Watch the sunset on the riverside or fall asleep to the sounds of the moving Colorado river. We’re here to share all the best ways to set up camp in this shoreline state park.
First things first, the basics. The Fruita section of the park is located at 595 595 Highway 340, a walking distance away from some of Fruita’s museums, shops, restaurants, and visitor center. With 63 campsites, treat yourself to the outdoors with some extra amenities, including hookups and electric, tent sites, and a group camping area. Reserve a campsite here.
*Local tip: did you get multiple locations when typing this into Google Maps? Never fear! There are many sections of this state park in the Grand Valley. Why stay near Fruita? Well, just check out the section below!
We know not every moment of a vacation should be spent out and about. That’s why we love this park! There are amazing activities to do right outside your tent or camper! Part of its namesake, the Colorado River runs along the southwestern side of the campground and is open for fishing, boating, and lounging on a hot desert day. If the river isn’t your thing, two man-made lakes were developed alongside the river and feature shelters and beach areas!
Once you’ve taken the time to set up and enjoy your base camp, you’re perfectly positioned for nearby adventures and excursions.
A short walk from the park is the Dinosaur Journey Museum, a museum dedicated to dinos of the past. Fun for all ages, you can pose with a giant T-rex, look at real fossils discovered in town, and even participate in your own ‘Dino Dig.’
Adventure is Out There
From a majority of the campground, you can see the stunning landscape and features of the Colorado National Monument. Whether you want to hike, drive or bike through the park, there are awesome ways to explore this incredible destination.
Haven’t gotten enough time in the water yet? Check out Snooks Bottom for a paddleboard session, or try your hand at wakeboarding and a fun water obstacle course at Imondi Wake Zone.
Just a quick drive over the interstate, you’ll find yourself in Fruita’s quaint (and delicious) downtown! Try local brews at Suds Brothers or Copper Club, chow down on the infamous Hot Tomato Pizza, or enjoy a casual lunch at Kamila’s Cafe. Renting a mountain bike or other gear for a day excursion? You’ll find outfitters Over the Edge and Colorado Backcountry Biker nearby to get you set up and ready to take on the trails.