Kenosha East Campground


Kenosha Pass/ Guanella Pass overview map

Section of the Pike National Forest map showing an overview of the Kenosha Pass and Guanella Pass area. This area is commonly referred to as High Country.

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A beautiful view of snow-capped mountains is in the background. The camground is an open space site.

Kenosha East campground is located across Highway 285 from the Kenosha Pass Campground. There are twelve campsites, and they are universal designed sites including high grills and picnic tables and benches.

All dates are weather dependent. Dates of operation below are dates visitors may expect full service. The area also has an extended season when services such as water, trash or a host may not be available between April 30, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

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 a first-come, first-served campground. No reservation is required.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
$20.00 fee per site for overnight. Two (2) vehicles per site are 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.
Open Season: May 28, 2021 - September 7, 2021
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer to Fall
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to this campground:
  • Maximum 8 persons per site, 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.
  • 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: Bailey, Grant, Fairplay
Water: No water
Restroom: Vault toilet
Passes: The Interagency Senior 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: Pre-season and extended season have reduced service such as trash, or a host may not be available.

Appears on the following maps:
  • USGS Quad Mt. Evans
  • Pike National Forest
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #104 (Idaho Springs / Georgetown/ Loveland Pass)
Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.

General Information


From Denver, drive southwest on US Highway 285 for approximately 50 miles. Kenosha East Campground/Picnic Area is located off of Highway 285, at the top of Kenosha Pass.

General Notes:

This area is adjacent to a wetland interpretative area and the remnants of the South Park and Pacific Railroad wye (Y). "Helper" engines from either Webster on the east side or Como on the west side of Kenosha Pass, assisted the regular engine in getting the train to the top, and then used the wye (Y) to turn around and head back down hill.


Parking is available on either side off of US Highway 285.

Recreation Map

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Interpretive Site Nearby
Camping trailer Can accommodate larger trailers
Picnic tables
Tent camping
Toilets Vault toilets
Parking Either side of US Highway 285
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