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ATTENTION: Please be aware that a prescribed burning will be occurring in the area between April 1 and June 30 and that smoke is a possible aftereffect of this.


part ofManti-La Sal National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


The Buckeye Recreation Area is located adjacent to Buckeye Reservoir in Montrose County, Colorado. The area is popular for camping and fishing.

Natural Features:

The recreation area is located in a valley at 7,600 feet in elevation and is set amongst mature stands of Ponderosa Pines. The high peaks of the La Sal Mountains are visible from much of the area. The scenic Paradox Valley and the town of Paradox, Colorado are located approximately 10 miles to the southeast.


Recreation in the area centers around the reservoir which provides excellent opportunities for fishing and canoeing. Forest roads in the area provide for off-highway vehicle touring and the nearby state lands provide motorized trails for Off-highway vehicles and motorcycles. The La Sal Mountains are nearby which provide many hiking and biking trails.


The Buckeye Recreation Area is located adjacent to Buckeye Reservoir. The Recreation Area is spread out around the reservoir and consists of the Pioneer Campground (30 single family reservable campsites), a boat ramp for small fishing boats (5 HP motor limit and wakeless speed), a reservable group site, a day-use picnic area and 18 less developed dispersed campsites scattered around the reservoir. Campsites in the Pioneer Campground include graveled parking spurs, concrete picnic tables, fire rings, a utility table and access to a vault toilet.

Nearby Attractions:

The scenic La Sal Mountains are very close to the area and provide numerous opportunities for recreation. Canyonlands and Arches National Parks are about 1.5 hour drive away from the area as well as numerous recreation opportunities around the towns of Monticello and Moab, Utah.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campfire Rings
  • Day Use Area
  • Group Site (Reservable)
  • Host
  • Pit Toilets
  • Self Pay Station
  • Tent sites
Know Before You Go
  • Bears do frequent the area so it is important to store food properly and keep a clean camp.

  • Water is not available at the campground.

  • A Colorado State Fishing License is required to fish in the reservoir.

  • Boats on the reservoir are limited to 5 HP motors and wakeless speed.

  • The water in the reservoir is owned by the Paradox Water Users and is primarily used for irrigation, which means on low water years the reservoir could be drained completely.

  • Off-highway vehicles can only be used coming and going from campsites.

  • The mailing address of this facility is Moab Ranger Station, 62 East 100 North, Moab Utah, 84532 and the physical address is Montrose County, Colorado, US. The nearest town is Paradox, Colorado.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.44544, -109.04307
38°26'44"N, 109°2'35"W

There are several ways to drive to the Buckeye Recreation Area, all requiring driving on dirt and graveled roads that can become slick after storms.

The site can be accessed from the north via the Taylor Flat Road.

From the west the area can be accessed from either the Upper or Lower Two Mile Roads.

The primary access is through the town of Paradox, Colorado (which is just north of Highway 90). Take the paved County U5 Road at the west end of town to the forest boundary; the road then becomes the unpaved Forest Road 0371 which you take for approximately 7 miles to the Recreation Area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:


Montrose County  CO 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (435)636-3360
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