County Road 48

San Isabel National Forest

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CR-48
Leadville, CO 80461
719-486-0749
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GPS: 39.2478, -106.359

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Open Seasonally: Yes
Elevation: 9694 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
Learn more: Boondocking 101

15 people have reviewed this location.

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1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4
“Great area”

Reviewed Nov 14, 2018

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After trying our luck with walk in spots at the lake we ventured over here and were glad we did. Great views, super quiet. Will be back year after year. Leadville has a special place in our heart as it was our first stop many years ago but I can see how most would not be impressed with it.

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Rv Chickadee
FL 24' Crossroads Slingshot 2003 Toyota Tundra
37 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14

Rv Chickadee would stay here again

“Loved the area, but not the town so much. ”

Reviewed Nov 08, 2018

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Nice and high for peak hot summer months without A/C! Right around 10,000'. Highest incorporated city in the USA. The boondocking area is lower than the town of Leadville. About 500 or 800' so. The spot I stayed in was a turn just before you get to the big open field area on the left, a mile down 48 or so. I didn't want to stay in ... more

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Free Rein Project...
AZ 31' Crossroads Longhorn Texas Edition 2016 Chevy 2500
13 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 0

Free Rein Project - Full Timing! would stay here again

“The most crowded boondocking area in Colorado!”

Reviewed Aug 06, 2018

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You can probably tell by the number of reviews on this site, this place was crowded. We were still able to find a spot, away from others, but took a while. The main area where the coordinates send you was fully packed. We kept driving on the main dirt road and then made a left, went downhill for a while. Lots of spots... all taken. Ma... more

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Days stayed: 2

Rgkeaney would stay here again

“Nice area to get away”

Reviewed Aug 03, 2018

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Looking for a free area just outside of Denver, this is it. After you make the turn south at the base of the dam, the road does get a bit rough. We took a 29’ 5er and it did well except a cabinet popped open and some plates fell out and broke. But small price to pay for some seclusion. Stayed at Sugarloafin two weeks ago when we f... more

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Days stayed: 3

AChav303 would stay here again

“Our style of Camping”

Reviewed Jul 27, 2018

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Let me start out by saying we pulling into Tabor campground only to find the sites are on asphalt... We don’t enjoy camping with people less that 20ft in front of us. This campground worked out! The roads back are a little narrow and bumpy but what can you expect for dirt roads. The height of the pine trees was my main concern as there... more

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John T
21' Coachmen Viking 21RD
76 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

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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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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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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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Nathan @ Wand'rly
14' Volkswagen Bus, Champagne Edition, Riviera Campwagen
294 reviews
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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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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:
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