North Fruita Desert campgrounds expanded by BLM |

North Fruita Desert campgrounds expanded by BLM

Brittany Markert
Camping in North Fruita Desert is a common occurance for mountain bikers due to the close proximity of trails and singletrack.
Jerry Sintz |


WHAT: North Fruita Desert Camping

WHEN: Year-round

WHERE: 10 miles north of Fruita

COST: $10 per night, per site


During the spring, fall and cooler weekends in the summer, camp sites at the North Fruita Desert recreation area (also know as 18 Road) burst at the seams with overnight visitors.

To benefit traveling mountain bikers, hikers and motocross riders, Bureau of Land Management recently expanded its North Fruita Desert campground, located approximately 10 miles north of Fruita. The site featured 35 campsites before the expansion and has now been expanded to 55, with more sites in the works. Overnight camping spots feature access to vault toilets, designated barbecues and picnic tables. Due to the campground’s limited size, visitors were often forced to utilize open space managed by BLM, which was undeveloped.

“We tend to go out with larger groups and it works well for that,” Jody Corey said, a Steamboat Springs resident who utilizes the camping in North Fruita two to three times a year for the past decade. “What they have done with the improvements have been great.”

According to BLM’s spokesman Chris Joyner, the majority of the new sites are west of the original camping area. Camping fees cost $10 per site, per night, and Joyner noted those fees go to camp-site improvements. During the 2014 fiscal year, BLM received $35,000 in fees.

“It helps fund projects like the current expansion of the camp sites,” he said. “ … Most like to see the fees because they know they will have an organized camping experience. We take collecting fees very seriously.”

Construction on the campground will continue throughout 2015.

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