There are 18 sites that will accommodate tents and small trailers. A maximum of eight people are allowed per site. Campsite 8 is oversized and accomodates up to 15 people. Campsites 15 - 18 are walk in sites for tents. Picnic tables, fire grates, vault toilets and trash services are provided at each campsite. There is no drinking water, electricity, hook-ups, dump stations, or showers. Please remember to bring water.
Campsite fees are $13 per night (the double campsite is $26). Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age and Golden Access passes provide cardholders a 50% discount on campground fees. This campground is not reservable.
Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times. A maximum of eight people are allowed per site. RVs, trailers or other vehicles must fit on the parking spur. Fishing is regulated by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Concessionaire: American Land & Leisure
Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us
From Nederland, head west on Colorado Highway 72 for approximately seven miles. Look for the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station sign and turn west onto National Forest System Road 298. This route is gated during the winter. This road is a five-mile, native-surfaced road. A high clearance vehicle is recommended.
Camping & Cabins
Rainbow Lakes is Boulder Ranger District's smallest and one of its least developed campgrounds. Trash services and drinking water are not provided. The campground is located five miles west of Colorado Highway 72 at the end of Rainbow Lakes Road. This road is rough, although passable by passenger cars.
Non-reservable - all sites are first come, first served.
Campfires are generally allowed, unless seasonal restrictions are in effect. Visitors may gather dead and down wood for burning while visiting the National Forest.
No. of Sites
The Rainbow Lakes Trailhead is located adjacent to Rainbow Lakes Campground. Trails include Rainbow Lakes Trail (a short, easy hike to a string of ponds) and Glacier Rim Trail (a longer, more difficult hike up the ridge to an overlook of Arapaho Glacier). These trails lie in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, where permits are required for backpacking.