Campground Closed
Elbert Creek Campground is closed for the season. It reopens May 31st.
Standard (Tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Elbert Creek Campground

NOTICE: As of June 15, 2020, the water system at this campground is closed until further notice pending repairs. More information regarding this closure is posted at the entrance to the campground in accordance with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Please ensure you bring enough water to serve your needs for the duration of your trip.

Located off the Halfmoon Road (FSR 110), Elbert Creek is a first-come, first-served campground adjacent to the Mount Elbertand Mount Massive Trailheadsat 10,000 feet. This is a very popular campground for hikers. Facilities include picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets, and potable water.

High altitude sickness may occur at this altitude.

Please click on the link for a general map of the Halfmoon Creek Campgrounds.

During the 2020 season, water will be temporarily unavailable at this campground. Please bring water for your camp, including enough water to completely drown your fire, leaving it cold to the touch, if you are having a campfire.


May 31st - October 20th
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
ADA Accessible
No Alcohol
Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Not Reservable
No Showers
Trash Available
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RVs and Trailers
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Water Hookups
No Pull-Through Sites
Max Length: 16 ft.
Elbert Creek Campground is located in Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands in Colorado
39.1428 N
-106.4209 W
Get Directions
From Leadvile, travel south approximately 3 miles on US Hwy 24. Turn RIGHT on Colorado 300 at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery sign. Continue about 3/4 of a mile and turn LEFT at the Halfmoon Campground sign. Follow this road and turn RIGHT at the Halfmoon sign at the end of the pavement. This dirt road will lead to the Halfmoon East/West and Elbert Creek areas. (Note: This road is not maintained in the winter.)
11 Reviews of Elbert Creek Campground
Great campground at the base of MT. Elbert/Massive

Great campground at the base of MT. Elbert/Massive. This is one of my favorite campgrounds in Colorado.

Such a great spot

This is a bout 1 mile from the half moon campground and is equal in every way. There is a large open area big rigs can easily fit into which can also accommodate some groups. Go past the open area and there are several more sites each with a fire ring that offer more privacy. It’s 15 minutes to the Mt. Elbert trail head if that is what you are looking for. If not kick back and enjoy this beautiful National Forest. Your close enough to Leadville to make excursions into town. The area is well kept, one fire ring had a couple beer boxes in it but everything else was very nice. The only exception is a fire ring right in the middle, there was quite a bit of broken glass around it, so I would avoid this site. That truly was the exception though, if I’m in the area again I will be camping here.

Access is by gravel road which has a few potholes and rumbles but nothing that any car couldn’t handle. We pull a 30’ trailer with a pickup and it was easy. There are several sites along the road close to the creek on the way to the site as well, there were mostly tents in these but a few were large enough for small motorhomes or trailers.

If you go please leave it cleaner than you found it, I would hate to lose this gem.

Excellent spot for climbing.

Elbert Creek Campground is a perfect spot for those looking to climb Mt. Elbert. It is situated directly across from the trailhead. The trailhead for Mt. Massive is just up the road. There is also a beautiful lake, Emerald Lake, just a short half mile hike from the campground.

The spots are spaced out and each has plenty of room for multiple tents. Each spot has a table and fire pit. There are a handful of spots that can handle smaller RV’s. We tucked out 25ft Lance 2185 away just fine into spot #9 and still had room for multiple tents. There is a Vault toilet as well as a water pump. Sites are $20 a night or $10 with a National Park Access Pass.

The campground was sparsely populated mon-we’d but started filling up rapidly by Thursday and was packed all weekend. If the campground is full there is a plethora of dispersed spots along the road so I wouldn’t worry about finding a place.

Be prepared for cold and wet weather even in summer months. I’ve been snowed on here in June and our last day during our July trip it was cold and rainy

Had a successful summit push with a team from The Warriors Keep. Will definitely continue to use this campground when we’re in the area.


There is plenty of camping away from fee area down the road. my buddy and I were planning to do Mount. massive form the North Half Moon Lake Trailhead. I have a tiny chevy hatchback that handled the road pretty well. We made it past the Elbert Trailhead, but were about 1.5 miles short of the Halfmoon Lake Trailehead. 4-WD/high clearance is ideal, but not necessary. We dispersed camped along the road at an existing campsite with a fire ring and the area was perfect.

Dispersed camping sites were a life saver!

Super clean and accessible sites with easy access to the Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive trailheads. There’s a water spicket across from the Elbert trailhead in the main campgrounds that was a lifesaver.

Elbert Creek Site 1

Elbert Creek is locates at the base of two trailheads: Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive. Both are great 14ers with beautiful views. The campground is nice with good distance between each sites and plenty of trees. No reservations are required, all sites are first come first serve. A water pump is available, but the water needs to be treated before drinking. Firewood is not available at the site but I was able to find some at the entrance of the Forest Rd. Both mountains are popular hikes so expect people to arrive around 4am to begin their hike.

Massive or Elbert Climbs

Perfect location if hiking either of these two mountains. Great tent sites and multiple spots per campsite. As good a camping spot relative to a 14er trailhead as you can get. Cannot day enough good about this campground. Highly recommended.

Wet Weekend

We spent one wet Saturday night at Elbert Creek Campground, site #7. All of the sites were pretty spacious which was very nice. We arrived around 9am Saturday morning and there were 2 spots available at that time (early August). Site 7 was conveniently located right next to the vault toilet…however there was a LOT of road traffic as hikers looking to summit Mt. Elbert were looking for parking all along the road at all hours of the night. Most of the other sites were further from the road and Elbert Creek could be heard and seen very easily. There is a campgrounds host that stays in a neighboring campground. Bring your own firewood.

14er Basecamp

We spent a night here prior to hiking Mount Massive via the N. Halfmoon Creek Trailhead approach. The sites are in overall great condition and offer standard campground amenities. We arrived fairly late on a Friday night during the summer and there were still plenty of sites available. Staying here prior to hiking one of the two highest mountains in Colorado, Elbert and Massive, is a great option as you can get an early start to your hike without a long drive to the trailhead and it allows your body to acclimate to the high altitude a bit. We ended up staying the night after hiking as well and left our tent and some belongings set up, nobody seemed to mind at all and it was great to come back to our base after a strenuous hike. The only downside of this campground is the traffic. Due to the proximity to popular 14er trailheads and the road leading to them, there are cars driving up and down the road at all hours of the night and morning. This didn’t bother me whatsoever, however light sleepers may want to bring some ear plugs and/or a sleeping mask for the passing headlights and noise.

Gorgeous views!

We stayed at the upper campsites past the trailhead, so I am not 100%sure if it is still considered part of the campground.

Expect it to be much colder than surrounding areas. The campground is at the base of the mountain- and weather reflects that.

The views are really something else. Breathtaking overlook of Twin Lakes and Hope Pass.

Wish fire pits were more established for safety. The people before us didn't seem to care as much about fire safety, and there was charred wood scattered around camp.

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