Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

Camping

Campgrounds

Saddlehorn Campground, located near the Visitor Center, has 80 sites and is open year round. Sites are suitable for tents and recreational vehicles, with some pull-through sites. There is a length limit of 32 feet for recreational vehicles. All sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis with a self-registration kiosk at the entrance. The campground has restrooms with flush toilets and water available during the summer. Each site includes a picnic table, charcoal-only grill, and a parking area. There are no electric hookups or showers. Wood fires are not permitted anywhere in the monument. Camping fees are in addition to monument entrance fees and are $10.00 per night with a 7 person per site limit, a 3 tent site limit, and there is a limit of 2 vehicles per site. The use of generators is prohibited from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Checkout time is 11:00 a.m.

Pets are allowed at campsites, but must be leashed and well behaved at all times. Campers should never leave their pets unattended. Please clean up your pet waste and place in garbage receptacles.

An accessible campsite is available and is reserved for the use of mobility impaired persons only.

Sites are generally available at Saddlehorn Campground, except during holiday weekends or sometimes during festivals that are held around the Grand Valley. Check at the Entrance stations upon arrival where campground status is posted.

Backcountry camping is also permitted. A free backcountry permit is required and may be obtained at the visitor center or at the entrance stations. Water is not available in the monument backcountry, even during spring runoff due to a high Selenium content. Remember to take plenty of water with you - 1 gallon (4 liters) per person is recommended per day in the summer months. Wood fires are not permitted anywhere in the monument.

Other camping is available outside Colorado National Monument. Check with Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau and the City of Fruita for details.