Free campgrounds and camping
COLORADO CAMPGROUNDS
GUANELLA PASS BYWAY
ARAPAHO NATIONAL FOREST
PIKE NATIONAL FOREST
Dispersed and Primitive Camping

UPDATE:
Guanella Pass campground has been converted
to a fee site. $13-15 per night. Free primitive camping
is very limited and usually requires per person access
pass and registration with nearest ranger station.

It is getting harder to find free camping in Colorado.
Some of the National Forests have signs saying you
can only camp in Forest Service Campgrounds, which
all charge a fee. We just drove 300 miles on primitive
back roads and this was the first good camp we found
that is free.

There is a nice creek that weaves it's way through the
camp. There are several spots to camp, the first camp
is perfect except you're in full view of the road, the
second camp you can still see the road but more hidden
and out of range of headlights from any passing cars at
night. The road continues a couple hundred yards with
more campsites, but you'll need a vehicle with high
clearance. A passenger could make it, but there is a risk.

DIRECTIONS:
From Denver take I-80 West to Exit 228.
Going over Guanella Pass and you'll find
the camp area at the bottom of the hill.

From the south you will pass Whiteside,
Burning Bear and Duck Creek Campgrounds.
Keep going another mile past Duck Creek and
there are a couple spots you can camp.

You are beneath a flight path into Denver,
could hear a plane every 5-10 minutes at
night, but they're at a high enough altitude
that it's not too loud.

WARNING:
Check fire restrictions before lighting a match.
Some counties are very strict, even lighting a
cigarette during a fire ban is considered a 4th
degree felony arson and reckless endangerment.

We stayed here August 7, 2005

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COLORADO CAMPGROUNDS
GUANELLA PASS BYWAY
ARAPAHO NATIONAL FOREST
PIKE NATIONAL FOREST