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Blue Lake Campground

Elevation: 10,500 Feet (3273.1 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 15
Reservation Remarks: Tent, trailer, small RV
Reservation Status: Not Accepted


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General Description

Blue Lake
Copyright: L. Carr - US Forest Service
Blue Lake
Blue Lake Campground is located approximately 19 miles form the town of La
Veta, CO, on Forest Road 422, 4 miles from its intersection with State Highway 12.
It is located at an elevation of 10,500 feet above sea level, within a short hike of Blue Lake.

This campground consists of 15 single family units which provide a table, fire
ring with grill and parking spur at each unit. Drinking water is provided by a
well with a hand pump. Trash collection is provided by 7 bear-proofed 30-gal.
cans. Sanitation facilities consist of two double-unit vault toilets. Three
of the camp units and one of the toilets are handicapped accessible.
Campground loop roads and parking spurs are aggregate surfaced. The facilities
in this campground are in fair to good condition. Blue Lake has an average use
rate of 40% during the normal operating season.

Attractions include hiking trails, 4 wheel drive roads, lake and stream
fishing, and scenic viewing. There is also a stream running through the site.

Directions from La Veta: Take Highway 12 south from La Veta, through Cuchara and past the turnoff for Cuchara Mountain Resort. Cuchara Recreation Area is a right turn onto Forest Road 422 . Along the first two miles of the road are the Day Use and Parking Areas; after about five miles you reach Blue and Bear Lakes. It is a typically rutted gravel road; watch yourself going up when the switchbacks turn, some are very deeply rutted. Trinchera Peak 4WD Road 436 begins across from the entrance to Blue Lake Campground, on the left side. The day use sites are located along the first 2 miles of Forest Road 422. All day use picnic sitesinclude at least one unit which is handicapped accessible.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: June through Mid-October (NOTE: Access road gate closed by 15 November) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Single unit fee Call for Current Fee Drinking water, toilets, garba



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Mike McGee (Amarillo, Tx)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Very easy to find. Not recommended for folks pulling campers longer then 27', anything beyond that will be extremely tough to park. One of the most beautiful camping areas in Colorado. Fishing was fair at the area lakes using PowerBait & Salmon eggs. Beautiful views of snow covered peaks and ridges to your south.
Conditions: Memorial weekend trip, had to dig picnic table and fire ring out from about 3' of snow. Most site's are shaddy until late morning, begin to warm up wonderfully around 10am. Very clean and well maintained campground.
Water Availability: Take plenty of water. No water available at either Bear or Blue lake campground. Hope to have pumps operational by 2nd week of June, to cold right now.

Filed By: Steve Clarke (Colorado Springs, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Undisturbed, peaceful hikes with spectacular views. The current no-fire restrictions were a continued necessity although it rained all night Friday night.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Campsites have lots of space between next space. Stream runs through many sites. Most of the sites are shaded. Toilets are marginal, but it is camping. Access to Trinchera peak hiking is right across the road and Blue Lake is a short hike away. The lake and stream are both stocked regularly with rainbow trout. Have camped here many times and will return!

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Blue Lake is a superb CG. Lots of trees; the lake itself is down the road a bit. Pit toilets, water and trash. Bigger RV's might be able to handle it, but there's a lot of dirt road on the way up. Lots of hiking trails, and hosts on-site in season. $9 NFS camping fee (9/99). Excellent mountain setting and perfect for car (tent) campers. I'll be back...



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Tent Camping Bear Lake and dispersed sites on Trinchera Peak 4 WD Road also
Yes
ICON RV Camping 15 sites, mostly 40 to 45 foot back in
Yes
ICON Camping Blue Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Also at Bear Lake
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Trinchera Peak 4 WD Road
No
ICON Hiking & Walking Trinchera Peak and Indian Creek Trailheads
No
ICON Hunting In season
No
ICON Mountain Biking Trinchera Peak 4 WD Road and Indian Creek Trail
No
ICON Mountain Climbing Trinchera Peak
No
ICON ATV Riding Trinchera Peak 4 WD Road and Indian Creek Trail
No
ICON Motorcycle Riding Trinchera Peak 4 WD Road and Indian Creek Trail
No
ICON Picnicking There are six day use areas in all, four within the first two miles from Highway 12
No



Related Activities
Bear Lake Campground - This campground is located at 10,500 feet above sea level and is within a short hike of Bear Lake. There are 14 single family units, each with a table, fire ring with grill and parking spur. Drinking water is provided.

Bear Lake Day Use Area - Bear Lake Parking and Day Use Area provides access to Blue Lake, Bear Lake Campground and the Indian Trail.

Blue Lake Day Use Area - Blue Lake Parking and Day Use Area has enough parking for 12 vehicles. Included in this site is a handicapped accessible trail to and along the south shoreline of the lake. The parking area and access trail are aggregate surfaced.

Cuchara Day Use Area #1 - The Cuchara Day Use Areas include four picnic areas. These sites are located along Forest Road 422, on Cuchara Creek, within the first two miles of the road.

Cuchara Day Use Area #2 - The Cuchara Day Use Areas include four picnic areas. These sites are located along Forest Road 422, on Cuchara Creek, within the first two miles of the road.

Cuchara Day Use Area #3 - The Cuchara Day Use Areas include four picnic areas. These sites are located along Forest Road 422, on Cuchara Creek, within the first two miles of the road.

Cuchara Day Use Area #4 - The Cuchara Day Use Areas include four picnic areas. These sites are located along Forest Road 422, on Cuchara Creek, within the first two miles of the road.

Cuchara Recreation Area - Cuchara Recreation Area gives outdoor enthusiasts a myriad of choices: picnicking, hiking and walking, hunting and lake fishing as well as a four-wheel drive road and trail suitable for ATVs and dirt bikes.

Indian Trailhead - The trail starts at the north end of Bear Lake; connects with Baker and Dodgeton Trails, goes over Raspberry Mountain and ends at Indian Creek Road (County Road 421).

Trinchera Peak - Trinchera Peak is located above Cuchara and this four-wheel drive road gets you a few miles closer to the summit. Travel through conifers to tree line, where all but high clearance 4 WD vehicles.

Trinchera Peak Four-Wheel Drive Road - Trinchera Peak is located above Cuchara and this four-wheel drive road gets you a few miles closer to the summit. Travel through conifers to tree line, where all but high clearance 4 WD vehicles.

Trinchera Peak Trailhead - Access to Trinchera Peak Trailhead is located above Cuchara on the left side of Blue Lake, which is part of the Cuchara Recreation Area. There is some parking for 2 WD vehicles at the trailhead.



More Information

Visitor Information:

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

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