Scouting Report – ( CO-3) Kenosha Pass Camping Area

Abandon Train tracks at the top of Kenosha Pass.

Free Dispersed Camping Near Denver

At 62 miles from Denver many would rightfully argue that this site is not close to Denver. In fact I highlight several other sites in Colorado Free Camping that are closer mileage wise, but a most noteworthy point is that this free dispersed camping near Denver is right off the highway. Having a strait shot up US 285 this is one of the fastest to get to free campsite close to Denver. The reason being that you will not be driving 25 to 30 MPH on narrow forest service roads for much of the trip.

Colorado Trail with rain coming in.
Colorado Trail after descending from the free Kenosha pass campsites.

Kenosha Pass Campground:

Kenosha Pass Dispersed Camping Information

Phone Number: (719) 553-1400

Elevation: 10,025

Lat/Long: 39.414627, -105.754798

Nearby Town: Fairplay, Co. @ 21 miles


  • No fees
  • No water
  • No trash
  • No restrooms

Date of Report:


View of the dirt road leading to the free camping at Kenosha pass in Colorado
View of road conditions leading to the free campsites in Kenosha Pass Colorado

Road Conditions:


The dirt roads (126 & 126.A) off of US 285 that allow dispersed camping are well cared for and can be navigated by normal passenger car.

Note: this may change with heavy rain or snowfall as ruts can become quite large when people get stuck.

picture of one of the free dispersed campsites at Kenosha Pass
Free Colorado Campsite at Kenosha Pass dispersed camping area.

General Site Information:

There is roughly a dozen campsites off of FSR 126 and 126.A. A vault toilet is sometimes available for use at the intersection of FSR 126 & 126.A with a small parking area to accommodate hikers and campers to the area, although the last time I was at this site there was a sign on the restroom stating that it was closed.

There is no potable water at this sites, likewise as is to be expected, there are no picnic tables in the dispersed camping areas. The free developed camping spots do have stone fire rings, furthermore all sites have cleared areas to set up a tent. Several of the spots are large enough to accommodate several campers in one location, for that reason, if you are traveling with others you will want to scout out one of the larger sites.

Nearby Activities or Attractions:

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    • Fishing in the South Platte River
    • Antero, Eleven Mile and Spinney Reservoirs are all within 60 miles of this campground. Antero is the only one that does not charge an entry fee.
    • Hiking near Guanella pass is excellent
  • Lost Creek Wilderness area is also excellent for hiking

Hiking from the campground:

  • Colorado Trail

For more great free dispersed camping near Denver and beyond consider purchasing. Colorado Free Camping, or one of the other guidebooks listed on this website.


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