Touring Moffat County: Deerlodge Park at Dinosaur National Monument

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The “Best of Moffat County” campground is located within the Dinosaur National Monument at Deerlodge Park! It is the perfect spot for a late summer or early fall camping trip for the entire family.

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To get there: Go west from Craig on U.S. Highway 40 to mile marker 44. Take the Deerlodge Park road north and follow the paved road to the campground, a distance of 12 miles.

Deerlodge Park road winds down Twelvemile Gulch to the Yampa River. Spectacular Cross Mountain Canyon brings the Yampa River into Lily Park. A great warm water fishing hole awaits the angler here.

As you follow the road west through Lily Park, you will pass the confluence of the Yampa River and the Little Snake River, the largest tributary of the Yampa River.

The campground is located near the end of the road, nestled in a beautiful cottonwood grove on the banks of the Yampa River.

Deerlodge Park offers eight camping sites and can accommodate trailers. Each site offers picnic tables, a large fire ring and ample camping space. Bring your own firewood. Restrooms are nearby and water is generally available through Labor Day, however you will want to bring enough drinking water for your entire stay.

There are many local attractions for the adventurer! Follow the paved road to its end, another quarter of a mile to the turnaround. From here an unmarked trail leads downriver to Disappointment Draw and the entrance to spectacular Yampa Canyon, distance 2 to 4 miles. Another great experience to enjoy at the turnaround is to scramble through the underbrush to the glimmering white beach sands of the Yampa River. Bring your swimsuits, sandals, towels and plenty of sunscreen. Build sand castles on the beach with your children or wade in the ankle deep water.

Wade across the slow moving water, and visit the Henry Shank Homestead. While you are on the north side of the river explore the Vale of Tears area, the view of Yampa Canyon is fantastic from this side.

Pack your cooler with ice, hotdogs, marshmallows, and cold drinks! Enjoy the great outdoors with the Best of Moffat County, Deerlodge Park Campground.

Plan ahead, be prepared, be sure to have current fishing licenses and obey limits, and enjoy Moffat County’s hidden treasures.

For more information contact the Moffat County Tourism Association at 970-824-2335 or 866-332-8436 or visit www.visitmoffatcounty.com.

Comments

David Moore 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I am always looking for fun, exciting places to go to hike, bike and camp. This article intrigued me because after living here all my life, this is one place I have never been to. So, as I do everything, I brought it up on Google Earth and took a look around. I find some information in the article somewhat confusing and misleading so I was hoping someone who has been to this park might be able to help me out. I don't want to drive all the way out there only to be dissapointed. I need trees to camp, which is why I go to the forest instead of the desert plains, and I need information, which is lacking in this article. First off from the article...."The Campground is located near the end of the road, nestled in a beautiful cottonwood grove on the banks of the Yampa River. Deerlodge Park offers 8 camping sites and can accommodate trailers. Each site offers picnic tables, a large fire ring and ample camping space". I do not find 8 camping sites in a grove of cottonwood trees that can accommodate trailers. What I do see is a boat ramp, a parking lot and a bathroom nearby not surrounded by cottonwoods, but scrub oak and junipers. Am I missing this campsite somewhere? Also...."Wade across the slow moving water, and visit the Henry Shank Homestead. While you are on the north side of the river explore the Vale of Tears area, the view of Yampa Canyon is fantastic from this side". Where is the homestead, all I see is more scrub oak. And what is the Vale of Tears? Where is it? I tried going to the website but it is sparse and of no help at all. Has anyone been there that might be able to enlighten me a bit more??

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