Big Creek Lakes Campground

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed


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

Current Conditions: 8/19/15:  Big Creek Campground does not have potable water.  Please plan to bring your own water!  Campground and bathrooms are open with full services.  $10/night.  Please contact Parks RD at 970-723-2700 for current conditions.
Reservations: 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
Fees $10/night.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: Walden, Colorado
Water: Potable water will be available until August 19, 2015
Restroom: Vault Toilet (8)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Parks Ranger District

General Information


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.

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Fee charged for some activities
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