Blue Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed

NOTICE: The Blue 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.

Blue Lake Campground is a developed campground with reservable and first-come-first-served sites. Available attractions: Lake and stream fishing. Blue lake is approximately one mile from the campground and the tributaries of Cuchara River run through campground.

For trail use, from the campground, take FSR 436 1.5 miles to the non-motorized North Fork Trail #1309. FSR 436 continues to old mine and saddle approximately 500 vertical feet below summit of Trinchera Peak. Access to the Indian Trial #1300 Trailhead at Bear Lake campground one mile further up FSR 422. This trailhead is a multi user trail system and accesses 23 miles of motorized trails available for ATV, motorcycle, bicycle, foot, and horse use. There is a 3/4 mile non-motorized trail between Bear Lake and Blue Lake.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: CLOSED
This Campground is CLOSED for 2023.
Reservations for 1/2 of the sites (sites 004, 005, 006, 007, 008 and 009) 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: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees are charged for overnight camping. Two vehicles allowed; an extra fee for additional vehicles. Fees are payable by cash, check or money order, if not reserved on line.  Self-servicing fee tube is available. First-come, first-served sites must be occupied the first night. Senior and Access cardholders: 50% discount off the camping or day-use fees. For reservations or information visit or call 877-833-6777.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
  • Maximum 10 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle (RV).
  • Maximum length of RV is 40 feet.
  • 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: Hand pump from a well
Restroom: 2 double vault accessible toilets

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: Concessionaire
Information Center: San Carlos Ranger District (719) 269-8500

General Information

Directions: To get there from La Veta, drive south on SH 12 for 13 miles to FSR 422. Turn right onto FSR 422 and follow it for 4 miles until you reach the 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

Blue lake is approximately ½ mile from campground and the tributaries of Cuchara river run through campground.


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