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Quick Facts

Rainbow Lakes Campground

Elevation: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 16
Reservation Contact: N/A
Reservation Status: Not Accepted




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General Description

Rainbow Lakes Campground is located northwest of Nederland on Forest Road 298. It sits about a mile from the Indian Peaks Wilderness Boundary and Rainbow Lakes.

Directions from Boulder: Travel west on Highway 119 approximately 17 miles to the town of Nederland. Travel north on Highway 72 approximately 7 miles to Forest Road 298. Travel west on Forest Road 298 approximately 3.5 miles west to the site.

Directions from Nederland: Travel north on Highway 72 approximately 7 miles to Forest Road 298. Travel west on Forest Road 298 approximately 3.5 miles to the site.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Mid-June through Mid-October .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
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Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Jack Corriere (Denver, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This campground is very beautiful. The sites are very secluded and private. The lakes surrounding the campsite are fair for fishing trout. There is a lot to explore and hike at this campground.
Conditions: There were a fair amount of bugs so bring repelent, otherwise I found this spot to be in good condition.
Water Availability: Bring your own water.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This campground was great! If you like the primitive, secluded-type camping (without RV's) I highly recommend this place. It's a short trek off the highway on dirt roads, but once you get to the site it's worth it. There is a stream that runs through the campsite so if you're lucky enough to get a tent site on the water it's wonderful! We hiked to the 3 small lakes and fished all day. The 3rd and furthest lake was worth the trek. We saw moose on the mountainside, and caught a few fish.
Conditions: We went in early June, and it rained on us the entire weekend. Even with our rainy experience, we're heading back up with our canopy in tow. It's a great place, and I highly recommend it. Only thing to keep in mind is that you have to pack out any garbage you accumulate. There are no services on site. There are plenty of trees too so you won't have to worry about shade. We didn't encounter any bugs.

Filed By: Mike (Lafayette, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Its a long rocky drive to the campground, but the facilities are new and the sites are big and secluded! Cant beat the price and solitude...

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Forest Road is very rocky



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping
Yes
ICON RV Camping
Yes
ICON Trailer Camping
Yes
ICON Tent Camping
Yes
ICON Cross-country Skiing
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife
Yes



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