Top Equestrian Camping near Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland

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Best Equestrian Camping Sites Near Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland, CO (16)

    Camper-submitted photo from Big Creek Lakes Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Creek Lakes Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Creek Lakes Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Creek Lakes Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Creek Lakes Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Creek Lakes Campground

    1.

    Big Creek Lakes Campground

    5 Reviews
    24 Photos
    110 Saves
    Cowdrey, Colorado

    Overview

    The popular Big Creek Lakes Campground offers a peaceful, scenic setting in the heart of the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado. The campground is located in Routt National Forest at an elevation of 9,000-ft., and is adjacent to Big Creek Lake, where fishing, boating and hiking are available.

    Recreation

    This campground offers boating and fishing on Colorado's second largest natural lake, hiking in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness and ATV trails nearby. There are also ample opportunities for viewing wildlife, including moose. Fishing for trout, muskie, grayling and Kokanee salmon is available in the lake. Anglers also have access to a creek. Non-motorized boats are allowed on the upper section of the lake and motorized boats are permitted on the lower section.

    Facilities

    This campground offers boating and fishing on Colorado's second largest natural lake, hiking in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness and ATV trails nearby. There are also ample opportunities for viewing wildlife, including moose. Fishing for trout, muskie, grayling and Kokanee salmon is available in the lake. Anglers also have access to a creek. Non-motorized boats are allowed on the upper section of the lake and motorized boats are permitted on the lower section.

    Natural Features

    Big Creek lies among Lodgepole pine and fir trees. Some previously forested areas of the campground have been thinned due to pests and now provide more sun. The campground offers beautiful views of the surrounding wilderness. The wetlands around the lake are prime moose territory. Black bear, bobcat, coyote, elk, mule deer and moose are just some of the many animals that inhabit these rich and diverse lands. The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland, encompass nearly 3 million acres from central and northeastern Wyoming to north-central Colorado.

    Nearby Attractions

    The closest town is Walden, Colorado, about 35 miles from the campsite. Many more outdoor recreation opportunities exist in the surrounding national forests and grasslands, including hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, OHV riding, fishing, hunting, sightseeing and winter sports.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Pass Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Pass Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Pass Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Pass Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Pass Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Pass Dispersed

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    Buffalo Pass Dispersed

    14 Reviews
    54 Photos
    605 Saves
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado

    Welcome to Buffalo Pass Dispersed, a hidden gem nestled in the rugged beauty of Colorado. This spot is perfect for those who crave a bit of adventure and don't mind a bumpy ride to get there. The road up can be rough, so make sure your vehicle has decent clearance. Trust me, it's worth the effort.

    Once you arrive, you'll find a variety of camping spots to choose from. Whether you prefer a secluded spot behind some rocks, a grassy area with a fire ring, or a site with breathtaking views, there's something for everyone. Just be prepared for a bit of a search if you arrive late, as the best spots can fill up quickly.

    One of the standout features here is the sheer tranquility. Many visitors have mentioned the incredible solitude and the stunning natural surroundings. Imagine pitching your tent under a starry sky, with nothing but the sounds of nature to keep you company. It's the kind of peace and quiet that's hard to find these days.

    Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure. Fires are allowed, making it easy to enjoy a cozy evening under the stars. Just remember to bring your own firewood, as there's none available on-site.

    While there are no amenities like toilets or drinking water, the trade-off is the freedom and beauty of dispersed camping. Plus, the cell service is surprisingly good, so you can stay connected if needed.

    In short, Buffalo Pass Dispersed offers a raw, unfiltered camping experience with stunning views, peaceful solitude, and the freedom to choose your perfect spot. Just come prepared for a bit of a rough ride and bring everything you need for a comfortable stay. Happy camping!

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    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    Camper-submitted photo from Site 459 - State Forest State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Site 459 - State Forest State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Site 459 - State Forest State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Site 459 - State Forest State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Site 459 - State Forest State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Site 459 - State Forest State Park

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    Site 459 - State Forest State Park

    14 Reviews
    79 Photos
    216 Saves
    Rand, Colorado

    Site 459 at State Forest State Park is a fantastic spot for anyone looking to enjoy the great outdoors near Walden, CO. This campground offers a mix of tent, RV, cabin, glamping, and yurt accommodations, making it a versatile choice for all kinds of campers. The park is known for its stunning scenery, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, fishing, and wildlife watching.

