Sarah N.
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2021

Beautiful But Tricky!

Like everything in the Aspen area, Difficult Campground is beautiful but tricky. We entered the Aspen area from the north on 82, and the instant we hit the town we were greeted by numerous signs visually screaming at us to proceed no further on 82 with a rig longer than 35’ because rigs longer than that are banned from Independence Pass. We were quite alarmed, as our truck plus trailer measure out to about 37’, and we had no idea where the campground was in relation to the pass. We weren’t sure what to do or who to ask, and we ultimately decided to risk it. We found that the campground is RIGHT at the bottom of Independence Pass, and you are allowed to get your rig up to that point. The campground itself is beautiful and private (each site is enveloped in aspens and you’ll see features like massive rock walls, a creek, and marshland). It is quite tricky to navigate through; the drives are VERY narrow, and backing our 19’ trailer into our site (12) was an adventure. Some of the sites are definitely not suitable for RVs, so do your research. The campground is primitive but spotlessly clean. Getting water into an RV can be a real pain as the water spigots don’t have threaded connections. The campground is close to numerous trails, a nature preserve, and the town of Aspen. There are definitely bears in the campground; I saw scat right across from our site. There is no cell service or WiFi whatsoever. I’d recommend staying here, but it’s not without its challenges!

  • River crossing on Difficult Trail, which is in the campground
  • Difficult Trail, which is in the campground
  • Our 37’ rig in site 12

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