Free Colorado Camping | Scouting Report – (CO-9) Lyons Gulch

Free Camping on the Colorado River

The Colorado river beckons to rafters seeking adventure and a spirited trip down the river. Even if you are not the type of person that is looking for the excitement of a white water river rafting adventure, you will love free camping on the Colorado river.

Lyons Gulch Campground

Lyons Gulch Campground Information

Phone Number: (970) 876-9000

Elevation: 6,200

Lat/ Long:39.69905, -107.07292

Nearby Town: Gypsum, CO. @ 11 miles

Details

  • No Fee
  • No Potable water
  • No trash
  • Vault toilets

Date of Report:

08/2018

Road Conditions:

Excellent

Road leading to Lyons Gulch free camping area off of the Colorado River.
Road leading to Lyons Gulch camping area off of the Colorado River.

Colorado River road (301) is paved all the way to the Lyons Gulch site a little over 4 miles from I-70. The road leading to the campsites is in excellent condition and offers up some very beautiful views of the Colorado River.

Side view mirror looking at Colorado river road near Lyons gulch free camping
Side view mirror looking back on Colorado river road

General Site Information:

The site is situated around a bend in the Colorado River with a very large pull off on the side of the road. While there is a sign letting you know that you are at the campground it is easy to pass it from the road, especially in the summer time when the foliage on the trees and bushes is in full swing.

If you do miss the turn fear not as there is a very large shoulder directly after the pull in that is quite hard to miss. The interior of the site consists of a large circular drive with areas to park. Around the circle there is a nice restroom (Cat holes are not allowed at this site and the restroom is only open from May 15 to Nov. 15th) and several trails that lead off into the trees and bushes that line the Colorado river to the many tent sites. While all of the sites are relatively close together, there is ample space to spread out and enjoy the sound of the river as life passes by. In all there is about 5 campsites right off the river, along with a nice boat ramp if you are planning a trip down the river.

Note:If rainy conditions exist this is not an optimal place to be as rising river levels and mud slides could make this a very dangerous location to camp. If you are in need of another place to camp there are also great locations closer to I-70 at the Deep Creek Campsite off Deep Creek Rd. these sites are very popular and also next to a river so depending on the time of year and the amount of rain that is or has been falling neither site may be suitable.

Check out the Deep Creek link below for more detailed information.

Scouting Report – (CO-10) Deep Creek

Nearby Activities or Attractions:

  • Towns below are within 50 miles
    • Eagle
    • Avon
    • Vail
    • Glenwood Springs
  • Colorado River

New Mexico & Texas Free Camping

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”

– John Muir

Overview:

The land of enchantment is poised to hold a sacred piece of your heart with its rugged mountain terrain and vast rolling deserts. Star gazers will appreciate the low population and large stretches of land between the big cities. Around each twist and turn in the road is a new fantastic place to get away from it all and get back to what’s important. When you have had your fill of the expanses of the desert you can head over to east Texas with the lure of long sandy beaches, the small islands on the intercoastal waterway, and warm winter nights. There is no shortage of nature to explore and enjoy in these two states. From the mountains and the second largest canyon in North America, to the ocean and back again this book will show you where to camp and recreate in New Mexico and Texas for free as well as some very affordable camping options.
Details Include

  • Links to all Public sites
  • Contact Numbers
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • Where the closest groceries and gas are locate
  • Brief details specific to the site

The content in this guide is optimized for use on a phone or similar mobile device making it easy to travel with and difficult to forget at home.
104 Free camping spots and the information you need to find many more hidden gems.
26 State operated facilities that offer exceptional value for avid campers

New Mexico & Texas Free Camping Book – Map



How to update content on the Kindle

From time to time I will update the content of the book to correct errors, both big and small, as well as to add new content to the book. To update your version of the book you will need to complete the following steps.

