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Lakeside Camping, Water Time :)

7 sites 路 RVs, Tents22 acres 路 Clifton, CO
We moved here in 1997 The home has had major remodels done on it. The lake is an old gravel pit to make road base for local road construction. The buoys in the lake are scuba projects from the local college CMU, and hold lots of fish. Other nesting platforms are for our local Geese and they hatch out in April-June. We airbnb 2 rooms in our home as a shared facility and have airbnbs in Northern Ca and Baja. Our home is off limits for campers as we need to respect the space for our other airbnb guests. But in an emergence please call, cell service works fine. port-a potty is gone for the winter November-March. port-a potty is gone for the winter November-March.
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Booked 3 times

Monument Vista Place

1 site 路 RV10 acres 路 Grand Junction, CO
Monument Vista Place is located just 3 miles from the I-70 freeway, and the quaint town of Fruita Colorado. Gated, safe and quiet, MVP offers EPIC views of Colorado National Monument! Our 50'x30' RV pad has full hookups (Power [50A], water, sewer) with on-site laundry. Access is very easy and we can accommodate even the largest motorhomes!
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Palisade Vista

1 site 路 RV40 acres 路 Palisade, CO
Learn more about this land:Canyon and orchard views await. Only a short drive (鈮2.5 Miles) or bike ride to Palisade, less then a mile to vineyards and wine tasting.聽 BookCliff Vinyards, Vines 79 Winery, Savage Spectrum Winery all within 1.5 miles.聽 Clark Family Orchards, Juicy Acers, Ball Fruit, and Cunningham Orchards聽also with 1.5 miles if you are looking for fresh fruit.聽 A put in to the Colorado river is also close by (鈮2 miles) if you are looking for a leisurely float. Palisade Rim Trail聽and Mount Garfield trail are also near by for those looking for a hike or bike adventure.聽 The newly opened Palisade Plunge mountain bike trail聽which takes you from over 10000' to 4700' exits just about 2 miles below the camp site if you are looking for a thrill.A rustic camp site with privacy and access great night sky viewing and amazing sunsets and sunrises.
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Fruita By The Lake

3 sites 路 RVs10 acres 路 Fruita, CO
The property is a mix of living quarters and a business with a beautiful 2-acre lake accessible in the summer. Hipcampers will be camping on a 10-acre property mixed-used and will have their own little piece of land and privacy to enjoy. They will find endless activities surrounding our property while enjoying their stay. There are miles of mountain and road bike trails easily accessed from the campsite. Rafting, golf, swimming, fishing, hiking, off-roading, dirt bike/ATV trails, Colorado National Monument, and the list goes on and on within a short distance. The campsites are 2 minutes from downtown Fruita for those who would enjoy good restaurants, great coffee shops, or a drink. You will find a grocery store, pharmacy, and gas station in the same area. To consider: Our place is great but not for everyone. We have three convenient sites, all with electricity and water and one with sewage. They all have great views and are very close to the town of Fruita. Every hipcampers can enjoy the beach and the lake between May and October. The property is used by THE GONDOLA SHOP, which restores ski gondolas. Monday to Friday, you might hear some light noise and see employees walking around. For that reason and the potential hazard YOU ARE FULLY RESPONSIBLE OF YOUR CHILDREN IF YOU HAVE SOME on our property. We ask that all vehicles drive no faster than 10 miles per hour for the same reason. We will consider a group of campers or mix camper/tents roof tents as long as you have your own bathroom to share. Please email us with any requests you might have. We are open to discussing any inquiries. Between May and October, when our lake is full and usable, our place is great for gatherings and a big BBQ. Camp #1 / 30amps + 110V (NO WATER). We have a spot on the property for you to fill in your water tank, but there is no water directly at the site. This site is on an old concrete pad and will need some leveling. This site is close to the tenant's house. You might see some chickens running around, but your camper will face the opposite way, and you will get your privacy. We accept campers class B and C ONLY, max 27 feet for this camp. NO TRAVEL TRAILERS. It would be best to park nose 1st to access the electric post and back up to get out. This site has lots of shade in the summer. This site has no fire pit and no picnic table. Camp #2 / 50amps + water + sewage. WINTERIZED. YOU ONLY NEED A HEATED WATER HOSE. This site is on compact gravel and will need some leveling. This site is very close to the main shop and the owner's apartment. You will see and maybe hear some action on weekdays. We accept vans, small campers, and motorhomes class A, B, and C. It's a pull-through site and easy to park. This site could accommodate two or three campers (extra $). This site is in the sun with no shade. This site has no fire pit and no picnic table. Camp #3 / 50amps + water. WINTERIZED. YOU ONLY NEED A HEATED WATER HOSE. This site is long and wide on compact gravel and might need some leveling. On this site, your camper/van will be facing the lake. You can drink your coffee with the birds singing. We accept vans, small campers, and motorhomes class A, B, and C. It's a back-in site with plenty of space to do it. This site could accommodate two or three campers (extra $). This site has a fire pit, a picnic table, and a private dock.
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Beautiful Views Tipi

