Mesa verde Nationalpark (outside In BLM) | Wild Camping

United States

Details

Last Visited: 26 days ago
GPS: 37.359490, -108.422850
Altitude: 2054.2 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: No
Toilets: No
Big Rig Friendly: No
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Description

iOverlander cannot verify if wild camping is permitted at this location. It is your responsibility to verify local laws or obtain consent before staying the night.

Close to the entrence of mesa verde nationalpark, on a dirtroad more then one spot for free with firering. In the park by the store are laundrys with coins, showers for free and fast wifi.

From Hwy 160, get off at MC RD 34, then a few hundred metres, turn right at the first gravel road. Good secluded sites, a bit noisy from highway but it gets quiet after 9 pm. Some sites showed signs of overuse and garbage was left. One site looked like it had been used extensively by "travelers", with garbage bags left at the site. Lots of coyotes around. Note that showers and laundromat inside the NP are closed for the winter.

3 bars Verizon signal with LTE.

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Very nice place with at least 12 camping emplacements with ring fire

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15 sites, some with multiple spots to park and pitch a tent. Fire pits but no fires allowed. We stayed 3 nights here with 2-3 bars Verizon service. Pretty busy on the weekend since it’s right outside of the park but not so busy on weekdays. View of Mesa Verde on one side, distant road on the other. Biggest complaint is the biting gnats, we left with many itchy gnat bites but our Thermacell seemed to help.

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Less than 5 mins to Mesa Verde NP entrance. Im in spot #2 and backed up closer to the trees for shade. Spots are very private and quiet. Would be better if people picked up after their dogs

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This was an amazing spot! A free BLM campground with 15 sites, all with level ground and fire rings. We stayed at site #10 and had trees for our hammock, a very tall fire ring which helped when windy, and views of the mesas. The neighboring spots had other folks but we felt relatively secluded. Barely 10 min from the Mesa Verde park entrance!

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Gate closed, sign says it’ll open after April 30 for elk and deer rehabilitation in the area

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Closed 12/30-4/30 for deer and elk grazing

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Tried to camp here tonight but gate was close and stated “no entry”. Must be temporarily closed.

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This place is beautiful! we planned to stay for one or two nights and ended up staying four nights! We stayed in site 6 at first, which was very open, had good sun, and was a great view of the mesa. Then we stayed in site 12, which was a little more secluded. The final site we stayed in was site 11, which was a good combination of secluded and sunny!
Definitely go to this BLM land!

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great spot with a few great sites. Fire rings set up. Bit of highway noise but not much. Smooth road but be careful bringing in anything too big. well maintained.

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Large, spacious BLM area, busy on a Saturday night. Fairly smooth dirt road, some sites are rutted. Beautiful views, solid cell reception with Verizon. Heard coyotes but they didn’t come near.

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Awesome place to stay. Easy road for 2 wheel vehicle.

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Snagged Apot #11 as many of the ones near the beginning of the road were already taken, but for a Saturday early evening there were still surprisingly about 5 spots still available. #11 offers a stellar view of some of the formations in Mesa Verde NP and is huge - several groups could definitely stay here if necessary. Sunset views are awesome - highly recommend!

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Such a beautiful place! Highly recommend though there were a lot of people camping didn’t feel crowded at all.

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Great FREE campground near Mesa Verde National Park. We snagged site #12 which was large, private, and had a lovely view of the valley. Even on a Monday most spots were occupied so have a backup plan just in case. No amenities and spotty cell service on ATT.

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Road very dry and rugged (trenches) from previous rains/mudboggin', wouldn't advice any RV over 24 feet. I got my class A 28ft in but the amount of feces, urine bottles and trash in many of the sites kind of ruins the views of the Mesa. LEAVE NO TRACE PEOPLE!

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All sites were full except two. We snagged #13. Not the best view but has a couple trees to provide shade. We didn’t notice the road being very bumpy like mentioned in earlier posts but we do have high clearance. Perfect for the night before we visit the park.

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Very very nice views. Not all spots are level and it gets busy.. but we made it work! Got a mouse in our van from that place ! But it’s gone and all good now :) just be careful.

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Second time here, first back in Feb 2020 when road was just too muddy for our 27’ Class C. Didn’t get stuck but got a lot of mud in the wheels. Second visit in April 2020, road in very rutted but hard packed mud. Kept on climbing and eventually found a good spot with excellent views of Mesa Verde. Only saw one other sote occupied with tent campers.

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A great spot for an overnight. Arrive in the light because the road in has some huge gouges from when someone drove in when it was wet. If it has been dark we might not have felt as confident navigating past this. The site itself was awesome, no one bothered us, and it was only 4km to Mesa Verde in the morning!

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Good spot, can hear highway but it’s not loud. Not much snow but very cold

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Quiet, cold, decent little view. Deer abound. There is a fire ring here, but it was banked with ice when I arrived (Dec 30th). I reckon this place is car-accessible most of the year but its snowy now and 4WD was handy to have. js

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Very wet and muddy. Stayed at site 9. Surprised my 2wd t1n sprinter with good at tires made it. Great spot with no one around.

