White River National Forest

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About White River National Forest

Come spend some quality get to know ya time in the warm heart of the Rocky Mountains! Home to world-renowned ski resorts, many of the infamous “fourteeners,” and hundreds of miles of trails, White River National Forest proves a mecca time and time again for any warm blooded outdoor enthusiast. The most visited national forest in the nation for good reason, White River spans over 2.3 million acres of adventure possibilities and land conservation. Once you’ve picked your jaw off the floor, let your creativity flow on any of the 12 ski resorts (we would list them out, but, 12) or eight designated wilderness areas. The forest itself has many developed camping facilities well suited to lone wolves or larger groups. And let us tell ya, the purity of the air and water will leave you totally refreshed and ready for the next big thing.

Campgrounds in White River

Gore Creek Campground
Jennifer
Jennifer: Water not available bring your own. Great walkable trails from the campsite.
Prospector Campground
Marisa
Marisa: This site isn't heavily forested, and the trees that are there are young. That means noise can travel...
Halfmoon Campground
Ryan
Ryan: Located at the Half Moon (Tigiwon) Trailhead, this campsite is perfect for hiking Mount of the Holy...
Maroon Bells Amphitheatre
Sarah
Sarah: Unfortunately camping around these areas is closed for a bit due to bear activity....
Redstone Campground
Enjoy divine, can’t-miss views of White River National Forest and the Rockies from your own private...
Heaton Bay Campground
Scott
Scott: Heaton Bay made my first Colorado camping experience as good as it gets! Super simple and based on...
Bogan Flats Campground
For its enviable location right on the Crystal River, Bogan Flats Campground is a favorite among...
Blue River Campground
Just off the river on Highway 9, Blue River Campground offers river (you betcha) and stream fishing...
Difficult Campground
Kris
Kris: My wife and I stayed here in early-June, 2015. I'll have to admit, I was skeptical of staying in a...
Marvine Campground
Marvine Campground is your gateway to the Flat Top Wilderness! And if you’ve got a fleet of horses to...
South Fork Campground
Spend a weekend getting grizzly at South Fork Campground! Leave the deodorant at home, forgo the...
Trappers Lake / Cutthroat Campground
With a name like Cutthroat Campground, you know what you’re coming here for! Some of the best damn...
Trappers Lake / Horse Thief Campground
Horse Thief Campground is a quiet and private campground complete with corrals for your trusty...
Elk Wallow Campground
Elk Wallow Campground is best suited for campers looking for quiet getaways, but there’s certainly no...
Camp Hale Memorial Campground
Get in touch with nature and pay respect to our troops at Camp Hale Memorial Campground. Used as a...
Trappers Lake / Trapline Campground
Coming to the mountains to hike, fish and play is SO much easier when you have a campsite you can be...
Yeoman Park Campground
Hoisted 9,000 feet skyward above sea level, Yeoman Park Campground is located on the edge of a wetland...
Deep Lake Campground
Wake up next to the majestic beauty of Deep Lake and the smell of the fragrant spruce and fir forest...
Sweetwater Lake Campground
Sweetwater Campground will hit just the spot any time of year. Located right on the 72 acre lake, you...
White Owl Campground
Take in the beauty of White Owl Lake from right outside your tent when you crash here. This is the...
Gold Park Campground
A well-hidden gem within White Lake National Park, Gold Park Campground is shimmering with wildlife....
Hornsilver Campground
Come on down to Hornsilver Campground, where the creek runs cold and the campfire burns hot. Fish for...
Meadow Lake Campground
Want to rev up your ATV or chill out with your fishing rod? Why not both?! Head to Meadow Lake...
Meadow Ridge Campground
Right against Meadow Lake, Meadow Ridge Campground offers convenient sites with pull-out, pull-in and...
Camp Hale East Fork Group Campground
Round up the crew for a weekend away in the great outdoors. At Camp Hale East Fork Group Campground,...
Lost Man Campground
Two miles east of an old mining-turned-ghost town, Lost Man Campground is sheltered by tall lodgepole...
Himes Peak Campground
Where our hunters at? Himes Peak Campground is the lottery of elk hunting. Nearby streams also provide...
Silver Bell Campground
Fun fact: Aspens in a grove all share the same roots–they’re all one tree! Explore this natural...
Silver Bar Campground
Postcard-perfect, the Silver Bar Campground is just down the road from the Snowmass-Maroon Bells...
Silver Queen Campground
Jason
Jason: Great campground for easy access to Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness trails. There's not a lot of...
Piney Guard Station
A stay at Piney Guard Station instantly transports guests to 1930s Colorado, when this postcard-worthy...
Mollie B Campground
Bring out the boat for sunny times at Ruedi Reservoir or try your hand at fishing in the renowned...
Chapman Campground
Melissa
Melissa: Great spot to camp for a night or two. It fills up around the holidays so try to book early if you...
Trappers Lake / Bucks Campground
Bucks Campground at Trapper Lake offers you a pretty place to rest your head and offers the lake at...
Little Mattie Campground
16 miles east of Basalt on the Ruedi Reservoir, Little Mattie Campground is a scenic spot with...
Windy Point
Gather up to 200 of your best friends for a trip to Windy Point Group Campground. Overlooking Dillon...
Dearhamer Campground
Not only will you find some of the best fishing (Gold Medal Waters!) at Dearhamer Campground, but...
Trappers Lake / Shepherds Rim Campground
In true ColoRADo fashion, Shepard’s Rim Campground offers up the very best of the outdoors on a silver...
North Fork Campground
Want to sleep at the center of the Colorado Rockies' most epic adventures? Ramble on over to North...
Pine Cove Campground
Why stay in an expensive resort town when you can set up at Pine Cove Campground and have better views...
Cataract Creek Campground
Talk about teeny tiny! Cataract Creek Campground only has five sites, so even if the campground is...
Cow Creek North Campground
At nearly 9,000 feet elevation on the northeast shore of Green Mountain Reservoir, Cow Creek...
Elliott Creek Campground
At over 8,000 feet elevation on the west end of the Green Mountain Reservoir, Elliott Creek Campground...
McDonald Flats Campground
McDonald Flats Campground. Be sure to bring your hiking boots and Sperry top siders because you’ll...
Prairie Point Campground
North of Silverthorne on the east side of the Green Mountain Reservoir, Prairie Point Campground...
Willows Campground
Right off Highway 9 on the north end of the Green Mountain Reservoir is Willows Campground. It has...
Coffee Pot Spring Campground
What better spot to bring that French press of yours to impress the ladies or gents with? Coffee Pot...
Fulford Cave Campground
Amongst sparse young aspen, spruce and fir trees sits Fulford Cave Campground. From over 9,500 feet of...
Peak One Campground
Peak One? This place should be called Peak Plenty because with views of the hypnotic Tenmile &...
Lincoln Gulch Campground
Literally camp on the side of a mountain at Lincoln Gulch Campground. Just a stop off of Independence...
Portal Campground
Rev’ up the engines the terrain here is EPIC. At an elevation of 9,400 feet, Portal Campground is the...
Cow Creek South Campground
This place is some kinda wonderful. Scattered along the Green Mountain Reservoir, Crow Creek...
Weller Campground
Of all the campgrounds to stay near Aspen, Weller Campground is clutch for climbers. Butting up to a...
Avalanche Campground
Avalanche Campground is a prime destination for enjoying the intense natural beauty of White River...
Lowry Campground
John Denver knew what he was talking about when he sang “Rocky Mountain High. ” Actually he probably...
East Marvine Campground
Cattle graze freely at East Marvine Campground but you don’t dare to go cow tippin’ in these parts. A...

