Bogan Flats Campground stretches along the Crystal River in a valley of aspen groves, towering Ponderosa Pine, spruce, and willow. The setting is ideal for larger groups seeking recreation and relaxation in White River National Forest.
Sites in the campground are widely spaced and offer a nice mixture of open and shaded spots, with several sites at the river's edge. The group site is located away from the main campground, offering a more private location.
Crystal River, a tributary of Roaring Fork River, is renowned for its fly fishing. Rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout are plentiful in this waterway.
A hike up Mt. Sopris offers spectacular panoramic views. This 12,953-foot mountain dominates the surrounding landscape. The hike is 14.8 miles with a 4,600-foot. elevation gain. In summer, wildflowers carpet the trail through aspen groves and mixed conifer forest, climbing up to talus slopes.
Other popular activities in the area include jeep tours, biking, and historic sightseeing.
Bogan Flats Campground is able to accommodate tents, trailers and RVs, and has a designated group site.
The campground is equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings, vault toilets, and drinking water. Electrical hook-ups are not available.
Firewood is available on-site for a fee.
In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the 2.3 million acre White River National Forest is a place of serenity and adventure, boasting 8 wilderness areas, 4 defined seasons, and 10 peaks surpassing 14,000 feet in elevation.
The Crystal River flows near the campground and drains the Valley of the Coal Miners, a glacial valley that was once a center of coal mining in southwestern Colorado.
Wildlife in the area abounds. Bighorn sheep navigate rocky ridges and bull elk bugle at dusk. Scenic rivers sustain populations of cutthroat, rainbow, and brown trout. Alpine regions provide habitat for pika and ptarmigan. These species, along with many others, depend on surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams, and diverse forests to live.
The quaint mountain town of Redstone is a hidden gem, located south of Carbondale. In addition to shops, galleries, and restaurants, the town boasts a castle that was built by industrialist John Osgood at the turn of the 20th century.
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Bogan Flats is a great campground if you want to get away. Great for singles and families. Most campsites are large and allow for several families to one site. They were also semi private. The sites next to the river are the best. The sites closer to the entrance and on the river offer the best shade. My site #25 was next to the water and is an excellent spot for RVs, allowing you to drive through and park. There wasn’t a lot of shade though. At this altitude the heat wouldn’t be a big deal except the weekend we went the temps were in the 90’s. It’s about a 40 minutes drive to Aspen, 20 minutes to Carbondale (and phone connectivity), and 30 minutes to Glenwood Springs. Sleeping next to the roar or the river was wonderful. Each site offers a bear box, picnic table, and campfire rings. The vault toilets are kept clean. There is a faucet for drinking water and dishes. Its a fly fisherman’s heaven. I definitely will be back!
Nestled at the base of towering mountains along the Crystal River this campground is full of beautiful sites. Although our weekend here was very rainy we still enjoyed the majesty of the surroundings. Sites are well spaced so you feel secluded and private. Restrooms were very clean. Lots of hiking and fishing nearby. No cell service. Centrally located for exploring Marble and Redstone. Be sure to visit the BBQ restaurant in Marble. Yum!
My husband, two year old daughter, and I had a wonderful time at this campground. We were fortunate to get a site right on the river bank, but each camp site, whether on the river or not, had it's own unique appeal and we hope to be back to try them out. Bears are active in the area, so you do have to pack up all of your food in one of the provided cabinets; not a big deal, but something to be aware of. Like other reviewers have noted, the bathrooms are kept extremely clean and the camp hosts are wonderful. Absolutely recommend! There are lots of hummingbirds that aren't shy about visiting, so don't forget your feeder and nectar :)
Such a beautiful campsite that I hesitate to even review to as it will bring more attention. Make sure to explore the town of Marble. Situated along the Crystal River, I don't think I've ever enjoyed a campsite more! Just a stunning location. Although this site didn't have showers when I was there, I drove down the street to a nearby campsite (I believe in Redstone) & used their showers. Do be careful if the river seems to be rising as it could be dangerous to your site.
My husband, 10 year old son and I just finished 6 nights of rent camping at Bogan Flats campground near Marble, CO. Our site was right on the Crystal River, and it was both huge and private. We enjoyed listening to the river as we drifted off to sleep each night.
The campground scenery was beautiful, nestled in between mountains all around. It was very green and did not seem affected by the drought in other areas. In fact, it rained all but 1 evening. The campground hosts were friendly and the bathrooms were so clean!! They didn't smell at all, which is pretty amazing for composting toilets.
We used this as a base area to visit nearby Marble to hike to the Crystal Mill, mountain bike in Carbondale, biked the Rio Grande Trail, rafted and hiked in Glenwood Springs, hiked and trail ran in Aspen. The scenery coming down 133 is stunning. We would camp here again in a heartbeat!
Tips: If you tent camp here, make sure your tent is waterproof. We had no issues, but like I said, it rained 5 of 6 nights. Some nights, it was barely a sprinkle…our last night was a downpour. This is common for the mountains in Colorado in the summer. Also, make sure you are prepared for a fire ban. We knew this ahead of time, and had a gas stove to cook our food. The last item is that there are no nearby stores other than in Carbondale near 82. So, make sure you have supplies and ice before you arrive.
Lovely quite campground in the woods next to a river. We stayed on the side away from the river and I wish we had stayed on the river side, but it was still fantastic. No cell service, pit toilets, no showers. A little far away from civilization/stores, which is exactly what we were looking for. Site 10 setup is great, park near the picnic table and fire ring, pitch tent a little further up the slope under the trees. It did get coooold during early June, bring a good sleeping bag and warm clothes!!
This beautiful campground is located in the White River National Forest near Redstone. A quiet location, with nicely spaced sites and ridiculously clean bathrooms. Our site, #26, was right next to the roaring Crystal River. The views are spectacular and the entire area is gorfeous. .
Wow!! we were right on the Crystal River. Every site had ample trees and shade. The stars were beautiful. The location was convenient to 4x4 and hiking trails.
We fell in love with Bogan and come back every year! It’s quiet and each secluded enough. We’ve seen some wild turkeys and deer up there.
We booked in January for Memorial Day weekend. Recommended because they were packed this weekend. Site 2 was big enough for our pop up and 3 other tents. Each extra vehicle pays per night. The amount of shade trees in this area is phenomenal and the rushing river next to the sites is an added bonus. Fun to go check out Beaver Lake in Marble and eat at Slow Groovin BBQ at least once. Camp hosts very nice, bathrooms very clean. We are locals so we look forward to enjoying this campground several times a summer, hopefully!!