Find Sites

Find your spot

Find other facilities on map

For more information on passes click here



part ofColorado National Monument, National Park Service
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Saddlehorn 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.

Natural Features:

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.

Nearby Attractions:

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

Within Facility
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Accessible Drinking Water
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Grills
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Scenic Overlook
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Walkways
  • Amphitheater
  • Auto Touring
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Campfire Programs
  • Cell Phone Service
  • Climbing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cultural Activities
  • Day Use Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Drinking Water (Peak Season)
  • Educational Programs
  • Emergency Phone
  • Emergency Services
  • Entrance Station
  • Evening Programs
  • Event Area
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fitness Trails
  • Flush Toilets
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Geological Attractions
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Group Site (Reservable)
  • Guided Interpretive Walks
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Paved Sites
  • Pay Phone
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • RV Parking
  • RV sites
  • Ranger Station
  • Recycling
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scenic Drive
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Self Pay Station
  • Shade
  • Star Gazing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Tables
  • Tent sites
  • Trailhead Parking
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
  • Water
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM
  • ATV Rentals
  • Accessible Showers
  • Accessible Trails
  • Archeological Sites
  • Archery
  • Auto Repair Shop
  • Backpacking
  • Bank
  • Basketball Courts
  • Bed(s)
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Bike Rentals
  • Boating
  • Bus Stop
  • Cafe
  • Campfire Rings
  • Campfire Supplies
  • Car Rentals
  • Church
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Community Park
  • Cultural Center
  • Dining Area
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hook Ups
  • Electricity
  • Firewood
  • Food Services
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Golf
  • Grocery Store
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hospital
  • Hot Water
  • Hotels
  • Hunting
  • Ice
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Kayaking
  • Kennel
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lodging
  • Medical Facilities
  • Motel
  • Mountain Biking
  • Museum
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Off Road Vehicle Trails
  • Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation
  • Outfitter Guide Services
  • Paddle Boating
  • RV Storage
  • RV supplies
  • Rafting
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurant
  • River Access
  • River Trips
  • Sewer Hookups
  • Showers
  • Tent Pads
  • Urgent Care Facility
  • Water Access
  • Water Activities
  • Water Hookups
  • Whitewater Rafting
Know Before You Go
The 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):
39.10481, -108.73286
39°6'17"N, 108°43'58"W


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.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita  CO  81521

Phone Number:

Information:  (970)858-3617
Discover and reserve camping, lodging, permits, tours and more at America's parks, forests, monuments and other public lands with Recreation.gov. Learn more about us, or about any of our agency partners below:
Bureau of Land Management Federal Highway Administration National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration Smithsonian Institution USDA Forest Service US Army Corps of Engineers US Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tennessee Valley Authority Bureau of Reclamation National Archives Records Administration