When to Go

The best time to hike, mountain bike, and camp in the mountains around Durango is between May and early October. Late July and early August are especially nice when the high country is blanketed with Indian paintbrush and Colorado columbine. Fall colors are typically the best during the latter half of September. Ski season typically opens in early December and runs through early April, although backcountry skiers can often visit until June. 

Know Before You Go

  1. Durango is a very popular outdoor destination. Book campsites and activities, like train tickets, in advance. 
  2. Pack sunscreen and plenty of layers. The Durango area boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year and can get very chilly at night at the high elevations. 
  3. Durango is very dog-friendly. Dogs are welcome on most trails in and around Durango as well as many places around town. Dogs are not allowed on trails in Mesa Verde National Park
  4. Bears are a common sight around Durango. Don’t leave food unattended while camping, and hike in groups if you can. 

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