Aspen Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Aspen Campground is located 4 miles N of Jefferson off CR 35 and CR 37.  It is an excellent place for campers looking to relax, hike, fish and enjoy the sounds of nature.  The campground sits near Jefferson Creek, a few miles downriver of Jefferson Lake. The lake is one of the highest elevation lakes around, capping 10,685 feet elevation and bordered by steep 12,000 foot peaks. 

Fishing in both the creek and lake offer promising catches of trout. Another noteworthy aspect of the campground is its access to the Colorado Trail.

Natural Features: Aspen Campground, at 9,900 elevation, sits in a valley along Jefferson Creek at the base of Jefferson Hill. The single-loop campground is shaded by groves of aspen and mature spruce. Jefferson Lake, spanning about 182 acres, has deep, cold waters and freezes over in winter.

Recreation: The campground offers nearby access to two trails. Hiking, biking and horseback riding are excellent on the epic Colorado Trail, a 471-mile trail that stretches across Colorado from Denver to Durango. Also nearby is the West Jefferson Loop Trail, a foot path that goes up to the Continental Divide and loop for 11 miles. 

Rainbow, brown, mackinaw and brook trout can be found swimming in the creek and lake. No-wake boating is allowed in the lake and a boat ramp is easily accessible.

Facilities: Amenities include picnic tables, vault toilets, drinking water from a hand pump and a campfire ring. Parking aprons are gravel and can fit up to two vehicles; maximum trailer length is 25 feet.  There are 12 campsites at the campground. 

It is difficult to access Jefferson Lake Recreation Area during the winter months. The roads to this site are not maintained for snow throughout the winter.

At a Glance

Reservations:  Reservations for this site can be made by visiting Recreation.gov.  Reservations must be made 5 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $16 camping fee, $6 day use fee
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Max RV length 25'; reservations must be made at least four days in advance; two night minimum stay on weekends; three night minimum stay on holidays.  There are no hook-ups at this campground.  No refunds for bad weather.
Closest Towns: Jefferson
Water: Water pump; no water hook ups
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Canyon Enterprises
Information Center: South Park Ranger District 719 836-2031 Visit historic Fairplay, Colorado, a ghost town that was once a frontier boom town. The South Park City Museum contains 34 authentic buildings with 60,000 artifacts.

General Information

Directions:

From Fairplay take Highway 285 North to Jefferson, turn left on County road 35.  Travel approximately 2 miles and turn right on County Road 37.  Travel approximately 2.5 miles to the Aspen Campground.


Accessibility:
Directions:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.42528, -105.84083
39°25'31"N, 105°50'27"W

From Fairplay, take Highway 285 north to Jefferson, then turn left on County road 35. Travel approximately 2 miles and turn right on County Road 37. Travel approximately 2.5 miles to the Aspen Campground.


Parking:

Parking is available at each campsite, which can accommodate up to two vehicles.


General Notes:

Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating

This is a high elevation facility, please use caution when traveling from lower elevations

There is a $6 vehicle fee to enter Jefferson Lake Recreation Area

No RV hookups are available

Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visitdontmovefirewood.org.


Activities


Camping & Cabins

Hide detail HIDE

Campground Camping

Aspen campground has 12 campsites. 

General Info:

Directions

From Fairplay take Highway 285 North to Jefferson, turn left on County road 35.  Travel approximately 2 miles and turn right on County Road 37.  Travel approximately 2.5 miles to the Aspen Campground.


Fees: $14 camping fee
Reservation required?: Y

Amenities

Camping trailer There are 12 campsites at this campground.
Toilets There are vault toilets.
Picnic tables Each site has a picnic table.
Parking Each campsite can accommodate up to two vehicles.
Tent camping There are 12 campsites at this campground.
Drinking water Drinking water is available.