Glade Park Movie and Camping/Bluegrass Weekend at Mud Springs

Escape the heat in the Grand Valley! Come join us for a fun and relaxing weekend up on Glade Park. 
We’ll be camping at the BLM’s Mud Springs Campground on Friday and Saturday nights.  

We’ll have lots of hiking/biking options on Saturday and Sunday, and can go to “Movies Under the Stars” at the Glade Park Volunteer Fire Department on Friday night.

As a special treat, the campground is mostly filled with bluegrass musicians who come up there the third weekend of July each year to have a giant jam session.  We’ll be able to walk around to the different campsites and listen to them play and sing! While they refer to this weekend as a “bluegrass festival” this event is not widely publicized and there is no charge to listen. Dee-Dee Vallez, Jeannie Maraschin, and I participated in this Meetup last year and had a great time!

Come up anytime after noon on Friday.  Though the site(s) we will be using are called “group” sites, they are actually very small.  Because of that, we will be limiting the size of the group to 12.

Both group campsites are reserved for us.  However, camping space will be at a premium that weekend, so we will only use both sites if we need them. After I have a count of the number of people and tents, I’ll make decision about whether we will keep both sites.

The fee for group sites is $10 per night per 2 vehicles. We will pay the camping fee Friday evening or Saturday morning (this is a very relaxed campground…..and I know the campground hosts).

The campground is located within a small aspen grove and each site contains a fire ring and grill. Pit toilets are available. The campground also has fresh spring water for drinking. Hiking, horseback riding, biking, and off-highway vehicles on designated trails only and outside the camping area. Fishing available in surrounding area.

Attendance at the Glade Park movie is optional, but if you’ve never been before, it is a fun event that you should try at least once. Friday night’s movies is “The Princess Bride.” See http://princessbrideforever.com/the-movie/. The movie is free, but the Glade Park Fire Department raises funds through its grill and concession stands. The grill opens at 6, there is live entertainment at 7, and the movie starts around 8. Bring a lawn chair, a jacket and a blanket and enjoy the small community atmosphere. See http://www.glade-park.com/movies-under-the-stars.html

If you choose not to go to the movie, Friday night dinner is on your own.

On Saturday, we can hike or bike any number of trails in the area. The closest trails – Turkey Flats, Hay Press, Fruita Reservoir are relatively short (3-5 miles out and back), though it is possible to combine several of them into a longer loop.  

Enochs Lake is popular for fishing, and apparently offers a nice hike as well. The Potholes is a swimming hole on the Little Dolores River, but it may attract a younger & rowdier crowd. 

The more ambitious who can stand the heat and gnats may want to hike the Knowles, Mee, or Jones Canyon trails accessible from the western end of Glade Park.

Saturday night dinner will be potluck with a Mexican theme. On Sunday, hang around and hike/bike some more or have a more leisurely morning as you wish.

In your RSVP, please indicate whether you’ll be camping Friday night, Saturday night or both, if you intend to go to the movie on Friday night, and what you plan to bring for Saturday night’s potluck.

Directions: From the intersection of First Street and Grand Avenue in Grand Junction, travel west on Grand Avenue (Highway 340) for approximately one mile and turn left on Monument Road. Turn left again on D Road. D Road becomes Rosevale Road. Turn right onto Little Park Road. Travel 10 miles on Little Park Rd until it intersects DS Rd. Go left on to DS road and travel a little over a mile to 16.5 Rd at the Glade Park Store intersection, turn left onto 16 1/2 Rd, travel south, 6 1/2 miles, Mud Springs Campground is on your right.
 

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  • Jeannie M.

    Also bringing some firewood. Will bring some home made jam and syrup for the pancakes.

    1 · July 18, 2014

    • Lorraine H.

      Hi there, and thanks so much for the recipe which I will try out soon. I guess I can buy jars from City Market? Keep in touch! Lorraine

      July 23, 2014

    • Jeannie M.

