Would recommend for short term or extended stay. Well spaced sites accessible by most rigs 35’ or less, but be prepared for some Texas pin striping and antenna damage due to low tree clearance. No cell service. I’ve found garbage left. No one is here! The road coming is dirt and gravel. The max stay here is two weeks, but we did end up staying a few extra days to help time our next stop. Make sure you take County Road 48 at the fork between County Road 4, County Road 48, and County Road 5A. 11 am on a Thursday may or may not be ok..more remote places are better but Saturday is always more challenging. It is $5 to dump and $2.50 for water. Forest Road #706 has dozens of dispersed campsites before reaching the Lost Lake Campground. Tons of options! Leadville Dispersed Overlooking Turquoise Lake is open Year round. Assuming you can deal with the possibility of the cell signal suddenly disappearing (the library in town has very fast WiFi apparently), then this is a great spot. Short 1/4 mile on pretty good gravel road leads to very level area with several established campsites with fire pits. It was not too crowded when we arrived on a Sunday afternoon, but this is a very popular spot, so you are going to have neighbors. Great off-roading! Little hilltop camp up a rough road! Turquoise Lake trail 708 begins about 3 miles up Glacier Creek trail. Scenery It would typically last a few hours (one time was almost an entire day) and would randomly come back. Campendium users haven't asked any questions about County Road 48 Dispersed Camping, This is one of our favorite free campsites in Colorado. Reservations are a good idea for all campgrounds except Belle of Colorado and Tabor Boat Ramp, which are first come, firs… This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com, We spent 5 days at the Tabor Campground at Turquoise Lake and then moved to the dispersed camping at County Road 48. 1 spot to camp out in the open and 2 more that have some protection. The area is large and open, with plenty of level spots to camp. There is a great view of Mt. There are 9 campgrounds near the lake, with 8 of them being on the east end. Whether you enjoy tent camping, car camping or RV camping, our goal is to help you find the best places to go camping. Florence Lake in the Sierras. The 6.2-mile (one way) trail is strenuous, as it gains nearly 2,500 feet in elevation through dense forest. Chapman Reservoir Campground - Oak Creek, Colorado. My alarm went off at around 1:30am. The lady at the Visitor Bureau was very nice and will give you any information you need on the town. I’ve stayed here before but last night someone tried breaking into my vehicle or stealing items off my roof rack. ATVs rode by but not a single car (stayed Thursday night). We give you a simple, map based search engine to find free and cheap camping areas. Sorry neighbors but now the porch light stays on all night here. Lot's of stuff was closed during the pandemic and social distancing. So, most campers tucked in at sunset keeping evening noise very low. The town of Leadville has a grocery store, Family Dollar and gas stations that have just about anything you would need while staying. If you would rather leave a review, Your email address will not be published. Camping: There is no dispersed camping available near Turquoise Lake, however the Forest Service operates a large number of developed campsites with fire rings, picnic tables, drop toilets, and potable water. The data was there, but it was very slow. Ask techollec about Shrine Pass … They graciously let us join their gatherings and we had a great time. Sorry neighbors but now the porch light stays on all night here. Camping along the coastline is beautiful year-round, whereas camping in the desert is most enjoyed in the cooler months – November through April. In short, it’s stunning! Be the first to add a note for County Road 48 Dispersed Camping! Stayed here with a passenger vehicle and a tent. Learn more: Boondocking 101. Catchy title, eh? Be the first to add a video for County Road 48 Dispersed Camping! Leadville is a lovely little town, with most of the amenities we needed for our stay here - including a dump station, albeit not fre... AT&T on the other hand was blazing fast....until the cell tower died. There are two main areas directly off County Road 48. Dispersed camping by turquoise lake Colorado A subreddit for campers concerned more about the act of camping and less concerned about hiking long distances or light gear. 10/7/2020 didn’t make it to location. We hope you enjoy the same style of camping. Date of experience: September 2015. Stayed here in a 19 foot-long Trailer (RV). It was somewhat random, but we did notice it mostly went out in the late afternoon and it happened a bit more frequently on the weekends. Turquoise fills up pretty quickly. From these campgrounds, enjoy sightseeing and fishing on the peaceful waters, or a nature hike on one of the many trails nearby. I would recommend visiting Melanzana on the main strip in town. Getting There: From Fort Collins, take US 287 N (College Ave) to Livermore. Leadville, Colorado... There’s something