The best camping near James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park adventure.

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Five distinct park units along the Colorado River form a “string of pearls” for outdoor recreation.  

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Heavenly Holly Colorado Farm Land

1 site · RV, Tent180 acres · Holly, CO
Our quiet 180 acres of corn crop circles are a short walk north of the town of Holly, Colorado on US 50. Easy rest spot on your way across the USA. Our farm has a pond, but not much else. If you're looking for quiet solitude and a nice rest spot, we are happy to share our slice of heaven with you. The corners of the property where the plants are not planted are yours to enjoy, or pull up next door to the pump house and the pond?
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Whispering Wind Desert Oasis

21 sites · RVs, Tents81 acres · La Junta, CO
This property is rich in Native American history. It is nestled close to the Commanche National Grasslands.Learn more about this land:Our beautiful valley is serenity defined. It is barely touched by man .It offers a place to realign yourself with nature, reset your internal clocks and enjoy the simplicity of how life should be. Time stands still here as the winds whisper long forgotten secrets through the twists and turns of this awe inspiring piece of property. Nestled close to the Comanche National Grasslands, rich in history and beauty.... points of interest, Santa Fe Trail, Madonna of the Trail monument, Bents Fort, Pikes Tower, Big Timbers Museum, Commanche National Grasslands Dinasour Tracks, Picket Wire Trail
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The best camping near James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park guide



Stretching for 35 miles along the Colorado River, this park offers five park units (Fruita, Connected Lakes, Colorado River Wildlife Area, Corn Lake, and Island Acres), each offering different river and lake-based recreation opportunities that include swimming, boating, rafting, tubing, fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, picnicking, and wildlife spotting. Aside from the river, small lakes can be found at various park units, along with paved and hard-packed trails and plenty of wildlife. Two campgrounds, at either end of the park, offer 137 campsites suitable for RVs, trailers, and tents, with fire rings, picnic tables, and stand-up grills.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for lake access: The Island Acres Campground features 80 campsites and access to a swim lake and beach, plus two stocked fishing lakes.
  • Best for access to town: The Fruita Campground offers 57 sites within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and the Dinosaur Journey Museum.
  • Best for groups: One group camping area at Fruita has space for 36 people, six campers, or 12 tents.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. All campsites require a reservation. Make a reservation as soon as you know your dates during peak season, up to six months in advance.
  2. If your plans are flexible, visit the year-round park during the week, during non-holiday periods, or in winter.
  3. Plan to arrive first thing in the morning to make a reservation for any potential unreserved sites.

When to go

The park is at its busiest in summer, when high temperatures make water activities particularly enjoyable. Campgrounds are open year-round, but showers and laundry facilities, along with full hookup sites at Fruita, are only available from early spring through fall. The Island Acres swim beach is open from May through September. 

Know before you go

  • Boat ramps are available at Fruita, Connected Lakes, and Corn Lake. Boats are not permitted in the Wildlife Area lakes. Life jackets are required for every person, including those on paddleboards.
  • The Island Acres swim beach does not have lifeguards.
  • Fishing licenses are required for anyone over 16.
  • Hunting is permitted in season from designated hunting blinds, with appropriate licenses and reservations.
  • Accessible facilities include campsites, parking areas, and restrooms at both Fruita and Island Acres, and parking, restrooms, fishing piers, and concrete trails at Corn Lake and Connected Lakes.
  • Some campers have noted that odor can be an issue at Fruita during hot temperatures and southeast winds. The Island Acres Campground is located near the interstate and train tracks.
  • Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings and grills. Do not bring firewood from outside the state.

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