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Old 05-21-2012   #1
Boulder, Colorado
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Chukar TH Campground

Thinking about a low-water Gunny Gorge trip this weekend. How many campsites are at the Chukar TH? Is it possible to reserve one (I've looked, but it doesn't seem like it...)? Are we going to have a hard time getting a site Friday afternoon/evening? And where is the next closest camping? Thanks!

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Old 05-21-2012   #2
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There are several sites at the Chukar trailhead. You cannot reserve ahead of time (at least I don't think so, and we never have). We have never had a problem getting a campsite on a Friday night, even during peak season and good flows. Have fun! That's one of my favorite trips.

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Old 05-21-2012   #3
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I've never had any trouble either, and there is plenty of extra space to throw down a sleeping bag in the parking lot if needed. Just think twice if it is raining because driving back up the road on the way out sucks in the mud!
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Old 05-21-2012   #4
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If by rare chance the camping is full, and the parking lot is too or looks less than ideal to you for camping, there is some available at the saddle at the top of the ridge, before you drop down to the Gunnison (it would be a serious pain in the ass to drive back up there once reaching the trailhead though), a good option if you wanted to drive the last mile or two first thing in the morning...
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Old 05-22-2012   #5
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Thanks for the reassurance. Depending on people's work schedules, it looks like we'll arrive at a decent hour and it sounds like there's a bunch of space there. Any tips on favorite campsites in the gorge?
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