Scouting Report – (CO-11) Antero Reservoir

Clouds reflecting off Lake Antero Rocky Mountains in the background.

Antero Reservoir Free Campground 

Few places in the Rocky Mountains can compare to Antero Reservoir. Being  one of the larger bodies of water in the area, there is plenty of space to stretch out, relax and take in the peace and quite while you enjoy the lake. Antero Reservoir is blessed with spectacular scenery from the beautiful Rocky Mountains flanking it on all sides. On still days as the clouds and mountains reflect back off the cool waters, its hard to imagine finding a better free campground in Colorado. The best part is Antero Reservoir is home to 38 great free campsites with all the essential amenities.

Antero Reservoir – COL

Antero Reservoir Information

Phone: (303) 893-2444

Elevation: 9,000

Lat/Long: 38.976221, -105.895642

Nearby Town: Fairplay @ 24 miles


  • No fee
  • Potable water is not available
  • Trash cans area available
  • Restrooms are available
  • North shore and boat ramp are for day use only
  • 38 designated campsites are located at the South shore with a boat ramp and floating dock.
  • Operated by Denver Water (Lake is about 1.5 miles long and 2 miles wide.)

Date of report:


Road Conditions:


The road from 285 to the reservoirs entrance is paved and in good condition. As you enter the reservoir all the dirt roads are well maintained leading visitors to the North and South areas of the lake, both of which have boat ramps. 

General Site Information:

Wetlands area near Antero Reservoir
Wetlands area near Antero Reservoir

Views across the reservoir are amazing in all directions, and on clear days when there is no wind the lake turns into a mirror reflecting the deep beauty of the surrounding mountains. All of the campsites are located in the South Shore campground near the boat ramp. There is a floating dock at the boat ramp as well as a nice fixed dock protected from waves by a large peninsula. In all the campground has 38 free campsites with trash bins available, as well as restrooms. The entire campground is void of any type of shade, aside from some of the shelters closer to the lake. That being said do not expect high summer temperatures at this site due to its elevation of 9,000 feet, however do be mindful that sunburns happen very fast at high elevations.

Before leaving since this is a high elevation campground you will want to check out the current weather conditions in Fairplay, Colorado

Nearby Activities and Attractions:

  • Fairplay
  • Buena Vista
  • Fishing and Boating in Lake Antero

This article features one of the many sites listed in the Colorado Free Campingguidebook sold on Amazon. Please consider purchasing a copy!

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