Standard (Tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Kelly Dahl

Kelly Dahl Campground is located adjacent to the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway, near the historic mining towns of Nederland, Rollinsville, Central City and Black Hawk.


Although no formal trails exist in the campground, a few closed roads offer campers the opportunity to explore the surrounding area. West Magnolia and East Portal Trailheads offer trails within a short drive. The Rollins Pass Road (Moffat Road) and other off-road routes can be found in the vicinity.

The lakes across the highway are on private property and access is prohibited.


The campground offers 46 single-family sites that will accommodate tents, trailers or RVs. Campsites #1 through #20 are first-come, first-served. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill. There is a maximum of eight people per site. Vault toilets, drinking water, and trash collection are provided throughout the campground. Firewood is for sale in campground. The road through the campground is gravel/dirt.

A playground suitable for small children is located within the campground.

Natural Features

The campground is situated among ponderosa pines, on a gentle slope, at an approximate elevation of 8,600 feet.
Due to the mountain pine beetle infestation and consequent hazardous tree removal, the campground offers little to no shade.

Nearby Attractions

The town of Nederland, which is four miles north of the campground, offers grocery and hardware stores, restaurants, gas, a post office, bank and Barker Reservoir.

ADA Access: N

National Forest
Drive In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
No Showers
Trash Available
No WiFi
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RVs and Trailers
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Water Hookups
Max Length: 45 ft.
Kelly Dahl is located in Colorado
39.9325 N
-105.4978 W
Get Directions
From Denver, go north on Interstate 25 to US Highway 36 west to Boulder. Take Colorado Highway 119 (Canyon Boulevard) west for 22 miles to Nederland. Continue south for 4 miles to the campground.
10 Reviews of Kelly Dahl
Nice spot close to town

Only a few minutes outside of Nederland and just over an hour to Estes Park. Hosts were very pleasant and helpful and the place was nice and clean. They cut down a lot of dead trees so there are some sunny sites that would be tough for hammock camping but gave great views of the night skies.

Close, clean & quiet

We found this campground for back to back weekend getaways from Denver.  Only an hour away, Kelly Dahl feels like its much farther from the city.  Nothing fancy here but nice to see recent renovations with new restrooms and bear lockers.  The camp hosts take great pride in keeping the restrooms very clean 3x a day.  

Most sites are exposed  due to fire wiping out the trees but there are some sites that were spared and much preferable to those with no cover.

Sites are spread out.  All in all a very nice FS campground.

Very nice campground - No electric or sewer.

We spent two nights at Kelly Dahl in our Class C motorhome and it thoroughly met our needs. The site is clean, orderly and not crowded. Apparently, in season it's tough to get a spot, but we had no problem getting one in the first come first serve section. Sites 1 - 20 are fcfs and 21 - 46 can be reserved. There are vault toilets and water. The sites each have a picnic table and a flat area for a tent, or in our case, a screened sitting tent. We didn't spend much time at the campsite. It's so close to outstanding hikes that we spent our days away visiting local mountain trails and hanging out in Nederland. (My wife found a small boutique that she enjoyed a lot.) Great pizza place and it's just ten minutes from the campsite, but feel like many more miles away. We recommend it highly.

Good location for hiking

If you’re looking for a good base camp to hike James Peak Wilderness or Indian Peaks this is it. Close to Nederland, clean, and family friendly - with a nice playground.

Pretty area

Nice campground bathrooms were very clean, not a lot of hiking or things to do. Prices fairly steep for no hookups ($23.00) per night. Good places for younger kids, nice little playground.

Close to Denver, but great retreat

We stay at Kelly Dahl when we get to Denver.  Favorite campground for us and our niece and her husband.  

WIFI…non-existent and phone coverage (Verizon) is very sketchy.

Did not see any staff during our two days there….except to tell us that the campground closed for season on the following day.  (We knew this.)

No showers.

Vault Toilets only…Very clean.

Sites are not always great, and some of the larger campers are going to have problems with size, and level-ness of pads.  I think that they are all dirt pads.

Lots of good space in the campground.  

A shame that the beetles have done so much devestation in the area.

Very open

Very open campground, we camped in a tent but probably better for an rv

Expensive camping

Nicely maintained campgrounds. It is paid camping, but it also gives you access to nice amenities like trash disposal and restrooms. However the camping costs per week did seem a bit over priced in my opinion. They close their campgrounds in the middle of September unfortunately, so if you're going to enjoy the fall weather your best bet my be dispersed camping.

Shady Meadows with Mountain Views

Nice peaceful campground on the weekdays. Near Boulder Canyon. Easy access to bike trails, hikes, rock climbing and scenic drives.

First to Review
Large campsite in burn area

Looks like this place got torched, or they removed a lot of beetle kill. Hardly any shade, which depending on the time of year isn't the worst thing. We got caught in a rain storm and most of the sites got flooded, luckily we were on higher ground. We ended up here since all the other campground in the area were filled up. They have bathrooms and trash. Is kinda a cool site but needs some restoration.

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