Davenport Campground

Area Status: Open
Historical photo of San Carlos Ranger District  campground

Davenport Campground has been rebuilt to evoke the historic character of the first Forest Service campground, the remnants of which are located a few miles downstream. Included are a few Adirondack shelters, a common cooking shelter with stone fireplaces, and old-style log picnic tables.

This 12 site tent-only campground sits alongside Squirrel Creek in a grassy meadow surrounded by aspen and spruce trees at an elevation of 8,500 feet. Parking spurs, tables, fire rings, grills and trash receptacles are provided at this campground. The site offers access to hiking, mountain biking, motorcycle and ATV trails.  

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

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in: 2 p.m.
Check out: 12 p.m. (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Reservations: Call 1-877-444-6777 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.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Toilets, Drinking water
$25 fee for overnight camping. Walk-in tent sites only, no RVs. Two vehicles per site are included in the camping fee, additional $10 fee each for extra vehicles.
  • Fees are payable by cash, check or money order if not registered online.
  • $10 day-use fees charged for those not registered as campers.
  • Self-servicing fee tube is available.
  • First-come, first-served sites must be occupied the first night. 
Open Season: May 10, 2024 - Sept. 29, 2024
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: June-September
  • 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: 2 accessible vault toilets.
Passes: America the Beautiful Senior or Access Pass cardholders may receive a 50% discount off the camping fee only. 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

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.
  • Preseason and extended seasons have reduced services. Vault toilets, water, trash, or a host may not be available. 
  • Weather in the summer is generally mild with warm days and cool nights; highs in the 80's and lows in the 40's. Afternoon thunderstorms are a common occurrence. Spring and fall weather is usually dry and sunny with highs in the 60's and lows in the 30's.

Recreation Map

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Campground Camping


Tent camping: 12 tent-only campsite; 3 sites include Adirondack shelters.
Toilets: Two single vault accessible toilets.
Drinking water: Drinking water is provided by a well with a hand pump.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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