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ATTENTION: The Saddlehorn campground will be closed for the winter starting November 1st 2014 and will look to re-open for reservations on March 15th 2015
SADDLEHORN CAMPGROUND, CO
part ofColorado National Monument, National Park Service
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015 Season Dates
OverviewSaddlehorn Campground is located within Colorado National Monument which preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. Much more than a monument, towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles.
The campground is nestled within large red rock formations, with pinyon and juniper trees providing abundant shade. There are spectacular views of the Grand Valley to the northwest, and some of the park's most scenic monoliths and canyons to the southeast
Colorado National Monument is famous in cycling communities for its majestic views and challenging climbs, but Historic Rim Rock Drive is also a popular motor tour. Hikers flock to the miles of maintained trails, photographers come year round to capture the spectacular views, and geologists study the unique landscape for its scientific value. Climbers come for the towering sandstone, and wildlife lovers may spot Desert Bighorn sheep, golden eagles, collared lizards, and many other special creatures.
Saddlehorn Campground is located near the Saddlehorn Visitor Center, four miles from the west entrance (near Fruita, Colorado), and is the only established campground within the Monument. It is open year round, with sites suitable for both tents and RVs. Restrooms have flush toilets and water available during the summer, and each site has a picnic table and charcoal-only grill. There are no electric hookups or showers.
The cities of Grand Junction, Fruita, and Palisade boast many urban and agricultural attractions, but there are also abundant recreation areas surrounding the Monument. Among these are McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, James M. Robb Colorado River State Park, Highline Lake State Park, and many Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service areas.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You GoThe camping fee is separate from the Colorado National Monument entrance fee. There is a seven person per site limit, three tents per site, and two vehicles per site. Pets are allowed in paved areas only (not on any of the trails), and must be leashed and well-behaved at all times.
Motorists share the road with many bicyclists. Pets are permitted in the campground, but they must be well-behaved and leashed. Check our website at nps.gov/colm for more on the road and pets, as well as up to date information on conditions, tunnels, and available services.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Westbound on Highway I-70 towards Grand Junction, Exit 31 (Horizon Drive): Follow signs through Grand Junction to the east entrance. The visitor center and campground are 19 miles from the east entrance.
Eastbound on Highway I-70 take Exit 19 (Fruita): Turn south on Highway 340 to the west entrance, which is approximately three miles from Fruita. The visitor center and campground are four miles up from the west entrance.
Mailing Address:SADDLEHORN CAMPGROUND
1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita CO 81521
Phone Number:Information: (970)858-3617