Big Creek Lakes Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

54 campsites near Big Creek Lake. Numerous hiking trails are nearby, both in and out of Mount Zirkel Wilderness. The wetlands around the lake are prime moose territory. Big Creek Lakes Campground is the most popular campground on The Parks Ranger District, and includes a day-use area. Nineteen of the sites are under the reservation system and the remainder are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The units are situated next to Big Creek Lake, a scenic lake of 343 acres near the Mount Zirkel Wilderness. Moose are often seen near the campground. There are boating facilities and the lake is a popular destination area for campers and fishermen. The campground is 9,000 feet in elevation and summer temperatures are fairly cool. Big Creek Lakes are 35 miles and about an hour drive northwest of Walden.  This area has been affected by the mountain pine beetle epidemic and has been logged in recent years.


Campground and bathrooms are open, but no fees, trash services or water are provided.  Please Leave No Trace, and plan to Pack Out your trash.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground and bathrooms are open, but no fees, trash services or water are provided.  Please Leave No Trace, and plan to pack out your trash.
Rentals & Guides: Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or at
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Dogs must be leashed in campground and day use areas; horses only at Seven Lakes Trailhead corral, not in campsites.
Closest Towns: Walden, Colorado
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (8)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Directions from Walden: Head north on Highway 125 for 9 miles to Cowdrey. Turn left at Cowdrey onto County Road 6W for 18 miles to Pearl. Take Forest Road 600 for 6 miles to the campground. Follow the signs.

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Fee charged for some activities
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