Buckeye Recreation Area

Area Status: Open

Buckeye Recreation Area sits at an elevation of 7600 ft on the west side of the La Sal Mountains surrounded by ponderosa pine trees. It is most easily accessible from the town of Paradox, CO and is a popular fishing and camping location in the mountains. 

The Buckeye Recreation Area is located adjacent to Buckeye Reservoir. The recreation area is spread out around the reservoir and consists of the Pioneer Campground (30 single family reservable campsites and one reservable group site), a boat ramp for small fishing boats (5 HP motor limit and wakeless speed, a day-use picnic area, and 18 less developed dispersed campsites scattered around the reservoir.

Campsites in the Pioneer Campground include graveled parking spurs, concrete picnic tables, fire rings, a utility table, and access to a vault toilet. Please call the Moab Ranger District at (435) 259-7155 if you need additional information.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 7/21/21 No water or very low water in the reservoir.
Reservations: Reservations can be made from May 15th until September 30th by calling 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or online at Recreation.gov.  
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees: Individual campsites are $15/night. There is one group site available for $50/night.
Permit Info: If you plan on fishing in the reservoir, you will need a Colorado fishing license. Check the Colorado Division of Wildlife website for more information on fishing in Colorado. This page will provide information on how to purchase a license: https://cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/Fishing.aspx 
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Paradox, Colorado
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilet (5)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Please call the Moab Ranger District for further information at 435-259-7155.

General Information


Best Route: Head south from Moab on US 191 for approximately 27 miles and turn left onto Highway 46 at La Sal Junction. Continue on Highway 46 for 32 miles into Paradox, Colorado. Turn left at 5.75 Road at the USFS sign. Continue to the T-intersection and left on U5 Road and follow the USFS signs to Buckeye Campground. It is about 13 miles on Forest Service Road 0371 from Paradox to Buckeye Campground and it is winding gravel road. Please drive with caution.

Alternative Route: Very muddy or impassable when wet, please use caution and discretion: Head south from Moab on US 191 for approximately 27 miles and turn left onto Highway 46 at La Sal Junction. Continue about 12 miles and take a slight left at Upper Two Mile Road (Forest Service Road 0208). Continue on Upper Two Mile Road for approximately 18 miles. Follow the signs to Buckeye Campground. This route crosses private property, please respect the wishes and property and do not trespass on this land.

Note: Some GPS or driving directions are sending people to 4WD roads or to locked gates that are on private property. Please follow the above directions or make sure your alternative directions are accurate before following them.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 30 single sites and 1 group site.
Reservation Info To reserve camp sites go to www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
Fire Information Fire Rings
No. of Accessible sites None
Sleeping Shelter None
Status: Open
Fees: $15/night each site, $50/night group site

Group Camping

Status: Open
Fees: $50/ night for the group site



Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Boat ramp: Yes

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