Colorado is known for housing some of the best hiking and camping around. When you visit the Blue Mesa Reservoir, the camping opportunities are seemingly endless. We want to make your decision slightly easier; below, we have listed our top five campgrounds in and around the Reservoir. Whether you’re here to fish, kayak, hike, or mountain bike, there’s a campsite with your name on it.
Hidden Valley Tent Campground—Situated on a stunning, sparsely-populated alpine area, this crunchy oasis is perfect for backpackers, naturalists, and veteran campers. It is very close to an extensive trail system and the babbling Cebolla Creek, making it a sought-after spot for backpacking groups and individuals. Fires are allowed, but potable water is not available. The site also offers toilets and a couple of picnic tables. For more information, call 970-874-6600.
Granite Tent Campground—Next to a river full of fish and rafting potential, the Granite Tent Campground is an excellent site for water-lovers. The Taylor River is just steps away from the campsite—perfect for some raft relaxation. Just across the street, adventure-seekers will find abundant rock climbing opportunities. Fires and pets are allowed, but there is no available potable water.
Gothic Campground—This is the best site for the adrenaline junkies who flock to Blue Mesa Reservoir. With just four spruce-enshrined campsites, this place is truly off the beaten path. Gothic Campground also boasts opportunities for motorcyclists and mountain bikers. Fires are allowed but leave the pets behind. Though potable water is not available, a communal toilet will make your life a bit easier.
Gold Creek Campground—This site is one of the prettiest we have ever seen. Perfect for mountain biking, fishing, ATV-riding, horseback riding, and hiking, visitors to Gold Creek Campground can view the stunning Quaking Alpines. With one official toilet, the campground comes furnished with the best modern amenity you could need. Fires are allowed but potable water is unavailable. For more information, call 970-874-6600.
Cold Spring Campground—One of the most rustic in the area, this small campground is nestled in the Taylor Canyon just next to the Taylor River. This is the perfect campsite for fishing enthusiasts, but rafting and kayaking lovers will not be disappointed. The state’s best hiking is just a short walk away, and the pristine wilderness is relatively untouched by the crowds flocking to the Reservoir. Fires are allowed, and the site even boasts a few picnic tables. For more information, call 970-874-6600.