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Status: Open through Mon Sep 28 2015   Season Dates


Blue Mountain Campground sits between Eleven Mile Canyon and the South Platte River to the north and the peak of Blue Mountain to the south, creating an impressive location for recreation and diverse scenery. The campground is primitive and quiet, creating a peaceful outdoor experience for guests.

Hiking, biking, rock climbing in the canyon and trout fishing in the river are popular pastimes.

Natural Features:

The campground, at 8,200 feet, sits on a hill a half-mile from the South Platte River. Campsites are nicely spaced on a single loop among scattered ponderosa pine.

The river carves its way through the Eleven Mile Canyon and feeds into the 3,405-acre Eleven Mile Reservoir downstream.


Hard Rock Interpretive Trail, accessible from the campground, is a 1-mile self-guided interpretive trail that leads to an impressive overlook of Eleven Mile Canyon. The trail explores the diverse life of the region and offers a chance to see plenty of wildlife and take photos of the sweeping views.

Rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout can be caught from the South Platte River. Benches along the river allow anglers to relax in comfort waiting for a fish to bite.


Blue Mountain offers more than 20 reservable campsites. Parking aprons are dirt and gravel and there are two vault toilets. Each site comes with a picnic table and enough space to park two vehicles.

Nearby Attractions:

Visit the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Rock Climbing
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of site in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • This is a high elevation facility, please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • Outside the booking season, campsites are first-come, first-served
  • No RV hookups are available
  • For more information on Pike and San Isabel National Forests, click here
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.96139, -105.36139
38°57'41"N, 105°21'41"W

From Lake George, Colorado, turn off of Highway 24 onto County Road 96. Follow the road for about a mile toward Eleven Mile Canyon and take a right at the fork onto County Road 61. The campground is just up the way on the right.

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Information:  (719)836-2031
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