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Banks and Sand Gulch Campgrounds

Banks and Sand Gulch Campgrounds

Sand Gulch

ELEVATION:   6,450 feet

LOCATION:   10 miles north of Cañon City
 
SEASON: Open year round; spring and fall are most the popular seasons
 
CAMPSITES: 16 individual, 1 group
 
TYPE OF SITES: Tent/walk in, limited trailer and RV sites.
 

 
CAMPING FEES: $7 individual site (limit 2 vehicles and 8 people), $14 group site (limit 4 vehicles and 20 people)
 
CAMPING RESERVATIONS: None; first come, first served
 
FACILITIES: Restroom, parking, information kiosk, picnic tables, fire rings
 
MAXIMUM LENGTH OF STAY: 14 days

WATER AVAILABILITY: None

DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 50 in Cañon City, you can turn north onto Dozier Street (at Wal-Mart) or head North on Raynolds.  Travel north on either road as both will curve to the left and intersect Field Avenue.

Turn north (right) on Field and travel on this two-lane road for about five miles. It will join Fremont County Road 9 (also called Red Canyon Road) at a “Y” intersection.  From here, continue north for 9.4 miles. You will see two roads on the left before the road you are traveling on turns to dirt. Take the first one you come to and stay right at the next ”Y” intersection following the signs to Sand Gulch Campground. If you drive by a corral and a trailer parking area, you took the second left which takes you to the Banks Campground.

 

The Banks

ELEVATION:   6,800 feet

LOCATION:   10 miles north of Cañon City 

SEASON: Open year round, but spring and fall are the most popular seasons
 
CAMPSITES:   13 individual, 1 group
 
TYPES OF SITE: Tent/walk in, limited trailer and RV sites.
 
CAMPING FEES: $7 individual site (limit 2 vehicles and 8 people), $14 group site (limit 4 vehicles and 20 people)
 
CAMPING RESERVATIONS: None; first come, first served

FACILITIES: Restroom, parking, information kiosk, picnic tables, fire rings

MAXIMUM LENGTH OF STAY: 14 days


Directions Map
Banks Campground Detail
Sand Gulch Campground Detail
Designated Roads and Trails Map


 Rules and Tips

  • Camping is only allowed in designated sites within the developed campgrounds. Other nearby public lands are available for dispersed camping.
  • When the campgrounds are full, overflow camping is allowed in the designated overflow camping areas (see map).
  • Always pick up after your dog and please keep it on a leash at all times, even while climbing. Please consider leaving your dog at home.
  • Dogs are required to be on a leash in the developed campground areas.
  • Follow all fire bans for the area.

WATER AVAILABILITY: None
 
DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 50 in Cañon City, you can turn north onto Dozier Street (at Wal-Mart) or head North on Raynolds.  Travel north on either road as both will curve to the left and intersect Field Avenue. Turn north (right) on Field and travel on this two-lane road for about five miles. It will join Fremont County Road 9 (also called Red Canyon Road) at a “Y” intersection.  From here, continue north for 9.4 miles. You will see two roads on the left before the road you are traveling on turns to dirt. The second left takes you to the Banks Campground. Travel by a corral and trailer parking and continue on the steep windy dirt road for approximately 1.25 miles. The campground will be on your right. TRAILERS NOT ADVISED.