Sugarloaf is a rustic, picturesque campground that overlooks the spectacular peaks of the Snowy Range and the crystal clear waters of Libby Lake in southeastern Wyoming. Situated atop a mountain pass just 12 miles northwest of the town of Centennial, Wyoming, Sugarloaf lies at an elevation of 10,700 feet. The lake area offers excellent hiking and fishing opportunities, as well as the chance to enjoy the fresh air and alpine scenery of the Rocky Mountains. Natural Features: The campground lies in the Medicine Bow National Forest. Numerous alpine lakes dot the area, including the 19-acre Libby Lake and 26-acre Lewis Lake, which are formed by snow-melt. Vegetation consists of price and fir forests, interspersed with alpine meadows. 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. Black bear, bobcat, coyote, elk, mule deer and moose are just some of the many animals that inhabit these rich and diverse lands. Recreation: Sugarloaf is in the midst of a fishermans paradise. with 102 recreational lakes. Libby and Lewis Lakes offer brook, cutthroat and brown trout. The campground is convenient to a variety of hiking trails. Three popular trailheads originate in this area. Non-motorized boating is also available in the lake. Facilities: This is a small, quaint campground nestled beneath a dramatic mountainous landscape. Every site has sweeping views of the Snowy Range. The 16 campsites form a single loop that meanders along a spruce and fir-lined hillside. Walk-in sites are no more than 25 feet from parking. Nearby Attractions: Visitors can find many more outdoor opportunities in the surrounding national forests and grasslands, including hiking, biking, camping, horseback and off-road vehicle riding, fishing, hunting, sightseeing and winter sports.
The wind was consistently 25mph+ the whole weekend, but the hiking and alpine lakes just off the campground were great. Camp sites were well taken care of and each had a level tent spot and ample parking.
This is one of my favorite places to camp and hike. Less people and very beautiful. Lots of lakes and very peaceful. Only open a short window of the year due to being high altitude and road closes in the winter.
Sugarloaf campground is small (16 sites) with no amenities other than a hand pump for water, and its high elevation means it doesn't open til quite late in the summer. That being said, it's worth the wait! From any site, there are terrific views of the Snowy Range, and numerous trails in the area offer great hiking to lots of pretty little lakes. There are so many wildflowers and little cascades that even a short stroll with children is rewarding. If I remember correctly, the fee is only $10/night, which makes staying for several nights an affordable getaway and chance to observe millions of stars. Consider driving to the little town of Saratoga on your way home to soak in the hot springs there…icing on the cake!