17 Parks near Dolores, Colorado
May 2016 - $20.00
One of my favorite NFS CGs. Big sites, lots of privacy and it feels like camping unlike most private campgrounds where you are wedged in like sardines. McPhee, for all its charm is an under used camp ground. It rarely fills up. We stopped there for an overnight and got one of the 2 full hookups sites. We enjoyed it so much that we stopped there on our way back and were able to get the other full hook up site. We never make reservations at McPhee and we have always manged to score at least an electric site. However if you can't do without electricity make a reservation. We thought the full hook up for $20 with senior discount was a super bargain. Beauty, privacy, quiet and full hook ups--surely that deserves a 10! If you are over 35 feet you probably need reservations since most sites are on the short side. Hosts were wonderful and even remembered our names when we showed up again a week later. Two important changes since my last visit in 2011--the dump and the showers are closed. No funds to keep them up. Most of the NFS campgrounds, in areas where water is limited, no longer have threaded spigots. In most NFS water comes from wells and several big rigs filling up can reduce the water pressure for everyone. We usually bring about 15-20 gallons from home. If we need more we resort to gallons jugs, our feet and a funnel. No big deal. Think of it as exercise. - NT2013
Jul 2015 - $30.00
This park could get different ratings based on each site. Only the host has full hook ups in Juniper Loop. However, there are three sites in Pinon loop that have 30 amp, water, and sewer: 1E, 25E, and one other just past 25E and on the same side of the road. I had a 34' 5er and my DirecTV dish is at the front end of the camper. I was able to get shade and all 3 DirecTV satellites. I had decent (2-3 bars) Verizon MiFi signal. This is a great spot to camp while visiting Mesa Verde, Canyons of the Ancients, and Hovenweep. As much as I enjoyed it here I would only come back if I knew I could reserve about 4 of the sites here. - Military Couple in their 30s
May 2015 - $17.00
Price reflect our America the Beautiful Senior discount. We were very fortunate to have a full hookup site. The site was pretty narrow, but the 30 amp power worked well, the water pressure was good. This was a great location to be able to visit Mesa Verde National Park, and get our onboard washer/dryer chores done. This park was very quiet while we were there, the views of the La Plata mountains were fantastic. We had deer visit our campsite daily and saw huge rabbits that at first sight reminded us of kangaroos! I would have rated this campground higher, but the sites are narrow with many tree obstructions and most are not level. We use Verizon and had a good phone signal. - simonsrf
Sep 2014 - $9.00
I'm not sure what campground the other people are talking about but we stayed there for almost 3 weeks and this is what they have. Decomposing toilets (no flush), some sites with electric (you pay $5 per night extra for them), no sites with full hookups, dump station but the fresh water was not working, fresh water available around the loops. This is a FS campground but it is run by the RMRC concessionaires. Most of the sites are very long and can accommodate large rigs but most will need a little leveling. You can reserve through "reserve.gov" or recreation.gov but it is not a very busy campground except on weekends. It is 17 miles north of Dolores then another 5 miles on a FS road (paved). There is almost NO phone service but occasionally we could get a signal for the computer and could text on the phone. We love this place with its spectacular views of McPhee Lake and easy access to the boat ramp. It is quite open with very few trees and can get quite hot in the summer but in September it is comfortable. - rhianna
Jul 2010 - $25.00
BE AWARE: There are some discrepancies on the prices as far as what the website says, what ReserveAmerica says, and what you find out when you get here. There are only 4 sites with full hook-ups and you have to pay $25/night for these. There are also about 16 electric only sites. When you make a reservation through ReserveAmerica, they only collect the basic fee; be prepared to pay for other services when you get here. This is a very nice, quiet park in beautiful SW Colorado. Even on a summer weekend the park was almost empty. The host was very helpful and sells firewood and ice. A short drive down the hill is the reservoir. About 6 miles away is a convenience store where you can pick up bait and a fishing license (It's the Phillips gas station). Dolores is small and Cortez is about 12 miles away, do try to come with all you need. - Roaming Rob
Jul 2010 - $15.00
This is the new McPhee Recreation Complex, run by the USDA Forest Service (not the old House Creek campground which is on the other side of the reservoir). The sites vary in size, but some are large enough for 40' MH. Boat ramp is a short drive from the campground. Campground has nice trails with incredible views over the reservoir (500 feet below) and some Colorado peaks. Only four full hookups, 16 with electric and some with water. - fulltimer126
Sep 2015 - $15.00
If you enjoy camping "off the grid" in gorgeous surroundings, then this is the place for you. It would have gotten a 10 if there was water and a dump station. Several sites have 30 amp electric which is very convenient but you will have to fill your fresh water tank. Located right on the West Dolores River, you can fly fish or just enjoy the sights and sounds. There are pull-throughs, back-ins and tent sites. If you want to use the electric, which we purchased, it will cost $6.00 a night. Site number 10 has wonderful shade and privacy and is only a few steps away from the river. Having to drive to the city of Dolores (20 miles) to dump tanks is not convenient but the beauty and grandeur of this campground definitely make up for that. We would come here again. - Cat Gypsy
