CAMPGROUND NAME: Toadstool Park
VISIT DATE: 09/21/2011
REGION: Rocky Mountain
RANGER DISTRICT: Pine Ridge
NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Crawford
In Crawford, NE, at the intersection of State Routes 2/71 and US Route 20,
take Route 2/71 north 16.6 miles to second Toadstool sign. Turn left after
sign onto Sugarloaf Rd. (gravel, single-lane with few turnouts) and go 6.5
miles to another Toadstool sign. Turn left at sign onto Toadstool Rd (gravel
and dirt) and go 2 miles to campground sign. Turn right after the sign onto
gravel road, crossing railroad tracks, and go 1.3 miles into campground.
NOTE: Toadstool Rd. can be very rough, with serious washboarding and
potholes, south of the campground.
Alternative (shorter but not recommended for recreational vehicles): In
Crawford, NE, at the intersection of State Rts. 2/71 and US Rt. 20, take Rts.
2/71 north 4.6 miles to Toadstool sign. Turn left after sign onto Toadstool Rd.
(gravel and dirt) and go 12 miles to campground sign. Turn left after the sign
onto gravel road, crossing railroad tracks, and go 1.3 miles into campground.
The elevation is 3,800 feet.
The campground is a single loop next to the geologically interesting Toadstool
Park. Each site has excellent views of the Toadstool formations and surrounding
grasslands. The understory is grass that is kept mowed giving the campground a
manicured appearance. The mowed grass gives two benefits. First, it reduces the
risk of an accidental wildfire and more importantly, offers some protection from
the Prairie rattlesnake. Although there is no middlestory, privacy is excellent
due to the space between campsites. A ramada (sun shade) over the picnic tables
and pedestal grills is located at each campsite. The campground is excellent
for a 360-degree view of the night sky and is centrally well located for day trips
to Hudson-Meng Bison Bonebed, High Plains Homestead, Warbonnet Monument,
and Montrose Church. Of course, the Toadstool Geologic Park trail is a must while
at this campground - amazing.
Open Seasonal: No
Open All Year: Yes
RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $5 per day
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14
CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 6
Total Sites: 6
Tent Pads: No
Open Sites: Yes
Wooded Sites: No
No. Tables on Sites: 6
No. Grilles on Sites: 6
No. RV Pull Throughs: 0
Waste Station: No
Average Parking Apron Size: 13" X 31"
The parking aprons are gravel.
Flush Toilets: No
Hot Showers: No
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes
Public Phone: No
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 0
WATER SPORTS - None
Toadstool Interpretive Loop trail (foot) - 1 mile
Hudson-Meng trail (foot) - 3 miles
FISHING - No