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About Kenosha Pass Campground
Kenosha Pass Campground is a small, conveniently-located campground heralded by backpackers on the Colorado Trail and by those looking for a scenic, mountain family getaway. Across the road from the campground entrance is the Kenosha Pass Interpretive Area, with an accessible interpretive trail showcasing wetlands and remnants of the South Park and Pacific Railroad. Kenosha Pass, the campground's namesake, is one of the nation's highest mountain passes, weaving over the spine of the Front Range from Jefferson to Grant. The route provides one of the primary access points to South Park, and boasts tremendous views of Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt. Recreation Excellent hiking, biking and horseback riding are available on the lengthy Colorado Trail, a 471-mile trail that extends from Denver to Durango. For a scenic drive, take in the views of the Kenosha Mountain Pass, then head to Guanella Pass for even more picture-perfect scenery. Facilities Kenosha Pass includes vault toilets and drinking water from a hand pump. Each site has a campfire ring and picnic table. Parking aprons are dirt and gravel. Natural Features At a 10,000 foot elevation, the region is commonly referred to as the High Country. Campsites are situated among lodgepole pine and aspen trees. Summer temperature are generally mild and cool, but the high elevation may cause very chilly nights. Nearby Attractions Jefferson Lake, known for its great fishing, is 10 miles north. ADA Access: N
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Showers
Trash Available
No Water Hookups
No WiFi
Kenosha Pass Campground is located in Colorado
39.413 N
-105.757 W
Get Directions
From Denver, travel south on Highway 285 through Pine Junction and Bailey. Continue 17.5 miles past Bailey on Highway 285 to Kenosha Pass Campground at the summit of Kenosha Pass. The campground is on the right side of the highway.
6 Reviews of Kenosha Pass Campground
Nice Weekend Getaway

This is nice for quick getaway - easy drive from Denver and right at Kenosha Pass which has fall beautiful colors. We bought a new pop up tent and had to try it out arrived in the dark and awoke to beautiful fall colors - hiking trails closeby. Vault toilets very clean only about 20 sites forest service campground. Rating reflects some highway noise closeby only downside

Amazing every time.

We usually go to the paid area, but found the free area this time and found even more delightful things. Privacy, adventure, animal bones and man made wooden teepees.

Scenic campground close to gorgeous Colorado Trail

Great campground right on Colorado Trail section 6. Family friendly with vault toilets, potable water, and very nice campground hosts. Currently under a fire ban due to the dry conditions but don’t let that discourage you! The campground is right off the highway so there is some traffic noise and a few of the spots are close together but overall a great campground, easy location, and perfect for backpacking!

Nice for a short getaway

Nice campground that backs right up to the Colorado Trail. Plenty of toilets and dumpsters and I didn't have any problems with wildlife. Dog-friendly!

Kenosha Pass

Note there are two Kenosha Pass Campgrounds and one has East in name and is very bumpy but beautiful (Aspens!) with no numbers. The one you can reserve, without "East" has a lot of aspen trees and some pines. It's beautiful but one can hear the highway! The easy trail along the grounds is an enchanting young aspen forest that leads up from parking lot at highway. There was plenty of kindling to fetch for the fire. Site 15 on the inside has some shade but wouldn't reserve this site again because it is so close to two neighbors. The outer circle sites are better and some like 11 even have cool rock boulders to camp by. The bathroom near us had no lock on the door. The pump water is rusty so good for dishes. Best part of this campsite is that there are a lot of trees. Worse part, the highway.

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Lovely campground, but tight spots for big campers

This campground is beautiful and it is right on the Colorado Trail. Several spots are large enough for a big camper, but the tight curves on the loop and thick trees make it a little questionable for maneuvering. The bathrooms were clean and the campground quiet.