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Rainbow Lakes Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

Entrance to the Rainbow Lakes Campground

This campground is open mid-June through mid-September and located at 10000 feet at the end of the Rainbow Lakes Road and adjacent to the Indian Peaks Wilderness. This road is closed for winter and typically reopens in June. Before traveling to this area, check the Road Status Table.

There are 18 first-come, first-served campsites that accommodate tents (on 14X16 foot tent pads) and small trailers. A maximum of eight people are allowed per site. Campsite 8 is oversized and accomodates up to 15 people. Campsites 15 - 18 are walk in sites for tents. Picnic tables, fire grates, vault toilets and trash services are provided at each campsite. 14-day stay limit. This campground does not feature drinking water, electricity, hook-ups, dump stations, nor showers. Please remember to bring water.

Rainbow Lakes Campground is normally full for the weekend by Friday morning so plan to arrive early. No reservations are accepted.

Click here for a map of this campground.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Rainbow Lakes Campground is closed for the season. Camping is prohibited within a closed campground.
Reservations: This campground consists entirely of first-come, first-served campsites.
Fees Check the campground table for fee information. Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age and Golden Access passes provide cardholders a 50% discount on campground fees (this discount only applies to single campsites).
Open Season: 6/15 - 9/23
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times. A maximum of eight people are allowed per site. RVs, trailers or other vehicles must fit on the parking spur. Fishing is regulated by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Closest Towns: Nederland, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire: American Land & Leisure
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us

General Information

Directions:

From Nederland, head north on Colorado Highway 72 for approximately seven miles. Look for the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station sign and turn west onto National Forest System Road 298. This route is gated during the winter. This road is a five-mile, native-surfaced road. A high clearance vehicle is recommended.


Recreation Map

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Activities


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Day Hiking

The Rainbow Lakes Trailhead is located adjacent to Rainbow Lakes Campground. Trails include Rainbow Lakes Trail (a short, easy hike to a string of ponds) and Glacier Rim Trail (a longer, more difficult hike up the ridge to an overlook of Arapaho Glacier). These trails lie in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, where permits are required for backpacking.



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