Rainbow Lakes Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Entrance to the Rainbow Lakes Campground

There are 18 first-come, first-served campsites that 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.

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Rainbow Lakes Campground is situated adjacent to the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The campground offers a more primitive camping experience than other nearby campgrounds.

Rainbow Lakes Campground is normally full for the weekend by Friday morning so plan to arrive early. No reservations are accepted.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: This campground is closed until June 2015. There is no camping allowed in a closed campground.
Reservations: This campground consists entirely of first-come, first-served campsites.
Fees 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 discount only applies to single campsites).
Open Season: Late June
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: Nederland, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire: American Land & Leisure
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us

General Information


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.

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Campground Camping

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.

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Reservation InfoNon-reservable - all sites are first come, first served.
Fire InformationCampfires 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 Sites16
Difficulty Level: Easy


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