Amphitheatre Campground is located at the elevation of 8,400 feet on the side of a mountain above Ouray, CO. Views from the drive up are incredible. The campground is compact with 35 camping spots nestled among Gambel oaks and mixed conifers. There is a scenic overlook from the campground of Ouray and the "Amphitheater," which was formed by a volcanic explosion. Wildlife roam through the campground including bears so mind your trash!
Note: The campground is best suited for tent camping and smaller trailers/RVs (RVs can park at sites 3 through 15, take the second right and follow the "trailer" signs). Total RV length should not exceed 35 feet.
Open late May through September only.
From Ouray, travel approximately 2 miles south on Highway 550. Watch for the campground sign and turnoff road to the left.
RV Sites/Services Available
Vehicles are not to exceed 35 feet for standard sites
Tent sites available
•Picnic Table/Campfire Ring
See website for camping fees
Balcony House may only be accessed by guided tour. Cliff dwelling tours are offered from April 1 to November 1st. Park rangers lead all tours, explaining the history of the Ancient Puebloan people and the cliff dwellings.
This one-hour, ranger-guided tour involves climbing a 32 ft. ladder, crawling through a 12ft-long tunnel, and climbing up a 60ft open rock face with two 10ft ladders to exit the site. Not suitable for young children.
See website for current pricing.
Where to buy tickets: Colorado Welcome Center (I recommend here), Mesa Verde Visitor Research Center (right outside park), Morefield Ranger Station, and Chapin Mesa Archeological Center.
Tour Tip: Purchase tickets up to two days before tour day as tours tend to sell out in peak seasons. Bring sunscreen and water on your tour.
Cortez-Mesa Verde KOA is conveniently located on the east end of Cortez on Hwy 160 and provides the perfect locale for trips to Mesa Verde National Park, Anasazi Heritage Center, Escalante Ruins and Hovenweep N.M. to name a few. This campground is set back from the hwy and provides nicely spaced sites with the ones on the outer ring with shade trees. Facilities are clean and well maintained.
27432 E. Hwy 160, Cortez, CO 81321
RV Sites/Services Available
All RV Sites are pull-thru:
Water/Electric 30amp Wi-Fi
Full Hookups 50amp Wi-Fi
Full Hookups 30amp Wi-Fi
Tent sites available as well.
Cabins - There are only one room cabins without bathroom. Cabins includes a fire pit, BBQ pit, and table outside and inside sleeps 4, heat/lights/outlets/ceiling fan/air condition/TV. You will need to bring your own linens
Tee Pee - small gravel floor inside with floor mat, two cots, light.... water/electric/picnic table and firepit (up to 6 people)
Nature Walk around Lake Denny & Fishing Pier
3-Acre Dog Park
Check out their website for pricing information!
2016 & 2014 KOA President's Award & Founder's Award
"Dinosaur National Monument contains famous fossil finds, dramatic river canyons, intriguing petroglyphs, and endless opportunities for adventure." We visited the Utah side of the park which is the only side that offers dinosaur fossils.
To Do: There is an easy driving tour called Tour of Tilted Rocks that winds through beautiful desert landscapes to a few stops that are easy accessible without a lot of effort. A couple of the best stops are to view some of the Fremont people petroglyphs, and the other is at the Josie Bassett Morris Homestead (one heck of a lady for her day).
The highlight of the park is the Quarry Exhibition Hall where you can view the wall of approximately 1,500 dinosaur bones! There are remains of different dinosaur species such as: Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Diplodicus, and Stegosaurus to name a few. There are places where you are encouraged to touch real 149 million year old dinosaur fossils! From here, we went on a Ranger-led walk along the Fossil Discovery Trail where the kids got to try their hand at discovering fossils since in the rocks!
Camping: There are six campgrounds located around the monument with three on the Utah side and another three on the Colorado side. We choose the Green River campground which was close to the river and the shortest distance to the Dinosaur Quarry. There was no hook-ups or showers but there was flush toilets. Not all campgrounds accommodate RV's so check their website for more information.
There is a Junior Ranger program so don't miss out!
Mild to Wild has been offering tours for over 20 years. They offer river rafting adventures for all experience levels not only in Colorado, but also in Arizona and Utah. They offers family rafting trips with a minimum age of 4-years-old. They offer regular and premium boats and for the more adventurous, kayaks.
Mild to Wild also offers Jeep tours which are open to all ages and takes guests to places like Silverton's Ghost Town.
50 Animas View Drive, Durango, CO 81301
Too many options to list - visit their website directly
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-Everyone in your party will need some type of shoe that secures around your ankle. No flip-flop type shoes allowed
- There are lockers for your belongings
- Take only a water bottle, a hat, and a water-proof camera with you in the raft
-Call ahead and check the river condition. Too low or too high may not fit your expectations or feel right for the age of your children
-Do tip your guide (I feel horrible as I didn't remember to do this but we had a sick kid on our hands).
Ouray Hot Springs, in operation since 1927, offers a 1,000,000 gallon sulfur free mineral pool that is open year round. Hot mineral water is continuously entering and exiting the pool in what is referred to as a flow through design. This flow through design allows for fresh, clear, odorless mineral water 24 hours a day seven days a week for your enjoyment! There is also a Fitness Center, Massages and a Snack Bar on property. For the kiddos there are the following attractions:
RED AND BLUE SLIDES
You must be at least 48” tall.
All children under the age of 7 must have an adult at the bottom of the slide ready to assist the child in the water and must stay within arm’s reach at all times.
The kiddie slide is reserved for children under 48” tall.
All children under the age of 7 must have one adult accompany their child down the slide or remain at the bottom of the slide ready to assist the child in the water. Adult’s must stay within arm’s reach of their child at all times.
You must be at least 13 years of age or have passed the deep water test.
1220 Main St PO Box 468 Ouray, CO 81427
Check out their website for current pricing and specials
Peak Season (Memorial Day - Labor Day: 7-days a week 10am - 10pm
Off-Season (After Labor Day - Before Memorial Day) - Monday through Friday 12pm-9pm and Saturday 11am - 9pm Inflatables are closed in off-season
Located off Highway 550 at the north end of town.