Burning Bear Campground

 

Kenosha Pass/ Guanella Pass overview map

Section of the Pike National Forest map showing an overview of the Kenosha Pass and Guanella Pass area. This area is commonly referred to as High Country.

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

The entrance to Burning Bear Campground. Fee information sign is on the right hand side of photo.

Burning Bear Campground is off of Guanella Pass Road, north of the town of Grant. The Guanella Pass Road (Park County Road 62) is a Scenic and Historic Byway, and is one of the most popular scenic drives on the Pike National Forest. This campground is nestled in a valley with beautiful views. Host is available on site. There is no dump station, electrical or water hook-ups available.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:

Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am

Reservations: Please note: due to construction on the Guanella Pass road, this campground is first come, first serve only.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees
$16.00 fee per site for overnight camping. Two (2) vehicles  or one (1) RV per site is included in the camping fee. $5.00 for a third vehicle. $6.00 fee for day use if not camping overnight.
 
Fees are payable by check or money order. Self-servicing fee tube is available.
 
Golden Age and Golden Access Cardholder: 50% discount off the camping fee only.
Open Season: Late May - Early September
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to this campground:
  • Maximum 8 persons per site, 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle (RV).
  • Only licensed vehicles can operate inside campground.
  • No discharge of firearms or fireworks.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • Camping is NOT ALLOWED behind a LOCKED GATE.
Closest Towns:

Grant is 5 miles south of the campground along Highway 285.

Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1.5 hour drive east of the campground via US Highway 285.

Water: Hand pump
Restroom: Vault toilets
Passes: The Interagency Senior Pass (previously known as the Golden Age Pass) and the Interagency Access Pass qualifies for a 50% discount at concessionaire run campsites. The discount only applies to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass owner, not to any additional campsite(s) occupied by members of the pass owner's party.
Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Concessionaire
Information Center: Appears on the following maps:
  • USGS Quad Mt. Evans
  • Pike National Forest
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #104 (Idaho Springs / Georgetown/ Loveland Pass)
Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.

General Information

Directions:

From Denver, travel US Highway 285 south toward Fairplay to the town of Grant. Turn north on Park County Road 62 going towards Guanella Pass. Burning Bear Campground is 5 miles north on the right.


Parking:

Parking is available for either 2 vehicles or 1 recreational vehicle per campsite. Additional parking is available apart from the campsite.

Two vehicles per site are included in the camping fee. $5.00 for a third vehicle.


Accessibility:

Universally accessible picnic tables and vault toilet are available.


General Notes:

Burning Bear campground is nestled in a beautiful valley on the way to Guanella Pass. Mount Evans Wilderness is directly behind the campground. Burning Bear trail is across the road from the campground and offers some spectacular scenery along the trail.

The Guanella Pass road is only plowed for the first 5 miles from Grant. Although this includes the road up to Burning Bear campground, the area is subject to heavy snow drifts.

Recreational Vehicle (RV) and tent camping is available.

Corrals just outside the campground ARE NOT FOR PUBLIC USE.


Activities


Bicycling

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Burning Bear Campground has 14 campsites to accommodate both tent and recreational vehicle camping.

Maximum number of people per campsite is 8. There is a 14-day stay limit. Vehicles must be parked in established site. No vehicle parking behind barriers.

Please be careful with your campfire. In the campgrounds, fires must be in the ring/grate provided.

Hours of Operation: Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Rental info: Campers may stay a maximum of 14 consecutive days.

RV Camping

Burning Bear Campground can accommodate recreational vehicles up to 30’ in length. No electricity or hooks ups available. Water is from a hand pump. No water available after Labor Day weekend.


Climbing

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Hiking

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Hunting

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Nature Viewing

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Scenic Driving

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Winter Sports

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Amenities

Camping trailer 1 recreational vehicle up to 30' allowed per campsite
Toilets Vault toilets
Accessible Universally accessible picnic tables and vault toilets are available.
Picnic tables Picnic tables and fire rings/grates available.
Fee charged for some activities Overnight or day use fees apply
Parking Parking for 2 vehicles per site.
Tent camping 2 tents/ 8 people max per campsite
Drinking water Hand pump