Private lake, but good public camping

First off, not Oregon, this is in Colorado.

Drove around searching for somewhere to park the teardrop after our first destination was full, and ended up here at Gold Lake.

Got to the lake and figured out it was a private lake, which was a bummer because it would be a beautiful place to wake up in the morning, but after turning around we found the first forest service road and turned onto it.

About 1/4 mile down the road we turned into the first spot with a fire pit, and turned out to be exactly what we were looking for. Beautiful sunshine, but some wind, and frigid single digits overnight, but it was Colorado mountain camping at its finest.

Hard to find real camping for free

Fire pits with grills and everything.

Unfortunately we were there in the dead of winter as a stop over on a road trip, but it was easy to find and easy to get into the park to the camp sites.

For just outside of Des Moines, pretty good spot.

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Long road trip stop over

Call the winery ahead and ask if you can park in their lot - both times they have been more than happy to let us. It's a long drive from Colorado to New Hampshire and this is right off of I90 about 1/4 of a mile, with grocery and gas just down the road. 

No amenities but if you get in when they are open, dinner and good wine and smiling faces. And can't beat free. 

Pulled our teardrop right into the lot and made camp for the night. The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because it's not actual camping - but it's great for what it is and they are super kind and generous.

Great spot with everything you need

Typically we try for the more out of the way campgrounds or dispersed camping, but with a brand new trailer, we needed a bit more stability. Base Camp offered electric hook ups for us, a stocked store, and they lent us an extension cord when we realized we left it at home.

Had this been summer, I would expect it to be pretty tight quarters, and you are pretty close to a decently trafficked road, and Base Camp doubles as a gas station and propane fill (again, great if you need it while you're staying there), so I wouldn't call it private.

Kind folks and a great first night.

Beautiful park, lots of dispersed camping

The road in is long and bumpy but very worth it. We never made it to the actual Campground because we found an awesome spot off the main road about 11 or 12 miles in. We drove around a bit, there are so many places to set up camp, most pretty seculded.