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Hipcamper Kris

My wife and I stayed here in early-June, 2015. I'll have to admit, I was skeptical of staying in a campground with 47 sites; I thought it would be crowded and noisy, but was pleasantly surprised by how much privacy we really had. We stayed in Site #6, and while we definitely didn't feel isolated, we didn't feel crowded, either.

The location is perfect for quick trips into Aspen, but gets you far enough out of the city that it feels wilderness-ish. The campground is surrounded by huge aspen and pine trees, and is far enough away from the road that you don't hear much highway noise. Restrooms are clean and well-maintained.

Rain and snow kept us from doing any hiking, but the drive over Independence Pass is beautiful.

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Hipcamper Scott

Heaton Bay made my first Colorado camping experience as good as it gets! Super simple and based on honor code. We had a very relaxing time this summer enjoying what the beautiful mountains had to offer.

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Hipcamper Marisa

This site isn't heavily forested, and the trees that are there are young. That means noise can travel quite easily between neighboring sites and also the need for extra sunblock or shade in the form of an umbrella or awning may be necessary.

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Hipcamper Sarah

Unfortunately camping around these areas is closed for a bit due to bear activity. http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28589323/camping-banned-at-maroon-bells-site-near-aspen?source=hot-topic-bar

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Hipcamper Melissa

Great spot to camp for a night or two. It fills up around the holidays so try to book early if you can. The drive from Denver and around the Fryingpan River is breathtaking. Lots of awesome hikes around the area, too!

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Hipcamper Jason

Great campground for easy access to Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness trails. There's not a lot of sites and parking is tight but if you can snag a spot it's worth it. The sound of the stream at night is great white noise. Make sure to use the chicken wire provided to protect your car from porcupines.

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Hipcamper Jason

If the campgrounds around the Maroon Bells are full, and they likely are, this is the next closest thing. Sites are larger and more spread out so you'll have a little more privacy.

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Hipcamper Alicia

Nearest town is Aspen. If you need to get a hotel room for some reason, be prepared to pay minimum $375.00 per night (2016). The rangers and camp staff around here are extremely grumpy. Did not have a good time. Maroon bells is big business-I found the hordes of people everywhere extremely annoying.

Hipcamper Ryan

Located at the Half Moon (Tigiwon) Trailhead, this campsite is perfect for hiking Mount of the Holy Cross. The bathrooms are nice and the campsites have a lot of space and distance between them.

Hipcamper Jennifer

Water not available bring your own. Great walkable trails from the campsite.