Wake up in the cool, pine scented air tinged with the smoky remnants of your campfire. There’s nothing like unplugging and escaping the noise and chaos of modern life. Choose from options ranging from off-the-grid camping to modern sites with convenient amenities. Keep in mind, some established campgrounds fill up on holiday weekends and busy summer times. Check with the BLM and Forest Service local office (970) 641-0471 Mon – Fri: 9 – 5, to reserve campsites before arriving. Reservations may also be made at Recreation.gov.
If you run out of luck or don’t want to spend money on an established campground, there are plenty of dispersed camping options close to Crested Butte. Each of the valleys have a number of dispersed camping locations, but please be aware of private property. If you are uncertain, a good rule is to continue up the road and keep an eye out for a site that looks like people have camped there in the past. Dispersed campsites are primitive sites that do not offer any services, and they may or may not have a fire ring. There is a 14 day limit for each dispersed campsite.
Camping close to a lake or stream could allow human waste, urine, or trash to contaminate the water. Camp at least 200 ft. from all lakes or streams. Some highly trafficked areas have restrictions forbidding camping within a 1/4 mile or larger zone near lakes or streams. Check with official sources to ensure you are not violating backcountry rules. For more information of proper recreation guidelines, check out Mountain Manners and brush up on Leave No Trace.
Click the map for more details. Red markers are established while the blue ones are dispersed.
|H= Host||W = Water||T = Trash||R = Restroom/Toilet||A = Handicap Accessible|
|Site||Area||Established or Dispersed||Fee per night||Features|
|Gunnison Mountain Park Tent Camp||Taylor Canyon||Established|
|Granite Tent Camp||Taylor Canyon||Established - 6 Sites||$12.00||H, T, R|
|One Mile Campground||Taylor Canyon||Established - 23 Sites||$18.00||H, W, T, R, A|
|North Bank Campground||Taylor Canyon||Established - 17 Sites||$14.00||H, W, T, R|
|Rosy Lane Campground||Taylor Canyon||Established - 22 Sites||$18.00||H, W, T, R, A|
|Lodgepole Campground||Taylor Canyon||Established - 16 Sites||$16.00||H, W, M, R|
|Cold Springs Campground||Taylor Canyon||Established - 6 Sites||$10.00||H, T, R|
|Lottis Creek Campground||Taylor Canyon||Established - 37 Sites||$18.00||H, W, T, R|
|Spring Creek Campground||Spring Creek||Established - 12 Sites||$14.00||H, T, R|
|Mosca Campground||Spring Creek||Established - 16 Sites||$14.00||H, T, R|
|Cement Creek Campground||Cement Creek||Established - 13 Sites||$14.00||H, W, T, R|
|Gothic Campground||East River Valley||Established - 4 Sites - Designated sites ONLY||$12.00||R|
|Lost Lake Campground||Kebler Pass||Established - 18 Sites||$18.00||H, W, T, R,|
|Lake Irwin Campground||Kebler Pass||Established - 32 Sites||$16.00||H, W, T, R, A|
|Oh Be Joyful Campground||Slate River Drainage||Established||R|
|Kebler Pass Road (12)||Kebler Pass||Dispersed||30 miles on County Road 12|
|Lake Irwin Road||Kebler Pass||Dispersed||Before and after established campground|
|Slate River Road (734)||Slate River Drainage||Dispersed|
|Gothic Road (317)||East River Drainage||Dispersed||Past the town of Gothic (camping in this area is closed from June 15-August 15)|
|Washington Gulch Road||Washington Gulch||Dispersed||5 miles up the road after private property.|
|Brush Creek Road||Brush Creek||Dispersed||6 miles up road from HWY 135|
|Cement Creek Road||Cement Creek||Dispersed||Past the town of CB South|
|Hartman Rocks||Gunnison||Dispersed - Fire Rings||Just southwest of Gunnison|
|Crested Butte RV Resort||Riverland||Established - 21 sites||$50.00 - $75.00||H, W, T, R, A
2 miles south of CB
If you’re looking to park it and stay: Check out Crested Butte RV Resort, 2 miles south of town. It’s far enough away, it’s quiet and close enough to bike to town. They’re the only big rig friendly spot in upper Gunnison Valley.