Coal Creek Dispersed

Gunnison National Forest

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CR-12 Crested Butte, CO 81224 970-349-6348 Official Website

GPS: 38.8546, -107.0919

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Overview of Coal Creek Dispersed

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 9,809 ft / 2,989 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Overall Rating
Site Quality
“Easy access camping 10 minutes from Crested Butte”

Reviewed 7/27/2019

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3
Overall Rating

If you are looking for dispersed camping with cell coverage in the Crested Butte area, Washington Gulch is your go to. If you are able to go without cell service at your campsite but would still like to be close to town to pop in for dinner, Coal Creek is a good option.

Coal Creek has a lot going for it: it is an easy 10-13 minute drive from CB, beautiful views of the Scarp Ridge, access to trails along Kebler and Ohio Pass, close proximity to Lake Irwin for kayaking/swimming/paddling, and is big rig friendly. It is a fairly small area but I’ve never seen it maxed out.

I removed a star due to light traffic noise.

Site Quality

JessieMonsters would stay here again

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