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Camping: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > South Platte Ranger District

Quick Facts

Handcart Campground

Capacity: 10 People
Elevation: 9,800 Feet (3054.9 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 10
Reservation Status: Not Accepted




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General Description

Handcart Campground is located approximately seven miles west of the small town of Grant, Colorado. Take Highway 285 west of Grant until you reach Park County 60. Drive north on 60, which turns into a gravel road about four miles west.

Handcart Campground is located near the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway and the Mount Evans Wilderness. There is fishing in streams and alpine lakes, hiking, horseback riding, biking and four wheel driving within the vicinity of the campground.

This campground consists of ten individual family campsites. The campsites include a table and fire ring. There are three parking areas. Drinking water and vault toilets are provided on site. There are dispersed camping sites nearby. The nearest public telephone is located in the town of Grant. The nearest fire and emergency services are located at Bailey about 17 miles away.

Directions from Grant: Handcart Campground is located approximately seven miles west of the small town of Grant, Colorado. Take Highway 285 west of Grant until you reach Park County 60. Drive north on 60, which turns into a gravel road about four miles west.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through September .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
single-unit campsite Call for Current Fee Facilities include vault toile



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Colorado Trail, Ben Tyler Trail
Yes
ICON Family Camping Handcart Campground
Yes
ICON Tent Camping Handcart Campground
Yes
ICON Camping Handcart Campground
Yes
ICON Fishing Burning Bear Trail, Gibson Lake Trail, Rosalie Trail, Shelf Lake Trail
No
ICON Hiking & Walking Colorado Trail, Burning Bear Trail, Abyss Lake Trail, Rosalie Trail, Gibson Lake Trail, Shelf Lake Trail, Three Mile Creek Trail, West Jefferson Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Colorado Trail, Burning Bear Trail, Abyss Lake Trail, Rosalie Trail, Gibson Lake Trail, Shelf Lake Trail, Three Mile Creek Trail, West Jefferson Trail
Yes
ICON Animal Identification Colorado Trail
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Handcart Campground
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Colorado Trail, Burning Bear Trail, Abyss Lake Trail, Rosalie Trail, Gibson Lake Trail, Shelf Lake Trail, Three Mile Creek Trail, West Jefferson Trail
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Colorado Trail, Burning Bear Trail, Abyss Lake Trail, Rosalie Trail, Gibson Lake Trail, Shelf Lake Trail, Three Mile Creek Trail, West Jefferson Trail
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Colorado Trail, Shelf Lake Trail, West Jefferson Trail
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Abyss Lake Trail
No
ICON Scenic Driving Guanella Pass Scenic Byway
No



Nearby Services

fire and emergency services: (non-profit) Directions: Bailey - about 17 miles northeast on Highway 285.

nearest public telephone: various (private, for profit) Directions: Grant - Drive east on Highway 285.



Related Activities
Burning Bear Trail - This pleasant 5.5 mile trail follows the Burning Bear Creek west from Geneva Creek, over a ridge, and down the Burning Bear Creek on the west side of the ridge.

Gibson Lake Trail - This 2.4 mile hike follows the Lake Fork drainage to a pretty lake nestled in a high tundra bowl. The well-established trail climbs at a steady, moderately steep grade.

Rosalie Trail - The Rosalie Trail is a popular trail extending from the southeast edge of the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area to Guanella Pass. It offers spectacular views of Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans.

Shelf Lake Trail - The Shelf Lake Trail follows the Smelter Gulch drainage to Shelf Lake in a high mountain cirque. The 3.2 mile hike is on an established trail the entire distance.

Three Mile Creek Trail - This popular hiking trail provides access into the heart of the southern half of the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area. The trailhead is along Geneva Creek Road and its terminus is the junction with the Rosalie Trail.



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