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 place!
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 in Summit County.
Tiger Run RV Resort – Open year round (be sure to book early as this fills up)
Heaton Bay Campground – Electric hook-ups, reserve your spot at Recreation.gov
Lowry Campground – Electric hook-ups, reserve your spot at Recreation.gov
Any other options for a developed area for RV’s would be out of the county.
Sugar Loafin’ Camp Ground – Leadville (25 minutes south)
Red Mountain RV park – Kremmling (50 minutes north)
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. Most of these areas open mid May and close in October.
Dillon Reservoir Area
Heaton Bay – 81 sites, reserve your spot at Recreation.gov
Lowry – 24 sites, reserve your spot at Recreation.gov
Peak One – 79 sites, reserve your spot at Recreation.gov
Pine Cove – 33 sites, first come first serve
Prospector – 107 sites, reserve your spot at Recreation.gov
Windy Point – Group only (1-100), reservations required at Recreation.gov
Be sure to reserve your spot early if you want that front row campsite to view the 4th of July fireworks over Frisco Bay.
Green Mountain Reservoir
Dillon Reservoir all filled up? Just 30 minutes north you will find these whymsical camping options…
Blue River – 25 sites, first come first serve
Cataract Creek – 5 sites, first come first serve
Cow Creek – 47 sites, first come first serve
Elliot Creek – 24 sites, first come first serve
McDonald Flats – 12 sites, first come first serve
Prairie Point – 22 sites, first come first serve
Willows – 25 sites, first come first serve
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 have listings of what type of vehicle can access the various areas of the forest. It is also important to know the fire regulations for the area and time frame you will be camping.