Gore Creek Campground

  

picture of site at Gore Creek Campground

The Gore Creek campground is located along Gore Creek in a forested setting near the boundary of the Eagle's Nest Wilderness.This is the closest campground to the town of Vail, CO and there are several trailheads nearby into the Eagles Nest Wilderness; all wilderness regulations must be observed when traveling in the wilderness (foot and horse travel only). The campground is also located at the west end of the Vail Pass/Tenmile Canyon National Recreation Trail open to foot traffic and bicycles.

Natural Features:

In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the 2.3 million acre White River National Forest is a place of serenity and adventure, boasting eight wilderness areas, four defined seasons, and 10 peaks surpassing 14,000 feet in elevation. 

Wildlife in the area abounds. Bighorn sheep navigate rocky ridges and bull elk bugle at dusk. Black bear and mule deer are common. Scenic rivers sustain populations of cutthroat, rainbow, and brown trout. Alpine regions provide habitat for pika and ptarmigan. These species, along with many others, depend on surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams, and diverse forests to live.

Recreation:

The Gore Creek campground is located along Gore Creek in a forested setting near the boundary of the Eagles Nest Wilderness. This is the closest campground to the town of Vail and there are several trailheads nearby into the Eagles Nest Wilderness; all wilderness regulations must be observed when traveling in the wilderness (foot and horse travel only). The campground is also located at the west end of the paved Vail Pass/Tenmile Canyon recreation trail open to foot traffic and bicycles.

Facilities:

The campground offers 16 back-in sites, eight walk-in tent sites; number 18 is a fully accessible tent site, four handicapped accessible bathrooms and bear-resistant food lockers. Parking spurs for campsites are up to 35 feet long. RVs longer than this would not fit in this campground.  7 walk-in tent sites, 1 handicapped accessible site, 4 handicapped accessible bathrooms, and bear-proof food lockers.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearby town of Vail is a popular destination for visitors to the area. From downhill skiing and world-class fly fishing, to dining and resorts, there are a multitude of outdoor and indoor opportunities in this resort mountain town.

**Bear activity has been increasing.  For this reason a food storage order is in effect at all developed campgrounds on the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District, and the Piney Guard Station, Tigiwon Lodge, Mount of the Holy Cross Overlook, Homestake Road FSR 703, and Nolan Creek Road. This order requires all food and refuse to be stored in hard-sided vehicles, approved bear-resistant containers, or supended at least 10 feet clear of the ground at all points and four feet horizontally from any supporting tree or pole. This order has been issued to provide for public safety and wildlife conservation. Hopefully it will reduce wildlife habituation problems. **

There is a printable Recreation Quicksheet for this campground which is complete with directions, details, and other information about this campground.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Several campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis Black bears are prevalent in the area and all food or other attractants must be properly stored (per the White River National Forest regulation) Prevent the spread of invasive species by inspecting and cleaning packs, equipment, and tires before using lake or trails
Reservations: Reservations can be made by visiting Recreation.gov.  Reservations must be made 3 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance.
Fees Around $23/Night for single unit. Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
Open Season: 5/19 - 10/6/18
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Vail, CO
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Information Center: In accordance with standard industry practices, there will be a $5 additional vehicle fee per day on the second vehicle in each single family campsite, and on the third and fourth vehicles in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered as one vehicle for determining additional vehicle fees. The third and fourth motorcycle would also be considered as one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles. 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. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District, (970) 328-6388 or (970) 827-5715.

General Information

Accessibility:

Accessible toilets and campsite.


Directions:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.6275, -106.2725
39°37'39"N, 106°16'21"W

Travel east on I-70 to Exit 180 for East Vail. Turn right and follow the south frontage road (Bighorn Road) east to the road closure gate at about 2 miles. The campground is on the left just before the gate. 


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


Bicycling

Show detail SHOW

Camping & Cabins

Hide detail HIDE

Campground Camping

No. of Sites 18 drive-up sites, plus 7 walk-in sites
Reservation Info Reservable

RV Camping

Parking spurs for campsites are up to 35 feet long. RVs longer than this would not fit in this campground.

CorralsParking spurs for campsites are up to 35 feet long. RVs longer than this would not fit in this campground.
Hookup - Sewerno
Hookups - Electricno
Pavement Type for Parkinggravel
Dump Stationsno
No. of Sites 18 drive-up sites, plus 7 walk-in sites
Reservation Info Reservable
Size Restrictions Parking spurs for campsites are up to 35 feet long. RVs longer than this would not fit in this campground.
Hookup - Waterno

Fishing

Show detail SHOW

Hiking

Show detail SHOW

Outdoor Learning

Show detail SHOW

Picnicking

Show detail SHOW
Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
39.6275

  Longitude : 
-106.2725

  Elevation : 
8700

 

Stay The Trail logo

Stay The Trail Link opens in a new window


picture of different recreation quicksheets

Recreation Quicksheets

 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriver/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=41347&actid=29