Cara W.
Colorado Springs, CO
Joined July 2018
Somewhat off the beaten path...

This campground is away from the busier and more crowded campsites in the area. There are no hookups but there are water spigots throughout. Upon arriving, campers are directed (by signage) to go find a spot, park, and then come back up and register. 

The lower loop is for tents and car campers (no generators allowed) and the upper loop is for RVs and generators are allowed between 8am-8pm. Each site has a picnic table and bear-proof storage container. The campground hosts are friendly and you can pay them directly instead of dropping it in the container. Camp sites are $30/day for RV sites - you should bring exact fees if you intend to drop in the container (not sure if camp hosts would give you change - I'm thinking they would); however, if it is after hours you are required to pay within 30 minutes of finding your site. Larger RVs would have a more difficult time finding a site - I had a 15ft teardrop camper and I "just" fit. There are restrooms throughout the campground and you can buy firewood and ice from the camp hosts. 

It was pretty quiet throughout the day and night and not a lot of drive through traffic. The lake is only about a 5min walk down the road and is beautiful and quiet (this was oddly the only place I could get full cell signal with AT&T service). You definitely need bug spray - the mosquitos are fairly prevalent in the camp area. This is a great location if you are trying to hit multiple National Parks (central to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks). It's still close enough to other camp areas that if you needed anything, it's just a short drive 8mi in either direction. Views are fantastic and there are pull-offs all along the road for photo and picnic opportunities.

Tarryall Resevoir Lakeside

First come, first serve and no fees! If you want a spot on the lake you need to come out mid-week to set up as there are only 17 campsites. No hookups, no campfires, and no potable water. Most people use the lake for fishing but also great for kayaking or paddleboarding (mostly mornings when winds are low). ATV and Jeep trails nearby. No phone service or stores/businesses within about 20min from resevoir. Bathroom facilities and picnic tables at sites; campsites fairly close together. Hiking trails nearby.

Private but Crowded

Beautiful lakeside camping just outside of Denver. Campsites are a bit close together, but great for groups! No hookups here but you have bathroom facilities and a visitor center where you can buy firewood. Campfires allowed in the fire pits. If you have an RV beware quiet hours from 10pm to 8am, no generators allowed. Lake is perfect for paddleboarding, kayaking and fishing and you will most likely have phone service if you are with AT&T or Verizon. Many day use areas, however vehicles and individuals are charged. For campers, if you bring more than one vehicle you will be charged daily for any additional ones. No drinking water is available, you must bring your own. Dirt roads to the lake are rough and narrow. Close to Deckers for incidentals. Intersects with the Colorado trail for hiking and biking and close to the Colorado River for tubing!

Summer Playground!

Gorgeous lakeside campsites perfect for fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking or boat sports! Tucked in the mountains amongst an endless supply of ATV and Jeep 4x4 trails. Walk, run, or hike the 7.2mi lake perimeter early mornings or at dusk for beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Explore countless alpine lakes while utilizing the expansive trail systems. Electric and water hookups with restroom and shower facilities within walking distance, watercraft docks, and a visitor center on site as well as campground hosts. Plenty of day use areas surrounding the lake; must have state park pass to enter and utilize. If you forget something or want a quick return to civilization you can visit the Vega Lodge restaurant right off the lake or head into Collbran 11mi from camp.