  1. Open the kindle app on your device.
  2. Navigate to your Home screen and press the vertical 3 dot button
  3. Select remove from device
  4. Navigate to your library screen (The book you removed should not have a check mark on it, indicating that the book is not on the device you are using.)
  5. Press and hold the title for a few seconds to select it
  6. Press the vertical 3 dot button and select download
  7. Your book will re download with all the new content.
  8. Enjoy!

Scouting Report – (CO-7) Williams Fork Reservoir

Date of Report: 07/2018

 

Road Conditions: Excellent

Paved all the way to the campsites

Roads within the campsites are well maintained dirt roads easily passable by car.

General Site Information:

Williams Fork Reservoir is a boondockers dream with ample flat spots in a great location with cellular service. All of the sites are right on the lake with easy access to restrooms and the boat ramp. Each site has a solid metal fire ring along with a nice steel picnic table. There is little in the way of tree cover at this site so if you are after a fire you will want to bring your own firewood to this site. There is plenty of tall lush green grass and unspoiled views of the lake in the camping areas which is on the east side of the lake..  

Check the local weather for Kremmling, CO.

Nearby Activities or Attractions:

  • Boating on Williams Fork Reservoir.
  • Town of Kremmling
  • Hot Sulphur Springs

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-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

 

West Coast Free Camping

“The earth does not belong to us… We belong to the earth”

– Chief Seattle

 

Details:

The West coast of the United states has drawn the interests of travelers for generations. There is no shortage of outdoor activities to partake in, or beautiful places to explore. With everything from beautiful sandy beaches, volcanoes, and lush forests to explore down to dry harsh deserts, you will not tire of the scenery anytime soon. This collected guide covers the states of California, Oregon and Washington offering 377 free camping areas to save you money while you explore this picturesque area of the world.

Details Include

* Links to all Public sites

* Contact Numbers

* Latitude and Longitude

* Where the closest groceries and gas are locate

* Details specific to the site

* 340 – Driver accessible campsites

* 37 – Boat in Campgrounds

377 Free Campsites to choose from all along the west coast.

The content in this guide is optimized for use on a phone or similar mobile device making it easy to travel with and difficult to forget at home.

West Coast Free Camping Book Map:

 

How to update content on the Kindle

 

From time to time I will update the content of the book to correct errors, both big and small, as well as to add new content to the book. To update your version of the book you will need to complete the following steps.

  1. Open the kindle app on your device.
  2. Navigate to your Home screen and press the vertical 3 dot button
  3. Select remove from device
  4. Navigate to your library screen (The book you removed should not have a check mark on it, indicating that the book is not on the device you are using.)
  5. Press and hold the title for a few seconds to select it
  6. Press the vertical 3 dot button and select download
  7. Your book will re download with all the new content.
  8. Enjoy!

California Free Camping

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”

– John Muir

From rugged coastlines and sandy beaches to desert lowland and lush mountain valleys, California has something for everyone. This guide is designed to help you quickly and easily plan your next camping trip. It doesn’t matter if you are escaping for a weekend or living on the road, this guide will give you all the information and links you need to find a great free campsite no matter where you are exploring in California.

Details Include:

  • Links to all Public sites
  • Contact Numbers
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • Where the closest groceries and gas are locate
  • Details specific to the site

The content in this guide is optimized for use on a phone or similar mobile device making it easy to travel with and difficult to forget at home.

198 Free camping spots and the information you need to find many more hidden gems.

California Free Camping Book – Map

 

How to update content on the Kindle

 

From time to time I will update the content of the book to correct errors, both big and small, as well as to add new content to the book. To update your version of the book you will need to complete the following steps.

  1. Open the kindle app on your device.
  2. Navigate to your Home screen and press the vertical 3 dot button
  3. Select remove from device
  4. Navigate to your library screen (The book you removed should not have a check mark on it, indicating that the book is not on the device you are using.)
  5. Press and hold the title for a few seconds to select it
  6. Press the vertical 3 dot button and select download
  7. Your book will re download with all the new content.
  8. Enjoy!