The campground is composed of two loops, winding around the boulders, slabs and cliffs of the Vedauwoo rock formation which comprises 10 square miles of weathered Sherman granite. There are 28 campsites with tables, fire rings, trash pick up and vault toilets. This area is constructed to blend in with the natural beauty of the surroundings. The vegetation is a variety of Limber pine, Engleman spruce, Douglas fir and Aspen. The general area was once used as a hideout for outlaws. Native Americans thought playful spirits piled up the boulders. All the tent sites are walk-ins and some of them are so secluded, one might feel the "outlaw's spirit." There is access to rock climbing and a nature trail through the rocks.
It is located in the Pole Mountain area and is managed by the Laramie Ranger District.
ABOUT THE CAMPGROUND: Managed by the Yampa Ranger District. This campground is located in the Bear River area of the Flat Tops Wilderness, 14 miles southwest of Yampa on Forest Development Road 900. This campground is in a large wooded area that makes a small loop with 43 sites + 4 double sites and 1 triple site making it a popular place for RV’s and families with children.
VIEWS: Bear Lake Campground is surrounded by 235,000 acres of Flat Tops Wilderness. The lake is actually separate from the campground and is just a short walk outside the campground. Some sites have a view of the Flat Tops and the valley, while others are more wooded. Bear River reservoir is located just outside the campground and is within walking distance.
HIKING: 3 miles past Bear Lake Campground is the Stillwater Trailhead where three popular hikes begin. Trail guides are available at no cost in town at the Yampa Ranger Station.
This area gives access to 3 reservoirs in a 10 mile radius on Forest Service Road 900, that offer great fishing for brown, rainbow, cutthroat, and brook Trout. The names of the 3 reservoirs in this large camping haven are Yamcolo, Bear River, and Stillwater Reservoir. All 3 can accommodate a canoe or small boat, Yamcolo being the only one of the three that allows a small boat with a motor as long as the boat does not cause a wake.
HOW TO GET THERE: From Downtown Yampa, Forest Road 900 is located just past the local General Store, (Montgomery’s). The 900 road begins with 6.4 miles of pavement with the remainder 8 miles being gravel road. Bear River Campground is on the left side.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Stop in or call the Yampa Ranger District. (970) 638-4516
Paper Trail guides for hiking as well as other information are available at the Yampa Ranger Station in downtown Yampa.
*This campground also has 2 camp hosts that live there seasonally and are there to answer questions and give out informational sheets.
South Brush Creek Campground is a sunny campground with small trees among the campsites. The 20 sites include 6 pull-throughs (trailers under 32'), picnic tables, fire grates, toilets and trash service. Recreational opportunities include the Brush Creek Hiking Trail System, Stump Hollow and Cedar OHV trails, and fishing in area streams. The Brush Creek Visitor Center is nearby on Hwy 130.
Mirror Lake is a popular picnic and fishing stop on the Snowy Range Highway. The site is near the base of Medicine Bow Peak. It provides lakeside access for fishing and a short easy walking trail to the West Lake Marie Trailhead. Other popular hiking trails in the area include the Medicine Bow Peak, Lake Marie Falls, Lakes Trail and Miners Cabin Trails. This site should not be missed if you are traveling along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway.
Fish Creek Falls Trailhead #1102 is located in the Steamboat Springs Area and managed by the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District. Enjoy a great view of the waterfalls from an wheelchair accessible overlook trail or a dirt trail can take you down to the base of the falls, and a historical bridge, which crosses Fish Creek and continues the trail 5 miles to Long Lake and connects to the 1101,1032. Vault toilet are provided. Area open year round, providing snow shoeing and ice climbing in the winter months.