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
Hike in (+10 mins)
Group sizes
Up to people per site
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
No RV hookup
Horseback riding
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching
Wind sports
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Hipcamper Dillon
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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.

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

Uncompahgre National Forest
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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)