3 Parks near Salida, Colorado
Chaffee CR194 (US Hwy 285 between mile markers 135 and 136) Salida, Colorado 81201 (map) | (719) 539-7289
Sites: 22 | Latest Rate: $23.00 | 1 Reviews
Sep 2015 - $23.00
This park is located 2.4 miles off of 285 South. The road is gravel and a 12% grade in spots but the slow drive in is totally worth it. The sites sit up above the Arkansas River with stunning views. There are 22 sites. The sites are all gravel with nice picnic tables and a tent area at each site. The park is unmanned so self check in. The pricing is a little confusing as you have to pay for the campsite and then a vehicle pass and it's not clearly stated at the kiosk. There is a ranger who drives through several times a day who was very helpful with questions. This park is wonderful in that you are a bit isolated, have beautiful views and vey well groomed sites. - Adventure-Next
Sep 2015 - $35.00
The space we were assigned faced the highway and was very noisy. Laundry room had a terrible stench of sewer. The staff was snippy. - Just A Happy Camper
Sep 2015 - $49.00
Good news and bad news about this park, but overall thought it was far too pricey for what you get.
First the good news: It is just a couple of miles from Salida, and it is along the Arkansas River. We stayed in a 'river' site and it was pleasant being next to the river. There are large trees which help shade the sites. The wifi worked most of the time, of course lower to incredibly slow when presumably lots of people were using it. We normally use Verizon as hot spot, but because the sites sit down in elevation along the river, the signal was 3G. Tailgater did not work because of trees - over-the-air TV provided a few stations including ABC from CO Springs. Showers were clean.
Bad news - This park seems pretty old and old-fashioned. It appears they are very gradually trying to improve some of structures, etc. The sites are all of varying lengths. The road is dirt and bumpy in places with some tight corners - so make sure you know your rig's limitations.
There is traffic noise from Hwy 50 which was lessened by being on the sites that are lower in elevation and closer to the river.
There was trash at our site on the river bank - some plastic sheeting and old branches - it looked like several of the other sites were cleaned up.
There are a lot of rules and sporadically enforced. You can only have two vehicles at your site. We drive a truck and camper and pull a 10' utility trailer. We offloaded the camper but then that counted as 3 vehicles. So we always had to have the truck or the trailer parked about 500' away.
The rec room is a bit of a mess - dirty, everything old. Looked like it hadn't changed in 30 years.
The staff (two we met) weren't that well informed. When we checked in, the staff was at odds about the park map.
We no longer have a dog, but several dog people complained about the dog poo policy - few places to walk dog and hardly any trash bins (2).
There are many other campgrounds in area that are cheaper and nicer. - chinookgeo
Jul 2015 - $35.00
If you don't need a bathroom or electricity your OK here. However our campsite was not supplied with 110v outlets and the bathroom showers did not turn on, in fact they smelled of raw sewage. We arrived on Saturday evening and by the time I set up camp and found no working electric hook up, the office was closed at 7pm and Sunday hours were 1pm open. So needless to say with no listing of camp phone number on paper work supplied by them we packed up in the morning to leave. Upon leaving I was able to get a week cell phone signal so I called and complained about the conditions and the owner woman hung up on me. - Just A Happy Camper
Jan 2016 - $1.00
We stayed in our Tent for 14 days and had a great time visiting the local area each day. There were a couple of times we had noisy neighbors late at night. The campground is right next to HWY. 52 and traffic noise mostly during the daylight hours. Nights were very comfortable. Loved walking down to the Arkansas River and watching the kayak paddle down river. Will return again. - JamesCROC
Jul 2015 - $1.00
This is a free campground off of US-50 called Salida East Recreation Site (price is listed as $1.00 because $0.00 isn't allowed). There are some designated camping spots (with fire pits and picnic tables) but also plenty of other sites carved out with nothing around. A few sites are pull through, with the majority being back in.
There are no hookups, but there is a chemical restroom at the far western end of the campground. Just a pit toilet, no sink or sanitizer. Directly across from the restroom/parking lot is a boat launch into the Arkansas River.
We were able to get a strong Verizon Mifi signal at this location. Views of the mountains facing west are incredible. - LanderWust