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Vasquez Ridge is located in Colorado
39.9001 N
-105.8065 W
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15 Reviews of Vasquez Ridge
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Tried to go on Vasquez Ridge, but was closed on Winter Park side. We actually were able to go around on the Fraser side with Road 72 and it ran right into the other side of Vasquez. Lots of dispersed camping in the forest and next to a creek. Super peaceful. Close to hiking/biking trails. Please pack out what you pack in-lots of trash in the area.

Road closed!

Road was closed. Angry man confronted us at base of road when we got out to stretch our legs. Rated 3 cause pictures look cool, watch out for crusty locals.

Great spot for dispersed camping

We arrived around 2pm on Friday and the road was closed to get into the actual campground. We found a spot right off of Vasquez Road down near the brook that was perfect. It was a little crowded and kind of noisy though with other large groups camping and blasting music. Otherwise very pretty place to camp. Lots of hiking trails nearby too!

One of my favorites

Great place to get away from Denver. Many sites are right on the river. Not sure how many sites there are, but there are quite a lot, and many hidden in the woods that you can’t really see from the road. We love coming up here as it is a good balance of being in the wilderness, but still close to town if you need something. Just a heads up that it looks like they will be closing this road down for maintenance as of June 1 so be sure to check the status before coming

Not what you expect

Sites are close together, and it’s close to town. I wasn’t able to find a spot and happy I didn’t. I would say there’s 10/12 sites less than 100 yards away from each other. It’s also very close to residential neighborhoods. Not my definition of dispersed camping. If you’re looking for something remote, this is definitely not the place to go.

Weekend Hot Spot!

Residential road that turns into gravel National Forest road. For sure the hot place to be on the weekends. Our family arrived on a Saturday evening, we are in a 28’ RV and found a spot to pull in for the night. Close proximity to other campers. We were just staying the night and heading on in the morning so we didn’t care. We parked at the end of the road where the 4x4 road starts. Bumpy ride but plenty of clearance for our vintage ride. Seemed to be construction of some sort happening at the end of the road, but again, we were there on a weekend so no work was happening.

Great Place During COVID-19 Lockdown

We drove on a Saturday afternoon from Denver without expecting to find any availability. To our surprise, we found probably the last spot available. The area was quiet if you are not close by to the road and most of the spots were clean. In general, we had a great weekend. Highly recommended.

Lots of spots

There are quite a few dispersed spots here that have great views - some sit right next to the creek and most have fire pits already in them. There are both drive in and hike in spots. It’s a beautiful area only 5 min from the town. The negatives are: heavily trafficked road and camp sites are nearby road so not overly peaceful. It’s busy on the weekends and fills up fast. Lots of shooting.

Here there be campsites (dispersed)

Trying to find a campsite at 8pm on a summer Friday night? When you've exhausted all of your options around Winter Park and Grandby, come here. Here there be campsites.

Dispersed camping at its finest, drive down a dirt road for ~1 mile and look for open pull-off spots. Some sites are easily visible from the road, while some are hidden down a slope about 700 feet. Each "site" is designated by a rocked fire pit and many have room for groups of 4 or more tents. Bring bug spray to combat the mosquitoes, and your own (dry) wood, as it rains at 2pm here almost every summer day. Plenty of trees for hammocking and shade. Animals are active in the area, so keep food in your car and sleep with protection (I chose bear spray).

Be courteous to others using this road for recreation - Vasquez Ridge intersects with a few mountain bike trails and serves as a popular walk for the active seniors in the area. Closest grocery store is the Safeway in Winter Park (which closes at 11pm).

Many great sites

So many dispersed sites up here, runs right along the creek which is lovely to fall asleep to. Every site I saw had a fire pit built.

We drove up late Friday night and arrived at 11:15pm. A lot of the sites we could see were taken, so we will definitely go up during daylight hours next time so we can see more of the spots that are a bit further from the road.

The site we found was tucked back away from the road giving us nice privacy. We could barely see our neighbors from our campsite, but we could hear them. We saw a lot of sites that had lots of room for multiple tents and great trees for hammocking, but our site was a bit smaller, great for our large tent, but trees were not conducive for hammocking.

Our campsite was clean with no garbage, and just very small amounts of glass around the fire pit. Our site also had a nice log for sitting around the fire and we saw this at other sites too.