Camping

Be starry-eyed

For a true Colorado experience, pitch a tent under the stars and sleep soundly in the crisp night air. Find a scenic campground near Turquoise Lake and Twin Lakes, or in Leadville’s RV park. Pitch a tent in the forest; see where dispersed camping is allowed. Backcountry huts and yurts near Leadville make camping fun and comfortable year ’round. So grab some friends, trek to a cozy base camp, and explore the wilderness. See our camping guide for more info on camping and fun things to do in the area.

Fire Restrictions – No Open Flames in Colorado

No open flames are allowed in Colorado under a Statewide Fire Ban, by order of Gov. Polis, until Oct. 7, 2020. The fire ban applies to all lands in Lake County, Colorado.

Prohibited:
Open flames & campfires (including charcoal BBQ grills) outside of permanent fire ring/grate in developed site
Smoking outdoors, except in developed recreation site
Chainsaw use without spark arrester and fire extinguisher & shovel on hand
Welding/Acetylene torches, except in allowable cleared areas
— Use of tracer ammunition or explosive targets
— Use of explosives, including fireworks
Any activity that poses significant risk of starting a fire

Allowed:
— Gas-fueled stoves that can be turned off
— Indoor fireplaces
— Grills at private residences
— Legal firearm use, including hunting and shooting ranges

See an interactive map of fire restricted areas in Lake County, Colorado. The current statewide fire ban applies to all counties in Colorado. Please watch this U.S. Forest Service video on understanding fire restrictions for more information:

PLEASE be extremely careful during this time of high fire danger and demand on fire service entities.

Camping at Twin Lakes

Please note there are no fires, camping, or parking on beaches on the Southeast side of the dam at Twin Lakes. U.S. Forest Service signs are posted in this area.

Campgrounds

        Pull into a campground near Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, for a convenient place to pitch your tent, hook up your RV, find a hot shower, and enjoy a peaceful night in the woods. Please check current fire restrictions....

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        Colorado Trail & Continental Divide Trail

              The Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail run together through most of Lake County, Colorado, from Tennessee Pass to Turquoise Lake, across the lower slopes of Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert, around Twin Lakes to Interlaken. From there, the CDT heads up Hope Pass, and the Colorado Trail veers east. Hikers and trail runners can access these trails at multiple ...

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              Community Threads

              609 Harrison Ave, Leadville, CO 80461  |  (719) 486-4000  |  Website >

                    Open for business! Practicing social distancing protocols. Face coverings required. Community Threads offers a wide range of new and consigned sporting goods, athletic and casual clothing, running shoes, and gifts.  Visit us to pick up an extra layer or to outfit yourself with gear for your favorite sport, all at an affordable price. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. - 5 ...

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                    Leadville Outdoors

                    225 Harrison Ave, Leadville, CO 80461  |  (719) 486-7392  |  Website >

                          Leadville Outdoors is an independent mountain shop located in historic downtown Leadville, CO. We cater to the backcountry and cross-country skier, trail runner, backpacker, and mountain lover. You can rely on our great selection of quality essentials and an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly staff. We're happy to dial you in with maps and trail conditions, help you pick the appropriate gear, ...

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                          Halfmoon Packing & Outfitting

                          1100 East Tennessee Road, Leadville, CO 80461  |  (719) 486-4570  |  Website >

                                Open for the 2020 summer season, offering horseback rides, fishing and pack trips. As of May 15, 2020, the one-hour and 2.5 hour rides are available. Learn about our health and safety measures related to COVID-19. Halfmoon Packing & Outfitting is a four-season wilderness guide and outfitter in Leadville, Colorado. Summer offerings include horseback rides, wagon rides, stagecoach rides, and ...

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                                Hut Trips

                                      Prefer to camp with a roof over your head? For a Colorado classic experience, gather a group of friends for a hut trip you’ll remember forever. The 10th Mountain Division Huts are perfect base camps in summer or winter for backcountry hiking, skiing, or snowshoeing. Or journey to 12,000’ for a night at Weston Pass Hut, sustainable lodging built into the ...

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                                      Leadville Ranger District

                                      810 Front Street, Leadville, CO 80461  |  (719) 486-0749  |  Website >

                                            The Leadville Ranger District of the San Isabel National Forest can give you information on dispersed camping, hiking, fishing, boating, off-highway vehicle (OHV) use, winter sports, fire bans, and more. Please call the Ranger District or check our Camping page for current fire restrictions....

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                                            Yurt Camping

                                                  Discover your inner nomad with a trip to a Colorado yurt. These unique structures make for a new-and-different camping experience. (Surprise: They're warm in winter!) Trek to the high, remote Leadville Backcountry Yurts or spend a night in luxury at the Tennessee Pass sleep yurts for a special adventure. Have a bigger group? Consider a hut trip with room for ...

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