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Silver Dollar Campground

Capacity: 430 People
Elevation: 9,900 Feet (3086.0 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 43
Reservation Contact: National Reservation System: 877-444-6777
Reservation Remarks: 39 reservable sites
Reservation Status: Accepted



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General Description

A campsite at Silver Dollar Campground
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
A campsite at Silver Dollar 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 Harrison Street turn on to West Sixth Street to County Road 4. Make a right on to County Road 4, at the 'T', and drive to County Road 9 and the Sugarloaf Dam Site. From the Dam turn right on to Turquoise Lake Road (County Road 9). Take your first left toward the Silver Dollar 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: Kevin (Denver, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: We just returned from a 3 day camping trip to the Silver Dollar Campsite and I have to say I probably wouldn't recommend this site to others nor would our group return again ourselves. It's not a bad place if this is the type of experience you're looking for - nice ammenities (running water in the bathrooms, running drinking water just outside the restrooms, camping right off of roads, etc.) but it just wasn't a great match for us and what we'd consider a camping experience. First - there were 4 of us - all very responsible, professional, educated guys - wanting a mountain getaway "away from it all". We took our dogs in hopes to play with them - hike with them, etc. - only to learn they could not be off thier leash for a second. (My fault for not understanding that before we arrived). That started things off on the wrong foot with the campground Hostess who pretty much kept an eagle eye on us from that point forward yelling from her motorized golf-cart that we were "continuously breaking the rules and were gonna get a big fat fine if the Ranger came by". Yes, our hostess motored by our site in her golf cart at least 3 times per day. We felt that our mountain wilderness getaway was taken away from us and was replaced by a supervised visit to the mountains under the supervision of a babysitter who for some reason took us for a group of misbehaiving spring-breakers or something. A large motorhome/camper a few sites up from ours ran thier generator 24X7 which created an annoying background noise the entire time - just wasn't the experience we hoped for and we'll look for a more rugged, natural site where we don't feel like we're being watched and spied on and we can actually feel like we're in the wilderness. I could have had more freedom with my puppies if I had taken them to the Dog Park in downtown Denver and could have felt less nagged if I had taken someone's crabby mother-in-law. For us next time - a site with no campground hostess and a slew of rules.
Conditions: Rained the entire time (definietly not the fault of the campground!) which made it a bit unpleasant - in fact we cut our trip a day short because of the rain - again - we do not tie that in with our experience with the campsite at all. TONS of mosquitos - bring plety of DEET! Not a lot of fallen wood to gather for campfires and the campsite charges $6.00 for a bundle of wood (the same thing can be purchased in Leadville at Safeway for $2.99 a bundle). Hiking trail to the lake was a good walk. For anyone not used to altitude - you'll notice it around this area - be ready to acclimatize for a day or so! Definite signs of wildlife (droppings, etc.) but no sightings.
Water Availability: Water was plentiful - running tap of drinking water next to the restrooms.



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 Silver Dollar Campground
Yes
ICON RV Camping Silver Dollar Campground
Yes
ICON Trailer Camping Silver Dollar Campground
Yes
ICON Camping Silver Dollar 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
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.

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.

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.

Tabor Campground - The following eight campgrounds surround Turquoise Lake: Baby Doe, Belle of Colorado, Father Dyer, Molly Brown, Printer Boy, Silver Dollar and Tabor. Sites at the Tabor Campground are not reservable.

Timberline Trail - This trail accesses Timberline Lake in the Holy Cross Wilderness. This is open to foot traffic only.



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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