Buckboard CG, near Monticello


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Dec 26, 2009
Albuquerque, NM
We camped at Buckboard, a USFS CG, over the 4th of July weekend. This is a small campground, about 10 minutes from the town of Monticello. We had to change our original plans (due to fires in CO), and were able to reserve a site in Buckboard with little lead time. During the weekend, it seemed to be a mix of reserved sites and FCFS; many people seemed to be using it for a 1 or 2 night stop. There are 10 single sites and 2 group sites, each rated to hold 100 (tent) campers. It would be interesting to see how that many campers, and their transportation, would be accommodated if both of the group sites were full.
There are two vault toilets, and several water taps. Six of the sites are along the camp road, facing the meadow where the group sites are. The other 4 sites are on a small sub-loop. Most of the sites are on the small side, and some would require inventive parking for larger rigs, and a couple are interesting for tents of any size. One of the sub-loop sites seemed to have no space for a tent (people pitched them in a small space across the road) and only the tiniest of campers would fit.

site 2 Buckboard by kitphantom, on Flickr
This is site 2, we could not use our awning, there was a tree curving too close to the pup to put it up. We backed the pup up so that the rear bunk was hanging off the end of the gravel parking area.

group area Buckboard by kitphantom, on Flickr
This is the view across the meadow, from near the south group site, looking across to the north one. Deer fed in the meadow on most nights.
With the exception of the first night (Wed.), this was a very quiet campground. The loudest noise most of the time was from the range cattle on the forest around the campground. DH assured me there was a fence not visible through the woods on the left of the site pic, but they sounded very close a few times.
Wednesday night, there seemed to be a local meeting or reunion at the group sites. A few people were actually camped, and left the next morning. It was not too bad, we knew there were the group sites when we made the reservation and took a chance there would not be large partying groups. This group was fine, except for the hideously loud generator they had in order to run a power point presentation (they had a portable screen) and a movie or something. There were no quiet hours posted, we assumed they had the permit required for a PA system (since they had the place reserved), so were very relieved when they finally turned it off at 10:45. [It was a Honda generator and I kept wondering if they knew it was not supposed to sound as it did and if it was actually damaging it, it sounded that bad.]

This made a very good base for our visit to this section of Utah. There is another campground a couple of miles closer to town (Dalton Springs CG), which we did not investigate; friends have used it a couple of times as an overnight stop and enjoyed it. We would use either for a base camp again, or an overnight stop.


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May 5, 2014
Glad you had a good time there! I actually live in Monticello and going up to Buckboard is one of my favorite things to do. Its so pretty up there.