Found this spot at about 7PM on a Friday night near the Breckenridge end of the Boreas Pass Trail (39.451441,-106.014294). The spot does have a fire ring but was unable to use it as a fire ban was in place at the time. Could hear some occasional traffic noise as cars were leaving the trail. Temperature got down to 16 degrees that night. Altitude is about 10,600 feet at this site.
The office manager was extremely helpful and friendly. He drove by 2 times to make sure we had everything we needed while tent camping. The bathrooms were very clean and the water nice and hot. They also have a kitchen area with microwave, filtered water and a sink for dishes, which was really convenient.
Location is great! A mile walk into the quaint town of Redstone, 20min drive to Carbondale or Marble (opposite direction). Fun hikes near by and great fly fishing at the Crystal River (walking distance from campground). Hosts were great. We had site #1. Shared site but spacious with great views. No cell reception anywhere until you get to Carbondale. We drove into Redstone to get some WiFi bear the Inn.
My husband and I were pleasantly surprised by how great this campsite was. The hosts were very friendly, clean bathrooms, easy to access trash, and breathtaking nature surrounding you. You can't go wrong! The dirt road to access these sites could use a repave so expect slow speeds to get there. There is also dispersed camping on both sides of the road prior to getting there. I feel that $17 a night is worth the bathroom, water, table, and trash that is included. Bring cash, payment is due within an hour of getting there. Enjoy! We really can't say enough about this place.
This site includes about 4 small dispersed camping areas near the town of Hancock Colorado. They old town is just some foundations and ruins in a grass clearing. This have some good signage telling about the history of the town and railroad. This sites are across the road from the grass meadow closer to the creek. Unlike the Alpine Tunnel dispersed area about 1/2 mile up the road, this site can be access by a small RV or camper if you can make it the steep gravel road to this area. The site was not occupied on the weekend we visited the area in July. The site is at 11,027 feet. So you will need to prepare for bad weather even in the summer. This area would only be accessed by tracked snow mobiles in the winter. It’s about 5 miles up hill from St Elmo which is well worth the visit despite the summer crowds. The dispersed campsite is very primitive and only provides a flat gravel area with fire rings. The area could accommodate 4 or 5 vans or small trailers. You will need pack in and out your food, waste, and trash. The mountain vistas are worth the drive and the Alpine Tunnel Trail is hard to beat.
This is a USDA Forest Service dispersed camping site at the start of the Alpine Tunnel Trailhead. The camp is about 5 miles northwest of St Elmo Colorado near the ghost town of Hancock Colorado. The siteS are very primitive and can only be accessed by 4x4 vehicles or hikers. The sites are flat areas with rock fire pits and no other amenities. The conditions here are not for the beginner. The site is at 11,027 elevation and the weather can be extreme even in the summer. The road is inaccessible in the winter except by snow mobile. The site has 360 views of the mountains and has to be one of the most beautiful places we have visited in Colorado. The drive up from Nathrop takes about 1 hour along a dirt and gravel road. This would be a great spot for hikers traveling along the Alpine Tunnel trail. A mountain stream runs near the camp. So hikers can filter their water. However, you will need to pack in everything else including food, waste, and trash.
I hate to tell you this… because this is a favorite of ours. We come here every year in the autumn. We play on Kebler Pass, we have pizza at Stash in CB, and at night - the stars oh how the twinkle! But you will pay a price for these autumn skies. It is cold at Lake Irwin at night. Bring a sweater and snuggle up!
The Camp Host is a delight. So many sites that are good with peaks at the lake. You are in the heart of the Rockies. Wake up and pick a trail, or point towards a road. It is bound to be beautiful!
We have stayed at this campground several times as it is convenient to Aspen and Maroon Bells, gives great access to Independence Pass, and each site has a secured bear box and tends to have some privacy. However it has come to our attention that the information in the online reservation system regarding this campground is incorrect. The Camp Host does nothing to alleviate the confusion, if fact she seems to take pleasure in adding to it, then announcing to campers they must depart once they have paid for their campsite and set up camp. We witnessed this happen to about a half dozen campers over a recent weekend trip. She behaves more like a Land Baron than a Camp Host, the title of her job.
