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River Access Campsites
Upper Cottonwood Campsite
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Where/What are the River Access Campsites

 

There are several campsites on the Upper Colorado River.  These campsites have picnic tables, some have fire grates, and a few have privacy screens for portable toilet systems.  They cannot be reserved and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Below is a description of the campsite, its capacity, and its location on the river.  Camping at site outside the sites listed below is legal (14 day limit, cannot leave property unattended for over 48 hours, etc.).  We request that you use Leave No Trace ethics (e.g., camping where others have previously camped, using a fire pan and portable toilet, picking up all trash, etc.)

NOTE:  It is recommended that you bring portable toilets and firepans on every overnight trip.  All pit toilets will be removed in the spring of 2014 and portable toilets and firepans will be required.


 Pumphouse to Radium (River Mile 11-15.5)

Ueberfluss- This campsite is located on river right at river mile 11.3 (across from Pumphouse Launch 2).  There is shade, a picnic table and can accommodate 4-6 tents.

Before Needles Eye- This campsite is located on river left at river mile 12.6 (at the entrance to Little Gore/Hartman Canyon).  This is a VERY small site (1 tent only) and has shade from the canyon walls.

Cedar-This campsite is located on river right at river mile 14.4.  This site has great shade, a picnic table, and can accommodate 6+ tents.

*Cedar is accessible by foot from County Road 11.  High clearance 4x4 vehicles may access the site from September 15th to May 1st.  This site is not accessible by vehicle in the summer months.

Cabin - This campsite is located on river right at river mile 14.6.  It is located about 1 mile above (north) the Radium Recreation Site.  This site is most accommodating to one camping group with 1-3 tents and has limited shade.  The pit toilet will be removed in the spring of 2014.

Upper Cottonwood - Two campsites located on river left at river mile 14.7.  It is located about 1 mile above (north) the Radium Recreation Site.  This site is a large bench with many camping areas and can accommodate two or more groups each with 6+ tents.  One of the sites has an ADA privacy screen for portable toilet systems.  This is one of two ADA sites on the river, everyone is welcome to picnic/camp but if an individual/group comes along that needs an accessible site, please share.  The pit toilet will be removed in the spring of 2014. 

Lower Cottonwood- This campsite is located on river left at river mile 14.8.  This site has limited shade, a picnic table, and can accommodate 4-6 tents.

*The Cottonwood Sites (Upper and Lower) are also accessible by foot from County Road 11, though it requires a scramble over a steep hill.  High clearance 4x4 vehicles may access the site from September 15th to May 1st.  This site is not accessible by vehicle in the summer months.


Radium to Rancho del Rio (River Mile 15.5- 21.5)

Island-  This campsite is located on river left at river mile 17.9, shortly after the Yarmony Rapid.  An eddy after the island allows easier access.  This site has good shade, a picnic table, a metal fire ring, and can accommodate 4-6 tents. The pit toilet was removed in 2008.

Scotty's Bench- This campsite is located on river left at river mile 18.5.  This site has limited shade and can accommodate 1-3 tents.

Benches #1- This campsite is located on river left at river mile 18.6.  This popular site is halfway between Radium and Rancho del Rio.  The site has limited shade, a picnic table, a metal fire ring, an ADA privacy screen for portable toilets, and can accommodate 6+ tents.  This is one of two ADA sites on the river, everyone is welcome to picnic/camp but if an individual/group comes along that needs an accessible site, please share.  The pit toilet will be removed in the spring of 2014.

Benches #2- This campsite is located on river left at river mile 18.7.  The site has good shade, a picnic table, a metal fire ring, a non-ADA privacy screen for portable toilets, and can accommodate 6+ tents.  The pit toilet was removed in 2006.

Benches #3- This campsite is located on river left at river mile 18.7.  This site has good shade, a picnic table, a metal fire ring, a non-ADA privacy screen for portable toilets, and can accommodate 6+ tents.  The pit toilet was removed in 2006.

*All Benches sites are trail accessible.

Lone Tree- This campsite is located on river right at river mile 18.9.  This site has limited shade, a picnic table, and can accommodate 4-6 tents.

Several Trees- This campsite is located on river right at river mile 19.1.  This site has good shade and can accommodate 4-6 tents.

Toadflax Island- This campsite is located on the island at river mile 19.2.  This site has no shade and can accommodate 4-6 tents.

Cliffview- This campsite is located on river right at river mile 19.6.  This site has no shade and can accommodate 4-6 tents.

Last Chance- This campsite is located on river left at river mile 20.7.  This site has limited shade, can accommodate 4-6 tents and has trail access.


Rancho del Rio to State Bridge (River Mile 21.5-25)

Pyrite- This campsite is located on river right at river mile 22.9.  This site has limited shade, can accommodate 4-6 tents, is very close to the railroad tracks, and can be accessed by a road and short walk.

Cable Rapid- This campsite is located on river left at river mile 23.7.  This site has a historic cabin (please look but do not take artifacts), no shade, and can accommodate 6+ tents.

Railroad- This campsite is located on river right at river mile 23.8.  This site has no shade, can accommodate 1-3 tents, is very close to the railroad tracks, and can be accessed by a road and short walk.