Summit Lake Campground

Area Status: Open

Summit Lake Campground generally does not open until Mid July due to the high elevation of 10,300 ft and is located on Buffalo Pass outside of Steamboat Springs. It provides 9 back-in campsites and 6 walk-in tent sites (all are first come first serve and cannot be reserved. Each site has a table and a fire grate, and vault toilets and trash service is offered.

Day Use is also obtainable in two parking lots provided for the visitor to use while fishing or picnicking. Only hand powered watercraft are permitted on Summit Lake, with no boat ramp available. This campground provides great opportunities for mountain biking, dirt biking and ATVing, horseback riding, fishing and hiking. It is located near the boundary of Mount Zirkel Wilderness which offers numerous backcountry opportunities.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 7/18/23 - Campground is open for the season.
Operational Hours: Generally opens in Mid July. (Open seasonally due to snow and high elevation of 10,300 feet) For questions call the Steamboat Springs Ranger Station: 970-870-2299  
Reservations: No reservations, first come basis.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees: $10/Night for single unit $5/Day Use Fee.  All sites first-come first-served.
Open Season: Mid July - Late October
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Steamboat Springs, CO
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Information Center: Hahns Peak/Bears Eard Ranger District
925 Weiss Drive
Steamboat Springs, CO

General Information

Directions: Directions from Steamboat Springs: Travel 2 miles north of Steamboat Springs on Routt County Road 36 (Strawberry Park Road), then 13 miles northeast on Routt County Road 38 (Buffalo Pass Road). Campground is at the summit.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 15 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None



Camping trailer:
Picnic tables:
Tent camping:
Toilets: Vault toilets

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10400 - 10,300