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Molly Brown Campground

Capacity: 490 People
Elevation: 9,900 Feet (3086.0 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 49
Reservation Contact: National Reservation System: 877-444-6777
Reservation Status: Accepted



Molly Brown Campground Reservations



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General Description

A campsite at Molly Brown Campground
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
A campsite at Molly Brown Campground
Camping at Turquoise Lake is only allowed only in the campgrounds. Dispersed camping is prohibited around the lake. Most of the campsites are under the Biospheric's reservation system. Reserve your site well in advance, Turquoise Lake campgrounds fill up most weekends throughout the summer. Each campground has a manager to help you with your needs. If you have not paid your fees through the reservation system, they can be paid at the self-pay fee station located at the entrance of each campground. Campsites not reserved revert to first come, first serve. All campgrounds are equipped with drinking water, toilets, picnic tables and fire rings. Dump stations for RVs are available near Molly Brown and Printer Boy Campgrounds.

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 are



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: sue peiker (leadville, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I live in Leadville and the easiest way to get to the lake is drive to the main st. Harrison ave. to the light at 6th. Turn west toward the big Mnts. until you can't go further, turn right on McWethey and stay on that road then you'll see signs. these are directions from the north (hwy 70). have fun, and don't forget to pack out all you pack in. Thanks Sue

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I wasn't driving, but we had no trouble locating the campsite. We drove up at night too! We found a campsite even though we had no reservation. Chilly at night, but that's what we went there for!!! A bit windy at times.
Conditions: The restrooms were very clean. We walked to the lake and loved it!!!! This time we are staying very close to the water. Can't wait! Lots of varied terrain. We had small kids, but had no trouble finding our way to the lake!
Water Availability: Water cold and easy to access!!!!

Filed By: JJ
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Getting there could be a little tought. There are no signs in Leadville telling you where to turn. Look for Safeway store, turn north! Once you get to the park, the sign problems countinue. The different camp loops are poorly marked. The only way we found boat ramp was by asking the host. Plan to arrive in the daylight hours or it could be a challange. Once you are there, the bathrooms are clean and the water is cold. Some of the sights are close together. But everyone was quiet by 10pm. Views of the lake and moutains was beautiful. Worth the drive!!!!
Conditions: Gets pretty cool at night. The wind is really strong during the afternoon, calm by evening. Lots of mosquitos. (big ones). Dry and dusty. but lots of shade cover.
Water Availability: water available near bathrooms



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching Turquoise Lake - Tabor Boat Ramp, Matchless Boat Ramp
No
ICON Boating Turquoise Lake
Yes
ICON Tent Camping Molly Brown Campground
Yes
ICON RV Camping Molly Brown Campground
Yes
ICON Trailer Camping Molly Brown Campground
Yes
ICON Camping Molly Brown Campground
Yes
ICON Fishing Turquoise Lake
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Bear Lake Road, Hagerman Pass Road, St. Kevin Gulch
No
ICON Hiking & Walking Turquoise Lake Trail, Colorado Trail, Timberline Lake Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Colorado Trail, Hagerman Pass, St. Kevin Road, Bear Lake Road, Timberline Lake Trail
No
ICON Big Game Hunting Holy Cross Wilderness Area
No
ICON Animal Identification Turquoise Lake General Forest Area - various trails
No
ICON Mushroom Identification Turquoise Lake General Forest Area - various trails
No
ICON Plant Identification Turquoise Lake General Forest Area - various trails
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Turquoise Lake General Forest Area - various trails
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Dam Flats Loop; St. Kevin, Turquoise Lake Loop; Sugarloaf Mountain
No
ICON Motorcycle Riding Hagerman Pass, Sugarloaf Mountain Road, Bear Lake Road, St. Kevin Road
No
ICON Canoeing Turquoise Lake
Yes
ICON Backpacking Colorado Trail
No



Related Activities
Baby Doe Campground - Baby Doe Campground is one of 8 campgrounds surrounding Turquoise Lake. It has 50 reservable sites with a maximum trailer size for the campground of 32'.

Bear Lake Trailhead - The trail that uses the Bear Lake Trailhead is the Colorado Trail in segment 9, Tennessee Pass to Turquoise Lake. From this landmark the Colorado Trail leads southwest toward the Timberline Lake Trailhead.

Belle Of Colorado Campground - Belle of Colorado Campground is one of 8 campgrounds surrounding Turquoise Lake. Tent sites only are available at this campground.

Colorado Midland-Hagerman Pass Trail - This is a moderately easy loop in the Hagerman Pass area. This is a great walk for those with an interest in railroad and western history.

Colorado Trail (Turquoise Lake to Halfmoon Creek) - This section of the Colorado Trail is known as #10. It begins west of Turquoise Lake and ends 11.5 miles later in the Halfmoon Creek drainage.

ColoradoTrail (Tennessee Pass to Turquoise Lake) - This segment of the Colorado Trail leads users through lodgepole, spruce-fir and aspen forests. It consists of moderately difficult terrain.

Father Dyer Campground - The following eight campgrounds surround Turquoise Lake: Baby Doe, Belle of Colorado, Father Dyer, Molly Brown, Printer Boy, Silver Dollar and Tabor. The Father Dyer Campground has the capacity to house trailers up to 32'.

Hagerman Pass - Visitors traveling the entire Hagerman Pass Road from Turquoise Lake Road (Forest Road 105) to Fryingpan Lakes Road (State Highway 4) drive 22.5 miles.

Lady of the Lake Picnic Ground - Lady of the Lake Picnic Ground is located on the eastern shore of Turquoise Lake six miles west of Leadville. Access to the lake as well as recreation opportunities in the surrounding terrain make this a popular site.

Maid of Erin Family Picnic Ground - Maid of Erin Picnic Ground is located on the eastern shore of Turquoise Lake six miles west of Leadville. Access to the lake as well as recreation opportunities in the surrounding terrain make this a popular site.

Matchless Boat Launch - On the shores of Turquoise Lake are two paved boat ramps. Matchless Boat Ramp is located on the southeastern shore of the lake.

Native Trail - This trail exists within the Mount Massive Wilderness Area. Hikers or horseback riders may use a number of different trail routes that vary in difficulty and/or length.

Tabor Boat Launch - On the shores of Turquoise Lake are two paved boat ramps. Tabor Boat Ramp is located on the northeastern shore of the lake.

Turquoise Lake Dam Trail - The trail runs from the Sugar Loaf Dam to May Queen campground, paralleling the shoreline of Turquoise Lake.



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

Links to other sites:
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com

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