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Aspen might be home to some of the leading and most luxurious hotels in the world, but you’ll see a million stars instead of five when setting up camp at any one of the area’s designated campsites under the expansive night sky. From dispersed camping on Lincoln Creek and Pearl Pass to traditional campgrounds along Independence Pass and every favorite secluded spot for backpackers in between.

There are a variety of campgrounds and campsites located in the Aspen area. We hope you enjoy getting outside and in touch with nature. For more information on camping, dispersed camping, cabins, backpacking and RV camping visit the White River National Forest Website, or call 970-925-3445.  Reservations can also be made by contacting the National Camping Reservation Center at 1-877-444-6777

If you should decide to build your own camp site, camping is prohibited within 100 feet of all trails, streams, and lakes.  You must be OUT OF SIGHT when camping in open areas.  Stoves are required above timberline in the alpine tundra.  For more information, you may contact the Aspen Ranger District at 970-925-3445. 

Bear Resistant canisters are required for overnight camping in Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness Area and recommended for Hunter Fryingpan Wilderness Area. Aspen Expeditions, Ute Mountaineer or Four-Mountain Sports have canisters available for rent or purchase.

Another great way to get out in the great outdoors is to check out the 10th Mountain Huts, a unique experience for the adventurous visitor.


10th Mountain Division Hut Association, Inc.
Address: 1280 Ute Ave, Suite 21, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone: (970) 925-5775
Fax: (970) 925-5317
Website: www.huts.org

10th Mountain manages a system of 34 backcountry huts in the Aspen, Vail, Leadville, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, and Winter Park areas. These huts provide unique opportunities for backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking or hiking while staying in warm, comfortable shelter. Our name honors the men of the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army who trained during World War II at Camp Hale in central Colorado. Hut visitors share the special spirit of these individuals, especially their pursuit of excellence, self-reliance, and love of the outdoors. View Listing.


 

East of Aspen - Independence Pass

Difficult Campground - 4 miles southeast on Hwy 82. It has 47 campsites. The season ranges from May 15 - September 27. Elevation is 8,180 ft. It has access to fishing and hiking. It also has vault toilets, water and trash facilities. It can accept a trailer up to 40 ft. Reservations Required - Click to Book

Lincoln Gulch - 11 miles southeast on Hwy 82, then a half of a mile on Lincoln Creek. It has 6 campsites. The season ranges from May 22 - September 27. Elevation is 9,600 ft. It has access to fishing and hiking. It also has vault toilets, water and trash facilities. It can accept a trailer up to 16 ft. First come basis

Lincoln Creek - 11 miles southeast on Hwy 82, along Lincoln Creek, past the gulch. It has 28 campsites. The season ranges from May 22 - September 27. Elevation is 9,800 ft. It has access to fishing and hiking. It does not have any vault toilets, water or trash facilities. Trailer space is limited. First come basis

Lost Man - 14 ½ miles from Aspen on Hwy 82.  It has 10 campsites.  The season ranges from May 22 - September 27.  The elevation is 10, 500 ft.  It has access to fishing and hiking.  It also has vault toilets, water and trash facilities. Trailer space is limited. First come basis

Weller - 9 miles southeast of Aspen on Hwy 82. It has 11 campsites. The season ranges from May 22 - September 27. Elevation is 9,400 ft. It has access to fishing and hiking. It also has vault toilets, water and trash facilities. Trailer space is limited. First come basis

Maroon Bells - Maroon Creek Road

Silver Bar - 5 miles southwest of Aspen on Maroon Creek Road. It has 4 campsites. The season ranges from May 22 - September 27.  Elevation is 8,460 ft.  It has no fishing access, but it does have hiking access.  It also has vault toilets, water and trash facilities.  Silver Bar campsite does not accept trailers. Reservations required - Click to Book

Silver Bell - 5 miles southwest of Aspen on Maroon Creek Road. It has 4 campsites. The season ranges from May 22 - September 27. Elevation is 8,490 ft. It has no fishing access, but it does have hiking access. It has vault toilets, water and trash facilities. It does not accept trailers. Reservations required - Click to Book

Silver Queen - 5 miles southwest of Aspen on Maroon Creek Road. It has 6 campsites. The season ranges from May 22 - September 27. Elevation is 8,680 ft. It has no fishing access, but it does have hiking access. It has vault toilets, water and trash facilities. It does not accept trailers. Reservations required - Click to Book
 

Please note that Bear Resistant Canisters are required for overnight camping in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Canisters are available at Aspen Expeditions, Ute Mountaineer and Four-Mountain Sports for rent or purchase.

RV Parks & Information

Visiting Aspen in a Recreational Vehicle (RV)? Trailers or motor homes over 35 ft. in length are prohibited from traveling on Hwy 82 over Independence Pass. The City of Aspen DOES NOT allow people to spend the night on city streets in their RVs. The closest RV park (with hook ups) is the Aspen-Basalt Campground in Basalt on Hwy 82, call 970-927-3405. You can call the Aspen Chamber Resort Association for more information 970-925-1940.

Aspen-Basalt Campground
800-567-2773 | 970-927-3405
RV sites are level, shaded and most are pull-thrus. 43 RV sites have 50 amp service, room for slideouts and are at least 45 feet long making it big rig friendly. RV sites are open year round. Pets welcome.
Location: Conveniently located midway between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, 2 miles northwest of Basalt on Hwy 82, just south of milepost marker 20.
20640 Hwy 82, PO Box 350, Basalt Colorado 81621.

Glenwood Canyon Resort - Glenwood Springs
formally Rock Gardens Campground
800-958-6737
Glenwood Canyon Resort, offers a variety of lodging options, new Resort Cabins, Camper Cabins, and full hook up RV sites with water, electric, sewer, cable TV, and wireless Internet. Can handle big rigs. Smaller RV sites on the Colorado River too.

Ami's Acres Campground
970-945-5340
Family owned. Can handle big rigs, E-X-T-R-A L-O-N-G P-U-L-L T-H-R-U-S on terraced sites with 30 and 50 amp full hookups, plus secluded tent sites. Overlooks the Colorado River. Shade trees. Pets welcome in the RV sites (only). Reduced weekly and monthly rates. Camping Open Dates: 3/15 to 11/15
Location: EASY access. Exit 114 from I-70, then go west 1 mile on US Hwy 6.
PO Box 1239, Glenwood Springs Colorado 81602

Public Shower Facilities

Public Showers:

The Aspen Recreation Center, a.k.a. The ARC, has a shower facility open from 6a.m. to 9p.m Monday through Friday, 9a.m. to 8p.m. Saturday, & 11a.m to 6pm Sunday.  A daily admission fee of $9.50/person to use the shower facilities only. 90 minutes prior to closing, the fee is $6/person. For more information, call (970) 544-4100

The Red Brick:  Shower facility is open 8:30am - 6:00pm to the general public for a fee of $6.00.  The Red Brick is located on 110 E. Hallam, call 970-920-5140. *Closed Saturday and Sunday.

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