Goose Creek Campground


Portal entrance sign to Goose Creek Campground

Located approximately a two-hour drive southwest of Denver, at an elevation of 7,723', the Goose Creek Campground offers an opportunity for developed camping near the Lost Creek Wilderness. Recreational opportunties in the area include fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and scenic drives. Goose Creek runs through the campground and generally runs year round. Although not deep, the buddling brook supplies soothing sounds, opportunities for fishing, and a quaint atmosphere for camping. The Goose Creek Trailhead is close by and affords acces to the Lost Creek Wilderness via the Hankins Pass #630 and the Goose Creek #612 trails and is one of the reasons visitors use this campground.

As the only campground surviving the Hayman Fire, this little area is an oasis of green among the burnt surroundings. Being just minutes away from the Lost Creek Wilderness, this small campground is convienient for those hiking the Goose Creek or Hankins Pass trails and sees heavy use throughout the camping season. Host is available on site.

Portal sign for Goose Creek Campground Vault toilet at Goose Creek Campground

At a Glance

Operational Hours:

Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am

Reservations: This campground is strictly a first-come, first-served campground. No reservation is required.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
$22.00 fee per site for overnight camping. Two (2) vehicles or one (1) RV per site is included in the camping fee. $6.00 for a third vehicle.
$7.00 day use fee if not camping overnight.
Fees are payable by cash, check or money order.
Self-servicing fee tube is available.
Open Season: Memorial Day - Labor Day
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to this campground:
  • Maximum 8 persons per site, 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle. No electrical or water hook-ups available. No dump station, electricity or water hook-ups available.
  • 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:

Deckers is 10 miles northeast, along Highway 126.

Denver/Morrison is approximately a 2-hour drive northeast of the campground via Highway 285.

Water: Hand pump
Restroom: Vault 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: Appears on the following maps:
  • Pike National Forest
  • USGS Quad Green Mountain
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range)
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #105 (Tarryall Mountains / Kenosha Pass)
Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.

General Information


From Denver, travel US Highway 285 south approximately 20 miles to Pine Junction. Turn south on to Jefferson County Route 126. Take 126 south for approximately 22 miles to National Forest System Road 211, also known as the Matukat road. Travel west on NFSR 211 approximately 11 miles to the campground. Travel time is around 2 hours from Denver.


Parking is limited to 2 vehicles or 1 recreational vehicle per campsite.  An additional $6 per vehicle will be charged for additional vehicle per site.

General Notes:

Goose Creek Campground is a popular campground. Because it has been listed in guides and books, and is the only developed campground in the area from after the Hayman fire, it gets high use. People sometimes show up on Thursday for weekend camping. All sites are first come first served and must be occupied to be considered “saved”.  Almost every weekend is full at this campground.

Other options for camping include undeveloped, primitive, designated dispersed sites along NFSR 211 at locations posted with "Parking" and "Tent" symbols.  Camping at the Goose Creek Trailhead is prohibited.

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Picnic tables Picnic tables and fire rings/grates available.
Toilets Vault toilets
Parking Parking for 2 vehicles per site.
Fee charged for some activities Overnight or day use fees apply
Tent camping 2 tents/ 8 people max per campsite