May Queen Campground


Turquoise Lake

May Queen Campground is located at the far western end of Turquoise Lake in a shaded lodgepole pine forest at an elevation of 9,900 feet. It is near the Charles Boustead Memorial Tunnel and adjacent to a day use/picnic area, which offers easy angler and boat access to the lake. You can also access the Turquoise Lake Nature Trail for a leisurely walk around the lake.

Firewood can be purchased at the campground. Facilities include picnic tables, fire rings, pedestal grills, potable water, and vault toilets. Accessible sites are located along the southern end of the campground loop.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Water is temporarily unavailable.
Reservations: Call: 1-877-444-6777 or make reservations at:
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Open Season: Memorial Day to Labor Day
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance and requires a 2 night minimum stay on weekends and a 3 night minimum holiday weekend stay. A fee for extra vehicles will be collected at the campground. No discharge of firearms or fireworks. Altitude sickness may occur at this altitude.
Closest Towns: Leadville, CO
Water: Potable water is available at handpumps in the campground.
Restroom: Vault toilets are available in the campground.
Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Company

General Information


From Leadville, Colorado, follow the signs to Turquoise Lake Recreation Area.


Campsites along the south row (nearest the picnic area) are accessible.


Camping & Cabins

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Boat ramp Boat ramp is available adjacent to this campground
Camping trailer
Accessible Southern row campsites are accessible
Picnic tables
Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping
Drinking water Temporarily Unavailable