At an elevation of 9,000 feet, Prospector Campground is in the heart of Summit County in the White River National Forest.
The sites offer open views to Dillon Reservoir and several mountain ranges, an ideal setting for guests seeking recreation and relaxation.
Due to the pine beetle infestation and removal of hazard trees, there is little or no shade in the campground.
Dillon Reservoir, often referred to as Lake Dillon, is the greatest draw to this campground. At 3,233 acres and 26.8 miles of shoreline, Dillon Reservoir is an ideal spot for fishing, boating, and sailing. The reservoir supports a healthy population of rainbow trout and brown trout. Occasionally, a few cutthroat trout make their way into the lake from feeder streams.
Opportunities for hiking and biking include more than 7 paved miles of the 50-mile Summit County trail system.
From the reservoir, the Old Dillon Reservoir trail is a favorite. This short, easy trail has spectacular views of the Tenmile Range and the Continental Divide. The Old Dillon Reservoir was built in the 1930s to supply water to the original town of Dillon, which is now covered by the new Dillon Reservoir.
For those wanting a bit more solitude, hiking in the Ptarmigan Wilderness area is a wonderful escape from the crowds.
Prospector Campground has 105 sites, able to accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. Roads and spurs are not paved.
The campground is equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings, vault toilets, and drinking water. No electrical hook-ups are available. Firewood is for sale from hosts at the campground.
Boat ramp access is available in the marinas located in the nearby towns of Frisco and Dillon.
In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the 2.3 million acre White River National Forest is a place of serenity and adventure, boasting 8 wilderness areas, 4 defined seasons, and 10 peaks surpassing 14,000 feet in elevation.
Wildlife in the area abounds. Bighorn sheep navigate rocky ridges and bull elk bugle at dusk. Scenic rivers sustain populations of cutthroat, rainbow, and brown trout. Alpine regions provide habitat for pika and ptarmigan. These species, along with many others, depend on surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams, and diverse forests to live.
Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain ski resorts are all located within 10 miles from Dillon Reservoir. These resorts stay open year round.
Charges & Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy.
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wonderful camp ground good fishing and hiking near by. the need to buy wood is a bit off setting but plenty of wood laying around to scavenge if you find the time.
Great camp ground, reservoir is close with great fishing and hiking trails.
This campground is one of five Forest Service campgrounds around Dillon Reservoir, also referred to as Lake Dillon. There is a group campground called Windy Point near Prospector.
In loop D, you'll have lake views along with mountain views at sites 51 through 64. Of course, everyone has mountain views. Sites 55 and 58 are pull through sites and, in my opinion, have the best water/mountain views. Site 66 is also a great site if you want a deep, secluded site but it doesn't look like it has a water view (unless you walk deeper into the site).
Throughout the campground, you'll see your neighbors because pine beetles killed lots of pine trees. The pine trees are coming back but most of them are still short. Your neighbors aren't too close because the sites are large. The lack of tall trees helped us get a good view of the water from site 59 even though it is across the road from lakeside sites. The lakeside sites are above the lake, but there is a path to the lake and an 18 mile trail around the lake.
All sites have a picnic table and fire ring. There are no bear-proof lockers, but there are signs about being in bear country. Campground was reasonably quiet. I didn't see quiet hours posted which could be an issue if you get rowdy campers.
There's so much to do in this area even when it's not ski season. Nearby towns are Breckenridge, Dillon, Silverthorne, Copper Mountain, Frisco, Keystone and Araphoe Basin. There's plenty of hiking and mountain biking in the area in addition to water sports. If you want a paved bike path, the Blue River Trail connects all the towns listed above except Araphoe Basin and connects to Vail, Vail Pass and Glenwood Springs.
Need a shower or gym? Silverthorne and Breckenridge have rec centers, and I heard something about showers at Dillon Marina.
We looked at the other Forest Service campgrounds around the reservoir. Lowry is just down the road from Prospector and does not compare well to Prospector. Peak One and Heaton Bay look fine, but Pine Cone is a parking lot by the lake with narrow sites populated by large RVs.
Busy, busy, busy at the end of June! Walking up on a weekend? I don't think so.
We drove to the mountains from Denver without a solid plan on what we were doing/where we were staying. The weather forecast was iffy but we needed a break from the city so we packed the car up and went. We drive around checking out different camp grounds in the area and came across Prospector, and we were thrilled. We had THE most perfect site with an incredible view of the lake and the mountains- seriously perfect. It was private, and quiet, had a fire pit at our site and toilets just up the road (saw at lest one other on the other side of the grounds). There was a pathway to the lake and the grounds were only about 10-15 mins from town but felt much further with how secluded it was. Easily one of our new favorite spots.