Target Tree Campground is a public campground located in Hesperus, Colorado. The campground was named after the local trees that were used for target practice by the Ute tribe, who used to extract sap from the pines that grow in the area. There are trails near the campground that lead to several trees that are considered to be sacred -- follow the information plaques that lead to them to learn more about their significance.
This dog-friendly campground is made up of 25 spacious single-family sites that are available on a first-come-first-served basis, 17 of which are without any barriers. There are five equestrian sites and a group site that can accommodate a maximum of 25 people, both of which need to be reserved in advance. Most of the sites are pull-through, and each site is equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring.
The campground does not have electricity or a dump station available. However, there are three vault restrooms at the campground. There are also trash receptacles, potable water, fire grates and picnic tables on the camp’s grounds. Since there are no showers or firewood, make sure to stock up on wet wipes and wood before you set up camp.
The campground overlooks the Thompson Park and is surrounded by large, fragrant ponderosa pines and oak trees. Most sites get enough shade, but there are a few that get hot during the summer. The pines also provide plenty of privacy from other campers, especially since the sites are well spaced out. Unfortunately, since the campground is located close to a freeway, it gets noisy when the roads get busy.
It is the ideal campground for horseback riders and hikers as there are a variety of fun trails nearby, including diverse interpretive trails and the Narrow Gauge Trail. There are also cliff dwellings and the Mesa Verde National Park that is worth visiting, as well as the town of Mancos.
The campground fees start at $20 per night but vary depending on the season and camp type.