Salida East Recreation Site

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

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Hwy 50
Salida, CO 81210
719-269-8500
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GPS: 38.5085, -105.9613

Last Price Paid: $17
Number of Sites: 20
Pad Type: dirt
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
Learn more: Boondocking 101

10 people have reviewed this location.

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1 review
“Closed for major renovation. ”

Reviewed May 03, 2018

Overall Rating

State is renovating this entire area so it currently closed. Probably will be that way for months.

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NealysOnWheels

35 Tiffin Allegro Red 34QFA
2010 Honda CRV
29 reviews
Nightly rate: $17
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: n/a

NealysOnWheels would stay here again

“Mixed site quality, close to Salida”

Reviewed Oct 27, 2017

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We stayed here October 26-27. As of November 1, this is no longer a free site. Rates will be $10/site, and $7/camping pass, so $17/night total. We had a nice level site overlooking the river. There is a little road noise, but it wasn't too bad in our site. Most sites are closer to the road than ours was, however. As of right now sit... more

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3bars
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Life's Little Adv...

30 Lazy Daze 50th Anniversary 30' Island Bed
2011 Subaru Forester
60 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7

Life's Little Adventures would stay here again

“Convenient location to Salida”

Reviewed Sep 25, 2017

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We've been in the Salida area several times but this was our first time staying here. We wanted somewhere to hang out close to town over the Labor Day holiday and the price was right. We got a great site well off the dusty main road above the Arkansas River, which we could hear but not see for the trees. Our spot was large and private ... more

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3bars
Verizon 4G

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Rich Travels

40 Fifth Wheel
17 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Rich Travels would stay here again

“Good overnight location.”

Reviewed Aug 11, 2017

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This is basically just a roadside camping area, but it made a great overnight stay. In my opinion it would not be somewhere I would want to stay for more than a couple of days but it is nicely located to the fun town of Salida. We have a 40' fifth wheel and had plenty of room. There were a number of other big rigs there as well as s... more

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3bars
Verizon 4G

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5 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14
Site Number: n/a
“Homeless encampment, drug users, dust from raft companies tearing up road”

Reviewed Mar 05, 2017

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I worked in Salida last summer so the positives of this camp were it was easy to drive in/out and close to work. The view from my first site was stellar, even if it required serious leveling with blocks riverside. I visited two different times in summer 2016, once while the camp host was on-site July, another after he had left (Septem... more

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1bars
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LANDERWUST
Green Cove Springs, FL
30 Winnebago Sightseer
2006 Mini Cooper S
8 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 10
“Amazing Views!”

Reviewed Sep 02, 2015

Overall Rating

This campground is a true gem. With numerous spots spread out (some with tables and/or fire rings, some completely bare), this is a fantastic way to explore Salida and the surrounding trails and sights. Sights vary in size, we got a site close to the middle area of the campground that gave us INCREDIBLE mountain views. Site was very... more

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4bars
Verizon 4G

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18 reviews
Days stayed: 2

Drea would stay here again

“Not bad, not bad”

Reviewed Jul 09, 2015

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Wayside-style dirt camping next to the rushing Arkansas, with truck noise in the background. Good for the price (free), but feels a little claustrophobic, given the many other boondockers in the area, the coming and going of day rafters and the truck noise in the background. You can't walk out of here, either, unless you don't mind nar... more

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3bars
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Verizon 3G

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Live Small Ride Free

25 Self-rebuilt fifth wheel
41 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14
Site Number: n/a

Live Small Ride Free would stay here again

“We really enjoyed our stay here because of its beautiful views, easy access to the river and town.”

Reviewed May 19, 2015

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The campsite is called Salida East Recreation Area and is located in Bighorn Canyon. We arrived Salida East in the beginning of April 2015 and stayed for the full two weeks that campers are allowed to stay. Because it was still early in the year, Salida East wasn't as crowded as it probably gets during the summer months. There wasn't e... more

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4bars
Verizon 3G

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Aluminarium

27 Airstream Flying Cloud
2014 Ford F-250
263 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Date stayed: 10/7/13
Days stayed: 7

Aluminarium would stay here again

“Popular Free Camping”

Reviewed Aug 02, 2014

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Bighorn Canyon in Salida is a popular spot with the boondockers. We initially had a tough time finding a spot, but then found a little nook by the river to hide out in. The road is dusty and has some regular traffic with day use people going to the boat ramp. We enjoyed the town of Salida and if we were in the area, we'd stay here... more

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WatsonsWander

Airstream Safari
148 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Date stayed: 6/23/13
Days stayed: 7

WatsonsWander would stay here again

Reviewed Jul 09, 2013

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This was a convenient free camping area close to the town of Salida. The good: river views and river access, free, close to town, huge network of hiking & biking trails across the road. The bad: no shade, dusty, ants, lots of traffic traveling to and from the boat ramp right next to our site. Overall I think the good outweighed the bad... more

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Life's Little Adventures: Salida, CO Revisited

We left Woodland Park last Monday after stopping off at Diamond RV Park for a $10 dump. Jim didn’t want to carry much water over the passes we climbed, so we detoured a few miles to fill up at the Pon...

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Salida Boondocking - Aluminarium

We learned about this free camping location from the Watsons. It covered a few requirements for us, the distance from Denver was perfect (about 3 hours) and the elevation isn’t too high. Eleva...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
Pets:
  • pets

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