I would take great care before setting up here, even if you have confirmed a reservation online.
I usually prefer camping more primitive but we needed electricity for a friend's CPAP. The amenities are great, very clean showers and bathrooms. Nice little store on the facility. Sites are tight to each other and dirty and unkept in my opinion. But if you are just needing a place to crash as we were while we spent the days offroading, it works. A bonus is that they offer an all you can eat ice cream buffet every evening. We would stay again if we had similar needs.
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".
We pulled in for the night after a long day of driving. The place was completely empty. Everything seems newly constructed. The pit toilet was spotless and empty. The sites were isolated from each other. There were only a handful of spots - not a problem when nobody else is there. The other reviewer seems grumpy. We were there in early August and the creek was flowing and the lake was full. Can't control these things, doesn't really affect the campground though.
Definitely one of the better sites we've camped at. Plenty of space between sites (we could only see the site across the street from us, all others were behind tree cover), so lots of privacy. Bathrooms were immaculate and had no odor whatsoever. About a 15 minute drive into Aspen, so easy to get into town…but if you want to catch Maroon Bells at sunrise, I'd suggest staying at Silver Bells or Silver Queen as it's a good 30-45 mins to get to the Bells from here.
Firewood is available for $7/bundle (cash only)
We came up to ride the trails around Buena Vista and stayed here. The rates were fair and the campground was immaculately kept. The staff was friendly. You will need to ask if sites are available with trees that will accommodate your setup. There is a nice path down to the river . We enjoyed our stay at this quiet campground. I would stay here again.
Key things - 3+ miles down a dirt road (rough but nothing requiring a 4WD), no electricity, no water (except creek), no cell service with AT&T (not sure about others), 11 sites, normal size tent pads (a little small for my 9x12), out house toilets (2), great white noise from the creek if the water is flowing
Cost is $16/night. $8/night with National Parks Pass number (make sure you have your pass so you can record the number)
This is a decent campground near Crested Butte. If it is a dry spell, like it was for us, it is dusty and the road next to the camp is dusty. Be sure to pick a site away from the road. Also pick a site away from the toilets. Site #9 is the best for privacy, if you are willing to carry your equipment down a short trail (we stayed in 8, 9 and 10 - all good sites). All other sites are on the camp road. The camp is dusty, which was exaggerated by our 2 and 3 year old grandsons enjoying running around creating dust clouds. It was a nice weekend so the dirt bikers and atvs were busy on the road next to the camp, but didn't start before sun up and were gone before sun down (most went out in the morning and back in the afternoon - so not constant traffic).
Overall, we had a great time and the kids were able to run around without worrying about cars in the camp. All of the campers there with us were quiet and went to bed by 9pm. Many just came in, set up camp for the night and left the next morning - no long term campers.
We stayed the weekend of 13 Sept 2019 - days temps were in the 70s, nights went down to the upper 20s and lower 30s - take the right gear. We ended up using a tent heater the first night (but I'm old and get cold).
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.
Pretty, quiet, smaller campground. I was on site 5 and could hear a stream ~100ft away and see the lake on the other side of me.
Came on a Friday around 3pm and got a site. Apparently we got lucky. There were a few neighbors who let us know since they have been there at least a week. There were people who were camping off the side of the road in that looked very secluded and private.
You’ll lose internet connection about an hour before getting there. Make sure to get gas for your car too, it’s pretty rare to find substantial towns on the way in.
This was a beautiful spot, but I don’t really feel the need to go back. It is remote enough, but definitely a popular place. The scenery is amazing. The water a crazy blue color. 4 wheel drive is probably the best as the road is very rough. There were plenty of spaces to camp along the road to the campground and beyond it. Perhaps one of those spots would be better.
