Looking for a different type of RV camping spot in Colorado? Look no further than Missile Site Park in Greeley, CO. We found boondocking in Colorado difficult and were happy to stumble upon this gem. They even offer complimentary tours of the site Monday through Friday. Schedule a tour in advance by calling (970) 373-8140 (*you do not have to be camped at the site to go on the tour).
RV Camping in Colorado – Missile Site Park
The park offers a beautiful view of the sun setting over Windsor city. The cost was $20/night with no hookups and a five night maximum, no reservations. The pay station is at the entrance and accepts cash or checks made out to Weld County. The road to the campsites is a well maintained gravel road. Each site included a covered picnic table and BBQ grill. Some sites have trees that provide a little bit of shade while the rest of the grounds are covered in dry grass and weeds.
While we were there we saw rabbits, gophers and some very beautiful birds. Potable city water is available to fill up a water tank and there was a dump station for $5 (at the time of this post, the non-potable water for flushing was not working). Bathrooms with flushing toilets were also on site.
For the most part, we felt safe at the campground. There was an incident one night when some kids drove up in the middle of the night, set off fireworks and played on the swings. We didn’t feel in danger, but kept our eyes open the rest of the time we were there.
Decommissioned Missile Site Tour
The tour of the site was given by the groundskeeper, Ruben, who is retired from the Air Force. He is an absolute wealth of knowledge when it comes to the missile site. Although the site was decommissioned in 1965, it has been well preserved and represents an interesting and very scary time in our history. The site is still used today by the county to store records.
During the tour we got to visit the “tomb” where the missile was housed. It includes a simple mock up of the Atlas along with the original cradle and lifting apparatus for the missile. Unlike the missiles housed in silos, the Atlas was laid down. It took 12 to 15 minutes to stand it up. There was no structure to the missile so it would collapse unless it was pressurized.
Throughout the tour, there are photos depicting what the active site looked like including the crew that worked there.
Here are a two interesting facts we learned on the tour:
- The Atlas weighed 265,000 pounds at launch
- The speed of the Atlas was 12x that of a .45 caliber bullet
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. The Missile Site tour made it extra special for us. Even if you’re not camping at the site, it’s well worth the drive to take the tour. One item to note, the site did not appear to be wheelchair accessible.