Touring Moffat County: Deerlodge Park at Dinosaur National Monument
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.
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 http://www.visitmoffatcounty.com.