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Quick Facts

Tunnel Campground

Elevation: 8,600 Feet (2680.8 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 49
Reservation Contact: N/A
Reservation Status: Not Accepted




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General Description

Tunnel Campground
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Tunnel Campground
Tunnel Campground is located about 67 miles west of Fort Collins. The campground sits adjacent to the Laramie River at an elevation of 8,600 feet. The river offers fishing opportunities and for hiking, the West Branch Trail is located just north of the campground.

Facilities:
Tunnel Campground has 49 sites. There are tables, fire grates, toilets and drinking water and trash service.

Directions from Fort Collins: Travel northwest on Highway 14 approximately 61 miles to County Road 103. Travel north on County Road 103 approximately 6 miles to the site.



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have lived in Colorado all my life and have been camping for several years here and can honestly say I haven't been anywhere quite so beautiful before. This campground was well worth the drive. We spent 5 days there during the week, and found it to be quiet, peaceful and not crowded at all. We saw several moose and mule deer as well as beavers. There are two seperate branches of the Laramie River that run on either side of the campground, and where we camped the river was perfect for the kids to enjoy, but the other side was very fast running. The trail that runs behind campsite 37 is an amazing hike and well worth the effort, although we only made it 3 miles in, and I would rate it as moderate.
Conditions: We camped the week before the 4th of July, and the weather was perfect. It rained one day, but the avg. temp was around 70. It did get pretty cold in the evenings and through the night with the coldest temp being 35.
Water Availability: We brought in some water with us, but the campsite does have a hand pump, which we used when our water ran out on the 3rd day. We didn't have any problems with discoloration or taste.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: When you pull off of the paved road there is a warning sign that the road is not maintained. Beleive this sign. After six mile of this road it will knock the shocks off of your car and destroy you camper. Once you finally get to the campground be ready for a crowd. I felt like I was camping in a Wal Mart parking lot. Kids and dogs were running all over. It was so crowded and noisy, we didn't see any wildlife the entire week we spent here. Some moron thought that it was his mission to scare off every bit of wildlife by shooting. The shooting went on non-stop for over an hour two different days. It sounded like a war was going on.
Conditions: Noise and bugs.
Water Availability: Is drinking water suppose to be greenish black?

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: We spent 3 very crowded days at this campground. There were kids all over the place. There were also people close by shooting guns. It sounded like a war for awhile. If you like peace and quiet, this is not the place.
Conditions: Lots of bugs

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: This campground has become very crowded. Lots of dogs barking. Lots of kids wandering into our campsite. Hard to get a spot here. You are better off to reserve a spot elsewhere so you don't end up driving 10 miles down a bump infested road just to fine the campground full.
Conditions: Lots of bugs
Water Availability: Water tastes a bit funny.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Very nice campground. Peaceful surroundings, beautiful scenery, and really no bad campsites. Spent 20 minutes watching a moose feeding in the marsh just past the trailhead (pretty cool and very serene).
Conditions: Some mosquitos, but not bad enough to scare you away.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Very nice campground. Peaceful surroundings, beautiful scenery, and really no bad campsites. Spent 20 minutes watching a moose feeding in the marsh just past the trailhead (pretty cool and very serene).
Conditions: Some mosquitos, but not bad enough to scare you away.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON RV Camping 40 foot maximum spur length.
Yes
ICON Tent Camping Tunnel Campground
Yes
ICON Camping Tunnel Campground
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Laramie River
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking The West Branch Trailhead is located just north of the campground. The Rawah Wilderness is just west of the campground.
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife surrounding area
Yes



Related Activities
West Branch Trail - This trail is located west of Fort Collins, along the West Branch of the Laramie River. It leads into the Rawah Wilderness where it intersects several other trails.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Fort Collins Convention and Visitors Bureau, 420 South Howes, Suite 101 , Fort Collins, CO, 80522, Phone: 800-274-FORT, Fax: 970-493-8061, www.ci.fort-collins.co.us

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