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The High Desert Ranch

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General

  • Laidback campground on a 40-acre ranch 10 minutes' drive from Moffat
  • A 10-minute drive to Crestone; several hot springs within half an hour
  • Dark sky area for stargazing, with stunning mountain views

Fill your days or nights with hiking, stargazing, horse riding and off-roading with a stay at The High Desert Ranch, a 40-acre Colorado campground with easy access from the main road and the town of Moffat, 10 minutes’ drive away.

The surroundings here are pretty spectacular – it’s ranch land, state land and wildlife refuge all around, and there are mountain views of the Sangre de Cristo Range in every direction. Hiking, horse riding and off-roading trails are a few minutes away for in-depth exploring, but there are sights to be seen from the campground too: the state’s second-largest herd of elk can often be seen from the property.

Back in the 1980s this land was part of a large ranch; that ranch is still up and running but this parcel of land has now been turned into a laidback campground that welcomes families, couples, groups and dogs who’d like to explore places like the Great Sand Dunes or Gunnison National Forest. Being pretty far removed from urban centres also means this is a great dark-sky spot for stargazing.

The campground is fairly basic, with just portable toilets, wifi and a dog park on the facilities front, but the sites are spacious and there’s no problem lighting up campfires or barbecues (pick up supplies at the grocery store 10 minutes’ drive away).


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Easy to find, plenty of spot selection, very friendly. Great …09/19/2022

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  • Powered gravel and sand site
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    Easy to find, plenty of spot selection, very friendly. Great place to see the stars!

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Super friendly and understanding, good communication.07/26/2021

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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Bush

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Small (11-25 sites)

Location

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  • 18388 County Road 65, Moffat, Colorado, USA, 81143
  • Timezone America/Denver MST (GMT-07:00)   GPS 38.0189°N 105.8116°W

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Local attractions

Head for some hot springs and a highly relaxing dip at the Joyful Journey Hot Springs (25 minutes’ drive) or the Sand Dunes Recreation hot springs pool (25 minutes). A peaceful time is very much within reach around this area, as the spiritual centre of Crestone (10 minutes) is also close by.

If it’s creatures that you’re here to spot, then there are a few places that may be calling your name. The birdlife at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge (an hour) perhaps? Animals with big gnashers, such as the gators at Colorado Gators Reptile Park (half an hour)? An extra-terrestrial vantage point, such as the UFO Watchtower (25 minutes)?

No worries about missing your hikes and natural beauty spots, because Gunnison National Forest (40 minutes) has gorgeous waterfalls, mountain landscapes and woodlands for miles, while Sangre De Cristo Wilderness (25 minutes) has hikes and horse rides that end at splendid alpine lakes.

Getting active is straightforward from the Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center (an hour) too. Test your balance by sandboarding or sand sledding down dunes, have a paddle in Medano Creek or bike the Medano Pass Road.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

RV, travel trailer and tent sites
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Upon entry, you will see the stop sign on the information board, which contains a park map and other useful information for you.

The High Desert Ranch cancelation policy

No refunds within 3 days of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 1 day(s) of arrival.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancelations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. The High Desert Ranch will debit the balance from your card 15 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 15 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

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Terms and conditions

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  • Does The High Desert Ranch have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The High Desert Ranch dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The High Desert Ranch? Head for some hot springs and a highly relaxing dip at the Joyful Journey Hot Springs (25 minutes’ drive) or the Sand Dunes Recreation hot springs pool (25 minutes). A peaceful time … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The High Desert Ranch?
    RV, travel trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  Anytime
    Depart by:  11 a.m.

    Upon entry, you will see the stop sign on the information board, which contains a park map and other useful information for you.

    Read more

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