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Overview of Green Ridge Campground

Location and Access: Green Ridge Campground is a popular camping spot located in the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pawnee NG, near Granby, Colorado, along the western shore of Shadow Mountain Reservoir. The campground provides easy access for visitors to explore the scenery and recreational activities around the Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake areas.

Natural Features and Landscape: The campground is set amongst a scenic backdrop of water and mountains. It's surrounded by lodgepole pine and aspen trees, which provide adequate shade and a level of privacy between campsites. The elevation of the campground is approximately 8,300 feet, offering a cool retreat during hot summer months. Wildlife like elk, moose, and mule deer can sometimes be spotted around the area.

Facilities and Amenities

Campsites and Capacity: Green Ridge Campground features numerous single-family campsites suitable for tent and RV camping, although there are limitations on the length of RV that can be accommodated. Some sites also offer electric hookups. Each campsite typically has a picnic table, campfire ring, and a tent pad.

Other Amenities:

  • Flush toilets and vault toilets
  • Drinking water is typically available
  • Boat ramp access for those interested in water activities on Shadow Mountain Reservoir

Campground Services: While Green Ridge offers the basic amenities, it does not have a full range of services like a camp store or shower facilities. Campers should come prepared with all necessary supplies and be ready to practice Leave No Trace principles.

Activities and Recreation

Water-Based Recreation:

  • Boating: The nearby reservoirs provide plenty of opportunities for boating, with the Green Ridge boat ramp offering easy access to Shadow Mountain Reservoir.
  • Fishing: Anglers can enjoy fishing for species like trout and salmon in the reservoirs and nearby streams.
  • Swimming: While there are no designated swimming areas, swimmers can enjoy the cool waters of the nearby lakes.

Land-Based Recreation:

  • Hiking: There are numerous trails in the area for all skill levels, providing beautiful views and opportunities to see local wildlife.
  • Wildlife Watching: The area is known for its diverse wildlife, with opportunities to spot creatures in their natural habitat.
  • Biking: Mountain biking can be enjoyed on various trails and forest roads.

Reservations and Seasonal Availability

Making Reservations: Reservations for campsites at Green Ridge Campground can typically be made online through the Recreation.gov website or by calling their reservation system. Some sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Best Time to Visit: The campground is generally open from May through September, which are considered the peak summer camping months. Snow and colder temperatures outside of these months can limit access and availability.

Important Considerations

Weather Conditions: Weather in the high country can change rapidly, and even summer nights can be chilly. Campers should come prepared with appropriate clothing and gear for variable conditions.

Altitude Awareness: At over 8,000 feet elevation, altitude sickness can be a concern for some visitors. Drink plenty of water and give your body time to adjust.

Wildlife Precautions: As with any camping experience in bear country, it's important to secure food properly and be bear aware to avoid attracting wildlife to your campsite.

Fire Safety: Check for any current fire restrictions or bans as conditions can dictate whether campfires are allowed. Always practice safe campfire habits to prevent wildfires.

For the most current information and to ensure a great experience, it's recommended to check with the local ranger district for any updates or changes regarding Green Ridge Campground before planning your trip.

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