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Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground

Fruita, Colorado


1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita, Colorado 81521
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Sites: 80
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 39.10193
Longitude: -108.73433

Elevation: 5790' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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14 Reviews

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This was my first stop on a road trip that started in Denver. The views from the campground across the valley were terrific. The campground was empty and quiet in October. I think there were about 3-4 other campers scattered around the place. Wonderful wandering around the area in the evening to watch the sunset, then drove to some overlook hikes to watch the sunrise the next morning. Beautiful and quiet. Saw mountain goats! The staff in the park was SO friendly and kind. We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

My uncle says to stop in the valley for stone fruit products like fresh and dried fruit and jams. Supposedly amazing. I didnt get to try it. But I'll be back!

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We came on a Thursday. There was road construction past the welcome center right near the entrance to the park but we were waved through it. I will not repeat what almost everyone has said about the tunnel because we did not find it to be true. Our motor home is over 11 feet high and the usual width, no problem. We didn't worry about the heighth of it at all. Gorgeous views on the way to the campground. There is a visitor center for the park near the campground. There are some short hikes from there. There are no hikes from the campground itself. You will need to bike or drive to hikes that are longer.

Our site was number 43 and it was a pull through. The nice thing about it was it was set back from the road with more privacy than others. A lot of the so called sites are tiny widenings in the road barely big enough for small trailers. Another thing about the park is that those over 62 get it half price at $10.00. This is a huge discount. We didn't qualify for it and gladly paid. But there is no electric or sewer so

perhaps $20.00 is steep. The park filled up with free loaders after dark who pulled out before light.

The sites have fire rings but you can only use charcoal. My husband bought charcoal from the camp host and she told him about the Pinon nuts in the area. Seemed friendly. We took a nap in the afternoon and there was a pounding and yelling at our door which woke us up. It was the camp host who asked us if we had found any thing on our site when we moved in. She never apologized for waking us or intruding. Very weird. It's a beautiful park but the people running it are not that considerate. We had a problem about 7 years ago with a ranger coming up while we were still in our car but parked and telling us we had better not let our dogs on the trails. So because of this later incidence with the camp host we will not be back. We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
43
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Short hikes are available from the visitor center which is a short distance up the road.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is a lovely National Parks campground. That said, most of the sites are small. RVs are limited to 40 ft. Our 5th wheel is 31' plus pickup. We had to do a lot of maneuvering to get into our site. There was room for our slideouts but our steps were on the road & we had to put out reflectors. The view, however, was spectacular. Lots of low pinyon and juniper trees make the area very attractive. There is water (no hookup) and clean flush toilets but no dump site. Generators are permitted in loops A&B 8am-8pm. There is a free dump in Fruita at the Colorado visitor center. Coming up to the campground there are tunnels. In the MIDDLE they are 16'. We drove down the center line with no problem because there is not much traffic. Reservations recommended. We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This is the campground for Colorado National Monument. Worth staying at least 2 nights to see the monument.

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Review Count: 78
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful National Monument, the campground is OK. Our site, #30 was not level, most of them aren't. Also, NO utilities and you must arrive with empty septic tanks and full water tanks. The visitor center in Fruita has a dump site and fresh water available.

Generator hours are from 8am to 8pm. Do not start early or be late turning it off. Otherwise the park host will come by and tell you to turn it off. And not very nicely!

Probably will not return since we do not live in the area and now that we have seen the Monument we wouldn't not return. We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B-30
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Saddlehorn is beautiful campground in Colorado NM. It provides spectacular views of the Colorado river valley below. The sites are generally smaller and not all that level. Our 30ft total length TT was one of the larger units in the campground. The campground is on a slope so even some of the higher sites still have good views even if you are not on the outside loop close to the drop off. Check the tunnel heights to make sure you fit through prior to your climb up to the campground (11'5" on the edge and 16'1" at center of the road). Standard NP type facilities with updated bathrooms that have running water. The campground does not have a dump station or water fill up. The visitor center at Fruita had a free and well kept dump and water fill up station. We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
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Review Count: 121
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 22

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice campground. Tent loop has larger sites and more privacy than RV loop. This campground rarely fills up, but RVs should have a reservation for weekends--its a long way down if you can't find a site. I was in my trusty tent and had no trouble finding a site on a Saturday evening. Beautiful setting. Nice hosts were highly visible. I would certainly camp there again if I was in my tent. Probably wouldn't take my trailer there. We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Tent.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

A great value with spectacular views and a friendly camp host. No reservations and it can get hot in summer, but weather was perfect in late September. Rate reflects senior discount. We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

For boondocking this is the most magnificent, best kept secret on the road. There are no reservations, so get in early or off season. Pay attention to the trailer length restrictions. There were only a few sites which could take our 30' Airstream. Drive the loop, take the trails, see the sights. This is our third stay there and we will be back. Rate reflect Sr. Pass. We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 86
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is a clean campground with occasional distant train noise. Sites are dirt and gravel, not level, with many small trees and some shade. Roads are asphalt, somewhat narrow, in good condition. Verizon data service is sometimes moderately fast, but usually slow. Credit cards are accepted. We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Great park to stop over at or visit the area. Located along the Colorado River with nice walking trail. Very nice sites both pull throughs and back ins. Very easy on and off the interstate. We always stop here for a couple of days when going through. We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Normally $20 a night but with the Senior rate it was $10. A beautiful National Park service campground. Up high on the ridge, the drive to it was spectacular. Adjacent to the Visitor Center. The ideal spaces were on the B loop, backside, because they overlooked the valley below. The restrooms were very modern and clean, 1 per loop. Enjoy the absolute silence, you could hear a pin drop miles away. Bring your food, it is a ways down to town. Water available. We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 131
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful location. Sites aren't very level, but do-able. Scenery is outstanding. The drive from the highway is exciting, even for an ol' mountaineer like myself. Campground host never did show himself, but was there, I presume. I'd go back, if even just to see get more "red-rock therapy." We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Campground was comfortable. Weather was a bit rainy and windy so we were unable to get out much. Restrooms and showers were OK. We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 195
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is the only campground available inside the Colorado National Monument. It is situated on top of a plateau at approximately 5,700'. Short strolls from here will take you to stunning views of the city of Grand Junction and the Colorado River far below. The easiest access to the park is from the West (Fruita) entrance. From there it is about 4 miles to the campground. From the East (Grand Junction) entrance it is about a 19 mile drive to the campground. Both routes involve going through narrow tunnels with a minimum height of 11'5" at the edges and a maximum height of 16'1" near the center. The road in from the East entrance, which we used, is particularly narrow and winding with very few places to pull over and steep drop-offs. Be warned: if you do not like heights you will not like this road! The campground itself can accommodate RVs up to 32'. There are no hook-ups and I don't think there is a dump station, but water and flush toilets are available. Generator hours are 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The scenery is great! We probably won't bring our motorhome here again, but would definitely tent camp or come in a smaller rig. The monument has beautiful scenery and lots of hiking trails. We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Motorhome.

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