The beautiful Spruce Grove campground is positioned beside large rock outcroppings on Tarryall Creek. Magnificent hiking trails to the Lost Creek Wilderness Area are just steps away from the Creek Bridge. Located just 14 miles outside Lake George, Colorado, the area's wild inhabitants include black bear, mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep and bobcats.
From the campground, hikers and horseback riders can traverse the Lizard Rock Trail, a 2.5-mile trail that passes Hankins Pass Trail and intersects with the Brookside-McCurdy Trail. Along the route are interesting rock formations that some say look like a lizard. The extensive Brookside-McCurdy Trail is a former pack trail in the Lost Creek Wilderness that can be backpacked in five to seven days. Anglers seek rainbow and brown trout in both the creek and nearby lake. Due to the limited parking within the campground, anglers and day hickers are asked to park outside of the campground. A recommended fishing spot is 11 miles away at the Tarryall Reservoir.
Spruce Grove offers nearly 30 reservable campsites. Parking aprons fit RVs up to 35 feet in length and a maximum of eight guests are allowed to stay. Drinking water from a hand pump, trash collection and accessible vault toilets are among the amenities at Spruce Grove. Each site comes with a picnic table and a campfire ring.
The campground is perched along Tarryall Creek at an elevation of 8,600 feet, near Bayou Salado Reservoir. Campsites have little to no shade but are surrounded by mature spruce, aspen and plenty of good looking boulders. The area sits at the base of South Tarryall Peak and just north is McCurdy Mountain with a peak of 12,173 feet.
Visitors enjoy the many great trails in the Lost Creek Wilderness, a 119,790-acre stretch of split boulders, rounded granite domes and knobs, rare granite arches, and forested scenic overlooks.
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My family has camped at this campground for a few years. It's one of our favorites. Surrounded by giant, boulder-filled hills the scenery is fantastic (as is scrambling up those hills). The sky at night is gorgeous and we recently enjoyed the Milky Way, Jupiter, and Saturn. It has hiking (Lizard Rock Trail) and Tarryall Creek to play or fish in. Lots to do around there! We've had a few mix ups/issues with reservations in the past but it all got worked out.
I seriously want to give this place a bad review as to not attract more people to it but I just can’t. We have been coming here for 3 years and we just love it. We personally are fans of the short hike in sites but even the drive in sites have quick, easy access to the creek and have a great view of the surrounding rocks and mountains. The bathrooms (vault toilets) are kept very clean and the host is friendly. It’s hard to complain about this place.
Great river runs right through the middle! Good for fishing and tubing. Fills up very quickly on the weekends-reservations are necessary almost a year in advance. The hike-in camping across the river is perfect-away from the noise, but close enough to realistically ‘car-camp’ it. There is the world’s best spot between amazing rock formations, but you’ll have to visit and find it yourself!
This campground is one of our favorites! Such great views and trails are abundant! And if you happen to be in a tent during a thunderstorm, the echos off the cliffs are wow worthy! There is a lot to see all along Terryall road (I’m sure it has another name, but I can’t remember it) and if you stay on it all the way till Jefferson…The view is like Whoa!
This campsite is great for groups that want to adventure or just chill at camp. The nearby creek is great for swimming/wading for chillers, and there's plenty of trails to explore for adventurers. There's some breathtaking views from the campsite itself, and even more on the trails. The only reason it gets 4 stars from me is how crowded it can get - of course that depends on the day, but generally it's busier than I like. If you take Hankins Pass Trail, don't miss the summit - it's off the trail!
Spruce Grove Campground is a beautiful location approximately 2 hours Southwest of Denver. Surrounded by rock outcroppings, the main campground loop has lovely shaded sites around most of its border. Interior loop sites have little or no shade. The walk-in sites across the foot bridge are wonderful and set among the rocks. Sites are well maintained by a friendly camp host who has served the location for many years. The gorgeous Tarryall Creek runs along the Eastern edge and past the walk-in sites. All ages enjoy tubing on the creek for a 1/4 mile stretch. There are calm, protected shallows along the creek for supervised play as well. The outcropping that surround the campground are fun to climb, and trails lead directly from the campground. There are many birds and other wildlife in the area for observation. I've heard mixed reviews on the fishing, most likely because the river play keeps the fish from biting.
The campground has vault toilets (very well maintained) and a potable water pump. Firewood is available for sale. Please follow Park County burn restrictions and enjoy your visit!
Note: this campground seldom has sites available without reservation. I recommend making reservations several months in advance on www.recreation.gov