6.3 Average

Salida East Recreation Site

Salida, Colorado

Hwy 50
Salida, Colorado 81201
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Sites: 20
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 38.50725
Longitude: -105.96067

Elevation: 6994' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access ?
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly ?
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot no
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone ?
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
  • Restrooms Restrooms no
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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3 Reviews

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

The site is FREE as of Oct 2016, but that will probably change. Two different stays (July 2016, Sept 2016. July stay had a Camp Host who kept an eye on things, Sept no camp host. Homeless tent campers doing drugs, leaving trash (needles, fecal waste....too lazy to use supplied toilet facilities}, having dogs off leash have ended the 'free' thing for this spot. Drug use and police calls to the site put this on BLM and the State of Colorado's radar to review what they were doing there. Meetings (public, BLM, Ark Headwaters) in Salida at end of Sept indicate that the site will probably be a pay site next year to recoup the money spent cleaning up after messy tent campers. Trash and problems not just limited to this site, either. You get what you pay for, a 'free' parking spot with no services. That said, try to park near a structure so that idiots driving in and around after dark won't hit your rig. Rafting companies pay for access at the put in on the river, and don't think the speed limit applies to them. We camped at Salida East Recreation Site in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
open field
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Use sewer dump($7) in Poncha Springs at the Visitor center (Hwy 50 and Hwy 285 intersection, look for small blue signs pointing the way) and they have a potable water spigot (winterized) on the side of the building by the dump site labeled "Donation $5". Sewer dump at Forest Service Office on Hwy 50 is closer, but more expensive$10, computer credit card reader harder to use. many campers have lost money there and the sewer wouldn't open. Water was another charge, too.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in our Tent for 14 days and had a great time visiting the local area each day. There were a couple of times we had noisy neighbors late at night. The campground is right next to HWY. 52 and traffic noise mostly during the daylight hours. Nights were very comfortable. Loved walking down to the Arkansas River and watching the kayak paddle down river. Will return again. We camped at Salida East Recreation Site in a Tent.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
not numbered
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Salida is only a couple miles for camp. Lots of cafes and places to get groceries, Walmart, Safeway, etc. Lots to see and do around the local area, Monarch Pass and so on. Well worth your time.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

This is a free campground off of US-50 called Salida East Recreation Site (price is listed as $1.00 because $0.00 isn't allowed). There are some designated camping spots (with fire pits and picnic tables) but also plenty of other sites carved out with nothing around. A few sites are pull through, with the majority being back in.

There are no hookups, but there is a chemical restroom at the far western end of the campground. Just a pit toilet, no sink or sanitizer. Directly across from the restroom/parking lot is a boat launch into the Arkansas River.

We were able to get a strong Verizon Mifi signal at this location. Views of the mountains facing west are incredible. We camped at Salida East Recreation Site in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Walmart is nearby down US-50. Downtown Salida is a beautiful town to visit.

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