Bear Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed

NOTICE: The Bear Lake Campground experienced significant damage as a result of trees being blown down on some campsites. The campground will remain closed until the area can be made safe for visitors again.

Bear Lake Campground is a developed campground with the following attractions: Lake and Stream fishing. Bear Lake is approximately mile from campground, and the Tributaries of Cuchara River runs through campground. The Indian Creek Trail #1300 Trailhead is located on the north side of campground. This trailhead is a multi-use trail system and accesses 23 miles of motorized trails available for ATV, motorcycle, bicycle, foot, and horse use. 

Dates are weather dependent. All services may not be available early or late in the season.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 8 am
Reservations for 1/2 of the sites (sites 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 007 and 008) can be made. Phone 877-444-6777 or visit at least 4 days in advance. Friday and Saturday night minimum required stay on weekends. 3 nights minimum on holiday weekends. Walk-ups are exempt from the nightly minimum.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
24.00 per site fee is charged for overnight camping. Two vehicles are included in the camping fee; 10.00 extra fee for additional vehicles. Fees are payable by cash, check or money order, if not registered on line. Self-servicing fee tube is available. First-come, first-served sites must be occupied the first night. Senior, Access (handicap), Golden Age and Golden Access Cardholders: 50% discount off the camping or day-use fees. For reservations or information visit or call 877-444-6777.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to this campground:
  • Maximum 8 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • No discharge of firearms or fireworks.
  • Only licensed vehicles can operate inside campground.
  • Camping is NOT ALLOWED behind a LOCKED GATE.
Closest Towns: La Veta, CO
Water: Drinking water is provided by a well with a hand pump.
Restroom: 2 accessible outhouses

The Interagency Senior Pass (previously known as the Golden Age Pass) and the Interagency Access Pass qualifies for a 50% discount at concessionaire run campsites. The discount only applies to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass owner, not to any additional campsite(s) occupied by members of the pass owner's party.

Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Company
Information Center: San Carlos Ranger District (719) 269-8500

General Information


To get there from La Veta, drive south on SH 12 for 15 miles to FSR 422. Turn right onto FSR422 and follow it for 5 miles until you reach the Bear Lake Campground, one mile past Blue Lake Campground.


Campground Camping

15 campsites, with maximum spur length of 40 feet. Parking spurs, tables, fire rings, grills, trash receptacles are provided at this campground. Drinking water is provided by a well with a hand pump. There is 1 double vault accessible toilet and 1 single vault toilet.

Lake and Pond Fishing

River and Stream Fishing


Camping trailer: Parking spurs
Picnic tables: At each site
Tent camping: Tent Pads
Parking: Additonal parking for day use
Toilets: 1 double vault, 1 single vault
Drinking water: well water from a handpump

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