Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Water Unknown
About Kite Lake

Kite Lake Campground is located 5.5 miles NW of Alma on CR 8.  It has five campsites and none are recommended for trailers; camping season begins in May and continues until the road is snowed in.  The camping fee is $12.00 per night with a $3.00 day-use parking fee.  Facilities include fire ring, tables, and outhouse toilets, but there is no water and no trash service at this campground. Campsites at Kite Lake are first-come, first-serve.

National Forest
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
No Showers
Kite Lake is located in Colorado
39.329 N
-106.128 W
Get Directions
From Fairplay travel North on Highway 9 to the town of Alma.  Turn right onto Buckskin Gulch Road and travel 8 miles to the campground.  This is a high clearance route please exercise caution.
9 Reviews of Kite Lake
Great basecamp for Hikers

We stayed here as a basecamp with a large group in order to hike the Decalibron loop early in the morning. It was a great spot for us to start our journey as it meant we didn't need to get up early to drive 1.5 hours to the start and we could acclimatize a little faster. 

The sites were rocky but spacious enough to hold a tent or two and they were pretty spaced out to compensate for lack of trees and shrubs at high altitude for privacy. 

The bathrooms get pretty rough after the morning hiking rush but James,  (and his dog Indy) from the town of Alma, were there during the middle of the day to clean and refresh them so when you descended, they were ready and waiting. 

The parking lot never stops, there is a constant flow of cars coming in and out at all hours. The road to get there isn't the smoothest, so I would advise you to have a high clearance car to get all the way there or plan on adding a little time to hike up the road. 

There are many trails you can hike out from the camp, so it is a great spot to get away if you like a little adventure! 

PS It is also right up the road from the previously named "Sweet Home Mine" where the Alma King was discovered. The mine is not still operational but there has been a new mine started above it named "Detroit City".

Everything a primitive camper needs

2-WD may have trouble accessing the parking lot but should be able to get pretty close. Their is a $3 day use fee and a $12 overnight fee. The campground has an outhouse which is nice but otherwise it is very simple and spread out with beautiful views of Kite Lake, Mt. Bross, Mt. Cameron, and Mt. Democrat. You are able to hike right next to the trail head and the parking lot is nearby as well. Nice place, quiet and serene, perfect for tackling the fourteeners or a serene excursion into solitude, plenty to explore here.

Exposed and Scenic

most reasons to head out to the kite lake area are to try and summit 4 fourteeners in one day. Mt. Democrat, Mt. Lincoln, Mt Cameron, and Mt. Bross. We were there to do just that, while we only were able to summit one due to the conditions we still had a great time.

The campsite itself is pretty modest, there are only a few designated spots but plenty of area for extra tents. We went in Late September and there were only 3 other people camping. The temps got way down into the low teens that night so it was a chilly one. The campsite sits at over 12,000 ft so right away the temps will be much colder than other places. Also if you are not from the area or visiting from out of state, remember that you are staying at 12,000 ft and the altitude will effect you much more. Each spot had a metal fire ring and a picnic table. 2 vault toilets were located in the parking lot area and we saw people there that night up keeping them (which is always nice to see)

There is a fee to use this campground, $12 per night or $3 per day use. Envelopes and a drop box are located near the information sign. The road to get out here was pretty rough, 5.5 miles of ruts and bumps. I would stick to a decently high clearance car, 4 wheel drive if the weather is bad.

Note- There is no drinking water out here, so if you are heading up to go for a big hike or just want to spend the night at 12,000 ft you must bring it all in. Oh yea and Kite Lake itself, incredibly scenic and there are tons of trout in there. Bring a rod and spend some time fishing.

Great views of 3 14ers with good fishing

At the base of three different 14ers, camping along the road by the river if you can’t stay at the lake. This site has a fee, toilet, no water on site, but there is water from lake a river. Good fishing along the river and great for doing the 14ers then coming back to camp

no great for sedans after about a mile from trailhead parking lot.

What a View

You'll take a road out of Alma, travel for about 6 miles on a pretty rough road. High clearance vehicle definitely won't hurt. Did see a Porsche, but they did not drive all the way to the end. People drive up to camp and to park to hike the Quad. We drove up and set up camp Saturday, lot was super packed. and campsites were already taken. Fee is $12, but I believe that is only for designated spots. I've heard there is only 4 sites for the area, but there were more than 4 groups set up. So sites itself are not clearly marked and identifiable.

We ended up crossing the stream and setting up camp there. So prepare to be able to walk your stuff out if the sites by the parking lot fill up quickly.

Hiked the Quad on Sunday, and not nearly as much traffic/cars compared to Sunday.

No water on site, 1 bathroom (1male, 1female). Next to a lake, above treeline so prepare for wind!!!

Would stay here just to camp, the sky was awesome at night and the mountain views around were epic.

Kite Lake w/DeCaLiBron climb at dawn.

Outstanding campsite. Plenty of fire rings. The absolute cleanest trailhead/campground bathroom ever. Adequate parking. Good camping community there overnight. Gets a bit windy. Gorgeous views.

Basecamp for DeCaLiBro

Stunningly beautiful setting right at the base of Colorado 14ers Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln and Bross. There are a handful of dispersed sites available along the 4x4 road leading up to the Kite Lake Campground in addition to those in the campground. There is a lot of early morning traffic from people coming to hike DeCaLiBro so don't plan on sleeping in but you'll want to get up early anyways to see the sunrise over the mountains. I visited in mid-June 2017 and the 4x4 road was in excellent shape until the final 100 yards before Kite Lake. I couldn't make it to the parking lot with my Subaru Outback. Vehicles with higher clearance made it.

Great way to see the sunrise from one of the nearby 14ers!

So often you have to drive quite a ways to get to 14er trail heads that a late start is inevitable. By taking advantage of camping right at the base of Mt Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln and Bross, you can get a very early start. Gives you a chance at being at the peak at sunrise!

The campground is run on the honor system. Drop some money in the box and find a place to set up camp. Vault bathroom in the area but no water besides the lake. You are at 12K ft so it is chilly year round.

Nice and secluded at night but gets busy come morning. The last 2 miles of road to get to the site requires a 4x4 or very high clearance 2WD. Even with clearance, you have to really maneuver around the washed out road.

Overall a neat place to spend the night!

First to Review
Kite Lake camping

The location of the campsite is great. Access to three 14ers, although Mt bross is privately owned and you can be fined for hiking up it. The 6 mile road up to kite lake is dirt and high clearance 4wd is recommended for some sketchy sections. The area is popular with dirt bike and 4 wheeler enthusiasts. It can get a bit noisy at night if you are a person who turns in early to get up for a big summit day. One way to avoid paying 12 dollars for a traditional campsite is to sleep in your vehicle and only pay the 3 dollars per day.