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Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground

Fruita, Colorado


1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita, Colorado 81521
Phone: Click to view

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+ Only 55+ Only 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
  • Public Phone Public 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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17 Reviews

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Review Count: 115
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

We were looking for a place to stay that would be convenient to the hiking trails within the Colorado National Monument. We're self-contained and don't use the facilities. We stayed for 5 days, including a weekend, in early October in our 25 foot MH. This CG is nicely situated near the western edge of The Monument and near the Visitor Center. Note there are tunnels on the road to the CG - side heights are 10'6", center heights are 16' and lanes are 20' wide. There are 3 loops within a pinyon pine/juniper forest. We stayed in the A loop. The C loop is the original campground with smaller sites (20 foot max) in a denser forest affording greater privacy. Loops A and B include a mix of back-in sites and pull overs. In most yet not all cases, the pull overs are spaced to allow for some privacy despite being parked on the side of the loop road. Some sites have views of the Grand Valley below the rim. The sites vary in size from longer and skinny to short and wide. Some are better for tents while others are better for RVs. All sites were gravel and most need some leveling. There are no hookups. Water is available for jugs near the restrooms and not available to fill an RV. There's no dump station at the CG. There's a free dump station with rinse and potable water at the Colorado Welcome Center at the intersection of I-70 and SR340. (Note: GPS may take you to the nearby Colorado State Park Welcome Center which is not free.) There's no wifi. We had good ATT and Verizon coverage. We arrived on a Wednesday afternoon without reservations and were able to get a walk-in site. All sites in loop B and some of A can be reserved with the rest available for walk-ins. (Don't know about loop C.) We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The Monument Visitor Center is a short walk from the campground and the people there are quite helpful. The 23-mile Rim Rock Drive includes 19 overlooks with views into the canyons. It can be combined with SR340 for a 30-mile circuit. There are many short or longer hiking trails to choose from including those that descend into the canyons or climb ridges. All services are available in Fruita or Grand Junction.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

It's easy to pass Colorado NM when speeding east or west along I-70, but don't! Find the time to spend a day or two visiting the park: the views from its 20-mile rim drive are absolutely spectacular. The park's only CG is 4 miles from the west entrance (near Fruita, CO). Yes - it's an unserviced CG that will be a tight fit for RVs and trailers over 35 ft, but it's sites are spacious and generally offer a sense of privacy. CAUTION: On the steep, uphill, 2-lane road that leads to the CG and visitor center, there are 2 tunnels that "may" have height restrictions - BIG RIGS should call ahead before entering the park. We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A-2
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Allow a least a half day to visit the park's visitor center and to leisurely transit the parks 20-mile Rim Drive. CAUTION: On the steep, uphill, 2-lane road that leads to the CG and visitor center, there are 2 tunnels that "may" have height restrictions - BIG RIGS should call ahead before entering the park.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here overnight while visiting the NM. Our site was a pull through and not level but there were other sites that seemed like they might have been better. Sites are spacious and we had no problem finding a site even without a reservation, although the campground was almost full by the end of the day. Facilities were clean. It was a climb from the entrance station and a steep descent down the other end of the NM but well worth it. We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B28
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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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: 57
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 13

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: 81
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 21

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: 23

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: 52
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: 60
States Visited: 17
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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