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Established Camping

The Gate Campground


Bureau of Land Management

Lake Fork of The Gunnison Riv.

This campground is tucked into the center of the geologic formation known as The Gate, a notch in the rocks carved by the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. The Gate is a great spot for picnics, camping, and fishing access to the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. This campground is conveniently located on the Silver Thread National Scenic Byway, about 16 miles north of Lake City. The Gate Campground has 8 campsites, two vault restrooms, and a hand pump with potable water. For more information, please contact the Gunnison Field Office.

Fee Info

$10 per night; all campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Gate Campground is located in Colorado

Detail location of campground


From Lake City, head north on Highway 149 for approximately 15.3 miles. Look for campground entrance sign on the left side of the highway. There is a short gravel driveway down to the campground.


38.24595 N
107.26059 W

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  • Tent Sites
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  • Standard (Tent/RV)


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4 Reviews

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2023

Great for fishing and tent camping!

Absolutely gorgeous!

Spacious site. We had a large tent, our car, a hammock, cooking station, and chairs, all spread out nicely. Nice river fishing spot, my partner caught two trout.

The sky was great, you could make out the Milky Way (if you knew where to look, it’s not super obvious). Spacious site, with good amount of trees for privacy. Firewood was easy to find. It was very dry too so everything burned easily.

The only complaint I have is that there was no place to run. I wanted to go for a long run but the trail is only just over a mile and then you hit tall grass (and I did see a baby snake, it had a baby trout in its mouth it was half way trough eating), so I did not want to run through the grass where there would be more snakes. The lack of trails was a little disappointing but we were a short drive to lake city which offered good trails.

Month of VisitAugust
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2021

Great river access & views

The gate campground $5.00/night, great river access, amazing views, campsites kind of close together with not much privacy. Toilets are handicap accessible, uni-Sex, and clean. Pack it in- pack it out sites no trash or recycling available. No cell service for t-mobile.

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of The Gate Campground by CC C., October 26, 2021
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Reviewed Oct. 3, 2021

Sept '21 One night camp

Nice campground just off highway. Located along beautiful river. No wifi, cell signal limited, hand pump for drinking water working. Clean pit toilets. Most spots taken the Wednesday night we stayed. Will definitely return.

Month of VisitOctober
Reviewed May. 23, 2021

Small CG on the river ($5/nt)

8 sites just off 149. Pit toilets, no hookups. Pack out your trash. Great for tent or van campers. There is a faucet but was not open yet on May 22 2021

Month of VisitJune

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Is there cell phone reception at The Gate Campground?

According to campers on, Verizon signal is unknown, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is unknown.