For the holiday weekend we needed a spot away from 1-70! We also wanted to avoid overcrowded campgrounds.
From west Arvada we took hwy 72 through Coal Creek Canyon towards Nederland. You could also take 119 out of Boulder. In Nederland; stay on 72 out of town for about 7 miles. On your right you’ll see National Forrest Road 326. Turn down this road staying right. You will begin to see a few different directions to go and there are many sites back here. Because we were camping with my parents and a 5th wheel we needed an open spot with an easier road. If you just have a pop up or tent; there are many great spots further in. We went left on 328B and found a great spot for our large group!
Pros and Cons….
Pros: great views, can walk to the river and a creek, close to town, great for groups, lots of hiking trails and 4 wheel trials are nearby.
Cons: You will be camping with others nearby….you can’t necessarily see each other but it’s a fairly busy area. Bears. We had a pretty persistent bear one evening; he came back 3 times; clearly he was conditioned for camping food. He didn’t come into our site with 5 dogs but kept at the people up the hill from us. Be smart about your food.
So, before our Radium dry camping we had been in Steamboat Springs for a couple days. Our daughter was at college orientation for Colorado Mountain College and so we took my parents 5th wheel to be our traveling hotel. We stayed 6 miles west of town at this RV park: http://www.eaglesoaringrvpark.com
It was quiet and mostly all RVers. No tent sites. There are bathrooms, washer and dryers and coin operated showers. We had full hook ups and free wifi. There is a group fire ring. It worked and was ideal if you are spending time in Steamboat. Cheaper than a hotel! At the time of this post it was $45.
10 miles from Green Mt Reservoir going north on Hwy 40 is Trough Rd…on your left. Taking this and following the signs to Radium (watch for a sharp turn around on your right) will get you to a couple of camping places that revolve around rafting the Colorado Headwaters (Blue River). We went to the Radium Recreation Site that is within site of the very small “town” of Radium. Colorado River Runs Rafting is here. This campground is $6 a night or a day use area on the river. We had my parents 5th wheel that is 30 ft long. There were plenty of RV, tent and 2 group sites. This is BLM land and I believe you call the Kremmling BLM office for reservations of the group camping. No hook ups, pit toilets, picnic tables…no shade. For some reason we were the only ones camping there on a Friday night. There is a train that comes through a few times. Campground is clean and has some great views. I highly recommend rafting with Colorado River Runs and Ian! We caught up with Ian and because this was a spontaneous camping night for us (on the way home from Steamboat) he offered to bring us firewood and also let us know that the only place for groceries was 5 miles away at Rancho Del Rio. We bought frozen burritos, Jimmy Dean sandwiches and raviolis for $33!! Ah well, if we’d been a bit earlier there looked to be a nice little restaurant. Kremmling was about 30 minutes away.
On the way to the campground we saw another small campground by the river. It was full…I would have liked to stay at this one and I’ve included pics of it.
P.S No cell phone coverage! Pay phone at the campground…$1 for 10 minutes to Denver!
The other campground…