The best camping near Mesa Verde National Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Mesa Verde National Park adventure.

Find cliff dwellings, rock art, and plenty of scenic views in this mysterious desert landscape.  

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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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MSB Legacy Retreat

4 sites · RVs9 acres · Mancos, CO
We have 9 acres with plenty of elbow room. Located 5 minutes from Mancos, right off CO 184, there is one site in the trees with full hookups and 2 sites on top perfect for group camping. Sites on top have a beautiful view of Mesa Verde to the west and the La Plata mountains to the east. Both sites have water and electricity and sewer dump nearby. The area is full of history, from Mesa Verde National Park to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. 3 ski areas within an hour, whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, stargazing or just enjoying the sunsets. With Mancos only 5 minutes away, there are dining options, brewery, parks, library, and shopping all with a small, hometown feel. Come enjoy all the 4 Corners area has to offer!
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Bright Star Campground

32 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents40 acres · Cortez, CO
We have COMPLIMENTARY Wifi, Drinking Water, Ice, Hot Showers, Bathrooms, Shade, and an equipped Camper's Kitchen for our guests to enjoy from April 15 - Oct 15! There are TIPIS, CAMPING CABINS, TENT and BOONDOCK SITES. WE ALSO HAVE A NAVAJO HOGAN (wood yurt) OPEN-YEAR ROUND. All of our sites are not listed here. We can also accommodate groups and small events but not public events. We have a private covered group site as well. Bright Star Campground: Once used as a church camp, it is now a Campground for all to enjoy! We are a perfectly located vacation campground on 40 acres with amenities and wide-open spaces. Amenities include hot showers, an equipped community kitchen, a pavilion with hammocks, tables, ping pong, etc. Enjoy complimentary coffee, eggs, filtered drinking water and more. Bright Star Campground is located in the Great Sage Plain in the shadow of Mesa Verde National Park with panoramic mountain/mesa views of the Four Corners region, all only 5 miles southeast of Cortez. We are in an arid desert climate. Water is scarce, stored in cisterns for use in camp. Because of this we ask that you be conservative with water use in camp. We are a cannabis-friendly destination but ask that Cannabis use stay at your campsite, cabin or tipi. There are many things to do/see nearby: Mesa Verde National Park, Canyons of the Ancients, Hovenweep National Monument and Phil's World Mountain Biking. Raft down the Dolores river, maybe rent a SUP or kayak and chill on a quiet reservoir. There are museums and cultural centers in the area as well. Durango is 45 min, Telluride is 1.5 hrs away, and Moab is about 2.5 hours away-including Arches and Canyonlands National parks. The best/nearest airport is in Durango. Cortez has Denver Air (Key Lime Air) with connections to Denver and Phoenix. The nearest large international airport is in Salt Lake City or Albuquerque.
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3 sites · RVs9 acres · Dolores, CO
Learn more about this land: View of mts off of paved highway access. Within minutes to national forest, lakes and rivers. Enjoy fishing, biking, hunting, ohv riding also hiking and climbing within minutes of sites.
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Zuma Bike Ranch

8 sites · Tents40 acres · Cortez, CO
Zuma Bike Ranch invites you to ride.relax.repeat in the high desert of Southwest Colorado. Surround yourself with views of Mesa Verde National Park, Sleeping Ute and the San Juan mountains straight from your tent or camper van. Our goal is to encourage community among campers and bikers and connection with the land and its rich history. Zuma Bike Ranch resides on native lands of Puebloan and Ute peoples. At Zuma Bike Ranch, you will find purpose-built trails and mountain bike skills areas. We provide professional mountain bike instruction and guided rides for individuals and groups. You have immediate access to over 50 miles of world class singletrack at Phil’s World trail network. More mountain bike trails can be found nearby at the Aquaduct trail system in Mancos, Boggy Draw in Dolores and Sand Canyon at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. In less than an hour you can be riding high alpine terrain with access to the Colorado Trail. We’re 45 minutes from Durango and 120 minutes from Moab, UT. We keep things simple at Zuma Bike Ranch. This is to minimize impact on the land and our environment. Each camp site can accommodate two vehicles and two tents. We have a nice sun shower, potable water source, and porta potty on site. There are no lights but there are plenty of stars! Please pack out what you pack in. Visit our website for questions or to book a group or private lesson.
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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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Grizzly Peak Ranch

1 site · RV, Tent40 acres · Hesperus, CO
Located in southwest colorado the Grizzly Peak Ranch is a beautiful 40 acre piece of land.  Home to a fun loving family, horses, and dogs!  We have seen Elk, Mule Deer, Black Bear, Coyotes, and even Mountain Lions on this property!  Close enough to town and it's conveniences- but far enough away you won't hear or see a soul.Learn more about this land:Located an easy 15 minutes from down town Durango this beautiful property offers guaranteed privacy and secluded camping- you will be the only campers on the sprawling 40 acre property, with convenient access to all that Durango has to offer, and just 10 minutes from Lake Nighthorse- great for fishing, paddle boarding, canoeing, etc. Come pitch your tent or park your camper in the pinon and juniper trees, with magnificent views of the la plata mountains.  Abundant wildlife, magnificent stars, quiet seclusion.
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Cottonwoods