3 sites 路 Lodging35 acres 路 Redlands, CO
Learn more about this land:This property borders the Colorado National Monument. There are beautiful views in every direction, wildlife, and fresh air. This property will give you the opportunity to push yourself on some world-class mountain biking/hiking trails and the solitude to recharge and relax. You are going to love it! This listing is for the large tent that I have set up, you just need to bring your sleeping bag.
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Stephens Ranch

1 site 路 Lodging70 acres 路 Glade Park, CO
Jake Stephens Performance Horses is a working horse ranch. It's located in Glade Park, Colorado, which you have to travel through the Colorado National Monument and a Red Rock Tunnel to get to. The 70-acre ranch is located in the middle of the funnest and most beautiful places on the planet. Activities include聽horseback riding through the mountains, canoeing on one of the reservoirs, mountain biking one of the numerous trails, hiking to see some of the most awesome wildlife anywhere, or just camping in one of the cabins or tent camping on the side of a beautiful Red Rock canyon. There's not a cooler place to stay.聽Learn more about this land:Come stay in one of our two Colorado cozy cabins. They both have wood burning stoves, cable TV and microwaves, and are very unique. The larger cabin now has a聽 finished bathroom complete with a very unique all rock shower,聽聽and kitchen,聽聽We offer a sunset horseback ride in the mountains or a private horse riding lesson in our arena or round pen, or you can go on a mountain bike ride on Red Rock to Rattlesnake Arches (which is the largest collection of arches in the world, besides the Utah delicate arches), above the ranch on a beautiful aspen-covered alpine trail by the reservoirs, or go on a hike anywhere! Or just sleep in! In a very private cabin or a tent on the lower property that you can pitch by a beautiful 100 ft Red Rock canyon and seasonal waterfall!聽聽
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Booked 1 time

Mounument Farms Lavender Farm

1 site 路 RV, Tent176 acres 路 Grand Junction, CO
Lavender farm on 176 private gated acres across from the Colorado National Monument with views up Wedding Canyon. 1 mile of Colorado river frontage with spectacular views of the Colorado National Monument and the Book Cliffs. 4 acres of a working Lavender farm to top it off. Close to Fruita and Grand Junction for restaurants and shopping. River rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, hiking, off road adventure is all close to this property. Access is by a maintained winding dirt road with some steep grades and narrow road areas. Any trailer length or RV's over 30 ft will have some difficulty getting into the property to the back campsite. In times of heavy rain the road may become impassable and you will have to wait for the road to dry out. Average area rainfall is 8 inches per year and the road is passable most of the time. Trucks pulling trailers are recommended to have 4 wheel drive to get out. I can supply more information and photos of the road.
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The Views at Gateway

10 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents2000 acres 路 Gateway, CO
Located on the Dolores river, this property is perfect for hikers, fishing, rafting, or just camping! There is a natural spring just a few miles from the location with drinking water as well. When you stay here you are located right on the river with nothing but places to hike, climb and have fun and there are several options for you to choose from. There is a cabin, an onsite RV, a canvas tent, and BYO tent or RV camping on the land - you can pick whatever suits you best! No matter what, you can fall asleep to the sound of the river after a great night of star gazing! Nearby outdoor points of interest include the Dolores River on property, Hanging Flume which is approx. 20 miles from site, Gateway Canyons Resort Auto museum 7 miles from site, Arches National Park 2 hour drive from site, Colorado national monument 1 hour drive. The Grand Mesa 2 hour drive, Telluride ski resort 2 hour drive! You can find hiking, biking, swimming, paddle board, kayaks, rafting, fishing, tubing, bird watching, star gazing rock climbing, bouldering, all right from the property. All sites are accessible without 4wheel drive. I love where I live and think everyone should be able to experience the peaceful quiet beautiful environment that it is!
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Desert camping views and wildlife

1 site 路 RV, Tent165 acres 路 Fruita, CO
Learn more about this land:Located on a working ranch with a variety of camping locations nearby crops and seasonal livestock. Views of the bookclifs,Colorado National Monument. Close to hiking,biking,river and atv activity鈥檚 Hipcamps Aerial photo very outdated place is much improved聽Please note to Check-in after 10 am but before 8 pm聽
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Monument RV Resort

