Ridgway State Park offers year-round modern camping: During the high season (mid-May to mid-September), 258 campsites for RVs, trailers, campers and motor homes are available, as well as 25 walk-in tent sites for a more remote experience. During the rest of the year, 20 RV sites and 15 tent sites are available. Or, for something different; stay in a yurt!
Our yurts are available year-round. Check the Fees page for camping rates.
Each of our campgrounds offers:
- Restrooms; also, during the high season, coin-operated showers, laundromat, snack machines and a change machine in a Camper Services Building
- A playground
- Additional restrooms
- Hiking and biking trails
Campsites can be reserved during the high season between three days and six months ahead. Look at a few of our camp site photos (1.6MB) to get an idea of the look and feel of each campground. Make a reservation online or call 800-678-2267 (303-470-1144 in Denver). Contact the park for availability information within three days of your arrival or outside of the high season.
Dakota Terraces Campground
The best mountain views are found here at sites 1-79. Located in the Dutch Charlie area of the park, this campground is within walking distance of the reservoir and swim beach. All campsites here have RV electrical hookups and shared water. The three yurts are found here. The dump station is located at the entrance to the campground. This is the only area of the park with year-round RV camping. View the Dutch Charlie Campground map for more information.
Elk Ridge Campground
This is the most popular campground, located on the top of a mesa covered in Pinyon pine and juniper trees. Offering campsites 80-187, it is also part of the Dutch Charlie area of the park. RV campsites have electric hookups and shared water and there are 10 walk-in tent sites. The dump station is located down the hill at the entrance to the Dakota Terraces Campground.
Campsites 200-295 are found at the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground at the north end of the park with full hookup (electric, water and sewage service). Campsites 200-280 are located close to the Uncompahgre River; some of these have beautiful views of the river. Tent campers can enjoy the 15 walk-in tent campsites, 281-295, located across the river in a secluded Ponderosa pine forest. View the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground map for more information.
Architectural Digest magazine considers these round tent-like structures to be “architectural wonders.” Warm in winter and cool in summer, they’re a great way to camp without having to “set up.”
The three yurts at the Dutch Charlie area provide an alternative to RV and tent camping. Yurts are available year-round by reservation or on a first-come, first-served basis for two nights at a time. Yurts can be reserved in advance online, or through the reservation system by calling 1-800-678-2267 or (303) 470-1144 inside the Denver metro area. Call the park office, or check out the yurt brochure for more information.
Ridgway Yurts have a wooden lattice wall and ceiling, pinewood floors, a ceiling light/fan and a screened skylight in the center of the domed roof. Several large screened windows and a ceiling fan keep these ultra-modern tents cool and comfortable in the summer, while the insulated walls and thermostat-controlled propane heater/gas log stove keep them warm and cozy in the winter.
Drinking water is available at water hydrants located directly across from the yurts. Dumpsters and trash cans are close by. Showers and laundry facilities are available at the Camper Services building Memorial Day through Labor Day. A year-round restroom is located next to Yurt #10, the designated universally accessible yurt.
Each yurt will sleep up to six people and provides:
- One pair of twin-sized bunks and two queen-sized futons
- Couch seating (when futons are folded up)
- A thermostat-controlled propane gas log stove for heat
- A small round table and six chairs
- A front porch/deck with a picnic table, an elevated barbecue grill and a ground-level campfire ring
- A small microwave oven and refrigerator
- Electrical outlets and a ceiling light
- A wooden door with a combination lock. Combinations are routinely changed and are given to renters through the reservation service or upon arrival at the park
We recommend visitors bring:
- Bedding, such as sleeping bags and/or sheets, blankets and pillows
- Camping style cooking supplies
- Eating utensils
Cooking is done outside but permitted inside the yurts during bad weather. When cooking inside, please open the windows to allow for plenty of ventilation and avoid frying foods. Only stoves, lanterns or other appliances designed for indoor use may be used inside. Please do not attempt to cook on the gas heater! To discourage wildlife from entering, the area must be kept clean, and all food should be stored in hard containers.
The yurts can be reserved year-round; check the Fees page for rate information. Pets are allowed only in yurts 12 and #14 for a fee. The yurt sites can accommodate a tent or RV, but please contact the park office for fee information.