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Quick Facts

Portal Campground

Capacity: 35 People
Elevation: 9,400 Feet (2930.2 Meters)
Length of Stay: 5 Days
Number of Sites: 7
Reservation Status: Not Accepted
Toilets: 2 Vault Toilets
Vehicle Accessibility: Four-wheel Drive Recommended Lincoln Creek Road, while improved, is rough in spots. Last section from Grizzly Reservoir Dam to the campground is not improved.
Water Availibility: Not Available

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General Description

A beaver dam on Lincoln Creek, along the Lincoln Creek Road
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
A beaver dam on Lincoln Creek, along the Lincoln Creek Road
Portal Campground is located eleven miles southeast of Aspen on Independence Pass Road and seven miles south on Lincoln Creek Road on the northeast shore of Grizzly Reservoir at an elevation of 9,400'. Lincoln Creek Road while improved has some very rough sections.The last section while short, is not improved and very rough. High Clearance vehicles are recommended and vehicles over 35 feet are prohibited on Independence Pass Road.

Campers can access some popular day hikes from this location as well as terrain for motorcycle and ATV riding, mountain biking, fishing and horseback riding.

The Portal Campground has 11 sites with limited spurs to accommodate trailers up to 16 feet. Water and garbage are provided for users.

Directions from Aspen: Travel eleven miles southeast on Highway 82 toward Independence Pass to Lincoln Creek Road. Turn right and travel seven miles south on Lincoln Creek Road. CAUTION: high clearance vehicles recommended for Lincoln Creek Road. WARNING: No vehicles over 35 feet long are allowed on Highway 82 to access this campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Mid-June through Early September (NOTE: Includes vault toilets.) .

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

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Filed By: Ronnie Walton (gray,Ga., Ga.)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great place for solitude,amazing scenery to wake up to,and very refreshing!!Hate that its closed in winter.Oh yeah the couple of goat hunters I met were very nice, one of them held a grand slam record, how neat it was to meet them both and hear their goat hunting stories.
Conditions: We hit this trip perfect. The leaves were just right.Last week in....Cant tell, you might show up when I do and I wont have all that peace and quiet.Roads were passable, 4x4 not necessary.Lots of beautiful tall aspens,firs and mountains for plenty of shade at camp sites. 2-3 were out in open.Saw alot of hunters and day hikers,and bikers along road to camp sites.
Water Availability: We brought our own water.used approx. 10 gals. in 5 days 2 people plus baths.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Portal Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Grizzly Reservoir
ICON Hiking & Walking Several nearby trails + Lincoln Creek road
ICON Mountain Biking Lincoln Creek road
ICON Mountain Biking Lincoln Creek Road
ICON ATV Riding Lincoln Creek road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Lincoln Creek Road

Nearby Services

Groceries: One regional chain and several local stores. (Private - Profit) Directions: 18 mi. northwest in Aspen.

Nearest Hospital: Aspen Valley Hospital (Private - Profit) Directions: 20 mi. northwest on Hy 82. Just west of Aspen on

Nearest Pay Phone: US West (Private - Profit) Directions: 18 mi. northwest in Aspen.

Gas Station: Two regional stations (Private - Profit) Directions: 18 mi northwest in Aspen

Showers: James E. Moore swimming pool (Private - Profit) Directions: 20 mi. northwest on Hy 82. Just west of Aspen on

Related Activities
Grizzly Lake Trail - This is a moderate climb with fair fishing at the lake. There is limited camping (stoves ONLY) at the lake. Due to the fragile alpine tundra, it's recommended that you camp below the timberline.

Independence Pass Area - The Independence Pass Area is located east of Aspen and offers a high concentration of attractions in a scenic alpine setting. The pass is closed in winter to vehicular traffic with the exception of snowmobiles.

Lincoln Creek Road, #106 - There is access to many activities along the first six miles of the road. The section of road from Grizzly Reservoir to the ghost town of Ruby is much less traveled and suitable only for hiking, mountain biking and 4 WD.

New York Creek Trail - This is a moderate to difficult hike through spruce and fir forests. From the White River National Forest and the Gunnison National Forest boundary the trail is not maintained, you need to use orienteering skills to continue to Ptarmigan Lake.

Tabor Creek Trail - This trail follows Tabor Creek and ends at the top of a pass which looks out onto the basin of Anderson and Petroleum Lakes. A side hike, using orienteering skills, can be made to Tabor Lake to the west.

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


Local Lodging

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

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