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Quick Facts

Gold Park Campground

Capacity: 70 People
Elevation: 9,300 Feet (2899.0 Meters)
Length of Stay: 10 Days
Number of Sites: 11
Reservation Contact: N/A
Reservation Status: Not Accepted




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General Description

INTRODUCTION
A small forested campground located at Homestake Valley. Homestake Creek is within walking distance for fishing. This road accesses many terrific hiking trails, check locally for details.

FACILITIES

Campsites: 11

Water: Hand Pump

Tables: Available

Fire Grates: Available

Toilets: Vault Type

Electric Hookups: Not Available

Dump Station: Not Available

OTHER INFORMATION
Campground Host: Yes
Level of Use: Moderate
Trash Service: Available

Directions from Vail: Proceed west on I-70 approximately 5 miles to exit 171, the Minturn exit. Turn right (south) from the off-ramp onto Highway 24. Follow Highway 24 south approximately 11.5 miles from I-70 to the turnoff on the right (west) side of the road. This is the start of Homestake road, number 703. Follow the road 7 miles to the campground.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Proceed east on I-70 approximately 5 miles to exit 171, the Minturn exit. Turn right (south) from the off-ramp onto Highway 24. Follow Highway 24 south approximately 11.5 miles from I-70 to the turnoff on the right (west) side of the road. This is the start of Homestake road, number 703. Follow the road 7 miles to the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day or September (NOTE: Seasons may vary due to snow depth and weather) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Price subject to change. Incl



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
OPEN 05/28/01. Closes 09/30/01 Updated: 2001-05-16 14:26:00.0


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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Out of the way, small # of sites, beautiful.
Conditions: Good conditions.
Water Availability: There is NO water available here. The camp host/maintenance person said he could not ever find a source!!

Filed By: SCOTT JOHNSON (ENGLEWOOD, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: It's a nice campground, but it was to crowded. Little kids rolling their toy dump trucks around at 7:30am and the parents doing nothing. Campsites are close together so very little privacy. The creek was pretty. Great hiking close by. Whitney lake trail was awesome. Steep but great workout. Lake was beautiful. Camp host was great. He really worked hard to keep it peaceful.
Conditions: Cool and rain on Friday. Cool on Sat. for the hike to Whitney Lake. Sunshine then a little rain in the afternoon. The weather was welcome after enduring 95 in Denver all summer.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Read about this campground in Johnny Molloy's book 'The Best in Tent Camping'. Nice campground, easy to get to. Along creek. Easy drivre to Homestake Reservoir.
Conditions: Campground hosts had the best and largest campsite and when we arrived they had put lawn chairs in the site next to them for some of their friends who were coming in later. It was a loud and noisy night that seemed to be hosted by the campground hosts.
Water Availability: Plenty of water available on site.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Gold Park Campground
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing surrounding area
No
ICON Hiking & Walking
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding surrounding area
No
ICON Big Game Hunting surrounding area
No
ICON Small Game Hunting surrounding area
No
ICON Mountain Biking surrounding area
No
ICON Canoeing 3 miles south at Homestake Reservoir
No



Nearby Services

Gas Station: national (Private - Profit) Directions: 14 miles north on HWY. 24 in Minturn

Nearest Pay Phone: national (Private - Profit) Directions: 8 miles northeast on HWY. 24.

Gas Station: national (Private - Profit) Directions: 14 miles north on HWY 24 in Minturn

Nearest Hospital: local (Private - Profit) Directions: 20 miles northeast in Vail

Nearest Pay Phone: national (Private - Profit) Directions: 8 miles northeast on HWY 24.



Related Activities
Holy Cross City Four-Wheel Drive Road - This very difficult road, near Homestake Creek south of Minturn, leads to the ghost town of Holy Cross City.

Holy Cross Wilderness Trails - Holy Cross District - The Holy Cross Ranger District portion of the Holy Cross Wilderness lies to the southwest of Vail and Minturn. The different trails are accessed from either US Hwy. 24, Tigiwon Road, or Homestake Road.

Homestake Road - The Homestake Road is an improved dirt road which runs up the scenic Homestake Creek Valley to Homestake Reservoir. It accesses numerous trails and three campgrounds.

Upper Eagle River General Forest Area - The Upper Eagle River General Forest Area includes most of the area from Minturn, south to Tennessee Pass.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Vail Valley Partnership, 100 East Meadow Drive , Vail, CO, 81657, Phone: 800-525-3875, Fax: 970-476-6008, www.visitvailvalley.com

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