Aug 2015 - $22.00
There are both electric and non-electric sites at this Forest Service campground and water faucets. We stayed in one of the pull-through electrical sites for four days. The five pull through sites are very close together--your door opens into the next camper's space. If the neighbors had a fire, it filled our trailer. And NO cell service at all. I probably would not camp there again. - travelingran
Jun 2015 - $23.00
Small FS campground on the west Dolores river....beautiful setting...used electric site...good country just to sit back and relax. - tbax46
Sep 2016 - $40.00
This is a beautiful park with well thought out campsites. Many are right on the river, have grass, and trees that provide privacy. There are a lot of places to walk. There are some special touches such as an open gazebo type area with adult swing chairs that overlook the creek, a walking trail along the river, and a small camp store with just the right amount of camper needs and souvenirs. The scenery in the campground and the area is incredibly beautiful. We loved this campground and will return again and stay for a longer period of time! - Dr Karen
Aug 2016 - $40.00
Great park. Tall pines. Clean laundry. Friendly people. Beautiful setting. WIFI actually worked. Verizon on extended service. Nice picnic table. Free firewood. Only thing from not giving a 10 was no satellite reception. - ontheroadmama
Jul 2016 - $40.00
Stop reading and book a stay. This park is a gem. They are already booked for 2017, apparently, though we were able to get two RV sites and a tent site this year with about a 4-month advance booking. It rained 60% of the time (monsoon season?). I caught no fish, our friend's tent leaked, the biting flies were incessant, girlfriend got a leg rash from some plant, and WE HAD A GREAT TIME. We will be back, for certain. - Boidster
Aug 2016 - $38.00
The owners are so friendly! We loved meeting them and enjoying the park that they've built. We had spot 3, which is a back-in. We spent some time doing laundry (complimentary, but only one washer and dryer set), and hanging out in their clubhouse, which is very well appointed. The owners also give music lessons (flute, piano, and guitar). - barnacle
Jul 2016 - $38.00
Brand new park. 5 level, graveled back-in sites with more long-term sites in wooded area. Large community building with game room, baths, showers, small store & book exchange. Small rental cabin. All sites with full utilities. Nearby town of Dolores with all services and Dolores River and Lake McPhee. Owners are most anxious to completely accommodate any request and happy to do so. I would be glad to return. - OutbackTrekers
Jun 2011 - $15.00
Located up forest route 535 on a paved road this pretty campground has some sites with 30 amp power. Some sites are more out in the open and others are along side of the West Dolores River. We stayed in site #1 (non-electric) which was along the river and very private. It was a huge site with a picnic table and fire ring/grill. We loved this site and it was on the reservation system. The site faces south and we were able to get our dome satellite in. Didn’t see any mosquito's, just lots of butterflies and hummingbirds. The camp hosts, were friendly and very knowledgeable of the area. The bathrooms are located at the far end of the campground. Water is available with a threaded faucet and there is trash service. The closest dump station is Dolores River RV Park in the town of Dolores or Priest Gulch RV Park which is just off of hwy. 145, 35 miles north of Dolores. No cell service here. Great campground!! - jannie5
Sep 2016 - $40.00
We got in after hours and only stayed one night so didn't get to use any of the facilities but this appears to be a very nice and well-maintained park. The laundry room looked bright and modern and had a folding table, but no coin or vending machines. The restrooms also looked bright and clean. Our site was level and there was a picnic table on a cement patio. The hookups were at the rear of the site which might be inconvenient for some rigs. All the sites seemed to be of decent size. I could not get the wi-fi to work and I'm not sure they even have it, but since there was no one in the office to ask I can't say for sure. Verizon service was available but on the weak side. I would stay again. - Pdxjoanne
Jul 2016 - $38.00
The spaces in the front part of the park were spacious and easy to navigate, however the part by the cabins and tent area were extremely tight. It takes a real effort to get in and out of these spaces. The sites were gravel and level with lots of nice trees. A pleasant flowing river runs through the campground and there is also a still pond and a mosquito problem. The children in the tent area do not observe quiet time, especially on weekends. The area has beautiful mountain vistas, great fishing, and cool nights for good sleeping. Be sure to visit Galloping Goose Museum, a must for RR buffs. - Daiseydog
Jul 2016 - $38.00
Great park. Friendly/helpful staff. Spacious sites with mature shade trees. Grassy area between sites. Nice playground for the kids. I did not use but nice size laundry room. Ice cream sundaes for $2 Saturday evening and other evenings a dinner is offered for a nominal charge. My only suggestion, better chairs for the river edge and maybe trim the grass. I would definetly return again. Good attractions in the area, Ex: Mesa Verde Nat'l Park. - a_d travelers_2
Sep 2016 - $40.00
We stay here at least once a year--and it is always a pleasure. Nice walk around pond for nature and to take dogs, dog park right there, great views.
