Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Priest Lake Dispersed Camping Area is a popular spot with no designated camping sites. The terrain limits the number of campsites, but small pop-up campers and tents are commonly used here. 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.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No services. No fee. Pack-it-in, Pack-it-out.
Reservations: No Reservations. First-Come, First-Serve Dispersed Camping.
Fees No
Open Season: May - September
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Telluride, CO
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:  Campers are required to store food and other items in a hard sided vehicle or camping unit constructed of solid non-pliable material. Click here for more details.

General Information


Travel approximately 8 miles south on State Highway 145 from Telluride, CO. Turn left on Forest Road #628 just before the turn into the Matterhorn Campground. Forest Road #628 loops around to Trout Lake and accesses State Highway 145.

General Notes:

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

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9,600 feet - 9600 feet


4 people hiking over a rock ledge

Hikers on the Hope Lake Trail