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Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
Yes
RV Hookups
Yes
Potable water
Yes
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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.  

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Only campground in Mesa Verde. Many huge sites.

Cons

Many sites aren't level. A bit overgrown.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Aramark

Reservation phone number

800-449-2288

Address

Navajo Rd
108
Mancos, CO 81328
United States

Features

ADA accessible
Historically significant
Flushing toilets
Showers
Potable water
Amphitheater

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

06/04/2018
Due to the dry season and the history of fires within the national park there is currently a fire ban in place. You are still permitted to use camp stoves however any type of open fire is not allowed.
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