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Missile Site Park offers a unique and different type of camping near Loveland CO. There is a campground with 12 campsites, an RV dump and the opportunity to tour a Cold War Atlas missile site.
Camping Near Loveland CO
We discovered the Missile Site Park campground back in 2015 when we were still traveling in a small Class A RV towing a Jeep Wrangler. At the time, we were visiting friends in Fort Collins and needed a good spot to camp for a few nights.
On our most recent trip to Colorado, we decided to stay at Missile Site Park campground again in our truck camper. It brought back some found memories of our first time here and everything was exactly as we remembered five years ago.
The cost to camp was and still is $20/night with no hookups. There is a bathroom with flushing toilets. No reservations are accepted and there is a five night maximum. The pay station is at the entrance to the campground. You can pay by cash or check made out to Weld County.
The RV dump fee is $5 with non-potable water for flushing.
The road to the campground is a well maintained gravel road. Each site included a covered picnic table, BBQ grill and garbage can.
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 camped at Missile Site Park, we saw rabbits, gophers and some very beautiful birds.
Verizon LTE coverage was very good. The data speed did slow down during the day, but still good enough for us to work from the road.
For the most part, we felt safe at the campground (read RV Safety). During our latest stay, there was a constant flow of vehicles driving to the campground throughout the day and night. Many of them appeared to be locals visiting for the day or to watch the sunset. Most of them were not staying at the campground.
Missile Site Park Tour
During our first stay at Missile Site Park, we scheduled a tour of the decommissioned missile silo. The tour was given by the groundskeeper, Ruben, who is retired from the Air Force. He was a wealth of knowledge when it came 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
We were really glad to have found this campground near Loveland Colorado and would stay here again. Even if you’re not camping at Missile Site Park, it’s worth the drive to take the tour. One item to note, the site did not appear to be wheelchair accessible.
More information about Missile Site Park campground and tour can be found on the Weld County website.