Colorado National Monument-Saddlehorn Campground

Fruita, Colorado 81521

Colorado National Monument-Saddlehorn Campground

Colorado National Monument-Saddlehorn Campground Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Saddlehorn Campground is near many park features and hosts a few features of its own. After climbing out of the valley below, veer left around the Saddlehorn (it really does look like the horn of a saddle) and enter the campground.

The whole campground has a slight slope towards the cliffs of the Colorado Plateau, which drop off into the Grand Valley of the Colorado River. Across the valley are the East Tavaputs Plateau and the Grand Mesa. The views are striking."

Colorado National Monument-Saddlehorn Campground Trip Reports

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This area is quite beautiful, but very different from a landscape you would expect in Colorado. The stark rock slopes with their dramatic colors evoke images of the high deserts of Arizona or Utah. The drive up to the lake is beautiful, with brilliantly colored rock slopes rising above the trees. On the route up, there is an abandoned mill that is a fascinating stop, as well as a few other mining buildings.

Trail Information

Nearby City
Loop A all year, Loop B April–mid-October, Loop C when necessary; no water in winter
Hiking, Biking, Rock Climbing
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Colorado National Monument: Saddlehorn Campground
Local Maps
Water spigots, flush toilets

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