With spectacular scenery and lake access, Dumont Campground is a paradise for birders, wildflower seekers, fly fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts. The area borders the Continental Divide and sits atop the Park Range in north central Colorado, offering views of several other Rocky Mountain ranges.
The area offers spin and fly fishing for trout in the lake and stream, as well as access to hiking, backpacking and mountain biking on the many nearby dirt roads and trails. Campers can reach the two-mile Rabbit Ears Trail from the facility, and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail nearby.
Rock climbers can also find routes in the area.
The facility is comprised of both a small campground and day-use area. Campsites are private and roomy, and most have clear views of the alpine meadow around the lake. Campers also have the convenience of three restrooms and hand pumps for drinking water.
Dumont Lake is located at the picnic area, which a short walk away from the campground. The lake is restricted to electric motors or hand-propelled boats only.
The 50-acre Dumont Lake is surrounded by a spruce-fir forest and alpine meadow that boasts colorful wildflowers in warmer months. It sits near the base of Rabbit Ears Peak in the Routt National Forest.
The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland encompass nearly three million acres from central and northeastern Wyoming to north-central Colorado.
Black bear, bobcat, coyote, elk, mule deer and moose are just some of the many animals that inhabit these rich and diverse lands. Dumont Lake is particularly known for its birding opportunities.
The closest town is Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Many more outdoor opportunities exist in the surrounding national forests and grasslands, including hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, off-road vehicle riding, fishing, hunting, sightseeing and winter sports.
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We did a Colorado road trip in late July, 2018 - we knew we were going to camp around Steamboat Springs in the middle of the week, but didn't have a plan so we just drove along US40 and stopped along a few campgrounds to see how they were. Dumont was the best - with a lake, close hiking paths, and a beautiful meadow with lots of wildflowers. The dumpster was locked so no need to worry about wild animals, the vault toilets were the cleanest I've ever used, and it was just an amazing time. The campgrounds host had a couple hummingbird feeders and we saw a ton of hummingbirds around! If i'm ever in the area again, I would definitely stay here!
A USFS campground that’s unimproved, it’s a hidden jewel. Overlooking Dumont Lake, the Campground can be awash with wildflowers, cloudbursts, and singletrack. There’s a vault toilet and potable water available. Flyfishing the lake is pretty sweet as well.
We pulled in late at night so we didn't have a great view of what was around until the morning, and im glad for that because it was breath taking! Surrounding our tent was fields full of brightly colored wildflowers, There was a small patch of fog from the rain that happen right after we had set up our tent but it made the view in the morning that much more spectacular. The campground its self was fairly quite its has restrooms on site (no running water) and you could hear a very minimum amount of noise from the road but only if your listening for it. I highly recommend this campground if your looking to spend a few days in steamboat or even if you just want to wake up somewhere beautiful!