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Turtle Rock Campground
4.6 (13 reviews)
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Remember to enjoy these campgrounds in a sustainable, respectful way. Clean up after yourself, be friendly with others, and don't overstay your welcome :)
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38.882, -106.146
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AT&T LTE
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Weather
Averages
Forecast
jan
0.3"
40.6°
11.1°
feb
0.41"
42.5°
14.4°
mar
0.7"
48.9°
21.6°
apr
1"
55.9°
27.2°
may
1.07"
66.3°
36.2°
jun
0.88"
77°
43.8°
jul
1.56"
82.1°
49.3°
aug
2.01"
79°
47.8°
sep
1"
72.5°
39.4°
oct
0.86"
61.3°
28.8°
nov
0.4"
48.6°
20°
dec
0.4"
39.8°
11.7°
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Crowdedness
You can see others, but they're 50+ feet away
Fullness
Almost full
Noise
Rare man-made noise (trains, cars, etc...)
Shade
Some shady spots
Cleanliness
Pristine, no trash at all
Safety
Very safe
Road difficulty
Take it a little slow, but any vehicle should be fine
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marvski
1
Jul 2022
Great Free Campground with Volunteer Host

Spent almost two weeks here and loved it!!! Roads are not that hard to drive up... looking at previous reviews makes it sound like the roads are terrible, but just not the case anymore...yes a little bumby but there are several small cars and minivans here with no problems , views are fantastic and the cell signal for at&t is great at the far end (campsite 10) .. not the greatest cell signal in some of the other spots ( didn't see or smell any skunks either)

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wingsofmercury
6
Jul 2022
Nearby spot

This is the most established disbursed site i have seen. Stone tables, fire rings, pot bathroom and a campground host! Unfortunately, that means these fill up really fast on the weekends.

About .25 miles up the road start a few regular dispersed sites. Mainly right in the sun, with a few small trees you can hide under when it gets hot. Easy to access.

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dirtbagvanlife
1
Mar 2022
Beautiful but

Phenomenal views, fire pits, vault toilets. But skunks? Signs and smells of a skunk dwelling in the area. Kept the dogs close and went into the van when the sun went down and had no issues. Roads were bumpy but easy with just all season tires on a rear wheel drive van

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vandalf
12
Jul 2021
Don't try this in an RV, possibly not even a van

Our Sprinter couldn't take the road here. It is one of the bumpiest roads we have ever tried to drive up. Disappointed other reviewers haven't said anything about this. It's brutal.

It is insanely beautiful though

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ricdanger
4
Nov 2020
Good overnight spot

We were passing through on our way south in a 2WD camper van. Easy access. Came in after dark. Not super private but great views to wake up to

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junipertree
77
Sep 2020
Close access to anything you need

Small little dirt campground with about 6-10 spots each equipped with a fire ring. No other amenities. It’s a short walk to the river, and there’s a lot of boulders nearby if you are into that. Also only about 5-10 minutes from the town of Buena Vista. Good cell service. Close to the dirt road but still quiet. Good views of the mountains. Only one other camper when I stayed on a monday night. Would stay again.

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aelliott76
5
Aug 2020
Great free campground with easy access to BV and 4 mile trails

Stayed in site #20 near entrance of campground. Great, clean little area. #1 is there largest campsiteOcampsite. Get there early to have the best chance of finding a spot. One double vaulted restroom for entire area. Free area and no water or electric available. Otherwise, take your chances with dispersed camping throughout the area. Easy access to trails in the 4 mile loop. Quick drive to Buena Vista for supplies. We took a bicycle ride along the Arkansas river and loved it! Highly recommend this ride. It's only about 8-9 miles each way, with easy downhill ride back to the camp entrance. Steep ride though back to the actual campsite. Good workout! We rented a Jeep to explore the 4 mile trails. Fun activity to do; pack a lunch and enjoy the views! Also took the Jeep up to Cottonwoon Lake and beyond. Neat dispersed campsites in that area too.

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camporr
7
Jun 2020
More than we expected

Over 20 sites. On a Friday night and summer it fills up. Try and be there before 5:00. During the week we are told no problem finding a spot. 2 clean toilets. Nice mix of campers and rafters and hikers. Access to Vitamin B trail. There are random sites to camp along the access road as well.

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Anonymous
0
Jun 2020
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bmoon
4
May 2020
Nice place

Better than home honestly

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wizdabs
2
Mar 2020
Turtle Rock

Great views of Mt Princeton and the Collegiate Peaks. Lots of trails. Bouldering up from the road down below up to campsite. Right by the Arkansas River.

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jenandpatrick
22
Nov 2019
Nice rocks

We were there in November, saw 1 or 2 other cars, but it also snowed while we were there. Nice views from some spots, some more sheltered, many with some shade. No toilets... Have your own system. Looks like there might be hiking, but with the snow we didn't venture out. Part of Fourmile Travel Management Area https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/psicc/recarea/?recid=21414

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barefootbigues
2
Jun 2019
Perfect getaway

This place fills up fast almost every night due to local adventurest but is a great spot! Its quiet (a little noisier on the weekend), only 10 mins from town, the sites are great! & the mountain views is incredible!

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