      Hi, you can pick up the jars at walmart and also yard sales. If you don't have any luck let me know and I might have a few extra I will give you. I'll send you my Apple Butter recipe if you'd like it. Yes, let's stay in touch. Jeannie

      July 23, 2014

  • Fran P.

    A very fun time, from beginning to end. I was surprised at the clever dialogue that made the "The Princess Bride," much more than a kid's movie, once again enjoyed the peace and beauty of the Mud Springs Campground, and loved listening to the bluegrass musicians. Our loop hike of the Fruita Reservoir #1 - Ridge - Haypress - Turkey Flats Trails was quite enjoyable. Wonderful food & good company made it a complete weekend!! The campground bear left us alone and we saw lots of deer.

    July 20, 2014

  • Jeannie M.

    The weather couldn't have been better. Nice and cool camping under the aspens in the group campsite. We hiked, laughed, ate so many good things that everyone prepared and then had the pleasure of listening to the bluegrass folks picking and singing. Wonder 2nd year for this event. Didn't get to the movie on Friday night, but hear it was a success also.

    July 20, 2014

  • Lorraine H.

    Food excellent especially pear butter!! Wonderful conversation and pristinel camp site! Lovely hike! Thank you all

    July 20, 2014

  • Mary h.

    Doug and I will come up for the movie tonight and then I'll come back up Saturday to hike with you. OK if I bring Caesar on Saturday? I'm ok with either answer. Can we bring something to share for Friday evening?

    July 18, 2014

    • Fran P.

      Great you'll be spending some time with us. Caesar is welcome to come on the hike. So far as tonight goes, we'll be eating dinner at the movie, but you can bring something for us to nibble on before we go down to the movie around 7ish if you'd like. When do you think you might arrive? I hope to be there around 4, Lorraine probably around 6, and the rest won't be coming until tomorrow.

      1 · July 18, 2014

    • Mary h.

      ok will bring some finger food.

      July 18, 2014

  • Jeannie M.

    Hi Fran, I'll plan to arrive at the campground before you leave to hike Turkey Flats on Sat. Bringing refried beans for dinner Sat. night. Can bring bacon and syrup for breakfast on Sunday. J

    July 18, 2014

  • Jennifer R

    I'd like to hike Sunday- is there a meeting time and place?

    July 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I see this message now after posting mine about hiking. Jennifer- let us know if we should look for you Saturday then, instead of sunday! come on up. -dd

      July 18, 2014

    • Fran P.

      Yes, Jennifer, you are welcome to join us on Saturday as well. Will be leaving from the campsite at 8:30 to hike the Turkey Flats/Hay Press/Ridge Trail loop, which is about 6 1/2 miles.

      July 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fran, I talked with Jennifer at music event last eve. I said last year we didn't hike as we had a long hike Saturday, Sunday just enjoyed the breakfast company. If you are wanting to hear from me... I'd say if we hike sunday I would want it brief. Jennifer said she would consider changing her usual Saturday activities and hike on Saturday instead. is waiting for further message from you. dd

    July 18, 2014

  • Suzy N.

    As I said in my email, Fran, I am unable to make it due to work schedule changes. Big bummer! Hope to get out there for another activity one day, as it looks like a neat place. You ladies have fun and share some pics afterward!

    July 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We each brought our own coolers last year. There are some shaded areas in the campground to keep the cooler cooler. I don't know what the current bear situation is, or if there are bear risks ever.

    July 9, 2014

    • Suzy N.

      And will part of your food include ingredients for pancakes?!

      July 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes to pancakes. Safeway doesn't carry the kind I made last year. So I'm getting recipies on line to make 'apple cinnamon oatmeal pancakes'. I

      July 16, 2014

  • Lorraine H.

    Shall I bring a cantaloupe or watermelon? I will try and find my cooler which I think I loaned to someone...but can keep it out of the sun.

