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2021 Opening Dates

Campgrounds are currently closed for the winter season. Most campgrounds around Frisco are scheduled to be open from May 14, 2021 – October 2, 2021. When available by reservation, individual sites are available to book on a six-month rolling basis with the first dates made available to book beginning January 5, 2021.

Campgrounds Around Frisco

If you are looking for camping next to a beautiful lake and a world away from the big city, but just minutes from a strong cup of joe and a stack of fluffy pancakes, then Frisco is your spot. There are three National Forest campgrounds just minutes from Frisco’s charming Main Street and on the shores of Dillon Reservoir. Most of these areas open mid May and close end of September.

Peak One Campground

Peak One Campground, located on the Frisco Peninsula just minutes from the Frisco Adventure Park, has 80 sites able to accommodate tents, trailers and RVs. The campground is equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings, flush toilets and drinking water. Electrical hook-ups are not available, but the views, miles of trails and access to the lake will make you forget that electricity even exists!

Pine Cove Campground

Pine Cove Campground, located on the Frisco Peninsula just minutes from the Frisco Adventure Park, has 56 single sites able to accommodate tents, trailers and RVs. The campground is equipped with vault toilets, drinking water and great access to miles of single trails and Dillon Reservoir. Reservations may not be made for these sites.

Heaton Bay Campground

Heaton Bay Campground, located just off of Dillon Dam Road, has 81 sites, able to accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. Tent-only sites are also available. The campground is equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings, vault toilets and drinking water. Guests can also fill their RV tanks. Electrical hook-ups are available for a fee at several of the sites.

A tent set up with a boat nearby, with Lake Dillon and Buffalo Mountain in the background.
Solo standup paddle boarder on Lake Dillon, Peak One in the background.

More Camping Options

Here are some other camping options 15+ minutes from Frisco in the Summit County area. We’ll break these down by three different camping options: dispersed camping, full service RV camping and designated area camping.

Dispersed Camping

Dispersed camping requires a commitment to outdoor wilderness adventure. The advantages are that you are truly in the heart of the forest, it is quieter and your chances of seeing wildlife are greatly increased. However, you must be truly prepared for an outdoor adventure including fire restrictions, proper waste management with an understanding of Leave No Trace principles, and campsite location restrictions.

The only dispersed camping area near Frisco is Miner’s Creek Road. Campsites are very limited, offering only 6-8 options that are frequently occupied. Access to these sites requires a hefty vehicle with high clearance 4 wheel drive, bring the Jeep not the Subaru or Chevy Impala.

For more information on dispersed camping, reach to the Dillon Ranger District – phone 970-468-5400, located 10 minutes from Frisco in Silverthorne at 680 Blue River Parkway.

For additional dispersed camping options within Summit County including Silverthorne, Dillon and Breckenridge check out the Dispersed Camping Information from the Frisco Visitor Information Center.

Full Service RV Camping

Beyond the Heaton Bay Campground near Frisco, here are some full service RV camping options:

Developed/Designated Camping

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 nice creature comforts. The White River National Forest offers many camping areas that have flush toilets, vaulted toilets, water and/or garbage services. Most of these areas open mid May and close in October. Here are some options besides Frisco’s Heaton Bay, Pine Cove and Peak One campgrounds.

Dillon Reservoir Area

Lowry Campground

Lowry Campground is located near Dillon Reservoir about 15 minutes from Frisco. Lowry Campground has 28 sites able to accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. Four tent-only campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sites 2-24 have electric hookups, and are reservation only. There is an extra fee for the electrical service at the sites with hook-ups if the service is used. The campground is equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings, and vault toilets. Drinking water is not available. Guests must bring their own water.

Prospector Campground

Prospector Campground is located near Dillon Reservoir about 15 minutes from Frisco. Prospector Campground has 105 sites and is able to accommodate tents, trailers and RVs. One tent-only site is available. Roads and spurs are not paved. The campground is equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings, vault toilets and drinking water. No electrical hook-ups are available.

Windy Point Campground

Windy Point Campground is located on Dillon Reservoir about 15 minutes from Frisco. Windy Point Campground has 1 group campsite able to accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. The campsite is equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings, and vault toilets. Electrical hook-ups are not available. The group picnic shelter is handicap-accessible.

Further Camping Areas

Dillon Reservoir camping full? About 30 – 45 minutes north of Frisco you will find these camping options…

Blue River Campground

Blue River Campground has 24 sites and is first-come, first-serve (no reservations). It is located along the Blue River between Silverthorne and Green Mountain Reservoir, 6 miles north of I-70 Exit 205 (Silverthorne/Dillon) on Hwy 9. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and fire pit. The stay limit is 14 days. There are vault toilets on-site. There is no potable water.

McDonald Flats Campground

McDonald Flats Campground has 13 sites and is first-come, first-serve (no reservations). The campground is located along Heeney Road, near the inlet of Green Mountain Reservoir. Drive 16 miles north of I-70 Exit 205 (Silverthorne/Dillon). Turn left on to Heeney Road and follow until you see the campground on your right. The stay limit is 14 days. There are vault toilets are on-site, fees are $13 per night, and there is no potable water.

Prairie Point Campground

Prairie Point Campground has 33 sites and is first-come, first-serve (no reservations). The campground is located 17 miles north of I-70 Exit 205 (Silverthorne/Dillon) near the inlet of Green Mountain Reservoir along its east side. The campground will be on your left along Green Mountain Reservoir. The stay limit is 14 days There are vault toilets on-site. There is no potable water.

Cow Creek South Campground

Cow Creek South Campground has 44 sites and reservations are available online. The campground is located on the northeast shore of Green Mountain Reservoir, 20 miles north of I-70 Exit 205 (Silverthorne/Dillon). Sites are suitable for tents, trailers, and RVs. The boat ramp is located across the lake at the Heeney Marina. The stay limit is 14 days. There are vault toilets on-site. There is no potable water.

Cow Creek North Campground

Cow Creek North Campground has 15 sites and is first-come, first-serve (no reservations). Cow Creek North is located just past Cow Creek South Campground on the northeast shore of Green Mountain Reservoir. The stay limit is 14 days. There are vault toilets are on-site. There is no potable water.

Cataract Creek Campground

Cataract Creek Campground has 5 sites and is first-come, first-serve (no reservations). It is located off Cataract Creek Road (FDR 1725) in Heeney just above Green Mountain Reservoir. Cataract Creek is very close in proximity to Lower Cataract Lake and many hiking trails in the Eagles Nest Wilderness. The stay limit is 14 days. There are vault toilets on-site. There is no potable water.

Elliot Creek Campground

Elliot Creek Campground has 15 sites and is first-come, first-serve (no reservations). It is located on the northwest shore of Green Mountain Reservoir. Drive 16 miles north of I-70 Exit 205 (Silverthorne/Dillon) and turn left on to Heeney Road. Drive approximately 8 miles and the campground will be on your right. The stay limit is 14 days. There are vault toilets on-site. There is no potable water.

Willows Campground

Willows Campground has 35 sites and is first-come, first-serve (no reservations). The campground is located on the north end of Green Mountain Reservoir. Drive 20 miles north of I-70 Exit 205 (Silverthorne/Dillon) on Hwy 9. At the far end of Green Mountain Reservoir, turn left onto Heeney Road and the campground will be on your left along the reservoir. Note: Make sure you pass the reservoir and turn on to the 2nd entrance to Heeney Road. The stay limit is 14 days. There are vault toilets on-site. There is no potable water.

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