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Camping Along Ruby-Horsethief

 

Camping Along Ruby-Horsethief

The BLM has 39 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 39 sites during the high-use season, May 1 - September 30.

 
Camp
Name
River Miles
From Loma
Suggested Group
Size
Beach
Shade
Loma Boat Ramp
0
NA
NA
NA
Rattlesnake
3.2
8
Sand/Rock
Yes
Beaver Tail 1
3.5
20
Grass Bench
Yes
Beaver Tail 2
3.6
20
Grass Bench
Yes
Bull Draw
3.6
20
Clay/Rock
No
Banjo Camp
5.4
20
Cobblestone /Grass
Yes
Cottonwood 1
5.8
15
Sand
Yes
Cottonwood 2
5.9
25
Cobblestone /Willow
Yes
Cottonwood 3
6
20
Cobblestone/Sand
Yes
Cottonwood 4
6.1
25
Cobblestone
Yes
Cottonwood 5
6.2
25
Cobblestone/Sand
Yes
Salt Creek 1
7.9
12
Grass Bench
No
Salt Creek 2
8
12
Grass Bench
Yes
Fault Line 1
10.3
20
Willow Bench/Sand
Yes
Fault Line 2
10.5
25
Cobblestone/Sand
No
Mee Corner
12.7
25
Cobblestone/Sand
Yes
Mee 1
13.1
20
Cobblestone/Sand
Yes
Mee 2
13.2
20
Cobblestone/Sand
No
Mee 3
13.3
20
Cobblestone/Sand
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/Grass
Yes
Black Rocks 1
16
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
Yes
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
16.9
25
Sand
No
Island Camp
18.1
15
Cobblestone/Sand
No
Knowles 1
18.3
25
Cobblestone/Sand
Yes
Knowles 2 (Highwater only)
18.4
15
Sand
Yes
May Flats (overflow only)
20.3
25
Cobblestone
No
Stateline
20.6
25
Cobblestone/Sand
No
DoloresLanding
20.7
25
Grass Bench/Steep bank
Yes
Grand Camp
21.6
25
Cobblestone/Sand
Yes
Halliday Camp
21.9
25
Cobblestone/Sand
No
Westwater Boat Ramp
25
NA
NA
Yes
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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