The best camping near Pearl Lake State Park

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Fish to your heart’s content at this laidback alternative to Steamboat Lake State Park.  

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22 West Cabins & Recreation

6 sites · Lodging400 acres · Walden, CO
22 West Cabins & RecreationWhere the deer and the antelope play.We are at the foot of the less-traveled East side of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness area within Routt National Forest22 West is a guest resort with a selection of cabin rentals, each of which fitting a variety of demands in unforgettable settings.We also provide a network of exclusive trails and private access to Routt National ForestAll of which culminates in an experience that is truly one-of-a-kind.
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Buffalo Ranch

1 site · RV, Tent35 acres · Steamboat Springs, CO
35 acres with access off highway 40, 14 miles to Steamboat Springs and the ski resort. Property is directly across from yampa river and the nature conservatory land. Large flat meadows in the front with wolf creek and trails on the west side of the property. Just a short 7 mile drive to Hayden and the Yampa Valley Airport
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Mtn. View Sheep Wagon

1 site · Lodging56 acres · Walden, CO
We are located 4 miles from Routt National Forest. You'll arrive at the ranch headquarters and we will either take you to the sheep wagon or give you directions to it. The sheep wagon is nestled in an Aspen grove (on 56 acres) with a creek just 12 feet away. From there, you are 1/4 mile away from the national forest and the wilderness. There are thousands of acres to explore, either by hiking , biking or horseback riding. You are also just minutes away from great trout fishing lakes and streams. While here ask about ranch tours and visiting with our sheep, horses, cows and chickens! There will be cattle or sheep on the property with the sheep wagon. Please note that cell phone service is very limited in the area.
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The best camping near Pearl Lake State Park guide



Just outside of Steamboat Springs, this snug state park provides a quieter alternative to the better known Steamboat Lake State Park, a 10-minute drive down the road. Pearl Lake attracts anglers and water-sports enthusiasts with its wakeless lake in the summer, while the wintertime draws in folks looking for a laid-back spot to snowshoe, cross-country ski, snowmobile, and ice fish. There are 33 seasonal campsites and two year-round yurts at the park plus flush and vault toilets,  and while you won’t find hookups or showers at the park, those camping at Pearl Lake are welcome to use the robust facilities at Steamboat Lake.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for glamping: Upper Loop has two yurts, one of which is ADA accessible
  • Best for quick trips to the lake: Lower Loop offers a prime location, and all sites are within 10 to 50 yards of Pearl Lake.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve a campsite or yurt through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife online reservation system or over the phone.

  2. Reservations can be made up from six months in advance up to your day of arrival.
  3. Yurts are available year-round, but campsites close in the winter due to snow.
  4. If you can’t find a site in the park, you may want to see what’s available at Steamboat Lake State Park,  a 10-minute drive west of Pearl Lake. Privately owned Hipcamps in the area are also worth considering.

When to go

Pearl Lake State Park is open throughout the year, and is at its busiest in July and August, when the weather is ideal for watersports and camping. The best times to fish are in mid-to-late May and again in the autumn. Note that the campgrounds close during the snowy season (usually around the middle of October) and don’t usually reopen until the end of May.

Know before you go

  • Hahns Peak Village, about a 10-minute drive from the park, is the closest place to get supplies and groceries or fill up on gas.
  • Pets are allowed at campsites and elsewhere in the park, but must be kept leashed. Pets are allowed in yurt #16 for a small daily fee.
  • Swimming is prohibited in Pearl Lake.
  • You can leave your boat along the shore or in the boat ramp parking lot.
  • Parking passes are required for all guests and are not included in the price of camping or yurt reservations.
  • The park offers one accessible yurt (#6) and one accessible campsite (#35).

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