Iconic Ski Towns with Free Camping
The skiing at Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Copper Mountain draws vacationers form all around the world. The snow is deep and often the beautiful powder skiers and snowboarders dream of. What most people don’t realize is that the area also hides some great free campsites . Nestled back off of a sometimes steep and rocky 4×4 road is a fantastic place to camp for free in the Colorado high country.
Miner’s Creek Road:
(High Clearance 4X4 Required)
Phone Number: (970) 468-5400
Elevation: 9,134 – 9,988
Lat/Long: 39.559522, -106.084556
Nearby Town: Frisco, Co @ 2 miles
- No fee
- No potable water
- No trash
- No restrooms
- Road open from November 23 thru May 20
- Dispersed Camping allowed after the first 1 3/4 mile
Date of Report:
High Clearance 4×4 Required
- The road leading to the area where dispersed camping is allowed is narrow, very steep in places , is rock strewn, and has creek crossings. This road is also only open for summer use.
- To get to the sites you will need to drive up a shared path way that is primarily used for hiking and biking for about ¼ mile to a junction with Temple Trail, another paved hiking and biking trail. There is another small parking area here with several signs letting you know that camping is not allowed in the area. The road from here up to the sites is dirt. The road begins and is not too bad with little variation and large enough for a single vehicle to navigate with no issues. After about ½ a mile the road begins to get rougher and you will encounter the first of the 2 creek crossings before entering the area where camping is allowed. The road conditions quickly deteriorate from here with lots of large dips and pools where water collects. At the 1 ¾ mile mark is where the second creek crossing starts. The tree cover over the crossing is low, and after navigating the small creek the trail becomes very steep, rock strewn and difficult to traverse.
General Site Information:
The sites here are primitive and offer no amenities aside from stone fire rings. The clearings where campsites have been made are fairly close to miners creek, which you follow up nearly the entire road leading to the camping sites. Over all the area is very beautiful and peaceful with a majority of the traffic primarily using the trail systems lower down in the valley. While I did not venture to the end of miners creek road 1000 I can tell you this is a great place to enjoy some free Colorado camping if you have the ability to get to the spots. The forest cover is thick and the undergrowth is very green. Be mindful of current weather conditions in the area as weather can change fast and be severe here.
Nearby Activities or Attractions:
- Lake Dillon
- Scores of great hiking trails.
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