to be said about having someone scout a campsite for you. Campground Recon … Stayed here in this free, dispersed campsite the other day. Leadville is home to some of the best tent camping in Colorado as well as some of the best RV campsites in the state. Woke up to a bike race going uphill right by this site. Required fields are marked, Next level hosting generously provided by, https://steemit.com/travel/@vanholio/best-free-campsite-in-leadville-co-video. Also 3-4 bars in At&T on the phones. We are community driven, and while we will be adding many free camping spots, we hope that you will add some of your favorite camping places as well. The road coming is dirt and gravel. Neat, American-made shop. Really strong cell service. Now we are Xscapers because we joined while staying here! This is a response to the above comment. A little bumpy on the way up (would recommend 4wd), but worth it at the top. The max stay here is two weeks, but we did end up staying a few extra days to help time our next stop. The area is beautiful. Using our Weboost we have 4 bars of 4g on Verizon and could stream video. Can’t beat free camping. We ended up staying at the second area. Campendium is an Amazon associate site and earns from qualifying purchases. Dom Vanden Dries would stay here again. Saved by Dan Adventurer This site sits on a plateau above Leadville and is surrounded by Mountain views. I would say 5-6 rigs of any size could fit on each side comfortably. July/August 2016 Lot's of trees and shade, quiet, about 5 minutes to town (Leadville) where you can dump, get water, etc. Had to plow through a snow drift or two, but the view was worth it. Fire ban was in... The first one is very close to the paved road and the other is about a mile away. Managed to drive down without passing a bike. Otherwise, sites are littered … This is one of our favorite free campsites in Colorado. Stunningly gorgeous views of the valley. You don't have the great view of the lake like the campgrounds up the road but it's free and a really nice place.Enough Verizon signal to get online with a jetpack and get text and phone calls. There is no washboard and it is easy to drive on. Campgrounds are equipped with picnic tables, fire rings, toilets, and drinking water. Road/Site Condition Our focus is on public lands. Bring bug spray...the mosquitoes love you up here. Thankfully, I have a flexible schedule and could work around the issue. The 15 feet into the site is steep and might be hard for 2wd though. Our community provides the best free camping information available. I believe they can be accessed from the first main area or if you keep driving down 48 and turn left it circles around and they are apparently some spots. Elbert. There are so many meandering roads back into the woods. There are areas to setup on the right and left side of the entrance “road”. For reference we have an FJ Cruiser and a 19’ Intech Sol. We spent 5 days at the Tabor Campground at Turquoise Lake and then moved to the dispersed camping at County Road 48. We arrived late on a busy Friday and had no trouble finding a good spot with many spots still available. 5 stars!!! Some areas in National Forests are closed to dispersed camping, so check postings carefully and check with the local The dispersed sites along County Highway 4 offer an excellent option for camping near Grand Lake. The area is grassy, but surprisingly level. Note that there are no facilities here, and this is a high altitude camping area. Lot's of stuff was closed during the pandemic and social distancing. We were camped with some friends, and had a wonderful time. Lot's of trees and shade, quiet, about 5 minutes to town (Leadville) where you can dump, get water, etc. The only thing I didn't like was the air was pretty thin for me and I finally left after buying a couple of bottles of oxygen to help with breathing. Camp on the Water at Green Ridge Campground This is a great site for an impromptu trip to the lake and for those that prefer the anonymity of free dispersed camping and avoiding the typical overly nosey camp hosts. Stayed here with a passenger vehicle and a tent. Dispersed camping can be in either designated areas or in non-designated areas. Amenity Access It was in September when the aspens had all turned golden yellow, and we had a blast. However, from what I was told, there are many spots throughout the side/back roads to the left. We are not actively seeking Wal-Marts, truckstops or other parking lots and will not be adding very many of these. Vanholio would stay here again. There is no washboard and it is easy to drive on. I loved this spot! Good wifi at the coffee shop in town. There are enough Wal-Mart and truck stop directories out there already. No water or camp host as you should expect in a dispersed campsite. We had decent Verizon service and were able to do basic work on our computers. Our cell phones are AT&T and we have AT&T and Verizon hotspots. Hiked up their route and got some great photos of Turquoise Lake. Being the most prominent peak in all of Bend at 10,358 feet high, this hike gives you bragging rights. more. Data signal was good