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Camping Along Ruby-Horsethief

 

Camping Along Ruby-Horsethief

The BLM has 35 designated primitive backcountry sites along the river corridor. Camping is limited to these designated sites.  All camping is primitive in nature. 

 Find a Google Earth map of the campsites here , or view/download a PDF map here .

Click here to find out how to reserve one of these 35 sites during the May 1 - September 30 high-use season.

 

     

Camp Name

River Miles From Loma

Suggested Group Size

Beach

Shade

Loma Boat Ramp

0

n/a

n/a

n/a

Rattlesnake

3.2

8

Clay/Rock

Yes

Beaver Tail 1

3.5

20

Cobblestone

No

Beaver Tail 2

3.6

20

 Grass Bench

Yes

Bull Draw

3.6

20

Clay/Rock

No

Banjo (new in 2014!)

n/a

25

n/a

n/a

Cottonwood 1

5.8

15

Clay

Yes

Cottonwood 2

5.9

25

Cobblestone/Sand

Yes

Cottonwood 3

6.0

20

Sand

Yes

Cottonwood 4

6.1

25

Sand

Yes

Cottonwood 5

6.2

25

Sand

Yes

Salt Creek 1

7.9

12

Grass

No

Salt Creek 2

8.0

12

Grass

Yes

Fault Line 1 (high water use only)

10.3

20

Sand

No

Fault Line 2

10.5

25

Sand

No

Mee Corner

12.7

25

Cobblestone/Sand

Yes

Mee 1

13.1

20

Clay/Grass

Yes

Mee 2

13.2

20

Clay/Grass

No

Mee 3

13.3

20

Clay/Grass

No

Mee 4

13.4

20

Clay/Grass

No

Mee Canyon

13.6

20

Sand

Yes

Dog Island

14.7

25

Cobblestone 

 Yes

Split Rock

15.8

20

Cobblestone/Sand

Yes

Black Rocks 1

16.0

25

Sand

No

Black Rocks 2

16.1

15

Sand

No

Black Rocks 3

16.2

15

Sand

No

Black Rocks 4

16.4

15

Sand

No

Black Rocks 5

16.5

15

Sand

No

Black Rocks 6

16.6

25

Sand

No

Black Rocks 7

16.7

15

Sand

No

Black Rocks 8

16.8

25

Sand

No

Black Rocks 9 (formerly Black Rocks 10)

17.0

15

Sand

No

Island Camp

18.1

15

Cobblestone/Sand

No

Knowles 1

18.3

25

Cobblestone/Sand

Yes

Knowles 2 (high water use only)

18.4

15

Cobblestone/Sand

No

May Flats (overflow only)

20.3

25

Cobblestone

No

Westwater Boat Ramp

25

n/a

n/a

NA

 

Camping Opportunities in the Loma Area

Camping is not allowed at the Loma Boat Ramp or anywhere along the I-70 frontage road and Kokopelli’s Loops (Mack Ridge) area, which is managed for outstanding day use mountain biking opportunities. Here are some alternatives:

  • 5 miles south of I-70 at exit 19
  • 63 camping sites
  • Fees apply
  • Laundry, showers, and dump station available
2.  Highline Lake State Park
 
Drive west on I-70 west from Grand Junction to Loma Exit, then north onto Colorado Highway 139 for six miles to Q Road. Go west on Q Road for 1.2 miles, then turn north onto 11.8 Road for one mile to the park entrance.
  • 31 grassy sites
  • Fees apply
  • Laundry, showers, and dump station available                 
3.  The North Fruita Desert Campground (Public Lands managed by BLM)
  • North of I-70 at exit 19, Fruita North;
  • Turn right on Ottley;
  • Turn left on Cherry (17.5 Road);
  • Right on N-3/10 Road;
  • Left on 18 Road.  Follow 18 Road north approximately 5 miles to base of the Book Cliffs.
  • Camping at 30 BLM sites. Vault toilets and fire grates. Be kind to our trees! No wood gathering – bring your own firewood.
  • No camping outside designated sites within Bicycle Emphasis Area.

4. Saddlehorn Campground in Colorado National Monument

  • 80 sites
  • Sites are first-come, first-served basis with a self-registration kiosk at the entrance
  • Wood fires are not permitted anywhere in the monument
  • $20.00 camping fee is in addition to monument entrance fees

4.  Private Campgrounds –  Fruita Area , Grand Junction Area