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Columbine Campground

Elevation: 9,200 Feet (2867.8 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 47
Reservation Contact: National Reservation System: 877-444-6777
Reservation Remarks: 60% of the sites are reservable
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

Columbine Campground Reservations

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General Description

Columbine Campground
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Columbine Campground
Columbine Campground is located 2 miles west of Central City on Colorado Highway 279, at an elevation of 9,200 feet. Highway 279 is a gravel road. Campground facilities include drinking water, tables, fire rings and pit toilets and trash service.

Directions from Central City: 2.5 miles Northwest of Central City via Gilpin County Road 3 on Forest Road 176. To access turn left off of Hwy. 119 and go through Central City on Hwy. 279. At the top near the cemeteries,follow the signs to the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: The campground may be open before and after these dates, however, full services may not be available.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Water hydrant, vault toilets,

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Randy Lofgren (Wheatridge, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Your site says only 60% is reservable but in fact all of it is reserved and is for months in advance. I am a colorado native but will now take my money to other states as there is no first come first served. Take the pay box and envelopes away as if you get a spot and get set up, you may have to pack up.

Filed By: Jim (Lafayette, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: This campground is mainly for off road vehicle users. If you don't mind a lot of noisy engines all day long then this is for you. Otherwise forget it. The amazing thing is even though it is not supposed to be allowed to joyride through the campground, many off-roaders seemed to think riding round and round in camp was perfectly ok. And the camp host even joined in and partied with them at night. Late at night.
Conditions: Camprground was in very good condition and very clean. Mostly shady and level.
Water Availability: Water in camp and pit toilets available.

Filed By: M. Manuel (Aurora, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a somewhat isolated campground. It is well "off of the beaten path" providing a very quiet atmosphere. It can be reached going past the old Central City graveyards. The campground is divided into two primary loops. Usually the busier loop is loaded with most of the reservation campers. Is nice for children, and firewood can be plentiful at short distances from the campsite.
Conditions: Weather conditions can vary greatly in short periods. The gravel roads can be very muddy when wet, but will dry up quickly in the sun. There is plenty of sun and shade here. Be prepared for bumpy and soft tent areas. Hiking around the campgrounds, you will encounter steep and hilly areas.
Water Availability: We had plenty of water during the normal season. It was pumped from several spigots on the campground--- clean and drinkable.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON RV Camping
ICON Trailer Camping
ICON Tent Camping
ICON Camping Columbine Campground
ICON Four-Wheel Driving
ICON Hiking & Walking
ICON Mountain Biking
ICON Viewing Wildlife

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Visitor Information:

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Ste. 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

Links to other sites:
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