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
16 sites
Up to guests per site
Hike in
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Alta Lakes Campground.

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Hipcamper Dillon
Dillon S.
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.

Walking the trail to Gold King BasinThe view from Alta LakesThe rim of Gold King, the trail goes up the south wall.
Hipcamper Madison
Madison G.
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 M.
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 G.
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

Hipcamper Megan
Megan M.
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November 14th, 2018

Near empty in late October before the snowfall, beautiful scenery with the foliage changing colors.

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Uncompahgre National Forest
United States
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37.886° N, 107.854° W
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Tent Only - Hike In: 16 Sites
(Up to people per site)

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