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Parry Peak Campground

Capacity: 260 People
Elevation: 9,500 Feet (2961.3 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 26
Reservation Status: Not Accepted




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General Description

Parry Peak Campground
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Parry Peak Campground
Perry Peak Campground is located west of Twin Lakes Reservoir on Highway 82. The sites are first come, first serve and no reservations area accepted. The length limit for campers in this campground is 32'. Parry Peak does have some wheelchair accessible sites.

The elevation for this campground is 9,424'. A variety of recreation opportunities are accessible from this campground, including but not limited to the following: fishing, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking and four-wheel driving.

Directions from Twin Lakes: Perry Peak Campground is located 2.7 miles west of the town of Twin Lakes on Highway 82.

Directions from Leadville: From the traffic light on Harrison Avenue drive north to Lake County Road 38 (Mountain View Drive). Make a left on to 38 and drive until you reach a "T" in the road. Turn right at the 'T'. Follow this road until you reach a large parking area. Turn left here and cross a set of railroad tracks. This road will bring you to Turquoise Lake Road (County Road 9). Turn left on 9 and follow it less than 1 mile to the turn-off for Molly Brown Campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: June through September (NOTE: Opening and closing dates may change due to weather conditions.) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
single-unit campsite Call for Current Fee Per Night. All campgrounds ar



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Angela (Colorado Springs, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Sites on other side of bridge are nicer. All sites except one on river are walk down tent only. We arrived around noon on Friday and got the last site available on the other side of the bridge. by 4pm all sites in the campground were taken. Even though it was full the river drowned out noise so it was quiet.
Conditions: A lot of biting flies and mosquitoes. Vault toilets were very clean. Due to the beatles many trees have been cut down and sites were not as shady as they used to be, not bad but there are many yellow cones throughout sites that cover new trees for the replanting effort. We had to constantly keep our youngest from taking the cones off.
Water Availability: Great drinking water and water sources throughout.

Filed By: Karyn (Buena Vista, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Sites past the bridge are awesome. Noisy creek makes for a wonderful sound. Lots of undergrowth so you don't even know there are other people there. We had a great time at this beautiful area. Sites available right on the creek.
Conditions: Great hiking trail along the creek. Landscape goes from stark alpine to deep, lush fern covered area.
Water Availability: Water available at campground, though we brought our own.

Filed By: Andrea Scott (Fountain, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We stayed at site #8 on the upper loop, there was some road noise from Hwy 82 next to the campground but it wasn't too bad. I would highly recommend this campground to tent campers at the lower loop and to RV campers at the upper loop. Everything was very clean and well kept. The camping rate is now $12 per night. There is a dump station at White Star campground approx. 3 miles east on Hwy. 82. They do charge a $6.00 dump fee. This was a great campground, we had a good time and will return.
Water Availability: Drinking water at campground.

Filed By: Joyce (Lakewood, Colorado)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Absolutely wonderful! Bring plenty of wood- otherwise, a fabulous weekend! Planning to return often.
Conditions: Lovely warm weather with one bear encounter which ended peacefully.
Water Availability: Great water- cold crisp and abundant. Spigots very convenient.

Filed By: Candy (Idaho Springs, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We stayed at Parry Park Campground June 26, 2004. (We left our camp set up and went to Windspirit Cabins the next night due to cold rain.) The sites across the bridge are nicer than the ones up front, nearer to Hwy 82. We had #24, which is a riverside spot. There are two others - #25 and #26. These sites are especially nice - large, private, flat ground, tent pads, good fire rings, the sound of the rushing river all make this campground one of the nicest I've ever stayed at. No bugs, no noise, cleanliness...The Windspirit Cafe, east of the campground about 4-5 miles, has delicious, inexpensive food, a gorgeous view across Twin Lakes, and exceptionally nice owners and staff. They also have a few little cabins in case you get rained out of the campground, as we did the second night.
Conditions: The sites have a combination of sunny and shady spots within almost each site. Other than rain showers, conditions were perfect with no insects, not many loose rocks to trip over in the dark, and a rushing river low enough to ease fear of flooding.
Water Availability: Water is provided at this campground.

