Increased Demand Drives Reservation System At Popular Colorado Climbing Campgrounds


The Bureau of Land Management has announced that two popular campsites used primarily by Colorado climbers will now use a reservation system, in addition to continuing to offer first-come, first-served spots.

Located just outside of Cañon City, Shelf Road is one of Colorado’s most iconic climbing destinations, experiencing a boom in popularity in recent years. Due to the increase in the number of visitors to this location, two popular campgrounds – The Bank and Sand Gulch Campgrounds – are increasingly crowded.

A reservation system is in place to better manage this process and to help climbers better plan their weekend, able to ensure they will have a campsite available upon arrival.

In total, The Bank has 31 individual campsites and two group campsites, while Sand Gulch has 16 individual sites and one group site. About half of everyone’s campsites are likely to be reserved. Individual site reservations can be made 14 days in advance and group site reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance.

Make reservations at Recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.

Shelf Road is one of Colorado’s most popular rock climbing destinations, with hundreds of sport climbing routes bolted to several large walls. It’s located just outside of Cañon City, about an hour southwest of Colorado Springs.