Camping in Western Colorado
Camping on the Western Slope can be a lot of fun.
Rifle Gap has reservable camping spots with hookups. Bring your boat and camper or tents, and have fun with your family all day.
There are a few camping spots in Rifle Mountain Park, but it tends to get very crowded with a mix of people hiking and picnicing for the day, and climbers from out of town on multi-day outings. The Rifle Climbing coalition has written a piece about camping in Rifle Mtn Park that is essential to check out. If you love this park, there is some real estate in the way back of the park behind the community pavilion area. Imagining waking up in a forest!
Tent and camper camping are also reservable at Rifle Falls.
Or spend the night at the Silt KOA.
The Flattops is a great place to go tent camping or trucker camper camping, but I wouldn’t try to drive a non-4 wheel vehicle up there, I would always trailer my ATVs to correct parking area and go on my 4-wheeler from there. If you are not comfortable wilderness camping, if you don’t have maps, this is not the experience for you. Instead, consider a day trip leaving early in the morning and returning by sundown to a vacation rental.
Up the Crystal Valley, The BRB KOA is a great place to camp, as well as the Bogan Flats campground. Both of these places are great for enjoying the Crystal River. They have bathrooms. Both of these campgrounds run a tight ship, so I always recommend reservations. Bogan Flats can get a little tight, because some of the spots are meant for smaller rvs, there are even some great tent spots here, however courteousness as people navigate and park their campers is a must since the roads are narrow. Patience and friendliness are natural in such a great environment. Once again, every vehicle is accounted for so know how much space you’ll be alotted, if it matches the size of your RV, how many additional vehicles you will have, and whether or not you’re bringing pets. Taking your pets camping is another post, but of course, leashes and restraint of pets is key. Voice commands get weak with all of the stimulation so you need to be prepared to control your dog. Some breeds of dogs are not allowed at KOAs.
Marble, CO boasts the Meri Daes campground which is one of my personal favorites. Reserve ahead by calling the Marble Hub. If you don’t have a reservation at Meri Daes or at Bogan Flats, and you want to spend the night near Marble, you will have a problem. Consider a vacation rental in Marble.
Paonia Reservoir has a few camping spots but reservation in advance is definitely recommended! These spots go quick, but they are a perfect place to spend the night if you’re boating at Paonia, or riding a bike along McClure pass.
Just outside of Basalt lies Ruedi Reservoir and its great camping and boating. There are fabulous choices along the Frying Pan on the way to Ruedi for fly fishing for those wishing to stay in a vacation rental. Ruedi camping is great fun, whether in tents or campers. Bring your bug spray, and take the bear proof trash can very seriously. Be bear aware every time you camp, but especially at Ruedi.
Farther west, I can’t wait to spend a night at Palisade’s Basecamp.
Campsites near Grand Junction abound.
On BLM Lands in Colorado, dispersed camping had been free, but now there is a proposal for some fees in some areas.
Check out vacation rentals for feeling at home during your stay.