Filed By: Rodney Ward (Childress, Tx)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We camped at Parry Peak for 6 nights in late July. This is the most beautiful campground we have been to. Our 5th Wheel is 36' and did fit in site 17. Would have fit in 18 also, but it was already taken. There were several up front by camphost that would have worked. We preferred to be by stream.
Conditions: The were mosquitos and biting flies, but not too bad. Very shaded sites. It rained lightly in the evening, but not enough to muddy things. Great evening for campfires.
Water Availability: Water faucets available near campsites.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Colorado Trail
Yes
ICON Boating Twin Lakes Reservoir
No
ICON Boat Launching Twin Lakes Reservoir - Dexter Boat Ramp, Red Rooster Boat Ramp
No
ICON RV Camping Parry Peak Campground
Yes
ICON Tent Camping Parry Peak Campground
Yes
ICON Trailer Camping Parry Peak Campground
Yes
ICON Camping Parry Peak Campground
Yes
ICON Automobile Travel Independence Pass Scenic Drive
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Lake Creek
Yes
ICON Fishing Twin Lakes Reservoir
No
ICON Four-Wheel Driving South Fork Lake Creek Road
No
ICON Hiking & Walking Black Cloud Trail, LaPlata Peak Trail, Willis Gulch Trail, Colorado Trail, Echo Canyon Trail, Sayres Gulch Trail, South Fork Lake Creek Trail
No
ICON Horseback Riding Black Cloud Trail, LaPlata Peak Trail, Willis Gulch Trail, Colorado Trail, Echo Canyon Trail, Sayres Gulch Trail, South Fork Lake Creek Trail
No
ICON Bird Identification Twin Lakes General Forest Area - various trails
Yes
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Twin Lakes Reservoir
No
ICON Mountain Biking South Fork Lake Creek Road, Interlaken loop, Mt. Elbert Creek, Mt. Elbert Creek/Pipeline Loop
No
ICON ATV Riding South Fork Lake Creek Road
No
ICON Motorcycle Riding South Fork Lake Creek Road
No
ICON General Information Twin Lakes Reservoir Visitor Center
No
ICON Canoeing Twin Lakes Reservoir
No
ICON Scenic Driving Independence Pass
Yes
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Twin Lakes Reservoir - Interlaken
No



Related Activities
Colorado Trail (Halfmoon to Twin Lakes) - This segment of the Colorado Trail begins in the Halfmoon Drainage and continues for approximately 6 miles to the Lakeview Campground above Twin Lakes.

Colorado Trail (Twin Lakes to Clear Creek Rd.) - This segment of the Colorado Trail leads from Twin Lakes Reservoir to Clear Creek Road. It is a popular segment that is used by many runners training for the long-distance foot race the Leadville 100.

Dexter Campground - There are five Forest Service Campgrounds in the Twin Lakes area: Dexter, Lakeview, Parry Peak, Twin Peaks and White Star. Dexter Campground has 24 sites that are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Dexter Point Boat Launch - On the shores of Twin Lakes Reservoir are two paved boat ramps. Dexter Point Boat Ramp is located on the northeastern shore of the lake.

Interlaken Interpretive Site - This trail offers an easy walk to the historic resort cabins of Interlaken. Hikers and history buffs can visit the historic Interlaken by following the Colorado Trail along the south side of the lake.

Lakeview Campground - Lakeview Campground is located in the Twin Lakes area, but not immediately on the reservoir. Lakeview is the closest developed campground to the South Mt. Elbert Trailhead.

Mt. Elbert - Mt. Elbert at 14,433 ft elevation is the highest point in Colorado. It is the second highest mountain in the lower 48 states.

Red Rooster Boat Launch - On the shores of Twin Lakes Reservoir are two paved boat ramps. Red Rooster Boat Ramp is located on the northwestern shore of the lake.

South Fork Clear Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road - The South Fork of Clear Creek Road begins at Winfield and ends at the road closure just south of the Banker Mine. The road is extremely rough and recommended for high clearance vehicles only.

Twin Lakes Historic Park - Interpretive panels and historic structures await those interested in the history of the west at this rest area. The surrounding terrain provides endless recreation opportunities.

Twin Peaks Campground - There are five Forest Service Campgrounds in the Twin Lakes area: Dexter, Lakeview, Parry Peak, Twin Peaks and White Star. Thirty-nine sites are available at Twin Peaks Campground on a first come, first serve basis,

Whitestar Campground - Whitestar Family Campground is one of five campgrounds surrounding Twin Lakes Reservoir. Reservation status of the 68 campsites at Whitestar vary between first come, first serve and reservations accepted.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Greater Leadville Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 861 , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-3900, Fax: 719-486-8478, leadville@sni.net

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