My wife and I took our inaugural trip in our small camper to Pinewood Reservoir last weekend during the front range's first snowfall for 2019. We had just bought our camper and weren't about to let a little snow stop us from trying things out. We drove up on Thursday and the roads, despite some steep climbs and winding curves, was in great shape.
We found the campground empty, and already white with the snowfall. We had a reserved a spot and claimed it. Several other sites appeared to be reserved, but with the weather, we had the place all to ourselves. Heaven, with just a taste of lonely. Even with the snow and us being novices we set up without a hitch and were soon enjoying the magical panorama of the lake below us and the hills and mountain tops around us.
By Friday the weather had cleared and the Colorado blue skies had returned. While it was still chilly a few other campers arrived, including a number of Boy Scouts trying to hone their cold weather tenting skills. By our Saturday departure, the camp ground was filling up and we enjoyed meeting some nice neighbors.
All in all the place was perfect. the water access was off due to the seasons cold, but the place was clean, the restrooms were open, and the electricity was on. A great place for late season, and I am sure it is busy but spectacular during the summer.
This campground lines the east ridge of pinewood reservoir. Each campsite is dugout into the hillside, with a perfect view of the lake. Shaded by large pines, and a great view of the sunset. I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a beautiful site away from the crowds, but wants to keep their vehicle close.
So nice and off the beaten path. Nice on the reservoir camping.
This is a County campground, up a very steep windy paved road, probably unsuitable for very large RVs. Most of the camp spots are relatively small, also. But they have electricity, they’re relatively level, and the views are great. The reservoir is limited to non-motorized boats. Cellphone coverage is really problematic, but HDTV reception from the Denver stations is good. It’s a nice, quiet place to just relax.
Sweet close camping in May. All trailer spots have electric and water hookups. Sweet Hike in sites on the side of the hill overlooking Pinewood Res.
This campground it right next to the road and can be loud. But overall a nice little campground away from large busy camp grounds.
Electric hook ups. Quiet and peaceful.
Nice campground, recently updated (2013?). Camp spots are visible from the road, but very little traffic. Great views of reservoir, good fishing, and nice trail (around a 3 mile loop). Gets windy.
It is right past carter lake but feels like you are in the middle of nowhere. Less crowded good hikes and fishing is ok as well. There are walk in tent spots and trailer spots to keep everyone happy. Will visit again!
Our one night stay was drizzly and foggy, but you could see the reserviour right from our tent. I used a hammock and my friends slept on the camp pad. There was a nice fire pit with a grate we used to heat up burritos. Enclosed bathrooms were a short walk away. The campsites were very close together and exposed, so don't expect much privacy.