Anybody have some info on camping around Glenwood Springs. I am heading up there with my dad this weekend. I am going to paddle shoshone. I am looking for something with nice scenery, not super crowded and noisy. It would be nice to have some bathrooms, but not too picky on amenities as long as the nature is good.
I second the Dotsero idea. The area you want is up Colorado River Road a ways (get off at the Dotsero exit, find the river, and follow the road that goes upstream) till you get to "Coffee Pot Road". There is a bunch of great camping there right off the road. Fire pits and a toilet are there I believe. Should be fairly quiet, especially after dark as that road is not high traffic. Its got a neat little creek goin through it and stuff and I have enjoyed camping there on several occasions. Hope that helps.
I'm pretty sure there's a developed campground @ No Name. It's the hwy. exit b4 G-Wood as you go west. It's close to Shoshone and it's also a good take-out for the Grizzly Creek run. Disclaimer: This is what I remember from 10 yrs ago.
There is one at No Name, it is a private pay site. I'm not sure how quiet, it may be retirement community for raft guides. Check it out though, location is ideal, right on the river. Might be operated by Rock Gardens rafting?
There are several areas to camp in, if you head up valley toward Aspen. Redstone on Mcclure pass comes to mind. Penny Hot springs is just down the road from it.
You can also take the road up onto the BLM land above town. Turn North on the road that runs under the tram going up to Glenwood Caverns. Take a right at the first real major dirt road. There is a sign right there that has a map on it and is on a major corner. Follow that road up to the top of the ridge and camp in the flat saddle area. Stay off the private mine claims and you'll be golden.