91 sites 路 RVs, Tents10 acres 路 Fruita, CO
Welcome to Monument RV Park Monument RV Resort offers a variety of accommodations to fit every lifestyle, from 85-foot pull-thrus for your big rig to tent sites and comfortable cabins. We have easy on and off access to I-70, yet we are located far enough away that you won鈥檛 hear freeway noise. Not only are we the closest full-service RV Park to Colorado National Monument, we are right across the street from James R. Robb State Park which has access to the Colorado River, a swim beach and fishing lake. When you stay with us, you can leave your car behind and walk to 16 different eating establishments ranging from all the fast food restaurants, Starbucks, an Asian restaurants and a steakhouse. The Dinosaur Journey Museum, a favorite with families, is across the street from the Park. Monument RV Resort offers a variety of accommodations to fit every lifestyle, from 85-foot pull-thrus for your big rig to tent sites and comfortable cabins. We have easy on and off access to I-70, yet we are located far enough away that you won鈥檛 hear freeway noise. The west entrance to the Colorado National Monument is just 2 miles from our Park and is a beautiful, scenic 23-mile drive. Bring along a picnic, stay for sunset and watch the buttes and spires glow. If you come during the winter season, the Monument is spectacular under a dusting of snow. The Monument and McInnis Canyons (1 mile from our Park) provide miles of hiking trails, world-class mountain biking and rock climbing. The Kokopelli Trail System is 5 miles from our Park. An excellent, paved bike trail is accessible from our Park and goes 30 miles east along the Colorado River. The Desert north of Fruita offers off road biking and ATV trails. For maps and more information call or stop by the Office. Downtown Fruita and Grand Junction are a short drive from the Park with shopping, farmers markets, festivals, museums , restaurants and so much more. Adobe Creek National Golf Course offers 27 holes on three separate nine hole courses.
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A Great Story

11 sites 路 RVs, Tents5 acres 路 Clifton, CO
5.5 acres with views of Mt. Garfield and the Grand Mesa. Quiet and secluded feeling but close to wineries and restaurants! Our open field provides flat ground to camp or park. Surrounding areas have livestock that add to this farm feel. We as property owners live on the property and are here to help or provide directions or recommendations for tourist attractions.
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Double M Ranch

1 site 路 RV4 acres 路 Grand Junction, CO
Double M Ranch is non working 4 acres with spectacular views of Mt Garfield and the Bookcliffs. Mountain Biking, hiking, rafting, paddleboarding, OHV riding and wineries just minutes away. Wake up to beautiful sunrises each morning and also enjoy the evenings alpenglow. 30 amp electric. Water hookup. Wildflowers and prairie grass will be growing soon.
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The best camping near Colorado National Monument guide



Just outside of Grand Junction, the Colorado National Monument is best known for its massive sandstone canyons, rock formations, and ample opportunities to spot native wildlife. It's also home to Rim Rock Drive, a 23-mile-long scenic route offering fantastic views of rock formations and the Colorado wilderness beyond. Cycling and rock climbing are both popular activities in the park, with about 40 miles of well-maintained trails for hikers of all levels. Year-round camping is available at the Saddlehorn Campground, right by the park鈥檚 visitor center.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. A and B Loop campsites are available by reservation only from mid-March through mid-October. Sites can be booked up to six months in advance online or by phone.
  2. Sites that haven't been reserved in advance are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but only for one night.
  3. The A Loop remains open year-round with sites available on a first-come, first-served basis during the off season (mid-October through mid-March).
  4. Backcountry camping is permitted at the monument, and free backcountry permits are available at the visitor center.

When to go

You'll get the warmest weather if you visit the monument between late May and September, though this is the busiest time of year at the park and its campground. July and August are the rainiest months of the year here, so be prepared for torrential downpours or thunderstorms if you visit during those months. Crowds taper off sharply by mid-October, when temperatures begin to drop, and winters can get very cold. Ranger programs are offered between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Know before you go

  • The closest spots for groceries and other supplies are the town of Fruita, a 20-minute drive from the campground, and Grand Junction, about 25 minutes away by car.
  • Wood fires are not allowed, but there are charcoal-only grills at each campsite.
  • There are no hookups or showers at the campground and generators can only be used between 8am and8 pm.
  • Pets are allowed at the campground, provided they stay on a leash no longer than six feet in length.
  • There are two ADA-accessible campsites (sites #5 and #70).

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