Fruita offers several camping options, our usual go-to spot is right by the trails on 18Rd. As a family it’s a convenient spot to hang out and take turns riding the loops surrounding the camp sites. If you have more time you can link up many of these rides to put on some serious miles
At the top of 18Rd are 35 campsites each with a fire ring, picnic table and parking for 2-4 vehicles. Each campsite cluster also has a vaulted toilet. Cost to stay in the campground is $10/night
Directions: 18 Road: Exit Interstate 70 at Fruita (Exit 19). Head north on Cherry Street and take the first right onto Aspen Avenue. Go through the roundabout and continue on Aspen to Maple Street. Take a left on Maple Street and travel north for approximately 3.6 miles (Maple turns into 17.5 Road.) Take a right on N.3 road and then a left on 18 Road. Travel approximately seven and a half miles north on 18 Road until you reach the North Fruita Desert Campground.
For those of you on a budget dispersed camping is allowed outside of the mountain bike trail system but requires the use of a portable toilet system and portable fire pan. Follow Leave No Trace principles. You’ll see the first area off a dirt track on your right before you reach the first trailhead. This area has become very popular on the weekends.
The second dispersed option involves taking the first left directly across from where you pay to camp. Follow this road until the signs stop saying “No Camping.” You will have company on the weekends but there is a lot of space and it’s a great point to jump on the Western Zippity trail.
This is the farthest of all camping options listed but if you’re looking to get away from the crowds to camp and don’t mind a bit of driving then look at Rabbit Valley. This area also has one of our favorite trails, Western Rim.
Directions: Follow I-70 west about 20 miles (from Fruita) to the Rabbit Valley exit (Exit #2). Turn left (south) at the stop sign, cross over the freeway and a cattle guard. Head back on these dirt roads and you’ll find many dispersed camping options.
Highline State Park
Camping is offered year-round at 31 grassy campsites accommodating tents or RVs. Campers can enjoy coin operated hot showers and laundry facilities at the camper services building. Water hydrants are dispersed around the campground and a dump station is available year-round. There are no electrical hook-ups.