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Hike into the backcountry with your supplies on your back, or camp just down the road from your car.

Wherever you choose, you’ll sleep in the cool mountain air of Steamboat Springs under a blanket of stars.

Connect with the ground beneath your feet and feel closer to the stars when you head off into the wilderness for a camping experience in Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley. Vast forests, glimmering lakes and scenic views offer the perfect setting for your tent or camper.

Camping Steamboat SpringsIf you’re traveling with an RV, there are campgrounds for you in Steamboat Springs and outside of town at parks like Stagecoach State Park and Steamboat Lake State Park, both of which offer lakeside campsites that can serve as a home base for your adventures on the water.

The U.S. Forest Service lands surrounding Steamboat are home to a variety of camping options, ranging from remote and secluded to car camping-ready with amenities like restrooms and water hookups. These campgrounds make for the ideal escape into the mountains, and can serve as a starting point for mountain biking, hiking and horseback trail riding adventures.

State parks like Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake offer convenient car camping, as do campgrounds along U.S. Highway 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass and Seedhouse Road in North Routt County.

The Zirkel and Flat Tops Wilderness Areas are pristine expanses accessible by backpacking only and offer days upon days of beautiful hikes. When the sun fades from the sky and your legs are starting to tire, set up your tent and lay down your head anywhere you’d like. Next to a high alpine lake or deep in a forest, you’ll feel more connected to nature than you’ve ever imagined. 

There’s no Steamboat summer experience quite like sleeping under the stars. Across the Yampa Valley, camping opportunities range from campgrounds with full amenities to a true wilderness experience in the Routt National Forest and designated Wilderness Areas. From car camping to packing a tent deep into the woods, explore the great outdoors and seek adventure with Steamboat’s vast camping options.

Please note: overnight car camping or RV camping within the city limits of Steamboat Springs is prohibited except for the KOA Campgrounds. Please see below for details.

Always check closures of campgrounds as seasons can vary. For more information call the Steamboat Chamber at (970) 879-0880 or email info@steamboatchamber.com.

You may also visit the U.S. Forest Service office in Steamboat between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for additional and updated information on campsites and trails or give them a call at 970-870-2299. Please note that all reservations must be made online.

Colorado State Parks Passes for 2017 range from $3-7/day or $70/annually. You may purchase passes at the US Forest Service office, or at the individual parks.

Be sure to always practice fire safety when enjoying campgrounds and wilderness.

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Dry Lake

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$10/night | 8 Campsites | 8,000 ft | Trailer Spaces Under 20ft

6 miles east of downtown; Routt County Road 36 (Strawberry Park Hot Springs Road) northeast, east on Routt County Road 38 (Buffalo Pass Road) 4 miles. Contact Routt National Forest at (970) 870-2299.

Dumont Lake

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$12/night - $5/day | 9,500 ft | 22 Campsites | Trailer Spaces Under 40ft

Located 22 miles southeast of Steamboat Springs on Rabbit Ears Pass; U.S. 40 east, campground on north side. Contact Routt National Forest at (970) 870-2299 or recreation.gov. Toilets: Vault

Granite Campground

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$10/night | 9,900 ft | 8 Campsites

Directions from Steamboat Springs: Travel 2 miles northeast of Steamboat Springs on Routt County Road 36 (Strawberry Park Road), then 13 miles northeast on Routt County Road 38 (Buffalo Pass Road) to Buffalo Pass. A high clearance vehicle is recommended. Go 4 miles south on FDR 310 to Fish Creek Reservoir and Granite Campground. Contact Routt National Forest at (970) 870-2299. Toilets: Vault. Trailer Spaces: No. Trash Services Available: Yes

Hahns Peak Lake

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$10/night - Single $20/night Double | 8,500 ft | 25 Campsites

Located 30 miles north of Steamboat Springs in the in the Routt National Forest of north central Colorado. Go 1 mile on U.S. west 40, go 28 miles on county road 129 and 2 miles on forest road 286. Contact Routt National Forest at (877) 444-6777 or recreation.gov. Toilets: Vault
 

Hinman

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$10/night | 7,600 ft | 10 Campsites | Trailer Spaces Under 22ft

22 miles north of Steamboat Springs; Routt County Road 129 north, east on Seedhouse Road, Routt County Road 64, 6 miles, then south on NFSR #440 ½ mi. Contact Routt National Forest at (970) 870-2299. Toilets: Vault

Meadows

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$10/night | 9,300 ft | 30 Campsites | Trailer Spaces Under 40ft

15 miles southeast of Steamboat Springs on Rabbit Ears Pass, U.S. 40 east, campground on south side. Contact Routt National Forest at (970) 870-2299. Toilets: Vault.

Pearl Lake State Park

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$20/night - $80/yurt - $7/day | 8,065 ft | 38 Campsites | Trailer Spaces Under 30ft

22 miles north of Steamboat Springs; Routt County Road 129 north, east on Routt County Road 209. Contact Colorado State Parks. Toilets: Vault.

Seedhouse Campground

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$12/night | 8,000 ft | 24 Campsites | Trailer Spaces Under 22ft

22 miles north of Steamboat Springs; Routt County Road 129 north, east on Seedhouse Road, Routt County Road 64, 9.5 miles. Contact Routt National Forest at (970) 870-2299. Toilets: Vault.

Seedhouse Group Site

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$100/night | 8,000 ft | Up To 100 Guests

Located at the Seedhouse Campground. For reservations, view recreation.gov. Toilets: Vault.

Seedhouse Guard Station

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$65/night | 8,000 ft

Available fall and winter only. For reservations, view recreation.gov. Toilets: Vault.

Stagecoach State Park

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$10-$24/night - $7/day | 7,250 ft | 92 Campsites | Electric Hook-ups | Flush Toliets

17 miles south of Steamboat Springs; U.S. 40 east 4 miles, Colorado 131 south 8 miles, Routt County Road 14 south 7 miles. Contact Colorado State Parks at (970) 736-2436. Amenities Also Include: Trailer Dump Station and Stores

Steamboat Lake State Park

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$18 - $26/night - $7/day | 8,000 ft | 193 Campsites | Electric Hook-ups | Flush Toliets | Laundry

27 miles north of Steamboat Springs; Routt County Road 129 to visitor center. Contact Colorado State Parks. Reservations are strongly recommended from mid-June through Labor Day. Amenities also include: Trailer Dump Station and Stores

Summit Lake Campground

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$10/night - $5/day | 10,300 ft | 16 Campsites

15 miles northeast of Steamboat Springs; Routt County 36 (Strawberry Park Hot Springs Road) northeast, east on Routt County Road 38 (Buffalo Pass Road), 13 miles (past Dry Lake Campground, Routt County Road 38 becomes NFSR #60 and is recommended for high clearance vehicles only). Contact Routt National Forest at (970) 870-2299. Toilets: Vault. Trailer Spaces: No

Yampa River State Park

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$10-$20/night - $7/day - $25/tipi | 6,400 ft | 45 Campsites | Flush Toliets | Electric Hook-ups | Laundry

Two miles west of Hayden on U.S. 40. Contact Colorado State Parks at (970) 276-2061. Reservations: (800) 678-2267

Steamboat Springs KOA

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Prices vary | 6,700 ft | 136 Campsites | Electric Hook-ups | Laundry

Located just west of downtown. Contact Steamboat Springs KOA at (970) 879-0273 for reservations or additional info.

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