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Camping Along Ruby-Horsethief

 

Camping Along Ruby-Horsethief

The BLM has 33 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 33 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
5
Cobblestone/Sand
No
Knowles 1
18.3
25
Cobblestone/Sand
Yes
May Flats (overflow only)
20.3
25
Cobblestone
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