Thistledown Campground

Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests

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Camp Bird Rd. Ouray, CO 81427 970-240-5300 970-874-6600 Official Website

GPS: 37.9933, -107.7004

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  • Reviews (2)
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Overview of Thistledown Campground

Campers are required to store food and other items in a hard sided vehicle or camping unit constructed of solid non pliable material.

Number of Sites 9

Pad Type gravel

Open Seasonally Late May to Oct

Elevation 8,727 ft / 2,659 m

Max Stay 14

Max Length 20 ft

Tent Camping Yes

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To ask questions of the owner or manager please contact the campground directly. 970-240-5300

Heidi asked on 12/24/2022

Can I get to Thistledown Campground with a 4x4 truck and 25’ camping trailer? Thanks!

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Reviews of Thistledown Campground 2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Verizon 4G
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 4/20/2022
2 reviews
“Stunning views of jagged mountains and a raging river ”

Reviewed 4/20/2022

Nightly rate: $10
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 2
Overall Rating

Fabulous small National Forrest campground
right off the access road, $10 per night. The
views here are stunning with jagged mountains
peaks surrounding you, a raging river only 80 feet from site #2. I'm here early and only two sites are accessible with snow covering the other four. There are bear boxes, picnic tables and fire pits for each site, plus a leveled area for tents. I snuck in here in my 32 foot Skoolie, a bit tricky but doable. The views from my roof top deck are amazing. There's little to no Verizon service, but my Starlink satellite internet is penetrating the trees, at least from site #2. Highly recommended! Bring bear spray. Please carry out all trash, we want these perfect campsite to last forever. Thank you National Forrest service, we sincerely
appreciate your work.

Site Quality
Verizon 4G

Ifrpilot would stay here again

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3 reviews
“Not free. Seemed cramped, neat scenery down the hill a bit.”

Reviewed 8/16/2018

Nightly rate: $10
Days stayed: 0
Site Number: 0
Overall Rating

The site brought this up as free, but it was $10/plot. The plots seemed closer together than I care for, and they were mostly full. I opted to move on... Just wanted to post this in case anyone else was counting on free. Oh, and the hill up is pretty steep. Lots of downshifting. If you park down by the river the scenery is worth looking at, there's a sweet little trail or two.

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  • dry camping
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • pets
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