The Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Junction Field Office oversees two of the area’s campsites, one at Glade Park/Mud Springs and the other in the North Fruita Desert/18 Miles Road. The campgrounds both operate on a first come, first serve basis, and each has fees associated with camping.
At Mud Springs campground, you’ll find family and group sites nestled amidst a beautiful aspen grove. Each site includes a fire ring and grill, and camping is only permitted at designated sites. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and fishing are popular pastimes here and fresh water is available. The campground is open mid-May through early November.
The North Fruita Desert Campground is a mountain biker’s paradise with campsites situated at the heart of 40 acres of well-maintained trails. There are 35 campsites, each with a fire ring, picnic table and parking, but it is a more challenging environment. While there are vault toilets within walking distance of each campsite, there is no water, electricity or garbage services available. Additionally, campers will need to bring their own firewood. The campground is open from March through November.
If you’re looking to get away from it all, the BLM also allows camping on undeveloped federal land so long as you follow a few simple rules, including not staying longer than 14 days, not leaving campfires unattended, and packing out what you pack in. For more info, visit the BLM’s website.
For more information, contact the BLM’s Grand Junction Field Office, 970-244-3000.