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Old 02-08-2015, 08:41 PM   #1
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White River National Forest (Colorado)

Well, we were planning on heading to Utah in Sept, but I've changed plans.
Now I'm looking at camping in the White River National Forest in Colorado. I've looked through a lot of National Forest Service Camp Grounds (NFS CG). They look great. However, they (for the most part) don't take reservations in September.
We would like to find a NFS CG that has a lake, and great hiking trails, and not too far to get supplies. We have a small generator, which I hate to run, but will if needed. I don't min hauling water in and out. We like peace and quiet.
Any recommendations in that part of Colo? With what I'm looking for..
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I think it is just too early to make reservations for September. We like Silver Queen and Difficult. Near Aspen but a world away. Silver Queen is on the road to the Maroon Bells. Quiet and spectacular setting.
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Unfortunately many USFS campgrounds close after Labor Day in CO. Check out allstays.com to review the CG's to find out which will still be open.
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:52 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info. I know it's somewhat altitude dependent on how early some of them close up. I would need water at a minimum, but that's about it. Has that part of Colo been hit by the pine beetle as much as over by Steamboat Springs? We lime shade too.. I know, not too particular. Ha. I'll check out the websites and see if they don't open up Sept reservations. If I remember correctly, there was a state park over there also.
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September in Colorado is the best! Many higher elevation Colorado USFS campgrounds close after Labor Day. Lower elevation ones may be open until 10/1. Also, some have length restrictions. Allstays app will give you all the details. Rifle Gap State Park is on the Western Slope. It was nearly empty when we visited in September.
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Silver Queen closes September 30, according to the web site. This campground is spectacular but I do not think it could accommodate a unit much more than 23-25 ft max.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:08 PM   #7
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What about Trappers Lake east of Meeker? I remember going there a long time ago as a child on a family camping trip. There is one campground there that is reservable,
Sheppard's Rim. Closes 9/26. There are other campgrounds close to that campground but not reservable.

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Since you are traveling from Missouri, I'm assuming you are traveling on I-70. Your easiest access to dozens of campgrounds and hiking and/or biking trails in every direction is to keep heading East through the Eisenhower Tunnel to Summit County. Lake Dillon is in the middle of the valley with adjacent campgrounds. You will be near the towns of Silverthorne, Dillon, Frisco, and Breckenridge. The scenery is spectacular in every direction. Hiking trails are everywhere. Enjoy your journey through our beautiful state.
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Old 02-10-2015, 09:27 AM   #9
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How is Sylvan Lake SP?
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Search for Two Chicks here on the Forums. They have a website that shows their camping adventures in Colorado. They've been to Sylvan Lake.

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I have camped all over Colorado and never stayed at a campground, just to much open camping (boondocking) to ever stay at a structured campground. Its quieter and I can let the dog off leash without offending someone else's version of utopia.
if you are interested in any of these type of camping let me know
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Try Heaton Bay in Frisco, CO. It's on Lake Dillon, and is not scheduled to close until Sept. 26th. Close to restaurants, ski resorts, shops, great fishing and hiking. Campsites are paved, very clean, and those that don't have lake views have exceptional mountain views. It's very convenient, just off I-70. One of the best spots I've found.
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I've got a electric site reserved at Heaton Bay in June when I return from Utah. Its too bad the pine bark beetles have devastated the trees around Dillon reservoir.

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Search for Two Chicks here on the Forums. They have a website that shows their camping adventures in Colorado. They've been to Sylvan Lake.

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It looks great to me. We are hoping to catch the aspens turning too. When in Sept did you go?
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