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Bit out of the way

Nice secluded sites up here. Out of the way. Great for ease to hike or bike to Rabbit ears or on the Devide trail. Lots of trails break off of this area. Road is super rutted and rough at top. Not recommended unless you have higher clearance vehicle.

Meh Loud

Long way up a heavily traveled road. Loud site with lots of dirt bikers and parting. Long gone are the quiet nights up Buff pass.

Just a minute outside of Steamboat

Right outside of Steamboat Springs is Steamboat KOA. This campground has so many perks. Not only is there a beautiful Mountain View but it also has the Yampa river running through it. It has Rv sites, cute cabins, and tent sites. The Rv sites are separated in areas by what you need(electric, water, sewage). The RV sites each have picnic tables and a fire ring. There are regular cabins and deluxe ones which both include tables and fire rings. The tent area is located across the river and is so peaceful. There is a general store, putt putt, propane fill, a small dog run, bikes for rent, swimming in season and the city bus comes to take you to town for free. Although it is located right off the road, it was still peaceful and I felt safe. My favorite part about this campground is the fact you can stand on the bridge or sit by the Yampa River and enjoy the beauty and sounds, and watching people fly fish.


Wow, what a beautiful place and the hot springs is the most natural one I’ve been too. Area is clean and well kept.


Great lil spot outside town, trail head right across road.


We stayed here with our popup camper for a week and loved the area. The views are outstanding, the sites (non electric) were spacious and the bathrooms/showers were very clean. This campground is a good balance in proximity to Steamboat and to the mountain bike trails in the area.

There are full hookup RV sites and as expected, they are pretty tightly spaced. That said, I would consider staying here on the RV side of the campground as well. Everyone we met was friendly and respectful of quiet times etc.

Can’t recommend for tenting

Leaving a review at 4 stars to keep the average.

We stopped in late looking for a tent spot. The only tent sites this location provides for late check in are their luxury riverside tent sites, despite their being a huge open loop of others(that other tenters had booked earlier in the day). I’m not going to get started on how horribly placed and awkward these late spots are. But I will say you’ll get charged $50/night for them.

We just booked a hotel instead.

Beautiful and relaxing

Super clean, great facilities and friendly staff!

Awesome host

Nice little campground,  friendly host, great ATV roads, hiking.

Huge park, tons of activities, beautiful.

This is a wonderful campground on Michigan Reservoir. It’s busy for sure, but never in a way that deters me from visiting. There are cabins to rent, which are fun too. Fishing, hiking, off-roading, kayaking or canoeing, or simply sightseeing - there are big mountain vistas to enjoy. There’s a ton of beetle kill in the area, so that hurts the views a bit, but that’s pretty typical in this area.

Primitive Camping on the N Platte River

Sanger Access Area is a launching/porting spot for Drift Fishing the North Platte River. There are several nice tent site right on the river with lots of Cottonwood trees for shade. There is a his/hers vaulted toilets but no other amenities. Not suitable for RVs or large trailers as the road in is narrow and can get nasty in bad weather. Great river location with prime fishing. The site is 4 miles in off HWY 130 on Picks Bridge Road.

Nice place to visit

We like this campground ⛺️ but very cold can’t sleep much

Easy to access, Beautiful lake

I arrived late to this campground but just in time for sunset. The tent sites on are the lake which is beautiful but arriving at sunset let me meet all the bugs of the evening. They weren't mosquitoes, I didn't get but they were out by the hundreds. The RVs are close to the tents so it was bit noisy. no tent pads

Vault toilets and playground at the campground

picnic table on site.

Hidden Gem

Small campground by creek. Lots of room between sites. Very pretty location. -The Free Birds RV- IG: thefreebirdsrv

Great place to stay.

Close to town and right off the river. Bis service has a stop in the park so you dont have to drive in. Open year around and beautiful all around.

Nice little get away

Just north of Saratoga, Wy. Is Saratoga lake, and the aptly named Saratoga Lake Campground. It has tiers of camp sites mostly set up for RV'S but a few towards the water which tent campers will be comfortable. It has vault toilets on either side of it and a playground near the main entrance. A boat ramp is also by the entrance. There is not much privacy and vitually zero shade, but the views of the sparse landscape and the abundance of birds and other wildlife life mitigates that. Town is not far away, along with the natural hot springs the town is famous for. Fishing is in abundance from not only the lake but the Platte River known for its blue ribbon trout waters. All in all the positive charms outweigh the slight drawbacks of this spot. Enjoy.

Great camping site

Beautiful spot to rest before a long day of hiking. My dogs and I loved our stay

Beautiful and clean

Steamboat Lake State Campground is a very clean and beautiful site right on the lake. We were in site 166, on the end and overlooking the lake. The area has 2 campground areas once you pass the showers and store.

Watch for the sites that are walk-I’m only where you have to use a cart to haul your stuff. Although they are nice we chose a drive up site.

This campground doesn’t have many trees but still seemed private with cool metal dividing walls that give you shade as well.