Owners are pleasant and thoughtful. Good areas for tent camping too. Close to town for shopping and to restaurants. - User2597
Aug 2016 - $40.00
Stayed a week - great place, good views of Mesa Verde. Great spot for a base place to stay and visit all the surrounding area has to offer. Friendly staff that are always available throughout the day and even helping late arrivals after 9pm find their spot. - Root
Aug 2016 - $44.00
I stayed just one night on my way through. The park is very pretty in the front and inviting. In the back it is a gravel parking lot but very well taken care of, neat and tidy. The staff was super friendly and helpful. My particular site #48, was spacious, almost level, and since I was on the back row had a beautiful view. I was able to park my 42' without having to disconnect my truck and still had plenty of room. The sewer connection was a bit to the back of the site, but I didn't use it so not sure how far it really was. Looked just fine to me.
This is a big rig friendly place and easy to maneuver. I don't mind all the gravel which someone else commented on, as I would rather have that than dirt. And this park is very well maintained which means all the gravel is super packed and level.
Very inviting nature walk around the pretty lake and my dogs loved that. There is also a fenced 3 acre off-leash park maintained by the county which is nice and close. I didn't use Wifi, laundry or bathrooms, but from what I could see as I walked around it was all as nice as the parking area. I would definitely stay again and would stay for multiple days if visiting the area. The only caveat I have is there were not many rigs here so I can't comment on how it would be if the park were full. - kdlee747
Aug 2016 - $34.00
We paid $100.70 for a 3 night stay, 1 night with Passport America and 2 with Good Sam. We had a level, gravel pull thru site with 50 amp FHU's, cable and wi-fi. The cable was pretty much your basic lineup with a half way decent picture, not HD. This park made a nice base for visiting Mesa Verde NP. - Bob and Inga
Aug 2016 - $27.00
We stayed here 3 nights and found the park and hosts to be enjoyable. The lady at the front desk has information for most anything you need or want to see in the area. A fairly small park located on the east end of Cortez. The interior roads and sites are gravel for the most part. OTA tv is great and very good WiFi. Peeked in at the washer and dryer (one of each). Verizon service was good as well as the utilities. Several big trees so be careful as you drive into or out of your site. We had a pull through which was an adequate length. Fairly quiet at night, which is nice for a park located pretty much in town. The Passport rate made it very affordable and we would stay here again. - jtl2
Aug 2016 - $30.00
Located east of town, tight turn into the park but it is well marked with a sign. If you are going east (left turn)when you leave, it can be difficult to pull out due to traffic. Just take your time. Check in was fine, staff gave us good information about restaurants and places to visit. We had a level pull through, full hookups that were easy to access. The laundry consisted of one washer and one dryer but were clean. This is a basic park in a good location. Not many amenities but wifi worked well. Cable tv is available but you need a coupler which the office has available for $2 deposit. Some road noise, but not too bad. Would stay here again. - mohocamper
Sep 2016 - $40.00
Sundance RV Park is an interesting place in that there are three camp hosts that rotate duty in the office. The entire park is well maintained by said on-duty hosts and there is a professional cleaning service that does the central laundry and showers/toilets daily. I used the laundry - $3 total for one load to wash & dry.
All sites are gravel with many sites enjoying plentiful shade. Some with partial shade and some in full sun. 50A power, good sewer connection pipe (must have sealed adapter) and strong water pressure that >>requires<< the use of a pressure regulator. Generous distance between sites means that your neighbor IS NOT so close as to hear their evening beer belches.
I stayed for 4 nights, and would have stayed a month ($640 w/discount) if my site had not been reserved by another traveler. The only sites available for a month were near the main street and its noise - I declined.
Wi-Fi is as it should be in every RV park - strong signal and FAST! Fast? Well, compared to other parks it's like lightening fast here. But in reality it does bog a little when there are lots of users on-line. But I was able to view a couple of youtube instructional videos at off-peak times with no 'buffering'.
Cortez is a working town that has lots of diversity of resources for the traveler without being too touristy. I prefer this versus the opposite.
Were I back this way in the future, I'd definitely book a long stay here. Good folks, great park and interesting town. - Retired-n-Roamin
Sep 2016 - $32.00
Stayed a week while visiting area! Very nice campground, most of it is very shady, paved road, gravel sites very wide sites great staff, great central location Would definitely stay here again. - Mzbhnn
Sep 2016 - $36.00
Stayed 3 nights while visiting the area and Mesa Verde NP. Very friendly and helpful staff. Rest rooms, shower, laundry very clean and well maintained. Site was gravel, roads paved. Very convenient to town with the Colorado Visitor Center and public park right across the street. - Kazoo Tom