County Road 48

San Isabel National Forest

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CR-48
Leadville, CO 80461
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GPS: 39.2478, -106.359

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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10 people have reviewed this location.

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56 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 13
Site Number: 39.2438, -106.3626, on right in clearing.

John T would stay here again

“Beautiful location but terrible roads”

Reviewed Jul 11, 2018

Overall Rating

The dirt roads within the camping area are appalling - nothing but rocks and deep holes. I therefore suggest that you first drive past the main entrance by the notice board, and check out the sites further along Co Rd 48. The road ends at a large turnaround, so you will have no problem turning around and coming back. When you enter... more

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GypsyCaravan
CO
32 Fleetwood Southwind
7 Honda CR-V
12 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14
Site Number: #rough terrain in the back

GypsyCaravan would stay here again

“Awesome lil National Forest Land, 4 miles to everything ”

Reviewed Jun 12, 2018

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10,000 ft. Up, you'll be delighted by this beautiful landscape! The GPS coordinates take you directly to the main entrance. If you travel all the "main roads" once you're past the entrance, there are plenty of great places, some off the ATV traveled roads which give you the best privacy and shade! It's almost Father's Day Week, and te... more

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5bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE

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2 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: not sure

JJ would stay here again

“Good'n'Free Tent Campin”

Reviewed Sep 03, 2017

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Stayed two nights here. Nice and quiet. Plenty of spots. Fairly close to several 14ers. Only 4 miles to Leadville. Will definitely use it again if I'm in the area.

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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
0bars
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0bars
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0bars
T-Mobile Voice Only

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Roaming kayaks
Los Angeles, CA
Sprinter van
8 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Roaming kayaks would stay here again

“Great spot”

Reviewed Aug 17, 2017

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We were just passing through, wish I could have stayed longer. We got there early and there were tons of spots available. Several more cars came through so not sure if it filled up. Each spot is quite big so you really don't notice your neighbors. Didn't get a chance to explore the area but for a place to pull over and sleep this d... more

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2bars
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Nathan @ Wand'rly

14 Volkswagen Bus, Champagne Edition, Riviera Campwagen
294 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

Nathan @ Wand'rly would stay here again

“I once was lost, but now am found...”

Reviewed Jul 28, 2017

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So, this review is an example of how unfair life is. Which is to say that life is very, very unfair. Take my gorgeous eyes and rippling ankle muscles for example, I'm sure you're already realizing what I mean... Anyway, we were scoping out the paid campgrounds up by "Turquoise Lake", aka yet another reservoir in the mountains posing... more

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2bars
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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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saraistrippin
CO
30 Forest River Rockwood
2008 Ford F250
9 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 10

saraistrippin would stay here again

“Great free camping, close to town.”

Reviewed Nov 04, 2016

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We are impressed with the proximity of this free camping area to the town of Leadville, truly a boondocker's dream come true. Lots of sites to choose from. When you get to the end of the road before the forest where it forks 3-ways, there is an RV park on the right, dirt road straight ahead, and paved road to the left. Take the dirt ro... more

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Verizon 4G/LTE

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Chris

19 Shasta Airflyte
33 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5

Chris would stay here again

“Great boondocking near the Highest Town in America”

Reviewed Dec 15, 2015

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This is a popular spot, but not too crowded, near the old mining town of Leadville, which is the highest city in the US at 10,152 ft. County Road 48 will probably have a lot of people boondocking, but if you go a little farther down the road than the first turn, there are a seemingly countless number of campsites. I camped here in 2 di... more

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3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
3bars
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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 30

beth would stay here again

Reviewed Sep 16, 2015

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Fabulous dispersed camping in Leadville co. We stayed for a month even though it was posted as 14 day limit. We spoke to a ranger about staying longer and were told it was posted as 14 days max however we could rest assured that we could safely stay until we were told we had to vacate and that if we kept clean campsite and didn't have ... more

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Aluminarium

27 Airstream Flying Cloud
2014 Ford F-250
265 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6

Aluminarium would stay here again

“Popular Boondocking spot in Leadville”

Reviewed Jul 25, 2015

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When we arrived, most of the spots were taken, but fortunately there was one we liked that had good privacy and great sun throughout the day for our solar panels. When you first pull in to the camping area, there is a fork in the road. If you go to the left you'll be able to turn around, but if you continue straight, there are 2 spo... more

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2bars
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WatsonsWander

Airstream Safari
156 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Date stayed: 7/5/13
Days stayed: 2

WatsonsWander would stay here again

Reviewed Jul 09, 2013

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This is a great choice for free camping near Turquoise Lake. We ended up here after staying 5 nights at the nearby Silver Dollar Campground. While you won't find water views or be able to walk to the lake from your site, you will find peace and quiet in a nice forested setting with mountain views. Oh, and it's free which beats the $18 ... more

3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
5bars
Verizon 3G

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Getting High in Leadville, Colorado

July/August 2016 Catchy title, eh? Unless you live under a rock, you know that recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado. But that’s not what I mean by the title of this post. Leadville, Colorado...

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Leadville Boondocking – Aluminarium

There’s something to be said about having someone scout a campsite for you. We always had County Road 48 in our back pocket as a place to camp in Leadville, but wanted to f...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
Pets:
  • pets

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