Description

You know that saying, "If it were easy, it wouldn't be worth it."? That sure applies to Alta Lakes Campground, which is accessed only via rugged road that requires high clearance and all wheel drive. Once you get up here, the primitive dispersed camping in a sweeping alpine setting, fishing, and hiking are real, real worth it.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
16
Access
Hike in (+10 mins)
Group sizes
Up to people per site
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
Cave
Desert
Forest
Hot spring
Lake
River, stream or creek
Waterfall
Beach
Redwoods
Swimming hole
Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching
Wind sports
Surfing
Swimming
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Hipcamper Dillon
Dillon
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 2nd, 2015

This is one of the best campgrounds in the lower 48. Bring a water purifier and make use of the natural spring that flows through the middle of the site. Bring a jacket too, even in summer I have woken up to frost on the ground. It can get chilly at 11,000'

Don't be dissuaded by the rough road. A Subaru or a brave sedan could make it no problem.

Please take care of this place. Pack your trash out, Leave no trace.

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Hipcamper Madison
Madison
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 5th, 2016

Favorite campsite of all time right here. Alta Lakes is tough to get to, but is 110% worth it. The views are stellar and the abandoned mine town you pass on the way up is pretty cool!

Hipcamper Alyssa
Alyssa
recommends this listing.
March 8th, 2017

This campground is gorgeous! Make sure your car is up for the trek though. We made it up in our campervan but it was a little dicey at times. Everything is well spread out and it's dispersed camping. We didn't have any issues with people being too close. Spectacular views along the way! I would absolutely recommend camping here if you want to visit Telluride. It is close enough but far enough away that you don't get stuck with crowds or big groups

Hipcamper Annie
Annie
recommends this listing.
March 17th, 2017

Wild boy basin just a short drive away provides some of the most secluded alpine lake camping ever! Probably need 4x4 tho

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June 5th, 2018
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April 7th, 2018
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August 19th, 2017
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September 6th, 2017
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April 6th, 2017
Hipcamper Ash
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February 13th, 2017
Park
Uncompahgre National Forest
State
Colorado
Phone Number
970-874-6600
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
37.886° N, 107.854° W
Unknown price
Tent Only - Hike In: 16 Sites
(Up to people per site)