for me on Verizon and AT&T with AT&T being the strongest. Most of the campsites are under the Biospheric's reservation system. Amazing sunset and sunrise. I had to reinstall a couple of my antennas due to low trees over the road. Also two people running generators all night. campground, on the Lake's west side, receives the morning sunlight and enjoys magnificent views of Mount Massive and Holy Cross Wildernesses. We believe that free camping areas are often the most beautiful and peaceful camp sites. Others are tucked into secluded forests and meadowlands. Best Strenuous Hike: South Sister. My car alarm you have to hit really hard to go off. There are 1-5 campsites at this location and the maximum RV length is 15 feet. We find steps that take us down to a lakeside path. We stayed here for a little over two weeks in late July 2019. If everyone contributes a few campsites, we'll all have more places to go camping. I'd still go back though! By sharing camping information freely, we can all spend less time researching campgrounds, spend less money, and more time camping. Chambers Lake Dispersed Camping - Bellvue, Colorado. This is a high-altitude camping area, so be aware of that if you are bringing people from out of town. One issue I had was Google. The only point really worth noting is regards the cell signal. Free campgrounds can be hard to find. It is about 5-10 minutes from the site. Once you take the hairpin turn to start going uphill towards the site, the road is pretty rough (just very rocky). We had 2-3 bars and the data was speedy. Five minutes to Turquoise Lake and ten into Leadville. I loved that it was close to town and we could grocery shop and eat at some really great restaurants. Well spaced sites accessible by most rigs 35’ or less, but be prepared for some Texas pin striping and antenna damage due to low tree clearance. There's a few sites on the way up to the coordinate. Each campground has a manager to help you with your needs. The roads are a bit bumpy and you want to make sure your gear is secured. Big Creek Lakes Campground The most obvious place to camp at the lake is the campground of the same name. The forest road is very bumpy but does not need 4wd. Located in the San Isabel National Forest at an altitude of 9,780 feet, Turquoise Lake is just 5 minutes west of Leadville. more. Turquoise Lake is a large reservoir on the Arkansas River near the city of Leadville. Camping at Lake Irwin Campground in Crested Butte, CO - 360° Drive-thru - Duration: 4:41. There are many dispersed camping sites on Halfmoon Road, and if you keep driving there is Halfmoon East Campground. Perfect for fishing and hiking, this spot features a number of dispersed camping sites along Creedmore Lake, which is north of the town of Redfeather Lakes. A spot prized for its fishing, camping, and hiking, Turquoise Lake provides some of … However, if a member of the community finds one of these locations to be useful for overnight RV parking and creates an entry, we may approve the listing. Pluses: Free, gorgeous, cool. My car alarm you have to hit really hard to go off. Inconvenient if you have specific times you must work while on the road. Popular campgrounds in the area include the Goosecreek Trailhead Road, the Mueller State Park, and the Badger Flats dispersed camping area. Never gives false alarms. More information and reservations can be found HERE. Gorgeous views at this site. It tried to navigate be down County Road 4 and then a super super super steep dirt road that would have been disastrous even in my van. This entry was posted in Camping, Colorado, culture, hiking, Waterfalls and tagged Camping, Colorado, disconnect, dispersed camping, Hiking, Mount Massive Wilderness, San Isabel National Forest, travel, Turquoise Lake on July 18, 2017 by Stephen Jaye. more. I’m not saying someone with a little more courage and skill couldn’t do it, it was just out of our league. There's a fee campsite on one side of the lake but if you keep … 1 photo. The last mile was to daunting for us to access the location. The total hiking distance is about 6 miles with an elevation gain of 1,600 feet. Continue on 14-Poudre Canyon Road and then take a left Holhnholz Lakes Road - CR 103. We dispersed camp about 1/3 of the nights on our trip. I’ve stayed here before but last night someone tried breaking into my vehicle or stealing items off my roof rack. We did not visit many museums, but there are plenty to choose from. Veer left onto W. County Road 74e (Red Feather Lakes Rd) and stay on this road for about 46 miles. Verizon: 0.55Mbps down / 0.01Mbps up / 155ms ping. I went with a few friends on my first dispersed camping trip (drive off the side of the road and set up camp) last year here off Shrine Pass Road. We ended up driving down the main dirt road to another left hand pull off, driving a bit back that road and finding a gor... Even with a large crowd, everyone was respectful and observed “quiet hours. The spots are very flat and open, perfect for large group camping. You *should* use a 4WD to get up there, but Vanholio made it with a front wheel drive and 5" of clearance! My roof is 12’ on a 25’ MH. more. Review of Shrine Pass Road. The area is large and open, with plenty of level spots to camp. ... Turquoise Lake - Leadville - Duration: 7:13. Great site on the top of a hill surrounded by mountain peaks. From the Swan Highway, turn west onto Kraft Creek Road, or Forest Service Road 561, and the trailhead is about 11.5 miles away. Campground use is extremely popular, especially on summer weekends, and reservations can be made five days in advance. Dispersed camping is a great way to enjoy the experience of camping away from the noise and bustle of campground camping. We had 2-3 bars of Verizon, but it was unusable for me. It's a hillock along Lake County 105A, overlooking Turquoise Lake. My roof is 12’ on a 25’ MH. Between the higher elevation, the cooling effect of the nearby lake, and the shade of the tall pines, the air is brisk and refreshing. From the May Queen Campground looking east over Turquoise Lake on Memorial Day Weekend 2019. Went Memorial Day weekend and not another soul in sight. There are also several lakes and tons of hiking nearby. We were camped with some friends, and had a wonderful time. BTW, the Mexican food at Casa Sanchez 2 was some of the best Mexican food I've ever had and I'm from Texas so that's saying a lot! The only exception is that dispersed camping is allowed in Jedediah Smith Wilderness which the Teton Crest Trail crosses through in two areas. The booster did not help either. Lorraineaaron would stay here again. Coming to Turquoise Lake proves to be the perfect antidote to the crowded encampment at the dispersed camping area. It did this several times during our stay - one time just for 20 minutes, but another time almost for an entire day. One con was that previous campers are not burying human waste or picking up behind dogs. Some others nearby had issues with Verizon so it just really depends on where you pick to park based on the signal strength. more. The food there, as well as Mountain High Pies is great. Take an off-road adventure by parking at Sugarloaf Dam and mountain biking the 13-mile round-trip trail that goes along the lake to the May Queen Campground. Have you been there? 2. Excellent place to stay and explore the Leadville area. Tons of options! May Queen is the only campground at the west end of Turquoise Lake, at about 10,000 feet. It helped that most had solar, so generator noise was minimal. Disconnect and Reconnect Stayed here in a 16 foot-long Passenger Vehicle. There is a self-pay box, or you can pay inside during normal business hours. We picked a dispersed site by the river and there thankfully was no one around! The land surrounding Turquoise Lake is lined with trails and low trafficked, paved roads. Never gives false alarms. Whether you just need to know where to camp nearby or you want to plan a free camping road trip, we've got you covered. Although in the heart of the Rockies and in the shadow of Mount Massive and Elbert, virtually no views other than of pine trees. We stayed here for a little over two weeks in late July 2019. more. AT&T was great. This is a platform for sharing campgrounds and camp sites you have discovered. You d... We especially like camping on Forest Service land, BLM (Bureau of Land Management) areas, WMA's (Wildlife Management Areas) and county or city parks. I spent about 45 minutes driving various roads scouting out spots. Also two people running generators all nigh... Camping from the desert to the Pacific coast . Turquoise Lake. Also note that dispersed camping is not allowed along the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park and you are required to camp in these designated zones. The campground stretches out along Chapman Reservoir in mostly mature Aspen and some Subalpine fir. Not many campers at this time of year and it was very peaceful. Click here to leave a review and improve this listing! Not enough for video streaming but almost. This area is wide open which was great for our solar. Dispersed camping is prohibited around the lake. Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads. More people are starting long weekends at FCFS places earlier in the week because of this. Reservation Status: Accepted Camping at Turquoise Lake is only allowed only in the campgrounds. The roads are a bit bumpy and you want to make sure your gear is secured. It was in 2014 that locals and bird watchers noticed that … Community reviews and ratings provide you with up to date information and help you select the best camp site for your next camping trip. Cell/Internet Access Great spot for dispersed camping. Fire ban was in effect during our visit. Some sites look out over the water to 13,000-foot peaks beyond. Short 1/4 mile on pretty good gravel road leads to very level area with several established campsites with fire pits. The hike to this alpine lake in the Eagles Nest Wilderness and its dispersed backcountry camping spots (look for places where others have made camp before) begins at the Rock Creek trailhead, the road to which is located about 7.5 miles north of Silverthorne on CO 9. While we haven’t ever been in Bend in the right season to hike the