Area Status: Closed
White Owl Lake area.

Coffee Pot and White Owl Campgrounds CLOSED in 2018

Unfortunately, the District had to make the hard decision to close two campgrounds in the Flattops area: Coffee Pot and White Owl sites. The District operates the developed site program on a tight budget and these two sites had the lowest occupancy rates, highest maintenance needs, and lowest generated revenue. The difficult decision was made in the fall of 2018 to completely remove the White Owl Campground including its features; being the toilet, fire rings, tables, and also its road system. All of the features were in an unsafe condition and the sites were extremely too close to water to allow continued dispersed use. The Coffee Pot campground’s road system was left intact (Road 600.1L) and is open to all motorized use.  The features were removed including the toilet, tables, and fire rings. Again, these features were in extremely unsafe condition.

The District chose to invest the limited financial and workforce resources into the Deep Lake Campground and Day Use sites. This site has the highest occupancy of either of the two other sites, and the lowest maintenance costs since the features are in better condition.  Over time the District hopes to continue to make improvements at Deep Lake and have more of a presence at this campground.  For more information contact Paula Peterson, Recreation Staff for the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District at 970-827-5159.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Alert: Amenities will be removed and all camp sites will be decommissioned in early Sept. 2018.
Closest Towns: Dotsero, CO; Vail, CO; Beaver Creek, CO
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Eagle Ranger District (970) 827-5715 

General Information

General Notes:

White Owl Lake & Campground area:

Log next to White Owl Lake.


Meadow near Owl Lake.


Campground Camping

Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

Viewing Scenery


Scenic Driving

Vehicle Clearence any but the lowest of passenger cars can drive this dirt road

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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