Picturesque White Star Campground lies at the foot of Mt. Elbert, Colorado's highest peak, among fragrant ponderosa pines. The campground provides convenient access to Twin Lakes Reservoir for plenty of water recreation opportunities. It also works as a base camp for hikers and mountain bikers who love to explore nearby trails such the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and the Mount Elbert Trail.
The Continental Divide Trail, which runs from Canada to Mexico, passes by the White Star Campground. The hiking trail is open to mountain bikes in the section from Halfmoon Road South to Twin Lakes. About 300 miles of the trail is within Colorado's borders.
Twin Lakes are Colorado's largest natural glacial lakes, and sailing and water skiing are among the popular activities there. Fishing includes lake, rainbow and Mackinaw trout.
White Star Campground is comprised of three loops. Sage Loop has limited shade, and Ridge and Valley Loops have a somewhat greater density of ponderosa pine and spruce trees. Drinking water is available through a pressurized water system and vault toilets are located throughout the campground. A boat ramp, parking, and angler fishing areas are located just down the road from the campground. Firewood is for sale at the camp host site.
The campground, at an elevation of 9,200 feet, sits on the north side of the Twin Lakes Reservoir near the base of Mount Elbert. The Twin Lakes Reservoir spans 2,805 acres and Mount Elbert stands tall at 14,433 feet. Nearby is the Mount Massive Wilderness area, a stretch of 30,540 acres that encompass Mount Massive, Colorado's second highest peak at 14,421 feet. Much of the wilderness is above timberline with many alpine plant communities and permanent snowfields.
Drive on the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway to Independence Pass, one of the highest paved passes in Colorado. Or continue over the pass for a day trip to the town of Aspen, a well-known ski resort town.
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This maybe my new fav close by spot! To to far from the metro area. It’s got gorgeous views, amazing (but cold) lake. Great for fishing, kayaking or paddle boarding. The starts at night are so beautiful. And the campsite is spaced out so you don’t feel like you’re on top of each other (which to me is super important!)
This campground is located on the north side of the Twin Lakes just south of Hwy 82. It is centrally located for a myriad of recreational opportunities: hiking, mountain biking, and of course activities on the water.
Our site was in the valley loop which is the farthest from the lakes. Our campsite was located on the backside of the campground which is farthest from the lake but had an excellent view of Mt. Elbert (Colorado's highest peak) and direct access to the Colorado Trail which was about 25 yd. from our site. The only negative was that our location was also closest to the highway; which didn't have constant traffic but steady enough that it detracted somewhat from our experience during our three nights and why I didn't rate it five stars.
Sites have a fire ring and grate along with a picnic table. Our site had mature Ponderosa pines that provided shade and hammocking.
Not all the water pumps were in service at the time. Firewood was available for purchase at the campground host's site. The vault toilets were fine and appeared to be cleaned regularly.
Just down Hwy 82 is the town of Twin Lakes that has a general store/gift shop, food carts, and a visitor center that has great suggestions for hikes if you're new to the area.
There are three loops. The middle one seems to have the most privacy, the biggest one is very open but you are closest to the lake.
Was there in September and it was in the 80s during the day and got to the 30s at night. Prepare yourself for that!
The lake is gorgeous and not very busy.
Leadville is nearby with some good coffee shops, restaurants, and fun nightlife.
Nice views of Twin Lakes and Mt. Elbert. The fishing is good especially if you prefer rainbow trout. The camp sites are spread out pretty nicely and are not all the same. Some sites offer shade and a view of the waterfront while others have lil shade and you can't see Twin Lakes. There is water, ample vaulted toilets around the campground, friendly campers with dogs on leashes. There is a nearby store where 1 can even purchase a fishing rod as you head towards Aspen. I enjoyed my stay all 3 times, thus far that I have camped in tents here. There are rushing waters and Twin Lakes to keep you cool. Beautiful hiking! Mostly just RVs and tent camping. I recommend a site back up the lil hill so you can see Twin Lakes! Nice campground.
White Star is a particularly clean campground. The hosts were very friendly, and dropped off a map and a free day pass to park at the lakes.
None of the camp sites are on the water, but you can walk over in just a few minutes, or drive over with your gear. There is a trail that goes all the way around both lakes—it's very picturesque. I recommend staying on the outer loop—those sites have more space between them, and a bit more privacy.
We had limited cell service in the campground—enough for texting using both Verizon and AT&T.
They have drinking water & firewood available.
Great views from my tent site.
Stayed at Sage loop spot 7. We had a great spot. Not to close on the sides to anyone. Bathroom next door but it didn’t smell. Just a short walk to the lake. One of my favorite places to camp.
The weather was awful this past weekend with snow, rain, and cold temps, but we had a great time. Sites were clean with a table and pit. The hosts sold firewood which was a huge plus, as the cold temps had us burning more wood than normal. Good fishing very close. We’re going to try this site again on a weekend with better weather, we absolutely loved this place.
This has by far been our favorite campground! The campground is spaced out nicely. It does not have electric or water hook ups. It does have Water spigots and a dumping station for a fee, I believe. It has awesome views of Mt. Elbert and Twin Lakes. The water is super cold, but it didn’t stop us from paddle boarding and having fun. The town of Leadville is small, but cute. If you take your bikes, I recommend doing the mineral belt trail. It’s a tough especially going in the one direction, lots of steep hills. Do some research first, some will tell you what direction to chose.
We camp here all the time, it is our absolute favorite campground. The hosts are always great, really helpful & they keep things clean. The bathrooms are always clean & always have TP. Great views of the lakes & the mountains. Can't wait to get back there this summer!!!