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Camping in Colorado’s Western Slope offers an unparalleled connection with the natural world, blending adventure and tranquility. Whether you’re nestled in the high desert’s unique landscape or atop the vast expanse of North America’s largest flattop mountain, these settings provide a perfect basecamp and memorable starlit backdrop.

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Camp

With two state parks, a national monument, the Grand Mesa, BLM land and private RV Parks the area has an abundance of camping options to accommodate travelers.

Grand Mesa Camping

RV Parks

Colorado National Monument

James M Robb Colorado River State Park

James M Robb Colorado River State Park

RV Parks and Campgrounds

Camp Eddy
347 27 1/2 Rd.

Canyon View RV Resort
746 23 ½ Rd.

Grand Junction KOA Holiday
2819 Hwy 50

Junction West RV Park
793 22 Rd.

Mobile City RV Park
2322 Hwy 6 & 50

Palisade Basecamp
985 N. River Rd.

James M. Robb Colorado River State Park
A unique park located along the Colorado River that is split into 5 sections; each with its own designated recreation and activities. The park features two campgrounds on both the east and western sides of Grand Junction. 

Colorado National Monument
A must-see bucket list attraction sandwiched between Grand Junction and Fruita. It has a cool campground located high above the Grand Valley floor at Saddlehorn.

With over 1.5 million acres of public lands in Mesa County, there is plenty of pristine and scenic camping. While you can enjoy dispersed camping on BLM, there are also several designated BLM campgrounds throughout the Greater Grand Junction Area, and each has its own unique attributes. Remember that BLM camping is mostly primitive. Sites traditionally have restrooms but do not have running water or other facilities.

18 Road Campground

Located in the North Fruita Desert, the 18 Road campground is at the base of the Book Cliffs. 18 Road is also known for its biking trails, making this campground perfect for anyone looking to spend a weekend mountain biking pristine single-track trails. Step out of your tent in the morning and onto famed trails like PBR, Zippity Do Da, and Joe’s Ridge for fast and uninterrupted downhill action that will leave a smile permanently plastered on your face.

Big Dominguez Campground

This one is for the climbers. While Big Dominguez Campground is located in the Dominguez Escalante National Conservation Area, one of the easiest ways to get to this campground is from Unaweep Canyon. Unaweep is a narrow canyon made up of steep granite cliffs that climb thousands of feet above the canyon floor. Known for some of the best granite climbing outside of Yosemite Valley, Might Mouse and Sunday Wall are local favorites, and each has dozens of routes available. Or, if you’re more into bouldering, visit the Bone Park, where hundreds of problems can be found.

Jouflas, Castle Rocks, and Knowles Canyon Overlook Campgrounds

If ripping through the desert on a dirtbike or UTV is more up your alley, these three campgrounds in Rabbit Valley are the place to go. Between the three, there are plenty of spots to set up camp, even on the weekend. From the campgrounds, you can ride dozens of trails that zig-zag back and forth over the beautiful landscape. They are interconnected, allowing you to create endless combinations that will keep you riding for hours. You’ll run out of gas before you get tired of this heart-pounding trail network

Mud Springs

Retreat to higher elevation and escape the heat at Mud Springs Campground on Pinon Mesa. Mud Springs is nestled among an aspen grove, making it a shady place to cool off during the summer. Close to plenty of hiking trails and fishing holes, Mud Springs also has stunning views looking over Glade Park and Grand Junction below. This spot is exceptionally beautiful in the early fall when the leaves are changing and aspens glow in the sunlight.

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Etiquette While Camping

Camping comes with responsibility.

Prepare, and Be Aware...

Respect Quiet Hours

Respect Campground Rules

Leave Your Floodlights at Home

Respect the Environment and Wildlife

Leave No Trace

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