Wake up in the cool, pine scented air tinged with the smoky remnants of your campfire. There is 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 some campsites before arriving. Reservations may also be made at Recreation.gov.
Dispersed Camping: If you run out of luck or don’t want to spend the money on an established campground, there are plenty of dispersed camping options close to Crested Butte. Each of the drainages 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.
If you’d rather go glamping: Check out Three Rivers Resort for cabin rentals that keep you close to nature.
Wilderness Areas: 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 to lakes/streams. Check with official sources to ensure you are not violating the backcountry rules. For more information of proper recreation guidelines, check out Mountain Manners and brush up on Leave No Trace.
Attention: Dispersed camping in the Gothic Corridor will not be allowed from June 15-August 15 from 2016 and on. For a map of closure, click here
For a map of established and dispersed campsites check out the link below. Red markers are established while the blue ones are dispersed. Camping map
|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.
Rather go glamping?
Three Rivers Resort is located in the historic mountain town of Almont, Colorado on the Taylor River. The resort features cabins dating back to the 1800’s, which are a short walk from the merging of the Taylor and East Rivers to form the Gunnison River. Blue skies, high mountains, and crystal clear trout-filled waters make this spot the ideal getaway. The resort is conveniently situated in between Gunnison and Crested Butte.