Priest Lake Designated Camping Area - Norwood RD

Area Status: Open

Priest Lake Dispersed Camping Area is a popular spot with nine designated camping sites. A vault restroom is on site. Limited fishing is available at Priest Lake, while the nearby Galloping Goose Trail offers hiking. horseback riding, and mountain biking opportunities. Trailers are not allowed due to a lack of parking availability.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open while roads are accessible. No services-pack it in, pack it out.
Reservations: No Reservations. First-Come, First-Serve Dispersed Camping.
Fees: No Fee
Open Season: May
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Telluride, CO
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: No services. No fee. Pack-it-in, Pack-it-out.

General Information


Travel approximately 8 miles south on State Highway 145 from Telluride, CO. Turn left on County Road 63A, then left on to Forest Road #628. Proceed one-half mile north on #628 to the Priest Lake Camping Area.

General Notes:

There are hiking, horseback riding, and mountain bike trails nearby. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Dispersed Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Boating - Non-Motorized

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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9,600 feet - 9600 feet