Gateway RV Park

“Carbondale…Where Rocky Vistas Meet Crystal Waters”

Photo courtesy of Dan Nauman
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Stage 2 fire restrictions for unincorporated Garfield County 

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – June 29, 2018, at 12:00 am, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management-Colorado River Valley Field Office, and the lands managed by this office, as well as the six fire districts in Garfield County, (Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Grand Valley Fire, Gypsum Fire and the DeBeque and Lower Valley Fire) enacted Stage 2 fire restrictions, until further notice, on all unincorporated private and state lands within Garfield County.

This supersedes the previous Stage I Fire Restrictions and is being imposed due to continuing high to extreme fire hazard conditions.

Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors. With a lower than normal snowpack this past winter; recent hot and dry weather have created high fire danger at elevations below about 9,000 feet.

Stage 2 fire restrictions apply to all state and privately owned lands in unincorporated Garfield County and are as follows:

  • No fires/campfires/stove fires - this includes wood or charcoal burning stoves and fireplaces in mountain cabins.
  • No charcoal grills and no wood or coal fires for cooking purposes. This applies to personal and park charcoal grills or grates. Only natural gas or propane grills with a shut off valve shall be permitted. Allowed outdoor cooking fires shall be attended at all times until the fire is extinguished and cold.
  • No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  • No operating of any combustion engine, including chainsaws, without an approved spark arrester (properly installed), a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher, and a round-point shovel readily available for use.
  • No welding, spark emitting cutting, or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame except for industrial use and then only with a Fire Department permit. This must be in a cleared area of at least 10 feet in diameter and there must be a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher, in possession, which is readily available in the immediate area of operations.
  • No use of any explosive. All explosives are prohibited, including: blasting caps, exploding targets, bullets, tracer rounds, model rockets, etc.
  • No fireworks. All fireworks are prohibited, including: toy caps, sparklers, snakes, smoke bombs, fountains, etc.

Those found responsible for starting wildfires will face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone in Garfield County for their cooperation in doing their part to keep us all safe.

For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, log on to the Garfield County Sheriff’s website or the Garfield County website at:                     

Tri-fold flyers are also available throughout the county and at most convenient stores that describe the current fire restrictions and ordinances in place in Garfield County

NOTICE: Gateway RV Park is OPEN!  FYI-We do have a two week stay limit for all RV sites 24 ft and above and a one week stay limit for the group tent site and all 20 ft RV sites.  You must vacate the park for at least a week before you may stay again.

No tents on RV sites 1 - 19. Tents are only allowed in the Group Tent Site.  

Please note that we have 30 AMP Service ONLY!

2019 Reservations can be made starting 10/15/2018.

Gateway RV Park

 640 County Road 106 (AKA Satank Road)
Carbondale, Colorado 81623

Campground Host Cell Phone Number: 970.379.8151

(This phone is deactivated during the off season, October-April.  Please call the Carbondale Recreation & Community Center for inquires about the park during the off season at

Gateway RV Park owned by the Town of Carbondale, is situated above the Roaring Fork River just west of the Highway 82 & 133 intersection on the northern entrance into Carbondale. The RV Park entrance is on Highway 82, approximately 1-mile west of this intersection.

Carbondale is located within the heart of the Central Rocky Mountains in the Roaring Fork Valley. We're located 170 miles west of Denver and 30 miles northwest of Aspen.
Carbondale is also the “Gateway” to one of the most scenic drives in all of Colorado,
The West Elk Scenic & Historic Byway.

Photo by Jack Dysart

The Town of Carbondale’s Gateway RV Park has breathtaking views of Mount Sopris. The park was purchased with funding from Great Outdoors Colorado, Garfield County, the Division of Parks & Wildlife and the Town of Carbondale.

The Gateway RV Park is located just above The Bob Terrell State Wildlife Area that has an easily accessible boat ramp offering float fishermen great access to the Gold Medal Fishing Waters of the lower Roaring Fork River. There are a number of outdoor recreational activities in the area including rafting, kayaking, hiking, road & mountain biking, climbing, fishing, and golf.

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Carbondale is home to both the Roaring Fork and Crystal Rivers. It is only a few short minutes from both the Colorado and Frying Pan Rivers. Some of these rivers are Gold Medal Waters renowned for their amazing trout fishing and beautiful scenery.

Photo by Whitewater Rafting

Additionally, these rivers offer outdoor enthusiasts a great place to enjoy whitewater rafting, kayaking, or just lazy afternoon float trips.

Photo by Jack Dysart

Carbondale offers miles and miles of hiking and mountain bike trails just across the highway from the RV Park within the BLM Red Hill Special Recreation Management Area. The RV Park is also located alongside the paved Rio Grande Trail that stretches 44 beautiful miles from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. This paved bike path is perfect for families who enjoy biking, jogging, walking, roller blading, cross country skiing, and more. Additionally, there are miles of nearby hiking and biking opportunities on National Forest and BLM lands that border Carbondale.

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