Bear Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

ABOUT: This campground is located in the heart of the Flat Tops 11 miles outside of Yampa, Colorado on Forest Service Road 900. It is adjacent to Bear Lake, between Yamcolo Reservoir and Stillwater Reservoir.

The campground is composed of 2 loops in dense tree cover. (Engelmann Spruce, Subalpine Fir and a few Aspen and Lodgepole) 

*Although Bear Lake is adjacent to the campground, none of the campsites are actually on the lake or offer a view of the lake. 

(For those interested in views of the lake and the Flat Tops, check out the designated dispersed sites lcoated outside of the Bear Lake Campground. The designated sites offer picnic tables and fire grates, but no services and are $5 per night - Click on Bear Lake Dispersed area for more information)

The campground hosts 43 sites total, including 2 double sites, and 1 triple site making it popular for groups. Max trailer and camper length is 30 feet (trailers longer in length can find larger sites outside of the campground along FS RD 900 - these are designated dispersed sites for $5 per night and many offer pull through capability as well.)

Some of the Bear Lake Campground sites offer partial views of the towering black cliffs that identify the wilderness boundary, but most sites are secluded with views of Engelmann Spruce, Subalpine F ir, Aspen and Lodgepole. This campground has an elevation of 9,500 ft. 

The nearest RV waste station is located at the Stagecoach State Park, or at the KOA campground in Steamboat Springs, CO

AMENITIES: Vault toilets, trash, potable water, bear containers, fire grates, picnic tables, and camp hosts to answer questions. Outside of the campground is a free day use area with a fishing pier.

BOAT REGULATIONS: Electric trolling motors are allowed. Internal combustion engines are not allowed. (Combustion engines only allowed down the road at Yamcolo Reservoir).

RECREATION: Fishing/Hiking/Boating/Stand-up Paddle Board.
(there is a boat launch nearby at Yamcolo Reservoir as well as 2 other reservoirs that are great for wakeless boats, canoes and stand up paddle boards as well.

HIKING NEARBY: Mandall Lakes Trailhead and the Smith Lake Trailhead are nearby. Stillwater Trailhead is about 6 miles from Bear Lake Campground at the end of Forest Service Road 900. *Please note, most hiking trails typically still have snow until mid June. Paper trail guides for hiking as well as other information are available at the Yampa Ranger Station in downtown Yampa at 300 Roselawn. Even if after hours, material is available outside of the Ranger Station at our outdoor kiosk.

DIRECTIONS: From downtown Yampa, take County Road 7 just behind Montgomery’s Grocery for approximately 11 miles. At mile 7 the road turns into gravel becoming Forest Service Road 900. Drive another 4 miles and Bear Lake Campground is on the left after Yamcolo Reservoir.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: OPEN: Typically the end of May (with a chance of snow patches until June)   CLOSES: Generally late October to mid November depending on snow.   CONDITIONS & QUESTIONS: Contact the Yampa Ranger Station for current conditions. 970-638-4516, M-F, 8am-5pm
Reservations: No reservations, first come, first serve.   Note: If campground is full, there are more camping opportunities along Forest Service Road 900, including 30 designated dispersed sites and Horseshoe and Cold Springs Campgrounds.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Rates: $10 per day - single site
           $20 per day - double site
           $30 per day - triple
Maximum Stay Permitted: 14 days in a 30 day period. Cash & check only

General Information


Directions from Yampa: Travel S/SW on Routt County Rd #7 approximately 7 miles to FDR 900. Travel another 4 miles on FDR 900 to Bear Lake Campground on the left side of the road.


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Picnic tables
Drinking water Potable Water Available
Interpretive Site
Toilets Vault Toilets
Boat ramp Less than 1/2 mile away
Tent camping
Accessible Includes Fishing Pier
Camping trailer Campers up to 30'