If you want to pass up the comfortable bed and hot tub at the end of a day that a local lodging option can offer, then you have come to the right page! The following information is for those who want to “rough it” and become one with nature. Or, maybe you just want to be able to make some s’mores by the campfire. Whatever your reason, there are numerous camping options in Frisco and Summit County.
There are 3 types of camping options: RV camping, designated area camping, and dispersed camping.
RV camping has limited options for hookups and electrical. Your options are:
Tiger Run RV Resort which is open year round. Be sure to book early as this fills up.
You can reserve a space through the Dillon Ranger District by going to www.reserveusa.com which offers 2 areas for electric (Heaton Bay and Lowry). You can also reserve other spaces if electricity is not a necessity.
Any other options for a developed area for RV’s would be out of the county. In Leadville (25 minutes away) is the Sugar Loafin’ Camp Ground and in Kremmling (50 minutes away) is the Red Mountain RV park.
If you are car camping with a 10 person tent or have a small 1 person tent there are numerous areas that still offer some creature comforts. The White River National Forest offers many camping areas that have flush toilets, vaulted toilets, water, and garbage service. You can view all the areas at the Dillon Ranger District or visit www.recreation.gov to reserve. Most of these areas open mid May and close in October. Be sure to reserve your spot early if you want that front row campsite to view the 4th of July fireworks over Frisco Bay. If the areas around Frisco are already reserved, there are spots that are first come first serve you can try 20 minutes away at Green Mountain Reservoir there are 7 campground areas to pick from.
If you are truly prepared for an outdoor adventure and carry your own portable toilet with you (or are prepared to dig a cat hole 6 inches deep and 200 ft away from camp or water sources) then dispersed camping is a great option. The advantages are you are truly in the heart of the forest, it is quieter, your chances to see wildlife are greater, and there are less people. There are numerous trails and dirt roads that access the national forest. The Dillon Ranger District (located in Silverthorne on 680 Blue River Pkwy) or the Frisco/Copper Information Center has a listing of what type of vehicle can access the various areas of the forest. For example, a high clearance vehicle with tent camping in mind can access just about any trail that is open to motorized vehicles. A motor home on the other hand can only access 3 trails safely. Be sure to brush up on your outdoor etiquette to leave the area as if you were never even there. It is also important to know the fire regulations for the area and timeframe you will be camping.