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May Queen Campground

Capacity: 270 People
Elevation: 9,900 Feet (3086.0 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 27
Reservation Contact: National Reservation System: 877-444-6777
Reservation Remarks: reservations accepted for 17 of 27 sites
Reservation Status: Accepted



May Queen Campground Reservations



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General Description

May Queen Campground
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May Queen 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. A few wheelchair accessible sites are available at Mayqueen Campground.

Directions from Leadville: From Harrison Street in Leadville turn on to West Sixth Street for 1/2 mile. Turn right on to Turquoise Lake Road (Forest Road 104) and follow it approximately 10 miles past the dam to May Queen Campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: June through September (NOTE: Opening and closing dates vary 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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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Absolutely gorgeous area to camp. This campground is lakeside and totally level. Very easy access for any size RV. Spacious sites, very quiet campground. Most sites pull-throughs. Vault toilets very clean and well-maintained.
Conditions: Very chilly at night. Also, the lake level was drastically down due to the drought. But the lake was still visible from campsites, and it's still a beautiful area to camp.
Water Availability: Potable water available with easy access



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Colorado Trail
No
ICON Boat Launching Turquoise Lake - Tabor Boat Ramp, Matchless Boat Ramp
No
ICON Boating Turquoise Lake
Yes
ICON Tent Camping Mayqueen Campground
Yes
ICON Trailer Camping Mayqueen Campground
Yes
ICON RV Camping Mayqueen Campground
Yes
ICON Camping May Queen 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



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.

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.

Molly Brown Campground - The following eight campgrounds surround Turquoise Lake: Baby Doe, Belle of Colorado, Father Dyer, Molly Brown, Printer Boy, Silver Dollar and Tabor. The Molly Brown Campground offers 47 reservable sites.

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.

Silver Dollar Campground - The following eight campgrounds surround Turquoise Lake: Baby Doe, Belle of Colorado, Father Dyer, Molly Brown, Printer Boy, Silver Dollar and Tabor. Thirty-nine of the Silver Dollar's sites are reservable with the capacity to house trailers up to 22'.

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:

Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box P, South US 24 , Buena Vista, CO, 81211, Phone: 719-395-6612

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

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