Lone Rock Campground

 

Overview map of the South Platte River area.

Overview map of the South Platte River area.

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Person fishing in river with picnic table in foreground.

Lone Rock Campground is located on the South Platte River at an elevation of 6,479 feet. The campground boasts gold medal waters and spectacular views of the river.

This campground is very popular and crowded during the weekends and peak season, so it is recommended for campers to make reservation in advance. Also, walk-up sites are not usually available as the two designated walk-ups sites are occupied by campground hosts.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground remains open year-round and is first-come-first-serve after Labor Day.
Operational Hours: Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: Between Memorial and Labor Day weekends, phone 877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov at least 4 days in advance. Friday and Saturday night minimum required stay on weekends. 3 night minimum on holiday weekends.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees
$18.00 fee per site for overnight. Two (2) vehicles or one (1) RV per site is included in the camping fee. $5.00 for a third vehicle.
 
$6.00 day use fee 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: Open year round
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer to early fall
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.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • No discharge of firearms or fireworks.
  • Only licensed vehicles can operate inside campground.
  • Camping is NOT ALLOWED behind a LOCKED GATE.
Closest Towns: Deckers is 1 mile east of the campground along Highway 126. Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1.5 hour drive northeast of the campground.
Water: Community pump. Available during peak season only.
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:

  • Pike National Forest
  • USGS Quad Deckers
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range)
Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.

General Information

Accessibility:

Universally accessible picnic tables and vault toilet are available.


Directions:

There are two potential routes to access the Lone Rock Campground from Denver:

The first is to travel south on Highway 285 toward Fairplay. Turn south on Highway 126 and travel 22 miles to the Lone Rock Campground.

The second route is to travel south from C470 on Highway 85 / Santa Fe 10 miles to the town of Sedalia. Turn west on Highway 67 and travel 14 miles to the town of Sprucewood. At Sprucewood, stay south on the dirt road part of Highway 67 for 8 miles until you reach paved road. Turn left, heading south and continue 5 miles on 67 to the town of Deckers. Turn right, heading west for 1 mile on Highway 126 to the Lone Rock Campground. The campground will be on the south side of the road.


General Notes:

Lone Rock campground is the only campground on the river which accepts recreational vehicles (RV), and the only campground on the river which accepts reservations. Therefore, it tends to fill to capacity quicker than other campgrounds along the river.

Walk-up sites are not usually available as the two designated walk-ups sites are occupied by campground hosts.

Lone Rock does not have electricity or water hook-ups. There is no dump station available.

Although river access is available, be cautioned there is private land along the river. Be mindful of private fences and do not trespass.


Parking:

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

$5.00 for a third vehicle. 2 vehicles per site are included in the camping fee.


Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Both tent and recreational vehicle camping is allowed at Lone Rock Campground.

Recreational Vehicle (RV) and tent camping is available all year. After Labor Day weekend, water will not be available and all sites become first-come, first-served basis.

Reservation required?: Y

RV Camping

No electricity, water hook-ups, or dump station.

Recreational Vehicle (RV) and tent camping is available all year. After Labor Day weekend, water will not be available and all sites become first-come, first-served basis.

Reservation required?: Y

Fishing

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Amenities

Camping trailer 1 recreational vehicle up to 30' allowed per campsite
Toilets Vault toilets
Accessible Campsites #13 and #15 are wheelchair accessible; picnic tables and vault toilets are universal accessible.
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 and up to 8 people per campsite
Drinking water Community pump