Vault toilets only at the campground or you can drive back to the showers area for real facilities, laundry and showers. Water at each loop. Would definitely return.

Passing through

Stopped by to check it out for a future trip… the campsites were ok. Going North from there on the way towards Wyoming is some cool geology.

Shaded spots just off the main road

We pulled off Route 40 at 7pm on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend and were able to nab the last camping spot. Each campsite has a place for 2 cars, a picnic table, flat places for 2-3 tents, and a fire ring with an adjustable grill. Plenty of shady trees to hang your hammock from and enough space between campsites to give you some privacy. There were many RV's and family groups set up when we camped, though noise was not an issue.

Sites are $10/night payable by cash or personal check at the entrance. There are campground hosts just as you drive in, though they were not present the night we visited. Two different park rangers came by to check on all sites in the morning (payment and fire safety, I believe). Campground offers 2 pit toilets and a trash dumpster at the entrance.

The site is close enough to the road that you can hear when cars go by, especially when they drift onto the rumble strips (which happens frequently). Bring headphones if you're a light sleeper.

Excellent car camping

We had a group of 14 people camp in the dispersed camping area off of Hohnholz Lakes Rd overlooking the lake. Really great spot, plenty of fire rings, tent spots, and some nice log benches. I would recommend bringing your own firewood for the dispersed area, unless you have an axe or chainsaw. They also sell firewood at the regular camp grounds.

The lake make for some good swimming during the day, there's a nice beach spot on the Northeast side of the lake, just drive a little farther down Hohnholz.

Note that no one in our group had cell phone service for most of the drive up the Poudre Canyon, as well as at the camp sites.

Wonderful Spot

Stayed last night in site 7. Great for a tent, unfortunately it got a bit colder than I was prepared for! I’d have stayed longer otherwise. Right on the river, clean bathrooms, water, friendly host! The only drawback is the occasional semi using his muffler brakes coming down off Cameron Pass.

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It’s a shame .

Used to use this campground during bow season for elk. The beetle kill has decimated 99% of the trees. No one was there. You’d be hard pressed for tent spots in some of the spots, though site 1 along the creek looked good still. Very rocky an stumped. I could see putting an RV or tent trailer, but almost no shade.

Absolutely awesome views and times!

Awesome camp site, great staff, beautiful right on the river, fresh water. Showers are located in center of KOA so be ready to walk or drive over. Very dog friendly and well maintained tent sites!

Great site, right on the water

State Forest State Park is enormous, but we were in a small campground with only five sites—four on them are right on the water (and one is reserved for those needing an accessible site). 

We were able to paddle board and fish right from our campsite, and had a wonderful fresh trout dinner. 

We stopped in the visitor center for maps and hiking recommendations. We settled on Lake Agnes. It was a steep climb but well worth it. We alternated looking at the beauty of Lake Agnes and watching the skiers hiking to the top and skiing what was left of the snow.

August Stay

This campground is beautiful and clean. Sites are nice and level and potable water available. If you have an RV make sure to fill your tank and the maintenance center 6 miles up the road. Would stay again!

Nice - primitive

Pickaroon is ideal for the tent and small rugged RVs but is used mostly for day use fishing. Tight switchbacks on the final decent into the campground will be a challenge for anything 20+. 4 wheel drive a must if it’s wet.

Most traffic is day use fishermen and is the end of the forest road. Fishing can be good, but the volume of traffic means lots of pressure. The outhouse is old and in need of significant repair (doors won’t close fully) and is under serviced (bring your own tp). No water. Fire rings are old and picnic tables are well used and could use repair.

This seems like an awesome, off the beaten path location to get away - but it seems everyone agrees. I’ve been twice mid week in 2019 and on weekends. All campgrounds were occupied each time. Also, lots of RVs are brought down and left vacant during the week, and the owners just go down on the weekends. Lots of abuse (left for more than 14 days and vacant for more than 24 hours) of Forest service rules by those who frequent Pickaroon.

Secluded and beautiful

Great campsite that actually had some semblance of privacy. We were tucked into the trees far from other sites with a partial view of the lake. Quiet with a little bit of water noise, which was perfect for sleeping. There were a few fire pits, one of which was huge, scattered around our site so we had some choices. A little weird to park and a few hundred feet to our campsite, but we enjoyed being further into the woods and closer to the lake views. Will definitely be back.

Loved it!

Beautiful area with plenty of water activities and fishing near by (Yampa River). Nice views of the reservoir from our site. Sites are a bit close but the views make up for it. Short drive to Steamboat where you find restaurants, shopping and great hikes.

Shhhh. Don't tell anyone about this one.

Camping along Pearl Lake is a dream come true. It's a quiet lake, surrounded by mountains and forest, perfect for paddle boarders. There is also a nice hike that goes over the dam and then climbs up and away from civilization.

Some of sites are along the lake, others are on an upper loop with views of the lake, or of the valley behind the park. Note that site 29 (and a few others) have stairs leading from the street to the campsite.