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

Picture from the colorado trail leading out of the free camping area on Kenosha pass, leading towards Breckenridge and Keystone.
Colorado Trail near Kenosha Pass Free Camping

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

 

Details:

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

 

Date of Report: 06/2018

View of the road conditions leading to Kenosha Pass Colorado Free Camping with Onesunchaser
View of road conditions leading to the free campsites in Kenosha Pass Colorado

Road Conditions: Good

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.

Current weather conditions for Grant, CO.

Free Colorado Campsite at Kenosha Pass dispersed camping area. By: Onesunchaser
Free Colorado Campsite at Kenosha Pass dispersed camping area.

General Site Information:

There are about a dozen developed camping areas off of FSR 126 and 126.A.  There is a vault toilet that is sometimes available for use at the intersection of FSR 126 & 126.A

BrandedKenoshaCO_2
Free Colorado Campsite at Kenosha Pass dispersed camping area.

with a small parking area to accommodate hikers and campers to the area, although the last time I was at the site there was a sign on the restroom stating that it was closed. There is no potable water at this sites, and there are no picnic tables in the dispersed camping areas which is to be expected,  but the developed camping spots do have stone fire rings and generally have nicely cleared areas to set up a tent. Several of the spots are large enough to accommodate several campers in one location, so if you are traveling with others you will want to scout out one of the larger sites.

Free Colorado Campsite at Kenosha Pass dispersed camping area. By: Onesunchaser
Free Colorado Campsite at Kenosha Pass dispersed camping area.

 

Nearby Activities or Attractions:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • 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
  • Hiking in the Lost Creek Wilderness area is also excellent

 

Hiking from the campground:

  • Colorado Trail

Scouting Report – (CO-2): Camp Rock

Camp Rock Campground:

Camp Rock Campground Information

Phone Number: (303) 567-4382

Elevation: 9,000

Lat/Long: 39.613655, -105.534348

Nearby Town: Evergreen, Co. @ 15 miles

 

Details:

  • No fee
  • No water
  • No trash
  • Vault toilets

Mount Evans State Wildlife Area

Mandatory free self issuing permit required if you are hiking into the Mount Evans Wilderness Area.

 

Date of Report: 06/2018

Road Conditions:

Packed dirt and gravel base for a majority of the road.

Mount Evans State wildlife area camping location is located at the beginning of this road.

Road to the Camp rock location is in good repair.

Road is steep in places so plan accordingly with local weather conditions and projected weather forecasts.

This road can easily be traveled by normal passenger car providing there are no extreme weather events that would normally impact driving conditions.  

 

Note: It is always the operators responsibility to gauge current road conditions and the vehicle’s ability to handle the current terrain and conditions. The author of this content cannot and will not take responsibility for the users actions. The presented content is a guide only the user assumes all responsibility for their actions.

Check local forecasts prior to your visit. Current Evergreen Weather

 

General Site Information:

There are about ½ a dozen sites available clustered near the parking lot at this location. All of the sites are within sight of the parking area, and are situated under a thick pine and aspen canopy that offers good shade, while the forest undergrowth is very green and lush. The parking area is fairly flat on one side and has a slight incline on the other. There are several trails that start from this parking area so there is generally a lot of traffic in and out of the area during the day time. Due to the close proximity to Denver this is a very popular spot overall that being said there is a high possibility that all of the walk in campsites may be taken if you are visiting during peak times. One handicap accessible site is available at the beginning of the camping area.  There is also free camping at the Mount Evans State Wildlife area which is located at the beginning of the road that leads to the Camp Rock sites, as well as a couple sites along the road leading down to Camp Rock. Be mindful of the signs on the road side that will let you know if camping is allowed at each pull off along the way. There are several places that look like they have been camped at in the past that now have signs clearly stating that no camping in allowed in that location.

Nearby Activities or Attractions:

  • Evergreen
  • Evergreen Lake
  • Hiking at nearby:
  • Alderfer/Three Sisters Park
  • Elk Meadows Park
  • Dedisse Park
  • Bergen Peak Wildlife Area

 

Hiking into the Mount Evans Wilderness area from the camp site (Free permit required)

There is a station at the campsite with free wilderness permits if you plan to hike into the Mount Evans Wilderness area

 

Available Hikes:

  • Beaver Meadows Trail #44 – (10.8 miles)
  • Bear Tracks Trail

Scouting Report – ( CO-1) Mount Evans State Wildlife Area

This is one of the free campsites at mount evans state wildlife area, featured in Colorado Free Camping.
Free Camp Site at Mount Evans State Wildlife Area

Mount Evans SWA:

Mount Evans SWA Information

Phone Number: (303) 291-7227

Elevation: 7,947 – 9,905

Lat/Long: 39.619866, -105.475211

Nearby Town: Evergreen, Co. @ 11 miles

Details:

  • No fee
  • No water
  • No trash
  • Vault toilet
  • Camping is for 5 days in a 45 day period

Date of Report: 06/2018

Road Conditions:

Very good – Road is paved most of the way to the campsites

Last 3 miles to the campsites is groomed dirt road

From the Mount Evans Wilderness area gate to the first set of campsites is less than 1 mile has a slight incline and is easily traveled by normal passenger car providing there are no extreme weather events  that would normally impact travel.

There are 2 more sites very near the Camp Rock site about another 3 miles down the dirt road.

