Horseshoe Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Horseshoe Campground is located 8 miles W of Fairplay on CR 18.  It sits at 10,600 feet elevation along Horseshoe Creek, near a grassy meadow among aspen, Engelmann spruce and Bristlecone pines. Trees provide good privacy between campsites, which are located at the base of Sheep Mountain. The primitive campground is located near Mount Sherman, Lincoln, Bross and Democrat - all impressive peaks for avid hikers.

Nearby Limber Grove Trail, a short mountainside path winds through 1,000-year-old limber pine. Fishing or wading in Horseshoe Creek are popular activities.

Horseshoe Campground has 19 sites with parking spurs 25 to 40 feet long with a maximum trailer length of 25 feet. Picnic tables, vault toilets, drinking water and campfire rings are provided.  Camping fee is $17.00.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: April 7, 2020-May 31, 2020 Developed recreation sites are temporarily closed while dispersed camping, hiking and river uses are allowed, although discouraged. Closed developed recreation sites include campgrounds, day-use areas, picnic areas, and any other constructed facility amenities – such as potable water stations, fire rings/grills, picnic tables, restroom facilities with flush or vaulted toilets, and trashcans and trash collection services. Parking facilities, trails and trailheads remain open. Dispersed camping includes camping on a national forest or grassland where recreation facilities or services are not provided.
Operational Hours: Horseshoe Campground is currently closed for the season.
Reservations: Reservations are recommended during the busy summer months and can be made up to 180 days in advance maximum/ 4 days in advance minimum at 1-877-444-6777 or
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $17/Night
Open Season: April 7, 2020 - May 31, 2020
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Max RV 25 feet; reservations must be made at least four days in advance; two night minimum stay on weekends three 3 night minimum stay on holidays.  There are not hook-ups at this campground.  No refunds for bad weather.  There are no public phones at this campground.
Closest Towns: Fairplay, CO
Water: Water pump; no water hook ups
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Canyon Enterprises
Information Center: South Park Ranger District 719 836-2031

General Information


From Fairplay, CO travel south on US-285 for about one mile.  Turn right onto County Road 18.  Follow County Road 18 for approximately six miles and the campground will be on your right.


The area is generally accessible year round; however the campground only operates during the summer months.


Parking is available at each campsite which can accommodate up to two vehicles.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Picnic tables Each campsite has a picnic table.
Drinking water Drinking water is available..
Toilets There are vault toilets.
Parking Each campsite can accommodate up to two vehicles.
Tent camping There are 19 campsites at this campground.
Camping trailer There are 19 campsites at this campground.