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Quick Facts

Difficult Campground

Capacity: 235 People
Elevation: 8,200 Feet (2556.1 Meters)
Length of Stay: 50 Days
Maximum RV Size: 40 Feet (12.2 Meters) Vehicles over 35' in Length Prohibited over Independence Pass
Number of Sites: 47
Reservation Contact: National Reservation System: 877-444-6777
Reservation Remarks: Reservations accepted for sites 1 - 27, 30 & 47 only. The other sites are first come, first serve.
Reservation Status: Accepted

Difficult Campground Reservations

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General Description

The entrance to Difficult Campground
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The entrance to Difficult Campground
Difficult Campground is located five miles southeast of Aspen on Highway 82. It has 47 sites with limited spurs to accommodate trailers up to 40'. Please note that vehicles over 35 feet in length are prohibited over Independance Pass put can access the campground via Aspen. Water, garbage and vault toilets are provided for visitors. Difficult Campground provides access to hiking trails and fishing sites along the Roaring Fork River and neighboring beaver ponds. It's located at an elevation of 8,180' and has a five-day stay limit. The campground is heavily treed and many sites are shaded.

Difficult Campground also has a Day Use Area, Trailhead and a Group Camping Site.

Directions from Aspen: Go 5 miles southeast on Highway 82 to Difficult Family Campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Memorial Day Weekend through September .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Closed for winter. No services available. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:34:00.0

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Filed By: Unhappy Camper
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: I have nothing to report. The Campground cancelled my reservation without contacting me. I drove over 1100 miles to find that I had no place to stay and if I decided to "illegally" stay I would be charged $5000.00 Nice...real nice, never again!

Filed By: Katherine S.
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: First time camping and the site was excellent! Short distance from Aspen and well marked from both directions. Was slightly confused as to where the host site was (since I'm a first-timer), but they came around to check on each site (once in the evening and once in the morning). Loved the fact that each site is its own little nook and contains a picnic bench and fire pit. Great hiking trail nearby (kind of steep).
Conditions: Rained while setting up tent, but our site (24) was nicely shaded and enclosed by trees. Enjoyed the sound of the nice little stream that ran right by our site!
Water Availability: Water from ground faucets was fine for drinking.

Filed By: LLC (Denver, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: GREAT campground. Lots of privacy, easy run in to town. No views as the trees are close but lots to see on the road towards Independance Pass.
Conditions: Went over Memorial Day and got snowed on. Vault toilets are as bad as they were when I last visited 8 years ago.
Water Availability: Water from the faucet was muddy.

Filed By: NAK (Denver, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great place to crash the night before a Maroon Bells summit bid. Skip the crowded camprounds close to the peaks and avoid the hassle and disappointment of not finding any spots mid-summer. Difficult campground is anything but!

Filed By: Bob D. (Denver, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Stumbled across Difficult by chance, very lucky find. We rolled in late on a Saturday and were greeted by very warm, friendly hosts that fortunately had two spots left, 19 and 24. 24 was absolutely perfect, small and near the stream, some kind soul had even left the perfect "smore" stick. The gentle rumblings of the stream were very nice!!!!
Conditions: conditions were great, no troubles.
Water Availability: h20 was very accessible and tasty!!!!!!

Filed By: EL (Denver, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great campground. Pretty secluded from other sites due to dense foilage except for noise (dogs, etc.) Close enough to Aspen to allow for town activities or just an emergency supply run.
Conditions: Conditions were dry, no fires were allowed. Sites had some gravel to prevent mud in case it rained.
Water Availability: Water was plentiful and drinkable...also close to many streams and the Roaring Fork river.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Difficult Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Roaring Fork River, near campground
ICON Hiking & Walking Difficult Trail, begins from campground
ICON Picnicking Difficult Family Campground
ICON Road Biking Independence Pass Road
ICON Scenic Driving Independence Pass 14 miles east on Highway 82. Vehicles 35' in length not permitted.
ICON Attending Talks & Programs Saturday night campfire talks in campground

Nearby Services

Gas Station: Two regional chains (Private - Profit) Directions: 5 mi. northwest in Aspen

Groceries: One regional chain and several local stores (Private - Profit) Directions: 5 mi. northwest in Aspen

Nearest Hospital: Aspen Valley Hospital (Private - Profit) Directions: 8 mi. from CG located west of Aspen on Castle Cr.

Nearest Pay Phone: US WEST (Private - Profit) Directions: 5 mi. northwest in Aspen

Showers: James E. Moore swimming pool (Private - Profit) Directions: 8 mi. from CG located on Maroon Cr. road, west of

Related Activities
Difficult Creek Trail - This is an enjoyable day hike through a variety of forest environments. It's a convenient hike for campers at Difficult Campground.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Snowmass Village Resort Association, 38 Village Square, P.O. Box 5566 , Snowmass Village, CO, 81615, Phone: 800-SNOWMASS, info@snowmassvillage.com

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


Local Lodging

Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel
Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel

Campground & Cabin Reservations

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