Missile Site Park Campground Is One For the History Books
While traveling through Colorado I wanted to check out some of the many campgrounds available that have unique features. The state is filled with options for travelers looking for everything from the average to the unique for sure. I wanted to find something which was right on target for a tent campers while also providing a great budget friendly option near Greeley. That is when I stumbled upon Missile Site Park located only a short distance from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The park itself is open year round however camping does not officially begin until June 1st. Regular season at the site runs from June to October, during which time all facilities are open for usage, this includes a bath house with running water and an RV dump site.
So what is there to do when it is not open you might ask? Well the thing that makes this site unique is that throughout the year you can visit a very special and unique portion of the site, the missile silo site, used during the cold war.
Constructed originally for usage in 1961 and deactivated in 1965, the site was one of four sites which were used as a part of the Atlas E program in Weld County. Now just a few hundred yards from the campground, you can take tours by appointment of the facility and see some of the many items which explain the cold war, the contribution the site played and the history surrounding one of the most tumultuous times in the United States. And best of all it is FREE!!
If you do happen to visit during the regular season, you can have a front row seat to some of the most amazing views of the valley and flatlands surrounding the Greeley area with a mountain view in the distance. Sites are $20 for tent campers or RVs and amenities include the raw basics: picnic table and grill. But one advantage of staying here is that you have great outdoor spaces to spread out in, spaces are relatively well spaced so you won’t be right on top of your neighbor and will be able to enjoy placing up to 2 tents on the spaces.
One of my favorite things about this campsite was that picnic tables are all covered. During the heat of summer this could prove to be essential since there is no water at the property available for individual campers.
One downfall of this site however is that there are no reservations available for the spaces. First come first serve can be tricky depending on time of year, so arrive early if planning on camping at the location.
Remember to bring your ball or horseshoes! The site has great outdoor spaces for families to enjoy activities together.
Call ahead for tours of the missile site. While tours can be scheduled Monday through Friday if you are only going to be staying a single day, make sure you book your tour in advance to align with your trip. I tried to book a tour same day and they could not accommodate me.