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Camped here when I was a kid in the boy scouts. It is an oddly close place to camp. We had fun as kids but it is not what I would consider today as an ideal camp spot as it’s so close to civilization. Definitely a fairgrounds feel. Better for a company picnic than a camp spot.
We super love this place. It’s a bit of a family campground as it’s a national park. It’s tucked down in a moraine under Longs Peak. We’ve seen turkeys and dear but no bears yet.
Be careful, we had friends in town. Not a good experience. The road that says 'no outlet' is a private maintained road a ton of homes use this road. Noisy and dusty. The forest service has posted no camping at this location. Sooo you can camp 1/4 mile from the road but you can get a ticket for your car, if you pull off the road it's a ticket for sure… Best to drive straight at the end of CR 47 where the pavement ends to Johnny's park it's all open there.
Great campground! The campground was completely full, but the sites are spaced out enough that you weren’t right next to your neighbors. Every site has a bear box, they’re pretty big, we were able to fit our cooler, a weeks worth of food, water, all our cooking stuff, and trash in there and there was still room. The bathrooms were clean. The view was amazing! There’s great trails nearby. You can get cell service near the entrance in case of an emergency.
There isn't much free camping to be had in the Boulder area. So, our family has been grateful for this spot (and Magnolia Ridge nearby). This spot isn't far a far drive from Boulder but dirt roads can be rocky and rough on the way in. I wouldn't recommend driving in with a low clearance vehicle.
Our campsite did have some garbage left over from previous occupants which we cleaned up. The area was very regularly patrolled by deputies which might be disruptive to some looking for peace and solitude. However, they do help when it comes to some people being disruptive and not camping responsibly on the mountain. We enjoyed seeing wildlife including moose in the area and enjoyed having trees for shade from the Colorado sun.
The campground we occupied was very rocky and my six year old unfortunately fell while running and broke her arm. This may not be the best spot for little ones with unsure footing.
We stayed at loop A of Reverend’s Ridge for 1 night on our way to California. We were the only ones in the campground and the views are gorgeous. Fire ring and picnic table at each site. The road to and in the campground was plowed. Pets allowed. Tons of beautiful hiking trails.
Things to keep in mind when visiting in the winter- water is not available, there are vault toilets near the pay area but not in campground itself. The GPS will tell you to take mountain base rd to the campground but it is closed for the winter. You need to take highway 46 to 119 to Gilpin road (see map).