Silver Dollar Campground

Pike & San Isabel National Forest

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Turquoise Lake Rd. Leadville, CO 80461 719-486-0749 719-553-1400 Reservations: 877-444-6777 Official Website

GPS: 39.2592, -106.3542

Last Price Paid: $18
Number of Sites: 39
Pad Type: dirt
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: May-Sept.
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

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Nightly rate: $18
Date stayed: 6/30/13
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: 3

Reviewed Jul 09, 2013

Overall Rating

We really enjoyed our stay at Silver Dollar. This is a high mountain campground situated on the shore of Turquoise Lake. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and fire ring and some have grills and tent pads. A short nature path leads through the trees from the campground to the lake shore. Our site was huge, with tons of space between us and the sites on either side. The wooded setting was very nice among the tall lodgepole pine, although the mosquitos were pretty fierce so be sure to bring plenty of bug spray. We stayed at Silver Dollar during the week of the 4th of July, and even though the campground was full for 2 of our 5 nights it was pretty quiet. I think our end of the loop was quieter because the sites were more widely spaced. So if you visit at a busy time (all weekends in summer) and are looking for peace and quiet be sure to get a site at the beginning of loop B. My favorite site was number 6. There are no waterview sites at Silver Dollar (Molly Brown and Baby Doe, also NF campgrounds have some sites with water views), but the shore of Turquoise lake was only a short 5 minutes walk from our site. The lake was gorgeous with clear water, sandy shores and snow capped mountains all around. The only reason I am giving this campground a 4 rating is because during our visit there was a problem with the water system which resulted in no potable water. The host said the water had been off all summer, yet there is no notification about this problem on either the NF website or the ReserveAmerica site where we made our reservation. Also the two dump stations run by the NF are both closed (for good?) again with no notification anywhere. Luckily there is a dump station at the sanitation department in Leadville, but I think the NF needs to update their website. Oh, one more thing, the flush toilets have been replaced by vault toilets. They are new, clean and don't smell bad, but once again the NF website is wrong. Anyway, despite these oversites and misinformation this is really nice, basic campground on an absolutely beautiful lake. We would come back and stay here again without hesitation.

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Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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