*All opinions in this post are our own; this post is not sponsored by Dolores River Campground.
This past week we had the pleasure of taking a camping trip that started in Moab and ended in Ridgway. In between we spent a night at the Dolores River Campground just outside of Dolores, Colorado. As avid mountain bikers, this was a great location for us because we could easily bike at Phil’s World in Cortez before we got to the campground on Thursday, and at Boggy Draw after we pulled out of the campground on Friday. Since one of us works from “home”, this campground was especially helpful as it provides free WiFi!
First, the basics: The Dolores River Campground has over 80 RV camping sites, plus tent camping, primitive and “full service” cabins, vintage trailers, yurts, and even Conestoga Wagons that you can stay in. There is a large bath house with nicely updated, modern shower stalls and bathrooms, a laundry center and playhouse. The campground also boasts catch and release fish ponds, a river walk, and dog walk area. Finally, there is also a rec hall with a DVD player (no cable) and a foosball table, along with a commercial kitchen that you can reserve for family reunions, etc.
At each RV site ($40/night for standard; $45 for premium) guests have access to electric, water (30/50 amp) and sewer hookups. Cable is also provided, along with a picnic table. The sites are situated so that even if other RVers are right next to you, you feel like you have some privacy. The premium sites include extra-long pull-throughs, a large grassy area, and back-in sites along the pond.
Finally, there is an office/store/gift shop with all the basics you might need including wood and ice.
As we arrived and were directed to our site, we could see workers clearing brush and sprucing things up. This was their first weekend of the season and only a few campers, like ourselves, were taking advantage of the easy access to town, etc. that this campground provides. We took a walk to the river and enjoyed sort of a self-guided tour of the place. We discovered the wagons guests can stay in, the vintage trailers, complete with vintage patio furniture, and the lovely shaded tent sites. The owners, Billy & Lainey Beyhan, are super friendly too!
Sometimes dispersed camping or boondocking is nice. It’s a great way to escape the crowds, enjoy some solitude, and get back to nature. Other times, a more urban camping experience is needed. Dolores River Campground is somewhere in between. The huge shade trees and its location near the water made it seem quite peaceful, but the amenities were just what we needed after 2 days of dry camping in Moab. We were able to empty our tanks before driving over Lizard Head Pass, we could catch up on work, emails, news, etc., and honestly we were able to just kick back and relax.
If you’re looking for a beautiful RV resort, don’t miss this one. It’s close to Mesa Verde National Park, Canyon of the Ancients, several reservoirs for fishing and boating, mountain biking, and breweries too! You can contact Billy and Lainey at (970) 882-7751 or visit www.doloresrivercampground.com.