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Dispersed Camping

Five Points Dispersed Area

About

National Forest

The Caribou Townsite is five miles northwest of Nederland. There are 11 numbered, designated campsites located along the National Forest System Road 505, which emerges to the north and west from Five Points. See the "At A Glance" section below for important information. A four wheel drive high clearance vehicle is recommended. There are no facilities in this area. Camping is permitted in designated campsites only (click here for a map). The Boulder Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Map displays National Forest System routes open to motorized travel and is available online and at the Boulder Ranger District offfice. This road is open seasonally. For current information on road openings and closures, check the Road Status Table.

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Location

Five Points Dispersed Area is located in Colorado

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Directions

From Nederland, follow Colorado Highway 72 west for 0.5 miles from the traffic circle. Turn west on County Road 128 and follow it five miles to Five Points (identified by the five-way intersection; loosely-organized parking area and gated roads). Numbered campsites are scattered along both segments of NFSR 505 and its off-shoots within 1.5 miles of Five Points.

Coordinates

39.98102722 N
105.57849 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
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  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

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  • WiFi
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  • Verizon
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  • AT&T
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  • T-Mobile
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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Dispersed
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Phone Service
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

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michael H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2024

Nice spot, if a little busy

This spot in particular was nice because it was both wide open and had decent coverage. A higher clearance vehicle is necessary, as this put my skid plates and step sides to the test. That being said, saw a few older Subarus tooling around, so it’s not completely inaccessible. It was a little busy with passersby during the day, but got very quiet at night. I’d stay here again, but I’d definitely avoid it in the busier holidays and much of the summer.

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Cameron B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2022

Go further into the fire roads for dispersed campsites

The 5 points area is more of a parking area imo, the real spots are further up as you go up the trails. Some need a solid 4x4 with ok clearance. Any stock SUV should be ok.

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Reviewed Jun. 13, 2022

Closed

The road is closed and wasn't clear if camping was allowed

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Dan  W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2021

4 wheel drive trail camping

This is a rugged road not meant for cars as posted at signs saying 4 wheel drive high clearance vehicles required . Also recommend better than stock tires . I have a 3 inch lift and 34 inch off road tires . It’s a beautiful high elevation area almost 10k ft in elevation. Primitive spots which there are only a handful but beautiful,quiet and worth the drive . Be aware people get stuck on this road weekly and need to be pulled out . Bonus is it’s close to Nederland if you need supplies .

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Parker B.
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2019

Beautiful views, but windy

This was a beautiful little area that we heard about after not finding any campsites at other local places. It had gorgeous views, and even at 2pm I’m a Saturday in late July, still had plenty of spots. We had one neighbor for the night and then around 10pm a couple trucks showed up across from us and they hung out until about 1am having a small party and then left.

The biggest problems at this campsite was the wind and the glass. There were crazy wind gusts since we were at the top of the peak, if we go back again, I’d want to camp somewhere a bit lower and in the trees. The wind was on and off all night but kept me awake since it was shaking our tent loudly. But again I can’t say how this would be in a camper or at a different site.

There was also quite a bit of glass and trash, which I guess is to be expected, but be careful if you bring dogs. We carried out as much trash as we could to help clean up the area, but there was a sleeping bag and a comforter that had been left there before us that we just didn’t have room for.

Lastly, you should have an all wheel drive car to get to this, or at least something with a higher clearance. The Caribou road was rocky, and only got worse the further up the mountain you drove.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are fires allowed at Five Points Dispersed Area?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Five Points Dispersed Area, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Five Points Dispersed Area have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Five Points Dispersed Area does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Five Points Dispersed Area?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is unknown, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is unknown.