Hipcamp host Holy Cross R.
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A wonderful wilderness camping adventure awaits, regardless of season.... but before booking, please browse details to make sure this listing is right for your adventure. We want all our guests to be educated about the property. 

In summer, most guests will choose to hike about 2.5 miles (or more depending on the choice of trails) to the site, as the hike up the 759

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A wonderful wilderness camping adventure awaits, regardless of season.... but before booking, please browse details to make sure this listing is right for your adventure. We want all our guests to be educated about the property. 

In summer, most guests will choose to hike about 2.5 miles (or more depending on the choice of trails) to the site, as the hike up the 759 Jeep road is beautiful, and the drive up the 759 road itself is possible but best reserved for motorbikes, atvs, or 4wd jeeps/ trucks with big 33+"tires, lockers, capable drivers, and winches.

In winter (Nov 20th - May 20th), access is by over-snow vehicles such as snowmobiles (with proper experience), backcountry skis (with proper experience), snowshoes, or some combination. Expect 10.5 - 11+ miles of over-snow transport. Guests booking around the start / end dates of the season can check with host about current conditions as these are USFS guidelines and depend on conditions. 

This listing is for a site right at the junction of trees, meadows, and talus with the right blend of privacy and views. These will fit 2-4 person backpacking tents. 

The site is over 11k in elevation, so please consider renting our cabin (see next listing) if available if you are inexperienced with tent camping in the high mountains. Please note that amenities like toilet, shower may be shared with shower or other campsite guests. 

There are flat spots ready for your tent, or for an additional cost (please let us know when requesting to book) you can borrow our gear including sleeping bags and pads for up to four, stove, and tent. You must bring your own hut/ sleeping bag liner or sleeping bag liner if you borrow our bags- a sheet folded in half and sewn together works well. This is the only place anywhere nearby with amenities, and literally stones throw from the Holy Cross Wilderness, where you will find lakes, peaks, streams, and rocks galore.

This is a unique opportunity to stay in a special place. Our cabin makes for an excellent base in winter, while in summer or fall sleeping outdoors under the stars at the tentsite is an excellent choice.

For the 2.5 mile option, the simplest directions are: Off highway 24, take a right onto Homestake Reservoir Road (road 703). Drive about 7.8 miles and take a right onto Missouri Creek Road (road 704). (Note: before Missouri Creek Road, your GPS may try to take you to the right up Holy Cross City Road (road 759). Unless you have a high clearance, off-road vehicle, we would not turn here. However, you can hike in from this point if you like to add boring mileage. Please check signs regarding current parking restrictions if you choose this option.) From the start of 704 road drive approx 2.2 miles and take a right on Fancy Creek Road (road 727). For this road you may want a good Colorado trailhead vehicle like a Subaru, unless you are used to driving your lower-clearance vehicle on narrow and at times challenging forest roads. From the start of the 727 road keep going across the river (large culvert) and you'll reach a large opening where you can park your vehicle. Head left up the 759 jeep road to the cabin 2.5 miles (you can find final directions and coordinates on Hipcamp directions). Routes that are more scenic include Fancy Lake to trail 2006.1a, Fall Creek pass to Hunky Dory and then Holy Cross City. 

You will want either a good sense of backcountry navigation, topo map, and gps to make it, or if you are less familiar, you may want to hire a guide.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
2 bookable sites
Access
Short walk (1 - 5 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 6 people per site
No potable water
Bring your own water, purify from river or stre...
Fires allowed
Fire ring
Toilet available
Portable toilet
Pets allowed
On leash
Showers available
Hot water
Pack it out
No picnic table
No wifi
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Swimming
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at High Alpine Camping Experience in Colorado.

Forest
Lake
Mountainous
Prairie, meadow, ...
River, stream or ...
Swimming hole
Waterfall

Places to see near Holy Cross Refugio Tent Sites and Cabin

Sylvan Lake State Park
Sylvan Lake State Park
14 miles way Explore
White River National Forest
White River National Forest
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Arapaho National Forest
Arapaho National Forest
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Pike National Forest
Pike National Forest
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Paonia State Park
Paonia State Park
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Gunnison National Forest
Gunnison National Forest
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San Isabel National Forest
San Isabel National Forest
59 miles way Explore
Eleven Mile State Park
Eleven Mile State Park
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Stagecoach State Park
Stagecoach State Park
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Rifle Falls State Park
Rifle Falls State Park
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Rifle Gap State Park
Rifle Gap State Park
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Vega State Park
Vega State Park
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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
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Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
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Grand Mesa National Forest
Grand Mesa National Forest
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Chatfield State Park
Chatfield State Park
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Mueller State Park
Mueller State Park
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Crawford State Park
Crawford State Park
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State Forest State Park
State Forest State Park
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Routt National Forest
Routt National Forest
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Yampa River State Park
Yampa River State Park
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
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Cherry Creek State Park
Cherry Creek State Park
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St. Vrain State Park
St. Vrain State Park
95 miles way Explore
Pearl Lake State Park
Pearl Lake State Park
97 miles way Explore
Steamboat Lake State Park
Steamboat Lake State Park
98 miles way Explore
Roosevelt National Forest
Roosevelt National Forest
98 miles way Explore

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Hipcamper Jonathan
Jonathan S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 6th, 2016

I had a great time staying at HCR. Ben was very thorough in his information and was great with communication leading up to and after my stay. I decided to take the Fancy Creek trail to the site. It was a bit of a hike and took me about 4 hours with my gear, but I highly recommend it. It is a bit of elevation gain, so be prepared.

Some of the old mining equipment nearby. Look, but don't touch!The nearby remnants of Holy Cross City.
Hipcamper Robert
Robert L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 16th, 2018

This is a treasure of a site. This was the first backpack I did and I loved how secluded it felt. The directions were on point and the hike up was nice. There are a few streams nearby so you do have access to water. I'm definitely going to go back and rent the cabin this winter!

Hipcamper Maegen
Maegen L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 30th, 2018

Another great trip to this alpine hut! This was our first time pitching tents near the hut and it was very convenient. Two of us slept in the hut, two in tents. Plenty of tree cover and softer mossy ground. Will definitely be back!

Hipcamper Lisa M.
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(Site 1)
September 28th, 2018
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June 24th, 2018