Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Elbert Creek Campground

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.


National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Elbert Creek Campground is located in Colorado
39.1521 N
-106.4134 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.)
8 Reviews of Elbert Creek Campground

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.

First to Review
Highest Peak in Colorado

If you are thinking of hiking Mt. Elbert I strongly suggest that spending a night or two would be the best way to do it. The climb takes a solid 4-8 hours and spending the night before helps adjust to the altitude change for any out of towners. The Elbert Creek campsite is a great place to stay before the hike. Wake up first thing in the morning and hit the trail without having to do with often overcrowded parking a the trailhead. The campsite itself is good. Located near water obviously given the name) and is surrounded by high peaks and lots of pine.