Morefield Campground

Mesa Verde National Park

Colorado Plateau, Colorado

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  • Typical campsite in the oaks.- Morefield Campground
  • The main campground road.- Morefield Campground
  • There are five roads that lead to camping loops.- Morefield Campground
  • Wi-Fi signal is strongest near the restrooms.- Morefield Campground
  • Many sites have quite a bit of privacy and space.- Morefield Campground
  • The campground is set in a valley with nice views of the surrounding hills.- Morefield Campground
  • The Knife Edge Cafe features their all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast.- Morefield Campground
  • The camp store has gifts, camping supplies, and a limited selection of groceries.- Morefield Campground
  • Free showers and a laundry are open 24 hours.- Morefield Campground
  • There are ranger programs at the amphitheater every night during the summer.- Morefield Campground
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Pros: 
Only campground in Mesa Verde. Many huge sites.
Cons: 
Many sites aren't level. A bit overgrown.
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Region:
Colorado Plateau, CO
Managed by: 
Aramark
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservation phone number: 
800-449-2288
Reservations possible: 
Yes
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Mesa Verde National Park is pretty remote, and there is only one campground option in the park. There are several places to camp outside the park, but it is highly recommended to stay at Morefield Campground if possible. The drive from Morefiled to the major sights in the park ranges from 45 minutes to more than an hour, and staying outside the park would add significantly to the drive times. That being said, Morefield is quite a nice campground in its own right and can make for a very pleasant stay.

The campground is spread out in four access roads (plus the group area) over a huge acreage. Unlike many national park campgrounds, this one takes advantage of the large amount of space available and has many huge sites that are well-spaced from any neighbors. The Pueblo Road accesses mostly tent or small trailer sites; the Ute Road accesses the full-hookup sites as well as some tent sites; the Hopi Road has a mix of large RV sites and tent sites with over 100 sites total; and the Apache Road also consists of large RV sites and tent sites.

The downside of this campground is that it is so large that the private concessionaires don't seem to even try to maintain it very well. The restrooms are old, and many of the sites are overgrown with weeds and need leveling and resurfacing badly.  The Wi-Fi only works in sites that are within about 50 feet of a restroom, and cell reception in the valley is weak to none. On the plus side, besides its relatively convenient location, there is a nice store, free showers, a laundry, the cheapest gas in the entire area, and a cafe that serves an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast every day. Despite the fact that it is set in a valley between mesas, the scenery is very beautiful, and the wildlife (mule deer and wild turkeys mostly) is plentiful. This campground, while a bit tired, is a wonderfully remote and relaxed place to camp.

Note that the few full-hookup sites are very popular, so it is best to make reservations early for these.  

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