The best camping near Steamboat Lake State Park

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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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Spotted Fox Meadow

4 sites · RVs, Tents175 acres · Yampa, CO
This land has been my family's ranch since the early 70's. We love it here and are happy to share it with campers that wish to enjoy the valley and respect the land. More about this campsite: The site is in a small ranch pasture along the Bear River near willow, birch, and large cottonwood trees. From the campsite there are views of the Flat Top mountains and ancient volcanic necks. Very quiet except for ranch activity and the friendly livestock guardian dogs (who will visit, and they bark to protect the sheep and goats at night) - it's a working ranch and you may have to contend with talkative sheep or dodge the occasional cow pie!
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Mountain View Camping

15 sites · RVs, Tents900 acres · Craig, CO
Learn more about this land:This is an active cattle ranch. Camping is located in a nice shaded area near a stream where there are resident Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, Blue Herron, Deer and Antelope. It is only 3 miles north of Craig!
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The best camping near Steamboat Lake State Park guide

Overview

About

Located at the base of Hahn’s Peak just north of the town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Steamboat Lake State Park offers year-round recreation and plenty of camp spots. Water skiing and jet skiing are popular activities on the lake and many of the coves and inlets are restricted to wakeless boating making it a great spot for paddle sports. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing are the big draws in winter. Steamboat Lake offers both electric and non-electric campsites during the main season and fourteen RV sites with hookups during the winter months.   

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Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Reservations are strongly recommended during the summer months and can be made up to six months in advance through the park’s website or over the phone. Reservations are only available September 30 through the week before Memorial Day—the rest of the season they are first-come, first-served.  
  2. For easy access to the water, book one of the waterside tent-only sites on Bridge Island. 
  3. Ten simple camping cabins are available for rent year-round and can be reserved through the Steamboat Lake Marina. They sleep up to six people, and some are pet-friendly. Campers must bring their own bedding. 

When to go

Steamboat Lake State Park is open year-round. Summer is the most popular time to visit but the park can also be busy on weekends during the winter months. The drive from Steamboat Springs to Steamboat Lake is one of the best places to spot fall colors and colors typically peak between mid-September and early October. Winter campsites with electric hookups are available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Marina parking lot and the camping cabins are heated but require a 100-yard walk from the parking area in winter. 

Know before you go

  1. Campsites include picnic tables, fire rings, and some offer electric hookups. Coin-operated showers, flush toilets, and laundry services are available at the Camper Services Building. 
  2. Pets are welcome as long as they are well-behaved and on a leash. They are not allowed at the swimming beach. 
  3. The marina store sells basic camping supplies, firewood, and snacks. 
  4. Pontoon boat, canoe, kayak, and paddleboard rentals are available at the Steamboat Lake Marina. Reservations are highly recommended. 
  5. If you bring your own boat, be aware that all vessels need to be inspected for invasive species before launching. Inspection stations are located at Dutch Hill and Placer Cover. 

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