Meadow Ridge Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Photo of the entrance to Meadow Ridge Campground

Meadow Ridge Campground is located 35 miles north of New Castle via the Buford-New Castle Road (County/Forest Road 245). The campground offers 20 campsites, all of which are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. These campsites are suitable for tent, RV, and trailer camping, with parking spurs of up to 50 feet in length.

Facilities at the campground include picnic tables, fire grates, trash disposal, secure food storage, and vault toilets. The campground includes several handicap accessible sites. This is a fee use area.

Meadow Ridge Campground is located less than 0.25 miles from Meadow Lake. During your stay at the campground, be sure to check out the Meadow Lake Picnic Area. The Picnic Area includes picnic tables and fire rings on both sides of the lake, plus a dock, boat ramp, and restroom on the western shoreline. The day use fee for the Picnic Area is waived for campground guests. Meadow Lake itself is located in a popular area for fishing, hunting, and OHV riding. The campground also provides an easy staging area for accessing numerous non-motorized trails in the southwest Flat Tops.

Typical open season dates are May 28 to October 25.


Photo of Campsite #4 at Meadow Ridge Campground, Rifle Ranger District Photo of Campsite #5 at Meadow Ridge Campground, Rifle Ranger District Campsite #9 at Meadow Ridge Campground, Rifle Ranger District Campsite #16 at Meadow Ridge Campground, Rifle Ranger District Photo of Meadow Lake, taken from the shoreline

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground closed 2020 season due to Covid-19.
Reservations: First Come, First Serve
Fees Check our forest-wide campground table for current pricing. 
Open Season: Late spring - Late Oct.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: New Castle, Colorado
Water: None
Restroom: Accessible Vault Toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Rifle Ranger District

General Information


From New Castle, travel north on the Buford-New Castle Road (County Road 245), starting from the northwest edge of town. Follow this road north for 28 miles to Hiner Spring; along the way, you will pass the White River National Forest boundary and the West Elk Trailhead parking lot. At Hiner Spring, turn right onto Forest Road 601 and proceed for 3.5 miles to Forest Road 823. Turn right onto Forest Road 823 and follow the road for two miles. Continue straight onto Forest Road 823.2A and proceed for 0.7 miles to the campground entrance.

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