Saddlehorn Campground

Saddlehorn campground
Camping in red rock country!

Saddlehorn Campground is located near the Saddlehorn Visitor Center, four miles from the west entrance (near Fruita, CO), and is the only established campground within the Monument.

  • $22.00 camping fee is in addition to monument entrance fees. $11.00 camping fee for Senior and Access Pass holders.
  • Seven (7) person per site limit, three(3) tents per site, and two (2) vehicles per site.
  • A-Loop is open year round.
  • Sites in A-Loop are first-come, first-served basis with a self-registration kiosk at the entrance.
  • B-loop is reservable Mid-March through October, up to 6 months in advance. These dates may vary. Maximum of two sites per individual.
  • Sites in B-Loop are reservable via or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
  • Sites in B-Loop are one night only if not reserved.
  • C-Loop is designed for group camping as well as individual camping.
  • Groups of 15 or more people require reservations through the monument by calling 970-858-3617 Ext. 300.
  • Sites are suitable for tents and recreational vehicles, with some pull-through sites.
  • Length limit of 40 feet for recreational vehicles.
  • Restrooms have flush toilets and water available during the summer.
  • Each site includes a picnic table, charcoal-only grill, and a parking area.
  • No electric hookups or showers.
  • Hanging anything (hammocks, clothes lines, clothing, food, etc.) on trees or vegetation is prohibited.
  • Wood fires are not permitted anywhere in the monument.
  • Generator use is prohibited from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Checkout time is 11:00 a.m.
  • In any calendar year, campers are limited to 14 overnight stays, whether occurring consecutively or in any combination of separate visits.

Pets are allowed at campsites, but must be on a leash 6 ft. in length or less, well behaved, and attended at all times. Please clean up your pet waste and place in garbage receptacles. Also remember that pets are NOT allowed on hiking trails but ARE allowed on paved surfaces.

Campsites #5 and #70 are accessible. They are reserved for the use of mobility-impaired persons only. Monument accessibility information.

Walk-ins: Both loops of the campground are able to accomodate walk-ins as long as the site has not been reserved. Reserved sites will have a colored tag attached to the numbered post in each campsite. Pick a site that has not been tagged and use self-registration instruction.

Backcountry camping is also permitted. A free backcountry permit is required and may be obtained at the visitor center. Water is not available in the backcountry, even during spring runoff due to a high Selenium content. Remember to take plenty of water with you: one (1) gallon (4 liters) per person is recommended per day in the summer months. Have a fabulous stay in red rock country!

Other camping is available outside of Colorado National Monument. Check with Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau and the City of Fruita for details.

Other national park information is in Nearby Attractions.

Last updated: February 4, 2019

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Mailing Address:

1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita, CO 81521


(970) 858-3617 x360

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