    Visitors have raved about the peaceful atmosphere, especially at the primitive sites near the creek. The park rangers and attendants are frequently mentioned for their helpfulness and politeness, which can make your stay even more enjoyable. If you're into fly fishing, the creek and beaver ponds are great spots to cast a line.

    The North Michigan Reservoir area is a highlight, offering beautiful views and access to water activities. Some campers have noted that the sites are grouped in pods, which can be a bit close, but the setting more than makes up for it. The campground is well-maintained, even after busy weekends, and the clean bathrooms are a big plus.

    For those who love hiking, the trails around Lake Agnes come highly recommended. It's a steep climb, but the views are worth every step. And if you're visiting in winter, the cabins are a cozy option, complete with gas stoves to keep you warm.

    Don't forget to bring bug spray and fill up on water near the cabins before heading to your site. Whether you're looking to paddleboard, fish, hike, or just relax and take in the views, State Forest State Park has something for everyone.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $60 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Medicine Bow
    Camper-submitted photo from Walden Reservoir Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Walden Reservoir Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Walden Reservoir Dispersed Camping

    5.

    Walden Reservoir Dispersed Camping

    2 Reviews
    3 Photos
    33 Saves
    Walden, Colorado

    Walden Reservoir is a picturesque lake full of wildlife outside of Walden, Colorado. The Walden Reservoir is an easily accessible destination in a seldom seen portion of northern Colorado for birders, hunters, and those looking for a free, isolated place to rest.

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    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Dry Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Dry Lake Campground
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    Dry Lake Campground

    6 Reviews
    12 Photos
    210 Saves
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado

    Overview

    Dry Lake Campground is located 8 miles northeast of Steamboat Springs, Colorado on the Buffalo Pass Road. This small campground is surrounded by Aspen, Spruce and Fir trees and is in a good location to access some great hiking and biking. Camping limit is 14 days. It is within a reasonable driving distance of community events and the commercially operated Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Dry Lake has 7 campsites with tables and fireplace grates. Vault toilets and trash services are available. Trailer spaces are available with a maximum length of 20 feet.

    Recreation

    Dry Lake campground provides a great gateway for hiking and biking.__

    Facilities

    Dry Lake campground provides a great gateway for hiking and biking.__

    Natural Features

    At an elevation of 8,277 feet, Dry lake lies in the Rocky Mountains in the heart of the Routt National Forest. The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland encompass nearly three million acres from central and northeastern Wyoming to north-central Colorado. Black bear, bobcat, coyote, elk, mule deer and moose are just some of the many animals that inhabit these rich and diverse lands.

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    For facility specific information, please call (970) 870-2299.

    Nearby Attractions

    There are many attractions with Steamboat Springs only a short drive away. Many more outdoor opportunities exist in the surrounding national forests and grasslands, including hiking, biking, camping, horseback and off-road vehicle riding, fishing, hunting, sightseeing and winter sports.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $26 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Teal Lake Group Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Teal Lake Group Campsite
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    Teal Lake Group Campsite

    2 Reviews
    8 Photos
    102 Saves
    Coalmont, Colorado

    Overview

    Teal Lake Group Campground is set along a small yet scenic lake in north central Colorado in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Located in the Routt National Forest at an elevation of 9,000-ft., the lake is popular for trout fishing and lies close to a wilderness area with a variety of hiking and off-highway vehicle trails.

    Recreation

    Trout fishing and boating are popular activities in the clear, calm waters of Teal Lake. Only electric boats and non-motorized boats are permitted. Off-road vehicle enthusiasts have easy access to the Grizzly-Helena Trail nearby. Hiking is great in the nearby Mount Zirkel wilderness, though hikers must drive to the trailheads.

    Facilities

    Trout fishing and boating are popular activities in the clear, calm waters of Teal Lake. Only electric boats and non-motorized boats are permitted. Off-road vehicle enthusiasts have easy access to the Grizzly-Helena Trail nearby. Hiking is great in the nearby Mount Zirkel wilderness, though hikers must drive to the trailheads.

    Natural Features

    Teal Lake is a 50-acre lake surrounded by a rocky shoreline and pine-fir forest. Some previously forested areas of the campground have been thinned due to pests and thus have more sun than others. Black bear, bobcat, coyote, elk, mule deer and moose are just some of the many animals that inhabit the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland. The area is generally snow-free from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but visitors should come prepared for anything, including freezing temperatures and snow during summer.

