As summer continues, campgrounds in and around the Summit County are filled with families, hikers, fishermen, backpackers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. There are tons of great options when it comes to choosing campground. Summit County, is literally cradled by some of Colorado’s biggest mountain wilderness areas including the Gore Range, the Tenmile Range, the Front Range, and others. Some of the most notable camping sites in the state that are particularly popular for camping are found in the area. The following is a list of a few sites that are worth checking out if you are considering a camping trip of your own this summer!
On the southeastern side of Summit County near Montezuma, you will find Peru Creek Road. All along this road, you will find car accessible campsites spread out next to the river. From most of these prime spots, you can see spectacular views of the majestic Grays Peak, Ruby Mountain, and others. This area provides the opportunity to explore some gorgeous valleys of the White River National Forest like Chihuahua Gulch, Warden Gulch, and Cinnamon Gulch.
Upper Slate Lake
According to the USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest is the most visited forest in the entire United States. Encompassing a massive 2.3 million acres, it is also one of the nation's largest forests! It is no surprise that this huge area is home to many awe-inspiring trails, peaks, and lakes. Upper Slate Lake is no exception. While it might take a little work to get to there, the area around the lake is guaranteed to take your breath away! To get there you will need to hike up the Slate Creek Trail. Go past Slate Lake and continue higher (about one mile in distance but another 1000 feet of elevation) to reach Upper Slate Lake. This is a gorgeous area for camping with many beautiful sites to set up.
Upper Slate Lake is accessed by the Rock Creek Trail (#64). The trailhead is a short drive north on Hwy 9/Blue River Parkway for 7.7 mi. Turn left going up the hill and climb the hill for 1.2 mi, and turn left on a dirt road labeled Rock Creek. For the summer trailhead, continue on the dirt road beyond the winter parking lot (most suitable for SUVs) for 1.7 mi to a large parking lot.
Lower and Upper Crystal Lakes
Located just outside of Breckenridge, the Crystal Lakes can be found, and offer stunning panoramic views as well as wonderful sites to set up camp. An easy 2 mile hike will lead you to Lower Crystal Lake. If you would like to get a little further up, continue along the trail for another 2.4 miles and you will encounter Upper Crystal Lake where the views of the Tenmile Range and more are unparalleled!
No matter where you choose to camp this summer, don't forget about safety and taking all precautions to safeguard yourself and your family from bears and other wild animals. Follow all posted warning signs, and properly store all food and cosmetics (including toothpaste) in bear-proof containers. Also, keep in mind that campfires are strictly controlled and you should always check current fire restrictions. Camping is prohibited within 100 feet of the lakes.
Camping is a privilege with benefits that are enjoyed by many who visit and live in Summit County. For residents, it becomes a convenient part of life! Find a home in Summit County and enjoy the year-round privilege of easy access to some of the best camping in the world - contact us today for more details!
By Coldwell Banker