Cold Springs Campground


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June 22nd, 2020
Please Note:
We are seeing record high traffic in this area for camping. If there are no sites available in the campground, it is prohibited along Forest Service Road 900 to create and make your own site outside of the designated sites. All dispersed camping along Forest Service Road 900 near Yamcolo Reservoir, Bear Lake and Stillwater is only allowed in the sites that are indicated with a numbered post in it. Creating new sites is not allowed and subject to a fine. This includes the areas outside of the campground. If the campgrounds are full, and the designated dispersed sites are full as well, you will need to find camping in another area that is not on Forest Service Road 900 as making your own site is prohibited. All sites are first come as we do not take reservations.

ABOUT: Cold Springs Campground is located approximately 16.5 miles outside of Yampa, Colorado in the the Flat Tops. This is a small, very popular campground with 5 campsites. The area accesses some great fishing and hiking, with a nearby boat launch at the Yamcolo Reservoir as well as 2 other reservoirs and a free day use area with a fishing pier down the road at Bear Lake Campground.

AMENITIES: 1 vault toilet, potable water, and each campsite has a picnic table and fire grate. No electric or showers.

HIKING: This is a prime area as the campground is close to the Stillwater and Smith Lake Trailheads on Forest Service Rd 900. Paper trail guides for hiking as well as other information are available at the Yampa Ranger Station in downtown Yampa.

DIRECTIONS: From downtown Yampa, take County Road 7 just behind the local General Store, (Montgomery’s Grocery) for approximately 6 miles. The paved road turns into gravel where it becomes Forest Service Road 900. Cold Springs Campground is 16 miles on the right side after passing Bear Lake and Horseshoe Campgrounds.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: Due to snow, this campground is typically reachable by vehicles Memorial Day until mid October, weather permitting. For current conditions, call the Yampa Ranger Station at 970-638-4516  
Reservations: No reservations taken. First come, first serve basis. Making your own campsite, outside of the designated sites is prohibited and subject to a fine.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $10/night for single unit, $5 per additonal vehicles
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Yampa, CO
Water: Potable Water Available
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Directions from Yampa: Travel S/SW on County Road 7 for approximately 7 miles to Forest Service Road 900. Proceed on Forest Service Road 900 for approximately 10 miles to Cold Springs Campground on the right side of the road.

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Camping & Cabins

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Picnic tables
Drinking water Potable Water Available
Interpretive Site Stillwater Trailhead
Toilets One Vault Toilet
Parking 1 car included, $5 per additional vehicle
Boat ramp 2 miles away at Yamcolo Reservoir
Tent camping
Camping trailer 30 ft Max Trailer Length