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it was so muddy we stopped and turned around at site #2. could not make it with a dodge caravan.

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Quit spot. We came in at 8 p.m. and all camps were full. We took pne with two RVs.
When you will go for Mesa Verde NP on a tour, book online in advance!!!!!

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Wooded area off of the road, hear some highway noise, otherwise quiet. A little dirty as people don’t bury their waste.

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beautiful spot!!!
defenitily only for high clearence vehicles. road is very bumpy. we stayed at spot number 6 which had in my opinion the best view over the mountains of mesa verde and the sunset.

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Not recommended for vehicles or trailers with low clearance. We couldn’t make it past site #3. Huge dips in the dirt road. Uneven campsites - difficult to get level.

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I stayed here in my Aliner Expedition a couple nights at the #12 site. I picked up the trash around the campsite. There is evidence of many people camping between sites. There is definitely room for at least one more camper at this site.

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Good place, when wet can be a problem for 2wd but still doable (I did ;))

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Very quiet and beautiful view on the mountain

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Good place right next to the park. As mentioned definitely need higher clearance to get further down the road. I have a Honda CR-V and actually bottomed out at one spot.

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There are ~12 camping sites. All full tonight.

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Indeed a very convenient place close to the entrance of Mesa Verde NP but because of that quite busy too. Lots of places but many only for smaller cars. People even arrived late at night searching for a spot in the bush. Road after rain difficult (mud and therefore deep tracks). You hear lots of coyotes at night.

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Nice place close to Mesa Verde NP. The dirt road is very bumpy (2wd is OK). Not recommended if it rained! Levelling was a bit hard. It was quite busy! You can hear the highway a bit but it's not annoying.

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Great place if it is Dry. 2wd is ok when careful driving. Nice sundown and overlook.

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Great place and free, can't ask for more.
Road in was a bit bumpy. Everything in the park is closed down for the winter.
You can still use the bathroom at the visitor center. Free wifi at visitor center.
They was kind enough to let us fill our 7 gallon water jug.

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great free camping area with big sites...but was completely full by 7pm on a Monday night. Parked at the end of the road where there is a turn around before entering private property.

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we stay two nights, lot of spots, the road was a bit rough probably because of the rain

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Beautiful view! Road is not bad at all and there are many spots for campers and or vehicle camping. Only 1.6 miles from the entrance of Mesa Verde and as someone else stated when inside the park you can go to the campsite and there are showers, coin laundry, and WiFi. My favorite hike was Look Out Point Trail which takes you to the top of the mountain visible from this campsites.

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Near to Mesa Verde.
Free campsite without amenities.
Quiet.
Access by gravel road, then dirty road (big RV only at the beginning).

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perfect place fir the night, just a bit work for leveling needed.

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Top place , ok for my 24 feet rv , by sunny weather . Don't follow maps me turn on right when it's possible .

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Take the first right turn after the highway onto the rough dirt road. 2wd vehicles must take extra caution when road is wet. Great dispersed spots away from others but with close access to the highway. Noise from the highway can be annoying, but dies down at night. Clean sites, please keep them this way!

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perfect place at 5min To the entrance of mesa verde
use the national park for fill water and showers free and clean

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Parfait petit coin. Rien à dire de plus mais je ne conseille pas aux big rigs de plus de 28 ft

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Very nice and quit place. We can't cut wood but there is a lot of dead wood to make fire.

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From Hwy 160, get off at MC RD 34, then a few hundred metres, turn right at the first gravel road. Good secluded sites, a bit noisy from highway but it gets quiet after 9 pm. Some sites showed signs of overuse and garbage was left. One site looked like it had been used extensively by "travelers", with garbage bags left at the site. Lots of coyotes around. Note that showers and laundromat inside the NP are closed for the winter.

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Many sites. Beautiful view.

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Free parking spot between juniper trees. The turnoff just 500 meters after you come off from highway. There is no sign for the camping spots. Just turn off and there is lots of places to park between the trees. Go futher up on this road to find a more secluded spots.

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Pros: Great free, primitive site right outside Mesa Verde NP. Road was washed out but not too bad if taken slow. Nice sites with stone fire rings and plenty of natural firewood around. Pretty views of rock formations in MVNP. Cons: very dry and dusty/dirty. Lots of gnats and little flies.

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Great site. Wood to burn. Bring water to put out fire.

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Just passing through and was going to stay somewhere in Cortez, CO. I'm happy this was posted on iOverlander as this is a better alternative. There are several spot here with nice views. It is very convenient to the road and Mesa Verde National Park. Definitely going to try staying here when I come back to visit the park.

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Close to the entrence of mesa verde nationalpark, on a dirtroad more then one spot for free with firering. In the park by the store are laundrys with coins, showers for free and fast wifi

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