    July 16, 2014

  • Fran P.

    I have a little bit of wood that I'll bring for a fire on Saturday night, but it won't last very long. Anyone else want to bring some wood?

    July 15, 2014

  • Fran P.

    A little more detail on food arrangements for the weekend:
    Friday night: eat at the Movies Under the Stars
    Saturday lunch & breakfast: on your own
    Saturday dinner: Chicken fajitas (Fran), Mexican salad (Dee-Dee), refried beans (Suzy)
    guacamole & chips (Lorraine)
    Saturday breakfast: So far, we have Dee-Dee making pancakes, Suzy bringing bacon and syrup, and Fran bringing OJ. What else do we need -- coffee, fruit? Lorraine, what do you want to bring for Saturday breakfast?

    July 15, 2014

  • Lorraine H.

    HI,
    I would love to carpool but will most likely be bringing my bicycle and other gear. Will there be a place to keep things cool for Sat. night food?

    July 9, 2014

    • Lorraine H.

      Is there a bathroom block with showers?

      July 13, 2014

    • Fran P.

      No showers or flush toilets.

      July 14, 2014

  • Anne F.

    Is this weekend still a go as i am not backpacking that weekend???

    July 11, 2014

    • Anne F.

      When do you need to know on the RSVP for the campsite fee ect

      July 12, 2014

    • Fran P.

      I don't need to know in advance. We'll pay when we get there.

      July 12, 2014

  • Anne F.

    I am in with my veggie burgers and all the fixins. Also want to check out a trail past Enoch called Black Pine seems no one goes there but nest a stream. I will bringing wood for camp fire if allowed!!!

    July 12, 2014

  • Fran P.

    OK….looks like we will have plenty of beans…..black (Marti & John) & refried (Suzy). Thank goodness we'll be outside. Hopefully not too many of us will share the same tent!!!!

    Also, we have chips & salsa (Marti & John), guacamole (Lorraine), Mexican salad (Dee-Dee), chicken fajitas (Fran), and perhaps chipotle vegetarian burgers and another vegetarian dish if Anne comes.

    July 12, 2014

  • Anne F.

    Interested need to find out if I am backpacking that weekend or not. Would tent camp, interested in hiking Turkey Flats I have read so much about, plus just relax, have fun, cook and enjoy the sun.

    July 8, 2014

    • Fran P.

      That's what it's all about! Maybe Dee-Dee will make us her special pancakes again!

      July 8, 2014

    • Suzy N.

      Oh, I'm DOWN for some special pancakes, Dee-Dee!!! I can bring syrup, and some BACON to cook. Commme oooooonnn PANCAKES!

      July 12, 2014

  • marti and john c.

    Hey, Fran... John and I will be bringing our 14 ft. Burro trailer to camp in, so we won't be able to camp in the group site. It does have a little kitchen if that's any help. We also have a separate pop up shade structure in case of rain which has saved us many times camping in Colorado in the summer.

    July 12, 2014

    • Fran P.

      Great -- glad you are coming!

      July 12, 2014

  • Anne F.

    If I come not contingent on the need for some immediate dental work I will bring Spicy chipole veggie burgers and another vegetarian food.

    July 12, 2014

  • Fran P.

    So far, we have chicken fajitas, guacamole (and chips, I hope!) and a Mexican salad for dinner on Saturday night.

    July 12, 2014

  • Anne F.

    Ok sounding good to me can't commit yet as in a training program for a new job. Any updates? Whenever camping I take care about bears in Co as you never know, had one take apart my campsite at Lake Vallecito a few yrs ago. Better to be prepared always with the food as they are super sensed animals way more than dogs.

    July 10, 2014

  • Fran P.

    There has been a bear sighted in the campground this summer, but he/she has not caused problems. We will need to be very careful with out food, perhaps even locking it up in a vehicle at night and when we are not at the camp site.

    July 9, 2014

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