Davenport Campground


Group at Davenport Campground in early 1900s

Davenport Campground was one of the first Forest Service campgrounds in the country. It was designed by Arthur Carhart, the first landscape architect of the Forest Service. Prior to Carhart being hired in 1919, the agency focused primarily on timber uses of the forest. Around that time, working people were looking for an escape from the steel mills and coal camps, and automobiles were becoming affordable. Davenport campground has been rebuilt to evoke the historic character including a few Adirondack shelters, a common cooking shelter with stone fireplaces, and old-style log picnic tables.

This tent-only campground sits alongside Squirrel Creek in a grassy meadow surrounded by aspen and spruce trees at an elevation of 8,500 feet. The site offers access to hiking, mountain biking, motorcycle and off-road vehicle trails.

Group at Davenport Campground in early 1900s Picture of Davenport Campground Picture of Davenport Campground Picture of Davenport Campground Group Shelter Picture of Davenport Campground

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: Phone 877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov 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.
$22.00 fee per site for overnight camping. Two (2) vehicles per site is included in the camping fee. $6.00 for a third vehicle. 
$7.00 fee for day use if not camping overnight.
Fees are payable by cash, check or money order. Self-servicing fee tube is available.
First-come, first-served sites must be occupied the same night.
Senior Pass Cardholder: 50% discount off the camping fee only.
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to this campground:
  • Maximum 10 persons per site
  • 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: Rye, CO
Water: Drinking water is provided by a well with a hand pump
Restroom: There are 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: Rocky Mountain Recreation Company
Information Center: San Carlos Ranger District

General Information


From Lake Isabel, go 4 miles north on State Highway 165 then turn right (going East) onto Forest Service Road 382. Travel about 2 miles until the road dead ends into Davenport Campground.

General Notes:

During peak season, the campground is a full-service campground.

Pre- and extended seasons have reduced services. Vault toilets, water, trash, or a host may not be available. 

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