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
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.
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.