Lost Lake Campground - New and Improved!

 Typical Forest service campground entrance sign

Lost Lake Campground offers million dollar views at each campsite!

Scenic photo of one of the fishing lakes


Spectacular views surround your campsite at a newly refurbished campground on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest!  Saddled between the West Elk and Ragged Wildernesses at 9,600 foot elevation, the Lost Lake Campground offers visitors impressive views of the surrounding East and West Beckwith Peaks and the Anthracites.  This summer, the campground is ready for visitors to enjoy the upgraded and accessible facilities.  In 2011, the Forest Service gave it a “face lift” with new tent pads, picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets, dumpsters, and a potable water system (system is currently not available).  The campground was redesigned to provide 5 horse campsites accommodating a horse trailer and vehicle, in addition to the 14 standard tent/car campsites.   The campground loop road was graded and graveled and new sign panels provide visitors with information to make the most of their visit. 

photo of campground road with columbine

photo of typical campsite with picnic table, firering


If you are interested in a day visit to picnic, fish, hike or bike, Lost Lake Campground now has a newly decked and accessible day use picnic area and a fishing platform along the north side of  Lost Lake Slough.  This lake is stocked 1-2 times a summer with catchable sized rainbow trout. Anglers have a lot of success here which makes this lake a very popular fishing spot. Sorry, motorized boats are not allowed on Lost Lake Slough!  Lost Lake has a wild brook trout fishery and is stocked by the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife every other year with small (<2 inch) fingerling Colorado River cutthroat trout. This lake gives anglers an opportunity to catch native cutthroat and brookies in a scenic setting.  Dollar Lake, a short hike from the campground is managed as a wild trout fishery. The few anglers that hike to this backcountry lake can be rewarded with a catch of good sized brookies. 

 photo of new cement accessible fishing deck


Portions of the Beckwith Pass Trail (#842) and the Three Lakes Trail (#843) were reconstructed and additional parking provided for trail access.The Three Lakes Trail is a 3 mile hike starting from the campground with opportunities to view beautiful wildflowers, a waterfall, and 3 pristine lakes.

Just down Kebler Road is Horse Ranch Park, a large meadow with a vault toilet, picnic tables and managers for feeding livestock. This meadow is a staging and dispersed camping area for backpackers and horseback riders preparing to escape into the adjacent wilderness areas.  Dark Canyon Trail (#830) leads hikers and horseback riders into the Raggeds Wilderness. The Dyke Trail (#838) skirts the wilderness and is a poplar trail with bicycle riders.  Across the road, Cliff Creek Trail (#840) leads into the West Elk Wilderness. Dispersed camping in Horse Ranch Park is limited to 7 days.

"This is a great place for families to enjoy inspiring views, easy hikes and good fishing” says Levi Broyles, District Ranger for the Paonia Ranger District. “In addition to improving the campground, we have fixed resource damage and removed old structures making it safer for our visitors,” he added.

Lost Lake Campground opens when the snow melts and the roads are dry, generally in mid –June. Print this campground brochure (8.5x11sixe paper).Please check the GMUG website(http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/gmug/recreation) for campground open status, and fees.

It is not currently on the reservation system; therefore sites cannot be reserved and are on a first come basis. The campground may be full on busy summer weekends.

Looking for a hike? Check out this trail (#843)

Directions: From Paonia, CO take Rt. 133 east about 16 miles to a Crested Butte sign (County Road. 12). Go west on county route 12 about 15 miles to Forest Service Road 706.  Go south on 706 approx. 2.5 miles to campground. From Crested Butte, CO go 16miles west of town on County Road 12. Go south on 706 to the campground.