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Saddlehorn Campground sits high on a plateau at Colorado National Monument above the west entrance to the parkland. The 80-site campground, one of the most beautiful in Colorado, divides into three loops. Sites in A-Loop are on a first-come first-served basis. B-Loop sites can be reserved up to six months in advance at recreation.gov. C-Loop sites are first-come first-served and are for tents, small trailers, and campers. Sites in A and B are suitable for RVs up to 40 feet long and trailers. Each loop has a restroom with flush toilets and water during the summer. Each site has a table and charcoal-only grill. No wood fires, electric hookups, or showers. Camp fees are paid at a self-registration kiosk at the campground entrance. The campground is open year round. 

Pro Tips

  • Saddlehorn Campground seldom fills up so usually reservations aren’t necessary except for RVs on holiday weekends. It’s best to arrive by mid-afternoon to grab a good campsite. The RV sites in loops A and B are generally not level and there are only a few pull-through sites. Sites are small and RVs over 40 feet are prohibited. There are no utilities or a dump station, so arrive with full water tanks and empty septic tanks. A Colorado Welcome Center in Fruita has a dump station and fresh water.
  • The tent sites in C-Loop are well-spaced and most are private. A one-way pathway runs through the loop. Make sure you use extra stakes on your tent fly because it can be windy at night and quick but fierce thunderstorms move through on summer afternoons. A restroom with flush toilets and sinks is in the middle of the loop, as well as a handicap-accessible restroom. An accessible campsite is beside the toilets.
  • There are lots of activities in the Saddlehorn Campground area. The monument visitor center, with interpretative displays, books, and a gift shop, is southwest of the campground on the park scenic drive. Window Rock Trail leads to a scenic overlook above Wedding Canyon. Bookcliff Overlook, with parking near the campground, also offers stunning canyon views. Canyon View Trail runs from the overlook to the visitor center. Don’t let your kids run around on the rim trails or near the canyon rim. Most drop-offs are over 300 feet below the rim and a fall is fatal.
  • If you plan to drive an RV up to the campground on the winding park road, check the tunnel heights to make sure your vehicle fits through the two tunnels. The heights are 11 feet 5 inches on the edge and 16 feet 1 inch at the center of the road.
  • Recommended season(s): Year-round.

    —Stewart M. Green

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