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Camping In and Around Telluride, Colorado

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Most Popular Town Park (open middle May to middle October)
Town Park is the popular spot for a picnic lunch and some time in the sun. Children will enjoy the playgrounds, fishing ponds, and the swimming pool. Tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, ball fields, a skateboard ramp and festival grounds are free to visitors. The San Miguel River Trail starts here, so a short hike after lunch is in order. Broomball, ice skating, sledding, and cross country skiing are some of the winter activities in Town Park.
Location: East end of Telluride. Right at Town Park bridge 

Fees: $12, $6 seniors
Facilities: 25 vehicle sites, 5 primitive sites, 7 day limit. Restrooms, showers, water (NO RV hookups).
Contact: Telluride Parks and Recreation, 728-2173 for information, sites are available on a first come-first served basis only.
Note: For information on camping during the Bluegrass Festival or the Blues and Brews Festival, please call Planet Bluegrass at 1-800-624-2422 or Blues and Brews at 1-866-515-6616

  • NO RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!
  • 25 vehicle campsites & 5 primitive area campsites
  • Opens mid-May & Closes mid-October
  • $12 per vehicle campsite & $10 per primitive campsite
  • Seniors, ages 59 and up, are only $6 per vehicle or primitive campsite
  • Cash or money orders only please, payable to the Town of Telluride
  • Sorry, personal checks and credit cards will not be accepted
  • Check out time is 11:00 a.m. daily
  • 6 person / 1 vehicle / 2 tent limit per vehicle campsite
  • 4 person / 1 tent limit per primitive campsite
  • $4 additional charge for a 2nd vehicle, if space at site allows
  • 7 day maximum stay within a 30 day period
  • Sorry, no electrical hookups or RV dump station on site
  • RV dump station located near impound lot on South Mahoney Drive
  • Limited campsites for RV's up to 30 feet in length
  • Showers and toilet facilities are available on site. Showers are coin operated. Six quarters gets you five minutes of hot water. Cold water is free!
  • No wood campfires permitted
  • Charcoal cooking permitted in designated grills only
  • Dog leash law is strictly enforced
  • Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. daily
  • For assistance with complaints after hours, call Dispatch at (970) 728-1911

Alta Lakes
Location: 13 mi. SE of town, or hike Boomerang Trail. Campground at 11,000 feet. Snow-free in mid-June.
Fees: Free
Facilities: Undesignated sites, one pit toilet.
Contact: U.S.F.S., 327-4261

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Cayton
Location: 18 mi. S of Telluride, past Lizard Head Pass. Opens end of May.
Fees: $8
Facilities: 27 sites, water, pit toilets, dump station.
Contact: U.S.F.S., 970-882-7296

Popular Ilium Campground
Location: Ilium Valley, 6 mi. W of Telluride.
Fees: $6
Facilities: 8 walk-in sites (sheep corrals), toilet.
Contact: U.S.F.S., 327-4261Mary E. (in Ilium)

Popular Matterhorn
Location: 10 mi. S of Telluride on Hwy. 145
Fees: $12-16 depending on site, $6-8 extra vehicle fee.
Facilities:28 Sites, 3 walk-in sites, 8 RV hook-up sites, water, showers, toilets
Contact: U.S.F.S., 327-4261

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McPhee Reservoir
Location: 65 mi. SW of Telluride near Dolores.
Fees: $12-$16
Facilities: 72 sites, hookups, restrooms, showers, dump station, boat ramp.
Contact: 800-500-CAMP

Miramonte Reservoir
Location: 40 mi. NW of Telluride near Norwood.
Fees: Free
Facilities: Picnic sites, boat ramp, pit toilets.
Contact: 970-297-1192

Priest Gulch RV Park, Cabins & Lodge
Location: 30 mi. S of Telluride, Hwy. 145.
Fees: $18-$23
Facilities: Playground, TV, Laundry, Store, Dump Station, Fire Rings w/FREE firewood.
Contact: Priest Gulch: 970-562-3810

Popular Priest Lake
Location: 14 mi. S of Telluride, Hwy. 145.
Fees: Free
Facilities: Undesignated sites, no facilities.
Contact: U.S.F.S., 327-4261


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Popular Ridgway Reservoir
Location: 46 mi. NE of Telluride between Ridgway and Montrose.
Fees: $7-$12
Facilities: 268 sites, hookups, showers, restrooms, dump station, laundry, marina, food.
Contact: Colorado State Parks, 800-678-2267
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Popular Sunshine- Open Middle May- Middle June
Location: 7 mi. S of Telluride on Hwy. 145.
Fees: $12, $6 extra vehicle fee.
Facilities: 14 sites, water, toilets.
Contact: U.S.F.S., 327-4261

Woods Lake
Location: 21 mi. SW of Telluride, up Fall Creek Rd.
Fees: $16, $7 extra vehicle fee.
Facilities: 41 Sites, designated sites, toilets, fire rings.
Contact: U.S.F.S., 327-4261

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