Area Status: Open
* Potable water will not be available for the public during the 2015 operating season while the water system is evaluated. *
Big Creek Lakes Campground is the most popular campground on The Parks Ranger District. This site offers 54 campsites and a day-use area. Nineteen of the campsites 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. There are boating facilities and the lake is a popular destination area for camping and fishing. The wetlands around the lake are prime moose territory and moose are often seen near the campground.
The campground is 9,000 feet in elevation and summer temperatures are fairly cool. Numerous hiking trails are nearby, both in and out of Mount Zirkel Wilderness. Big Creek Lakes are 35 miles and about an hour drive northwest of Walden, CO. This area has been affected by the mountain pine beetle epidemic and has been logged in recent years.
At a Glance
||Campground and bathrooms are open, but NO trash services or potable water are provided. Visitors must pack out all trash and Leave No Trace. No fee.
Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or at www.recreation.gov.
||Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
||Dogs must be leashed in campground and day use areas; horses only at Seven Lakes Trailhead corral, not in campsites. Wilderness restrictions apply within Mount Zirkel Wilderness.
||Vault Toilet (8)
||Parks Ranger District
Fom Walden, CO head north on Highway 125 for 9 miles to Cowdrey, CO. 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.