Difficult Campground and Group Campground


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This campground is close to Aspen, Colorado. There are 47 campsites & a group area which can accomodate up to 20 people & 10 vehicles. Difficult Campground is located five miles southeast of Aspen on Highway 82. The 47 sites have limited spurs to accommodate trailers up to 40'. Please note that vehicles over 35 feet in length are prohibited over Independance Pass but can access the campground via Aspen. Water, garbage and vault toilets are provided for visitors.

Difficult Campground provides access to hiking trails and fishing sites along the Roaring Fork River and neighboring beaver ponds. It's located at an elevation of 8,180' and has a five-day stay limit. The campground has many trees and many sites are shaded.

Difficult Campground also has a Day Use Area, Trailhead and a Group Camping Site.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For current fire conditions or weather closures contact Aspen & Sporis Ranger District 
Reservations: Reservations can be made by visiting Recreation.gov. Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance for standard sites or 12 months in advance for group sites. Some sites are first come first served.
Fees Check our forest-wide campground table for current pricing. 
  • $7/additional vehicle/day
Open Season: May - Oct.
Usage: Heavy
  • 5 day stay limit
  • Vehicles over 35' in length are prohibited over Independence Pass but can access the campground via Aspen, CO.
  • Prevent the spread of invasive species by inspecting and cleaning packs, equipment, and tires before using lake or trails.
  • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. 
Closest Towns: Aspen, CO
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Information Center: Aspen & Sporis Ranger District, (970) 925-3445 or (970) 963-2266.

General Information


From Aspen, CO take Highway 82 for 5 miles southeast. Look for the US Forest Service Difficult Campground sign on the right, past Mile Marker 45.

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.14167, -106.77083
39°8'30"N, 106°46'15"W

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