At the campground, you can hear whatever business is located right next to it, (a mill or something) and their dogs on their property did not like us or our dogs and frequently barked at us and came pretty close - close enough to antagonize our pups. They were just dogs guarding their home, but I don’t really want to be camping that close to anyone’s home.
S I liked everything about this campsite, it was clean, spaced out so no one was too crowded, and a beautiful area. What I DIDNT like was that I was accused of being here for more than 2 weeks while I have only been here for 8 days. And then was told I wasnt allowed to camp at free sites unless I had proof of a physical address in Colorado. I'm from Michigan and was vacationing here. Can someone explain to me HOW that makes sense? I rented out a place at my boss's house before I came to this campsite and she told me that doesnt count. Sorry for the long rant, just doesn't make sense to me.
The campsite is west of Nathrop Colorado in the Chalk Canyon. It’s one of three National Forest Service campgrounds in the canyon. The other sites at Chalk Canyon and Cascade are each a mile or so along the same canyon highway. Princeton has a camp host and and great facilities like the other camps. Each sites has a picnic table and fire ring. The sites have some privacy depending on the location. The creek runs along the sites on the south side of the camp. The sites are best suited for tent campers or small vans. The views from Princeton are incredible. The camp was full in the summer peak. So, reservations are highly recommended at this site.
We stayed here for 3 nights in July. The campground is one of three National Forest Service campgrounds in Chalk Canyon. The canyon is a west of Northrop Co. The base of the canyon has a couple of hot springs resorts with swimming pools and hotel rooms. The 3 NFS campgrounds are about half way up the canyon near Chalk Lake. You can continue up the canyon to St Elmo and the Alpine Pass which over 11,000 ft altitude. Chalk Lake Campground has about 18 sites. Most of the sites are situated along a fast running canyon creek. The sites are very close to each other and lack privacy. The camp host was very helpful and had plenty of firewood for sale. Many of the campers came either for the hiking or the fishing at Chalk Lake. We had site 16 which had some privacy and a nice view of the mountains. The sites are best suited for tent campers but will accommodate vans and small trailers. The Mountain View’s here are incredible and the hummingbirds are all over the camp. The camp is very popular and reservations are a must. We plan to come back in the Fall.
So glad we stumbled upon these campsites. Had my sights on camping around the reservoir, but after one look we knew we didn’t want to be stuck in a dust pile with a bunch of rvs. Kept driving up the road, past the first trailhead, and came upon tons of open camp sites (the Sunday before Labor Day). Found one with a great view of one of the surrounding 14ers with a creek.
My only gripes are 1.) TONS OF BEES. No one got stung, but damn they were annoying 2.) TONS OF TRAFFIC. Like I said, it was Labor Day weekend so it’s to be expected - but the trucks/cars/rvs driving past our site (which was still a little ways off the road) towards the large campsite in Winfield kicked up a lot of dust and were almost as annoying as the bees (almost).
We’ll definitely be back, despite the bees (but we might wait until the fall).
Tons of dispersed sites along National Forest 703 between hiway 24 and Homestake Reservoir. We went on a holiday weekend (labor day) and didnt arrive until 2:30pm on Saturday and had no problem finding the perfect spot along the river. This spot is a treasure.
This site was perfect for our small group that was concerned about having all the necessary gear for more austere camping. There was a grate attached to the fire pit for easy cooking. The vault toilets were clean and the dumpster was well-outfitted for bear prevention so was really just a plus. CELL SERVICE! Verizon and AT&T users will have pretty solid signal for texts/calls, occasionally enough for social media — T-mobile not so much. The road out is rocky, but 4WD/AWD will get you there (my Ford Explorer has no issues, saw a few lower clearance Subaru’s that seemed to be doing ok). A leisurely trail head right across the street (Limber Grove), but recommend heading a few miles further down the road past the site (road gets rockier) to the Mt Sherman trailhead. It’s a more doable 14er; a couple in our crew had never done one before and they thought it was a great one to start with.