Crested Butte Camping

In Less Sweat, Summer & Fall by Kryptonite Creative

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. With options ranging from off-the-grid camping to modern sites with convenient amenities there is something for everyone.

Update 6/14: There is currently a fire ban in Crested Butte and the surrounding areas. See below and click here for more info. 


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Established Campgrounds

Looking for a campground with amenities? These pay-for sites offer fire rings, picnic tables, trashcans, and bathrooms. Campgrounds can fill up fast during the summer, so make sure to reserve campsites before arriving.

Reservations can be made at Recreation.gov.

Dispersed Camping

Unlike established campgrounds, camping in undeveloped areas require more from campers to help keep sites in the condition in which they were found. Individuals should camp where others have camped before or on durable surfaces and should be stationed 100 feet from all water sources. Campsites can be occupied for no more than 14 days and  is also limited to a total of 28 days in a 60 day period. Click here for more info.


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Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the environment. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires, but try to keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand. Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely with water, and then scatter cool ashes to prevent.

Crested Butte is in a Stage 2 Fire Ban. No campfires or open burning of any kind allowed. More info can be found here.

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If possible, try to use an established toilet before going into the woods. When you don’t have access to outdoor restrooms, deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished. Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. Toilet paper can last between 1-3 years in the ground!

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Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter to prevent animals from invading the area. For more information of proper outdoor waste guidelines, check out Mountain Manners and brush up on Leave No Trace.

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Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach animals and never feed them. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely in bear canisters or by setting up a bear bag.

Control pets at all times, or leave them at home. Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

Upper Valley Camping 

Click the map for more details. Red markers are established while the blue ones are dispersed.

Dispersed camping in the Gothic Corridor is not allowed from June 15 – Aug 15. For a map of closure, click here.


Key    
H= HostW = WaterT = TrashR = Restroom/ToiletA = Handicap Accessible

SiteAreaEstablished or DispersedFeaturesFee per night
Gothic CampgroundEast River ValleyEstablished - 4 Sites - Designated sites ONLYR$12.00
Lost Lake CampgroundKebler PassEstablished - 18 SitesH, W, T, R,$18.00
Lake Irwin CampgroundKebler PassEstablished - 32 SitesH, W, T, R, A$18.00
Oh Be Joyful Campground Slate River DrainageEstablishedR
Kebler Pass Road (12)Kebler PassDispersed30 miles on County Road 12
Lake Irwin RoadKebler PassDispersedBefore and after established campground
Slate River Road (734)Slate River DrainageDispersed
Gothic Road (317)East River DrainageDispersedPast the town of Gothic (camping in this area is closed from June 15-August 15)
Washington Gulch RoadWashington Gulch Dispersed5 miles up the road after private property.
Brush Creek RoadBrush CreekDispersed6 miles up road from HWY 135
Crested Butte RV ResortRiverlandEstablished - 21 sitesH, W, T, R, A
2 miles south of CB
$50.00 - $75.00

Lower Valley Camping

SiteAreaEstablished or DispersedFeaturesFee per night
Gunnison Mountain Park Tent CampTaylor CanyonEstablished - 6 SitesH, T, R$12.00
Granite Tent CampTaylor CanyonEstablished - 6 SitesH, T, R$12.00
One Mile CampgroundTaylor CanyonEstablished - 23 SitesH, W, T, R, A$18.00
North Bank CampgroundTaylor CanyonEstablished - 17 SitesH, W, T, R$14.00
Rosy Lane CampgroundTaylor CanyonEstablished - 22 SitesH, W, T, R, A$18.00
Lodgepole CampgroundTaylor CanyonEstablished - 16 SitesH, W, M, R$16.00
Cold Springs CampgroundTaylor CanyonEstablished - 37 SitesH, W, T, R $18.00
Spring Creek CampgroundSpring CreekEstablished - 12 SitesH, T, R$14.00
Mosca CampgroundSpring CreekEstablished - 16 SitesH, T, R$14.00
Spring Creek RoadSpring Creek DispersedJust before the second bridge on the right
Hartman RocksGunnisonDispersed - Fire RingsJust southwest of Gunnison
Cement Creek RoadCement CreekDispersedJust past the town of CB South
Stevens Creek CampgroundBlue MesaEstablished - 17 SitesH, W, T, R, A$8.00 - $16.00
Elk Creek CampgroundBlue MesaEstablished - 75 SitesH, W, T, R, A
Electric hookup and RV hookup available
$8.00 - $16.00

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.