Dry Lake Campground is located 8 miles northeast of Steamboat Springs on the Buffalo Pass Road. This small campground is surrounded by Aspen, Spruce and Fir trees and is in a good location to access some great hiking and biking, one the roadway and the Spring Creek Trail. Camping limit is 14 days. It is within a reasonable driving distance of community events and the commercially operated Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Dry Lake has 8 campsites with tables and fireplace grates. Vault toilets and trash services are available. Trailer spaces are available with a maximum length of 20 feet.
This campground is managed by the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District.
We arrived in early afternoon on a Monday and despite the sign out front that said “campground full” we found that there were 2 or 3 available sites that must have been recently vacated. We chose site 8 which was fairly spacious and private despite being close to the bathroom. The campground is pretty easy to get to from town (about 15 minutes) and is also fairly close to Strawberry hot springs which are definitely worth a visit! Mosquitoes were BAD in the evenings so be prepared. We brought our own firewood but there seemed to be a lot of cut logs that could be chopped up and used for the fire if you had an axe. The sunset colors over the Aspens was gorgeous and we saw some amazing shooting stars as well. If the campsite is full, there were some dispersed sites as you continue up the mountain but the road conditions get pretty bad as you get higher up.
When we first got there almost all the sites were full (there are only 7 or 8). We got lucky and pulled up right as some people were leaving. The site was much bigger then the one next to us, from what I saw each site is very different in size and set up. If you go during mid summer it will be green and lush. You are close to your neighbors since it is a small campground and it has very little traffic through camp at night for that reason. Great for hiking or if your looking to stay out of town.
Dry Lake Campground is a very small place. There are only 7 or 8 sites and one is occupied by the camp host. All sites were occupied when we arrived but the host was gracious enough to share their site with us. There is no water or showers available, only toilets. The mosquitos were out, so I would definitely be prepared for that. There is plenty of small wood available if you are willing to search but I would recommend bringing firewood if you can. The location is beautiful! Be sure to visit Strawberry Park Hotsprings only a few miles away!! This is the best Hotspring in the state and you will not regret it!
This is a nicely placed campground up buff pass round outside of steamboat springs. It's the first camping you will come to on buff pass. It sits directly across for spring creek hiking trail and plenty of other hiking trail around. Also mountain biking serves as an option for the majority of the trails. Small directional loop serves all sites, In a moderate/heavily wooded area. Can remember how many site there are, but i think it was around 15-20? Fairly busy campground on the weekends. Pretty light traffic during the week. Alternatively is to drive up biff pass road( recommended higher clearance vehicle) to summit lake CG.