Clear Creek Ranger District, near Idaho Springs

  

Crater in Mt Evans Wilderness.

Located along the I-70 corridor of Clear Creek County in the town of Idaho Springs, Clear Creek Ranger District manages approximately 200,000 acres in four different counties. Come climb a mountain 14,000 feet above the ocean's tides, take a relaxing drive through the Rocky Mountains, or wet your fishing line in one of the many alpine lakes and streams. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Clear Creek Ranger District Road Status
Operational Hours:
  • Clear Creek Ranger District Visitor Center CLOSED. 
  • Please visit the Idaho Springs Visitor Center, 2060 Miner Street, Idaho Springs, CO 80452, Phone: (303) 567-4382. Open 7 days a week.
Reservations: View Campgrounds At-A-Glance table to quickly view what sites are reserve-able.
Permit Info: Firewood permits are available at Clear Creek Ranger District office by appointment only on Thursdays. Call (303) 567-3000 to make an appointment. Permits are $20 per cord with a one cord minimum, five cord maximum.  Trees are not precut or limbed and designated areas are not available.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Idaho Springs, CO; Georgetown, CO; Empire, CO
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:
  • Clear Creek Ranger District, 101 Highway 103, Idaho Springs, CO 80452 Phone (303) 567-3000; Contact Us
  • Idaho Springs Visitor Center, 2060 Miner Street, Idaho Springs, CO 80452, Phone: (303) 567-4382. 

General Information

Directions:

From westbound Interstate 70, take exit 241 and head west on Colorado Blvd to 2060 Miners Street. Forest Service information is available inside the visitors' center and museum.

From eastbound Interstate 70 take exit 239 and head east on Colorado Blvd to 2060 Miners Street. Forest Service information is available inside the visitors' center and museum.

From exit 240, turn right on Miners Street and head to the east end of town.

 


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Dispersed Camping

With a few exceptions, dispersed camping is allowed on National Forest System lands. Restrictions protect resources, minimize road damage, and reduce conflicts between landowners and visitors. Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days in one location. After 14 days, the campsite must be moved a minimum of three miles. Camping can then continue for another 14 days. Camping is restricted to 28 days in any 60-day period. Some areas may require the use of designated campsites. The Clear Creek Ranger District has a mix of private land and forest land. It is your responsibility to know if you are on private or public land.

Areas for Dispersed Camping at Clear Creek Ranger District, near Idaho Springs

Campground Camping

Clear Creek Ranger District offers eight developed campgrounds. All are accessed from the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Guanella Pass Scenic Byway, I-70 and Colorado Highways 40, 103, and 119). Individual operating seasons vary, however season dates range from mid-May through mid-October.

Fire InformationCampfires are allowed in the fire ring provided, dead and down wood may be gathered from the forest if available. Wood may also be purchased from the hosts.
Reservation InfoSix of Clear Creek Ranger District's campgrounds offer reservable campsites, and all campgrounds offer at least some sites for first come, first served. Campground reservations are made through the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov

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