1 site · RV5 acres · Dolores, CO
Learn more about this land: High desert solitude - you got it - rented as the only spot available at Mesa Verde Hemp - a five acre working hemp farm. The farm is on Highway 145 so you will hear traffic during the day but very quiet at night. Fantastic stars at night. One dog is ok - before 10 am and after 6 your dog can run the whole farm - if he is friendly. I have a small dog that gets along fine with other dogs.
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Ol McDaniel Farm-Willow Tree Camper

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Glendale, CO
Ol McDaniel Farm/Willow Tree Camper, is a private site with a modest and well loved camper for two with a half bath adjacent (no reliable hot water). As you can expect in southwest Colorado (Cortez), outdoor adventures abound. Limited but excellent dining in this rural area, please reach out for recommendations. Near Mesa Verde NP, world class fisheries, historic Durango Co, managed cyclist trails, and many other attractions.
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Story Tree Ranch 4 animal lovers!

2 sites · RVs15 acres · Mancos, CO
Beautiful view of the La Plata mountains. 20 minute drive to Mesa Verde national park 30 minutes to Durango only 4 miles to downtown Mancos, where you can enjoy Art galleries, Mancos, Brewing Company for yummy locally sourced food, and Fenceline Cidery next to a babbling creek Tales and Tails a plenty. Story Tree Guest Ranch has llamas, horses, goats, ducks, chickens and a donkey and a very friendly pig named Charlotte
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Sleeping Under the Mesa Verde

2 sites · RVs, Tents500 acres · Cortez, CO
We are conveniently located under the Mesa Verdes and next door to the world renowned Phills World Bike Trails. The Views include, Ute Mountain, Telluride, Lizard Head Pass and many more. You are 10 miles south of Boggy Draw Trail system and 10 miles from the Mesa Verde Park entrance. You can also just hang out and hike the 430 Acre property with pre-approved permission. It is an active ranch so there is usually always livestock roaming. Pets are acceptable, it's a ranch animal are always welcome. We have the one site now that is a leveled concrete pad with water and power. If you are visiting Cortez, CO and looking to camp or have an RV or camper in the back of the pick-up, we can find a place to let you enjoy the stay here. Directions. South on CR 27 off of HWY 160 till you get to CR H, Make a Left and its one mile on the right side of the Road.
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Lavender Farm Stay

3 sites · Lodging50 acres · Dolores, CO
Welcome to Mesa Verde Lavender! We are a working lavender farm with 800+ lavender plants, a flower garden, vegetables, and a small orchard. Hike in the canyon that splits our property, roam with the birds in our pastures, pick some fruit if in-season, or sit and enjoy wildlife, sounds of the creek, and views of the La Plata Mountains, Sleeping Ute Mountain, and Mesa Verde. Our 50 acres is situated in Southwest Colorado between Cortez, Mancos, and Dolores. 5 minutes to Phil’s World for mountain biking, 1 hour to Durango, and 2 hours to Telluride. Pay for the experience - farm tour and all the fixings. The bed & breakfast stay and hospitality is included with the farm tour! Note: this is not a commercial campground; rather an agricultural business with a focus on all things lavender. Come adventure, smell the flowers (literally!), and enjoy feeling of these ancient healing lands!
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The best camping near Mesa Verde National Park guide

Overview

About

Situated in southwest Colorado near the New Mexico border, Mesa Verde National Park is the largest archaeological preserve in the United States. For over 700 years, the Ancestral Puebloan people lived in elaborate cliff dwellings tucked into giant alcoves beneath mesa walls. This once flourishing community was deserted in the late 1200s and no one is exactly sure why. Today, visitors can tour the area on ranger-led tours, hike to petroglyph panels, and view items left behind by the Ancestral Puebloans at the park museum. Morefield Campground is the park’s only campground and features both tent and RV sites. 

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. With 267 campsites, Morefield Campground is rarely full. Reservations are accepted for standard tent and RV sites but are not required. It’s a good idea to reserve a site for holiday weekends in advance, just in case. 
  2. Only 15 RV sites with water, electric, and sewer hooks-ups are available, so advanced reservations are strongly recommended for these sites. Reservations often fill quickly, so book as soon as you know your travel dates.    
  3. Off-season camping is available a few weeks before and after the campground’s official operating season (from early May through mid-October), but services are limited during this time.

When to go

Mesa Verde National Park is open year-round, but the campground is typically only open from late April through early October. The best time to visit is spring and fall when the temperatures are most pleasant and all facilities are open. Summer is peak visitor season with high temperatures. No cliff dwelling tours are offered during the winter months, when some areas of the park may be closed due to snow.   

Know before you go

  • Campsites include a fire pit, picnic table, gravel tent pad, and convenient access to drinking water, showers, and camping supplies. 
  • The Knife Edge Cafe in Morefield’s village offers an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast each morning during the summer season.    
  • Pets are allowed in the campground but not in archaeological sites or on most park trails. A boarding facility at the campground offers half-day and full-day rates.    
  • Free wifi is available at the Morefield Campground Store. Wifi is also offered throughout the campground but the strength of the connection varies.   
  • Wheelchair-friendly campsites and fully ADA-accessible restrooms can be found along the Apache Loop.

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