Check local forecasts prior to your visit. Current Evergreen Weather

This is one of the free campsites at mount evans state wildlife area, featured in Colorado Free Camping.
Free Campsite at Mount Evans State Wildlife Area

General Site Information:

The site is only available for camping from June 15th until January 1st, and is restricted beyond that time.  Mount Evans SWA Information. There are 3 campsites at the main site that have fire rings and a couple picnic tables available for use. This main camping area is also the location of the restroom facilities. If you continue down the road  which does have some steeper parts there are 2 more sites along the way to Camp Rock Campsites. There are no restrooms at these sites, but there are restroom facilities at the Camp Rock site which is very close to these 2 sites. (within walking distance.) The main sites have sparse protection from the sun and wind from the surrounding pine trees that skirt the road. The sites at the first location have fire rings and picnic tables for your use and are small pull in spots. The sites near the camp rock camping area are a little larger and also have fire rings and picnic tables for your use. Both sites near the camp rock campsite are located just off the main dirt road amidst clearings in the pine forest. There is no potable water at any of these sites so plan ahead and bring your own water.

Nearby Activities or Attractions:

  • Evergreen 
  • Evergreen Lake

Hiking at nearby:

  • Alderfer/Three Sisters Park
  • Elk Meadows Park
  • Dedisse Park

 

Scouting Report – (CO-1) Mount Evans SWA

This is one of the free campsites at mount evans state wildlife area, featured in Colorado Free Camping.
Free Camp Site at Mount Evans State Wildlife Area

Free Camping Near Denver

Free Camping in Colorado can be a challenge when you are looking to camp near Denver, although there are a few gems out there within a short drive of the mile high city. The aim of these posts is to reveal some affordable options for enjoying nature with great free camping near Denver. We hope you consider purchasing a copy of our free camping guide Colorado Free Camping available for purchase on Amazon. All book sales help to grow the availability of easy to use content and resources from Onesunchaser.

Mount Evans SWA:

Mount Evans SWA Information

Phone Number: (303) 291-7227

Elevation: 7,947 – 9,905

Lat/Long: 39.619866, -105.475211

Nearby Town: Evergreen, Co. @ 11 miles

Details:

  • No fee
  • No water
  • No trash
  • Vault toilet
  • Camping is for 5 days in a 45 day period

Date of Report:

06/2018

Road Conditions:

Very good – Road is paved most of the way to the campsites

Last 3 miles to the campsites is groomed dirt road

From the Mount Evans Wilderness area gate to the first set of campsites is less than 1 mile but has a slight incline and is easily traveled by normal passenger car providing there are no extreme weather events  that would normally impact travel.

There are 2 more sites very near the Camp Rock site about another 3 miles down the dirt road. Making all of these sites some of the best free camping near Denver.

Check local forecasts prior to your visit.

General Site Information:

The site is only available for camping from June 15th until January 1st, and is restricted beyond that time. See the following link for more detailed information Mount Evans SWA Information. There are 3 campsites at the main site that have fire rings, a vault toilet and a couple picnic tables available for use. If you continue down the road  which does have some steeper parts there are 2 more sites along the way to Camp Rock Campsites, but there are no restrooms facilities at these sites. Fear not as restroom facilities are a short walk away at the Camp Rock Campground. Both sites near the camp rock campsite are located just off the main dirt road amidst clearings in the pine forest. No potable water is available at any of these sites so be sure to plan ahead and bring your own water.

Nearby Activities or Attractions:

  • Evergreen 
  • Evergreen Lake

Hiking at nearby:

  • Alderfer/Three Sisters Park
  • Elk Meadows Park
  • Dedisse Park

Please consider supporting the development of more content like this by purchasing Colorado Free Camping. or one of the other great camping books available on this site.

Embedded image for Mount Evans State Wildlife Area
Mount Evans State Wildlife Area

Red Rocks and Matthew Winters Park

Matthew Winter Park offers some great easy to moderate hiking opportunities close to Denver. With easy access to the park from I-70 just off of C-470 and access from US 285, you can quickly get to the park no matter what direction you are coming from. The park offers Hiker only, Biker only and Equestrian only trails. Dogs are allowed in the park, and the parks trails are accessible year round. If you are looking for a great place to take the kids Dinosaur ridge lies within the park boundaries offering a look into Colorado’s prehistoric past.

Red Rocks Park is most notably known for being one of the greatest outdoor amphitheaters but the park also hosts many great hiking trails. The views in the park are always great, even in the winter when everything is dead and brown, although the stark contrasts between the red rocks and green foliage of spring are not to be missed. The trails within Red Rocks Park are easy and beautiful, aside from the Mount Morrison trail which is difficult, but retains the stunning views. One of the great features of the park is that you can easily connect to trails in nearby Matthew Winters Park for some great long treks with amazing views. If you are planning on hiking trails within the park during the spring and summer months be sure to check when the nightly show will start so you can be out of the park well before the party starts.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

South Valley Park

The views within the South Valley Park are stunning, and it is easy to see why those with deep pockets have chosen to make this valley their homes. The sandstone spires that dot the trails of the park are picturesque to say the least. All of the rock spires in the park are fenced off to keep would be climbers at bay which severely distracts from the natural beauty of the area. For an aerial view of the park take the Lyons back trail, Grazing Elk trail, or head over to Deer Creek Park for great views of the whole area. The trails in the park are easy with little elevation gain, and there are paved paths for those that are looking for a great place to take their road bikes or strollers. While there are not many opportunities for a picnic in the area there is an abundance of trails. If you are looking to make some trail connections, Deer Creek and Hildebrand Ranch Parks are a very short distance away and have interconnecting access trails.

Mount Falcon

Mount Falcon area is home to the walker family house ruins along with the ruins that were to one day be a summer retreat for the president of the United States. There are ample parking spaces at both lots, and the west lot houses several picnic areas great for family outings. You will be pleasantly surprised when you use the restroom facilities at this park as they are pit toilets but there is not even the slightest hint of odor, and are very clean. There are many trails within the park with something suitable for all skill levels. Castle trail and Parmalee trails are by far the most popular with mountain bikers.