Ranger Lakes Campground

State Forest State Park

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West Hwy 14 Walden, CO 80480 970-723-8366 Reservations: 800-678-2267 Official Website

GPS: 40.5028, -105.9688

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Overview of Ranger Lakes Campground

Number of Sites 32

Reservations yes

Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 9,251 ft / 2,819 m

Tent Camping Yes

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Verizon 3G
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 6/5/2016
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IN 31' Sprinter 28.9 Ram 3500
18 reviews
“Watching Moose and Fishing.”

Reviewed 9/23/2018

Nightly rate: $24
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 117
Overall Rating

We got there September 16 and it wasn't crowded or buggy. The aspens were changing color and the moose were active in the low area west of the campground. Beetle kill has hit this area hard and local dirt road drives are not always pretty, but the campground is recovering. Caught the limit of small rainbows daily. Were going to stay one day and recharge after days of boondocking but stayed 3. The bathrooms are new. We had no cell service.

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pboyle would stay here again

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Phoenix, AZ 34' Cruiser RV Stryker Ford F350
39 reviews
“In 71,000 acre state park”

Reviewed 6/5/2016

Nightly rate: $24
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 113
Overall Rating

Ranger Lakes Campground is one of several in the State Forest State Park near Walden, Colorado. It was probably beautiful at one time, but has been hit hard by the pine beetle and mostly deforested now. It's oddly laid out, with some sites (like ours) having the electric box and picnic tables on the wrong sides.

This is obviously a family campground, with lots and lots of kids. That could be a plus or minus depending upon your family configuration. For us, with just the two of us, it was a slight minus. Dogs were everywhere and some not on the required leashes, so we kept ours inside the trailer. This is a good location for a base camp while exploring the area, though.

The trail up to the lakes is wooded and pleasant, and the trail around the lakes afforded some amazing views. A lot of folks were fishing and catching. Bring the mosquito repellant! One of the reasons we have a trailer is so that we don't have to use the bathrooms at campgrounds, so we can't say what they were like. We did see someone spraying for mosquitos around them, though. At night, just about everyone had a fire going, so it was pretty smoky.

We recommend getting a site around the outside of the loop rather than the inside (as we had). It seems as though there's a bit more privacy that way. Eventually, the trees will grow back up and I imagine this campground will be beautiful again. We enjoyed our stay, but wouldn't consider this a destination campground. We've been there now, but probably won't go back.

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Verizon 3G

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Phoenix, AZ 34' Cruiser RV Stryker Ford F350
39 reviews
Our Trailer Travels: State Forest State Park, Colorado

Just headed a couple of hours away from home this weekend, but to a part of Colorado where we haven't spent much time. State Forest State Park is HUGE:  71,000 acres! It has several campgrounds, and w...

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  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • Partial Hookups
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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