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About Oh Be Joyful Recreation Area

The Oh Be Joyful recreation area gets its name from a nearby stream that features massive waterfalls and colorful wildflowers in the summer months. It's a wonderful place for Crested Butte camping. there are 15 campsites, and over half are accessed by high-clearance vehicles that can safely cross the Slate River when water levels are low late in the season. The campground can accommodate RVs, although the short, rough road down to the campground may be unsuitable for larger rigs. There are no hookups or potable water sources, but each site contains a fire ring and a picnic table.

Fee Info
Fees cost $10 per night for a designated site (a designated site has a numbered post, parking space, picnic table, and fire pit), $5 per night for an overflow site (all other camping), and $30 per night for a group campsite.
$5.00 - $10.00
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Drive In
Walk In
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Oh Be Joyful Recreation Area is located in Colorado
38.9107 N
-107.0259 W
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8 Reviews of Oh Be Joyful Recreation Area
Tent camping

great campground close to hiking, biking, etc. Clean, fairly quiet if no rv with generators

Pay-per-night, basic campground near the trailhead.

We arrived late in the evening, & chose site 2 near the camp host & pit toilet. This campground is heavily treed, so there's plenty of shade. The Slate River is great for soaking trail-weary feet after a long hike back from Blue Lake & the passes!

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awesome water access!

we loved it! other than the Neighbors being so close by it was amazing. we had really close water access.we stayed at #11 so cool I think it had the best amount of tree shade available and cuz we were so close to the Stream the dogs had a blast we even went fishing and found a honey hole I caught 9 fish in an hour. it was cool to watch all the cars drive-thru the stream Crossing access to the other side where there were more campsites. it really was so much fun it was super easy to walk down and Upstream with the dogs and they had plenty of places to stop and have some safe swimming without being pulled up or Downstream.

near town and to trailhead

great area to camp if your planning to hike into the oh be joyful basin, the hike is awesome! also not too far from town. you wIll need high clearance vehIcle to cross Slate river.

360 degree view of amazing mountains

This campground is in the middle of one of the prettiest places in Colorado. Crested Butte is an amazing place to begin with but this campground makes it even better. Most sites are next to the creek or at least close enough to hear the peaceful flow of water. Some sites require fording creek so make sure to bring a 4WD or AWD in case the water is high. Additionally some sites may require you to park 50-100 yards away. First come first served, 5-10$ a site. I will be going back again this summer!

Great free campground in Crested Butte!

We visited this campground for Labor Day. First come first serve spots, only a restroom before the river crossing. There are two areas of the campground, before and after the river. The river was easily passable during this time of year with a higher clearance vehicle. I personally think crossing the river has the best and most quiet spots. There are a lot more spots than what meet the eye, be sure to explore before you set up camp! This camp can get very crowded, so I have heard they will start a pay system for next summer, either way this campground has great access to bikes trails and hiking trails and listen to the calming sound of the Slate river in any spot in this campground. Can't wait to go back!

Amazing views right next to the Slate River

This campground is absolutely incredible. With sites right next to the Slate River, the views are amazing. To get to the campground you head out of Crested Butte and down a minimally maintained road, down to the valley.

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Oh Be Joyful

This is a small campground along the Slate River outside of Crested Butte, CO. There are bathrooms and tent sites. No utilities. Abundant hiking, fishing and mountain biking opportunities.