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The best camping near Highline Lake State Park

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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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$30
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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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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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$20
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Booked 2 times

Bear Family Ranch LLC

9 sites 路 RVs, Tents159 acres 路 Mack, CO
A secluded and quiet Ranch with grand views of the Colorado Monument, Grand Mesa, and the bookcliffs. 30 minutes west of Grand Junction. Bird watchers' paradise, family water park 15 minutes away. 159 acres for walking, hiking and mountain biking. 1/2 a mile from the Annual 3rd week of June Country Jam, 2 miles from Colorado river, World Class Mountain Biking in Loma, Fruita Desert, and Mtn Bike lunch loops in Grand Junction. 10 min from the Colorado Monument. 1 hour to the Grand Mesa, 1 hour and 15 min from Moab. 2 RV sites w/full hook-ups 30 & 50 Amp, along with 5 dry camping sites. 40 minutes from Palisade wine country.
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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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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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GECKO GULCH--MOUNTAIN BIKE HEAVEN

1 site 路 RV, Tent70 acres 路 Fruita, CO
Learn more about this land:CAMP ON 35 ACRES OF PRIVATE MOUNTAIN BIKE HEAVEN! Gecko Gulch is a single, private campsite near the popular North Fruita Desert 18 Road mountain bike area and the famous Kokopelli Trail. And if that鈥檚 not enough, after a day of shredding single track, you can return to your campsite and have 35 acres of desert hills all to yourself to continue the ride! When you鈥檝e had enough of the bike, you can relax in your 8鈥檟12鈥 cabin with two comfy chairs and room to hang a hammock or stretch out two of your sleeping bags if you don鈥檛 want to pitch a tent. A covered porch is the perfect place to watch the sunset and enjoy a well-earned beer. There鈥檚 a picnic table with a shade sail. The open-air shower stall lets you hang a solar bag to rinse off the dust while you admire an unending desert view. Then start a campfire and roast some marshmallows while you wait for the stars to come out.Gecko Gulch鈥檚 35 acres are surrounded by public BLM land on two sides so the desert really is your playground. This is a dry campsite with no electricity or water, but there is a portable toilet and trash can. There鈥檚 enough flat area to set up a couple of tents. A small amount of firewood is provided.聽 Gecko Gulch is not suitable for mega-large RVs. The cabin has no heat/air conditioning, but two screened windows open to catch a breeze and mosquito netting is on the door.If you鈥檙e tired of camping in a crowded, noisy campground with neighbors on all sides, if you want privacy and incredible views, then Gecko Gulch is waiting!
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Near Fruita Bike Trails

1 site 路 RV10 acres 路 Fruita, CO
New Hipcamp property. Learn more about this land:Fruita, Colorado is approximately 10 min from location. Also nearby are the 18 Rd. mountain bike trail system, and Highline State Park. Site is quiet and very little light pollution at night. Notes: Horses on property. Please don鈥檛 approach horses. Family dog (friendly chocolate lab) on property as well.
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$40
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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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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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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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The best camping near Highline Lake State Park guide

Overview

About

With two separate lakes, the park is a mecca for water activities. Enjoy motor boating, water skiing, jet skiing, paddling, swimming, and fishing on Highline Lake, or opt for a quieter experience on the smaller, non-motorized Mack Mesa Lake. Surrounding the lakes are several hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails, as well as easy access to world-class mountain biking. In winter, enjoy hunting, ice fishing, ice skating, and cross-country skiing. The park is also an important bird area.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for amenities: Bookcliff Campground offers sites with grills, fire rings, and picnic tables, plus a year-round camper services building.
  • Best for tent campers: Three walk-in campsites (#10, 11, and 12) are available for tents only.
  • Best for groups: The Group Camping Area offers space for up to 100 tent campers.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Those planning to spend the night should make plans early, as only 36 basic campsites are available for RVs and tent campers.
  2. During peak season, make a reservation as soon as you know your dates. All campsites require a reservation, which can be made up to six months in advance up until the same day.
  3. If you鈥檙e traveling light, go for one of the walk-in, tent-only campsites.
  4. If your plans are flexible, try to visit the year-round park during the week, during non-holiday periods, or in winter.

When to go

The park is busiest in summer. Highline Lake is open to boating between March 1 and September 30, weather permitting, while the swim beach is open from the second weekend of May through September. Visit in fall for trout fishing, and winter for birdwatching and ice fishing on Mack Mesa Lake. Small-game hunting is permitted in designated areas between the Tuesday following Labor Day and the Friday before Memorial Day, only Monday through Friday.

Know before you go

  • Mack Mesa Lake is only open to electric or hand-powered boats, paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks. All boats, including paddleboards and kayaks, must have life jackets. Loaners are available from the visitor center.
  • Pets are not allowed at the swim beach鈥攁 designated pet swimming area can be found near the east boat ramp.聽
  • Hunters may only hunt waterfowl from the blinds, and may only use shotguns for small game hunting. All hunters must register at the west entrance and have appropriate licenses. 聽
  • Accessible facilities include the day-use area restrooms, camper services building, group picnic area, wildlife overlook, the Mack Mesa Lake fishing pier, and campsite #25.聽
  • Ice and firewood are available for purchase at the campground.

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