If you and your buddy are looking for somewhere to stay near the Colorado National Monument, Saddlehorn Campground might just be the paw-fect base camp for you! Facilities at Saddlehorn are a little basic. You won’t find any showers, electricity, or RV hookups.
However, if you two are willing to "ruff" it a bit, you can sleep surrounded by some of the most striking natural features America has to offer. You don’t need to think that geology rocks to appreciate the awe-inspiring red sandstone rock formations that surround the campground, and sites are well shaded by juniper trees. You can also expect panoramic views of the valley below! The campground is located four miles away from the west entrance to the national monument, and close to the visitor's center. Although some sites are set aside for walk-ins (and are open year round, as opposed to the seasonal reservable sites), it’s still best to book early if you’re camping in summer. The entrance fee to the park is $15 per vehicle or $5 per person, and sites start at $20.
The red canyons of the Colorado National Monument may be stunning, but it’s not the most Fido-friendly place. Your pup is welcome to sleep by your side at Saddlehorn, but they aren’t allowed on any of the backcountry trails in the national monument itself. If you’re looking to sightsee, you and your doggo can still take in the view from the car window on the 23-mile long Rim Rock Drive.
Hound-dog hikers shouldn’t get too down, though -- McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area is just a bone’s throw away. Not only does the preserve boast a route for each and every ability, running past the Colorado River and spectacular sandstone canyons similar to the ones in the national monument, but many of the trails also allow free-roaming furballs (in other words, your pupper can lose the leash!).
Wifi isn’t available at Saddlehorn Campground, but most cellular networks should receive at least some coverage. Fires are permitted in charcoal grills only, and drinking water is only available in peak season -- visit in fall or winter and you’ll need to bring your own bottle. In addition to the wildlife concerns mentioned above, you may want to keep an eye out for scorpions. Remember to bring waste bags for your furry friend, and have a furrific time!