Sand Gulch Campground

The Sand Gulch Campground location is in Canon City, Colorado
81212. This page provides detailed contact information for this campground location including the campground phone number, office hours, reservation information and driving directions.

If you have any questions about the Sand Gulch Campground facility, or if you need to reserve a campsite, then call the campground listed below.

Bureau Of Land Management
3018 East Main St
Canon City

Phone number


Campground information Canon City, Colorado


With easy walking access to sport rock climbing routes in the popular Shelf Road Recreation Area, Sand Gulch Campground is a 17-site camping facility, open year-round. The campground is located 14 miles north of Cañon City at an approximate elevation of 6,400 feet and features spectacular views of the surrounding limestone cliffs. 


Sand Gulch Campground offers sport climbers easy walk-in access to tall monolithic cliffs. Climbers can access Contest and Freeform Walls with bolted routes via the Sand Gulch trails. A variety of other recreation opportunities easily accessed from the campground include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding as well as 4wd routes. In addition to campsites, Sand Gulch Campground offers a small day-use parking area for recreationalists. 


This 17-unit campground has 16 individual sites, one group site, and one vault toilet. The individual sites are limited to 2 vehicles and 8 people. The group site is limited to 4 vehicles and 20 people. Each campsite includes a parking space, a metal fire ring and picnic table. The sites are small and designed for tent-camping. Drinking water, electric hook-ups and trash service are not available at Sand Gulch Campground. Please bring your own water and firewood. Plan to take your trash with you when you leave.  

Natural Features

Sand Gulch Campground and the surrounding area is well known amongst rock climbers and outdoor enthusiasts for the long bands of limestone cliffs dominating the landscape. Stunning rock features paired with the piñon pine and juniper vegetation, enhance the dramatic vistas and a picturesque camping environment.  

Nearby Attractions

The region around Shelf Road offers numerous attractions and recreation opportunities. Popular activities include visiting the Royal Gorge via the Royal Gorge Bridge, the Royal Gorge Train, hiking trails or a rafting trip with one of a number of river outfitters. The Arkansas River offers whitewater rafting as well as outstanding angling. There are numerous trails for all activities in the region as well as agricultural and heritage tours along the Gold Belt National Scenic Byway. The local communities offer a range of shopping and dining experiences.   

Visit the Royal Gorge Region web page for more information about local attractions: 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bureau Of Land Management Canon City, CO

How do I make a reservation with Sand Gulch Campground?

To make reservations at Sand Gulch Campground, you can call the office at 719-269-8500.

Individual Sites: $7 per night

Group sites: $14 per night

There is an $8 non-refundable reservation fee for each reservation.  

Where is Sand Gulch Campground located?

The Sand Gulch Campground is located at Bureau Of Land Management 3018 East Main St in Canon City,
. This is the location you will need to go to for camping and information.

Does Sand Gulch Campground have tent or RV camping?

Sand Gulch Campground offers both tent and RV camping, but to confirm you will need to call the office at 719-269-8500 to make sure things haven’t changed.

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