Ridgway State Park

3 07 2015

WP_20150703_003cGood Morning from Southwestern Colorado.

After 1 night in Montrose with good friends, we’re parked in site #115 in the Elk Ridge campground at Ridgway State Park.  We’re a part of a group that will eventually total 15 people camping in sites #108 – #115.  Set high on a ridge overlooking the reservoir, the D and E loop contain about 100 campsites.  Nearer the lake, the Dakota Terraces campground provides about 80 sites in 3 loops.   Lakeside near the marina is a boat ramp (with the required Invasive Species inspection) a small swim beach area and several day-use covered picnic tables.  All of these facilities make up the Dutch Charlie area.  Further south is the Dallas Creek area designed primarily for day-use with fishing areas and picnic tables.  There are also about 80 full hookup campsites at the Pa-co-chu-puk area to the north, below the dam.

All of the Elk Ridge sites offer 20 and 30 amp electric hookups with conveniently located threaded water taps.  Site #115 has many trees, great for privacy, but impossible for awning use.  The roads throughout the campground are asphalt as are each sites parking area – some back-in, some pull-through.  There is also a concrete apron with picnic table and fire ring.  These aprons are placed at various locations, some on the left, some right and some rear.  Not all the locations are ideal – our fire ring is directly outside the RV door and under a low hanging tree.  With 15 campers, we used the large picnic table and fire ring area at site #113.  The trees thinned out a bit toward site #108 where awning can be deployed fully.  These 5 sites are well spread out and not always convenient for toting food or chairs between sites.  A better alternative would have been to select sites around the inside of the loop end (such as #84-#113) or across from each other (#115-#112).

Best sites at Elk Ridge are those along the upper loop #165 –  #184.  Many of these sites offer great views off to the east with good privacy.  On the lower loop the first campsite #80 provides beautiful lake views, but might be a bit short and narrow for some rigs.

We had a great July 4th weekend at Ridgway and would like to return here again on another long weekend.




One response

11 07 2015

Glad to see you’re having fun. We spent the 3rd at Cedar Breaks Park on Lake Georgetown in Texas. They have great sites (tho a bit unleveled) with really nice shade structures at each site (I have a nice picture, but can’t figure out how to upload it 😉

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