South Sister, there’s no doubt it is the ultimate hike in the area. It was so beautiful seeing the mountains in the backdrop and it's really quiet and peaceful. Verizon was slow to the point of being almost non-existent. We had no trouble leveling. Camping is only allowed in developed campgrounds in the Turquoise Lake Area. Q&A - Ask the Community about County Road 48 Dispersed Camping, Reviews of County Road 48 Dispersed Camping, Written by someone with an affiliation to the property, Duplicate review submitted by the same member, Multiple reviews submitted by members of the same household, Reviewer did not actually visit the location, The Best RV Parks and Campgrounds in the Florida Keys, America's Top National Parks for RV Camping, The Mighty 5: All the Camping in Utah’s National Parks, The Top 15 States for RV Camping in National Forests, What You Need To Know About The New Camping Rules Near The Tetons, The Best State Park Campgrounds in Each State. Both are easy to access. We stayed here for 11 nights at the end of July and beginning of August 2019. Reserve your site well in advance, Turquoise Lake campgrounds fill up most weekends throughout the summer. We also found a dumpster near the Silver Dollar National Forest campground that did not have a sign on it, so used that a time or two as well. First... it's HUGE. I’m not sure you can get water without camping there, but we did. We ended up dumping trash at the Shell’s car vacuum trash cans (our trash bags are small) a time or two. Stayed here in a Class B (RV). Make sure you take County Road 48 at the fork between County ... Difficult to get to, lousy water pressure. AT&T: 60.2Mbps down / 32Mbps up / 65ms ping When camping in non-designated areas, the general rule is to be 100 feet from any road, trail or water source. Road/Site Condition Two boats ramps provide convenient access to the lake for boaters and anglers. Dispersed camping is camping for free outside of established campgrounds on public land, typically on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land, national forests or national monuments in the United States, or Crown Land in Canada. You can simply use your smart phone's GPS to find camping near you or even use our trip planner to plan your route from coast to coast. There are few turn offs on your way up, so be prepared to have to backup down a narrow, rough road if you encountered a vehicle going the opposite way. Th... There are friendly people here, but also some shady. However, they get higher in elevation and are heavily shaded, so we only camp there in the heat of the summer. Reviewed May 15, 2016 . Hike into the Holy Cross and Mount Massive wilderness … Eight campgrounds ring the lake. We stayed at the 2nd site up, there are a couple along the road. The town of Leadville is a cute little mountain town. Back roads along the rugged California coastline are near and dear as they afford breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and a milder climate. But, Man, the view! Photo: Leadville Today . Excellent place to stay and explore the Leadville area. Visited in September 2019 but site was already occupied by a 4runner and Crosstrek. Leadville is a lovely little town, with most of the amenities we needed for our stay here - including a dump station, albeit not free. All the dumpsters in town we either locked or had no household trash signs. It was so beautiful seeing the mountains in the backdrop and it's really quiet and peaceful. Not many campers at th... You probably need 4wd for this. There is a wide variety of forest service campgrounds, all nestled around the lake. The City of Leadville has an awesome dump/water station at the sanitation station as you come into town. Pulled in yesterday on July 1st Plenty of space & plenty of people Expect more before the holiday weekend Remember, this hike takes you into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Some of the roads into the secluded spots can be a bit tricky to navigate but we got our Class C in no problem taking it slow. Rough road leads to a gorgeous view and great campsite. Freecampsites.net makes it easy. Negatives: hikers, runners, bikers, and jeeps pass by a lot; no cell service; few discrete spots for your business. We spent 5 days at the Tabor Campground at Turquoise Lake and then moved to the dispersed camping at County Road 48. But that’s not what I mean by the title of this post. I had to reinstall a couple of my antennas due to low trees over the road. We found that if we were out at the site, the city of Leadville was also out. ROADSIDE!CAMPING:)No#camping#will#be#allowed#on#Independence#Pass#from#mile#markers# 56"66,"within"a"quarter"mile"of"Hwy"82,"from"Monday"August"20th!to#Friday#morning,#August# 24th.! This site sits on a plateau above Leadville and is surrounded by Mountain views. However, the weird thing on AT&T was sporadically, we would lose all signal completely. There is no dispersed camping available. Situated less than 5 miles west of downtown Leadville, Turquoise Lake is the obvious choice for a stunning campsite at 10,000+ ft. 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