    Nearby Attractions

    The closest town is Walden, Colorado. Many more outdoor opportunities exist in the nearly 3 million acres of surrounding national forests and grasslands, including hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, OHV riding, fishing, hunting, sightseeing and winter sports.

    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $60 - $80 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Seedhouse Group Site - Medicine-bow Routt Nf (CO)

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    Seedhouse Group Site - Medicine-bow Routt Nf (CO)

    1 Review
    1 Photo
    14 Saves
    Clark, Colorado

    Overview

    Seedhouse Group Site provides a private setting for group gatherings of up to 100 guests. Located near the Elk River, just miles from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Seedhouse is a retreat for fishing, hiking, biking and horseback riding in the Rocky Mountains. At an elevation of 8,000 feet, the area is also set near the Mount Zirkel Wilderness, which provides for excellent backcountry hiking and camping.

    Recreation

    The group campsite is a great central location for wilderness hiking and mountain biking, trout fishing in the nearby Elk River and picnicking amidst beautiful mountain scenery. Campers can access the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail via a connector trail within a short drive from the campground.

    Facilities

    The group campsite is a great central location for wilderness hiking and mountain biking, trout fishing in the nearby Elk River and picnicking amidst beautiful mountain scenery. Campers can access the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail via a connector trail within a short drive from the campground.

    Natural Features

    Seedhouse lies in the Rocky Mountains in the heart of the Routt National Forest near the Elk River. The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland encompass nearly three million acres from central and northeastern Wyoming to north-central Colorado. Black bear, bobcat, coyote, elk, mule deer and moose are just some of the many animals that inhabit these rich and diverse lands.

    Nearby Attractions

    Visitors might also enjoy stopping by Steamboat Lake State Park, only a short drive from the campground. Many more outdoor opportunities exist in the surrounding national forests and grasslands, including hiking, biking, camping, horseback and off-road vehicle riding, fishing, hunting, sightseeing and winter sports.

    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Alcohol

    $150 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from North Michigan Campground — State Forest State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Michigan Campground — State Forest State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Michigan Campground — State Forest State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Michigan Campground — State Forest State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Michigan Campground — State Forest State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Michigan Campground — State Forest State Park

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    North Michigan Campground — State Forest State Park

    9 Reviews
    40 Photos
    207 Saves
    Rand, Colorado
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $18 - $120 / night

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    Camper-submitted photo from Laramie River Road Dispersed
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    Laramie River Road Dispersed

    8 Reviews
    20 Photos
    616 Saves
    Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

    Located on the southern end of the Medicine Bow Mountain Range in north central Colorado, Rawah Wilderness was designated by the Wilderness Act of 1964 and now contains 73,868 acres. "Rawah" is a Native American term meaning "wild place."

    Elevations in the Rawah Wilderness range from 8,400 to 13,000 feet. The high peaks were carved by glaciers, resulting in spectacular cirque lakes and moraines. There are twenty-five named lakes, ranging in size from five to 39 acres. This high alpine area contains the headwaters of the McIntyre, Rawah, and Fall Creeks, as well as the Laramie River.

    The Rawahs are host to mammals such as elk, moose, mule deer, black bear, bighorn sheep, marmot and beaver. There are many species of birds including the red-tailed hawk, white-tailed ptarmigan, golden eagle, raven, Steller's Jay and a variety of warblers. Lakes and streams are inhabited with lake, cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout. Graylings are also found in this area.

    The Rawah Wilderness is very popular with summer backpackers, hikers and anglers. It is also popular with hunters in the fall. To encounter the fewest people, plan your trip for mid-week and use less popular trails.

    Always use Leave No Trace techniques to help keep this area wild, clean and pristine.

    Motorized equipment, or mechanized transportation is prohibited, including motorcycles, chain saws, bicycles or carts. Wheelchairs are exempt. Group size is limited to 12 people and/or livestock combined. Camping and campfires are prohibited within 200’ feet of all lakes, streams and trails to protect water quality, sensitive vegetation and to help assure solitude. Thin soils and mountain vegetation are easily damaged by fire and fires scar rocks and soil. Use a stove, a fire pan or an existing fire ring when and where fires are allowed. Campfires are prohibited in the alpine areas above 10,800 feet. Campfires consume scarce vegetation and leave permanent scars on the fragile soils of the area. Pets must be on a handheld leash at all times if hiking. Equestrian riders can have dogs under voice control.

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