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Quartz Campground Overview

Quartz Campground is a beautiful camping destination located within the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests in Colorado. This national forest is a sprawling landscape of mountains, forests, and meadows. Quartz Campground offers an opportunity to experience the great outdoors in a relatively rustic setting.

Location and Access

Quartz Campground is situated on the Grand Mesa, which is the world's largest flat-topped mountain. The precise location can be determined by checking the latest forest service maps or by reaching out to the GMUG National Forest ranger districts for up-to-date directions and GPS coordinates.

Amenities and Facilities

Amenities at Quartz Campground typically include:

  • Basic tent and RV camping sites: There might not be hookups available for RVs.
  • Picnic tables and fire rings/grills: Generally provided at each campsite for cooking and dining.
  • Restroom facilities: These are usually vault toilets as you might find in many rustic campgrounds.
  • Trash disposal: Campers are encouraged to practice Leave No Trace principles.


Activities that visitors can enjoy at Quartz Campground include:

  • Hiking and walking trails: There are numerous trails accessible from the campground.
  • Fishing: Nearby lakes and streams offer opportunities to catch trout and other local fish species.
  • Wildlife viewing: The forest is home to wildlife such as deer, elk, and numerous bird species.
  • Photography: The scenic vistas provide excellent opportunities for photography enthusiasts.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Depending on the time of year and specific regulations, you may need to reserve a campsite in advance. Some sites may operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Fees: Camping fees for the site should be confirmed through the official national forest information or recreation.gov as they can change.

Seasonal Access and Weather Considerations

Seasonal access to Quartz Campground may be limited due to snow and weather conditions, as the Grand Mesa experiences heavy snowfall in the winter. Always check road conditions and campground accessibility if planning a trip outside of the summer season.

Rules and Regulations

Rules to keep in mind include:

  • Campfire restrictions may be in place, especially during times of high wildfire risk.
  • Following rules for storing food and disposing of waste to keep bears and other wildlife safe.
  • Adherence to stay limits, which typically range from 14 days within any 30-day period.

Contact Information

For the most accurate and up-to-date information, contact the GMUG National Forests' Ranger Districts directly. Their contact information can be found on the USDA Forest Service website or by searching for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests' contact details.

Additional Notes

When planning your trip to Quartz Campground, always consult the latest information on conditions, closures, and alerts. It's wise to prepare adequately with supplies, and be aware of changing weather patterns at high elevations. Additionally, respecting the natural environment and adhering to conservation practices will help maintain the beauty and health of the ecosystem for future visitors.

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